|The Madison Night Mysteries: The lightness of Doris Day, the darkness of homicide, and a Shih Tzu named Rock.|
Monday, February 6, 2017
Madison Night's Nightmares
From the Madison Night Mad for Mod Mysteries
I haven’t had a good night’s sleep since what happened*. Every night, it’s the same. I fall asleep and relive what happened. I wake up in a cold sweat, disoriented. Rock, my Shih Tzu, seems to have recognized this new development. As soon as I wake, he wakes too. He repositions himself almost like he wants to make sure I know he’s there. Some days I get up and do chores—rearrange my closet of vintage dresses by color or era, dust my collection of Tiki mugs, or Murphy Oil the Danish modern furniture in my living room. Some days I eventually fall back asleep.
The sleeping pills help. But the idea of them scares me. Two years ago I injured my knee in a skiing accident. At the top of the slope, I’d been a woman in love enjoying the company of her male companion. By the time I reached the bottom, I was in an emergency vehicle, secured to a hard flat surface, on my way to the local hospital. I woke alone and bitter from an unexpected breakup. It would have been all too easy to take the doctor-prescribed pain killers to ease both pains--emotional and physical--but that wasn’t who I was. Even though I knew the sleeping pills the doctor prescribed could help me, the fear of becoming dependent on them, or of returning to how I’d felt while lying alone in that hospital bed two years ago, was enough to keep me suffering.
When Hudson James surprised me with the news of a trip to Palm Springs, my first thought was that he was right; a change of scenery would do me good. I packed my trusty turquoise Samsonite suitcase with otherwise out-of-season vacation clothes (Palm Springs in October is well over a hundred degrees!), stocked up on doggie travel supplies for Rock, and we left.
I didn’t think about the sleeping arrangements until our flight was in the air. Now it’s the only thing on my mind.
Giveaway: Do you have advice to help Madison Night get some rest? Post it in the comments below and be entered to win a Kindle copy of PILLOW STALK, the first book in the series! (contest will run until midnight 2/6/2017. Winner will be contacted on 2/7.)
*what happened? Read WITH VICS TO GET EGGROLL to find out!