Weekly DiVa | Nov 5, 2023
How've you been? Did you enjoy an extra hour of sleep this morning? You know, I used to love this daylight savings and loathe the one in spring purely based on sleep, but the older I get, or maybe the more passion-driven I get over how I spend my days, I actually have started looking forward to the one where we get an extra hour to get stuff done instead of the other way around! Not that I minded the sleep, mind you. I am a sucker for not getting up in the morning. 
If you scroll down to the bottom of this email, you will notice which of my characters is coming up to center stage next, but I'll save you some scrolling time and show you the cover right here. Samantha Kidd is heading off to a dude ranch in RANCH DRESSING. 
Since everything I knew about dude ranches and horses before writing this book came from Yellowstone and Trixie Belden, you're in for a whimsical read! I had lots of fun with the cover, too, since Samantha clearly had to go shopping for an appropriate outfit! You will be hearing more about this book in upcoming emails, but I couldn't wait to officially share the cover!
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And a special treat for you! Today I've got a ghostly fashionista mystery for you! I loved this book by Gayle Leeson, and I think you'll love it too. You'll even notice my endorsement quote below. And you can get it for free! 
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⭐️From Award-Winning, USA Today Bestselling Author Gayle Leeson ⭐️
What if you discovered your lively new friend wasn't really...alive?
Amanda Tucker is excited about opening her fashion design studio in Shops On Main, a charming old building in historic Abingdon, Virginia. She didn't realize a ghost came with the property!
But soon Maxine "Max" Englebright, a young woman who died in 1930, isn't the only dead person at the retail complex. Mark Tinsley, a web designer with a know-it-all attitude who also rented space at Shops On Main, is shot in his office.
Amanda is afraid that one of her new "friends" and fellow small business owners is his killer, and Max is encouraging her to solve Mark's murder a la Nancy Drew. Easy for Max to want to investigate--the ghostly fashionista can't end up the killer's next victim!
“As a sucker for a fun ghost story, I can say Gayle Leeson’s DESIGNS ON MURDER scores on many levels including a spunky entrepreneur and a charming setting. Now that I’ve read the first one, I’ll be counting the days until the next in the series arrives.” --Lorna Barrett, author of the New York Times Bestselling Booktown Mysteries
“In DESIGNS ON MURDER, Gayle Leeson sketches a stylish plot accessorized with a spectral fashionista sidekick. This series debut is a delight!" -Diane Vallere, National Bestselling Author
Clean read: no graphic violence, sex, or strong language.
I often wish there were more than twenty-four hours in a day. About eight of my existing ones go toward sleep, and for some reason, the remaining sixteen don't feel like enough to get everything done. And to the dismay of the people in my life, I get a little twitchy when I find myself getting pulled away from my agenda.
I recently heard someone talk about a day in terms of twenty-four poker chips, each one representing an hour, and how we get to choose how to bet those chips. I really like this, because it illustrates the “betting on ourselves” aspect. How what we do today will have an impact on tonight, or tomorrow, or next year. Sometimes it's easy to spend an extra hour in bed, and sometimes that extra hour in bed is the number one thing we need. 
But sometimes there's another small step we can take that seems insignificant, but added up, over time, can change everything. And when we realize we hold the chips in our hands, isn't it clear that we should be betting on ourselves? 

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