I’m very pleased to welcome Ellen Cardona to the blog today, as part of her tour with CLP Blog Tours. I have reviewed Brownie Fix and Ellen has also been kind enough to share a guest post.
Excerpt: Brownie Fix
Chapter One: Ritual Interrupted
“Oh, my God,” Persey said with a sparkle in her brilliant eyes and flip of her auburn hair, a spicy blend of chili powder and milk chocolate. “Brownie mix tastes like the food of the gods.”
The rich and moist taste of chocolate is what attracted Persey to the art of making brownies, and the sweet flavor that entered her mouth when she sucked down the raw mix was enough to satisfy her cravings.
The conditions were indeed perfect for the beloved ritual of brownie making. Her trip to the local grocery store for the nectar was justified since she was nine months pregnant, and the chocolate called to her.
Her husband, Hayden, had left for work, and she had the house to herself with no housekeeper in sight. Plus, it was fall, her favorite season of the year, and the beautiful morning called for the ritual of brownies.
“Do you hope people won’t judge you?” the voices in Persey’s head taunted in unison. “Do you really think you’re perfect?”
Ignoring them, she pulled her steel blue Jaguar into the closest parking space at the grocery store and slammed the door. Clackity-clack went the sound of her stiletto boots hitting the pavement, and she set out on her mission: the ritual would be satisfied. She adjusted the strap of her favorite Louis Vuitton purse on her shoulder, and she was ready.
Walking into the store, she passed a tan, Nordic hunk with fresh fruit and protein bars in his little basket. He took an admiring look at Persey’s big belly protruding through a stylish, loose-fitting, tiger-print blouse.
“You’re fat,” the voices in her head sang.
About Brownie Fix (2011)
Chocolate. Love. Sex. Really, what else could a woman want in life? For Persey, the heroine of Brownie Fix, her days are fun-filled until what is normally one of life’s most fulfilling experiences, the birth of her son, leads her straight into a dark state of postpartum depression.
Wandering in her own postpartum hell, Persey meets people that are absurd, like the swinging neighbors who want a little more than a cup of sugar and a group of mothers who become whipped up in worship to a climactic furor. On top of the madness, she keeps seeing a yellow-toothed old man who acts like he wants to breastfeed from her. Or is it her imagination? Add the voices in her head that become louder and louder, and it’s little wonder that Persey reaches for brownie mix to soothe her insanity.
Buckling under the pressure and lack of sleep from motherhood, Persey experiences the five stages of grief that lead her to uncover a buried secret, and gradually she begins to heal with the help of her family, friends, and, of course, brownies.
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About Ellen Cardona
Ellen Cardona wrote Brownie Fix to help deal with the postpartum depression she experienced after one of her pregnancies. Through her writing, she found that postpartum depression was real but conquerable, especially when one has the help of some dark chocolate and even darker humor. When Ellen is not writing, she teaches literature to college freshmen and attempts to help them understand the writing process, though they think she’s crazy because of her love for literature and writing.
Ellen graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with a PhD in Humanities with a specialization in Literature. Even though she has published several academic works on Ezra Pound, she could not ignore her true passion as a fiction writer. Ellen lives in Richardson, Texas and continues to learn daily from her husband and two children. In good times and bad, she still enjoys her brownies.