Thursday, September 20, 2012

Dancing Naked In Dixie by Lauren Clark ~ ABG Blog Tour with review and giveaway



  • Paperback: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Monterey Press (May 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984725040
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984725045

This book is also available as an e-book.

May 15, 2012

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?


My take on this book:
I fell in love with Lauren Clark's writing style after reading "Stay Tuned," so needless to say I was totally excited when I learned that she had written another southern based novel. 

Julia is a paid travel writer for Getaways magazine, so she is used to globe trotting, visiting exotic places so that she can write her stories. After returning home from her latest trip she meets and is a bit shocked as to who the new editor of Getaways is, and when he informs her that he is planning on taking the magazine in a different direction so instead of Julia heading off to Bali for her next story she is going to Eufaula, Alabama even though she swore she would rather dance naked than to go to Alabama. Since her job is on the line it's Alabama or bust for Julia! 

Funny is an understated word in describing this story. The dialogue moves along at a very fast pace, pulling you along into the life of Julia, a character who is disorganized, a fly by the seat of your pants kind of gal, although she swears she is going to get organized once she learns to use her iPhone.The old adage of if it can go wrong it will go wrong fits Julia to a tee, because something is always happening to her. There is a serious side to Julia as well, we learn that she is often lonely, and that she misses her mother even though she has been gone for two years.She has her dependable boyfriend Andrew but she knows they will never marry. The author paints a vivid description of the events going on in the story, I had to laugh out loud at  the description of Julia disembarking from  her rented SUV because I totally have the same problem.I really enjoyed the colorful cast of characters that were a part of Eufaula, often quirky with true southern charm, they were so easy to envision,it was like I could hear their southern twanginess inside my head!

If you enjoy a grantastic story with southern charm, and a quirky cast of characters, along with a fast paced plot,some laugh out loud moments, a smattering of romance along with father/daughter conflict your going to love "Dancing Naked  In Dixie" by Lauren Clark!






Image of Lauren ClarkAbout the author:

Lauren Clark is the author of Stay Tuned and Dancing Naked in Dixie. She writes contemporary novels set in the Deep South; stories 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. Check out her website at www.laurenclarkbooks.com.Julia Sullivan has one last chance to rescue her career. Julia embarks on an unlikely journey to the ‘Heart of Dixie’


NOW ON TO THE GIVEAWAY!
There will be a tour wide giveaway of $25.00 gift card to itunes for one lucky commenter! So be sure and follow along on the blog tour and leave those comments!


Sept 10  Forget The Housework, I'm Reading   Guest Post/Excerpt
Sept 11  Chick Lit Reviews And News- Review/Author Interview
Sept 12 Nette's Bookshelf Excerpt/Guest Post
Sept 13 Reflective Bookworm Review
Sept 14 Reflective BookWorm  Author Interview
Sept 15 Chick Lit & WIne Review 
Sept 16 The Thoughts Of A Girl, Review/Excerpt 
Sept 17  Library Mosaic Excerpt 
Sept 18  Desperado Penguin  Review 
Sept 19  Captivated Reading Excerpt 
Sept 20 WV Stitcher Review
Sept 21 Kritters Ramblings Review/Author Interview
Sept 22 Steph The Book Worm Review
Sept 23 Aria's Dark Muse  Review 
Sept 24 Amy's Booket List Review





                                                 

7 comments:

  1. Brenda ~ Wow! Thank you for the lovely review :) I am so excited that you enjoyed Dixie and that you took the time to write such a thoughtful analysis of the storyline! Can't help but LOVE your last line ........

    "If you enjoy a grantastic story with southern charm, and a quirky cast of characters, along with a fast paced plot,some laugh out loud moments, a smattering of romance along with father/daughter conflict your going to love "Dancing Naked In Dixie" by Lauren Clark!"

    xx, Lauren

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    1. Lauren,thank you for writing such a lively story, I am anxious to see what you give readers next!

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  2. Terrific review. Loved this book!!

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    1. Thank you lovely Pj! HUGS!

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  3. I loved her first book, Stay Tuned. I'm definitely going to pick up this one :)

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    1. Thank you Carrie! I am so touched and happy that you liked ST! Dixie is lots more fun :)

      xx, Lauren

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  4. Great review....well deserved! Lauren is fabulous!

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