I've also gotten back into Instagram and joined a fun challenge hosted by fellow author Debra Torres: #authorschallenge2020. Here are the prompts I need to answer this month ... you can see what I've posted so far over on my profile, along with my top nine posts from 2019, and a few craft projects I've been working on!
The light inside the Bookcellar was as worn and yellow as the pages of the book in Buster's hands. He ran his fingers over the cover of the dime-store paperback, smooth as cotton, and gave a soft sigh of appreciation. He'd meandered toward the back of the little store, through the maze of narrow shelves, and managed to find one of the few chairs in residence: a retired dining room piece, its once-white upholstery stained with coffee and time. Old jukebox tunes from the record player at the other side of the shop were muffled by the stacks, and Buster nestled himself eagerly into his literary time capsule, thumbing the book open. As he read, his eyes widened, and he blinked incredulously. After a few pages, he was interrupted by a soft chuckle.
"Watching you read that is almost as entertaining as the last time I actually gave an unattended kid an espresso."
Buster looked up, smiling despite his jangled nerves. "You can't just say hello when I come in, like a normal store owner, can you?"
Dusty flashed a brief Cheshire Cat grin, his moustache twitching in pleasure. "Not a normal store. And you're not a normal customer. Are you already done with that book of puzzles I sent Cam along with?"
"No, I, uh ... actually came looking for a couple of gifts. One for my sister -" he held up the book in hand, "- and maybe one as an apology to go with, um. A bottle of wine. Which I have yet to pick out, either."
Dusty licked his lips, nestling his hands in the pockets of his worn Levis, and narrowed his eyes. "You're giving your sister a copy of Steal This Book."
"I intend to pay for it."
"That's so you."
Buster smiled. "If you're calling me a man of integrity, then thank you for the compliment."
Until next time, as always, I remain your hostess,