Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Write A Holiday Short Storie - Blue Satin and Love by Melodie Campbell

Happy Wednesday!

Time to post next Write a Holiday Short Story Contest story! Today I would like to welcome author Melodie Campbell  who is part of the Imajin Books publishing. Melodie has been visiting my blog earlier with Meet and Greet post and I have reviewed her book Rowena Through the Wall. Below the story you will find more information about her.

Ladies and gentlemen, please give a warm welcome to Melodie Campbell!

Blue Satin and Love

By Melodie Campbell
“This is beautiful, Mom – where did you ever get it?”

I looked down at the Barbie doll evening gown Natalie held in her hand. Blue satin shimmered under our kitchen lights, and the tiny rosettes were individual works of art that had been hidden away for decades in a basement storage box.“My grandmother from Sicily made it for me for Christmas one year.”

I remembered those hours Grandma had spent in front of the black Singer sewing machine, arthritic hands working hard to create things of warmth and beauty. Like many immigrant women, she made most of our clothes, which – at the time - was a mark of shame to me. How to explain the embarrassment of wearing homemade clothes to a daughter of today?

“It doesn’t even look worn,” Natalie said, in awe.

“That’s because I never played with it.” Yes, the blue satin was pretty, but in my young mind, it didn’t compare to the black nylon Barbie doll gown you could purchase at Simpson’s. My doll clothes were made from scraps of fabric left over from larger projects. The other girls at school received store-bought Christmas gifts; how I had envied them.

“She must have loved you a whole lot.” Natalie’s voice was soft. She handed it to me.

I fingered the hand-hemmed skirt, the tiny perfect stitches, and as I opened the snaps on the back, something happened to my heart. It flooded with the love that had been there all this time, stuck in a box, waiting to be discovered.

Author Bio:
Melodie Campbell has been a bank manager, marketing director, comedy writer, college instructor and possibly the worst runway model ever.  Melodie got her start writing comedy, so it’s no surprise that editors have called her fiction “wacky” and “laugh out loud funny”.  She has over 200 publications and has won 5 awards for fiction.  She is currently the General Manager of Crime Writers of Canada, and has taught fiction writing for ten years.
Rowena Through the Wall
Do you like comic time travel romance?

Meet Rowena Revel!

“Is that a broadsword on your belt, or are you just glad to see me?”

When Rowena falls through her classroom wall into a medieval world, she doesn’t count on being kidnapped – not once, but twice, dammit – and the stakes get higher as the men get hotter. Unwanted husbands keep piling up; not only that, she has eighteen-year-old Kendra to look out for, and a war to prevent. Good thing she can go back through the wall when she needs to…or can she?

You can find more information about Melodie at the Meet and Greet post here: and read my review of Rowena Through the Wall here: .

Thank you so much, Melodie, for taking time and writing a short story! It is highly appreciated!

Dear readers, let's give some feedback to Melodie in the comments!

Happy reading!


  1. What a beautiful story, it brings back memories of my mom making both my doll clothes and mine. I actually was very proud of mine because they were always a little edgy and different than what you would buy in the store.

  2. Beautiful story.
    Mum sewed our clothes when we were little and she sewed each of my graduation dresses. The first one was too avant garde for my tastes. The second was exactly what I asked for and a terrible choice on my part. The last one was my favourite - one you'd appreciate Mel -a Morticia style black dress with a hood.

  3. A lovely story and one that resonates with me too. My mother even made me a princess dress one Halloween made of pink sheets of crepe paper with a tiered skirt and puff sleeves - out of crepe paper!

  4. Melodie, thank you so much for the story! Loved it! Sweet and warm!

    Thanks for coming by Alison, loves to dive and gloworm! It's appreciated!

  5. Ah, the story brought back memories as I come from an immigrant Sicilian family. Money was tight at first and we wore hand-me downs and homemade clothes too. I didn't like Barbie dolls so that was not a problem. LOL

    Lovely short and the idea of a time travel romantic comedy sounds fun. Thanks for the posting!

  6. What a beautiful story. I think it's so poignant because we can all remember moments when, because of the timing or our ages, we didn't fully appreciate the significance. Made me remember my Irish grandmother and the chocolate roll dessert she always served.