Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Digit-al Dozen Does: Books - The Dragon & The Jewel

Today I am sharing the book that started my guilty pleasure when it comes to reading.  I love a good romance novel, especially if it is a historical romance!

The very first romance novel I ever read was The Dragon & The Jewel written by Virginia Henley.  At one point in time I actually owned all of her books, but this one was one I always went back to over and over again.  I also think that this was the book that started my love of medieval history!

From Goodreads:
With her sapphire eyes and silken dark hair, Princess Eleanor was a bewitching beauty made for a man's pleasure.  Once a child bride, but widowed at a tender age, she swore never to marry again and took a vow of eternal chastity...until Simon de Montfort marched into England and set his smoldering dark gaze upon her, King Henry's youngest sister, the royal family's most precious jewel.  Bold, arrogant, and invincible, the towering Norman knight inspired awe in the bravest of men...and a reckless desire in Eleanor's untried heart.

I had to go back and change my design with this book because I found out that I don't own a dragon image! There was no way I could free hand a dragon so I went in another direction.

The base of my design is two coats of Milani Hipster Plum. I went with this color because it has a very royal purple feel to it.

The main part of my design was inspired by the scroll work on the side of the book.  I went with an image from PUEEN33 because of the hearts, it is a love story afterall!  I used Essie No Place Like Chrome with the image.

As an accent I added a crown and jewel using Essie Good as Gold, BM08 and 09.

If you are looking for a good summer read I highly recommend The Dragon & The Jewel!

What's your guilty pleasure when it comes to reading?


  1. Awesome mani! My go to books are along these lines!

  2. You did great on the manicure!

  3. Gorgeous! Love the purple shade!!!

  4. So gorgeous! I love historical romances, especially time travel ones! Yep! :)

  5. Your stamping is always flawless!! What is your secret?!?!

    1. Thanks Leslie! That means a lot coming from you! I wish I had a secret! I am just naturally good at it! :)

  6. I really like the design you came up with! Absolutely beautiful!!! I'm intrigued by the story line. I'm going to check this book out this week when I go to the library.

  7. Lovely!! That Milani is *beautiful* and your stamping is pristine as always. My guilty pleasure reads are usually books about vampires that aren't very hard to read (i.e. I can knock it out in a few hours so I don't have to feel too bad about dedicating time to an awful book)


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