Tuesday, 1 December 2020

Reading break?

I've got a new book out. Coffee and Cake is a collection of short stories, all with the theme of food and/or drink – and all of which could be read in a tea break.

I know you're not all going to buy it, ask your library to stock it, or read it through kindle unlimited. Not all books will be to everyone's taste, and even if we'd like to, most of us simply can't read every book by every writing friend (I hope you do consider me a writing friend!)

I'm interested in what you do read and why. Do you read the same kind of stories as those you write and consider them as research as well as pleasure? Maybe you read mainly to relax or as entertainment. Do you look out for favourite authors, or perhaps books by those you know slightly? Or are you hoping to learn something or push yourself in some way through your reading choices?

If you enjoy finding free and bargain reads, you might like to join this Facebook group.

In the hope of enticing a few of you to consider my latest offering, here's the blurb –

We eat and drink for more than mere survival. Food comforts and reassures, connects us with others. A mug of coffee wakes us up in the morning. A cup of tea can calm us down.

Cakes are great for celebrations, birthdays in particular. Making one specially for someone shows how much we care. The same applies to learning to make their favourite dish, or passing on your signature recipe.

The food and drink choices we make expose aspects of our personality. What we give to others, and the care we take when doing so, can be even more revealing.

Sharing food helps build, or repair, relationships. It creates and recreates traditions and brings back memories – if that's what we want.

Whether you prefer unsweetened black coffee, or milky tea, rich sponge cake or something savoury, this collection of 25 stories provides the perfect snack.

You can get it here.

8 comments:

ados123 said...

Good luck with the book, Patsy!
Alyson

Jane said...

I've been reading a lot of sci-fi books on kindle. It's partly 'cos I want to know what other writers are doing, but mostly because I enjoy reading them.

Marguerite said...

I am a bit cheeky and get some free downloads when they are around - and that introduces me to new authors - some of whom I have then followed. It has also enabled me to dabble in out-of-my-comfort zone genres which is an added bonus when you are trying to write yourself.
Looking forward to the book, Patsy :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations!
I read a lot of science fiction, fantasy, and thrillers. I'll branch out into other areas for author friends though. And I try to purchase at least one book by all of my author friends. And I have!

Eirin Thompson said...

Good luck with this latest collection, Patsy!

Anonymous said...

It is all of the above mentioned for me.
A little of everything keeps me interested and motivated.
Congratulations on the new book, I am sure it will find its way into some Christmas stockings for a few of those discerning but difficult'what to get for people I know.

Karelann

J.H. Moncrieff said...

Congrats on the new release, Patsy! That cover is super cute.

Happy New Year, and good luck with the contest.

Patsy said...

Thanks, everyone!