Christmas At The Cove Tour!!

Christmas At The Cove Tour!!

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Welcome Wild Rose Press author, Andrea Downing...




 Hi Andrea! Great to have you visit with me again and have the chance to catch up with you :) Looking forward to hearing about your latest release, Dearest Darling…let's get started with the questions!

1)   Did you set any goals for 2014? Just the usual ones—stop nail biting, lose weight and get the next book done.  I started a somewhat complicated book over a year ago but it got rather way laid by edits on two other books and a host of unrelated problems.  That's my excuse and I'm sticking with it.  So, those were my goals.  Of course, I'm still biting my nails, the weight is virtually unchanged and I haven't gotten back to that book as yet….but I will!

2)   How long does it take you to write a 50,000-60,000-word manuscript? It would really depend how clear the story is in my mind, if I know every twist and turn of the plot.  I have to admit I've never written in that word range; my books are either full length, approximately 80-90K, or novellas.  I'd say the first draft for a full-length novel takes about 6 months, all being well.

4)   Tell us about a new author you’ve recently discovered.  A short while ago I read Mary E. Trimble's Tenderfoot, which I really enjoyed.  It's a romance set against the Mt. St. Helen's eruption, quite a unique situation to handle.  Great stuff.

5)   Name two romances you’ve read more than once 
None!  In fact, I can't think of any book of any genre whatsoever I've ever read more than once.  There are just too many great books out there I haven't read once to re-read something.  Sorry!

6)   Tell us about your first car  A sort of burgundy or maroon used Honda.  My then-husband took me over to collect it and driving home was the first time I'd ever driven in a car on my own.  Scarey!

7)   Tell us something you’ve lied about? My age.

8)   Kissing in public? Yes or no?  First find me the man who wants to kiss me, then I'll let you know…


DEAREST DARLING 

AuthorAndrea Downing
Genre:  western historical romance
Publisher:  The Wild Rose Press

Daniel Saunders has carved out a life for himself in Wyoming—a life missing one thing: a wife. Having scrimped and saved to bring his mail-order bride from New York, he is outraged to find in her stead a runaway fraud. Even worse, the impostor is the sister of his old enemy.
But people are not always as they seem, and sometimes the heart knows more than the head.

But he hadn’t spoken today. Not since first thing when he’d told her to get ready. Not through breakfast, or as he helped clear dishes, or gave her a hand up into the wagon.
“You haven’t seen her. You didn’t see her picture, did you?” The questions came sudden, yet without malice.
Emily straightened, alert. “No. No, I didn’t.” Would I understand better? Is that what he meant?
“I keep it with me.” Daniel began to fish in his pocket. “Would you like to see it?”
“No. No, you keep it, please. It won’t change anything.” Emily panicked. She would be beautiful, the other, that would be the answer. So stunningly beautiful that just her photograph had enthralled him, mesmerized him into loving her. Emily couldn’t bear to look, didn’t want to know the answer. Didn’t wish to torture herself further. “And I’m sorry. I’m sorry for reading the letters.” A rush of words, they flowed out of her. “I should never have done that. It’s not like me. But you...well, you understand it seems—”
“You’re probably wondering what I see in her. Or what she sees in me. As for that, what she sees in me, I have no idea. Maybe, like you, she wishes to get away.”
Emily studied his profile, the planes and contours of his face, the eyes set straight ahead, the slouch hat low on his brow. He gave nothing away, was a man in control of his emotions, thinking, maybe still wondering how he had won that woman. Or maybe set on keeping the answer to himself.
Overhead, clouds scudded, scoured the sky, leached the blue, threatened.
“Did you ever ask her? Why you?”
“I did. She never answered. I’m thinking what she sees in me is husband material. I guess. She tells me about her day, the people she knows, what she does. As you read.”
“She just seems so...so outgoing, so...so very social to ever want this life. I found it difficult to believe.” She jutted her chin out, then turned to him, waiting.
He gave the reins a sharp shake. “I don’t know. I never asked if she knew what she was getting into. I described it. I assumed if she wanted to stop the correspondence there, she would have. I was pretty damn amazed and happy she’d wanted to come, written back even though I described the cabin to her, the isolation.” His gaze slid toward her.
“And you think she’ll make you a perfect wife, do you? Be happy living here? Cook your meals, mend your clothes, keep your cabin, have your babies?” Exasperated, she tried to make him think, think of what he was letting himself in for, how long a marriage like that could go on, how it could end up being even lonelier than he was now. Emily would seem to him to be trying to win him over rather than making him see the truth, but push him she must, save him, stop him. She knew those sorts of women, the debutantes, the socialites. Not a one would last out here, not for a single day.
His head snapped around to stare at her. “She’s been writing. She hasn’t stopped.”
Bio:  Andrea Downing likes to say that when she decided to do a Masters Degree, she made the mistake of turning left out of New York, where she was born,  instead of right to the west, and ended up in the UK.   She eventually married there, raising a beautiful daughter and staying for longer than she cares to admit.  Teaching, editing a poetry magazine, writing travel articles, and a short stint in Nigeria filled those years until in 2008 she returned to NYC.  She now divides her time between the city and the shore, and often trades the canyons of New York for the wide open spaces of Wyoming.  Family vacations are often out west and, to date, she and her daughter have been to some 20 ranches throughout the west.  Loveland, her first book, was a finalist for Best American Historical at the 2013 RONE Awards.  Lawless Love, a short story, part of The Wild Rose Press ‘Lawmen and Outlaws’ series, was a finalist for Best Historical Novella at the RONE Awards.   Dearest Darling, a novella, is part of The Wild Rose Press Love Letters series, and comes out Oct. 8th and Dances of the Heart, another full length novel, comes out in the next few months.

Links to Social Media:  WEBSITE AND BLOG:  http://andreadowning.com
Twitter:  @andidowning  https://twitter.com/AndiDowning
Linkedin:  http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=124888740&trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile_pic


Reviews:
"Dearest Darling is a well-plotted, excellently written story in which author Andrea Downing word paints Jackson Hole, Wyoming in such a way that one feels, sees and experiences the vastness of the prairie between mountain ranges. …Several surprise twists keep the pages flying. Clever plotting, nice ebb and flow of dialogue, action, and tension. Not a word is wasted.

Throughout Dearest Darling I cheered for Emily and Daniel, hoped they’d find resolution. Andrea Downing has outdone herself with this clever tale of crossed stars. Loved it, highly recommend it."  Karen Casey Fitzjerrell, award-winning author of The Dividing Season

"The romance was pitched perfectly, lots of "do I, don't I" moments, subtle looks and indecision that had me wanting to lock them in the bedroom until the sorted things out!

I loved the twists that appeared, they weren't obvious or expected. These led to a fantastic ending that left me satisfied with the story. That takes a lot of skill to pull of in just 26,000 words…

Overall I found this novella to be an adorable story and get away from life for a little while. It was an easy read to boot, allowing the reader to get straight to the story. Despite its short length, Dearest Darling had well drawn characters and a plot that felt complete and finished.

I give this a 5 for being a good all rounder."  --Laura of Lurking reads

Comments?? Questions??


Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Rebel Ink Press author, Jennifer Wilck...



       What is the best and worse thing you have learned from an editor/agent?

Well, the best thing I learned from an editor is that they loved my manuscript and wanted to publish me! And the worst is always that they don’t like what I’ve submitted or they aren’t enough of a fan of the project to represent it. But this is a very subjective business and you have to develop a think skin in order to survive.

      What is your typical day?

I’m a mom of two teen girls, so I don’t really have a typical day. But in general, I get the kids off to school way too early in the morning, walk my dog with two other friends while trying to convince my dog that she’s not the alpha of the pack and the other two really big dogs don’t need her to protect them, and do morning errands. Then I sit down to write until the girls come home. At that point, my day goes in a million different directions, depending on what they need to get done and where they need to go. If I’m lucky, I can still get in more writing or editing before dinner. Otherwise, I’ll do a little more after dinner, watch some TV or read and go to bed.

What do you read while in the midst of a project? Or don’t you?

I love reading historical romances, women’s fiction and some contemporary romance. I throw in a few mysteries or thrillers just to add some excitement now and then.

What do you do with a paperback once you’ve read it?
If I enjoyed the book, I’ll keep it to reread (I just reread Justine Davis’ The Morning Side of Dawn). Otherwise, I’ll give it away or donate it to the library.
Are you nervous about friends reading your book?
Always! Family too. But I’m learning to deal with it. I still turn red when people talk about my books, and will sometimes change the subject if I don’t think it’s appropriate to talk about how much sex is in my books (like when the conversation occurs in the middle of a meeting) at a particular time. At the same time, I love that my family and friends want to support me.
What things inspire you to write? Location, music, film or even in a book?
Quite often, it will be a minor character in a TV show or movie. Sometimes, it’s a billboard or a stranger I pass in the street. At other times, it’s “what if this happened.”
What’s next for you? 
I’m working on Book 3 of the Women of Valor series (Miriam’s Surrender is Book 2) and I’m also working on a standalone, contemporary romance about a woman who is restoring an old mansion and a war photographer who helps her.



Miriams’ Surrender
by Jennifer Wilck

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BLURB:

Josh Lowenstein is a successful architect, hired to redesign the alumni club of a posh, private school in New York. He is strong, capable and knows the best way to do everything. Except let another woman in.

Miriam Goldberg is the Assistant Director of Outreach, and is Josh’s day-to-day contact for the redesign. She’s taken care of everyone around her, and forgotten how to let someone else take care of her.

With a tumultuous history, neither one is prepared to work together. As they get to know each other, the animosity disappears, but Josh is hiding something from Miriam and its discovery has the possibility of destroying their relationship. Only when they are both able to let the other in, and release some of the control they exert over everything, will they be able to see if their love can survive.



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EXCERPT

“I’m glad you agreed to have dinner with me. Maybe we’ll do it again?”

“I’d like that.” She looked at Josh and smiled.

He tipped his head and Miriam could feel his breath warm her face. Mere inches apart, she could see silver and black flecks in his irises, stubble on his cheeks, the arch of his eyebrow. Shivers zinged up her spine. Like a magnetic pull, she wanted to lean into him, to feel his body against hers, to press her lips against his. But they worked together, and a kiss would change everything. As if he read her mind, he pulled back, said goodbye and got into the cab and drove away. Miriam covered her lips with her fingers.

What in the world was she supposed to do now? He’d come close to kissing her. She could still feel the electric charge between them; still catch a slight scent of his musky aftershave in the air. His hand had held her arm with enough pressure to keep her against him. Although she’d watched him leave, she could still feel the imprint of his touch. She stroked her hand up and down her arm.

Did she give away how much she wanted to kiss him too? It was so quick, so unexpected, she couldn’t be sure. Her mind shot off in all directions as she entered her building and took the elevator to her fifth floor apartment.

They worked together! How in the world was she supposed to look at him when they next met? Should she acknowledge the kiss that almost happened? Should she pretend it never did? He didn’t plan on discussing it at their next meeting, did he?



AUTHOR Bio and Links:


When I was a little girl and couldn’t fall asleep, my mother would tell me to make up a story. Pretty soon, my head was filled with these stories and the characters that populated them. Each character had a specific personality, a list of likes and dislikes, and sometimes, even a specific accent or dialect. Even as an adult, I think about the characters and stories at night before I fall asleep, or in the car on my way to or from one of my daughters’ numerous activities (hey, anything that will drown out their music is a good thing).

One day, I started writing them down (it was either that or checking into the local mental hospital—the computer was way less scary). Since then, I’ve published two contemporary romances with Whiskey Creek Press. The Seduction of Esther is my first book with Rebel Ink Press, and I’m excited to be part of their team.

In the real world, I’m the mother of two amazing daughters and wife of one of the smartest men I know. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, reading, traveling and watching TV. In between chauffeuring my daughters to after-school activities that require an Excel spreadsheet to be kept straight, I serve on our Temple Board and volunteer for way more things than I have time to do. I also write freelance articles for magazines and newspapers, and edit newsletters.

When all of that gets overwhelming, I retreat to my computer, where I write stories that let me escape from reality. In my made-up world, the heroines are always smart, sassy and independent. The heroes are handsome and strong with just a touch of vulnerability. If I don’t like a character, I can delete him or her; if something doesn’t work, I can rewrite it. It’s very satisfying to be in control of at least one part of my life.

I can be reached at www.jenniferwilck.com
.I tweet at @JWilck.
My blog (Fried Oreos) is http://jenniferwilck.blogspot.com
 and I contribute to Heroines With Hearts at www.heroineswithhearts.blogspot.com
 and to Front Porch Saturdays at http://sandrasookoo.wordpress.com
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Jennifer will be awarding a $10 Amazon gift card to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $10 Amazon gift card to a randomly drawn host.
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Saturday, 25 October 2014

Welcome Harper Impulse author, Linn B. Halton...




Angels Among Us 

Ceri thinks she sees angels … everywhere. She struggles to keep separate what feels like two very different sides to her life. As a manager in an advertising company she’s been working with the gorgeous Alex for two years. The have a friendship based upon the image she portrays whilst she’s at work and it helps to keep her sane. One mad, crazy night spent sharing their secrets and a lot of wine result in them ending up in bed together and their relationship changes. When Alex explains that the reason he doesn’t date is because someone broke his heart, how can Ceri admit that she feels a deep connection to him?
Ceri knows she’s different. What she doesn’t fully appreciate, is that her task in life is to correct a series of incidents that affect some of the people’s lives with whom she comes into contact. She’s simply putting right little errors that could ripple outwards and change the course of their destiny. When she finds herself getting pulled into things that happen around her, how can she prove that she really has made a difference? Is it all in her head?
She’s alone for a reason; she’s not meant to fall in love in her earthly life. Alex is supposed to cross paths with her and help Ceri during a phase where she begins to question the signs she’s being given. It’s meant to be a turning point for them both—but in opposite directions. They are destined to travel very different paths … but Ceri doesn’t know that and neither does Alex …
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ABOUT LINN B HALTON
Linn B Halton lives in the small village of Lydbrook, Gloucestershire in the UK, but was born in Bristol. She resides there with her husband and cat with 'catitude'- Mr Tiggs.

Linn began writing in March 2009 and her debut novel was published in February 2011. In a recent interview Linn was asked about genres:

"From a very young age I knew romantic fiction was always going to be my genre. I am, and will always be, madly in love with love! Whether that's love of life, a partner, or the things I'm passionate about.

My stories are about love, life and real relationships - but romance is always the one thing that holds each story together. Often there's a light, psychic touch and I never dreamed I would write drawing upon my personal psychic experiences. But as my interest and understanding has grown in the subject, it is now such a part of my life it finds its way into my fictional tales. However, what is heartening is that most of my experiences have been uplifting and it's wonderful to know loved ones are around me always. I hope it will make readers stop and wonder 'What if?'

The result is that I get a lot of mail from readers who have had similar experiences and some are sharing theirs for the first time with me. I always feel that's something rather special and for which I'm very grateful."

Love, life and beyond... but it's ALWAYS about the romance!

Linn is published by HarperImpulse and Sapphire Star Publishing.
Linn is the editor of Loveahappyending Lifestyle emagazine.

Website:  (linnbhalton.co.uk)
Twitter:
@LinnBHalton
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Author Linn B Halton
Bookshelf:
http://viewauthor.at/LinnBHalton

The giveaway for the tour
1st -  prize a copy of The Restaurant @ The Mill and ecopies of Falling: Angels Among Us The Complete Series and Touched by The Light.
2nd Prize - 3 winners can choose which book they want from any of Linn’s ebooks.
 Comments?? Questions??

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Welcome Entangled author, Shannon Leigh...




1)          What is the best and worse thing you have learned from an editor/agent?

The only element the writer has control over is the writing. Write the best damn book you can and understand its good enough. That, or be the best damn writer AND business person you can and take control of your future.

2)          What is your typical day?

Quad cappuccino. 6 mile walk along the river. A run to The Boy’s school. Writing and/or book promotion squeezed in between real estate sales and appointments. Kid time until 9 pm. Then time for serious writing and/or reading.

3)          What do you read while in the midst of a project? Or don’t you?

Ack! Business books. Currently, I’m reading Gina Maxwell and loving her work!

4)          What do you do with a paperback once you’ve read it?

I read a lot on the Kindle now. But I recommend reads all the time to friends.

5)          Are you nervous about friends reading your book?

Gawd, no. I can’t wait for people to read it! Whether they love it, hate it, or find it simply tolerable, I’m grateful for the book to be available and for people to read it. I’ve heard several of my friends have taken the book on the road, and to bars where they read excerpts to each other. I just want people to read it and discuss it!

6)          What things inspire you to write? Location, music, film or even in a book?

Life experience and emotion. Life changing events and the feelings that accompany them. These are the things that inspire me, along with the people involved.

7)          What’s next for you?

I want to write more about Hannington, Texas and the people that live there. I’ve wanted to tell Casler’s story for a long time. He deserves it.

Deconstructing Lila
Shannon Leigh
She’ll bring him to his knees…
Preservationist Lila Gentry returns to her small Texas hometown to restore the famous Chisholm Trail whorehouse where her great-great-grandmother was a madam in the 1880s. On her agenda is winning back Jake, the one that got away. But how do you rope a man who doesn't want to be wrangled?
Jake lives by one creed: Keep it simple. His ex showing up in town complicates his life and makes him think about things he'd rather forget.
When Lila's restoration project is threatened before it even begins, she turns to Jake for help. Working together stirs up old feelings, but while Lila and Jake always sizzle between the sheets—or wherever the moment takes them—it will involve some sweet-talking and finesse to bring these two together.
Excerpt:

Jake saw Lila the minute she pulled onto the site. His heart completed a painful three-sixty in his chest as he watched her long legs appear from underneath the car door, followed by her torso encased in a clinging white cotton tank.
She was a fragrant tropical breeze blowing through the desert. And he was a man in need of relief.
He watched her climb the steps to the pad, her light- colored trousers hugging the rounded shape of her bottom.
He felt an immediate response from below, a tightening of his balls inside his jeans, a pulsing he didn’t need at the moment.
Turning his back on his her, Jake studied the plans of the house under construction. The dimensions for the garage swam before his eyes as he listened to Otis greet Lila.
He couldn’t make out their conversation, but the soft melody of her voice comforted him, reassured him in a way he hadn’t felt in some time. She had the ability to do that, put him at ease with the simple sound of her voice. To Jake, Lila represented home. No matter where they were, what they were doing, as long as she was there, he was home.”
Author Bio:
Growing up in Hell’s Back Forty, Shannon Leigh developed a fierce loyalty to all things Texas and pledged to share the romance of small town dance halls and the flavor of brisket BBQ with readers.  Currently, she lives in Fort Worth with an extensive cowboy boot collection, a red and white, ’67 Chevy pickup and a mission to find the best taco stands in the city.
She’s been writing since Jesus was a small boy, but recently found a home with the uber wonderful folks at Entangled Publishing.
When she’s not writing fiction, she writes features for local magazines, sells real estate, and runs around with a particular 11 year old known as “The Boy.”
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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Welcome contemporary romance author, Lauren Clark...




 Hi, Lauren! Great to have you here and be a part of your ongoing tour - looking forward to finding out more about you and your work. Let's get started…

1)  What kind of music do you like? 

I’m so eclectic when it comes to my musical tastes! I like just about everything—from 80s music to country and the most popular songs on the radio today. Here are some of my favorites that also remind me of the Pie Girls storyline:

Downtown, Lady Antebellum – The lyrics of this song fit Searcy’s life to a “T.” She’s longing to be downtown Atlanta on her anniversary, celebrating and having fun with Alton and her best friends. If you haven’t watched this video, it’s hilarious!


Wide Awake, Katy Perry – This song definitely mirrors the beginning of Searcy’s transformation. The lyrics are so powerful, as is the video. Here, Searcy is realizing that she was never living an authentic life with Alton. It’s difficult to swallow, but necessary for her growth into a really fabulous person.


Happy, Pharrell Williams – I love a happy ending, and that’s what Pie Girls delivers! You’ll have to read to find out what I’m talking about!



2)  Describe your dream home…

I actually feel like I’m lucky enough to own my dream home. I’m very traditional and like airy, open spaces. I have a cottage-style house, which is a popular Deep South home. It has large windows, big window boxes full of flowers, and is cozy and warm, but large enough to entertain my friends. It’s painted in cool colors on the inside, shades of slate blue and gray. My favorite room is my office, where I do my writing and keep shelves and shelves full of books!

3)  Favorite literary hero & heroine?
Gosh, I would have to say that I love Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games. I adore a strong, spunky heroine. She’s smart and resourceful, loves her family, and finds bravery in the moments of deepest despair. I think Suzanne Collins did a brilliant job of defining and developing her character.

As for a hero, I would have to say that I adore T.J. Callahan from Tracie Garvis Graves’ On the Island. He undergoes such a transformation from teenager to man during the course of the story and his love for Anna is definitely the stuff of happily ever after.

4)   What are you reading now?

I just finished One Plus One by Jo Jo Moyes. It was very good and had some laugh-out-loud parts, as well as some chapters that made me teary. I also recently finished Chris Bohjalian’s Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands, which is a little darker and deeper. Brilliant writing and a gripping story! I’m about to begin Sue Monk Kidd’s The Invention of Wings, and am eagerly awaiting Sophie Kinsella’s newest, which comes out this fall.

5)  What did you do on your last birthday?

On my last birthday, I spent the day with my two boys and went out to dinner with one of my best friends and the boys to Fuego, my favorite local Coastal Mexican restaurant in Mobile, Ala. I prefer a casual day, as I’d rather save the big birthday celebrations for my sons!

6)  What comes first, plot or characters?

Plot definitely comes first for me. I usually have a “What if” question that I answer. For example, with my novel Stay Tuned, the question was “What if two TV news anchors get into a fist fight during a live newscast?” With Pie Girls, my question was “What if a spoiled Southern belle’s life turns upside down when her husband decides to leave her for another man?”

7)  Do you ever suffer from writer’s block?

Fortunately, no. Thank the writing gods!

8)  Do you ever want to be someone else? Who?

If I had to choose to be someone else, I would love to be Jodi Picoult, even for just a day. She is a brilliant writer and so prolific. She’s amazing in the way that she keeps churning out compelling books that make a reader stop and think about life, love, loss, and redemption.

9) What’s next for you?

I’m tossing around several ideas right now, including a sequel to Dancing Naked in Dixie. After traveling quite a bit this summer, I’m also intrigued with the idea of writing a story about a girl who works in an airport and lives in her own sheltered world while watching all of the passengers come and go. I’d love for her to develop a love interest and break out of her bubble in a big way!

I’m working on a suspense novel, Center of Gravity, which will come out in July of 2015 with Harper Collins/Thomas Nelson.

Pie Girls
by Lauren Clark

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BLURB:

Princess, Southern belle, and spoiled-rotten social climber Searcy Roberts swore on a stack of Bibles she’d never return home to Fairhope, Alabama. After marrying her high school sweetheart and moving to Atlanta, Searcy embraces big-city life—Carrie Bradshaw style.

But now, Searcy has a teeny, tiny problem. Her husband’s had a mid-life crisis. He’s quit his job, cancelled her credit cards, and left her for another man.

Searcy returns to Fairhope, ready to lick her wounds. But when her mother falls ill, she’s is thrust into managing the family business—only to discover the beloved bakery is in danger of closing its doors forever.

Enlisting the help of the adorable bike store owner next door, an array of well-heeled customers, and her soon-to-be ex-husband, Searcy hatches the plan of the century to save Pie Girls.

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EXCERPTS
Chapter 7

"C.C.," I exclaim, standing on tiptoes for an air kiss. "What a lovely surprise."
           
She clears her throat, and I step back. "You haven't greeted my Precious," C.C. warns in a lilting voice, tilting her head toward the pink sequined bag hanging over her left forearm.
           
Precious? Like as in the Lord of the Rings? Surely she doesn't mean...
           
A tiny black nose and beady eyes poke out of the bag.
           
"Eek!" I jump back and squeal, clapping a hand to my chest and dropping the keys.
           
The dog—if you can call it that—begins yipping and complaining like I've just whipped it with a cat o' nine tails.
           
I freeze in place, flush a lovely shade of violet, and want to self-destruct; certain that I've committed what equates to a mortal sin in the world according to C.C. Anderson. She's carrying her new puppy, a tiny Min-Pin; complete with pink collar and matching pink toenails.
           
"I'm so sorry—"
           
C.C. waves her own pink manicured fingernails an inch from my face.
           
"Mama's poor little baby," she coos in a high-pitched falsetto. "Are you okay, my sweetie-weetie, lovey girl?"
           
My jaw drops open slightly. I've never heard the woman utter a word of endearment toward any human being or living creature.

When I first dated Alton, I was almost certain that C.C., in fact, was among the un-dead. Five years ago, when she and Alton’s father decided to move to Atlanta—under the auspices of closer to their only son—I almost had him talked into buying some dove's blood from Marie Laveau's shop in New Orleans just to see if she'd drink it.
           
"Mama's Precious will be all right, won't she?" C.C. continues. "Searcy's just a bad girl. She'll do better, I promise, darling."


AUTHOR Bio and Links:
           
Lauren Clark writes contemporary Southern novels sprinkled with sunshine, suspense, and secrets. A former TV news anchor, Lauren adores flavored coffee, local book stores, and anywhere she can stick her toes in the sand. Her big loves are her family, paying it forward, and true-blue friends.

She is the author of four award-winning novels, Dancing Naked in Dixie, Stay Tuned, Stardust Summer, and Pie Girls, as well as a short story, A Very Dixie Christmas, published in the Merry & Bright holiday collection. Lauren is a member of the Gulf Coast Writers Association and the Mobile Writers Guild. Check out her website at www.laurenclarkbooks.com.

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Lauren will be awarding a $20 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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