After closing out 2020, let's hope this new year brings only positive changes and happiness for us all!

Our newsletter this month brings you blockbuster news from Jan and Storyology she says goodbye to the Atlanta Antique Markets!

Mark your calendar to join Anne during a virtual event "Stories of the Heart" on February 18 - details below!

Also, keep scrolling for a healthy chili recipe to warm your insides, Anne's January book recommendation, as well as another super sneak peek at Storyology's upcoming release of the time travel romance, THE CAROUSEL TRAVELER.

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Are you cleaning out closets and re-organizing to start the New Year off with "joyful minimalism"? Scroll to the end of the newsletter for links to charities who will come to you and collect your donations!

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I met Sharon Marchisello when I joined the Atlanta Chapter of Sisters in Crime, a writing organization of authors who write crime fiction. Secrets of the Galapagos is Sharon's second exciting mystery story, and I know you will love it as much as I did... even though I am deathly afraid of swimming in deep water and the idea of a going on a cruise is my worst nightmare! However, the Galapagos is alluring and a wonderful place to set a murder mystery! This one is a doozy!

Synopsis From Amazon:
Shattered by a broken engagement and a business venture derailed by Jerome Haddad, her unscrupulous partner, Giovanna Rogers goes on a luxury Galapagos cruise with her grandmother to decompress.
At least that's what her grandmother thinks. Giovanna is determined to make Jerome pay for what he's done, and she has a tip he's headed for the Galapagos.
While snorkeling in Gardner Bay off the coast of Española Island, Giovanna and another cruise passenger, tortoise researcher Laurel Pardo, both become separated from the group and Laurel is left behind. No one on the ship will acknowledge Laurel is missing, and Giovanna suspects a cover-up.
When the police come on board to investigate a death, Giovanna is sure the victim is Laurel. She's anxious to give her testimony to the attractive local detective assigned to the case. Instead, she learns someone else is dead, and she's a person of interest.
Resolved to keep searching for Laurel and make sense of her disappearance, Giovanna finds that several people on board the cruise ship have reasons to want Laurel gone. One is a scam involving Tio Armando, the famous Galapagos giant tortoise and a major tourist attraction in the archipelago. And Jerome Haddad has a hand in it. Thinking she's the cat in this game, Giovanna gets too involved and becomes the mouse, putting her life in jeopardy. But if she doesn't stop him, Jerome will go on to ruin others.


Sharon Marchisello is the author of two mysteries published by Sunbury Press, Going Home (2014) and Secrets of the Galapagos (2019). She is an active member of Sisters in Crime. She contributed short stories to anthologies Shhhh...Murder! (Darkhouse Books, 2018) and Finally Home (Bienvenue Press, 2019). Her personal finance book Live Well, Grow Wealth was originally published as Live Cheaply, Be Happy, Grow Wealthy, an e-book on Smashwords. Sharon has published travel articles, book reviews, and corporate training manuals, and she writes a personal finance blog called Countdown to Financial Fitness. She grew up in Tyler, Texas, and earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Houston in French and English. She studied for a year in Tours, France, on a Rotary scholarship and then moved to Los Angeles to pursue her Masters in Professional Writing at the University of Southern California. Retired from a 27-year career with Delta Air Lines, she lives in Peachtree City, Georgia, doing volunteer work for the Fayette Humane Society and the Fayette County Master Gardeners UGA Extension.

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When Mirabelle Montgomery visits Paris on a business trip for her critically ill mother to buy antiques, she finds an aged note in a 1900 Paris Exhibition coin purse souvenir: Meet me at the Luxembourg Carousel —M.

On a whim, Mirabelle stops at the Carousel, where she is sent into its whirling time travel vortex. She becomes The Carousel Traveler, transported to 1900 Paris to alter a man’s destiny. But whose?

Deposited onto the moving sidewalk of the Paris Exhibition in a beautiful Paquin design, Mirabelle is weak and disoriented. She accepts assistance from sexy yet secretive Jacques Thibaut, a disgraced former police detective who now races newfangled automobiles at untested speeds.

Fiery passion ignites between them, despite the clash of Mirabelle’s modern feminism with Jacques’ male superiority. Although he will not divulge his tormented past, Mirabelle believes she has found her man…but she has been sent to change his fate, not fall in love.

If she proves Jacques innocent, the Carousel will whirl Mirabelle back to the present and her mother, separating the lovers by over a century.
Unless…they become Carousel Travelers, together. 
Against the backdrop of the clock’s striking, Mira tried to order her thoughts. If she presumed chance had no play in what was happening to her, then the coin purse had been awaiting her, as M. Laveille claimed. It neatly fit, for who knew more about Alice Guy than she did. If she had been sent to help Alice or a man dear to her, why then not drop her directly into the woman’s life?
Instead, she had been deposited next to Bernadette on le trottoir roulant. Nothing was happening by chance, Mira reminded herself, so she must have been drawn into Bernadette’s life on purpose. To save the girl from that strange man on the walkway who had frightened her? Or, was it for Bernadette to introduce her to Jacques? As a race car célébrité, he must know other célébrités, such as the renowned filmmakers of his era. Was Jacques to introduce her to Alice?
If so, Alice would not know her, so why would she confide in her? Jacques would find her insistence on meeting the filmmaker suspicious—unless she confided about her time travel and the instructions that she had been given to earn her return to her real life. As if either would believe that. She barely did.  
Mira’s breathing sped up at the sound of the last strike of the clock. She was guessing at Alice Guy being her mission. Why couldn’t the mysterious old man speak to her plainly instead of in damn riddles? If she saw him again, she’d demand that he tell her more.
Jacques returned his watch to his vest’s pocket. He looked at her with one eyebrow cocked. “You went somewhere, deep in thought.”
Mira shrugged. “Thinking about my next course of action.” Which is how to ask you for an introduction to Alice Guy.
“Remember. You are not alone.” He pressed close to Mira. She leaned into the comfort of his embrace. When her lips met his, the heat of their kiss left her breathless.
He whispered, “Who are you really and from where do you come? What is your life’s story?”
 If only I could tell you. She turned her head away, leaving his questions to linger between them.
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