Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Dancing Naked in Dixie by Lauren Clark


I’m a travel writer at Getaways magazine. Paid for the glorious task of gathering up fascinating snippets of culture and piecing them into quirky little stories. Jet-setting to the Riviera, exploring the Great Barrier Reef, basking on Bermuda beaches. It’s as glamorous and exhilarating as I imagined.
Okay, it is a tad lonely, from time to time.
And quite exhausting.
Which is precisely why I have to get organized.
I sink into my chair and try to concentrate. What to tackle first? Think, think.  
“Julia Sullivan!”
Third reminder. Uh-oh.
Marietta rolls her eyes and jerks a thumb toward the inevitable. “Guess you better walk the plank,” she teases. “New guy’s waiting. Haven’t met him yet, but I’ve heard he’s the ‘take no prisoners’ sort. Hope you come back alive.”
I grope for something witty and casual to say, but all of a sudden, my head feels light and hollow.
I’ve been dying to find out about the new editor.
Every last gory detail.
Until now.
“I’m still in another time zone,” I offer up to Marietta with a weak smile. My insides toss from side to side as I slide out of my chair.
Marietta tosses me a wry look. “Nice try. Get going already, sport.”
I tilt my head toward the hallway and pretend to pout. When I look back, Marietta’s already disappeared. Smart girl.
“Fine, fine.” I tug a piece of rebellious auburn hair into place, smooth my wool suit, and begin to march toward the inevitable.
Our new editor.
My neck prickles.
I’m not going to worry. Not much anyway.
My pulse thuds.
Not going to worry about change. Or re-organization. Or pink slips.
Focus, Julia.


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?

Lauren Clark 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


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  1. Thanks so much, Mai, for featuring Dancing Naked in Dixie and helping with the giveaway! Can't wait to see who wins the copies!

    Love the script you are using on the blog ... goes perfectly with Dixie's cover :) xx, Lauren

  2. I had seen this title and wondered what it could possibly be about! Thanks for filling us in! Interesting storyline!

  3. Thanks for the giveaway. This looks really good.

  4. Thanks for the giveaway! This book sounds really good!

  5. I'm from the South do I love novels set in the South.

  6. Thanks for the giveaway. The book sounds interesting.

  7. Thank you for the giveaway! :D

  8. Thank you for the giveaway! Rafflecopter isn't really working for me, but that is okay. I love your site's background! I feel like my bookshelves should look all nice and neat like that. Right now, I'm facing the problem of running out of shelf space :D
    Thanks again!
    Alyssa Susanna

  9. Thanks for the giveaway!

    catherine0807 at hotmail dot com

  10. You don't see travel writers as protagonists too often. Looks interesting!


  11. I love books set in the South! It sounds really interesting.


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