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Saturday, June 9, 2012

Feature and Giveaway: Dancing Naked in Dixie by Lauren Clark

Travel writer Julia Sullivan lives life in fast-forward. She jet sets to Europe and the Caribbean with barely a moment to blink or sleep. But too many mishaps and missed deadlines have Julia on the verge of being fired.

With a stern warning, and unemployment looming, she's offered one last chance to rescue her career. Julia embarks on an unlikely journey to the ‘Heart of Dixie’—Eufaula, Alabama—home to magnificent mansions, sweet tea, and the annual Pilgrimage.

Julia arrives, soon charmed by the lovely city and her handsome host, but her stay is marred by a shocking discovery. Can Julia's story save her career, Eufaula, and the annual Pilgrimage?

Places to Purchase:
The Best Butts in Alabama, the huge billboard above my head brags. A robust pink pig, dressed in blue overalls and a cowboy hat, winks down at me. Next to the hog’s turned up nose, royal blue letters read ‘Phil’s Bar-B-Q.’

Phil certainly knows how to make a first impression. As does Mother Nature.

The sunshine beats down on my shoulder through the window. Is it always this muggy in December? I swipe at my forehead with the back of my hand and do quick surveillance.

Where is the historic, elegant city I was promised in the letter? There is a normal-looking church across the street, a run-of-the-mill real estate business to my right, and a tiny hole-in-the-wall place called The Donut King, which seems to be doing ten times more business than the Winn-Dixie grocery store I just passed.

So far, all I see of Eufaula, Alabama is more in-your-face commercial than traveler chic. Of course, I’m not in the best frame of mind to become one with my surroundings.

After a lousy Thursday morning of sulking and a rushed packing job, I sent an RSVP with regrets for the fundraiser, gave away my tickets to the Met, left a voice mail for Andrew, and changed my ticket to an earlier departure.

Hours later, after fighting through JFK security, surviving the cramped flight to Atlanta, I spent the night in Buckhead, Georgia, picked up my enormous rented SUV this morning (it was either that or a red minivan), and began driving the three-and-a-half hours to reach my pinhole-on-a-map destination.

All to save my job.

The Deep South is the perfect setting for Lauren Clark’s novels; contemporary fiction sprinkled with secrets, sunshine, and surprises. Her heroines are real women with real obstacles in their lives; challenges that require strength, sacrifice, and personal growth. And while it’s convenient to have a prince charming on standby, Lauren’s heroines are capable of creating their own happily-ever afters–with brains, not beauty, saving the day.

A former TV anchor, Lauren is a reformed news junkie, non-reformed coffee drinker, and certified library geek. She loves the color pink, her Electra Townie bike, and any place she can see the ocean and stick her toes in the sand. Lauren adores her family, paying it forward, eight hours of sleep a night, homemade macaroni and cheese, and true-blue friends.

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Want to win a eBook copy of this book? 1 lucky commenter will win themselves a copy. 

To Enter:
  • Leave a comment answering the question: Do you like stories that are set in small towns? Why or why not? 
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  1. Thank you so much for hosting Dancing Naked in Dixie ~ and including the excerpt from the novel! I would love to hear from readers about the book ... my email is :) Lauren

  2. I like stories set in small towns because there are usually quirky secondary characters and usually folks that stick their noses in the couple's business. I think that's always fun and adds to the difficulties of the main character's relationship.

    Note: The Rafflecopter form says "Contest is Closed."

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  3. I love books set in small towns because I grew up in a small town and know how they function! They remind me of my lady, local nuts and all! :-)
    Attempted to use Rafflecopter but is says the contest is closed, though it is to end June 25.

  4. Sorry about that everyone...the form should be working now.

  5. I like stories set in small towns because they focus on families.

  6. I like the stories set in small towns because they know each other well. It's such a heartwarming story where villagers shows their warm, kindness, and helping hand.
    It's also fun too because they'll gossip and spread the rumor faster than the bird. Who can resist to live in the small town

  7. I love books set in small towns, because they usually allow you to get to know some wonderful characters. The scenery is also another amazing aspect to it.