This year, I decided not to publish a book on the 19th of September to take some more pressure off myself. The reason I’ve published on the 19th of September for seven years is because it’s my nod to the passing of Jackie Collins. My author mentor and inspiration.
I’ve even set up a Jackie Collins page here on the website. It’s under the L.J. Diva pen name menu. Click here.
I’ve blogged every year on that date since she passed, and I’ll continue to do so. But, since I didn’t publish, I chose to close my two websites, L.J. Diva and T.K. Wrathbone, instead, still giving that nod to Ms. Jackie J and getting author business done.
And, as I’ve done so many times before, including last year with the jewellery I’d bought and you can see that here, I’m showing off my Jackie Collins haul for the year. This year, it’s pens, glasses and perfume. Plus some more books.
So here we go with my fabulous Jackie Collins pieces.
The Jackie Collins pen and pencil set with gold panthers.
Filled with black ink and lead, they still work and come in a velvet box with her signature on the satin back.
The Jackie Collins watch bangle cuff.
Still ticking along, it keeps time and actually fits my wrist.
The Jackie Collins Wild and Chances perfumes.
They come in foiled boxes and have leopard print all over the bottles, because they’re in the shape of leopards with green crystals for eyes. Time, of course, has taken the scents in the wrong directions, but if you like old, yet strong 90s perfumes, these are a must. I just have the one for men left to track down.
The Jackie Collins two wine glass set with Vase/candle holder.
Perfect condition, I asked the seller to bubble wrap everything to death and put “fragile do not break” all over the box as I was scared it would arrive all smashed like my audios books. They arrived bubble wrapped and were unwrapped long enough for photos and then wrapped back up. They’ll be stored safely.
Rock Star special hardcover boxed edition.
Jackie’s picture is on the slip case, the hearts are on the book cover. Animal print reigns the interior pages, and I bought number 60 of 250, signed by Jackie.
Advanced reading copy of Dangerous Kiss.
I bought this only for its holographic cover. It has a pink set of lips and kiss this! in white, is number 647 of 800, and is signed by Jackie.
Left: I finally managed to buy this holographic jewellery covered version of Rock Star. I have a few versions now, including a flat black version of this, but I was always after this one.
Right: A notebook from Redbubble that used the US hardback cover of Rock Star to make it look like the actual book. Very clever.
I also chose to buy some audio books, and after choosing the covers I liked best, started buying them.
US cassettes of Hollywood Kids and American Star.
Sadly, the back of Kids was slashed during shipping by some fuckwit who must have opened to envelope and resealed it. It was also crushed and not in the condition it was bought in. No thanks to Aramex.
US cd of Dangerous Kiss, Married Lovers and Lovers & Players.
Perfect condition when bought, fucked condition when arrived. Again, no thanks to Aramex who fobbed me off. I can’t afford to rebuy, and they don’t care about paying for it.
US cds of Drop Dead Beautiful and Goddess of Vengeance.
And, because I love these covers, I also bought the UK audio books of Drop Dead Beautiful and Married Lovers.
The cases were busted when I bought them, so I bought some on eBay and replaced them. Brand new!
As with most book collections, or collections in general, they are constantly ongoing, never to be completed. I still have many Jackie book variants on my list, as well as some more jewellery, another bottle of perfume, a few more audio books, and any type of collectible that takes my fancy that I want to own. So we’ll see what next year brings.
Here’s my video celebrating the 8th anniversary of Jackie’s passing, and the 40th anniversary of Hollywood Wives.