Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The Reason is You

Today's special guest is Sharla Lovelace, the National Bestselling Author of THE REASON IS YOU, BEFORE AND EVER SINCE, and the e-novella  JUST ONE DAY.  Being a Texas girl through and through, she’s proud to say she lives in Southeast Texas with her family, an old lady dog, and an aviary full of cockatiels.


ABOUT THE BOOK


Anything but normal…

Dani Shane just wants her daughter to have what she never did—a normal life. But “normal” leaves the equation when sixteen-year old Riley is found talking to Dani’s only friend, Alex—who has been dead for forty years.

In the small river town of Bethany, Dani never fit in. Being different pushed her to the fringes of society, and even leaving town for two decades didn’t stop the talk. Now that she’s back, so is Alex. Mischievous and sexy and still hot enough to melt her shoes. Between his popping in at inopportune moments and her having to hide her daughter’s new talent, Dani fears that her plans for staying under the radar may be short-lived.

As Dani scrambles to get solid footing under her family, secrets buried for forty years begin to unearth themselves. She and Alex have always been connected, but he is hiding something. The computer is making her hear things. Weird memories that she doesn’t recognize keep popping up in her mind. Then there’s that little thing she hasn’t told her daughter yet—that some of the people she sees aren’t breathing.



AN EXCERPT


Starting over sucks, but at forty it sucks the life out of you. This thought squeezed my brain on the six-hour drive to Bethany from Dallas. I second-guessed my decision for the ninety-ninth time, eyeing every exit ramp as a potential escape hatch. As we got closer to the dark clouds looming above my hometown, in a Ford Escort with no air-conditioning and my sixteen-year-old daughter hanging her naked legs out the window to dry her pretty little coral toes, I felt the options slipping. One by one.

Not that I wasn’t grateful to have a destination. My dad loves me, and he’s never judged. But this time was no visit. It was the real deal, with bath towels and Tupperware and everything that would fit in a U-Haul trailer. My head started to bang out a rhythm just thinking about it, but I knew it was the smart thing to do. I’d tried everything after losing my job, and despite the number of times I pushed reality aside, it kept waving at me.

I had Riley to think about. I had to keep a roof over her head, and I couldn’t afford to be choosy on what roof that was. We would be okay. I glanced over at her, eyes closed, jamming to whatever her iPod was pumping into her head, and I prayed she would be okay. That she wouldn’t be tainted by association with me.

“So, when do we get to Podunk?” she said after we drove through Restin, the nearest big town.  Not big like high-rises.  Big like it has a Walmart.



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Sharla will be awarding a custom tote bag with book swag, a themed recipe card and $20 Amazon GC to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour. One randomly drawn host will get their choice of eBook from Sharla's booklist.

Follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found here:  http://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2013/04/book-blast-reason-is-you-by-sharla.html



Sharla is available by Skype for book club meetings and chats, and loves connecting with her readers! See her website www.sharlalovelace.com for book discussion questions, events, and to sign up for her monthly newsletter.

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THE REASON IS YOU   (available in trade paperback online and in stores)
Mass Market version (978-0425254868) with new cover available May 7th, and for preorder now!
Tagline: “Sometimes falling into the past is the way forward.”

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Trade size and ebook versions also available anywhere books are sold.

7 comments:

Sharla Lovelace said...

Thank you so much for hosting me, and I'll pop by again later. Today is the release day for THE REASON IS YOU, so it's actually available now! xoxo

p.m.terrell said...

Thank you so much for joining us here today, Sharla! Your book sounds wonderful. I really like that you have a woman in her 40's starting over. So many can relate to that! Congratulations on the release of The Reason Is You!

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting

Ingeborg said...

I love the story, I can't wait to read it.

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bn100 said...

The story sounds interesting

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Sharla Lovelace said...

I feel the same way about older main characters. I write about women like me. With kids my kids age. I can relate to that. I can no more remember being 20ish than the man in the moon. :)

Catherine Lee said...

Moving home to daddy's house is tough...but especially at 40-something!