Monday, June 18, 2012

Dancing Naked in Dixie by Lauren Clark Blog Tour Stop

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 Review5 Dixie Stars
First I would like to give a huge THANK YOU to AToMR tours for allowing me to be a part of this tour. This is the first book I have read by Lauren Clark and let me tell you it will NOT be the last.

Dancing Naked in Dixie was full of humor, suspense, and romance. Julia is a travel Journalist and she goes from story to story reporting back what she can. Then one day her assignment is to report on a historical project from Eufaula Alabama. If any of you readers are familiar with the south you will enjoy this book! Lord Julia is so out of her element because she goes from the fast lane to the slowest of slow lanes when she goes to Eufaula Alabama.

As she starts to uncover what is happening with the historical project she finds herself in a place as rare a a diamond because everyone knows you and everyone knows each others business. Julia is determined to get to the bottom of this and on her she gets a few lessons in life, love, and happiness. Yes people here seem like they are from another planet but the more time she spends with them and helps them out the more she is impressed by their no nonsense attitude and slow ways.

This is a summer beach must read. Want a great laugh and more read this book and you will not be disappointed!

Dancing Naked In Dixie - EXCERPT # 2“But, I have plans. Every night next week. Tickets to the Met, a fundraiser, a gallery opening, and I have book club on Monday.” I don’t mention the Filene’s trip I’d planned. Or the romantic date I’ve been promising Andrew, my neglected boyfriend of four years.

David waves a hand to dismiss it all. “Marietta can handle the magazine-related responsibilities.” From the top drawer of his desk he produces an airline ticket and a manila folder with my name on it. He sets them on the edge of his desk. Something I can’t decipher plays on his lips.

I keep my voice even. “What about Bali?” I had planned to leave for the South Pacific a week from Friday. “It’s on my calendar. It’s been on there…”

David shakes his head. “Not anymore.”

The words wound me like a thousand bee stings.

“Alabama,” David repeats.

My face grows hot. He’s plucked me off a plum assignment without a thought to my ability and my schedule. My new boss is sending me to God knows where and he looks perfectly content.

“If that’s my next assignment,” I sputter, “I’d rather…I’d rather dance naked!”

The announcement comes out much louder than I intend and reverberates through the room. Dolores probably has her ear pressed to the door, but the phrase bounces off my boss like a cotton ball.

David smothers a chuckle. “Suit yourself.”

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Lauren's Bio 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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DANCING NAKED IN DIXIE TOUR SCHEDULE** Each stop can offer an ebook (internationally) and signed print w/ bookmarks (US) of the designated title listed by your post. Participants can enter by commenting on your post.

Monday, June 18:
Nose In A Book ~ Review, Author Interview, & STAY TUNED Giveaway
Tater’s Tall Tails ~ Excerpt & DANCING NAKED IN DIXIE Giveaway
A Diary Of A Book Addict ~ Review, Excerpt, & STAY TUNED Giveaway
Live To Read ~Krystal ~ Review & DANCING NAKED IN DIXIE Giveaway

Tuesday, June 19:
The Autumn Review ~ Review & STAY TUNED Giveaway

Wednesday, June 20:
We Fancy Books ~ Review, Excerpt, & DANCING NAKED IN DIXIE Giveaway
Book Travels ~ Interview & STAY TUNED Giveaway

Thursday, June 21:
Once Upon A Book ~ Review, Deleted Scene & DANCING NAKED IN DIXIE Giveaway

Friday, June 22:
A Tale of Many Book Reviews ~ Six Words Post & STAY TUNED Giveaway

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Joanne said...

I don't have an absolute single favorite, but a couple I love are Bet Me and Anyone But You by Jennifer Crusie, and anything by Carly Phillips.
This book sounds fantastic. Can't wait to read it.


Anonymous said...

Bless Your Heart, Tee! What a wonderful review :) I am so glad that you liked Julia's wild and wacky adventures in the Deep South!

So glad to be on your blog today -- Diary of a Book Addict is a GREAT name!

I LOVED this comment from your post: "This is a summer beach must read. Want a great laugh and more read this book and you will not be disappointed!"

Can't wait to see who wins the Mardi Gras Prize Pack!

xx, Lauren

Anonymous said...

Thank you Joanne - I'll have to look up Carly Phillips. I'm always looking for new authors to add to my list :)

xx, Lauren

Kelly said...

I love a book that makes you laugh! I haven't read any of her books yet. Thanks for the review and exerpt.

Tee said...

I loved your descriptions in the book and the quirkiness of it all. When I first went down south to South Carolina to visit my grandparents I was in shell shock. Coming from Boston Mass to the south is crazy btu as time got on I looked forward to going every summer.

DyslexicSquirrel said...

Looks like a great book! Yet another thing I need to add to my ever growing TBR. :D

DyslexicSquirrel said...

Forgot to mention my favorite beach read is whatever I'm reading at the moment. >_>; I'm not a huge re-reader.

Allyson said...

I don't have one favorite. I have quite a few authors that I really like. I love Stacey Joy Netzel, Norah Wilson, Gemma Halliday, D.D Scott, Dina Silver, Nora Roberts! That just names a few. I also really like finding new authors as well! Just like Dancing Naked in Dixie was an excellent book! I look foward to reading more from Lauren!

June M. said...

My favorite tends to be whatever I am currently reading. I do tend to prefer light, fun reads
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Anonymous said...

Kelly - There's nothing better than a book that can make you laugh! I love the ones that I think about later on ... and they still bring a smile to my face :) Lauren

Anonymous said...

Tee - Boston MA to South Carolina .... YES Ma'am, what a big change!!! :) I had to have a few phrases translated for me (um, what does 'mash the button' mean?) LOL

I do love it in the South .... and now it is "home"

xx, Lauren

Anonymous said...

Squirrel Girl :) Thank you for coming by the Book Addict Blog !!!!

Anonymous said...

Allyson - I am so glad that you enjoyed DIXIE!!! Love it :)

Thank you for the suggestions on authors -- am always looking for something new and different to read!!

All the best, Lauren

Anonymous said...

June - Light and fun is great, especially in the summertime!!! Thank you so much for stopping by to check out Dancing Naked in Dixie :)

xx, Lauren