Thursday, October 27, 2011

If you saw the 'bad boy' again, would you? I did.


I received my shipment of books a moment ago. My story, A Blast from the Past, is on page 150 along with the recipe I submitted. That in itself is reason to celebrate. More than that, I flipped through this book and noticed that they have included only 21 recipes along with the 101 stories.

My late, best friend and neighbor, Rose, used to make this recipe when our kids were young. I spent many hours in her small kitchen which had dark cabinets and orange counter tops, nibbling, munching and devouring her Apple Walnut Coffee Cake. Two pots of coffee past noon, our small kids would walk through her door after school, and we would still be sharing sweets, secrets, dreams, pain and laughter.

It had been nearly thirty years since I'd had my last taste of that bad boy. When I saw that "hunk" in a clear plastic container on a deli counter, I tried to look away, but was smitten all over again. All of the memories flooded back and I devoured every last crumb.

In the Chicken Soup for the Soul story, there is an incident that accompanies the recipe. No, it is not nice to laugh at your mother, let alone your friend's mother when you see them flat on their backs, feet in the air, in a compromising position.

I will be doing a book signing on 12/10/11 at Main Street Books in St. Charles, MO, along with two other Chicken Soup writers. Would love to see you there.

12 comments:

irishoma said...

Congratulations, Linda, on another publication!
Donna

Bookie said...

Sounds like a lot of fun for you! Hope you get lots of folks at Main Street Books.

Diane said...

So exciting and congrats!!! :O)

Tammy said...

Congratulations, Linda! You writing is as tempting as that coffee cake. Looking forward to reading your story.

Kim said...

Congratulations, Linda! You just keep on keepin' on! Good for you!

Lynn said...

Congrats! I'm going to go broke getting all the books you're in! Gracious woman!

Susan said...

Oh, fabulous news, Linda! Warm accolades to you! How wonderful to be published, once again. Sincerely, Susan

Dianna Graveman said...

Congrats again, Linda!

BECKY said...

That's a beautiful book cover. Chicken Soup has really been coming out with great ones the past few publications. Congrats on another CS story!

Cathy C. Hall said...

Adding my congrats, too, Linda. Sweet! Hey--I'm beginning to notice a trend with you and sweets! :-)

Thisisme. said...

I'm adding my congratulations to you too Linda. Well done. It must give you a real feeling of accomplishment to see your stories in print like that. Keep up the good work!

Linda O'Connell said...

Thank you all for your support. I am a humble writer. Although I do a mean victory dance, I am mostly grateful and don't get the "big head" when I get published.