Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Author Post and giveaway: Sharon Sala

Today's post is by Sharon Sala as I asked her what makes the South so special.

There is also a giveaway at the end.

Post:
I think the South is special to the people who live there because it’s home. Anywhere or anything that represents where you were raised usually creates nostalgia.

One of the things that means a lot to me is family. Sometimes in the South a family becomes so tied together generationally that we think of them as a clan – a large group of people with similar beliefs and lifestyles who share blood and revere the aged and elderly among them as important, even necessary to how they live their lives.

My daddy’s mother, my paternal grandmother, came from the mountains above Sparta, Tennessee. Her mother was a healer. Some in the family used to say she was part Cree. My Daddy’s father, my grandfather, was from Indian Territory in Oklahoma before statehood. His mother, my great-grandmother was ¾ Cherokee.

My Grandma, my daddy’s mother, was a healer like her mother. I was always nervous about getting sick at her house because her theory was, if it didn’t kill a horse, it wouldn’t hurt a child. I’ve had herb teas that tasted like swamp water, been rubbed with balms that she made, and had a wart witched off my hand with a dishrag and a chant beneath a full moon. There are a thousand stories in any Southern family about the people who came before them, but there is a telling and continuing thread. They are the Don’t Quit people. The kind of people who would rather go hungry and miss a meal than leave the land that sustains them.

I am grateful for the Don’t Quit blood that runs in my veins.


About Sharon
Sharon Sala, who has also written under the name Dinah McCall, has 85-plus books in print, published in four different genres—Romance, Young Adult, Western, and Women’s Fiction, and her Young Adult books have been optioned for film. She has been named a RITA finalist seven times by Romance Writers of America, and in 2011 they named her the recipient of the Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award. Her books are New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly bestsellers and published in many different languages. She lives in Oklahoma, the state where she was born.

About You and Only You
Welcome to Book One in the Blessings, Georgia series of Southern contemporary romance from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Sharon Sala. With the support of her handsome, unassuming friend Mike Dalton, LilyAnne Bronte is finally ready to put the past in the past.

It’s never too late
Mike Dalton has secretly loved LilyAnn Bronte since they were all children together in the small town of Blessings, Georgia. But one fateful day T.J. Lachlan roars into town and starts showering LilyAnn with his charm, and Mike feels his dream of them being more than friends slipping away.

To find the love you missed
LilyAnn, as anyone in Blessings will tell you, let herself go after her fiancée was killed in Iraq. The attention of the handsome new guy shocks her into a revelation: she’s ready to live again, and maybe the best is yet to come. The thing is, everybody in Blessings is sure it’s Mike and LilyAnn who belong together—and they’re willing to do whatever it takes to make LilyAnn realize the love of her life has been by her side all along.

(Originally published as The Curl Up and Dye.)

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15 comments:

  1. Of course the South is special (I am not just saying it because I live in the South LOL ) :) Great post :)

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  2. I love books set in the South, I think I am a Southern girl at heart, even though I have always lived in the West. Thanks for sharing. I liked the post about the healers in her family.

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  3. Enjoyed this book and loved the small town and it's people.

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  4. That is cool! I'm Filipino and family runs deep in my culture too. We are a superstitious bunch as well and would combine Western medicine with quack. I love it all though.

    PS I'm Tennessean now so double woot!

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  5. I'll Stand By You is the only one I've read of Sharon Sala's books and I loved it.

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  6. Love the cover of your book, Sharon!

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  7. You know, I don't think I've read one of her books before, I recognize her name though! And yeah, in the south the families stick together. :)

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  8. Enjoyed the story explaining about Sharon's southern heritage. I had the chance to read this latest and the one up for giveaway and the theme is right there in her books.

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  9. A really interesting family! I loved some books by the author but it's been a while since I haven't read one

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  10. I must agree that the cover is lovely. :) Also, thank you for the giveaway!

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  11. Sounds good. I love small town fiction.

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  12. I love books set in the south as well. This sounds interesting..thanks for sharing!!

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  13. I love small town stories and the southern atmosphere, it looks very particular :)

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