A Sparkling Vintage Life

Monthly Archives: February 2019

My Valentine to you: a free eBook of SONGBIRD AND OTHER STORIES

Hiya, Sparklers! If your hair has been turning silver waiting for me to release a new novel, here’s a gap-filler for you. I’ve written four short stories and collected them in a single volume called Songbird and Other Stories. Each story is set in the 1920s and features one of the characters from my novel series: Dot, Marjorie, or Helen. If you enjoyed You’re the Cream in My Coffee or Ain’t Misbehavin’, reading Songbird and Other Stories ought to feel cozy and comfortable, like a visit with old friends. And if you haven’t read those books (what are you waiting for?), Songbird and Other Stories is a great introduction to the storyworld of the Jazz Age. *

Now here’s the really good part: For a limited time, you can download Songbird and Other Stories for FREE at Bookfunnel (giving new meaning to the term “Free Bird”). All I ask is that you consider posting a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads if you like it. (If you don’t like it, maybe you can just let it go gentle into that good night, with apologies to Dylan Thomas.)

Currently Songbird is only available as an eBook, but we’re working on producing a print edition that will be available soon. I know many of you prefer to read “real” books printed on paper, so I’ll let you know just as soon as the print edition is available.

* (Also, unlike so many stories set in that era, these are clean and sweet, something moms, grandmas, and daughters can all share and enjoy.)

Episode 2: The Woman’s Institute and Mary Brooks Picken

Options to consider for my “afternoon dress,” as opposed to my scruffy morning bathtub-scrubbing outfit.


Vintage Notions by Amy Barickman

Project Gutenberg, a resource for online editions of public-domain works, many of which are out-of-print or otherwise hard to obtain. Search for “Woman’s Institute” to see what booklets pop up. Only a few titles are available currently; hopefully more will be added as time goes by. Still, they give you a flavor of the era (especially those on cookery. Ha!)

The Sparkling Vintage Ladies’ Reading Circle

Jennifer’s fiction:
You’re the Cream in My Coffee
Ain’t Misbehavin’
Songbird and Other Stories

Jennifer’s blog

Episode 1: Introduction


This episode is an introduction to a new podcast called A Sparkling Vintage Life Host Jennifer Leo explains how she came to love all things vintage and sometimes feels as if she was meant to live in an earlier era. Through A Sparkling Vintage Life she’ll be celebrating the best of the past and discussing ways to incorporate vintage elements into a 21-century woman’s life. She welcomes kindred spirits to join her on the journey!

(And, yes, the sound quality needs work. “She” is still learning… appreciate your patience!)


The Sparkling Vintage Ladies’ Reading Circle

Jennifer’s fiction:
You’re the Cream in My Coffee
Ain’t Misbehavin’

Jennifer’s blog

Like vintage-style make-up? Here’s a new podcast for you!

I’ve talked before about how much I enjoy Besame Cosmetics, a company that reproduces vintage make-up colors, styles, and fragrances. So you can imagine how thrilled I was to learn that Besame is producing a brand-new podcast! The inaugural episode of At the House of Besame features founder Gabriela Hernandez and host discussing the new Mermaid Lagoon and Mickey Mouse make-up palettes, Get all the behind-the-scenes scoop about what goes into producing such unique products for vintage-lovers like us.

The Waterfall Mist fragrance, part of the new Mermaid Lagoon
collection from Besame Cosmetics
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