Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Southern Born Books Blog Tour - Excerpt and Giveaway

Pick Me Synopsis:

Recently dumped by the man she’d planned to marry, no-nonsense attorney Thea Dunn has returned home to Magnolia Bay to mend her broken heart. But when she learns her new neighbor is Calder Frye, the bad boy who sets the pulse of every good girl at Magnolia Bay High racing, Thea’s verdict to swear off men is in danger of being overturned…

Fourteen years after graduation, Calder has traded his rebel lifestyle to become an ER doctor—but his sex appeal is every bit as powerful as Thea remembers. Could her short-term residence be the perfect chance to live out a teenage fantasy? Or could their reunion be a chance for something more?

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Magnolia Bay, South Carolina May, Present Day
Her watery eyes never leaving the road, Thea Dunn reached across the buttercream leather seat of her Lexus for the box of tissues, yanked one out, and blew her nose one-handed. No one would have believed it: a no-nonsense, thirty-two-year-old lawyer who never flinched in the courtroom, who stared down defendants without blinking, and she had been reduced to tears by a damn bug. And not just any bug—a termite. Lots of them. Enough of the winged monsters that the term “infestation” had been used. And not since “Guilty” had one word had such an impact on Thea’s world. In fairness, she wouldn’t put all the blame for her breakdown on the bugs. It had been, after all, a grueling year. After recovering from the drama that had surrounded her baby sister, Peach marrying into one of their family’s professional rivals, the Lovelesses, Thea had spent the winter fighting her way through an exhausting case whose unfortunate outcome would now go to appeal. Then, a few days ago, Dennis Connolly, the attorney she’d been seeing for three years— the man she was certain was days away from proposing marriage—had unexpectedly dumped her at a friend’s crab boil. And just when Thea was sure the bird of Life couldn’t crap on her head one more time, there was the discovery of termites in her Charleston townhouse. When the inspector had informed her she’d have to vacate the property for at least a week during the fumigation, Thea decided it was the perfect excuse to finally use the two weeks of vacation she’d been saving for her and Dennis’ romantic getaway—since it turned out the only thing Dennis Connolly wanted to get away from was her.

Erika Marks Bio:

Erika Marks is a women's fiction writer and the author of LITTLE GALE GUMBO, THE MERMAID COLLECTOR, THE GUEST HOUSE and IT COMES IN WAVES (July, 2014). On the long and winding road to becoming published, she worked many different jobs, including carpenter, cake decorator, art director, and illustrator. But if pressed, she might say it was her brief tenure with a match-making service in Los Angeles after college that set her on the path to writing love stories (not that there isn't romance in frosting or power tools!) A native New Englander, she now makes her home in Charlotte, NC, with her husband, a native New Orleanian who has taught her to make a wicked gumbo, and their two little mermaids. For more on Erika’s books, visit her website at

Flirting with Forever Synopsis:

Forty-year-old Tara Jordan’s first book, The Perfect Marriage in 30 Days, is at the top of the bestseller lists, and her publisher wants her on a book tour ASAP.  Tara’s about to live her dream only there’s one problem.  Her husband of 15 years has just walked out, leaving Tara on the brink of financial ruin with no choice but to promote a self-help book about marriage when hers is secretly in ruins.

Enter publicist Jake Randall, 30, who’s had it with hand holding newbie authors channeling their inner divas on their first book tours, until he meets Tara.  Their instant attraction blossoms quickly into love.  Tara thinks she has achieved her dreams and earned her license to thrive until her husband, Jim returns determined to win her back.

Kim Boykin Bio:
Kim Boykin is a women's fiction author with a sassy Southern streak. She is the author of The Wisdom of Hair, Steal Me, Cowboy, and Palmetto Moon (Summer 2014.) While her heart is always in South Carolina, she lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband, 3 dogs, and 126 rose bushes. For more on Kim’s books, visit her website at

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