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Monday, August 22, 2011

Bright Spots!

Lately, I've been to two farmers markets. I went to the one in our town to look for green beans and I came home with a scone, but no green beans.

On Saturday, I went to a Farmer's Market in another town, and I came home with a scone, and green beans. The scone is gone, the green beans are still in the fridge. {sigh}
I don't know if this is the reason I'm craving scones lately.

or if it's the scone recipe in the back of the book I want to try. But I borrowed this book from the library, and it was due back before I had a chance to try the recipe. So I e-mailed the author.....
who also wrote this book, btw....

and these....and more. (she also has another series out, which I haven't read yet - sorry Laura)

The first book is part of a series about Theodosia, who owns a tea shop, in Charleston, SC. There is always a murder...somewhere...and Theo solves it. Or helps Burt Tidwell (the local cop) solve it. Charleston is one of my favorite vacation spots, which is what got me interested in this series. And I love tea shops. Plus you get some great recipes in the back of the book.

The second book is part of a series about Carmella, who owns a scrapbook store, in New Orleans. She also solves murders. In the back of the books in this series you get scrap booking ideas.

So yesterday, I needed a bright spot, and here it is..... I got an e-mail from THE AUTHOR! Personally... from her! Totally unexpected. Here it is...

----- Original Message -----

Sent:Sat, 13 Aug 2011 10:56:05 -0400 (EDT)
Is it possible to put the recipes in your books on your web site?


In a message dated 8/22/2011 5:43:34 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,

Dear Cindy,
I'm in a writing crunch right now, but I will try to get a few up in a few months
All my best,
Laura Childs

----- Original Message -----

Sent:Mon, 22 Aug 2011 18:01:29 -0400 (EDT)
Subject:Re: recipes

OMG! Seriously, YOU...Laura the flesh...answered my e-mail personally! AAACCKKK!!!! Can I put this on my blog?

My dear Cindy,
I answer all my emails personally. Seriously. There's just me and my computer (and not a very good one at that!). No assistants, no burning sage, no personal masseuse. Although . . . I do have two lazy dogs who sleep at my feet most days.
I don't know how interesting this all is, but, yes, put it in your blog if you'd like.
All my very best,
Laura Childs


Is this cool or what? And it couldn't have come at a better time. Try her books blogettes. Any author that gives you the time of day, or answers her e-mails personally....she deserves a read don't you think?

The other bright spot. That little 12 year old I spoke of yesterday...his Mom brought him over to see me, so I could give him an embarrassingly way too long hug. I couldn't let him go. Still can't. How do you do it blogettes? Let them go.... {sniff}

Cindy Bee


  1. I too have read all of her tea mystery series. I have every one of them. I have not tried the scrapbooking ones yet. I love her books and her recipes, would be glad to share recipes if you would like. I typed them into my computer so I would not have to search through all my books. She has lots of scone recipes.

  2. Thanks for the change in subject and the fun news. I love scrapbooking so these books would be right up my alley.

    That's so awesome that the author responded to you. See, there are good people in the world that give a hoot. The universe came to help you out Cindy Bee.

    I LOVE scone...the irish way, with raisins. Always reminds me of my Nana. Thanks for making me think of her today, I'll be smiling all day.

    Have a great day!

  3. I am so going to start that book series, I love that the author responded!

  4. You are so much fun--I had to laugh a little when you were excited about the author emailing you (I would have been too). I am an author of a popular organizing book and when people email me with kind thoughts (so far there have been no bad ones--they save that for Youtube (I have gotten some nasty ones there so I block them forever more. They use very bad language and I just won't put up with that!). Back to my message--got sidetracked there a minute--when people email me I always email them back. A markerter said I should have my assistant do it to make it look like I am really busy. The truth is I am really busy (I am writing a second book as you know too) but they are busy too so I love comments and I love writing back. Was this comment too long? I hope it didn't make my you know what look fat.

  5. Does anyone ever go back and read these....Sometimes i do and sometimes I don't. I try to.

    Anyway - Anonymous Sandy - THANK YOU, you very nice person, for bringing me those recipes. I apprecite it!

    Jul - Funny you should mention scones "the irish way" because I didn't know there was a difference. I figured a scone was a scone...but the ones I bought at the farmers marekts have tasted different. And they are different than the ones I make. They're all good, that's the main thing.

    cake chick - let me know what you think. I love both of those series. I haven't read her "eggs benedict" series yet.

    Marilyn - You are so funny. Of course your post is not too long. And getting's what I do best. Whether it's talking or trying to get something done, I get side tracked. You are the woman, answering all those comments and questions personally. I don't know how you do it.

    Cindy Bee


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