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Lest you think Swamp Ghosts is a grim, dark book, I thought I’d share a few lighter moments. Yes, the book does have grim, dark scenes scattered here and there, but overall, it’s a love story, with plenty of humorous moments.

Swamp Ghosts Chapter 5 Excerpt

     SUNDAY MORNING arrived looking like a picture out of a travel brochure. A buttery yellow sun beamed down from a cloudless swath of blue sky, and the trees along the river were that jewel-like shade of green you only see in early summer.
I watched Gunn as he surveyed the boat launch. “You sure you don’t want to do a dry run on land first?”

     “Maggie, I’d feel silly standing over there under a tree, getting in and out of the canoe, instead of just launching it here, like anyone else. I’m sure I can do this.”
     “Okay, Thor. Your funeral,” I muttered.
     Gunn’s eyes widened. “Excuse me? Thor? Did you just call me Thor?”
     I looked up from the cooler I was arranging in the stern of the canoe in order to offset his weight in the front. “Oh, please don’t tell me I’m the only one to ever call you that.”
     He was put out. More so than I expected, though to be honest, I had been trying to get a rise out of him. His perpetual good humor was getting on my nerves this early in the morning.
     “Actually, you are.” Now he had a definite scowl on his face.
     “You’re kidding, right? I mean, look at you.”
     He was growing redder, and his smile was ancient history, now. Hmmm. This was a different, and unexpected, side to Gunnar Wolfe.
     “I beg your pardon? Look at me? What are you talking about?”
     “Gunn, for Pete’s sake. You look just like the guy. You know? The guy from the Avenger movies?”
     His mouth dropped open in astonishment, as though such a thought had never crossed his mind. “I don’t look like that guy!”
     “Yes, you do. Exactly.”
     “I do not!”
     “Do.”
     “Oh my God, Maggie. Just because we are both blond…”
     “And huge…”
     “And…big…doesn’t mean we look alike!”
     He stomped back to the truck to get our floating seat cushions and paddles, muttering to himself every step of the way. Damn. I may have been trying to needle him a bit, but I didn’t expect it to be quite so successful.

~~~

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