I had a little sister while I was growing up. As often as not, I thought her a brat, and I remember fussing at her on more than one occasion.
In “Not the Marrying Kind”, Kat Phillips has a little sister, too. Emily Sue means well most of the time…or, at least, I’d like to think she does. Maybe not. Maybe she’s really just a brat.
For this week’s “sneak peek”, here’s a little snippet of dialogue. Kat and her family are at church, and rumors are going around that she might marry Reverend Kendrick.
Excerpt from Not the Marrying Kind
Kat jumped to her feet, jerked Emily Sue up, too, and all but dragged her out from the pew, down the aisle, and through the front door. As soon as they were outside, she gave the little brat a well-deserved shake.
“How dare you, Emily! If we weren’t here at church in front of God and everybody, I swear, I’d turn you over my knee and paddle you so hard you wouldn’t be able to sit down for a week.”
“But I didn’t tell on purpose.” She sniffled. “Mrs. Wilkes asked me how I felt about it, that’s all. She wanted to know if I was excited, and I told her there wasn’t anything to get excited about.”
Kat kept a tight hold on her sister’s arms. Probably Emily was telling the truth. Mrs. Wilkes kept house for the reverend and was always getting into his business, as well as everybody else’s. It would be just like her to try to pin Emily down and wheedle information from her.
“But you did tell her that I wasn’t going to marry him, right?” Might even be a good thing if Emily had set the woman straight.
Emily sniffled again. “I told her you didn’t want to marry him. But I also told her you had to marry him, whether you wanted to or not.”
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Yep, don’t you just love little sisters? By the way, little miss Emily Sue grows up and falls in love, and I’ll be sharing her story in Book 3 of “The Sunset Series”.
Meanwhile, you can enjoy all of Kat’s story in Book 1, “Not the Marrying Kind”.
Be watching for news about the upcoming release of “Keeping Faith” – Book 2 of “The Sunset Series”.
As a final note, I’d like to dedicate this post in memory of my own “little sister”, Janice Sue. We lost her to cancer several years ago. I miss her every day. I’d like to think a little part of her lives on in my stories through characters like Emily Sue — complete with the blue eyes and blonde ringlets.
Thanks for visiting today and letting me share a few personal thoughts with you along with an excerpt from “Not the Marrying Kind”.
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