Friday, October 9, 2015

Dear Abby - Vintage Dachshund Advertisements

Dear Friends,

I hope you are having a good week!  My Momma has been busy with work this week and I have been busy helping her.  I am a great helper.

I wanted to share a few vintage dachshund ads with you today.  I have a few ads here from magazines, and also have digital ads as well -- I can't resist a vintage dachshund image.   (In truth, I love vintage dog ads in general!)

Dairy Queen - can you spot the dachshund?   (I hope he gets an ice cream cone!)

 Gaines Biscuits -- now this is great ad!  It involves dog treats.

 Pard dog food.  That dachshund is glad to see her mother coming home with lots of dog food.

Red Heart dog food - "the only 3-flavor dog food"

A fashion advertisement (probably 1930's) featuring a dachshund -- and another doxie's face in the background:

 The 1955 Chrysler -- and it is raining.  There is something wrong with this picture!  Ask me what I think about rain.

General Tire - two beautiful red smooth doxies walking with a stylish couple:

Chevrolet - this is a close-up of the ad picture.   That doxie sees herself in the shiny clean car!

I hope you enjoyed these vintage ads.   I would love to hear from you in the comments, below!


Abby xoxoxo

Book Review and Giveaway - The Apothecary Rose by Candace Robb

Book Synopsis

Print Length: 313 pages
Publisher: Diversion Books (July 28, 2015)

“Suspenseful, historically accurate, and blessed with a wonderful cast of characters, THE APOTHECARY ROSE is an absolute delight from start to finish…” — Charles de Lint, author of the Newford Series 

In the year of our Lord 1363, two suspicious deaths in the infirmary of St. Mary’s Abbey catch the attention of the powerful John Thoresby, Lord Chancellor of England and Archbishop of York. One victim is a pilgrim, while the second is Thoresby’s ne’er-do-well ward, both apparently poisoned by a physic supplied by Master Apothecary Nicholas Wilton. In the wake of these deaths, the archbishop dispatches one-eyed spy Owen Archer to York to find the murderer.

Under the guise of a disillusioned soldier keen to make a fresh start, Owen insinuates himself into Wilton’s apothecary as an apprentice. But he finds Wilton bedridden, with the shop being run by his lovely, enigmatic young wife, Lucie. As Owen unravels a tangled history of scandal and tragedy, he discovers at its center a desperate, forbidden love twisted over time into obsession. And the woman he has come to love is his prime suspect.

Lovingly detailed, beautifully written, THE APOTHECARY ROSE is a captivating and suspenseful tale of life, love, and death in medieval England.

The Apothecary Rose on Amazon - click here.

My Review 

I love historical fiction, and especially historical mysteries.  This is one of the first medieval mysteries I've read, and it was fascinating.   The Apothecary Rose is rich with historical detail.

Owen is a strong protagonist, and I enjoyed reading about the way he solved the mystery.   I also really liked the love story.  The apothecary setting was particularly interesting, and I felt I learned a bit about medieval life through the details in this book.

The storytelling was compelling.  The characters were well developed, dialogue moved the story along, and the mystery pacing was just right.

I look forward to reading more books in this series (there are 10 books!), and would recommend this mystery, and the Owen Archer series, to other fans of historical mysteries. 

New Releases by Candace Robb

The Guilt of Innocents:  The Owen Archer Series, Book 9 - on Amazon

A Vigil of Spies:  The Owen Archer Series, Book 10 - on Amazon

About Candace Robb


Growing up, Candace Robb wanted to be a ballerina, tap dancer, folk singer, journalist—but on the day that she walked into Liz Armstrong’s undergraduate class on Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde, that all changed. A gifted teacher, lively, witty, always laughing even when cringing at a lazy response, Dr. Armstrong launched into the opening stanzas, and within a few lines Candace’s ears adjusted to the middle English—and she was hooked. Chaucer’s psychological study of the two lovers was a revelation to her. The next quarter was The Canterbury Tales. That clinched it. Candace went on to graduate work in medieval history and literature, and ever since she’s been engaged in bringing to life the rich culture of the period, from the arts to the politics. She is the internationally acclaimed author of thirteen crime novels featuring the sexy, brooding, clever Owen Archer, who solves crimes for John Thoresby, Archbishop of York and Lord Chancellor of England, and the young Margaret Kerr, searching for her missing husband and establishing her own role in a Scotland overrun by English soldiers. Candace is currently under contract with Pegasus Books for a new crime series set in 15th century York, the Kate Clifford mysteries, which will debut in 2016.
Writing as Emma Campion, Candace has published two historical novels about the women of the English court in the 14th century, A Triple Knot and The King’s Mistress.

Born in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Candace grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, and has lived most of her adult life in Seattle, Washington, which she loves for its combination of culture, natural beauty, and brooding weather so like Yorkshire, Wales, and Scotland, which she visits as often as possible. She has taught the art of writing the crime novel in the University of Washington’s certificate program, and offers workshops in writing the historical novel and in creating and plotting the crime series. Candace (and Emma) blog about writing and medieval topics at A Writer’s Retreat.

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I received a copy of this book from TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. 

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Throwback Thursday - Gauchos

Let's go back in the Way Back Machine to our teen years.  Think about what you wore.  What was the biggest fashion don't of your teens?   

Mine was definitely gauchos.  This happening style was basically knee length culottes with a lot of flare at the knees.  They were typically worn with vests, as pictured above, and with a snug knit top or silky Qiana patterned blouse.  Let me say that this was not a figure flattering look - on anyone!   And yet I wore it anyway.   I'm glad this was a short-lived fashion trend, and even happier that it has not been revived.

Did you ever wear gauchos?  What fashion don't did YOU wear in your teens?  I'd love to hear from you in the comments, below.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Wordless Wednesday - Red Longhair Dachshund in Autumn Postcard

Found at Birdhouse Books:  Dog Postcards

Book Spotlight and Giveaway - The Great Christmas Knit-Off by Alexandra Brown

Alexandra Brown
Releasing Oct 13th, 2015
Harper Collins

The perfect seasonal tale of how laughter, friends and wacky Christmas sweaters can mend a broken heart.

Heartbroken after being jilted at the altar, Sybil has been saved from despair by her knitting obsession and now her home is filled to bursting with tea cozies, beanies, and sweaters. But, after discovering that she may have perpetrated the screw-up of the century at work, Sybil decides to make a hasty exit and, just weeks before Christmas, runs away to the picturesque village of Tindledale.

There, Sybil discovers Hettie’s House of Haberdashery, an emporium dedicated to the world of knitting and needle craft. But Hettie, the outspoken octogenarian owner, is struggling and now the shop is due for closure. And when Hettie decides that Sybil’s wonderfully wacky Christmas sweaters are just the thing to add a bit of excitement to her window display, something miraculous starts to happen…

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Author Bio

Alexandra Brown began her writing career as the City Girl columnist for The London Paper - a satirical diary account of her time working in the corporate world of London. Alex wrote the weekly column for two years before giving it up to concentrate on writing novels and is now the author of the Carrington’s books. Set in a department store in the pretty seaside town of Mulberry-On-Sea, the series follows the life, loves and laughs of sales assistant, Georgie Hart. The Great Christmas Knit Off is Alex’s fourth book and is the first in a new series set in the fictional village of Tindledale, following the lives of all the characters there.

Alex lives in a real village near the south coast of England, with her husband, daughter and a very shiny black Labrador.

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