Today I’m excited to welcome author Susan M. Baganz as she shares about her latest release, Bratwurst & Bridges. Read all the way through to the end to find out how to enter to win a free copy of Bratwurst & Bridges.
Susan M. Baganz chases after three Hobbits and is a native of Wisconsin. Susan writes adventurous romances.
Susan speaks, teaches and encourages others to follow God in being all He has created them to be. She understands the complexities and pain of life as well as its craziness. She likes snuggling with her dog while reading a good book, or sitting with a friend chatting over a cup of spiced chai latte.
Author Interview Questions:
- Please describe yourself in three words
Encourager, silly, creative.
- What can readers expect from you next?
Bratwurst & Bridges, due out late July, is number five in my Orchard Hill Romance series. The books in order are: Pesto & Potholes, Salsa & Speed Bumps, Feta & Freeways, and Root Beer & Roadblocks. Book number six in the Orchard Hill Romance series is Donuts & Detours and due out in May of 2018. I also have two Christian Gothic Regencies: The Virtuous Viscount and Lord Phillip’s Folly (Prequel is The Baron’s Blunder, novella) releasing in October of this year and a Regency romance novella, Gabriel’s Gift, due out at Christmas.
- How did you get started writing?
I started writing in 2009 through National Novel Writing Month and have “won” it eight years in a row. I had so much fun I keep doing it. I wrote my five book Gothic Regency series through NaNoWriMo as well as other full-length novels. I started writing contemporary to try something new.
Pastor Dan Wink has suffered his greatest loss. His best friend, Sharon, died a year ago. He’s ready to walk away from ministry…and life. But the men he’s ministered to over the years won’t let him. Sometimes accountability sucks. And the redhead next door with her precocious children brings up desires he thought had died with his wife.
Skye O’Connell has given up much to rescue herself and her kids from her ex-husband’s drug abuse. With a new career, she’s come to the Milwaukee suburbs to start over…but something about the enigmatic pastor who lives across the hall has her asking questions she’s not comfortable with.
A man stuck in grief is challenged by a woman who is lost…can both find their way to life and love?
Smoke filled the air. Dan bolted into the house dropping his keys as he rushed to the kitchen. “Sharon!” he yelled through a cough. On his mad dash to grab the flaming pan on the stove, he almost tripped over her. He opened the sliding glass door off the dining area and tossed the metal, flames and all, into the snow with a resounding hisssssss.
He ran back to his wife sprawled on the kitchen floor. “Sharon?” He checked for a pulse. None. Panic seized him as he fumbled for his phone and called 911 while beginning chest compressions. “Yes, my wife’s not breathing. I started CPR. Send someone, please.”
The phone dropped to the floor as he counted out compressions. Under his breath, he repeated the chorus to Staying Alive to keep a rhythm, broken only by coughing as the hovering smoke continued to assault him.
Don’t be dead. Come on, sweetie. I need you. You’re too young to die. Tears fell onto her cotton shirt. Minutes dragged on like hours until a paramedic pulled him off. Dan stood by in disbelief as they too failed to revive her.
The coroner arrived.
Dead on the scene.
The words spoken to dispatch by the paramedic pierced his soul. He listened to his voice answer questions, but it was as if he hovered above it all. People came and went in a haze. They covered up the body of the woman he loved and carried her away to the morgue. The morgue?
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