A Boomer coming of age story ….

This month marks the exciting re-release of the unique Boomer coming of age story, Yellow Pansies in a Blue Cobalt Jar. Heroine Rhose Guerin is the quintessential Blank white book w/pathboomer with a vibrant mind, passionate about contributing to society while engaging the challenges of everyday life and family.

In this journey through a web of relationships, we explore a long-term marriage where one partner’s desire for stability and security conflicts with the others drive for personal growth.

Bibliotherapist Rhose Guerin uses books, and movies in her private therapy practice, but no novel can show her how to become the heroine of her own story and make peace with life decisions boomer generation women face.

The Vintage Telepath now available!

So excited to announce the release of The Vintage Telepath, Book Two of the Loving Vintage series!

Three women bound together through friendship and the Loving Vintage upscale vintage clothing shop where they work, make their way through situations life hands them. VintageTelepath_Cover (1)Annie Savone, a boomer who wants to start a new, self-sufficient life—we met in Loving VintageJulie Bishop a telepathic clothing authenticator with a secret; and Mimi Shepherd, the talented celebrity stylist.

This story is Book Two in the series, Julie Bishop’s story.

Julie Bishop is a clothes telepath. She has only to hold a garment or object to receive extraordinary information about its purchase, its owner, and its story. Julie’s job is to examine and authenticate items Loving Vintage shop customers bring for consignment. In the widespread world of forgeries and knock-offs, the shop authenticator must have in-depth knowledge of vintage construction and detail to set a true market value for items sold in the shop.

Julie’s special power seals her expertise. But rejection by peers early on for knowing things she has no right to, causes her to keep this sense a deep secret—most especially from her husband. When this emotional wound becomes revealed, she must fight to accept what makes her different. Can she choose to honor and embrace what sets her apart and not become a casualty of others’ prejudice?

The Vintage Telepath

The world of vintage clothing introduced in the Loving Vintage series opens an entire new realm of clothing history that mixes both past and trending fashion. How the two vintage_coverworlds collide is up to how yesterday’s pieces are paired with today’s—an art form for self-expression.

Now, in soon-to-be-released book two, The Vintage Telepath, we follow Julie Bishop, the Loving Vintage authenticator, who feels publicly humiliated because she knows things unknown to everyone else merely by holding an object. Julie is a clothes telepath. While this makes her job as vintage authenticator easy, she hides this ability from everyone.

There is much to learn about vintage. For instance, clothing categorized as Vintage is 20 years prior to current date, and Antique is applied to items older than 75+ years. The best way to learn is immersion. Visit many shops and experience how vintage makes you feel.

Hints to help with the process:

  • Don’t pass by items that may not look good on the hanger, try it on
  • Try on items for fit rather than relying on garment’s actual size, sizes have undergone standardized changes across the years and often use Vintage sizing versus Vanity sizing
  • Incorporate one piece at a time
  • Dead stock vintage means the items are vintage, but have never been worn
  • Don’t feel comfortable in it? Hang it back up

Once you dip a toe into the Vintage world you may be pleasantly excited by its design and quality workmanship. Included below are links to popular Vintage shops across the nation. Enjoy exploring!

RaleighVintage, Raleigh, North Carolina

Hey Betty Vintage Clothing, Pittsburgh PA

Rue St.Denis, New York, NY

Screaming Mimi’s, New York NY

Sweet feedback for Loving Vintage

After a story releases and an author gets to take that deep breath now that her book has started its journey to readers, the next truly joyful step is discovering the impact the story has on actual readers. Did they enjoy it? Were there thoughtful moments main characters Annie, Julie, and Mimi shared that may mirror those of readers’ experiences? Do readers reach out to contact me to share their take-aways, and ask questions about the story? I particularly love to share this sweet feedback.

One such reader, a talented artist in her own right, Mimi Goehringer, sent along fashion drawings she’d sketched of vintage outfits inspired by Loving Vintage.

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Her own fashion sense is quirky and artistic. She has delightfully captured the joy of vintage.

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I love these sketches!

Another reader, Dori, offered a  review which she also shared to Goodreads:

In Loving Vintage, we meet an eclectic cast of women and men who’s lives converge at a downtown Raleigh vintage store who’s inventory and displays are as intriguing and colorful as its customers and staff. We follow Annie Savone and her colleagues through challenging passages that push them (and the reader) to look at their reputations and life directions. Annie finds herself alone, unexpectedly, with her life in as many pieces as a vintage ensemble and has to face tough choices to put things together in for her future.

Every path in front of her presents uncertain outcomes that requires leaving some part of the past behind yet dares her to dig deep to reclaim her personal and professional identity.

I felt like I had spent an afternoon in a great vintage store, imaging the history of the clothing and the characters, curious about would happen next! Treat yourself to this book, it’s worth the visit!

This is the fuel writers thrive on and the energy that builds their desire to create the next story! Thank you to all my readers. I appreciate your sweet feedback!

Author Event – January 24, 2017

Join me Tuesday evening, January 24, at 6:00pm for an Author Event evening at the Page 158 Independent Book Shop, a locally owned independent book shop in beautiful Downtown Wake Forest, North Carolina! vintage_cover

I’ll be talking about my latest release, Loving Vintage, and other writerly things with Page 158’s own Dori DeSantis. A little different from a book signing/book reading, we’ll focus more on getting to know each other, answering questions, and sipping and sharing glasses of wine. Copies of Loving Vintage are available at the shop if you wish to read the story prior to the event.

Loving Vintage is the first of a proposed three-book series about three women and their intersecting lives at the Loving Vintage upscale vintage consignment shop in the Five Points historic section in Raleigh, North Carolina. All my books are set locally in Raleigh.

Vintage clothing has history—Boomer Annie Savone does not. Her challenge, to heal and restore the confidence to once again believe in self after the marriage that never should have ended does, drives her attempt to purchase the shop she manages. She must have the support of her closest friends and sales associates, Julie and Mimi to make the dream reality. Once tucked away in favor of her long-term marriage, Annie now opts to confront and unwind her long-clouded adoption as well and face the questions that have lurked in her heart forever. When the sale of the shop falters in favor of a mysterious young man and family secrets that can jeopardize it all, Annie leans deeply on Realtor Camden Fredericks as she digs deep to discover the who am I that fuels her resolute gamble to become whole.

Page 158 is located at 158 S White Street, Wake Forest. You can sign up at their Upcoming Event Calendar here or call them at 914-741-9156. They also respond very quickly to Messages left at their Facebook page.

I look forward to seeing you all there!

Announcing the Loving Vintage Release

My interest in women’s back stories drives me to explore their situations and their worlds. And better yet if that back story includes archaeology, natural/alternative  healing methods,  metaphysical touches and some travel. In past stories you’ve met a software project developer (Nardi Point); a Nurse Practitioner (A Path through the Garden); and a bibliotherapist (Yellow Pansies in a Blue Cobalt Jar). vintage_cover

Today, I announce the release of the first book of my new series LOVING VINTAGE. In this story, you’ll meet Annie Savone, the boomer manager of the Loving Vintage consignment shop.

When Annie Savone enters her bid to purchase the upscale vintage clothing shop she manages, she designs a path to take her from a blindside divorce to the rest of her life.

With only a faded photo of a woman with toddlers—her only possible clue to a family of her own—Annie elects to brazen out the mystery of her adoption and grapples newly exposed family roots that lead her into a jeopardize-all risk.

You may enjoy reading the novella,  Stronger Ever After (presented in a five-part series on this blog) that introduces some of the main characters you’ll meet in Loving Vintage. Enjoy!

The wisdom of trees

Trees have always been a special adjunct to my inspiration. Sitting beneath an oak’s branches, a willow, a poplar, or the sparkling silver of long-leafed pines, I find writing a special joy. The gentle dappled sun making its way through the entwined tree tops, the fresh, clean smell of the leaves and pine needles covering the earth at their base all promote a feeling of well-being that’s healing and soothing and my writing muse. img_20161018_123950

From my debut novel, Nardi Point:

Leyla Jo stood dead still at the edge of an empty rectangle set in the middle of the woods. Their first unobstructed look at the freshly cut, denuded building site. Her distress, obvious. “The trees, the squirrels, turtles, rabbits, nesting birds, tree frogs, where do they go when their universe changes forever? Do the trees, old ones, medium-aged ones, saplings growing from pine cones, or the sweet gum sticky pods dropped by trees beside them, consider themselves a family? Are they sentient is what I guess I’m trying to say?”

I wonder if they know that they’ll be cut down when giant bulldozers or little men with super-sized chain saws arrive. Do they have alerts to transmit distress to other trees? Are they concerned about saplings? They have no way of knowing the extent of the damage, or which of them will remain, or which of them will die as the land is cleared.

I remember the day spent in a Tuscan hillside garden as my husband rested in the  Il Patriarca country villa hotel, slowly recovered from an unfortunate episode of vertigo. A garden well over 200 years old shaded where I sat that tranquil morning. Two giant pines most likely placed there in the garden from its beginning, captured my attention. I remember it being so quiet there on the gentle slope overlooking a vast spread of a vineyard and the sun gloriously shining through a canopy of leaves.

Because I’m interested in exploring, healing, and learning many things, I focused on the beautiful pines and asked them to tell me the story of this lovely historic property. Yes, this may sound woo, but after listening closely I heard a story about the original owners of the villa and their two daughters. One became pregnant as a young teen and shortly thereafter, died in an accident before she could give birth. It was a sad story. When we checked out, I asked about the origins of the villa. The lovely, poised woman at the desk began telling me about a prominent family who had owned the villa. “Did they have children?” I asked. “Yes, two daughters. One died young.” I hesitated. “Is it possible she may have been pregnant?” “Yes,” she answered. “That is what we know of the villa’s history. The family left the villa soon after. It was said the young man secretly met with the daughter in the garden.”

This story resounds with me especially today, as new neighbors of barely a year, have taken it upon themselves to remove every tree in the back of their home, almost an acre’s worth. A swathe of mixed forest trees that have stood for at least 80 years are gone on their callous whim and without any understanding and appreciation for the land that’s home to rabbits, fox, turtles, birds, deer, squirrels. Trees that absorb excess rainfall, trees that provide shade and a micro-climate and that form a community with the trees on my land. Barely there a year and the first action they take is to mass cut these trees. There’s no talking with those who don’t get it. Who haven’t developed an understanding about the ways of a natural environment, but who indulgently provide children under 10 years old with monstrous, unlicensed ATVs to roar about the small roads for fun. Ahhh, what can I say?

If there was any depth to their understanding, I’d recommend Max Adams’s The Wisdom of Trees. Or The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben. But regretfully, they are deaf to explanations and so small in their viewpoint of “my property.” And the trees, they are all felled now….