Wake Up Little Susie

Golden Decade of Rock and Roll Series (1957)

About the Book

Wake Up Little SuzieSusan Kelley, graduate student in historical studies, is working to unravel a mystery left among the research papers of her late professor, Dr. MacAllister. Alone in the dusty confines of the History Department archives, Susan steps through a storeroom door and into 1957.

To her surprise, she meets up with not only a young Zack MacAllister, but also many of her relatives. Despite the differences between her modern day life and the one she’s found in 1957, Susan quickly acclimates to her surroundings. Just as quickly, a romance develops between Susan and the young professor.

Zack tells Susan that, as a college student, he too traveled through time. He admits to leaving the cryptic notes on purpose in order to facilitate her trip back to 1957. He gives her the option of staying, or both going forward to the current year as a couple. Will they, or won’t they? Or, will something go humorously awry?

Read an Excerpt

Susan took a seat on a bench in the courtyard across from the University. “Come on, think,” she scolded herself. “What could have possibly caused this to happen? And,” she went on, “what happens if you don’t wake up back in 2008 and in the familiar surroundings of the university campus?”

“Hi there.”

Susan looked up to see a young woman standing in front of her. Dressed in a long pencil-straight plaid skirt, sweater set, bobby sox and saddle shoes, she personified the 1950’s image.

“Hello,” Susan answered back.

“You new this semester? I haven’t seen you around before.”

“Actually,” Susan told her honestly, “I’ve just recently arrived in, uh, Chicago.”

“Really, I’ve never traveled anywhere, except to Joliet with my mom and Aunt Sissie.”

Not waiting for an invitation, the girl plunked herself down on the bench next to Susan. “My name’s Debbie.”


“Yeah, Debbie Phillips. What’s yours?”

Susan’s breath caught in her throat and it was a moment before she could answer. “Susan,” she said simply.

“I absolutely adore the name Susan.” Shifting her books in her lap, Debbie shared her thoughts, “If I ever get married and have a daughter, I’m going to name her Susan. Or Susie. You know, like that new song on the hit parade by those two brothers.”

“Wake Up Little Susie,” Susan supplied. “The Everly Brothers.”

“Yeah, that’s the one. I absolutely adore that song.”

At that very moment, Susan realized two things. First, no matter how much she wanted to deny it, somehow she’d fallen into a time warp. This wasn’t a dream but a stranger reality than any she could have ever imagined. And, second, she was sitting face-to-face with her own grandmother.

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Wake Up Little Susie is available in digital format from Amazon | The Wild Rose Press.

Wake Up Little Susie is also available in the Golden Decade of Rock and Roll collection, Play It Again.

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