Today, RomanceBuyTheBook.com is publishing a short story by BN.com Garden Variety blogger and Mystery Boards moderator Becke Davis -- writing as Becke Martin -- as the site’s holiday gift to viewers. A published author of several non-fiction reads, Davis also is a rabid fan of -- and advocate for -- romance fiction who’s working hard to become published in that genre.
To make sure you can say you “knew her when – and to seriously get into the holiday spirit -- set aside a little just-for-you time to read Davis’ tender and heartwarming, “Silver and Gold.” In it we meet small-town bookseller Aiden Flynn, a guy who doesn’t realize he’s put his life on hold until a pretty waitress and her little man remind him he’s got some hope left where his heart used to live.
New to town, Ginny and her son, Joey, are starting fresh – first day on the job, actually – after some hard knocks. Ginny’s got her hands full trying to make ends meet, yet all six-year-old Joey can think about is finding a Mall Santa to lay claim to a copy of the year’s impossible-to-find bestselling kid’s book.
Could be the way Ginny serves up a slice of homemade apple pie with a weary, yet winsome smile – or maybe how Joey causes Aiden’s heart to sing like it hasn't in years. Whatever the magic they’re weaving, they’re rekindling some sweet, golden memories for Aiden and teasing him with a little glittering optimism when – and where -- he least expects it.
Now a short story is a thing of beauty and, in some ways, more difficult to write than a novel – or so they say. For I don’t write books, though my husband, whom you often see commenting here as Male Perspective Guy, would very much like me to. While he encourages my creativity, I think his wanting my success has more to do with his seeing my regular Nordstrom card bills than anything else.
Writing books takes guts. But being an author is even tougher. Harder than both combined is the occupation of aspiring scribe, not so respected here in the states, though I understand in Europe, as long as you’re working on a manuscript, you’re considered a “writer.” But you know those Europeans: they’re all serious about the arts ‘n stuff.
So many folks end up online commenting, blogging or reviewing books because they want – or wanted – to write novels. I thought about writing a book for about a nanosecond until I realized my dubious talent lies in composing columns, articles and blog posts about romance books and authors.
What’s your story: How did you end up online, reading and/or commenting at blogs and boards? Are you – or were you – writing a manuscript for a novel? Tell us about it!
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