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Monday, October 29, 2018


About the Book

Book Title: the Vintage Wren Volume 1
Author: Chautona Havig
Genre: Christian / Fiction / General / Romance
Release date: May 25, 2016 (still in progress)
The Vintage Wren is a serial novel released in episodes on Amazon. However, subscribers can get FREE weekly installments (a chapter in length) delivered right to your inbox every Wednesday(ish—life delays it now and then). To sign up for weekly installments, click HERE.  To read past installments visit The Write Chatterings group on Facebook.
The Vintage Wren is a serial novel released in several chapter episodes. Volume One contains the first four and a half episodes in one full-length novel.
Cassie Wren. Legal assistant. Convenience queen. Thrifter extraordinaire. If there was a “green police” she’d be a fugitive from eco-friendly justice.
But when a friend’s teasing feels like a challenge, Cassie accepts it. The result? One year. Twelve months. Fifty-two weeks. Three hundred sixty-five days–of green.
It seemed simple enough. Cut back on paper plates, plastic forks, and straws. Easy peasy. But when her competitive side wars against her desire for convenience, Cassie finds it’s not so easy to be “eco-friendly” and “Cassie-friendly.”
January Shopping for Cassie’s annual New Year’s Eve party sparks an innocent comment that Cassie can’t forget. So, during their New Year’s Day goal planning session, Cassie’s friends tease her about her lack of eco-consciousness, and Cassie determines to change one new thing in favor of the planet every week. For a year. Even if it kills her.
She’s confident it will.
Cassie’s first month includes eradicating the extraneous paper, glass, plastic, and metal from her life. However, she finds that it’s not quite as easy as she thought. Paper and plastic cover everything manufactured or packaged–even water, produce, and restaurant food! Glass is great, but you can only have so many “reusable jars,” and metal reduction means her hair may end up a nightmare of uncontrollable frizzies!
She doesn’t even want to talk about her water reduction plans.
But it’s not all been bad. She’s saved a lot of money, has prospects for a new business, her impromptu blog is gaining traffic, and she even has a new boyfriend. Add to that, a few great friends who keep her going when things get rough, and the realization that there are only eleven months to go, and Cassie just might make it.
Now only if her car would cooperate and make it, too!

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About the Author

The author of dozens of books in a variety of genres, Chautona Havig lives and writes in California’s Mojave Desert where she uses story to nudge her readers to the feet of the Master Storyteller.

Guest Post from Chautona

How Writing about Cassie’s Eco-Challenge Has Changed My Way of Living

I didn’t think it through—not really. I mean, how hard could it be? All I had to do is give Cassie my own reactions to things like giving up straws and having to use tote bags at the grocery store. I just needed 52 simple things she could change in her life—one new one for each episode.
Piece of cake.
I should have known better. I don’t do things halfway when I get into them. Yes, I’ve discovered that Cassie is more like me in some ways than I ever imagined. And as I’ve researched things for her to freak out about, I’ve done a bit of freaking out myself. Certain questions and thoughts won’t go away.
For instance, in 2017 1.26 BILLION dollars were spent on plush toys. Just plush toys. Stuffed animals. And I don’t know how many weren’t purchased. Those are just the ones that were. That’s… a LOT of stuffed toys. If each toy cost 20 dollars (and we all know most are half that or less these days), that’s 63 million of those toys purchased and brought home.
In one year.
Shampoo, conditioner, and laundry soap bottles. Not sure why this one bothers me as much as it does. I think, actually, it’s the huge amount of water as much as it is all the plastic.
Look, we no longer have eight females in our house. But we do still have four there at all times—five on breaks. That’s a lot of shampoo bottles every year. A big portion of both laundry soap, shampoo, and conditioner is… water. We pay for a big bottle (lots of plastic and water) and to ship that to us—either because we had to have it shipped to a store for us to buy it or we had to have it shipped to our house.
I am paying extra for water that I could add myself at a fraction of the cost.
And the things go on and on. The lake that almost disappeared in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan because of how much water it takes to grow and process cotton.
See, the thing is, I’m not a green nut.
I don’t think it’s as easy to “destroy the planet” as we like to say. I do think, much like we do with our bodies and such, that we can reduce the quality of the world around us, however.
And while I’ll never jump on Cassie’s bandwagon—certainly not for life, I have made a few changes in how I do things. And as time goes on, I find myself making even more.
Like what, you ask?
I’ll tell you.
Here are three small ways I’ve changed how we do things in our house.
  1. I started buying Dropps. They’re an automatically-shipped laundry pod. Each one is tiny—just a little smaller than the average “pod” and a whole lot cheaper. Also, there are no extra dyes or other things that are supposed to be bad for you and the planet.
I don’t really care about that. I just care that they work. And they do. And they’re cheaper than my Tide. 🙂
  1. I got a shampoo bar for my birthday. I thought it would be like washing with regular soap—especially after I started rinsing my hair! It freaked me out. One idea down the drain… I thought.
But no, after the second or third use, it still felt weird while wet, but it dried beautifully, and I didn’t need to use additional conditioner. It’s in the bar or something. I even tried the old way again to compare after-shower tangles. Identical.
  1. Dryer balls. Those felted wool balls really do work! A wonderful reader of mine sent me some, and it made my day! My youngest daughter and I are now trying to work with felted sweaters to try to turn them into dryer balls—or maybe even into sheets! (although, I think the balls bouncing around also kind of pound the clothes into submission or something. “Sheets” might not work, but I’m tempted to try it!
Look, you’ll never find me standing in front of a case in a mini-mart, freaking out because I want a Coke and can’t justify it. That’s not going to happen. But if I can choose a reasonable alternative to what I already do, well… it’s time to consider that.
There you have it. Three ways my life has changed since writing Cassie’s crazy story.


Cassie is a wonderful character and I laughed so much my side hurt. We all at some point said we were going to change our habits. Of course we want to save the environment and do our part. Cassie thinks about those things as she rushes off to get all these easy to throw away plastic and paper goods for a party. 

Cassie is about to have a close encounter of the "eco-friendly" world in three, two, one. What's a person to do when you are challenged to change your habits? Oh Cassie my dear you are in for a bumpy ride. Who knew there was so much unnecessary things we use everyday ? The shenanigans Cassie finds herself in is hysterical. I am no expert and I would be right there with her as my laundry came out all twisted up. Why did her laundry get messed up you ask? Well you must read the story to find out Cassie's lessons in what is disposable and what isn't. Her friends are a hoot and I think I am partial to Joel. 

I love that this is set up in a series that you can sign up for to follow Cassie on her adventure. We are just beginning in January and already Cassie is up to her eyeballs in what to do. I learned how much I waste buying paper plates and plastic cups. Who wants to take the time to wash the dishes? I do now that I have read this story. I can't believe the waste of money I spend on convenient products. 

I love the banter between Cassie and her mother. I'm chuckling now as I remember their talks. I've wondered what my kids were thinking with their ideas. I always got the eye roll from one of them when my own ideas were shut down. I loved how the author had Cassie start a blog so others could follow her adventure. The book is funny, helpful and filled with nuggets of wisdom. 

I can't end my review without quoting some wonderful insights the author wrote.
1. "If you don't have something nice to say....." What a great reminder that we may not agree what others do, but we don't need to insult them with our opinions
2. "I'm going to make mistakes. I just need to learn from them." Stop beating yourself up all the time. We learn from our mistakes.
3." We get so caught up in things that we miss the important stuff-like calling our parents and inviting them out to dinner, or bringing dinner to them. "
4. "Go out and be You. Just lean on your greatest support group Leader when you do it. Lean on Jesus."

I can't wait to read the next installment of this story. Cassie has become my all time favorite character. She is sassy, goes overboard at times, is hard on herself, but she has the biggest heart ever. I loved the tips the author provided and I am thinking of putting some to use. 

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.

Blog Stops

The April Journal , October 16
Among the Reads , October 16
Inklings and Notions , October 17
Lots of HelpersOctober 18
Carpe Diem, October 19
The Lit AddictOctober 21
Aryn The Libraryan , October 23
Bigreadersite, October 24
Mary Hake, October 24
Cultivating UsOctober 25
MultifariousOctober 26
Bibliophile ReviewsOctober 27
Texas Book-aholic, October 29
The Mimosa BlossomOctober 29


Vintage Wren giveaway
To celebrate her tour, Chautona is giving away a grand prize package that includes 5 Shopping totes, a Shampoo Bar, a Foldable Straw, and a $10 Amazon gift card!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


  1. Thanks for such a fun review! I love writing her story!

  2. I am enjoying these tours and finding all the terrific books my family is enjoying reading. Thanks for bringing them to us and keep up the good work.

  3. I am loving this series, too! So many good tips wrapped up in a wonderful story.