Friday, April 06, 2012

F is for Flynnie: He Has Big Shoulders, Too Bad Babe Just Cries on Them


Flynnie may not be much to look at but he's a sweet guy, a good poet, a devoted friend, and fries a mean clam. His clam shack sits on a bluff overlooking the harbor where all the artists gather to paint by day and congregate in his place for clams and beer by night. Flynnie knows Babe wants to find Mr. Right -- he's listened to her tales of heart-break for years now. He just wishes she'd notice that the one guy whose always there for her is Flynnie. Flynnie and Babe is just one of the eight stories in My Last Romance and other passions, my collection of stories about the wonder of finding love.

All of the stories in this collection grew out of real-life stories I either heard or read about quite a few years ago. Some are sweet and tender, a couple will challenge your thinking about love and what love is. Some months after the book was published a woman came up to me in a coffee shop and asked if I was the person who wrote that book. I said that I was and she said, "My husband of sixty three years died a few months ago. In the last weeks of his life I read your book to him. In the end, that was how we were able to make love." I don't think I've ever had a sweeter review. I still get choked up just writing about it.

The book is available in paperback or digital and features lovers of all ages from a wild 19 year old who runs away from home to sing with a big band, to a woman in her eighties who found a unique way to keep her philandering husband faithful. 

This blog post is part of the April 2012 A-to-Z Blogging Challenge. Thanks for visiting.

4 comments:

Shannon Lawrence said...

That woman's story to you was very sweet. What a flattering recommendation.

Shannon at The Warrior Muse, co-host of the 2012 #atozchallenge! Twitter: @AprilA2Z

Kathleen Valentine said...

Thank you, Shannon. Like I said, it still makes me cry...

Cynthia said...

How flattering it must be to have someone approach you in person to tell you how your work has helped them!

Tracy Makara said...

That's great that your work was so helpful to that woman...and very sweet that you got to hear about it! Thanks for sharing that.

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