Since the Jones/Mason family tree is being exposed (and is going to get pretty interesting, indeed), we thought we’d clarify this subject.

Here is a good, basic description of these relationships.   

But to throw one more layer of complexity into this matter… remember that even in many of today’s societies (and especially in previous generations), if you happen to have an elder cousin (or older cousin-once-removed, etc.), then you’d still probably respectfully refer to that cousin as “aunt” or “uncle” (even though, yes, they’re technically you’re cousin, and yes, it makes this whole family tree biz a lot more confusing).   

We bring this last part up, because of course, it shows up in Diamond Gothic's Part VII, live on HelloGiggles today (Sunday, April 22nd)!


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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)


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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:

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 &


  • 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


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

This question has been asked of us several times recently, so we thought we’d answer it in one single go… WE do!  

This is our project, and our voices!  (We do have a little help with the administration of it– but it’s the three of us driving the entire thing!)  And, very truly, we couldn’t do it without you. So, thanks for being our inspiration and for keeping this project alive… and helping us move it forward!


Bethany Joy Lenz, Abigail Spencer & JC Coccoli

Art Deco Fashion, c. 1929

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Diamond Gothic's Part III goes live on HelloGiggles tomorrow (Sunday, March 25th)!  If you still need to catch up on Part I or Part II… well then, here you go!  ;)

Part I - “1929 and Bleeding”

Part II - “The Masons”

Vogue Magazine, c. December 1925

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"She was a woman now, and a woman she was determined to be."

- Diamond Gothic, Part III

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