Jinksy is receiving the two Virginia Ellis books! Send me your address Jinksy!
Today I am signing books at Osondu Booksellers at 11. Wouldn’t it be great if my hand ended up looking like my hand did at my book release reception? Ah, probably not, but that magical night will always be a special one.
For right now, I want to leave you with a little bit of Virginia Kate, from Book 2. Now, you have to remember this is all rough draft stuff, so any excerpts I put here from the second book will be rough draft…
I wondered if Micah remembered her birthday, and even if he did, I figured he’d not take the time to send her a card, note, or anything but a thought that said, You can take your birthday and shove it, Momma. I’d asked Andy if he wanted to sign the card, but he only gave me a look as if I were wasting my time, and in fact, he’d said that, “Virginia Kate, you are wasting your time. I bet she throws it in the garbage after she sees there’s no present or money in it.”
I put the card in the envelope, along with a photo of Andy and me that I’d had Bobby take with my camera, sealed the envelope, addressed it to the little white house down the long road in the little holler where my mountain shadowed it, licked the stamp and pressed it, put my return address, and walked it out to the mailbox, even though the mail wouldn’t come until Monday morning. That way, it would set in there and wait, and I wouldn’t change up my mind about sending it.
I pictured it riding in mail trucks. I pictured it being delivered. I pictured Mrs. Mendel picking up the mail and taking it to Momma. I pictured Momma looking at the envelope. Then I forced myself to picture Momma opening it, reading it, and then smiling. I pictured her picking up the phone to thank me, but that’s when the picturing turned fuzzy and far away, as far away as my mountain. ..VK Book2 excerpt, rough draft