Thursday, January 22, 2015

Finding Southern Comfort - Book Beginnings on Friday and The Friday 56

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Harper Kirkpatrick, the heroine of FINDING SOUTHERN COMFORT, is one of those characters that I immediately liked. She plows ahead as if she knows what she's doing, even when she clearly doesn't, and I hoped she'd succeed as a nanny to a child with an eating disorder. There were times when I wanted to shake her and tell her to get her act together, but then I remembered that she's in her early twenties and is trying to be independent. I enjoyed the book's characters, plot, and humor, and loved the Savannah setting of this Southern romance. (I've been to that lovely city and seen the Forsyth Park Fountain pictured on the book's cover.)

FYI: FINDING SOUTHERN COMFORT is FREE on Amazon right now! 

Book Beginning:

[FYI: As the book opens, Harper works as an entertainer at children's parties, but her boss has scheduled her for something quite different. This is a sweet romance, so nothing naughty is going on with the whip. ]
Harper Kirkpatrick shoved her Catwoman mask into place and rang the doorbell. Hard to look casual with a whip under her arm. A late evening breeze ruffled the Spanish moss overhead. Didn't matter. She was sweating big time under the black spandex costume. Savannah in February was a lot warmer than Chicago.

Friday 56 (from 56% on my Kindle):
McKenna's eyebrows rose, but she didn't make a comment. Harper loved that about her sister. She took life as it came.

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Book Length: 316 Pages
Amazon Link:
FINDING SOUTHERN COMFORT: A Heartwarming Prequel (Windy City Romance Series)

                            

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30 comments:

Barbara Lohr said...

So glad that you enjoyed Finding Southern Comfort, Sandra. Harper really grew on me as I wrote. And you're so right...she is trying to get her act together and she has to do that by finally seeing something through.

Juli Rahel said...

I love the F56, mainly because I have no control over my eyebrows and I really just wish I could arch it! The BB makes me quite curious and I'm impressed Harper is brave enough to wear spandex! Thanks for sharing :) I hope you enjoy your weekend!
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Bea said...

I wish I could do the eyebrow thing too. That sentence says a lot about McKenna; it's well done.

sherry fundin said...

The BB is kind funny and the sisters sound like a handfull. Happy reading.
sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

Catherine @ Book Club Librarian said...

Sounds like a good story...and I agree with you about Savannah--it is a lovely city.

My Friday post: http://www.bookclublibrarian.com/2015/01/friday-focus-friday-56-book-beginnings_23.html

Katherine P said...

I love both excerpts and I'm seriously curious what is about to happen with that intro!

Lauren Stoolfire said...

Thanks for sharing! I don't know what I would have thought if you had made that disclaimer at the beginning. :D

Barbara Lohr said...

Yes, I did think a bit about Catwoman's whip. But nothing like that happening here. The point is, she doesn't know how to brandish the whip and ends up accidentally snapping a guy with it. Out of the more than 100 reviews, only two had a problem with that scene and of course I was glad. Most found it funny ("hilarious") and endearing. Later she tries to fake cooking and ends up with a meat fork in her hand. I wanted to hug her.

Yvonne@fiction-books said...

Hi Sandra and Barbara,

I'm afraid I can do the eyebrow thing all too well. It has got me into trouble many a time, as my face is an open book and most people automatically know what I am thinking, without me even needing to open my mouth!

I am guessing that Harper sweating not only has something to do with the unaccustomed heat, but also that she has been sent on an assignment which is taking her way out of her comfort zone and she is therefore understandably stressed.

This book may be just a little too light and fluffy for me, but thanks for sharing your excerpts today.

Yvonne.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Thank you for stopping by to respond to comments. I'm looking forward to reading the other books in this series.

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Oh, I do love the sound of this one, and what delightful settings! I also love the name "Harper." Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I thought it was funny too! But when I read the opening paragraph before posting, I was afraid people might think the book was X-rated instead of a sweet romance. So I added the disclaimer. Harper is a delightful character.

Breana M. said...

This one sounds cute and I love the excerpts.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I can see how your open and honest face could get you into trouble!
You're right about Harper. She is definitely out of her element, and angry at her boss for putting her into an uncomfortable situation, but she is determined to make the best of things (so she'll get paid). Her way of handling it is really funny.

Alicia AKernelofNonsense said...

Sometimes being a good sister means saying nothing at all. Thanks for sharing!

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Her sister was supportive but didn't jump in and come to the rescue. I liked that!

Laura Thomas said...

I wish I handled things from the inside instead of reacting first. A good quality to have.

Thanks for stopping by my 56 and have a wonderful weekend:)

Elizabeth said...

ENJOY!!! Looks like a good read. Sweet romance is much better than telling too much. :) I usually don't read romance, though.

Elizabeth
Silver's Reviews
My Book Beginnings

Stormi Johnson said...

Sounds like a great read! Thanks for stopping by my blog. :)

Stormi

Lisa Ks Book Reviews said...

This sounds really good. I've been reading 99% cozy mysteries, since I love them and review them, but I may have to give Finding Southern Comfort a try! And thank you for stopping by my blog!

Kathy Martin said...

This one does sound like fun. Happy reading!

LadyD Piano said...

This one sounds wonderful! I like Harper's held-back silence and I especially love the luscious green cover art. I think I'll get it, thanks!

fredamans said...

Harper sounds like an interesting character. Thanks for the freebie heads up, I'm off to grab a copy.
Happy weekend!

Yvonne said...

Sounds great...thanks for posting this. I just went over to Amazon and got it. Looks good.

Marie Dougan said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. :)

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Now's a good time to get it. The ebook is free on Amazon!

SherryGLoag said...

Love the sound of this book and intend to hop over to Amazon to get it.

If I Loved You. is my offering for this week

Page said...

The beginning is great, made me smile. I also liked the observation of 56. Nice picks.

Literary Feline said...

You've got me curious! I let out a chuckle when I read the opening.

Laura Pol said...

Haha it's a good thing you did the FYI because that would have been an interesting opening to say the least! Haha! Thanks for stopping by my blog! :)