You Can’t Make This Stuff Up by Isabella

I don’t know about you, but the world seems to be getting pretty (insert your favorite colorful word here) intense. While I like to stay informed, I also like to laugh to deal with stress. And, I need some chuckles these days.

Today, the wonderful Isabella is here to help us laugh with an embarrassing story. Also, Isabella is giving away 1 ecopy of Blood Honor. Below the guest post, you’ll find more details about the giveaway.

Take it away, Isabella.

You Can’t Make This Stuff Up!

As a writers, we are natural observers of people’s behavior. Sometime stories come out of a simple trip to the bank. One such incident happened a few years back and has stayed with me all these years, especially since I have three sons of my own. One day as I was standing in line, with several other people, to make a deposit. A young mother was trying to hold on to her rambunctious son’s hand as she waited her turn in line. Not wanting to stand still, the boy jerked on his mother’s hand and demanded a sucker. The exchange went something like this:

“If you don’t stop acting up, I’m going to ground you and you’re never going to see daylight.”

The young man crossed his arms looked at his and without missing a beat he yelled, as most kids do wanting attention, “Well, if you do that, I’ll tell grandma I saw daddy’s pee pee in your mouth.”

Everyone in the bank froze. The silence was deafening as the poor young mother turned every shade of red imaginable. I looked at the man in front of me who suddenly had the biggest grin on his face, but at least had the decency to turn away as he smirked.

An older woman stepped out of line and walked over to the young man, took out two quarters and held them out to the boy and said, “If you can hold on to these without making another peep, you can keep them and I’m sure your mother will take you to the corner store and let you buy all the candy you can hold. Can you do that?”

The boy nodded, held out his hand. She placed them in each palm and closed them around the quarters. “Do you promise?”

He nodded.

“If you break your promise you have to give them back. Understand?”

He nodded, again.

“I’m so sorry,” the young mother said to the woman.

The older woman gently patted the young mother on the shoulder and said, “Honey, I had sons myself and if this is the most embarrassing thing he’ll ever say, consider yourself lucky.”

Stepping back in line she reminded the boy of his promise. As the line shortened it was finally the young mother’s turn at the window. The teller assured the mother that she too had children and knew the woman’s pain. As she concluded her business, the older woman passed the boy. He smiled held out his hands with the quarters.

“Well done,” she said walking out.

Sometimes you just can’t make this stuff up.


American Yakuza: Book 4

by Isabella

Available in Kindle Unlimited

Three lives are intertwined yet moving in different directions. Can each survive long enough to get what they want, or are they all on a one-way path toward collective destruction? While the future looks bright for lovers, Luce Potter and Brooke Erickson, they are about to face the biggest fight of their lives to stay together.

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Isabella is an award-winning author for Sapphire Books. She lives on the central coast of California with her wife. she teaches at a local college and has three wonderful sons. She rides motorcycles when she’s not writing or remodeling a cabin in the Sierra foothills.

Isabella has written fifteen novels. If you want to read her current work, check out her newest release, Blood Honor, fourth in the American Yakuza series.


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About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast ( with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (, a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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2 Responses to You Can’t Make This Stuff Up by Isabella

  1. Haha! I love the story. The mother was fortunate he didn’t say something worse. I’ve had many instances where my children have said something inappropriate in public. Thanks for sharing the funny incident.

  2. Mirielen says:

    Uaau! 😂😂😂

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