Friday, July 22, 2011

Journal Entry #8, by Harlow Jane Cassidy

NAL
Release Date, August 2, 2011

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Dear Journal,
If anyone had told me a year ago that I’d be leaving Manhattan to move back home to Bliss, Texas, I’d have told them they were plum crazy. But here I am, Buttons & Bows isn’t exactly thriving, but it’s holding on thanks to the Sandoval-Kincaid wedding and my personal benefactor, Mrs. Zinnia James, wife to Senator Jeb James.
I’ve learned some things since I’ve been back.
  1. Meemaw passed (which is how I came by the old yellow farmhouse off the square), but her, er, spirit, is right here in the house... and boy, oh boy, does she cause a mite of trouble every now and again.
  2. Even from beyond the grave, she’s getting what she wanted, which is the way it should be, I reckon, since that is her Cassidy charm.
  3. I’d thought I’d leave crime and drama behind when I came back home. Not so. Murder, gossip, and secrets prevail in Bliss... maybe even more than in the city.
  4. I love being back home in Bliss more than I ever thought I would. Not only did Meemaw get what she wanted, she helped me get what I want.
Now I have to figure out new ways to bring people into Buttons & Bows (Bliss is not a mecca of fashion, after all).

After the wedding, I’m contracted to make a summer garden dress for Mrs. James, work the Margaret Moffette Lea Pageant and Ball (that’s a Bliss institution, if there ever was one and I'll tell you all about it come February in A Fitting End!), and I have a few miscellaneous jobs. I’ll be making a few off-the-rack dresses.
But what next? Mrs. James has mentioned a winter fashion show. And I’ve been tossing around the idea of offering sewing or doll making classes.
Wish I could get some input, journal. Beginning sewing classes? Doll making? Maybe a Santa doll! That would ring in the holidays for me, and maybe get my mind off the murder I got wrapped up in.


Which ones sound good?

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Praise for Pleating for Mercy

"A crime-solving ghost and magical charms from the past make PLEATING FOR MERCY a sure winner! The Cassidy women are naturally drawn to mystery and mischief. You'll love meeting them! " ---NYT Bestselling Author Maggie Sefton


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“A seamless blend of mystery, magic, and dress-making, with a cast of masterfully tailored characters you’ll want to visit again and again.”~Nationally Bestselling Author, Jennie Bentley 

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"A fun read, and the historical tie-in with Butch Cassidy was a kick. Harlow's character [is] compelling and relatable as a down-to-earth designer and seamstress." 

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“Enchanting! Prepare to be spellbound from page one by this well-written and deftly-plotted cozy. It’s charming, clever and completely captivating! Fantasy, fashion and a foul play—all sewn together by a wise and witty heroine you’ll instantly want as a best friend. Loved it!”~Hank Phillippi Ryan Agatha, Anthony and Macavity winning author    

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“Cozy couture! Harlow Jane Cassidy is a tailor-made amateur sleuth. Bourbon stitches together a seamless mystery, adorned with magic, whimsy, and small-town Texas charm.”~Wendy Lyn Watson, Author of NAL’s Mystery a la Mode series     

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This is fun read, perfect for vacation or, if you're like me, holed up on your bed turning the pages at 2 AM to find out what happens. I'm looking forward to the next installment in this new series." ~Stitches and Seams







13 comments:

  1. Harlow Jane, I can hardly wait to read about your adventures. And I'm curious about that curious goat.

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  2. Thelma Louise is the fiestiest goat you'll ever meet!

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  3. I think the doll-making class would be fun.

    Can't wait to read about your adventures in Bliss.

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  4. All ideas sound good, Harlow! Just how much time is this murder taking up?

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  5. Doll making class would be great. So many different types of doll to be made.

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  6. If it wasn't so darn hot there this week, I think I'd move to your town too - sounds like a great place for creativity and crafts and the odd pesky murder.

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  7. Regular doll making, or santa dolls, Dru?

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  8. Erika, investigating a murder takes up WAY too much of my dressmaking time. It's a wonder I can get a bridesmaid dress made at all.

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  9. It IS hot in Texas, Mary Jane. And no swimming pool at the old farmhouse.

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  10. I forgot to answer the doll question. Santa's outfits might not be as much fun as outfits for other dolls, so I'd probably prefer the regular doll-making class. Will sign up soon . . .

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  11. Hmmm, I'll have to post some pics of my Santa Art Dolls next time I'm around KC. They are GORGEOUS. You might change your mind, Janet!

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