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Good Friends, Good Books

I met with two friends today — one I haven’t seen in a long, long time despite the fact we only live about 45 minutes from each other.

She’s moving away.

My time gets so sucked up by kids, family and my writing career, I look up and before I realize it I’ve missed out on spending time with someone I really care about. We sat outside a bookstore/cafe in this enclosed patio full of elephant ears and tall, healthy trees and didn’t mind the sound of traffic outside the tall fence walls. We were having a blast.

I was sipping my iced chai and looking at these two ladies I’ve known for more than ten years and thinking about the speed of time and how very lucky we can be in our friendships. I’m sorry she’s moving and that I’m just realizing that we should have made the time, dammit.

When we parted, she was off to Borders to see if her new book had come in. It’s out in print now and also available online. It’s a very heart-warming story of mothers, sisters and daughters– a topic which quite a few of us can definitely relate. 🙂

Leaving Mama by Bobbie Cole


Sexual Content: Rated PG13

Genre: Contemporary, Mainstream, Women’s Fiction

Book Length: Novel – 228 pages

E-book Release Date: May 30, 2006

Print Release Date: August 15, 2006
ISBN #1-4199-0587-2Cost: $13.50

Sometimes the only way to find your way home is to leave.

Smoking weed while perched on top of her grandmother’s coffin in the middle of a downpour was not how Jillian had seen the trip from Oklahoma to Minnesota as happening. With flights canceled and the airline employees striking, she had no choice but to improvise and use her rock band’s hearse. And when Gran exits the vehicle after the tires skid on a rain slick highway and the back door flies open, Jillian decides to make the best of the moment.

Things only get worse when they arrive in Minnesota and her oldest sister, Shari, has a stroke at the memorial service. Toss in the fact that their grandmother had led two lives—there was a whole other family they’d known nothing about waiting for them in Minnesota—and life suddenly becomes more complicated.

Read excerpts online here and here.
Buy the book at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble book stores, Borders Books, Waldenbooks, or directly from the publisher’s website online: http://www.samhainpublishing.com/.


  1. August 22, 2006    

    omg… that book sounds hilarious!

  2. August 22, 2006    

    Oh, wow. That’s…quite a funeral! Have you read the book yet?

  3. August 23, 2006    

    Gran sounds like quite a woman.

    You’re not the only one who has to say goodbye to a friend realizing you’ve missed out by not making the time to get together more often. Maybe one day I’ll truly learn that lesson.

  4. August 23, 2006    


    And thanks to you I now have that annoying “Don’t know whatcha got till it’s gone” metal song playing in my head. Sung by Warrant, I think.

  5. August 23, 2006    

    Ah Heather… I could make suggestions of worse songs to replace that one. (wg)

    Yes, I’ve read the ebook version. These poor girls have the most difficult mother. There were times I wanted to crawl into the book and bop her. But Bobbie also writes from the mother’s POV so you can see things from her perspective better.

    I kept trying to picture what actress would play the mother. Still out on that one.

    Dana, Bobbie’s other personality writes some toasty stuff– you would like Just Desserts at Ellora’s Cave by Lyn Cash– there is even a recipe at the beginning of each chapter. He’s Cajun and a chef. Yum.

  6. August 23, 2006    

    Cajun AND a chef???? dayum. ahem. Ok. EC, have the cash register ready please.


  7. August 23, 2006    

    I think friends moving away, and realizing the end of things is inevitable, is one of the saddest things about life. I hope her move isn’t too hard on you.

  8. August 26, 2006    

    Have tried responding but Blogger keeps eating my post. *g* I’m just now catching up on posts. Have a move date – the 31st. I’m sure I did more smoking & swearing than you’d have liked the day I found out we were moving, Rinda, but you & CJ were my rocks. THANK YOU.

    You know, I can see Joan Allen (think of “The Upside of Anger”) as the mother, Donna. Someone hard as nails yet a marshmallow beneath when it comes to her kids. Now if only the Hollyweird gods would see to it to purchase the darned thing, right? – lol

    p.s. – Amtrak = $75 roundtrip for me. Some weekend when you have a spare bottle of wine and can pick me up at the station, holler. Til then…only an email or phone call away. And you do realize you and CJ will find yourselves in another book. *nodding to myself*

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