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Jan's Newsletter   *  November 2020   *   Edition No. 136
Hello from Lori
Halloween 2020 - Hera
October is done. How? What? Where? Literally, I don't even know when and where I am most days.  October ended up being a rough mental month for me. Logically, I know we are all on personal cycles of mental highs and lows, but wow it hit me harder than I thought. I've bounced out of it for the moment and am hoping for a good long while. 
Holiday shopping season is fast approaching and it is going to be a weird one.  I've gotten warnings from distributors that shipping is not going to be guaranteed the closer we get, so plan ahead! If you have books you want to get someone, email me the list and we can get started!  If we need to work on a layaway program, let me know! I'd rather be able to get the titles for you than wait and not. 
Shop Local! Let's talk about how much harder it is going to be to shop local this year.  Bazaars are mostly cancelled...shops have capacity limits, so it requires a little more time and planning... stores have closed... rules are different at every store you go to... Please don't let these stumbling blocks stop you from shopping local.  I know it's not as convenient as one stop shopping from home online...but...local stores are incredibly important to a healthy economy and this year has hit all our local shops REALLY hard. Big box/online retailers will survive, I promise.  A lot of small businesses have not and aren't going to make it. Let's keep as many of them around as we can.
To try to help make shopping as painless as possible, I reached out to all my vendors and had them beef up their displays here.  I've created a page on my website with my vendor items and some gift pack ideas, if you want to take a look without having to come to the store.
I also want to remind everyone that most of your local stores have gear for sale. Buying a glass/mug/shirt/etc from one of your local stores as a present is a three-fer. First, you directly support your favorite shops. Second, you get a unique gift item for someone that you can be pretty sure they don't already have and can probably use. Third, you help market that shop and hopefully expose new customers to your favorite shop. (and hopefully when they use the item it markets that store to more people). 
Whatever and wherever you plan on shopping, plan on taking care of that soon! 
For Halloween this year, there was no big trick-or-treating event, but I played Hera and did social distance candy-giving =) It was a fun day. 
I actually was able to read some books this month and that made me happy! 

Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall - This is going into my favorite reads for the year and the author is going on my auto-buy list. Super cute love story.
From Alaska With Love by Ally James - This was a light contemporary read. It wasn't completely what I thought it would be, but was an easy read. 
Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar - YA Bookclub selection.  Was interesting to learn some new mythology, but was a high fantasy book so was hard for me to get through.  
Heiress for Hire by Madeline Hunter - Romance Bookclub selection.  I tend to be hyper-critical of Regency's because I've read so many of them, but this was quite enjoyable. Enough so, I will probably read the next book in the series when it comes out. 
Be safe and healthy! 

Debbie's Corner
Hello November! Oh my gosh I am so ready to be done with 2020, I know I should be careful what I wish for. Where am I you ask? I am in Cumming Georgia and it is a beautiful sunny morning. To get here we took a little drive through the Smoky Mountains. Not smoky at all like the mountains at home when we left. The leaves were turning and it was so pretty. I visited the Georgia Aquarium the other day which is amazing. If you ever get to Atlanta do not miss it. The new Shark exhibit had just opened and they have a baby baluga whale that was born in March. The Coke museum is across the park, also worth a visit. 

What do I do with my days....I did some sewing for my daughter. She works in a pediatric dental clinic and PPE is still in short supply so I sewed masks, and surgical hats and of course I read.

Our trip is in the home stretch. We are leaving for a couple of days in Tampa, then a couple days in Mississippi, then home.

What have I read? I finished up Robyn Carr’s Thunder Point series, The Hero, The Chance, The Promise, The Homecoming, One Wish, A New Hope and Wildest Dreams.

Summer at Lake Haven by Raeanne Thayer. This was my first Raeanne Thayne book, I like the way she writes so if you are looking for a lite happy ending without the language and bedroom scenes this is the book for you.

Lemon Sisters by Jill Shalvis, I always enjoy her books.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Debbie's Trip Pics
Truly! Many customers have come in and shared with me that they have voted and it makes me so happy.  So thank you! 
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Wednesdays we are always closed. Thanksgiving is an obvious day, but the day after Thanksgiving we will also be closed because we don't have any customers that day.  Don't worry, if you have anything you want to order I'll be around checking emails and such. 
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