Monday, June 18, 2012

Dancing Naked in Dixie Blog Tour: Excerpt & Giveaway

Hello my crunch Tots! 

I'm so excited to be a part of the Dancing Naked In Dixie blog tour! Lauren is a close author buddy of mine and her books are fantastic!!! And this one is no different!!! I had the chance to beta read this book thanks to Lauren and I loved every minute of it!!! It’s a totally cute read and one that you will for sure love. Now this isn’t classified as a YA book, but it is perfectly appropriate for those YA who want to try an adult read! If you are a fan of books by Sophie Kinsella, then be SURE to check this out!!! Here is an expert for you to see what it is about! 

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?


“You hired someone to dispose of my mother’s things. Youdidn’t tell me. You didn’t ask me. How dare you try to erase her memory?” Thesteadiness in my voice wavered. I waited for an answer. A flicker of emotion.Anything.
My father shifted in his seat. He leaned forward and clasped hishands. His cufflinks caught the light. The flash of silver irritated me. Then,I realized why. He was wearing a gift from my mother; cufflinks for hisfiftieth birthday.
“Give those to me,” I said and held out one hand.
“Pardon me?” my father appeared taken aback.
“The cufflinks. My mother gave them to you.” I began to tremble. Mypalm felt damp. I made myself stand straight. Unwavering.
My father stared back at me. He didn’t move. He didn’t remove thecufflinks.
I expected as much.
With a swift movement, I yanked the book from under my arm andslammed it down on his desk. The pages flew open. For a moment, I caughtmyself. Was I really doing this? The album was a collection ofpostcards—places we’d visited during my childhood, my teenage years, and incollege. It was my mother’s idea. She loved postcards—wacky ones, beautifulones, every sort of postcard she could find. It was a way to remember all of mytravels. That’s what she told me when she bought me the first one. My mothersent them when she was on trips. When I was older, I mailed them to her. It wasa way we had connected.
My heart thumped as I peeled back the first page. I glimpsed mymother’s writing on the back. After a moment’s hesitation, clutching the thickrectangle between my fingers, I tossed it at my father’s head.
The first one was the most difficult. After that, it became easier.I launched another, and another. Pictures of Myrtle Beach, The Poconos, andNapa Valley flew past David’s head. I followed up with New Mexico, Dallas, andthe Florida Keys. The floor around my father became a sea of color. The airfilled with picturesque scenes—beaches, mountains, lakes.
The Grand Canyon bounced off his nose. Las Vegas landed on hisshoulder. The Seattle Space Needle slid past his elbow. In a final rush, I sentpostcards of St. Simon’s Island, Cancun, and Knoxville, Tennessee into myfather’s lap.
For my grand finale, I held up the remaining pages and dumped theminto the trashcan. David didn’t even blink.
           “Good-bye.” I let the door to his office slam behind me.

Oh how I loved this book!!! And I know you will all love it also! Be sure to add it to your reading list and enter for your chance to win a copy!!!
Must be 13 years or older
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Giveaway end 6/25/2012
One (1) winner will get a eBook of Dancing Naked In Dixie by Lauren Clark (Open INT)
One (1) Winner will get a signed copy of Dancing Naked In Dixie by Lauren Clark (US only)

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  1. Tara ~ Thank you so much for featuring Dixie on your adorable blog! I am so excited that you are kicking off my tour because you were one of the first to EVER read Dixie! (yay!) I am super thankful to have you for a friend and beta reader. It means so much to me that you enjoyed Dixie!

    xx, Lauren

  2. This book sounds super awesome and I love the cover! I have no idea where I'd like to dance naked... I don't think I'd have the guts to do it anywhere! XD Except maybe in my room right after a shower!

    Thanks for this amazing giveaway! Fingers crossed :)

    ♥ Ashley from booknook ♥

  3. This book sounds so awesome. I totally have to agree with Ashley, I don't think I would have the guts to dance naked anywhere :D Thanks for the giveaway!!

  4. Haha, I don't want to dance naked anywhere, anytime!

  5. Sorry, I don't dance, naked or clothed. I have two left feet. When I try, it's not pretty.
    This book sounds fantastic. Can't wait to read it.

  6. I think most of us are in agreement. Dancing naked would be an unusual experience for us.

  7. Hey Lauren, I am so enjoying the ebook of Dancing Naked in Dixie and it would make my year to win the autographed copy of this book. Thank you so much for the ebook and for being so sweet. Thanks also for the chance to win this great book signed by a wonderful author. :) I think we should all try Dancing in the rain at some time in our lives.. lol

  8. I love this book! It was a great read! But as far as me dancing naked well I think I'll just have to dance with clothes on;) I hope the book blog tour goes well! I can't wait to read more of your books!

  9. Well, I don't want anyone to see me dance with clothes so I definitely would not want them to without them. I can't dance so it would not be pretty, lol


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