Here we have it — my first “between the serials” post. I admit that it feels a little strange, not writing a weekly episode after doing that for so long.
Note: In the title of these posts I’m making a distinction between the name of the first novel and the name of the town. “Atonement, Tennessee” is my debut novel. I’m using the state abbreviation as title in these posts because they might be about any story set in the fictional town Atonement, TN.
Update: My Writing Process
I actually started work on book-2 (“Atonement in Bloom”) close to a year ago. Unfortunately the bits of time I’ve been able to grab for the novel are brief and infrequent. I do more backtracking to refresh my memory than moving forward…
Now, it’s also been quite some time since I wrote book-1, Atonement, Tennessee, so the first step in my process is to re-read my novel (and I haven’t even had time to finish that). I want to make sure book-2 has the same tone and feeling.
The re-reading provided inspiration for this post — a novel snippet and the first installment of Recipes from Bethany’s Kitchen. The excerpt is from book-1 Atonement, Tennessee, Chapter 3, Mimosa Morning.
Here, early on a Sunday morning, Ralda makes an exploration of her new property, and she unexpectedly gets a little better acquainted with the new neighbors she met less than 24 hours before…
Rounding a bend in the path I came upon some of the old stone benches in a small clearing near the outside edge of the cemetery. Three very surprised women — my neighbors from the day before — turned to look at me. With cocktail glasses in hand, they exchanged puzzled looks.
“Well, good mimosa mornin’,” Lacey said showing an impossibly white smile and prefect teeth.
“A woman after my own heart,” said Bethany, dressed again in head to toe black. “She wanders the cemetery on Sunday morning.”
I smiled in return, but feeling like an intruder on my own property, I didn’t move any closer.
Racine’s eyes widened. “Oh my God!” she exclaimed. “This is part of the old Sunhold estate. I wasn’t even thinking! And here we are, trespassing on our new neighbor; not to mention the booze. Just butter my butt and call me a biscuit!”
Which brings us to the first installment of Recipes from Bethany’s Kitchen. Bethany brought along a bartender friend this time.
How To Make – Mimosa Cocktail
Wishing you a good mornin’, afternoon, or evening from Atonement, TN! See you next time. Mega hugs!
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