Monthly Archives: February 2019
She’s charming. He’s a charmer. Prince Charming. When you hear someone described as “charming,” what images does it bring to mind? Listen in as Jennifer tries to dissect what writers of the past have said about the quality of charm, and what it means for us today.
GIVEAWAY: If you enjoyed this episode, please feel free to leave a review on iTunes (or, if you don’t use iTunes, leave a review wherever you get your podcasts..Stitcher, Doggcatcher, etc.). Then shoot me a message telling me you did so, along with which of my books you’d like to be in the drawing for (You’re the Cream in My Coffee, Ain’t Misbehavin’, or Songbird and Other Stories). I’ll be drawing names on March 15, one for each book. You can send the email either to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Using foul language is increasingly popular these days. Some even say that swearing is a sign of superior intelligence and creativity. But does cussing add value to A Sparkling Vintage Life? We’re guessing you know our thoughts on the answer.
Book: No Nice Girl Swears by Alice-Leone Moats. This rather tongue-in-cheek tome, published in 1933, was written by an accomplished journalist. Moats, who was 25 years old when she wrote No Nice Girl Swears, traveled the world as a foreign correspondent for Collier’s Magazine. Later she was a columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer and also wrote for the National Review.
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.)
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!)
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
You’re the Cream in My Coffee
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.