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Alright, y’all!  Abigail Spencer's last new Diamond Gothic chapter (before we three authoresses go on a short summer hiatus), Part 15, goes live tomorrow on HelloGiggles!

So.  Why DIDN’T Teddy Wentworth show up to the party? Does it have anything to do with Eve– or avoiding Annabell?  Maybe.  Or… maybe not? And what ABOUT our Miss Annabell… and the many forks in her road?

A definite, fateful new direction IS set in this chapter for our beautiful anti-heroine/heroine, Miss Annabell Jones Mason Hayworth… 

"Flapper Romance"

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"Being defeated is often only a temporary condition.  Giving up is what makes it permanent."   -  Marilyn vos Savant

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"Eve was going to have get smart.  Not just loud.  Annabell did not realize what kind of redhead she was dealing with–– and Annabell didn’t realize she was dealing with one."

–– Diamond Gothic, Part 9

Abigail Spencer's Part VIII of Diamond Gothic goes live on Sunday, May 6th!  The drama continues…

(Source: randomhouse.com)

May 3
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*Spoiler Alert*

What We Know (Thus Far) About Annabell

1.)  She’s a normal 18-and-a-half-year-old teenager (with all the normal ups & downs that come with the age and being a girl), with the added (dis)advantages of great wealth, beauty, fashion, social status… and… a terrible secret she’s been keeping silent on since she was an 8-year-old child.  (See DG’s Part 7.)

2.)  She has a crush on Teddy Wentworth… and used to have one on his older brother, Jason.  (See DG’s Part 3 & 4.)

3.)  Somehow, the threat she makes on her pesky kid-brother (about the coyotes in DG’s Part 2), lands on her doorstep and at her brother’s feet.  (See DG’s Part 5.)  

4.)  It seems like she actually has *some* affection for her ginger-haired brother (see DG’s Part 6), even though he’s a devil who makes her life EVER-so-challenging…  

5.)  She loves her dad (see DG’s Part 3), but clearly struggles with his alcoholism & secrecy (DG’s Part 8).

6.)  She defers to her mother, and bows to her mother’s will, at least as much as she loves and/or challenges her.  (See DG’s Part 7 & 8.)  

7.)  She has some serious issue with dear ol’, siren-haired cousin Eve Harling.  (DG’s Part 7 & 8.)

8.)  She somehow ends up as a Mrs. Hayworth… with a bullet in her belly.  (DG’s Part 1.)

What else have *you* spotted & summed up?  

Tweet/msg us back with your observations & thoughts!

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"It may be all the rage in New York, but here in the South, we conduct ourselves like ladies.  No Jones girl will be seen from the back and wondered about if she’s a boy!"                                                                                                                                                                                                                         - Dorothy Jones Mason to Annabell regarding the Shingle bob haircut that was all the rage in 1929  (Diamond Gothic, Part VII)

(Source: edu.glogster.com)

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GIVEAWAY

What’s that from which I’m drinking my homemade cappuccino? Why, it’s our latest giveaway item… A DIAMOND GOTHIC coffee mug!

Recruit friends to comment on DIAMOND GOTHIC chapters on HelloGiggles! The more of your friends who leave a comment, citing YOUR name as their “recruiter,” the better chance you have of winning!

Only one comment per person, per chapter, please. Multiple entries in the same chapter will not be counted. Additionally, your friends can follow us on twitter and cite your name (and @handle) for better chances of your win! We’ll pick the name we see the most!!!

You have one week. GO!

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And…  make sure you’re caught up with Annabell’s developing story… DIAMOND GOTHIC on HelloGiggles!  Part IV (“Madeleines”) by Bethany Joy Lenz is live now!

Part 4 –  Madeleines (by Bethany Joy Lenz)

Part 3 –  Zigging. Zagging. (by Abigail Spencer)

Part 2  -  The Masons (by JC Coccoli)

Part 1  -  1929 and Bleeding  (by Bethany Joy Lenz)

Introducing DIAMOND GOTHIC  (by Bethany Joy Lenz)

Greetings, y’all!

Just FYI.  You can always find Diamond Gothic (all of the chapters) on HelloGiggles via this static url:

www.HelloGiggles.com/Diamond-Gothic

Now!  Go catch up on Parts 1-3, so that you’ll be ready for Bethany Joy's Part 4 (“Madeleines”) on Sunday!

Vintage ‘Femme Fatale’

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Bethany Joy’s Part 4!

Delicious little spoiler…  This Diamond Gothic chapter is called “Madeleines.” Find out why on Sunday, April 1st (on HelloGiggles, of course)!

And, why not make a batch of these dreamy, cookie-esque French cakes to enjoy whilst reading the chapter?

Madeleines Recipe (from Bon Appétit & Epicurious.com)

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, melted, cooled slightly
  • Powdered sugar

Preparation

Preheat oven to 375°F. Generously butter and flour pan for large madeleines (about 3 x 1 1/4 inches). Using electric mixer, beat eggs and 2/3 cup sugar in large bowl just to blend. Beat in vanilla, lemon peel and salt. Add flour; beat just until blended. Gradually add cooled melted butter in steady stream, beating just until blended.

Spoon 1 tablespoon batter into each indentation in pan. Bake until puffed and brown, about 16 minutes. Cool 5 minutes. Gently remove from pan. Repeat process, buttering and flouring pan before each batch. (Can be made 1 day ahead.)

Dust cookies with powdered sugar.

Read DIAMOND GOTHIC now!  Chapters 1-3 are on Hello Giggles this very moment!

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"…. And all she could think about was how she would be held once her rescue was complete."

Click here for the entirety of Diamond Gothic's Part III, by Abigail Spencer (if you haven’t found it on HelloGiggles yet!)  

And the romance is only beginning.  ;)

Next up:  Bethany Joy Lenz brings us Part IV on Sunday, April 1st (no joke)!  

"The Macaronis" by J.C. Leyendecker, c. 1920

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