The Curl Up and Dye by Sharon Sala-Blog Tour, Review and Giveaway
The Curl Up and Dye
Curl Up and Dye #1
by Sharon Sala
Release Date: February 4, 2014
Genre: women’s fiction
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ABOUT THE BOOK: A brand new Southern women’s fiction from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Sharon Sala who has 1.5 million books sold.
Wally Lamb meets Steel Magnolias in this story of LilyAnn Bronte, the Peachy-Keen Queen, which in Blessings, Georgia, was the epitome of success. After losing her fiance in the war in Iraq, her zest for life went into decline while added weight crept on. When a new guy arrives in town, LilyAnn embarks on a quest to remake herself from start to finish only to discover that love was always just right next-door.
Curl Up and Dye is a wonderful story of small town lives. Curl Up and Dye is the local beauty salon and run by some wonderful ladies, who know everyone and almost everything. Like in most small towns, the beauty salon is the center piece of life.
This is the story of LilyAnn Bronte, who had a lovely young life that went bad when her first love Randy Joe went to Afghanistan and was killed. She got stuck in that place, just short of growing up.
She dropped out of college that year and started working at the local pharmacy. Three years later her father died and her mother later remarried a man 12 years younger and now lives happily in Miami, Florida. LilyAnn never went back to school and just worked at Phillips Pharmacy and began packing on the pounds and living in her little rut. Eleven years later, hearing a hot rod truck rev up its pipes, she sort of had a revelation of change.
She went to the Curl Up and Dye for her weekly appointment. While there, the driver of the hot rod truck came in to ask for a haircut. He was moderately handsome and well-built and his name was T.J. Lachlan. T.J. was new in town and renovating his great uncle’s house that he’d inherited. LilyAnn knew the new stranger would never look at her as she was, but would have liked her as she was when she was with Randy Joe. This was the impetus for her change!
Mike Dalton is LilyAnn’s next door neighbor, as well as the owner of the local fitness gym, and has been in love with her since the tenth grade. He has never had the courage to make his feelings know, afraid of rejection.
This is the setting, the story is one of self-realization and finding out what life truly has to offer before it’s too late. It’s well written, you get to know many of the people in the town. Ms. Salsa does a great job of creating the town from the ground up. You feel like you have lived there, or could live there. She entwines the story around LilyAnn and Mike and their finding each other, interspersing it with tales of other townfolk.
It’s a bumpy road, some funny, some horrible, and some just embarrassing! It’s great entertainment. T.J. turns out to be not what everyone thought (no spoilers now) and the story is wonderful and fulfilling.
Grab a glass of your favorite beverage, cuddle up and have a good time with this wonderful home-town type story. It’s well worth the time to read! The characters are endearing and loveable, you get some bad guys to take you temper out on, and lots of great fun! Enjoy everyone, I did!
Copy supplied by the publisher
Reviewed by Georgianna
1. With the zany characters in your book, I just have to ask are they
based on people you know, a combination of people or just totally made up?
Well, I will admit to have quite a few characters in my family, and I have a wicked sense of humor and a wild imagination, so that’s how the people in my books come to be.
2. What one thing do you dislike most about writing?
That’s an easy answer and one I’d venture to say nearly all writers share. Its waiting to be paid. Publishers might pay quarterly, or twice a year, or whatever their market plan is, and no matter how hard we write and how many bills pill up, we don’t get paid when we finish a job. We wait months and months without knowing the amount we will even receive, because ALL of our income is based on royalty from the sales, and no one knows whether a book will sell well, or if it’s going to get pirated so many times your actual sales plummet, etc. It’s a hard business to be in and survive.
3. Most writers also enjoy reading when they have a chance. What was the last book you read?
It was a book by Robert Crais called Voodoo River.
4. Valentine’s Day is just a few days away. What meal would you consider to be perfect for the occasion?
I always loved having dinner with my sweetheart. I think that’s still the best thing a woman enjoys… not having to cook, being waited on, and being with the person you love.
5. What can readers look forward to next from you?
My next book for Sourcebooks will be book 2 from the world of Blessings, Georgia and the girls at The Curl Up & Dye. It’s called Family Specials.
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Sharon Sala has been a published author since 1991, and has also written under the pseudonym Dinah McCall, although the last McCall book was released in March of 2007.
Her 76th book, THE HEALER, was released in April 2008. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America and writes mostly romantic suspense and paranormal romantic suspense for Harlequin Enterprises, Silhouette Books, and at one time, also wrote for Harper/Avon. She also had a humorous western trilogy set in the Kansas Territory before the Civil War published by Loveland Press, a small press publisher out of Loveland Colorado. She’s a five-time RITA finalist, which is RWA’s equivalent of an Oscar or an Emmy nomination.
A three time Career Achievenment winner from RT Bookclub Magazine, as well as a five time winner of the National Reader’s Choice Awards. She’s a regular on the New York Times bestseller lists, as well as USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly, Library Journal, and many other trade lists. She’s won many industry awards, including numerous ones from RT Bookclub Magazine, a trade magazine devoted entirely to the latest reviews.
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