Sandra L. Young

An author sharing her passion for the performing arts and vintage clothing

Divinely Dramatic RELEASE!

Divinely Dramatic is in the world! Vintage fashionista Marcy Alexander reluctantly agrees to costume a community theater play and ends up with more drama than one girl can handle. While revitalizing her squelched artistic desires, she must harness her aura-reading ability to untangle a ghostly mystery from 1966.

After losing a bet with his prankster buddies, director Mike Figueroa’s main goal is to bring off the best show possible. The artsy, fill-in costumer provides more hindrance than help as he’s both drawn to and annoyed by her. Dogged by a persistent ghost, and an ailing mom who urges her to finally pursue her dream career, Marcy needs to solve the mystery from the past before she can figure out the riddles of her own heart.

Meanwhile, DIVINE VINTAGE – the first in the series – is available through numerous online retailers. Just click the links below to purchase either book. The third and final novel, THE GHOSTLY DIVA, will be published May 1, 2024! I love to stay in touch to share updates with all readers and vintage lovers. Please subscribe at the bottom of the page to receive occasional newsletters, including a sweet vintage short story via the link that will appear on the page after you submit. Thank you!!

Praise for Divine Vintage and Divinely Dramatic

“In Divine Vintage, Sandra Young walks us back into time to a murder/suicide mystery in 1913 that will keep the reader as spellbound as the lovely vintage clothing the author so adroitly describes. Well-written and woven with enough sensual tension to strum any romantic’s heartstrings, I give Divine Vintage FIVE STARS.”

CATHERINE LANIGAN, International Bestselling Author of over 45 published novels and non-fiction including: ROMANCING THE STONE; JEWEL OF THE NILE and Hallmark Channel’s THE SWEETEST HEART.
“The word that best describes everything Divine Vintage is elegant. The story telling voice is elegant, the weaving of time periods is presented with divine elegance, the description of lovely vintage clothing is texturally elegant, and the slow burn romance lends the elegance of lacy heat to the lovers’ journey. To top it off the story moves at a wonderful clip through the mystery of a time-bending who-done-it.”
LESLIE O'SULLIVAN, Author of PINK GUITARS AND FALLING STARS

“Ms. Young has penned a wonderfully romantic mystery featuring a sleuth with the ability to see into the past using vintage clothing. The characters are delightful, and I’m looking forward to the next book in the series!”

GAYLE LEESON , author of the GHOSTLY FASHIONISTA Mystery Series

“What a great book! From the first page, I was totally engaged, enthralled, captivated…historical mystery, paranormal visions, and romance made for a wonderful combination that I couldn’t put down. Looking forward to reading more by this author!”

SHEA , Rated 5 Stars on Goodreads

“I LOVED LOVED LOVED this book! From the Vintage clothing to the story between Tess and Trey to the dual timelines, it was the most fascinating book I’ve read in a long time. I love historical books that go from back in the day to present day because it gives me the feeling of being there and as if I’m watching a movie or a TV show come to life.”

FISHGIRLLOVESBOOKS , Instagram Review

…readers will find this story of a 1913 puzzle that draws a contemporary woman into the past to be thoroughly absorbing and hard to put down…Sandra L. Young crafts a divine story of contrasts in time, place, and purposes. Readers who enjoy engaging mystery spiced with sultry romantic overtones will especially appreciate the powerful presence of both in a story designed to simultaneously titillate and intrigue.

D. Donovan, Sr. Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

“In Divinely Dramatic, Young immerses us in the chaos and camaraderie of community theater, complete with a resident ghost, weaves in a romance, and ties it all up in a mystery that can only be solved when Marcy taps into a power she’s long tried to conceal. A heart-warming romance with a touch of magic.”

Kerry Ann King, author of Improbably Yours

“Cuddle into your favorite cozy chair with this clever, entertaining ghostly novel with a bit of spice and heat. Sandra L Young does it so well.”

Linda Rosen, author of The Emerald Necklace

“Sandra L. Young does a great job of weaving romantic threads and a strong dose of the paranormal into this book. Marcy sees auras around certain characters, and her role as a “cosmic messenger” makes for an intriguing read in this new, lively work.”

Nancy Nau Sullivan, Author of The Blanche Murninghan Mysteries

Devoted Vintage Enthusiast!

I fell head over heels for vintage clothing while acting in dozens of community theater productions. Through the years, I had a blast growing my own sizable collection. I wear many of these delectable items for special occasions and onstage. My finds span from balloon-sleeved Victorian blouses to fringed flapper dresses to 1990’s funk. As the history and fashion spoke to me, they also drew out the seeds of a novel. I’m beyond thrilled that DIVINE VINTAGE and DIVINELY DRAMATIC have published to rave reviews! On May 1, THE GHOSTLY DIVA will release to complete this fun series. Each book stands alone, so they can be read in any order. Divine Vintage features fashion from the 1913 timeline. Divinely Dramatic highlights 1895 balloon sleeves through the play being performed, along with groovy ’60s for the costume-room mystery. And The Ghostly Diva zeros in on the 1970’s-80s. Next, I’m transitioning to true historical fiction. Stay tuned!

I also continue to pursue my passions of singing, acting, and volunteering in the lakeside communities of Northwest Indiana, while reading novels by talented fellow writers. I hope you’ll join me on this exciting journey to pay tribute to the wonders of books and vintage clothing!

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Presentations / Signings:

Feb. 23, 4-6 p.m. CST Sweet P’s Fashions, LaPorte, IN

March 5, 3 p.m., LaPorte Little Theatre

March 18, 11 a.m., First United Methodist Church, LaPorte

May 29, 10 a.m. Catlin Library

Podcasts:

Feb. 16 Instagram LIVE with Author K.T. Blakemore

Feb. 22 Facebook LIVE on Bookish Road Trip, noon CST, with Barbara Davis, Kerry Ann King, and Gayle Trent Leeson

Charlotte Readers with Landis Wade (CLICK HERE TO LISTEN!)

Authors Over 50 with Julia Daily (CLICK HERE TO LISTEN!)

Steam Scenes (CLICK HERE)

TufFish with Jennifer Milius (CLICK HERE)

Creating from the Heart with Suzy Vance (CLICK HERE)

Fashions from the pages of Divine Vintage

When Tess arrives at Carver House to model for the style show, she’s greeted by Trey’s mother in 1960s brocade. Clarice’s sparkling personality and poise outshine this gorgeous number, which I picked up at our church treasure sale!

Beaded sweaters are mentioned several times in the novel. They’re popular items at the store, leading Tess to buy a few when she visits an exotic city’s flea market. (Guess where?!) I particularly love the pale aqua sweater above, which I bought years ago at an antique store.

Tess’ loyal assistant, Marcy, has bold, quirky fashion sense to mirror her artistic nature. She pairs this ’60s mini with leggings and orange high-top sneakers. Actually, the polyester dress is knee-length and I put in a temporary hem to shorten it to max the cool factor. Readers will see more of Marcy’s fashion in the Divine Vintage sequel.

Bookings: Vintage Presentations, Book Clubs, & Signings

Learn about the fascinating history of fashion since the Civil War Era. Clubs, organizations, church groups and museums have enjoyed this interactive program. I’m willing to travel within an hour to present in Northwest Indiana / Southwest Michigan – or to Zoom worldwide! I’d also love to visit with your Book Club or attend signing events. Please contact me at

SLYoung@sandrayoungauthor.com

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