A ‘Love Like Sky’ Pre-sale Celebration

Leslie C. Youngblood

When we think of Spring we tend to recognize, and be aware of all the new blossoms that are soon coming. Spring puts us in the mindset of repairing, renewals, clean slates, and growth. These are all the feelings you get when you read Love Like Sky, written by Leslie C. Youngblood, a Rochester resident who teaches creative writing at Rochester, New York’s literary center, Writers and Books. The book is being picked up by Disney-Hyperion Disney publishing world wide.

Chapter One of Love Like Sky

Peaches checked on Girl, her goldfish. I’d seen her watching Girl and wondered what she was thinking. But little sisters need to have private thoughts, too, so I didn’t ask, and I went to my room.

Minutes later, Peaches hopped on her bed and I closed my eyes, pretending I was sleeping. I thought I’d fooled her. No sooner than I was drifting off Peaches called, “G-baby?”

I cracked my eyes open. “What is it?”

“It’s about Girl.”

“What about her?

“Does . . . ?”

“Does what?”

“Does Girl have to die?”

“Someday, Peaches. Everything has to some day.”

“Even if I take real good care of her for always?”

“Yeah, even then. But the better you do that, the longer she’ll live.”

“Oh, okay.” She fumbled with the tiny stethoscope around Nurse Barbie’s neck for a minute or two. “G-baby?”

“Yeah.”

“Daddy got Girl so we wouldn’t miss him so much, huh?”

“No. He bought it ’cause Mama wouldn’t let you have a rabbit, remember?”

Actually, Peaches was onto something, but I didn’t want her believing Girl was some sorta replacement for our daddy.

“Do you think Daddy still loves us?”

Now I felt really guilty for talking about Daddy to Mama.

“You just asked me that a little while ago.”

“No, I didn’t. I asked did you still love Daddy. That ain’t the same.”

“Well, the answer is the same. Of course Daddy still loves us.”

“How I know you’re not lying?”

“What Mama say about that word?”

“Sorry . . . You might been fibbin’ or telling a story.”

“I don’t have to fib about Daddy. We talked to him a few days ago, right?”

“It was eight. I counted backwards.”

I sighed. “Okay, eight. That’s not that long.”

“Yeah. But he got a new wife.”

“I know. We were flower girls, just like at Mama’s wedding. That means he loves us, too.”

She took a deep breath. “What if he runs out of love? You know, give it all awayto her and don’t have none left for us?”

“That won’t happen, Peaches.”

“How you know?”

“’Cause love don’t run out like that.”

“Like what?”

“Like gasoline. Love ain’t like that.”

“How is it then?” she asked, turning on her stomach to face me.

I’d been working on that question since she asked me the first time, and I still was tuning up my answer.

“Well?” Peaches nudged.

“It’s like sky. If you keep driving and driving, gas will run out, right?”

“That’s why we gotta go to the gas station.” She flung her covers back and jumped into my bed.

“Yep. But have you ever seen the sky run out? No matter how far we go?”

“No, when we look up, there it is.”

“Well, that’s the kind of love Daddy and Mama have for us, Peaches—love like sky.”

“It never ends?”

“Never.”

Moments later, she had fallen back asleep and was hogging most of my bed.

That answer was good enough for Peaches, and I believed it, too, sorta. Daddy hadn’t been calling as much as he used to, but I didn’t want to worry Peaches. I figured the best thing to do was love her that much more in case Daddy’s new wife made his love run out just a little.

The above is an excerpt from the novel Love Like Sky by Leslie C. Youngblood.

It was truly an honor being invited to the pre-sale celebration. The venue was so modern and classy. The turkey burgers were actually turkey breast with mozzarella. The cocktails and the imported wines were amazing. I’m glad I had to go grab the kids from the sitter. I think they would’ve had to put me out other
wise. Lmao.

I’m so grateful. All the people invited were friendly and just welcoming and ready to network. I love environments like this. There’s nothing better to celebrate than our accomplishments. Especially when they open a new door through a market like Disney. This novel is based on what many homes are going through. What makes this book unique is it speaks through the voice of a young black girl. Giving the outlook to a whole new market.

The Venue’s owner where the party was held also hosts a wine tasting like no other once every other month too. Which I will review for you guys soon. Can’t wait.

Here’s a few events I am interested in that are coming up 🙂
April 6th Rochester Spring Wine Festival
April 6th Smokin Buta Monthly Hip Hop showcase
April 29th PJ Masks
April 28th The All White Day Party and book release By Yolanda SmileZ

If there are any places you’d like me to give a review on or just would like to
comment please feel free to do so at thekitchentabletalk@gmail.com or text them to
585-351-7952 I would love to share.

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