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  • Writer's pictureVeronica Cline Barton

Veronica's #WritersDiary: Cozy Mystery Fashion Fun!

“Literature & for the mind, a visual statement of the soul, a conversational platform for global transformation.”

Prometheus Worley

Or, the makings of a perty-darn-good cozy mystery tale! I've been having loads of fashion fun this month as I'm writing book 8 in my cozy mystery series. Today I thought I'd share some interesting tidbits on the topic of couture that you might not know about courtesy of:

10 Cool Facts About Fashion Week ( I've added a bit of almost-royal cozy commentary, of course... 💖👑

  • Fashion week started in NYC in 1993 (I thought it had been around much longer!) with Milan, London, and Paris added later. #WhoKnew Can you imagine how much fun it would be to attend one of these events? 😍

  • There are over 40 Fashion Weeks across the globe #BigBusiness Of course Gemma and friends will want to support the British-fashionista home teams! #London

  • Shows last about 10 minutes. #What All the planning, drama, and resulting mayhem for 10 minutes of fashion glam? I spy with my writer's eye a few designer tempers flaring...

  • Not all models are rich and famous (despite the social media buzz). Everyone is jockeying for position as the new 'it-girl'... I think there may be a bit of model drama in the new tale. #JustSayin

  • Not all shows are runways--called presentations, models stand on pedestals as guests roam around. I think the fashion presentations in this next tale may offer a few surprises... #Boom

  • Couture designers do not show in NYC. 👀 another #WhoKnew

  • Clothing designers only are featured at Fashion Week. #Gasp I'm sorry, but Gemma will have to highlight a few items such as boots, stilettos, and a tiara or two. The pointy heels can be deadly methinks... 👠 #DunDunDun

  • Shows occur all over the cities. However, in my new tale, I have a venue with an historic past that's certain to cause a few crowns to spin... #UhOh

  • No tickets, it's all about WHO YOU KNOW... Gee, I bet that might cause some problems... #CozyMysteryCatwalkFights

  • The parties are the best part. Yup, nothing exciting ever happens at a gathering of posh people amply stoked with alcohol and ne'er-do-wells.... #YeahRight 👀

Thanks again to StyleFox for the enlightening Fashion Week facts! I'll be sharing more details on book 8 next month. Who's ready to walk the runway? It's Wednesday, time for #DearDiary:

A Novel Noel Reaches #1 #NewRelease on #Amazon Short Story Anthologies & Collections!

For most of the day on Nov 14th, I held a position I'd never achieved before. Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who has purchased, read, and reviewed my holiday collection. This is an amazing accomplishment, and I am pleased as holiday punch! Readers are the best!! 🎀❄👠

A writer's dream come true...

This past week I received my box of print copies of A Novel Noel. I was blown away by how pretty this book cover is! Huge thank you to my stepdaughter, Danielle Gregorio for the stunning cover design. This book would make a festive stocking stuffer! #JustSayin #HoHoHo

Bibiana and I are on Speak Up Talk Radio with Pat Rullo!

#Wowza As part of our Firebird Book award GRAND PRIZE win for Wicked Mist, we were interviewed by Pat and will be featured across the globe on her podcast! It's a fun chat with the stories behind the stories that led to this incredible collection. Tune in for a fun, informative chat! #ThankYou Pat!

Deadly deeds in Tuscany this week from the writers of Twitter...

Author T.A. Williams, Murder in Tuscany, 5

When retired, DCI Dan Armstrong sets off to attend his first writer's retreat in the hills of Tuscany, he's filled with many emotions. His police career has come to an end, and unfortunately, it seems his marriage has as well. When he arrives at the stunning villa where the retreat will be held, he meets his fellow writers, marveling at their sometimes-quirky personalities, and risqué genres of choice!

As the gatherings commence, dark secrets emerge, leading to deadly consequences. Dan is called in to assist the investigation and find out more about the eclectic attendees of this literary gathering. A killer is amongst them--will Dan's sleuthing bring an untimely end to his writing aspirations?

Author Williams weaves a gripping whodunnit set in the beautiful hills of Tuscany. The characters, settings, and chilling twists and turns will keep you glued to the page! Did I mention how much I relished the delicious food and wine descriptions and the side-trips into Florence? I thoroughly enjoyed this cozy mystery tale and now have a new series to follow. A highly recommended read!

Next up in the reading queue:

My queen of fashion...

I have to say I've become more and more of a fan of Coco Chanel during the writing of this latest book. This designing woman was a survivor and extraordinary innovator IMHO. The two books shown above have been a delight to read and savor the drawings and pictures within. She set the fashion bar high and had an attitude of elegance that flourishes to this day. The drawings below are some of my favs---I think one could be Gemma, what say you? (Pssst...she's rockin' those black gloves...) 💖👑


Welcome to my world. Enjoy the rest of your week and weekend, friends!

Crowns and Kisses,


P.S. A fashion flashback from a Christmas trip to NYC a few years ago. I love the pink glam, LOL! Gemma and Rikkhe approve 💖👑

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