29 May 2021

Crazy for You | Excerpt + Giveaway

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The problem with being related to everyone in town is that there is no one left to date… until now… but will this outsider survive his family?

Former soldier Veronica “Ronnie” Morales isn’t going to let her kid brother, Tiago, get pulled into the gangs of Minneapolis, so, seeking safety and a fresh start, she heads to sleepy Deep Haven on the north shore of Minnesota. She’s hoping to put down roots as the paramedic for the new Crisis Response Team, but it’s not easy to be the town outsider.

Fire Chief Peter Dahlquist is a peacemaker—he has to be. After he’s related to both of the Deep Haven dynasties – the Zimmermans and the Dahlquists, Deep Haven’s version of the Hatfields and the McCoys. Worse, Peter is the holdout vote for a landmark project, which also makes him the loneliest guy in town when both sides demand that he pick sides. The only one who seems to understand his plight is the newcomer in town… his pretty, street-tough paramedic.

When Tiago finds himself caught up in small town shenanigans and the town blames Ronnie for tragedy, Peter is forced to pick sides. But will his choice cost him the home—and the woman—he loves?

Publisher: Sunrise Publishing
Release Date: May 25, 2021



The plan was easy. Bring Oreos, kiss his mother, and skedaddle.

No need to stick around and get caught in another fight.

The last thing Peter Dahlquist needed this Memorial Day weekend was another fire to put out. At least, the family relations type. A good old-fashioned barn blaze—he’d be all in. He stood on the apex of Zimmerman Mountain and looked out on the land that had been in his family for more than eight generations. Eighty acres, about half of it developed now with log cabin and A-frame Zimmerman homes, all nestled in a valley of birch and pine forest. And sprawling out at the foot of the acreage was the glorious blue of Lake Superior, calm and barely frothy against a pebbled shore.

For the annual family picnic, all seventy-two of his closest relatives were gathered in the field behind him, in the yard of the family lodge, the first homestead—now remodeled— of Luther and Agnes Zimmerman. The fragrance of fresh cut fescue and other field grasses mixed with the smoke from the usual bonfire. Uncle Martin held camp talking politics in his grizzled voice with the dozens of other uncles and aunts, most of whom Peter didn’t know.

Okay, he knew them all. But sometimes, he wished he didn’t. Especially when it came to local politics.

“Uncle Pete, watch out!”

He turned just as a football shot toward his head. But instead of ducking, he reached out and nabbed it with one hand.

He still had it.

His second cousin, once removed, held up his hands and Peter chucked it back to fourteen-year-old Ben. He’d heard the kid was hoping to make the Deep Haven Huskies football team this fall.

“Wanna play with us?”

Toss around a ball and avoid getting roped into discussion? Definitely.

He opened his mouth to say yes when Elton stepped up and dropped a heavy hand on Peter’s shoulder. “Sorry, Ben, I’ve gotta steal Pete to help unload wood for the fire. As soon as we get it going, we’ll eat. Tell the others, son.”

Great. See, he should’ve made a run for the hills as soon as he was done stacking wood for the fire. And running back to town for more ice. And after the game of hide-and seek with his younger cousins.

Okay. Peter just couldn’t find the words to say no.

Which was, of course, why he was in this mess.

“No problem,” Peter said as he grabbed the wheelbarrow from Elton and followed his older cousin to the wood pile behind the family lodge, a simple one-room cabin they used for all the family events.

“So. Pete, you know which way you’re voting, right? We could really use that property.”

Yep. Ambushed. He knew it was coming.

If he kept his mouth shut, what were the chances of being struck by lightning? Peter glanced at the wide expanse of clear blue sky stretching over Deep Haven and the glistening sapphire of Lake Superior down the hill. Not a hint of a storm. At least not the kind he could appreciate.

“I’m still researching all the options.” And a way to bring about a peaceful end to this longstanding family feud. It all started with him. He had to find a way to end it.


Susan May Warren is the USA Today best-selling novelist of 80 books. With more than 1.5 million books in print, she is beloved by reviewers and readers around the world.

After growing upon both the east and west coasts, Michelle Sass Aleckson now lives the country life in central Minnesota with her own hero and their four kids. She loves rocking out to 80’s music on a Saturday night, playing Balderdash with the fam, and getting lost in good stories. Especially stories that shine grace. And if you’re wondering, yes, Sass is her maiden name.

Merging the creative energies of best-selling authors Susan May Warren and Lindsay Harrel, Sunrise Publishing is the matchmaker for established authors who want to build on their current success for future growth and aspiring authors looking to break out, build an audience, and hone their writing skills.


(1) winner will receive a $15 Amazon gift card + 3 Crazy for You ebooks (one ebook for the winner and two to give to friends)!

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight May 25, 2021 and lasts through 11:59 PM EST on June 1, 2021. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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  1. Anonymous29/5/21 13:10

    Thank you for sharing!

  2. Doesn't this sound so good? I loved the previous book!