I’m excited to share that the next novel in my Kinship historical mystery series, THE HOLLOWS, is available for pre-order! (It will be published on January 14, 2020.)
And I’m delighted that it’s already getting good reviews, such as this one in Kirkus.
If you pre-order, between now and January 14, 2020, just fill out this Google form with your contact information and letting me know where you ordered it. I’ll send you a pre-order thank you gift–a “Moonlight” Bath Bomb from the Ritzy Bath shop on Etsy (the novel opens on the night of a full moon), a vintage postcard (postcards play a role in the novel), a signed book sticker, tea (because, as Nana says in THE WIDOWS, “Life is hard. Have tea.”) and a bookmark.
You can pre-order for yourself, or as a holiday gift–give the thank-you gift now, and THE HOLLOWS in January!
You’ll be automatically entered to win one of three pieces of hand-crafted Moonstone jewelry–necklace, bracelet or ring. You can choose one of these pieces, or work with the designer, Cherie of TresCherie Designs, for a custom made piece for you or a loved one (up to $50-$60 value per piece.)
I chose moonstone jewelry as part of my pre-order sweepstakes for THE HOLLOWS for two reasons. One–I love Cherie’s designs. Each piece of jewelry is unique and lovely. Here I am wearing my own Moonstone necklace from TresCherie! And two–THE HOLLOWS opens on a night with a full moon…
I asked Cherie to share her insight into her jewelry-making art.
Jess: What inspired you to start Tres Cherie? When did you start it?
Cherie: I had just finished directing the musical comedy The Drowsy Chaperone at Lebanon High School and madekeepsake pendants of the logo decoupaged on glass and was looking for a better way to affix it to the cord when I stumbled across wire wrapping tutorials on YouTube. Because my surgeon recommended pushing a cart around a store as a stable way to strengthen my gait, I went to Michael’s and bought wire and beads and began making godawful rings (I owe my nieces an apology for being my beta testers). Directing projects kept me busy for another year, and all the while the jewelry was simmering in the back of my brain. Last fall I was free from commitments and started making pendants. I got frustrated with craft wire and cheap tools, so I ordered some stones and professional grade jewelry wire and the pendants started looking better. I posted some of my creations on Facebook and people began asking to buy my pieces, then a friend insisted I bring some of my work to a holiday craft festival, and then I knew
my stuff was good enough to sell. I’d already started a blog called TresCherie, and I’m just fancy (or pretentious) enough to use that as my shop name.
Jess: What’s next for your business, and how can people contact you to either purchase jewelry you’ve already made, or to work with you for a custom design? And how does the process for a custom design work?
Cherie also shared that moonstone is a feldspar with pearly and opalescent shimmer, and this definition from TheSpruce.com: “There’s a lot you can understand about this stone by looking at its visual aspects. A tumbled piece of moonstone looks like a big moon in the night sky. Color and light shifts with the iridescence and there is a fluid and watery movement to the stone. The appearance is also soft and milky, like mother’s milk. The moon, in feng shui and many other spiritual traditions, represents the divine feminine. Women’s fertility cycles connect with the waxing and waning of the moon. The moonstone is known for balancing hormonal and reproductive issues as well as emotions. As the moon cycles connect us to nature, the moonstone also reminds us that our lives also ebb and flow. Moonstone cultivates compassion and empathy. It helps us to tap into our intuition and enhances psychic abilities and clairvoyance. The creative and intuitive power of feminine energy is activated by the moonstone. It can help us balance and cool down emotions and stress. It can also put us in tune with our feminine and feeling side. Moonstone energy is yin, introspective, receptive, and connected to our subconscious. The serene and tranquil energy of the moonstone also invites creativity, healing and motherly protection. It also acts like a mirror so we can see clearly our reflection.”
With this definition, I’ll add that the moonstone fits the theme and story of THE HOLLOWS in many different ways.