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Posted on January 3, 2014 at 9:34 AM

GWEN REYES/DOWNTON ABBEY BOOKS

 

www.FreshFiction.com

 

 

Downtrodden Abbey by  Gillian Fetlocks

 

The Interminable Saga of an Insufferable Family

Welcome to Downtrodden Abbey, where a battle for the deed to the property is waged between legitimate aristocrats and literal pretenders to the throne. The Crawfish family—Marry, Supple, Enid, Lady Flora, and Lord Roderick—are content wiling their days away with naughty charades and twenty-two course dinners until the sinking of the Gigantic takes down the next in line to inherit Downtrodden. Soon, cousin Isabich and her son, Atchew, the rightful heir to the Abbey, arrive to claim what's theirs.

Downstairs, the servants are running amok, as crippled weakling Brace is aggressively courted by teen hottie Nana, and lady's maid "Potatoes" O'Grotten and her flamboyant sidekick, Tomaine, cause trouble at every turn.

The ensuing, insufferably overwrought melodrama takes the reader upstairs and downstairs, into parlours and drawing rooms, boudoirs and bathrooms, and across every class—from the classiest to the classless—in the social pecking order of Edwardian England.

Uproariously funny, with a wicked sense of humor that Downton Abbey diehards will enjoy, Gillians Fetlocks skewers your favorite characters with panache in this winning parody

Historical

    

 

 

While We Were Watching Downton Abbey by  Wendy Wax

 

When the concierge of The Alexander, a historic Atlanta apartment building, invites his fellow residents to join him for weekly screenings of Downton Abbey, four very different people find themselves connecting with the addictive drama, and—even more unexpectedly—with each other...

Samantha Davis married young and for the wrong reason: the security of old Atlanta money—for herself and for her orphaned brother and sister. She never expected her marriage to be complicated by love and compromised by a shattering family betrayal.

Claire Walker is now an empty nester and struggling author who left her home in the suburbs for the old world charm of The Alexander, and for a new and productive life. But she soon wonders if clinging to old dreams can be more destructive than having no dreams at all.

And then there's Brooke MacKenzie, a woman in constant battle with her faithless ex–husband. She's just starting to realize that it's time to take a deep breath and come to terms with the fact that her life is not the fairy tale she thought it would be.

For Samantha, Claire, Brooke—and Edward, who arranges the weekly gatherings—it will be a season of surprises as they forge a bond that will sustain them through some of life's hardest moments—all of it reflected in the unfolding drama, comedy, and convergent lives of Downton Abbey.

Women's Fiction Contemporary

    

 

 

Making Masterpiece by  Rebecca Eaton

 

25 Years Behind the Scenes at Masterpiece Theatre and Mystery! on PBS

The Emmy Award-winning producer of PBS’s Masterpiece Theatre and Mystery! reveals the secrets to Downton Abbey, Sherlock, and its other hit programs

For more than twenty-five years and counting, Rebecca Eaton has presided over PBS’s Masterpiece Theatre, the longest running weekly prime time drama series in American history. From the runaway hits

Upstairs, Downstairs  and The Buccaneers, to the hugely popular Inspector Morse, Prime Suspect, and Poirot, Masterpiece Theatre and its sibling series Mystery! have been required viewing for fans of quality drama.

Eaton interviews many of the writers, directors, producers, and other contributors and shares personal anecdotes—including photos taken with her own camera—about her decades-spanning career. She reveals what went on behind the scenes during such triumphs as Cranford and the multiple, highly-rated programs made from Jane Austen’s novels, as well as her aggressive campaign to attract younger viewers via social media and online streaming. Along the way she shares stories about actors and other luminaries such as Alistair Cooke, Maggie Smith, Diana Rigg, Benedict Cumberbatch and Daniel Radcliffe, whose first TV role was as the title character in David Copperfield.

Readers will also get to know Eaton on a personal level. With a childhood steeped in theater, an affinity for nineteenth century novels and culture, and an  “accidental apprenticeship” with the BBC, Eaton was practically born to  lead the Masterpiece and Mystery! franchises. Making Masterpiece marks the first time  the driving force behind the enduring flagship show reveals all.

Non-Fiction Memoir

 

Servants by  Lucy Lethbridge

 

A Downstairs History of Britain from the Nineteenth-Century to Modern Times

The vividly told lives of British servants and the upper crust they served.

From the immense staff running a lavish Edwardian estate and the lonely maid-of-all-work cooking in a cramped middle-class house to the poor child doing chores in a slightly less poor household, servants were essential to the British way of life. They were hired not only for their skills but also to demonstrate the social standing of their employers—even as they were required to tread softly and blend into the background. More than simply the laboring class serving the upper crust—as popular culture would have us believe—they were a diverse group that shaped and witnessed major changes in the modern home, family, and social order.

Spanning over a hundred years, Lucy Lethbridgein this "best type of history" (Literary Review)brings to life through letters and diaries the voices of countless men and women who have been largely ignored by the historical record. She also interviews former and current servants for their recollections of this waning profession.

At the fore are the experiences of young girls who slept in damp corners of basements, kitchen maids who were required to stir eggs until the yolks were perfectly centered, and cleaners who had to scrub floors on their hands and knees despite the wide availability of vacuum cleaners. We also meet a lord who solved his inability to open a window by throwing a brick through it and Winston Churchill’s butler who did not think Churchill would know how to dress on his own.

A compassionate and discerning exploration of the complex relationship between the server, the served, and the world they lived in, Servants opens a window onto British society from the Edwardian period to the present.

Non-Fiction

    

 

Lady Almina And The Real Downton Abbey by Fiona Carnarvon

 

The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle

Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey tells the story behind Highclere Castle, the real-life inspiration and setting for Julian Fellowes’s Emmy Award-winning PBS show, and the life of one of its most famous inhabitants, Lady Almina, the 5th Countess of Carnarvon. Drawing on a rich store of materials from the archives of Highclere Castle, including diaries, letters, and photographs, the current Lady Carnarvon has written a transporting story of this fabled home on the brink of war.

 Much like her Masterpiece Classic counterpart Lady Cora Crawley, Lady Almina was the daughter of a wealthy industrialist, Alfred de Rothschild, who married his daughter off at a young age, her dowry serving as the crucial link in the effort to preserve the Earl of Carnarvon's ancestral home.  Throwing open the doors of Highclere Castle to tend to the wounded of World War I, Lady Almina distinguished herself as a brave and remarkable woman.

This rich tale contrasts the splendor of Edwardian life in a great house against the backdrop of the First World War and offers an inspiring and revealing picture of the woman at the center of the history of Highclere Castle.

Non-Fiction Biography

    

 

 

 

Lady Catherine, The Earl, And The Real Downton Abbey by  Fiona Carnarvon

 

Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey, a transporting companion piece to the New York Times bestseller Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey, tells the story of Catherine Wendell, the beautiful and spirited American woman who married Lady Almina's son, the man who would become the 6th Earl of Carnarvon. The couple presided over Highclere Castle, the grand estate that serves as the setting for the hit PBS show. Following the First World War, many of the great houses of England faded as their owners fortunes declined in the new political and social world of the 1920s and 1930s. As war loomed, Highclere's survival as the family home of the Carnarvons was again in the balance—as was peace between the nations of Europe.

Using copious materials—including diaries and scrapbooks—from the castle's archives, the current Countess of Carnarvon brings alive a very modern story in a beautiful and fabled setting, paying particular attention to the staff who provide Highclere Castle with continuity between generations.

Non-Fiction Biography

    

 

 

Snobs by Julian Fellowes

 

From the creator of the Emmy Award-winning Downton Abbey...

"The English, of all classes as it happens, are addicted to exclusivity. Leave three Englishmen in a room and they will invent a rule that prevents a fourth joining them."

The best comedies of manners are often deceptively simple, seamlessly blending social critique with character and story. In his superbly observed first novel, Julian Fellowes, creator of the Masterpiece sensation Downton Abbey and winner of an Academy Award for his original screenplay of Gosford Park, brings us an insider's look at a contemporary England that is still not as classless as is popularly supposed.

Edith Lavery, an English blonde with large eyes and nice manners, is the daughter of a moderately successful accountant and his social-climbing wife. While visiting his parents' stately home as a paying guest, Edith meets Charles, the Earl Broughton, and heir to the Marquess of Uckfield, who runs the family estates in East Sussex and Norfolk. To the gossip columns he is one of the most eligible young aristocrats around.

When he proposes. Edith accepts. But is she really in love with Charles? Or with his title, his position, and all that goes with it?

One inescapable part of life at Broughton Hall is Charles's mother, the shrewd Lady Uckfield, known to her friends as "Googie" and described by the narrator---an actor who moves comfortably among the upper classes while chronicling their foibles---"as the most socially expert individual I have ever known at all well. She combined a watchmaker's eye for detail with a madam's knowledge of the world." Lady Uckfield is convinced that Edith is more interested in becoming a countess than in being a good wife to her son. And when a television company, complete with a gorgeous leading man, descends on Broughton Hall to film a period drama, "Googie's" worst fears seem fully justified.

In this wickedly astute portrait of the intersecting worlds of aristocrats and actors, Julian Fellowes establishes himself as an irresistible storyteller and a deliciously witty chronicler of modern manners.

Historical

    

Mouseton Abbey by Nick Page

 

An adorable tale about the mice of Mouseton Abbey!

It's Cheesemas at Mouseton Abbey. And at Cheesemas, the Mouseton family pass around the Great Big Cheesy Diamond and everyone gets to make a wish. But this year, there's a problem. The house is clean, the feast is being prepared, but the Great Big Cheesy Diamond is missing!

Join Lord Mouseton and his servants as they search for the missing diamond. Will Cheesemas be ruined? Or will they find the Cheesy Diamond in time?

With beautiful, hand-knitted characters and ornate, illustrated backgrounds, the unique visual style of this book will delight young readers and adults alike. Nick Page's charming and witty story makes this book perfect for reading with young children!

Childrens

   

 

DOWNTON ABBEY JEWELRY COLLECTION

 

www.Macys.com

 

The Downton Abbey Jewelry collection is available locally at the Macy’s at Galleria Dallas.

 

 

DOWNTOWN ABBEY MERCHANDISE

 

 

Downtown Abbey Lip Gloss: http://www.marksandspencer.com

 

Downtown Abbey Soap: http://www.marksandspencer.com

 

Downton Abbey Wine: Sigel's Dallas

 

Downton Abbey Tea: http://www.republicoftea.com/

 

 

RENEE ROULEAU/ 5TIPS TO BANISH DRY, CRACKED HANDS THIS WINTER   

For many people, dry hands in the winter can be a real problem. The lack of moisture in the air combined with the drying heat can take a toll on the hands. Add in all the alcohol-based hand sanitizers being used to prevent colds and flu’s, and it really makes for rough, cracking dry hands. These are my tips for keeping hands soft and moist all winter long.

Wear gloves whenever possible. Not only does it help protect your skin from the dry elements of the air, but also when worn in public places, there is no need for the use of hand sanitizers as your hands are already protected. Also, be sure to wear rubber gloves when washing dishes and always keep hand lotion by your sink, so it’s conveniently located right at your fingertips. (prop: Renee’s favorite gloves)

Exfoliate using with glycolic acid. Don’t think exfoliation is exclusively for the face. Your hands could also benefit from removing dry skin cells.  Two nights a week I like to exfoliate my hands by mixing a few drops of Renée Rouleau AHA Smoothing Serum 20 %  in with hand lotion. It turns the lotion into an exfoliating lotion and really helps to keep my hands baby soft and moist. (prop: Renée Rouleau AHA Smoothing Serum 20 %  and generic hand lotion)

Keep hand lotion in your bag and use throughout the day. Keeping lotion on the hands throughout the day is essential, especially after washing your hands when the water tends to be drawn out of the skin into the dry air. Apply at least twice during the day.

Moisturize and sleep with cotton gloves. Applying a good moisturizer to the hands before sleeping is a must in the winter, but sleeping with cotton gloves can really repair dry, cracked hands. I know it’s not always practical to sleep with gloves, but even if you can do it once a week, it will really make a difference. (prop: cotton gloves)

 

Use a humidifier in your bedroom at night. To best prevent dry skin, it’s important to keep moisture in the air. The nightly use of a humidifier helps you do just that. Keep it in the place where you spend the most time – your bedroom. By keeping moisture in the air, you can keep it in your skin as well. (prop: humidifier 

REGGIE JONES/ “STILETTOS ON GRIDIRON”

www.reginald-reggie-jones.com

 

Reggie Jones is making several stops around DFW through Monday signing copies of his book.

Today, you can find him at the Barnes and Noble on Royal Lane beginning at 11am, The Lou Lou Boutique and the Draft Media Sports at the Sheraton Dallas.

Tomorrow he’ll be at Le Meridan Dallas and the Stoneleigh Hotel. You can log onto his website www.reginald-reggie-jones.com for more details.

 

 

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