Miss Penny forgotten, unbelievable but true, Miss Penny speaking. The day began quite normally. Susan took me for a walk, a short walk as the wind was bitter so I was glad to be home. The elevator doors opens, Susan drops my leash
and I run down the hall, do a few twirls, run back, a couple more twirls and by that time Susan is at the apartment door and we go inside. Except, when Susan closes the door, I am on the wrong side. Okay, no problem, sometimes I tease Susan and keep twirling and she teases me by pretending to close the door. This time was different, I sat and waited and then to my horror I heard the lock click. She had forgotten me. Can you believe that? Forgotten, the princess! I heard her moving about, my dish clattered as she made my breakfast, the fridge door opened and closed, that would be Susan’s breakfast. Oh boy, this is serious, I look up and down the hall nobody around, that’s good, there’s a grumpy man in the
corner who doesn’t like dogs, I shake a little, ‘What if he comes out of his apartment and I’m dognapped or Fin, the dog opposite, he’s cute, but he barks and growls at me and there’s the lady with the funny voice, she’s nice, although I think she’s scared of me.’ Um …not sure what to do. I could bark, but I don’t bark it makes too much noise and scares me. That’s weird, Susan is calling me I hear, ‘Penny, Pen-Pen, (that’s my pet name) come eat your chicken!’ But, Mom I’m on the other side of the door. All goes quiet, this is it, I am doomed to spend the rest of my life in the hallway starving. Just a minute I hear the lock, the door opens. Oh, I’m so happy, Susan is sorry, and so she should be locking me out. Now, she’s laughing at me, no matter I’m glad to be home. No evil eye today, it has been editing all week, very, very boring. More about Susan the author, next week.
Prelude to Sophie’s War – 2nd edition and Heart of Sophie’s War – new are both in the editing process. New covers for the Sophie Series, although for now there are no changes to the prequel Ruins in Silk. If you’d like to read about Sophie’s young life, a story of tragedy and triumph losing her privileged life, becoming a maid at the Sackville Hotel and as the series moves forward a nurse in the Great War. Read Ruins in Silk while you wait click here.
The Blue Pendant is Susan’s biggest selling novel and the first in The Sackville Hotel Trilogy If you like the elegance of Edwardian Society and decades spanning adventures you’ll love this trio. Start reading Anna’s story in The Blue Pendant. Take a peak at the new cover. It will take sometime before the new print cover shows on the books. E-book or paperback click here
The prequel Ruins in Silk .99c or free (e-book only), also available in paperback on Amazon. The story of Sophie’s young life in Lucca Italy on her father’s silk farm and in Derby England at the family’s silk mill but tragedy strikes and Sophie’s life is dramatically changed. Book 1 of the series Prelude to Sophie’s War is set at the Bartley Hospital in London England as Sophie starts her nursing career and before she nurses in the Great War.
Sophie’s story continues in Prelude to Sophie’s War – London 1915, German Zeppelin attacks are not the only thing Sophie battles at Bartley Hospital. Will her courage be enough to keep her sane and alive? Watch for revised content and new cover to be released soon and then Book 2 Heart of Sophie’s War will follow.
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