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When One Door Opens, Another One Hits You In The Tush
We’ve all heard the expression: when one door closes, another one opens. And while it’s easier to focus on the open door, the one that represents what’s new, unexpected, fresh, and possible, it’s not always wise to ignore the door we had to close to move forward.
I’m a fan of fresh starts. I’ve had more than one and by the time I shuffle off this mortal coil, I expect I’ll have racked up a few more. There is something exciting about creating—or recreating—our futures, like clay animals from a fresh container of Play-Doh. But if we’re not careful and we ignore the reasons that led up to that fresh start, we might rush the process and not fully appreciate the middle ground that helps us move from one to the other.
And there’s the rub of moving forward. We can only stretch ourselves so thin. There are things we want that are out of reach—until we let go of the safety net that’s keeping us comfortable. (Hey, there’s nothing wrong with comfort either. Some days my bed is so comfortable I’m willing to ignore my entire to-do list!)
In LOVER COME HACK, Madison Night is faced with a decision. And if it were an easy one, she might have made it in book one. But this being book six, it’s time. She can’t open one door until she closes another (and she’s a decorator, so she knows a thing or two about doors!) And while she and I know moving forward is always good, the decision represents change. And while it’s super easy to be a fan of new, exciting fresh starts and all of the possibilities that lie within, it’s equally easy to hate change.
Madison’s entire business, personal style, and living space are rooted in mid-century. You could make the argument that while Madison is a modern-day businesswoman, she isn’t a particularly big fan of change. And to add insult to injury, I, myself (who maybe has something to do with Madison and her decisions, at least occasionally when she cooperates with me) am in a very different head space than I was when she first showed up in my imagination.
So, can you be a fan of fresh starts and not a fan of change? Can you appreciate the possibilities of an open door if you resent the closed door behind you? Has anyone ever actually managed to have it all and be sane?
Inquiring minds want to know.
About LOVER COME HACK: After a falling out with a friend flips interior decorator Madison Night’s world inside out, she’s determined to revamp her life. Jane Strong, fellow mid-century modern enthusiast, encourages Madison’s entry in an upcoming design competition, but their rift makes collaboration no longer an option.
When Jane is found dead, Madison tops the suspect list. And when anonymous computer hackings interfere with both the investigation and the competition, Jane’s murder no longer seems random. With a mess of a love life, an angry client, and a looming deadline on her contest entry, Madison turns to an unlikely ally to decode a motive before a crash becomes imminent.
About Diane: After two decades working for a top luxury retailer, Diane Vallere traded fashion accessories for accessories to murder. She is a three-time Lefty Award nominee for best humorous mystery and a past president of Sisters in Crime. She started her own detective agency at age ten and has maintained a passion for shoes, clues, and clothes ever since. Website: https://dianevallere.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DianeVallereAuthor/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dianevallere/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/dianevallere
Preorder Contest: To celebrate the release of LOVER COME HACK, Diane is giving away a house! A reissue of a 1962 Barbie Dream House, to be specific. Get the scoop here (and get a peek at chapter one while you’re there!) https://dianevallere.com/lover-come-hack Good luck!