I’m planning on releasing the Barista at the beginning of the year. It was on this site for free for a while. Maybe you got a chance to read it then. I’ve made a lot of changes and corrections since that original book was on this site. I thought it would let you read the first chapter as a preview of the new book.
The Barista (A Starlight Cafe Novel)
Lisa swirled the foamy milk in the stainless steel pitcher as she hummed along to the remake of Across the Universe that floated through the tinny speakers in the ceiling behind her. The music was barely audible above the buzz of conversation in the coffee shop. Her father used to sing this song to her when she was little. It was then that she’d discovered the beauty of language. Before she had even known what a poem was, she had been searching for the perfect combination of words to express her feelings. In the large blocky scrawl of a child she’d write about her love for animals or her favorite teacher. She’d found that some words nestled into the lines on the page more comfortably than others. Their sounds all conveyed feelings beyond their meanings. It was only natural that she’d gravitate toward poetry, writing it, reading it, and recognizing it in the snippets of conversations she heard in the coffee shop she’d worked in for years. The Starlight Café was busy like it was most mornings. The air was overflowing with interesting words that captured Lisa’s imagination. [Read more…]