I know I’ve been talking about Mother’s Day quite a lot. And that’s not only because Mother’s Day in Spain is in May (like in the US) but also because I’m taking part in a Facebook event for Mother’s Day, Happy Mother’s Day, organised by an author and artist I admire enormously and who’s visited my blog not long ago, Uvi Poznansky (check here to read the post).
Before I forget, if I haven’t already invited you through Facebook or Goodreads, here is the page of the event.
What is it about?
Here Uvi herself explains a bit more:
Don’t miss this opportunity! A select group of authors has joined forces with me, to bring you amazing stories narrated by great voice actors. This spring, we invite you for an early Mother’s Day picnic.. Come listen to voice clips from the audiobooks. You may win one of them!
✿ Here’s what you can win http://tinyurl.com/
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✿ To keep up with upcoming events, like https://www.facebook.com/
The event runs for the 5th of May at at 2 pm to 7 pm on 7th May (PDT). The ten authors taking part (hopefully I’ll be able to keep up with the time difference) will share fragments of the books they’re offering in Audio version, fragments particularly related to mothers. We’ll talk to readers and answer questions. And on the 7th May we’ll be announcing the lucky readers and listeners who’ve won the audiobooks.
As you know I’m fairly new to audiobooks and when Uvi asked me if I had one that featured mothers prominently, I straight away thought about I Love Your Cupcakes. Although some of my other books also have mothers in them, I Love Your Cupcakes has very interesting family relationships. Dulce’s mother has died before the action of the novel starts (well, there are two time lines but…) and she’s the inspiration for the baking business the girls start. Toni, Adelfa’s mother, becomes Dulce’s stepmother and that is a supportive relationship, although Toni doesn’t think she’s done enough for her stepdaughter, who also happens to be her best friend’s daughter. And to add complication to family matters, there’s also Storm… But well, if you want to know more, you might as well, read, or listen to the book. But I thought I’d share some of the fragments I’d chosen…
Dulcinea loved her name. She had always felt it suited her to a T. So much so, that if she hadn’t been called that she was convinced she would have changed her name to Dulcinea. OK, it wasn’t the most typical name for an American girl, but her mother, Carmen, was Spanish and she always thought that the imaginary lady/love of Don Quijote deserved a second chance and a bigger role than she had ever been given. She also adored the fact that if it was shortened to Dulce, its meaning was ‘Sweet’ in Spanish. And if there was something her mother had loved was everything sweet. Carmen was the best amateur baker amongst all her friends’ mothers and she doubted that many professionals of baking and desserts could have competed with her. Her culinary skills got so popular and so many people asked her to give them her recipes or teach them how to bake that she ran a course on desserts and cooking at the local adult college until her death. It was only fair and fitting that even her daughter was Dulce.
You can listen to the sample directly in Sound Cloud (this one is longer than the text, the others are the same as the text):
It was a Saturday during Spring-break and Dulce and Adelfa had just arrived back from one of their non-shopping/shopping trips (when they went to the mall, walked around the shops, selected their favorite items, calculated costs, imagined appropriate occasions to wear their outfits but didn’t buy anything, or maybe only a drink or an ice-cream at a push). They stopped by Dulce’s house first but there was nobody there, and as it had become the norm since the death of Dulce’s mother, they went to Adelfa’s house. There they found Toni (Adelfa’s Mom) crying whilst hugging Tony (Dulce’s Dad).
Adelfa’s Mom had been very supportive of Tony since Carmen’s death. She had cooked for them, invited them around, and the two families had spent plenty of time together. Chad, Adelfa’s Dad, was a well-known chef that spent most of his time helping restaurants and hotels in crisis throughout the whole of the US and abroad, giving seminars and teaching in the most prestigious culinary schools in the world, and was hardly ever home.
Dulce’s first reaction to the scene was to wonder how close her Dad and Toni had actually become, as he was not only hugging her closely but also drying her tears and caressing her. She could not help but suspect that kisses might also be in the agenda.
Adelfa’s reaction was to go to her mother and, taking her by the elbow, ask her:
“What’s happened? What’s wrong? Why are you crying?”
“Oh, Adelfa!” Toni burst into another flood of tears. “Your father…”
“Is also my father.”
They all turned to look in the direction the voice had come from. Adelfa and Dulce had been so taken by the scene between their parents that they had completely missed the young boy standing at the back of the room, by the patio door.
“Who are you?” asked Adelfa. “And what do you mean?”
“Oh, girls, this is Sebastian. He’s Chad’s son. It seems Chad, your father…” Toni started.
Toni looked at Dulce.
“This must be a lot of work. And for what Adelfa was telling me, you have lots of plans of other things to do, like reading groups, children’s play groups, workshops, events…”
“Yes. We have lots of people interested in facilitating things and in helping out. But I think we’ll need to get some permanent staff very soon, as otherwise it could get overwhelming.”
“I’d love to help. As you know I can cook although cakes have never been my strong point. But I feel…There’s something I must be able to do. You know I’ve never wanted to take your mother’s place, and I couldn’t. She was an incredible woman, my best friend and we’re very different. But I’ve always felt that I’ve never done much for you. I’ve been there for your Dad, and Adelfa always seemed to know what she wanted to do from very early on, but I’ve never been of much help to you.”
“You’ve always been there…”
“Looking on and not knowing what to do. I can see how passionate you feel, well, you “all” feel about this. And I can see why. There’s a lot of love here. Let me help. If there’s anything I can do.”
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If you prefer to watch the You Tube video:
Ah, and Uvi has dedicated the event some blog posts that you might want to check:
Thanks so much to Uvi for organising this wonderful event, thanks to all the writers taking part, thanks to all of you for reading and listening and I hope to see you all there. And please, feel free to share, comment, like and to invite anybody you think might be interested. Many thanks!