Sunday, October 28, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday Oct 28 & Gift Card Giveway!!

Welcome! This Sunday's snippet is from my short story, "The Yard Sale." It features the arrival of the town gossip, Theodora, who has some interesting info about Jennifer's ex-husband's girlfriend.

For the past six months, "The Yard Sale" has been on Amazon's Top 100 Best Seller list in Comedy and was recently included in their newsletter as a suggested buy. In celebration of this little milestone, I'm giving away a $10 Amazon gift card. Just leave a comment to be entered into the drawing on Halloween!

Here's the snippet:

It was one of those melt-in-your-mouth biscuits filled with country sausage that had come from Buddy’s favorite eating-place, Skinner’s Truck Stop and Restaurant, where bigger had been better since 1950 and cholesterol didn’t count.
As I finished my breakfast, a gleaming red Cadillac pulled up to the curb.
“Oh, crap,” snorted Gail. “It’s the Gossip Queen.”
Theodora Mae Trussler, who was my father’s third cousin, climbed out of the Cadillac. Twenty years ago, Theodora had been the third runner-up to Miss Mississippi and snagged herself a banker. 

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To all the witches and goblins out there, Wednesday is THE DAY.

34 comments:

S. J. Maylee said...

I want one of those biscuits, lol. Gossip Queen, oh boy/. I sense some fun dialogue ahead. Fab 6.

Kate Warren said...

Cholesterol doesn't count? I want to eat at Skinners!

Love the details about Theodora. I can picture her already.

Eleri Stone said...

"where bigger had been better since 1950 and cholesterol didn’t count." lolol. Love that:)

Joanne Stewart said...

Love the community sense in here. Great six!

Taryn Kincaid said...

Wonderful sense of place! Want some of that down home cookin'!

Patricia Preston said...

Hey, y'all, thanks for stopping by! There's nothing like Southern style sauage-and-biscuits. Don't come this way expecting to lose weight.

Terry Spear said...

That's cute, Patricia! I loved where the cholesterol didn't count. And what is it now--gluten free? It's a wonder any of us have survived as long as we have!

valclarizio said...

Cute six. My husband would love to know where to find the restaurant where there is awesome food and cholesterol doesn't count. If he found that restaurant, I'd probably never get him out of it:)

kristalbaird said...

I can just tell, Theodora will be a class A bee-atch. Love it.

KinInc said...

Ok cool am in let's go.

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Jesse Kimmel-Freeman said...

Congrats! I love the snippet! :0) Haven't we all come across The Gossip Queen? :0) Wishing you more success!

Jesse

Carrie Crain Books said...

This reminds me a little of that old diner tv show called Alice. The dialogue is good ole-fashioned fun! F.U.N. You can't help but smile and feel good after reading your stories. Congrats on the Amazon's Top 100 in comedy. You deserve it.

Elaine Cantrell said...

Bet that biscuit is good, and many Southern family I know have a Gossip Queen. Good excerpt.

gemma parkes said...

Well it sounds like she did well for herself! I don't want one of them biscuits!

Vivien Dean said...

Damn it, now I'm hungry, lol. Well done!

Sydney Jane Baily said...

I can't believe I'm sitting calmly at my pc, looking at my yahoo groups and perusing blogs when Sandy is coming my way. Should I be out buying milk, water, batteries, a flashlight to put the batteries into? Nah. I have dog food for my dog, cat food for my three cats, and some candles and wine in my pantry. I'd say I'm all set. If I lose power, the saddest thing will be losing touch with all my fellow indie and self-pub writers. Anyway, congrats, Patricia, for six months in the Top 100. Also, thanks for a snippet that wasn't a graphic sex scene. Not that there's anything wrong with a graphic sex scene, but it was refreshing to read a little setting and dialogue.
Best wishes,
Sydney

Patricia Preston said...

Sydney, I hope all goes well and Sandy does no damage. I guess that is wistful thinking. Glad you liked the snippet.

Patricia Preston said...

Terry: I don't know how we survived either.

Veronica Scott said...

Mouth now watering....I can't wait to read more about the former runner-up to Miss Mississippi (say THAT three times LOL). The people in this story are SO much fun! Great six!

Virginia Kelly said...

This sounds so southern to this Southerner. Great writing.

Oh, a usually don't read beyond the Six, but caught your "They will curl your hair or do other things..." :-) Nice.

Jenna said...

I can taste those biscuits--the ones like my aunt used to make. Love your characters, as always, and your voice would make me believe I'm in the South no matter where I was. Great six! Got to get this one too. :)

Patricia Preston said...

Viginia: So you noticed!!

Patricia Preston said...

If we could have a big get-together, I'd make sauage-and-biscuits for everybody!

stevie-carroll said...

Sinful food and problematic family, definitely a recipe for a great story.

Paula Martin said...

Great six - wish I lived near that cafe!

patonlorraine said...

Love the voice in this story! Excellent! :)
Congrats on your Amazon results!

Gem Sivad said...

You've definitely been hanging out in my neck of the woods. You've got the country voice and mind-set down perfect!

Sue Ann Bowling said...

Wish I could have one of those biscuits.

Donna Cummings said...

I loved this story -- and it was fun to revisit it with this snippet. There's a good reason it's been in the Amazon Top 100 for so long. :) And it's been too long since I've had sausage gravy and biscuits. Sigh. :)

Pat Trainum aka P. T. Bradley said...

The Yard Sale is THE best short story I've read in the last year! And as for those biscuits...I could eat one right now.

Melinda Harrison said...

I wish I could eat a biscuit! LOL!

Crystal Lee said...

Love your snippets! Happy Halloween, Patricia! I hope you have a spooktacular time!

Sarah Ballance said...

I want to crawl in this story and hang out a while. I LOVE your voice!