Sunday, August 9, 2015

That 70s Vibe...

Is it research or inspiration? Things I’ve found 'researching' the seventies for the Country Club Murders:

This quote: A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle – attributed to both Gloria Steinem and Irina Dunn. Because my books are set in the United States, if I use it (when I use it) I’ll give Steinem credit.

This advertisement: 

There are so many things wrong. As a mother I object to the cigarette, the lack of brassiere and a young girl seeing Last Tango in Paris (a movie in which a young woman enters into an abusive, anonymous relationship with a broken man twice her age is not really the best thing for a girl to watch). That said, there are worse ads...

There are no words...

This carpet: 

Apparently it needed to be raked. *shudder*

This website: The Jewel Box.  Given all the discussion of transgender living of late, I thought it was fascinating.

This song: 

A bit of trivia—Janis Ian was the first musical guest on Saturday Night Live on October 11, 1975.

This museum: 

A Kansas City treasure. Corinthian Hall was built as a private home.

This dress: 

Introduced in 1974, Diane Von Furstenberg's wrap dress has stood the test of time.

Feeling nostalgic? The Deep End is available now. Guaranteed to Bleed will release October 13, 2015. Clouds in my Coffee will be available in 2016.

Julie Mulhern is a Kansas City native who grew up on a steady diet of Agatha Christie. She spends her spare time whipping up gourmet meals for her family, working out at the gym and finding new ways to keep her house spotlessly clean--and she's got an active imagination. Truth is--she's an expert at calling for take-out, she grumbles about walking the dog and the dust bunnies under the bed have grown into dust lions. 

Her first romance was a finalist in the 2014 Golden Heart® contest. That book, A Haunting Desire, released July 28, 2015.

Julie also writes mysteries. The Deep End (available now) is her first mystery and is the winner of The Sheila Award. Look for book two, Guaranteed to Bleed, October 13, 2015.

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  1. I remember all this and more, mostly racking that darn shag carpet. Looking forward to your new book, if it's set on the 70's I know you'll make it as memorable.

    1. Thanks, Nancy! All the Country Club Murders are set in the 70s...Guaranteed to Bleed is actually named after 1970s' madras which was was guaranteed to bleed.

  2. I never had shag carpeting, but I wanted it when it first came ot. Sure glad I couldn't afford it.