Monday, May 21, 2012

Dancing Naked in Dixie Excerpt and Giveaway


“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.”

Dancing Naked in Dixie 
By Lauren Clark 
Genre: Southern Fiction/Chick Lit/Light Romance 

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?

About the Author 

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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Debby said...

Sounds like a fun story to read
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Chrisbails said...

This book sounds like a great read. Love the title and cover. Lauren is a new author for me. I love to read and always looking for new books and authors to check out. Thanks for the giveaway.

Anonymous said...

Roxanne - Thank you so much for hosting Dancing Naked in Dixie for release day! :) Lauren

Anonymous said...

Debby - Dancing Naked in Dixie is all about fun, fabulous food, and fantastic Southern hotties :)

Thank you for stopping by! Lauren

Anonymous said...

Thanks much Christine :)

Hope you have a chance to enjoy Dixie!

xx, Lauren

Texas Book Lover said...

This sounds like a really fun read. I love the title.

I can't get the rafflecopter to work.

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Lauren Clark said...

Maria - Thank you for the lovely compliment on the title ... and I hope you have some time to check out Dixie :) Please stop by GoodReads for a chance to win a paperback copy of Dixie, too!

I am sure that Roxanne checked on the Rafflecopter issue. Sorry that it wasn't working.

xx, Lauren