All’s fair in love and war: The Great Village Bun Fight

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Giant pumpkin (CC0 Creative Commons)

I have this, most likely completely false, idea of  Brits competing in the strangest ways – giant pumpkins and crazy perfect gardens – and now I know they also do it with cupcakes. Compete, that is.

We do it here too…I think. They at least have people competing in cake-baking on TV so I’m assuming we have cupcakes too. I would say there is one big difference, though, one thing I really love about the picture I’m painting of the UK, and that’s these village traditions. We don’t really have that here, not in that way at least.

By now I bet you’re wondering what the heck it is I’m talking about. I’m talking about The Great Village Bun Fight by Debbie McGowan. This is a story about Henry, who begat Herny, who begat Henry, who begat Henry and just so you know I begat a Henry too. If he becomes a baker, we’ll see.

So Henry Jones started a bakery in 1874, and all the Henrys after him were bakers too, until Henry the 8th got into a bit of trouble and Henry the 7th refused to change Henry Jones and Son to Henry Jones and Daughter – it has to do with tradition you see. An end of an era,  which lead to THE Village Bakery opening and left the Joneses without any bakery to call their own.

But as Henry the 9th is denied a wedding cake when he’s to marry his partner because Margaret, owner of THE Village Bakery, can’t give her blessing, things escalate.

This is such a lovely story. I snuggled up with a blanket and a cup of coffee and followed the battle of the bakeries until only one remained :D. The Great Villiage Bun Fight is sweet and funny – the narrator my absolute favourite – and I had this Wallace and Gromit feeling – that’s a compliment, just to make it clear. Wallace and Gromit guard the giant vegetables in their village just as the Joneses and Sharpes guard their giant bun LOL.


40801802All’s fair in love and war. But not in baking.

Part of Seasons of Love Anthology

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Boughs of Evergreen

In a few days, on November 21st, Boughs of Evergreen: A Holiday Anthology will be up for sale, and I would like to say a few words about this anthology.

It’s twenty-three stories penned by twenty-four authors from the UK, the USA, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe. The stories are written to celebrate diversity, both cultural and within the LGBTQ community. But, here’s the most important thing—the proceeds go to The Trevor Project.

The Trevor Project is the only American organisation providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning young people.

You might not know, but suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people in the ages of 10 to 24. Lesbian, gay and bisexual young people are four times more likely to attempt suicide than their straight peers, questioning individuals are three times more likely, and nearly half of young transgender people have seriously thought about ending their lives. The mission of The Trevor Project is to end suicide among gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning young people, and that’s a mission we want to support.

If you want to help, buy the anthology! If you don’t want to read the nearly 1000 pages dedicated to this cause, buy one of the volumes or a few of the individual stories—they’ll be published on the first of December. If you don’t want to read, but still want to help, go to stayclassy.org/beatentrackpublishing and make a donation.


Boughs of EvergreenBoughs of Evergreen is a two-volume collection of short stories celebrating the holiday season in all its diversity. Penned by authors from the UK, the USA, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe, these are tales of the young and the not-so-young from many different walks of life.

Themes of family, friendship and romance take readers on a journey through some of the major holidays, both past and present, including Thanksgiving, Advent, St. Lucia Day, Hanukkah, Saturnalia, Winter Solstice, Yule, Christmas and New Year. In each we find at the very least hope, and often love, peace and happiness.

Each story is also available as a separate ebook.

Proceeds from sales of this anthology will be donated to The Trevor Project. The Trevor Project is the leading national organization [USA] providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.

THE STORIES:

A Friend for Christmas * – JP Walker
A Midnight Clear * – Debbie McGowan
From All of Us to All of You * – Ofelia Gränd
Homme for the Holidays  * – Jonathan Penn
Kiss Me At Kwanzaa – * LL Bucknor
Lion’s Hero *- Alexis Woods
One Nightstand * – Rick Bettencourt
Shiny Things * – Amy Spector
The Bard and his Boyfriend * – Kathleen Hayes
The Christmas Present * – Larry Benjamin
X-Mas Cake: A Modern Fairytale * – Raine O’Tierney

A Christmas Tale * – Hans M Hirschi
A Family Christmas * – Terry Kerr
A Little Christmas Magic * – K.C. Faelan
Always Have, Always Will * – Amelia Mann
An Angel in Eyeliner  * – Hunter Frost
Boyfriend Goes Home * – Laura Susan Johnson
Christmas Commitment * – Shayla Mist
Coming in from the Cold * – Ava Penn
Holidays with Drum and Bell! * – Matthias Williamson
Te Amo, You Mushrooms * – S.H. Allan
The Invasion of Tork * – Al Stewart and Claire Davis

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