Sunday, May 13, 2012

FREE for Kindle on Mother's Day: My Last Romance & other passions

Just a reminder that My Last Romance and other passions is FREE for Kindle today. This little snippet is from "Treat Yourself to the Best," one of the 8 stories in the book. Fifi is helping the men makes sausages in the barn and brings some to the kitchen to test. She finds her mother, sister and sisters-in-law in the middle of a spicy conversation:

"Got a cup for me?" I ask taking off my coat.

"Sure," Andie says getting up, "I just made a fresh pot." She takes the bowls from me. "Here, I’ll do that. Why don’t you stay up here with us? It’s a lot warmer."

She places a heavy skillet on the stove to heat and begins shaping small patties. "What brilliant concoction did Bart come up with this year?"

I settle next to RuthAnn and help myself to one of Mom’s home-made sticky buns dripping golden caramel sauce, raisins and walnuts.

"They’re really good," Daisy says. "One is his usual — salt, coriander, onions — but the other is sort of an Italian thing with lots of red pepper and fennel. I really liked it."

"Daisy," RuthAnn says, "we all know how much you like Bart’s sausage. You just told us."

I feel the flush rising in my cheeks and my mother says, "You girls! How you talk!"

"Oh, Maudie, come on," Daisy says. "Tell the truth. Didn’t you and your friends talk like this when the fellas were away?"

"Well," my mother is blushing now too, "we just didn’t know about all the stuff you girls do today. Goodness, I didn’t even know what an orgasm was until after Simon was born."

Andie and I exchange looks and I nearly slide off my chair onto the floor.

"Mom, how’d you find out?" Andie laughs.

"Well, while I was in the hospital I read that book Everything You Are Afraid to Know About Sex. Why I’d never even heard of most of the stuff they talked about in that! I’ll never forget the look on your father’s face when I asked him if I had ever had an orgasm."

"Oh my God," I cover my face with my hands. "What did he say?"

"He said that of course I did. He said he wouldn’t have it any other way. So I figured I was pretty doggone lucky considering how many women in that book said they didn’t." My mother looks very pleased and proud. I open my mouth and then shut it again. Even Daisy is at a loss for words.

"God, this smells good," Andie says leaning over the sizzling sausages. She scoops a few onto a paper towel lined plate for the women to taste and slips the others onto a warm platter covered with a tea towel.

"I better go back," I say with mixed feelings.

"This is yummy," RuthAnn says picking at a piece of the sausage on the table. "Spicy."

"Told you," Daisy says.

I slip into my coat. "See you later."

"Tell Bart I really like his sausage," RuthAnn giggles.


"Yes, Mama."

"Don’t let your father do too much. He’s not as young as he thinks he is."

"I won’t, Mama."

"Is it warm in the shop? His sciatica bothers him when he gets cold."

"Bart’s keeping the stove going. It’s nice and warm."

Mama looks at me about to say something then changes her mind. "Just keep an eye on him, okay, honey?"

"Yes, Mama."

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