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A Match Made In Heaven

Please make sure to read the author’s note at the end of the story.

Illustration by Gabriel San Martin © 2022

The Blue Stone Bench

Karina Kantas ©2022

She’s there again. Just like clockwork, her and her dog. Every Thursday, ten o’clock in the morning on the dot, she arrives, coffee in hand. I wonder what she does or where she goes when it’s raining?  Why every Thursday? Why always this park, this spot, this blue stone bench?

Every time, I say I’m going to go over and introduce myself and talk to her. But every week my feet say glued to the ground. My mouth goes dry and my heart feels like it is about to jump out of my chest.

It’s her big brown eyes and the smile she gives to her dog. I swear she casts a spell that leaves me frozen.

Again, another week was wasted. Again, she bewitched me, and I knew at eleven o’clock she would stand up and leave the park. And I would have to wait another week before I see her again.

But fate had another plan!

“Benji, no!” I yelled as my small, patched Jack Russell scarpered off. I watched his little legs and the lead disappear around the corner before I registered what happened and started running after him.

I chased after him, but I’m not what you would call an athletic man. Don’t get me wrong. I’m tall and slim. You just won’t find me in a gym. That was made obvious as I had just completed a lap of the park, yelling for Jack (yes, I know, very original.)

And guess where I found him? Sitting beside her dog. I threw myself on the bench and held out my finger to her, hoping she would let me get my breath back, before she started up a conversation. I hoped she didn’t see my shaky legs that felt like they had turned into jelly and would have caved in on me if it wasn’t for the blue bench that became my rock.

The gorgeous lady looked at me. Her eyes twinkled with laughter.

I smiled, even though I hadn’t got my breath completely back. The lady held out her coffee to me. I shook my head.

“Please take it. You look like you need it more than me.” Her voice sang to me; smooth, clear and left me with goose-pimples.

She held the coffee out, and so I took it.

“Thank you.” I sipped the cooling dark, strong coffee. Umm just how I like it. A took a couple more sips when I turned to face her, intent on talking normal English words that would come out of a human, but instead, I just looked at her, with a half-open mouth and nothing coming out of it. Thankfully, she shot the embarrassment down and spoke first.

“I wondered how long it would take you to get the nerve to come over and say hi.”

Now my mouth opened wider in shock.

“I see. A man of few words.” There was laughter again twinkling in her eyes. “I’ve seen you and Jack a few times around the park.”

I knew I had to say something before she accused me of being a creepy stalker or something, which, okay I was watching her, a lot, but not stalking, and now it seemed my stealth wasn’t as good as I thought.

I sat the cup on the blue stone in between us and then held my hands up in defence and hopefully gave her my winning smile.

“Yes, we come here regularly and if you don’t mind me asking–Oh, shoot, my manners. Hi, I’m Mark.” I held my hand out to her, and she fitted her soft small hand into mine.

“Hi Mark. I’m Jessie.”

“It’s a pleasure to meet you, Jessie.” I must have looked like an idiot just staring with this huge smile on my face. “Thanks for the coffee, by the way.”

She laughed. “You’re welcome.” She looked down at her dog and then looked up at me. “Maybe you can return the favour sometime.”

She looked so shy. I guess it wasn’t often a woman ask a man out for coffee. Well, I wasn’t about to leave her hanging. “Yes. That’s a definite IOU.”

Jeez, her smile warmed my chest. I could just stare at Jessie all day.

“Umm, you were saying before you introduced yourself to me something about if I don’t mind you asking. I don’t, so go ahead.”

Her hand reached over and touched my arm. No, electricity didn’t occur, but when she moved her hand away I felt the warmth leave with it.

“So, umm. I see you and your dog sitting here every Thursday at around the same time.” I saw her smile vanish, and she had a faraway look in her eyes. Gosh, did I just put my foot in it and ruin this chat? “I’m sorry. It’s none of my business. Just pretend I didn’t ask.”  I turned my head away while trying to think of something smart to say to her.

She shifted away from me, and my stomach dropped, knowing I had messed things up, and it didn’t look like I was going to get a second chance.

“Grace was my sister,” she said with a sigh. I looked to where she was pointing and saw a silver metal plaque with the words ‘In memory of my loving sister Grace,’ and two dates and then underneath was the line, ’Sing with the angels.’

“Oh, I’m so sorry, Jessie. I should never have asked.”

“No, it’s okay. It must have seemed strange seeing me here at 10 am every Thursday. My sister lost her fight with cancer on a Thursday at 10 am. She loved this park and used to come and sing. She had a wonderful voice, and people stopped to listen.”

“Then I can understand why this place and spot means so much to you. That was a beautiful thing you did for your sister, and I’m sorry for your loss.”

“Thank you, Mark.” She smiled, and my heart lifted.

“I hope this is not too forward of me. But it’s coming up to 11 am when you normally leave. I don’t suppose you would like to go for a coffee with me?”

“I would love to.” She answered and held my hand as we walked out of the park with our dogs following behind us.

Author’s Note:

I manage the group Children’s book and illustrations, on Facebook. This is where authors and illustrators of children’s books can promote their work. When I saw the above illustration I immediately wanted to write flash fiction about it. The illustrator Gabriel Martin was very excited about the idea. And so above is the story I wrote using this wonderful Illustration as inspiration.

For more information and wonderful illustrations by Gabriel San Martin, go and check out the website. http://www.gabrielsanmartin.com

Please let the artist know what you think about this illustration.

I am an award-winning author of fourteen publications. You can find all my work and social media links right here.

https://www.linktr.ee/karinakantas

Maanarak Is Opening Up Her Soul.

I spoke with Maanarak about her soon-to-be debut book. As authors, we always give a lot of ourselves in our stories and many are biographical.

Maanarak goes even further by writing poetry and these are powerful words that she spins into a tale of past experiences. She opens up her heart and leaves it on the page. Such a gift many would love to possess. Not only does she write this amazing poetry but she illustrates using her unique style to tell the story of the poem. And she doesn’t stop there. With each poem, besides it, she tells the truth behind the words.

If it wasn’t bad enough bearing your soul in poetry, to then write the story of where the words came from, is truly inspiring and terrifying at the same time and I take my hat off to her, (if I was wearing one) for being brave enough to let it all out. She doesn’t hide behind make-believe she tells it exactly how it is and that makes it so raw and honest.
Come and meet Maanarak, the lady Behind The Pen.

You can find Maanarak on Instagram and listen for the announcement of when this more than poetry book will be published.
https://www.instagram.com/maanarak.4/

Omnikent

Can an idea accelerated by passion give wings to one’s dream?

Yes, it does for “Omnikent”.

Ominkent started its journey in 2018  with a set of three people, one idea and a dream. A dream to offer the best in class services and platforms to the ones whose writings we have grown up reading i.e. the Authors.

At Omnikent, the mission is to help the authors connect their writing with the right audience and become authorpreneurs, using technology, design, and data driven strategies. The services provided ranges from illustrations, custom web designs, brand building for authors through pre and post marketing services, E-commerce store set-up for author brand, book conversion to 2D/3D movies or web series.

The organisation is all-remote based out in Dubai with the team spread across the globe. On asked about what holds the team together despite geographical distances, Mr. Sanjay John Eapen, the CEO, Miss Sneha Ann Babu, the Chief Business Officer quotes, “Trust, Accountability and Transparency” as the key values which  drives the team and inspires them everyday to offer the best. The perfect balance of management skill and passion, helps them to provide the quality services by focusing on driving the entire operations of the organisation with utmost efficiency because of which the organisation today could successfully deliver 17+ projects within such a short span of time.

Going ahead, the plan is to leverage technology and design, to help authors get most out of their creativity and effort to be the best sellers in every market thereby, directing Omnikent to be the globally recognised brand that the authors can rely on, as in Omnikent we believe in nothing but “Authorpreneurship”.

Contact details:

http://www.omikent.com

Mail us at : hello@omnikent.com

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Welcome to Yoota Land of the Katers

A book for a child, written by a child.
(my daughter was 8 when she wrote and illustrated this book)

Welcome to Yoota and the land of the Katers. Come and meet SnowHorn and friends. Read about their adventures, but be careful the evil Katers don’t touch you as they will turn you bad as well.

Alexia Kanta spent one summer creating the land of Yoota. These wonderful strange creatures and their short adventures are all sprung from the imagination and creative talent of an eight-year-old- girl.

Imagination has no borders.

(Two years later aged 10, she wrote and illustrated digitaly her second book)

The Cupcake Cats Visit Yoota book 2

A crazy scientist has a great idea to invent cats with cupcakes on their heads. He kept one for himself and then put the others in a space ship, so they can explore space and the planets. They happened to choose Yoota as their new home. When they landed, they met the Katers and then the fun begins.

Download these amazing books even if you’re not a child. And thank you for supporting my daughter.

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Illustrator Extraordinaire

 

Jacks work is so detailed, professional and friggign cute!

Introducing you to Jack Foster. Children Book illustrator

Jack Foster attended the American Academy of

Art in Chicago. He was originally signed as a political cartoonist

for a Chicagoland newspaper, but finally in 2009 after years of

submitting work, he signed his first children’s book contract with

Guardian Angel Publishing. Since then Jack has illustrated over

80 published books. He still lives in the Chicagoland area with

his wife Aleithia. Jack has 5 children and 14 grandkids.

 

Here are a few samples of his amazing work

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Links

webpage: jackfosterart.com

blog: mrbiblehead.blogspot.com

facebook: facebook.com/jacktoon

twitter: https://twitter.com/jack_jacktoon

instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jackfoster1428/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jack-foster-b72ab115/