Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Straight Chatting from the Library - Pie Girls by Lauren Clark

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Lauren will be awarding a $20 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.


What is the favorite book you remember as a child? Anything by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

What is your favorite book today? I adore The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd) and Midwives (Chris Bohjalian)

Tel l us about your current book in 10 words. Southern belle gets shock of her life and grows up.

What are you reading right now? I am reading The Scorch Trials (Book 2 of The Maze Runner series with my 9 year old son) and Shopaholic to the Stars (Sophie Kinsella). How’s that for a dichotomy?

E-Reader or print? and why? I love a hardcover book, but for ease of reading at anytime, anywhere, I have tons of books on my iPhone (Kindle App).

One book at a time or multiples? Usually one that I’m reading, and one with my son.

Dog-ear or bookmark? (don't worry—Librarian Judith won't hold it against you—much) Bookmark! (Eeek, no dog-ears)

Favorite book you've read this year? Me Before You (JoJo Moyes) or Eleanor & Park (Rainbow Rowell)

Favorite place to read? I have a lovely, light green velvet fainting sofa that I found at a fantastic antique shop a few years ago. I have it sitting next to my front windows. On nice days (and we have quite a few in Mobile, Ala., I can open the windows and enjoy the breeze and some sunshine as I read.

Favorite book to recommend? Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl was pretty fantastic. That’s been a favorite of mine to recommend, although I also loved JoJo Moyes’ Me Before You.


Princess, Southern belle, and spoiled-rotten social climber Searcy Roberts swore on a stack of Bibles she’d never return home to Fairhope, Alabama. After marrying her high school sweetheart and moving to Atlanta, Searcy embraces big-city life—Carrie Bradshaw style.

But now, Searcy has a teeny, tiny problem. Her husband’s had a mid-life crisis. He’s quit his job, cancelled her credit cards, and left her for another man.

Searcy returns to Fairhope, ready to lick her wounds. But when her mother falls ill, she’s is thrust into managing the family business—only to discover the beloved bakery is in danger of closing its doors forever.

Enlisting the help of the adorable bike store owner next door, an array of well-heeled customers, and her soon-to-be ex-husband, Searcy hatches the plan of the century to save Pie Girls.


Thirty minutes later, I am decked from head to toe in the finest lingerie Saks Fifth Avenue has to offer. Wrapped in a lovely camel Armani overcoat, belted securely, I smooth the deep red cashmere scarf against my bare neck.

The sensation of wearing barely anything gives me a heady rush of power. The garter belt, slug low around my hips, allows a satisfying tug when I take a step. Silken stockings caress my legs, and Lucinda opted for a buttery-soft pair of black thigh-high boots to finish the outfit.

After smoothing and coaxing my hair into submission, Lucinda talks me into some lotion, and then a dusting of sparkly powder to highlight my d├ęcolletage. She wields a huge brush and swishes the iridescent flecks onto my skin with expert precision. The result is amazing.

"Perfect." I blink at my reflection. My skin appears softer and luminous, almost flawless. The glow makes my eyes seem brighter, even in department store lighting.

"You look fabulous," my personal shopper agrees. She steps back to survey her work and gives me a satisfied nod. "He won't be able to help himself once he sees what's under that overcoat."

Lucinda squeezes my hand. "Good luck with everything. I think Alton will come to his senses."

She pauses and frowns. "He'd better."

As for Pamela Pryor, she'd better watch out.

This is war. No price is too high.

I am going to win my husband back.


Lauren Clark writes contemporary Southern novels 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.

She is the author of four award-winning novels, Dancing Naked in Dixie, Stay Tuned, Stardust Summer, and Pie Girls, as well as a short story, A Very Dixie Christmas, published in the Merry & Bright holiday collection. Lauren is a member of the Gulf Coast Writers Association and the Mobile Writers Guild. Check out her website at www.laurenclarkbooks.com.

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  1. Replies
    1. Thank you Curtis! I appreciate you stopping by Straight from the Library! Happy New Year! Lauren

  2. Enjoyed reading your interview.

    1. Thank you so much Karen! I am so glad that you stopped by Judith's blog :)

      xx, Lauren

  3. enjoyed your interview, but I LOVED the excerpt. Sounds like a fun book.

    1. Thank you so much, Mom Jane! Appreciate it that you made time to stop by Straight from the Library during the holidays to check out the excerpt and interview! xx, Lauren

  4. Thank you so much for stopping by the blog, bn100! I enjoyed the interview as well! xx, Lauren

  5. Judith - Thank you so much for the great interview about Pie Girls and the questions about the books I read and about my life as a writer! It was wonderful to be featured on Straight from the Library today. Happy New Year! xx, Lauren

  6. I like the Blurb. Thanks. Happy New Year everyone.

  7. Great excerpt, I really enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing. Entering under the name of Virginia