Linny’s Sweet Dreams List by Susan Schild


20160209_140604Linny’s Sweet Dream List was one of the very first queries I got when started agenting. The writing sample had voice coming out its ears so I requested the full manuscript and PROMPTLY read it, called the author, and signed her as quickly as I could.

Linny’s Sweet Dream List had to change very little from that first manuscript until the time it sold, because Schild created such a winning character, setting, and plot. In case you’re curious, here’s the description:

At thirty-eight, Linny Taylor is suddenly living a life she thought only happened to other, more careless people. Widowed for the second time, and broke, thanks to her cheating

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Hey again, and a new editing venture

Hello everyone! Look at me, I’m back!

I can’t promise how much I’ll be reviewing, although I’d like to talk informally about some of the older stuff I’ve been reading.

My son is now in 1st grade (!), so he’s off in school all day, and in a couple of week the girls will be going off to preschool 2-3 times/week. I left active agenting earlier this year because I felt that my family wasn’t getting enough of my time while the kids are still little (and at home, and thus likely either watching TV or getting into trouble while I worked). However, now that everyone is going to be in school at least part of the time, I am going to be jumping back

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Sound Bytes – April 2014 Link-Up

The formerly weekly audiobook review link-up Sound Bytes is now a monthly link-up. I encourage you to leave links to any audiobooks you review throughout the month and check out the links of other reviewers for your next great listen. Thanks to Pam for creating the button.

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The Island of Doves by Kelly O’Connor McNees – Book Review and Giveaway

The Island of Doves by Kelly O’Connor McNees

It is really no secret that I love the books that McNees writes. I’ve been looking forward to The Island of Doves for a long time, and happily, my anticipation was rewarded with a lovely reading experience. If you’re interested in hearing more about the plot, check out this description from the publisher:

Susannah Fraser lives in one of Buffalo’s finest mansions, but her husband has made it a monstrous prison. When a mysterious woman offers to help her escape, Susannah boards a steamboat for Mackinac Island. But after being a dutiful daughter and obedient wife, it is only as she flees that she realizes how unprepared she is for freedom.


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The New Deadwardians by Dan Abnett and I.N.J. Culbard – Book Review

SO. I was listening to Pop Culture Happy Hour for the billionth time, as is my wont (I promise, a post about this is coming), and it was an old one in which Glen Weldon mentioned Free Comic Book Day. This inspired me to look up the comic book stores around me on the Free Comic Book Day website. It turns out we have more independent comics shops around than we do bookstores, including chain bookstores. So then I decided that my new project is to explore both our local comics shops and comics and graphic novels in general by buying something from each of the stores. For my first attempt, I found the local shop to be

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