Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Need Help Decorating? How About Adding An Eclectic Vintage Flare?

I hear it all the time. Where did you find that piece? If you like a mix of jewel tones and dusty colours, timeworn or handmade textiles, and collected objects that create a lived-in feel. Think Paris flea markets, Granny’s teacups, the film Grey Gardens then you'll like this post.

Can you help me redecorate? My answer is always, of course. Can you wait a few years?


Between writing books, blogs, marketing, fitness competition training and being a full-time mom, I can fit it in.

No, but really, I love to hear it.

It's sweet, and I love that people enjoy my quirky taste. Unfortunately, I can't re-decorate all of my friend's homes, so I will share where I do my shopping.

Dun Dun Dun Duhhh...

Antique Shops, Second hand stores and believe it or not Pawn Shops and Ontario has plenty.

And just in case your wondering what I mean by eclectic vintage flare. It's basically a rich, layered look combining flea-market finds, furniture designs from various time periods (namely Victorian pieces and 18th-century French styles), and a diverse collection of accessories and artwork.

  • Furniture with shapely, feminine silhouettes, intricate detailing, and weathered finishes.
  • Jewel tones mixed with washed-out, chalky shades.
  • Antique and vintage elements interspersed with newer, offbeat items.
  • A varied mix of fabrics (on pillows, upholstery, and window treatments), including jacquards, paisleys, ethnic tapestries, folk motifs, botanicals, and florals.
  • Crystal chandeliers and embellished lamps.
  • Abundant art and decorative accents on walls and surfaces.

Where Can I Buy This Sort Of Awesome Stuff?

As a matter of fact today I'm going to feature one of my favourite places to shop.

Past & Present Antiques, Collectibles, Arts & Gifts in Norwood, Ontario.

Davina Bailey, the owner is a lovely woman, who is always ready to help you find the perfect piece for any room. She's also an artist who sketches and builds beautiful unique frames for other people's artwork.

She sells everything from furniture to candles to knitwear. This year, she also has plans to expand into vintage clothing. She already sells beautiful vintage jewellery. 

Need somewhere to store those pearls? How about a cool vintage suitcase. Organize your makeup, scarves or balls of yarn.

The shop is small but it's packed with goodies and if at first glance you can't find what you need, ask about the storage room. She has a boat load of treasures inside. I've seen it myself. 

Check out some of her pieces below. These are on display at the moment but I should tell you with the Christmas Season ending she is working this month to switch out the inventory so there will be a whole new selection on display next month. Because of this her hours are limited to Thursday 12-6, Friday and Saturday 8:30-4:30 until February 4th.



Still need a copy of The Temple of Indra's Jewel or Curse of the Purple Delhi Sapphire. She also sells those! $20/book or $30/set.
Past & Presents 
Davina Bailey
2368 County Road 45
Norwood, Ontario K0L 2VO
705 957-1586

Monday, January 11, 2016

Magnificent Snowy Day To Curl Up By The Fire With a Cozy Mystery by Jill Behe! Oh & Win an Amazon $25 Giftcard

So this morning I woke up to large fat, snowflakes falling from the sky. It’s like fluffy feathers, covering the trees and lawn in a cold white blanket.

And while the dedicated few, like my own hubby, are forced to shovel and trudge through the slippery white stuff, risking the roads, a few of us Ontarians are taking a snow day. Hurray! Even though I have a little one and write at home and snow days don’t really exist for me I still get caught up in the excitement of pj’s, hot chocolate, snuggles by the fire, and good books.
The Magnificent Snowy View Out My Kitchen Window

Today the lovely Jill Behe is visiting my blog and she’s giving away an amazon giftcard, perhaps you could use it to buy one of her new cozy mysteries. Freezer Burn looks like the perfect book to read on this lovely snowy day?!

So don’t’ forget to enter the Rafflecopter below before you bundle up for a walk in the white stuff. Maybe you’ll win, then you can come home to a hot cup of tea, a cozy blanket and choose a good book.

P.s – Drop me a line and say hello. Let me know what you prefer when you are snowed in. Hot chocolate, Coffee, or Tea? And what’s your fave book or movie to curl up with?

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#AMaggieMercerMystery #CozyMysteryWriter #MysteryBooks #Amazon #Win #Giftcard #BewitchingBookTours

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A Word With Jill

As a writer, I 'wonder' all the time. That's where most of my stories come from. My first grade teacher was probably the first one with a clue as to my future endeavors, except she called me a daydreamer, and that wasn't a good thing in her book. At that time I hadn't yet learned to spell, let alone write them down. By the third grade, though, I was penciling about weird triplet space aliens, and forcing my siblings to act out the parts. I'm a lot older (and wiser) now, and my 'wonderings' are more mature and ... earthbound. to this day, I write out my daydreams because, who knows, they could turn into a published novel, or short story. A few of mine have.

Mossy Creek
A Maggie Mercer Mystery
Book One
Jill Behe

Genre:  romantic mystery, cozy mystery,
women sleuth mystery

Publisher: DevilDog Press

Date of Publication: 12/15/15

ASIN: B0191Z04WI

Number of pages:251
Word Count: 57666

Cover Artist: Dane@ebooklaunch

Book Description:

Welcome to Mossy Creek. We’re small and easy-going with a lot of community pride and camaraderie. What we don’t have a lot of is crime.

A close-knit laid-back little borough, so close to the southern border of Pennsylvania we’re almost in West Virginia. Townsfolk like to say: “We’re south enough to lend credence to our slight drawl, but sufficiently north of the Mason-Dixon to be ‘damn Yankees’.”

None of us were prepared for murder … especially involving a teenager.

Amazon    BN    Kobo    iTunes

Freezer Burn
A Maggie Mercer Mystery
Book Two
Jill Behe

Genre: romantic mystery, cozy mystery,
women sleuth mystery

Publisher: DevilDog Press

Date of Publication: 12/15/15


Number of pages: 338
Word Count: 69,977

Cover Artist: dane@ebooklaunch

Book Description:

Mossy Creek is in the midst of a bone-chilling winter. Even then, crime doesn’t take a vacation. If the temperatures don’t rise to the plus side of zero soon, the citizens will be suffering from Freezer Burn.

A visiting reporter has allegedly gone missing. Wyatt and Ricky are pulling double duty out at the lake, helping prep the hillside for the annual toboggan run. The mailbox baseball bandit, from last summer, has escalated his bashing spree. And, Maggie has acquired a stalker.

And, that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

It’s cold outside, y’all. Come on over here. Warm yourselves by the fire while I’ll fill you in.

Amazon    BN    Kobo    iTunes

Coming in the Summer of 2016
 Book Three

About the Author:

Jill is the eldest of four children born to Christian parents in East Central Pennsylvania. It took a while, but the rebel within finally broke free. After shocking family and friends by enlisting in the US Army, then marrying--not much of a shock--birthing three sons, and getting divorced--again not much of a shock--she's now settling in, back in the great State of PA ... until the next adventure.

Jill began writing nonsense stories for her siblings and friends while in grade school, probably from the time she learned cursive. Her writing has improved. (A good thing.) With time, maturity and persistence, she continues to hone her craft in a variety of genres ... and at the urgent butt-kicking of her friends.

During the thirty-odd years she was 'away from home,' she never lost her love of creating prose. It was only a few years ago, she met another writer, and accepted an invitation to join a writing group. Not only did she make many new friends, she also learned more about the craft, and how to market her work. 

If you know someone who would enjoy being spirited away to a world of time travel and harrowing investigations, please check out The TEMPLE OF INDRA series on Amazon. 

The Temple of Indra's Jewel | Book One Temple of Indra Series. Buy Now on Amazon in Paperback & Kindle!

Curse of the Purple Delhi Sapphire | Book Two Temple of Indra Series. Buy Now on Amazon in Paperback & Kindle!

Dinner in the Dark | Delectable Cozy Prequel. Buy Now on Amazon Kindle!

Also available in paperback in the Peterborough, Vaughan and Ajax Chapters locations. (Located in the Consignment Section.)

Friday, January 1, 2016

CURSE OF THE PURPLE DELHI SAPPHIRE Nominated for Preditors & Editors 2015 Mystery Novel of the Year

Guess what?

The second book in my TEMPLE OF INDRA mystery series, CURSE OF THE PURPLE DELHI SAPPHIRE has been nominated in the 2015 mystery category of the Preditors & Editors Readers Poll. 

Which means I need your votes!~ I'm currently in second place.

Please take a moment and go to the Preditors & Editors site and vote for my novel. Only one book in each category is allowed. Here are step-by-step directions to make it as easy as possible for you:

  • Go to http://critters.org/predpoll/novelmys.shtml
  • Scroll down to Print/Electronic Mystery Novel published in 2015
  • Click the circle next to CURSE OF THE PURPLE DELHI SAPPHIRE (3rd from the top)
  • Scroll further down the page.
  • Type name in the box labeled “Your Full Name.”
  • Type email address

  • (Preditors & Editors does not keep your e-mail address on file. They just need it to confirm your vote.)

  • Important: Type in the author of the book pictured below the white comment box. Try not to click on enlarge it if you can read it on the small book. (Do not type my name in that box.)

  • Click on submit vote. Whoo hoo! You're almost done.

Please note: You must finalize your vote by opening an e-mail from predpoll_noreply@critique.org and clicking on the link under: TO CONFIRM YOUR VOTE, visit this URL.(DO NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL). (If you don’t see this e-mail within a day, check your spam). 

*This is to avoid spamming and double votes.

Now pat yourself on the back because you are awesome.