Thursday, September 25, 2014

Cindy Flores Martinez and her story, The Lonely Shopkeeper

The Lonely Shopkeeper


Judy Hughes is too busy for love. Running her own business in the small town where she grew up occupies all of her time. When she meets Graham, who is visiting from Scotland, it's love at first sight. He's Stuart and Annie Ferguson's son, the owners of Ferguson's Market. She resists her attraction to him since he isn't here to stay. What will happen when they fall in love?


She turned, and a rush of surprise and embarrassment raced through her. Graham from Ferguson's Market stood across from her dressed in a black coat and black lace-up boots. She had first seen him working at the market a week and a half ago. Every time she went there during her lunch breaks, she admired him from afar. Although she had longed to talk to him, they had only exchanged a few hellos. His emerald green eyes and wavy auburn hair looked even more attractive close up. "Good evening," she said, responding with a slight stammer.

"How are you? I'm Graham." He held out his hand.

His strong Scottish accent nearly melted Judy the way it did every time she heard him speak at the market. As she shook his hand, the feeling of his warm, soft skin and firm grip made her heart flutter. Even though she was thirty years old, she still felt flustered around men she was attracted to. "I'm Judy. Judy Hughes," she said.

"It's good to meet you, Judy Hughes. I mean, we've met before, but, well, you know what I mean." His sheepish smile lit up the night.

"Yes. I know exactly what you mean." Judy grinned and swept her hair behind her ear, feeling self-conscious by his stare.


My name is Cindy Flores Martinez. I was born and raised in a suburb of Los Angeles. I have an MFA in Creative Writing with an emphasis in Screenwriting. I have been a screenwriting instructor, screenplay consultant, script reader, and screenplay collaborator. My debut novel, Mail-Order Groom, which was inspired by my own Polish ancestry, started out as a screenplay and movie project. I spent years shopping it around Hollywood, New York, and other parts of the world and had two well-known actors, one of them Academy Award nominated, interested in portraying the lead character’s parents. After not finding the success I wanted, I officially canceled my film production company in November of 2009 and embarked on the journey of turning my screenplay into a novel.



  1. Morning Cindy! Thanks for sharing your story on Penny's Tales. I love the cover and the story line sounds terrific!

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