There is always a reason to scrap book...

I love to save little bits and scraps that for whatever reason are important to me--even if it is just at the moment. Time moves so quickly that is comforting to look back on small moments that held meaning.

Maybe this is why I wrote the Scrap Book Trilogy: Creating Memories, Grand Memories and Charmed Memories. There is something very real about holding a scrap book in your hands. All of my memories cannot be contained in my phone...

In the Scrap Book Trilogy, three very ancient women scrap book but with a twist. Everything they so lovingly put in their scrap books happens. At first they up their portfolios and where they live, then they want what we all want: they want family near them. So one by one they start to manipulate their grown granddaughters (and one great niece) to move near them,,,and well, control their lives.

In Creating Memories, I introduce Auntie Clara. Is she my favorite of the 3 senior ladies? No, I love them all, but she is someone to keep an eye on as I write about her over and over again. And this is her beginning. She brings her great niece from NYC and then slowly starts manipulating her life. But can we really do that? With or without a magic scrapbook, actually, I don't think we can. So Auntie Clara is forced to let her great niece's life unfold without her help--but with her love. From NYC to the middle of nowhere. I believe you will enjoy Auntie Clara and Lizzie's story.

The second story in my trilogy brings the ever elegant Auntie Blanchie to life. Of course she is not only past her first bloom she has actually morphed into a very exotic creature. Fashion is still her favorite pass time, as it should be, she was part of the fashion world way back when. Now she longs for her granddaughter Coco who she believes is a fashion designer. But in reality Coco is drowning in a dead end job at a factory where yes, she does sew. But Coco cannot find peace at this horrible job. It is modern and ultra ultra. And Coco's biggest problem she is in love. In love with the black and white movies and all the fashion they held.

A mysterious invitation to Grand Hotel's annual Murder Mystery, literally transports Coco. And gives Auntie Blanchie endless opportunities to speak up and introduce herself to her grand daughter.

Jerry and I are members of the Grand Hotel Murder Mystery Troupe and I feel we have captured the excitement and back in time feeling not only the Murder Mystery offers but all of Mackinac Island. So come with me and step back...and let Auntie Blanchie and Coco's story unravel. And if you love fashion, vintage fashion, well then this just might be the story for you.

Anyone who knows me knows I wear far too much jewelry and pieces that are far too big. They comfort me. I look down at an oversized topaz ring and feel it is there just keeping an eye on me. I clutch a bouquet of charms and gem stones around my neck and feel each one. And somehow they get me through my day--a bit of comfort all in a glitz package.

Charmed Memories is Auntie Bertie's story. And if you have read the first two stories you realize

Auntie Bertie is a scrubbed down pixie of a senior. Her granddaughter Dee is a jewelry designer. She creates tiny worlds in miniature--in charms. And it is also the story of gem stones. They have their own language just as flowers do. They guide, protect and comfort the wearer. And a journey of saving a family business. And of course a love story.

Charmed Memories closes my scrap book. But I leave you with a preview of Make Me Over at the end of Charmed Memories. As you read the trilogy you will meet Hallie and her husband Duncan. Hallie's story is very endearing. Love and change come to her a little later in life, and she fights it almost all the way. And if you love the trilogy, you will want to know Hallie's story.

My books are available here at my tea room Her Majesty's English Tea Room, Amazon, Kindle, Kindle Select, I Know You Like a Book, and Barnes and Noble. I hope you will pick them up and escape for just a little bit. And if you are a scrap booker, I hope you will let me know.

Warm regards,

Jacqueline Gillam Fairchild

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