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January 17, 2016

LINNY’S SWEET DREAM LIST by Susan Schild with Giveaway

Lenny's Sweet Dream List

As my New Year’s gift to you and your readers, here is the complete first chapter of the book:

LINNY’S SWEET DREAM LIST is about what is important to me – funny friends, good men, work that makes us happy, women who have adventures, noble dogs, and finding love at any age.

The book is a sunny, wholesome read. If you ever get overwhelmed by the bad news in the world, come to in Willow Hill, North Carolina and spend some time with colorful characters who are searching for – and finding – their happily ever afters.

The book is available January 5th in paperback and in digital format on Amazon.

Linny’s husband was a pirate, Puck, and King of the Good Ole Boys Who’d Done Well.

On the radio, Patsy Cline sang the achingly beautiful, Sweet Dreams. Linny sang along quietly as the bacon sizzled and she cracked brown eggs into a bowl, separating them.

Last night’s talk with Buck had been so good. After so ardently reassuring her of his love, he’d gently touched the side of her face. “I’ll be a better husband, Lin.” Linny’s heart squeezed just thinking about the sweetness of that moment.

For all her brave talk to her sister about divorcing Buck if she found he was cheating, Linny wanted this marriage to work. She loved Buck, and didn’t know if she could bear being alone again. Shivering, Linny just hoped that she wasn’t being a fool to let Buck reel her back in.

Johnny Cash was singing as Buck walked into the kitchen, the air drifting around him smelling of the sandalwood soap and clean man. He kissed her on the top of her head as she flipped the omelet. While he clunked around in the garage collecting his coolers, rods and fishing gear, she slipped the egg-white omelet, turkey bacon, and whole wheat toast onto a plate and put it on the table. Mug in hand, she sat, feeling a sense of peace steal over her.

With comb tracks still in his wet hair, Buck slid into his seat, looking sharp in the faded pink golf shirt that she kept putting in the GOODWILL pile and he kept retrieving. “This food  is so danged healthy,” he grumbled, as he wolfed it down. “What does a man have to do to get biscuits with gravy and home fries?”

Get better numbers at the doctor’s?” she suggested, but he’d picked up his tablet, and was studying the fishing report. Linny smiled wryly. In his mind, he was probably already flying down the glittering Intracoastal Waterway in his beloved boat, heading out to the ocean, and roaring with laughter at a joke made by one of his merry men.

Barefooted, she walked out with him into the warm August morning and watched him finish loading the SUV.

As he closed the cargo door, he’d pulled her into an extravagant hug, and lifted her feet off the ground. He nuzzled her neck and kissed her, hard. “Be good, baby,” he said, his gaze holding hers. “I’ll be home soon, and I’m going to do better.”

Linny shook her head as she waved. He was a rascal, but he practically shimmered with his delight in life. When he kissed her like that, she felt every cell in her body respond, believed every word he told her, and remembered why she’d married him. 

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susanschildSusan is a wife and stepmother. She enjoys weekend getaways with friends, reading fiction, and rummaging through thrift store and antiques stores for treasures like four dollar cashmere sweaters and amateur watercolor paintings. A dog lover, Susan has a special fondness for Lab mix rescue dogs. She and her family live in North Carolina where she is finishing up the third novel in the Willow Hill Series, Sweet Southern Hearts.

Susan graduated from James Madison University in Virginia, and holds a master’s degree from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has used her professional background as a psychotherapist and management trainer to add authenticity to her characters. 

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Ivy Truitt
Transplanted Southerner and avid reader. My tastes are eclectic. I discovered mysteries first then historicals in the era of Kathleen Woodiwiss & Rosemary Rogers. I was never able to finish Gone With the Wind, Scarlett got on my nerves too bad, but I loved Alaina in Ashes in the Wind. I also manage the guest author blog for Manic Readers. In addition to here you can find me on FB, Twitter, Goodreads, Librarything, & Riffle. Always up for talking about books, just gimme a holler!!


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