Sunday, August 23, 2015

Sunday Snippets ~ Playing For Keeps by Jamie Hill

Sunday SnippetsSunday Snippets is a Blog Hop of sorts, a chance to sample a segment of an author’s work. Today I’m sharing a snippet from my novel, Playing For Keeps, published by Books We Love. Hope you enjoy it!


Sometimes the cow said quack instead of moo. Madison Stewart, tense with her charges at the Sunny Days Childcare Center, took the 'Farmer Says' talking toy into the break room and pulled the handle fast, several times in a row. When she did it quickly enough, the toy became confused and the cow quacked. The silly action never failed to bring a smile to Maddie's face. If she didn't feel in control of the five little people running around in the next room, she at least controlled something.

Maddie took a few deep breaths and headed back into the playroom. Almost lunch time, then the kids would nap. The quietest part of the day. She headed to the art table where the children pounded clay into a myriad of shapes.

The shrill voice of the center director sidetracked her. "Oh, Miss Stewart? Your new child is here."

Frances Bergman spoke to everyone as if they were three years old. Some people thought it was a voice used only with children at the daycare, but Maddie could assure them it wasn't. Her boss spoke that way all the time. Grating on a good day.

"Hello." Maddie pasted a smile on her face as she approached Frances and the cute little blond-haired girl. She squatted as gracefully as she could in a sundress and got eye to eye with the child. "I'm Miss Stewart. What's your name?"

The girl hesitated before announcing, "Sophie Cooper."

Maddie smiled at her. "I'm very happy to meet you, Sophie. We're playing with clay at the art table, and we have one empty chair. Would you like to play with us?"

Sophie hesitated again, then nodded slowly. She took a step toward Maddie, but quickly changed her mind and ran behind Frances, burying her face in the leg of a pair of blue jeans Maddie hadn't seen standing there. From her squatting position, Maddie gazed up the jeans slowly, beginning at a pair of slightly scuffed cowboy boots, a mile or so of long legs, ending at a denim work shirt. She stood and came face to face with the clearest blue eyes she'd ever seen, set in a very handsome face.

"This is, Mr. Cooper," Frances introduced.

Maddie managed, barely, not to drool.

Playing For Keeps is available here:

Also at Smashwords, ARe, B&N and iBooks.

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Here are the links to the other participating #SundaySnips authors: (Ginger Simpson) (Tricia McGill) (Vijaya Schartz) (Connie Vines) (Juliet Waldron)

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