Like Sweet Buttermilk

The Story (In a Nutshell)

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In my debut commercial fiction novel, Like Sweet Buttermilk, I take a provocative look at a contemporary love tale with the story of a marriage ignited in the aftermath of murder.

For a fuller description of the story, check out my Novels & Writings page.

Settle into the story, and then ask yourself: What would you do?


LSB: Cast of Characters

  • Viv Phillips: Successful career woman, married to Rickand presently not all that happy about it.
  • Rick Phillips: Marketing Executive, married to Viv; he's thinking all is welluntil he learns it isn't.
  • Alna Phillips: Rick and Viv's young daughter.
  • Dr. Naomi Alexander: Psychiatrist/Family therapist treating Rick and Viv.
  • Jonathan Rast: Owner of the restaurant Rick and Viv frequent and with whom Viv has an extramarital tryst.
  • Louise Nyguen-Collins: Viv's close friend (with a hidden agenda).
  • Mark Dilworth: Rick's coworker and friend.
  • Eugene Phillips: Rick's dad.
  • Leslie Alexander: Naomi's daughter, whose contentious relationship with her mother serves a purpose.

More on the LSB crew, coming soon.

LSB: Audience Participation

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Supporting characters have ... character!

The Music in Like Sweet Buttermilk

Part of Viv's early attraction to Rick, was his “appreciation for the good music of the ‘70s”; they had that in common. Rick's love for it hasn't changed (nor has Viv's), so Viv is still groovin' right along to 60s and 70s Soul/R&B with her husband. Dr. Alexander will sometimes pause her analysis to enjoy a particular piece of classical music. Even Alna bursts into song at a joyful moment.

Music is a vehicle for bonding, a vehicle for change. Music is as much a part of the S.F Powell storytelling as anything else. Check back soon for my perspective on the music or songs I selected for this work.

Bonus Item: The R/V Experience

Did you like the chemistry between Rick and Viv? Is it their bond with their daughter? Maybe it’s the way they communicate. Or (wink, wink), perhaps it’s their intimate moments? Whatever it is, if you enjoyed the R/V Experience, check out my Trivia & Bonuses page for a little more on Mr. and Mrs. Phillips.

LSB: and then some ...

Recipe - Buttermilk Pie

Viv says that Rick loves this pie, but never makes it at home. Click here for a recipe that you can make at home.

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Did you enjoy the story? If you read LSB, feel free to leave your comment or review on my "What People Are Saying" page.

Ask a Character (the quasi-interview)

Got a story-related question for Mark? Viv? Louise? Or another character from Like Sweet Buttermilk? Submit your inquiry below.

Answers to a select few story-related questions for a character will be shown here at sfpowellbooks.com in the future.

The Quasi-Interview: Ask an LSB Character a Question

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