I am tickled pink to announce that "Hot Bubbles and Chocolate" is now available in e-format on Amazon.com. The paperback edition should be available very shortly.
This book introduces a town to the world that I hope to make a popular stop for all of you at least a couple of times a year. Early Grove, Alabama is a place that I can clearly see but that so far hasn't shown up on any maps. It's located halfway between Fyffe and Geraldine, AL, which makes it about six or seven miles from my house. It's filled with interesting people and delightful shops offering a surprising variety of goods and services. This is the blurb from the back of the book:
As if Callie Jones didn’t have enough on her plate with her job as mayor of Early Grove,
Alabama (population 840) someone found out that she has an online dating profile
and soon her love life has become the hot topic of conversation among her neighbors.
Before long everyone in town appears to have gone internet crazy looking for love against
Callie’s protests that it’s not as great as it seems. Thank goodness Callie has her best
friend Sam to turn to in times of crazy. Except that Sam has a secret that he’s not sharing.
He hasn’t learned yet that you can’t keep a secret in a small town forever. Especially a
Southern one. The only person who seems to be listening to her these days is her dog,
Petunia, so Callie decides her only recourse is to drown her sorrows in a tub of bubbles
while she dips into her dwindling stash of chocolate. Luckily it’s a very big stash.
Those of you that know me IRL (in real life) know that I was a serial internet dater eleven or twelve years ago. I went on more dates in the period of a few months than most people do in a lifetime. Or two. And only a handful of those men were worth the effort. Then I ended up with someone I met IRL. Not online. Not on a dating site. Finally, twelve years later, I get to put all that "exhaustive research" to good use in the pages of a book as Callie Jones gets to go on the same dates I went on over a decade ago. Yep. Even the unbelievable ones. Yep. No kidding.
The rest of the characters are a melding of all of the wonderful Southern folks I've known growing up in this corner of the world. No one was modeled after any particular person. If you think you recognize someone, I would LOVE to hear about it. And see if perhaps subconsciously they did indeed, as my t-shirt warns "end up in my novel."
Each book in this series will be standalone. We'll peek into the lives of a different Early Grove citizen in each installation. I really hope you enjoy reading...if you have as much fun reading as I did writing, it will be a huge success. See you in Early Grove my friends. Drive safe!
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I've never been normal. I've never tried to be. I can't imagine anything more boring.
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