Melody ~ 1 ~ A Rumor About Food

The people of Juniper Island weren’t poor.

They had access to some of the best eating establishments; places sought out by elite tourists every summer season. They didn’t need a restaurant that gave away free meals: rosemary biscuits with carnation petal jam to an ailing couple after the funeral for their son; a slice of strawberry and rhubarb pie to a nerdy teenager the night before her first boy-girl dance; a yam and turnip stew to the island’s only real estate agent, rumored to be the richest man on the island.

While the locals had everything they could possibly want, the new restaurant was not there to cater to desires. It served only what a customer needed and nothing more.

It was crazy to open a restaurant in the middle of winter; tourist season didn’t officially begin until after Memorial Day. The other restaurants on the island routinely shut down during the winter. They were sure the new restaurant would be out of business quickly.

The people of Juniper also knew a restaurant that gave away food wouldn’t remain a secret for long, because the restaurant in question wasn’t giving away free meals just to hopeless cases or friends or family members. Anyone hungry on the North Shore of the island ended up there, and they were never asked to pay a dime.

That didn’t mean people left without leaving something behind. The real estate agent wrote a check to the children’s hospital and left it under his napkin. The teenager, a mood-stone ring, strangely permanently affixed to an aqua blue. The grieving couple left a family photograph on the hostess booth.

The items left behind often ended up elsewhere. The children’s hospital got the check. The photo attached itself to the altar of the island’s only church, the place where the boy had been Christened. The ring appeared on the finger of a boy, blushing after his first kiss with a girl he met at a school dance. In any case, the owner never kept any of the items left behind.

There were rumors that the owner of the restaurant was not from Juniper Island. Everyone knew who he was, but no one really knew what he looked like. No one recalled him ever leaving the kitchen, and as far as they could tell, he was the only one who cooked the food. The few who said they caught glimpses of him through the swinging kitchen door said that he was as old as dirt, and others said he was barely out of his twenties.

Whispers of how the owner managed to stay in business ranged from old money inherited from family, to international drug cartel hiding from tax collectors. The theory of his origin changed based on the cuisine served. Some said Chinese, some said old world European, some suggested South American, Russian, African. The rumors of food and looks and even magic passed the lips of the residents like wildfire.

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I’m in revision for Ghost Bird, with a couple of more projects tacked on to my to do list. All good books to read in your near future. 🙂 Can’t wait to share more.

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Thank you all for the wonderful feedback on the story and how things are going. I am so glad you all are enjoying the stories.

This week, there is more Favored. Again, if you’re looking for Faith, it’ll come back soon. I’ll be getting LCR in the editing pipeline at some point. I usually just do the extra As I Write stuff over the weekend, but with working hard on LCR at the moment, time has been getting tight on the weekends, too. 🙂 Thanks for all the patience. I really appreciate it and love that I can bring something every week, whatever it might be.

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If you read this part of the newsletter, let me know what you might want to know during times when there isn’t much of an update. 🙂 I’m finishing up LCR and doing some other projects, getting things ready for the editing process. Life is pretty slow here and there isn’t much to share. But I don’t want to waste precious reading time either. 🙂

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I’m getting back into the swing of things, and with it another edition of As I Write. I hope the weekly releases will continue. For now, just an update from Favored and I hope to have more in the future. Not much else to report, working on LCR and a few other projects coming out soon. 🙂 Hope you’re all enjoying the fresh start of a new year.

By the way, in the near future I may be placing a preorder for Favored up. I will absolutely be finishing the story in As I Write. I simply wanted to be sure you all were aware if you saw preorder links coming out. 🙂 You’ll get all the final chapters and the released book will probably just be line edited and not much will be added. You’ll be able to keep the As I Write editions forever. 🙂

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