Paperback: 206 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; Second edition (March 1, 2013)
Available in paperback and Ebook form on Amazon.com
Just add coffee…and sigh! This “Indie Excellence Award” winning book is the second collection of inspiring and empowering essays by author Mary T. Wagner, and adds accents of lovely nature photos to a tour of ordinary moments viewed with extraordinary grace. Whether reflecting on the view from the side of a dormant volcano or enjoying the cleansing effect of a good bonfire after a post-divorce garage cleaning, these essays again conjure what one reviewer called “life writing at its best.” Following in the spike-heeled footsteps of Wagner’s critically acclaimed debut essay collection, “Running with Stilettos,” this amusing, touching and remarkable collection weaves tales of humor and heartbreak, triumph and tragedy.
Wagner brings her readers along as she savors the view from the back seat of a Harley, reflects on the maternal importance of “theme” cupcakes, finally gets back on a horse after a life-changing riding accident, and keeps a vigil by her father’s deathbed. Among the award-winning essays contained in this collection are “Love in the Time of Cupcakes” and “May It Please the Court,” both of which were finalists in Florida’s Royal Palm Literary Awards competition. “May It Please the Court” tells of the author’s inspiring journey from stay-at-home soccer mom to arguing cases before the state supreme court…after an accident that put her in a body cast for three months. “Home Fires Burning” is a reflection on the spiritually cleansing effect of a good bonfire after a post-divorce garage cleaning, while “Magic Words” describes the transforming effect of the author uttering the words “I’m the mother of the bride!” to department store clerks.