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INGENUE by Jillian Larkin

INGENUE, Volume Two of Jillian Larkin’s THE FLAPPERS series, picks up where VIXEN left off.

Everyone is now in New York. Gloria and Jerome are trying to hide from the mob. Vera, Jerome’s younger sister is frantically looking for them. Marcus has fallen for Clara, who is trying to keep away as her former life as the Queen of the Flappers beckons. And Lorraine is trying to get back at everyone who hurt her in VIXEN.

A fast entertaining read, this novel will give today’s teens something new to think about. Four stars.

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VIXEN by Jillian Larkin

Jillian Larkin’s VIXEN is the first volume of her series THE FLAPPERS set between 1923 and 1925 in Chicago and later in New York. What is remarkable about this novel is the use of such wonderful flapper slang as “spifflicated,” “jake,” “swooney,” “sheik,” and “sheba.”

This first novel is set in Chicago, as a group of 17-year-old high school seniors skip school to go to speakeasies for a night on the town. Unfortunately, they get embroiled with the mob.

This first novel sets up the problems that wind through the rest of the series. So we learn that rich debutante Gloria Carmody falls for a black musician. That Clara, her cousin, has left a racy past back in New York. And that Lorraine has been accepted by Barnard in New York, conveniently across the street from Columbia, where her heartthrob Marcus is going.

As you can tell from the description, this is not serious stuff, and it is aimed at a young audience. There is nothing here about shell shock, or about the horrors of the Great War. However, if you like your 1920s served lite, this is the book for you. Four stars.

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Preview of forthcoming novel AN UNSUITABLE SUITOR

Just wanted you all to know the exciting news that I’ve finally finished this novel! (Here is a mockup of the cover. What do you think of it?) By ‘finished’ I mean that I have sent off the MSS to my fabulous editor, and we are now working on the final edits before it is publishable.

The novel is about identity, forbidden love and family secrets.

Set in 1920s Washington DC and Berlin, Germany, we are drawn into the world of a violinist honing her craft with the most celebrated violin pedagogue of the day, amid the seediness and glamor of 1920s Berlin.

While I was at the 2012 Historical Novel Society Conference in London, I managed to get TWO agents interested!

Stay tuned & have a fabulous weekend.

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Book Review: F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

41fnvtrge8l_sl160_Set in New York City in the early 1920s, this is a classic of twentieth century American literature.  Nick Carraway, a well-to-do young man who rents a house on Long Island (in West Egg village), narrates the story of the mysterious Jay Gatsby and his relationship with Daisy Buchanan and her husband Tom.  It is also a story about the growing sophistication of life in the early twentieth century, with it undercurrents of growing convenience (embodied in the motor car) and growing cities (New York).
The bright young things in their new-fangled clothes with their brittle witticisms provide the sparkle, but it is the dashes of tragedy that make this novel memorable and great.  If you have never read this novel before and would like to get a sense of life in the twenties when so many things seemed to open up for so many people, this is the perfect novel for you.

–Cynthia Haggard writes short stories, novels and poetry.  During the day, she is a medical writer and owns her own business.  For more on her creative writing, go to spunstories.  For more about her medical writing services, go to clarifyingconcepts.  (c) 2008. All rights reserved.

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