A Sweet Valentine’s Post from Penny Estelle Author of A Float Down the Canal

Posted by Katie L. Carroll on February 14, 2014 in Anecdote, Guest, Holidays |

A sweet treat for all of you on Valentine’s Day from Penny Estelle, author of the MG short A Float Down the Canal. Leave a comment and your email address for a chance to win a copy. Welcome, Penny!

New cover for A Float Down The Canal-1Since Katie was nice enough to let me visit her blog on Valentine’s Day, I though I would talk about what some folks have done for their sweethearts on this special day.  I put out a request for some of my blog followers and friends as to what they have actually done.  I received many stories of going to dinner, receiving candy and jewelry, going to a favorite Bed and Breakfast, etc…..all wonderful stories.  I did receive three that I thought were quite unique.

1.   Mr. X happened to be off work on this particular Valentine’s Day and flipped the TV to the Oprah Show.  She suggested having her favorite dinner ready, spreading rose petals from the front door to the couch where a new nightie would be spread out.  Run a bubble bath for her just before she gets home and have chilled champagne waiting for her at the door.  He ran out and bought all the above and completely set this scenario.  He had just finished the bubble bath when Mrs. X drove into the driveway.  He grabbed the two glasses of champagne and waited at the door.  The door opened and in walked his wife, with their neighbor’s twelve year old son.  (The neighbor’s other son had broken his wrist at school and asked Mrs. X to pick up her other son.)  Now this is why men should NEVER go off track with a proven, first class, plan),  He decided to be naked…with a rose tied to his….uhm…best friend.  After Mr. X ran to the bedroom, the neighbor’s son said, “Somebody’s planning on getting lucky tonight!”

2.   This time Mrs. X went to where her husband works and completely decorated his car.  She painted all the windows with “Happy Valentines Day”  “Hurry home for a big surprise”.    She put helium filled balloons inside the car with messages about what her plans for him were when he got home.  Pairs of sexy panties were laying in the front seat complete with a picture of Mrs. X in a bubble bath holding a glass of champagne and blowing him a kiss.  Well he was hurrying home when he got pulled over by a policeman, because he felt his car was a distraction.  With a penlight, the policeman, saw the panties and read some of the balloons.  He looked at Mr. X and said, “You are one lucky man.  Drive safe!”

3.   THIS WAS MY FAVORITE –  This Mr. and Mrs. X lived off the PacificBeach.  Mr. X loved steamed clams.  The day before Valentines Day, at night, Mrs. X and a friend went to the beach and buried a bottle of champagne, plastic glasses, clams (in Ziploc bags) a deep sauce pan, two gallons of water and lighter fluid.  She also had wood that she hid up against a cliff wall.  Now it’s not warm in February, so as the sun was just starting to rise, Mrs. X got Mr. X up and headed to the beach, with a blanket.  She drew a huge sigh of relief when nothing was bothered.  So as the sun rose into the sky Mr. and Mrs. X had a fire going, clams steaming and toasting champagne.  Now that’s love!!!

A Float Down the Canal blurb:

Not a Valentine’s Day story, but a sweet story of puppy love

and one where the underdog finally wins!!!

Twelve-year old Pam Simpson gets dumped on when her mother is called into work. She must cancel her plans for the mall to babysit her younger brother and his friend and take them to the public pool.  To make matters worse her cousin, Candy, is also coming over for the day.  She doesn’t even like Candy!

Much to Candy’s dismay, transportation to the pool is on inner tubes, floating down the canal.  One thing leads to another and it is Pam who, once again, must save the day.

When things couldn’t seem worse, the day takes a drastic turn for the better and it is Candy, and the float down the canal, that makes this the best day of Pam’s life!


About the Author:

I write stories for the young and for the young at heart.  More about my stores and myself can be found at the following links.  Stop by anytime.  I love visitors!








Thanks to Katie for having me today.  I would love to offer a PDF copy of A Float Down the Canal to one commenter who stops by and leaves an email address!

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