The Role of M&Ms in Talent




My author was asked to take some refreshments to a book signing. She’s stapled these quotes to muffin cups, and she’s going to put M&Ms in them. Her business cards will go under them.

What do you think?



“I slide my hand into my backpack and pull out two red M&Ms. The chocolate melts on my tongue and soothes my stomach.”

~~Sandee Mason in Talent by B. Lynn Goodwin


“I’m so nervous I grabbed a whole handful of M&Ms without even thinking.”

~~Sandee Mason in Talent by B. Lynn Goodwin


“I can’t control it [auditions] any more than I can control how many M&Ms go in my mouth when I get nervous.”

~~Sandee Mason in Talent by B. Lynn Goodwin



“No way I’ll let anybody see the tears in my eyes. It’s not my fault that I don’t sing bass or tenor. I slide my hand into my pocket and sneak three M&Ms.

~~Sandee Mason in Talent by B. Lynn Goodwin

“I grab a handful of M&Ms, but a second later, I drop them back in the bag. Candy can’t solve this problem.”

~~Sandee Mason in Talent by B. Lynn Goodwin


“I’ve opened a fresh pack of M&Ms, which are still stashed in the left pocket of my corduroy jacket. I didn’t buy any today, and I hope I won’t tomorrow, but I don’t want to waste the ones I have.”

~~Sandee Mason in Talent by B. Lynn Goodwin

“I reach into my jacket pocket for my M&Ms, but I slide my hand back out without taking any.

~~Sandee Mason in Talent by B. Lynn Goodwin

“I excuse myself, head for the bathroom, and on the way, I stuff a handful of M&Ms into my mouth.

“Do they help?” a girl with a husky voice asks.

~~ Tessa Kwan to Sandee Mason in Talent by B. Lynn Goodwin


“She’s challenging me just like she did last night when she saw me consuming the M&Ms. She catches my look and says, “You can’t avoid your feelings, Sandee. You have to face them.”

~~Tessa Kwan to Sandee Mason in Talent by B. Lynn Goodwin


What happened? There were a bunch more. Three pages. I guess you’ll have to read the book and find them yourself.

If you click on that it should take you right to my page–okay the page for my book. I want you to read my story, now that drama teachers are casting the spring musical. M&Ms are only a small part, but refreshments have to be food, and the food was supposed to be related.

Got it?


Happy New Year

Coming Out From Behind the Curtain

I don’t understand why New Year’s is such a big deal. Am I being a party-pooper? That’s what Rob said when I told him I wasn’t going to his party for all the performing arts kids. You’d think he would know better after rehab.


A year ago we were waiting for the Army to tell us that Bri had been found in an Army Hospital. Or any hospital. Or even that he’d been found with amnesia and he’d have to learn who we were again. Anything would have been better than the news we dreaded and feared. But it came.


The amazing thing is that life went on after we got the news. The principal asked me to make a presentation about him in the assembly and one thing led to another, and hear we are. It’s been nearly a year.


Mom was kinda weepy earlier. She got that way on Christmas too, so Dad said that tonight was just for the two of them. He told me about it before he told Mom, which made me feel very grown up. So Diego and I are going to watch movies tonight. And eat popcorn and maybe M&Ms. Dad made me promise I wouldn’t have a party, but he was fine with my having Diego over. He said he’ll trust us and we’d better not give him a reason to change his mind.


What would you watch on TV if you were with your boyfriend? Am I leaving myself wide open with that question? Sure hope not. I guess I’ll find out how well you know me by your answer.


Whether you respond or not, I hope you have a wonderful New Year. 2017 has to be better than the first part of 2016.

10 People/Groups to Share TALENT With


TALENT on Amazon

Have you read TALENT? Well, why not? It’s only a click away. Go to the Talent on Amazon link above.

Want to know what to do with it after you read it? I should tell you to buy a copy for everyone you know, but between you and me, you can pass yours along if you want to.

  • Give a copy to a teacher. What kind of teacher? A drama teacher, an English teacher, a teacher who loves kids. Give it to an art teacher, or a photography teacher. Any teacher.
  • Give it to a librarian. School and youth librarians are looking for teen-centered books. Some of them get tired of vampires, shape shifters, and those who live in a dystopian society. You’ll be giving the gift of contemporary fiction.
  • Give it to your favorite student—especially one grades 6-11. It’s really suitable for anyone above a fourth grade reading level. Some of its themes are universal while its scenes are immediate and real. Although the heroine is a girl, there are two strong male characters, Rob and Diego.
  • Give it to the parents of any teen or tween. It will help them to see themselves through teen eyes.
  • Give it to a bookseller. It’s the perfect non-dystopian addition to the YA shelves.
  • Give it to a church’s youth group leader. It’s worth reading and sharing. There are discussion questions in the back.
  • Give it to a Girl Scout leader. Sandee is a role model for girls who empower themselves.
  • Give it to the thespians and former thespians in your life. It will bring back memories.
  • Give it to sons, daughters, nieces, nephews, and grandkids when they are in a show—whether it’s musical comedy, a concert, or even a Power Point presentation. Show them you understand what they’re going through and so does Sandee.
  • Give a copy to the juvenile hall library in your county. They need books that include positive role models.

Who have I forgotten? Write back and tell me who else needs a copy. There should be a contact button at the top.

Caliburn Press Blog Hop

Talent Paperback – November 1, 2015 by B. Lynn Goodwin (Author) 4.7 out of 5 stars 43 customer reviews


TALENT Celebrates With Others

tumblr_lkyllvIjRZ1qhnqczToday I have the privilege of being on the Caliburn Press Blog Hop, coordinated by The Vampire Queen,

Caliburn Press,, deals mostly with horror, the supernatural, and the paranormal, and there may be a bit of paranormal or supernatural phenomenon in TALENT.

There is, but Sandee isn’t sure about whether the supernatural is real or a trick—maybe done with mirrors or an imaginative medium. In her mind, maybe it’s real and maybe it’s not. I know the psychic she consults is real and knows her stuff.

Caliburn Press also publishes young adult romance. Fifteen-and-a-half-year-old Sandee Mason qualifies as a young adult. She’s mature one minute and child-like the next. She’s discovering romance, or maybe it’s finding her while she’s busy trying to find her talents.

Sandee is going to put up a post quoting from some of the reviews for her story, but first, Continue reading

Coming Out from Behind the Curtain

Coming Out From Behind the Curtain

I am so excited. Seriously! People like my story, the one B. Lynn Goodwin wrote down. Here are a few comments that make my heart sing. Thank you reviewers. I can’t tell you how good it feels to be noticed.


“Sandee Mason has hidden depths, but is the overlooked treasure in her home and school. Her journey toward finding her own voice, her own place, and her own life makes for a satisfying read.”  –Lani Rene Longshore


“Insightful, and alternately funny and sad, Talent is for Young Adults and Adults. It is a book about the complexities of teenage life in today’s world that makes you feel and, perhaps even more importantly, makes you think.”  –Judy Williams


“…she surrounds Sandee with a supporting cast comprised of believable, flesh-and-blood characters. Talent is an absorbing read that keeps the reader turning pages from beginning to end.”  –Al Garrotto


“I am far beyond my teenage years and I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline, the rights and wrongs of war, family issues and alcohol dependency. The writing is skillful, flowing and well put together.”   –A. Rose


“Talent is a great gift for theater-loving teens.”  –Kelly


“Talent brings the focused universe of student musical productions into the messy world of family members coping with uncertainty and tragic loss.”  –Jean C. Wyer


“From the deep desire for the freedom offered by a driver’s license to the disappointment of trying out for something and not achieving a goal, Sandee shows the reader how to thrive under adversity. Talent is a page-flipping read!”  –Jill Hedgecock


  • So what is your take on the book?
  • What do you like?
  • Have you written about it?
  • Have you shared it?
  • Would you like to give it to someone you know?
  • Have your daughter read it?
  • Have your daughter’s class read it?


WHAT? You haven’t read it? Well it’s about time.

Get a copy today by clicking on the link above the book cover. It’s at the top of the blog.

Be sure to let me know what you think, okay? There should be a comments line at the top of the page to click on.