Tuesday, June 19, 2012

[Blog Tour] Dancing Naked in Dixie by Lauren Clark - Review, Excerpt and G!veaway

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Dancing Naked in Dixie
by Lauren Clark
Published: May 21, 2012
Publisher: Monterey Press
Source: Author
Format: Kindle
Genre: Chick Lit

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?
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The settings and the character just jive within this wonderfully written story.

Dancing Naked in Dixie was a fun and light read. I really enjoyed the story of Julia Sullivan and how she evolves into a new person she didn't even realize. Julia Sullivan was a travel writer for Getaway magazine in which she has a new boss that assigned her to write an article on which she found herself going to the 'Heart of Dixie'. She embarks to a jouney to write this article but suddenly found herself charmed with the picturesque place.

The story for what I can say is very typical, I felt like I was watching a movie and concluded the ending after watching a few minutes of it. But I was wrong at some point, there's a twist in the story which I would say was pretty surprising but like the start it was very typical. I was quite frustrated with the romantic setting of this book, there was a hundred chance of Julia and Shug hitting it off but it seems that their fate was already decided in the ending. I enjoyed the whole journey of Julia, even if she was very clumsy and always side tracked by her real intention on visiting the place she proves to be a changed person in the end.

Julia Sullivan for what I say is a very clumsy and a worrisome person. Her life seems very hectic with her schedules and deadline. She got a breath of fresh air when she got to experience the life in Eufala which I can say changed her a lot. Reading her character was really enjoyable, the way her character grow through out the book was a great journey. The characters blended well with the story, Shug Jordan was a character that I knew from the start would be with Julia but then given the circumstances he is in, it added flavor with this wonderful story. But I was really disappointed with the forbidden love but I must say Clark gave me a satisfying ending!

Coverwise I like the cover, it's very flawless and it has a good read feel when you see it. Not that there's someone dancing naked on the book (was there?).  I don't really approve that the author's name was really big, I don't know it seems overshadowing the title but over all it's a good cover.

Overall I recommend this if you are looking for a contemporary read. I was captured with the picturesque setting and the tale of Miss Sullivan. I was appalled with the ending but in a good way. All's well that ends well like they say. Clark did a woving this novel, though some parts didn't work out well for me I was really entertained throughout the whole read.



The Best Butts in Alabama, the huge billboard above my head brags. A robust pink pig, dressed in blue overalls and a cowboy hat, winks down at me. Next to the hog’s turned up nose, royal blue letters read ‘Phil’s Bar-B-Q.’ 
            Phil certainly knows how to make a first impression. As does Mother Nature.
            The sunshine beats down on my shoulder through the window. Is it always this muggy in December? I swipe at my forehead with the back of my hand and do quick surveillance.
            Where is the historic, elegant city I was promised in the letter? There is a normal-looking church across the street, a run-of-the-mill real estate business to my right, and a tiny hole-in-the-wall place called The Donut King, which seems to be doing ten times more business than the Winn-Dixiegrocery store I just passed.
So far, all I see of Eufaula, Alabama is more in-your-face commercial than traveler chic. Of course, I’m not in the best frame of mind to become one with my surroundings.
After a lousy Thursday morning of sulking and a rushed packing job, I sent an RSVP with regrets for the fundraiser, gave away my tickets to the Met, left a voice mail for Andrew, and changed my ticket to an earlier departure.
Hours later, after fighting through JFK security, surviving the cramped flight to Atlanta, I spent the night in Buckhead, Georgia, picked up my enormous rented SUV this morning (it was either that or a red minivan), and began driving the three-and-a-half hours to reach my pinhole-on-a-map destination.
All to save my job.

About the Author

Lauren Clark has been a voracious reader since the age of four and would rather be stranded at the library than on a desert island. In her former life, she worked as an anchor and producer for CBS affiliates in Upstate New York and Alabama. Lauren adores her family, yoga, her new Electra bike, and flavored coffee. She lives near the Florida Gulf Coast. Visit her website at LaurenClarkBooks.com
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  1. Replies
    1. Thanks Lisa B! Love that you stopped by and good luck with the contest! Mardi Gras is HUGE down here ... and I can't wait to see who wins the prize pack :)

      xx, Lauren

  2. Thanks for the giveaway. This book sounds like a fun read. Can't wait to get it.

    1. Thank you Joanne :) So glad that you stopped by "We Fancy Books" .... Have a great Wednesday! xx, Lauren

  3. Replies
    1. Thank you Stephanie!!! If you visit my Facebook page, you can see the actual "Phil's BBQ - Best Butts in Alabama" billboard :) Lauren

  4. Thanks for the giveaway

    GFC darkmotive

  5. Thank you Claire~ So glad that you stopped by the review and giveaway at We Fancy Books! :) Lauren

  6. Jayjay ~ Thank you for the wonderful and thoughtful review of Dancing Naked in Dixie! I loved this comment in your review:

    " I felt like I was watching a movie ...But I was wrong at some point, there's a twist in the story which I would say was pretty surprising..."

    I'm so glad that you found something fresh and new in the novel :)

    Thank you for featuring Dancing Naked in Dixie on your fabulous blog!

    xx, Lauren

  7. This book sounds wonderful to me. Can't wait to read it.

  8. This book sounds like perfect for summer! :)
    Thanks for the giveaway and review! :)

  9. I love the excerpt! Sounds incredible, and it's so humorous!

    1. Thank you Christina! So glad you liked it! xx Lauren

  10. I've been reading Clark's interviews on her blog tour, and she sounds pretty cool. Even though her previous book and her next book sound more like my type of stories, I'd be interested to check this one out...


    1. EAI ~ Why thank you ... and I'd love for you to give Dixie a shot :) It's not heavy in the romance department, has plenty of humor, a little history, and an explosion!

      xx, lauren

  11. I've been following this blog tour hoping I'll win this. Thanks for the giveaway!

    tomakunisnumberone at gmail dot com

    1. Dianne! Good luck ... fingers crossed for you! :) Lauren

  12. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

  13. Thank you Tore! Glad you stopped by We Fancy Books! Lauren

  14. This is the first I'm hearing about this book but it sounds like something I would really enjoy reading! Thanks so much for bringing it to my attention, and for the awesome giveaway:)

  15. Thanks for the great contest!!
    kimberlybreid at hotmail dot com

  16. I followed Lauren during the book tour for this book and bought the book during the tour. It was my first read by her and I loved it. I'll be looking for more.


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