“You can’t ever go home again.”
And so begins the story of Victoria, who moved to the city to chase her sugar-frosted dreams. But after she loses her bakery and her husband, she’s forced to return to her hometown and a broken-down house in need of repair. Now, she’ll have to face some hard-baked truths in order to patch the cracks in her own broken heart.
My story, “A Recipe for Home” is available in this tasty anthology, Eat, Drink, and Be Wary: Satisfying Stories with a Delicious Twist from WordFire Press (in support of the Don Hodges Memorial Scholarship). Edited by Lisa Mangum. Audiobook narrated by Brenda McGinnis. (February 2022)
From the publisher’s website:
Food. We use it to celebrate, to provide both comfort and energy, and to show our love. There’s something about mixing a pinch of this and a dash of that to create something new. And when you pair it with the perfect drink … *chef’s kiss*
Stories can do the same thing. They can be a celebration, bring us comfort and energy, and help us express our love. And when the perfect character is paired with the perfect plot . . . well, then you have something worth devouring.
So take a place at the table, and let’s see what’s on the menu.
For starters, gather your pennies to bid for the last two jars of peaches for sale in an apocalyptic future. Follow it up with a slice of pizza guaranteed to bring love into your life. Dig into a shrimp and pasta dish so flavorful, you’d swear it was some kind of witchcraft. Grab a plate of “Lloyd’s Secret Surprise”—it’s out of this world! And for dessert, choose between some very memorable homemade cookies, a slice of chocolate cream pie worth dying for, or a life-sized gingerbread house—just make sure it’s not occupied before you start nibbling at the door.
This collection of nineteen stories is packed full with hearty plots, meaty characters, and a surprising and mysterious twist at the end to serve as the perfect dessert.
All profits benefit the Don Hodge Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Table of Contents:
“Words of Warning” M. Elizabeth Ticknor
“Tick Tock” Aleksa Baxter
“The Last Ramekin” Liz Pierce.
“The Gingerbread Contract” Jessica Guernsey
“The Boba Thief” Sixth Moon Press LLC
“The Last Jars of Peaches” Lauren Lang
“Love Potion on a Large #9” Kitty Sarkozy
“The World’s Greatest Chef” CJ Erick
“A Recipe for Home” Alicia Cay
“The Honey Pie” Terry Madden
“Space without Breath” Jen Bair
“Galaxy Edge Café” C. Michelle Jefferies
“Mission Impossible Burger” Mike Jack Stoumbos
“Roll the Dice” Mary Pletsch
“Why I Will Eat Earth: A Manifesto” M. R. Tevebaugh
“An Obsession of Peaches” Bonnie Elizabeth
“Murder in the Roux Morgue” Chris Mandeville.
“Somewhere Far” Ken Hoover
“Royal Wedding” by Kevin J. Anderson