Thursday, June 21, 2012

On Tour and a Giveaway: Dancing Naked in Dixie by Lauren Clark

Today is my stop on the Dancing Naked in Dixie CLP Blog Tour. I have posted my thoughts, of course, but make sure to go all the way to the bottom of the post to enter a giveaway on the tour page AND my very own giveaway for a paperback copy of Dancing Naked in Dixie!

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? ~~ synopsis from Goodreads 

My thoughts on Dancing Naked in Dixie ~~ 

I remember when Lauren's other book Stay Tuned was on tour. I could have just kicked myself for not being a part of that tour. It sounded so good and bloggers were raving about it. When I saw that her next novel was going on tour, I signed up right away. And I am so glad that I got the chance to read Dancing Naked!

I started this book on Saturday morning and read it in it's entirety by the end of the weekend. I have not found myself lost in a book like that for a long time. I loved it from the very first chapter!

Julia is a writer for a magazine who gets send to Alabama (what? where?) for her next job. And it's a 'get it right this time or you will be fired' kind of assignment. She heads to Eufaula, Alabama to get the story and then to head right back home. Easy? Of course it will be.

She does not take into account the slow pace of the South and the friendliness (or unfriendliness, in some cases) of the people in the town. The longer she stay, the more entrenched she becomes in the doings of the town and the people who live there.

I have never traveled to the South but Lauren has written such a great story about the charming life there, that I would love to experience it for myself. I love her writing, it flows so well that I just kept reading and reading.

I love that there are the 'good guys' and the 'bad guys' and I found myself rooting for the good guys and hating the bad guys. I loved watching the romantic parts of the book develop (or come screeching to a halt) and I also loved the mystery and secrets that so many of the characters were involved with. And the book is so funny in parts too. I loved that it made me laugh out loud in places. For example this line ~~ 'As you can imagine, everyone's as nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rockers.' What a visual ~ so funny! 

Dancing Naked in Dixie (great title, isn't it?) is a fabulous, fun read that has a little bit of everything; romance, mystery, humor and secrets. It's got something for everyone. I highly recommend it for a good time in the South!

Author Bio:

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. Herbig loves are her family, paying it forward, and true-blue friends. Check out her website at

To get a copy of Dixie or Stay Tuned

Dancing Naked in Dixie for Kindle

**Everyone who leaves a comment on the tour page at CLP Blog Tours will be entered in the Dancing Naked in Dixie giveaway! One winner will receive a $10 Amazon gift card, and two (separate) winners will win a prize pack from Lauren herself that will contain some yummy Southern treats. One blogger participating and one commenter will be chosen at random for the prize pack. If you purchase your copy of Dancing Naked in Dixie before July 2 and send your receipt to Samantha (at) ChickLitPlus (dot) com, you will get five bonus entries!**

You can also enter The Book Bag's giveaway below 
for my gently read copy of Dancing Naked in Dixie

Sorry, this has to be US only since I have to mail it myself. 

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  1. Hi Susan ~ I am sooo glad to be a part of your blog!! I am really happy that after hearing about Stay Tuned, you wanted to be a part of the CLP Blog Tour with Samantha (she's such a sweetheart).

    Thank you for the lovely review -- I'm glad you think that the storyline hasa little bit of everything, like you mentioned...romance, mystery, humor and secrets BTW - my friend and fellow author DINA SILVER loved the same quote!!! xx, Lauren

  2. Thanks for stopping by, Samantha and Lauren. I just love it when authors stop and comment on posts. You guys really do care! And we bloggers live for the love. hehe! Lauren, I am going to be participating in Dina's tour for Kat Fight - I am excited to read it!

  3. Hi there - just to let you know I have revamped the way I list blogs on my sidebar and now have a list of featured book blogs. Your blog is on it. I do enjoy following your blog. Have a good day.

    1. That is so AWESOME Carole!! I am honored to have a sidebar link on your blog. Thank you so much! I love your blog too.

  4. Susan - OMGosh! I care very much about the time and effort you took to read my book and write the lovely review of Dancing Naked in Dixie! I am thrilled you chose to be a part of Samantha's CLP Tour (love her!!!) and am looking forward to reading more of your book reviews!!

    xx, Lauren

  5. Oh, and Dina rocks! She's a sweetie!

  6. I second all that fabulous stuff said about Dina Silver! :)

  7. What a great giveaway and the novel is on my TBR pile!

  8. Lauren and Dana - you gals crack me up! :^)

  9. Dina makes me laugh all of the time! What's more, she's smart and beautiful (sigh.... some girls have it all!!!)

    Hugs, Susan!!!!

    xx, Lauren


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