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2012 Beach Book Festival Finalist

"The story engages the reader in both southern hospitality and urban intensity. Get ready for a great time as you travel along with Julia as she yearns to fall in love with life, family and syrupy Southern sweet tea!"
            - Dina Silver, Author, One Pink Line and Kat Fight

"I think we can all relate to Lauren Clark's fresh and hilarious fish-out-of-water tale. There's nothing more fun then plunking a tried and true New Yorker down in the Deep South. I read this book in a day and loved every second of it!"
            - Kate Rockland, Author, 150 Pounds

2012 Finalist, William Faulkner Wisdom Writing Competition 
New Orleans, LA
2012, Silver Award, Dixie Kane RWA Contest
Single Contemporary Title

From the Author

I am a mom of two school-aged boys, wife of a medical professional, daughter of a nurse practitioner and a college dean (also avid readers). I have a master's degree in journalism and worked in TV news on-air for six years before deciding to write fiction. I love yoga, Pure Barre, travel, flavored coffee, the color pink, the ocean, my historic home, friends, laughter, and my family.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Monterey Press (May 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984725040
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984725045
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #852,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Thanks for stopping by! I'd love for you to visit my website & blog: www.laurenclarkbooks.com

Lauren Clark is the award-winning author of Pie Girls (Aug '14), Stardust Summer, Dancing Naked in Dixie, A Very Dixie Christmas (Merry & Bright), and Stay Tuned. In her former life, she worked as a news anchor for CBS affiliates in Upstate New York and Alabama. Lauren adores her family, yoga, her new Electra bike, and flavored coffee. She lives in Mobile, AL with her family. Visit her website at www.LaurenClarkBooks.com.

2014 RWA So. Louisiana Chapter, First Place, Single Title Contemporary, Pie Girls
2014 Winner, WritersType First Chapter Contest, Pie Girls
2014 Finalist, RWA Contemporary Romance Writers Stiletto Contest, Pie Girls (Winners TBA in January 2015)
2013 RWA Gulf Coast Chapter, 2nd Place, Contemporary Novel, Dancing Naked in Dixie
2012 William Faulkner Novel Finalist, Short List
2012 RWA So. Louisiana Chapter, Silver, Single Contemporary Title
2012 Beach Book Festival Award, Finalist, Dancing Naked in Dixie
2012 Readers Favorite 5 Star Award, Dancing Naked in Dixie
March 2012 Winner, Writers Type First Chapter Award, Dancing Naked in Dixie
2011 Chick Lit Writers of the World, Get Your Stiletto In the Door Contest, Finalist
2011 WINNER of the WritersType First Chapter Competition, October 2011, Stay Tuned
2012 BookBundlz Top 5 finalist for the "The Book Pick" contest, Stay Tuned
2012 Royal Dragonfly ebook awards, 2nd place, Stay Tuned


The MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW calls STAY TUNED "riveting and much recommended."

"Stay Tuned is as faced-paced as a real-life newsroom. The drama on the air and behind the scenes will keep you racing toward the last page!" - Devon Walsh, News Anchor for WKRG-TV

"Loved it and you will too. Lauren accurately portrays life in a television newsroom...the personalities, the pressures, the pace. Stay Tuned captures the drama that TV viewers seldom see. The book will draw you in and leave you wanting more." - Anne Richter, News Anchor for WWNY-TV

"Stay Tuned is a great read! The story of a career woman juggling life and love and finding herself along the way. I couldn't wait to get to the end to see if my suspicions were right about Chris. Author Lauren Clark writes so well you can feel what the characters feel. And it's a very true representation of the TV news industry!" - Lauren Davis, News Anchor at WVLT-TV

"The characters in Stay Tuned grab hold and demand you live the story right along side them. I found myself wanting to steal Melissa's best friend Candace and make her my own-even if that means having to put up with an endless slew of quotes from Dr. Phil." - Emlyn Chand, Author of Farsighted

"Stay Tuned is fast-paced, fun, and a downright treat. Trust me, you'll love Melissa's hectic life and want her best friend (and Dr. Phil devotee), Candace, to give you all the right tips for staying on top." - E. McDannak, Author of The Inrugian Chronicles

"A wonderful read! I learned as much about relationships as I did anything else. However, I did laugh when Alyssa bopped Tim on the nose on air. Her interview with the doctor was hilarious, too. Let me know when you have another book out!"
-James Robertson
Mobile, Alabama

"If you like light-hearted stories about real life peppered with ominous Post-it notes, then you won't want to miss this fast and fun read!"
-Violet Davis

"Stay Tuned" is the story of Melissa Moore, a producer for the six and ten o'clock news, who has to step in and anchor the last few minutes of the news after the female anchor punches her co-anchor on the air. When Melissa's boss asks her to become the temporary anchor, she really has no choice, and the new responsibility has her examining not only her wardrobe but other aspects of her life. Melissa's husband Chris is rarely home, and they have been reduced to communicating via post it notes. Her mother, who lives in a nursing home, is also having issues. If that's not enough, the female anchor Melissa replaced is out to get her, and the new male co-anchor puts the moves on her. Even with all this chaos Melissa decides she wants to do the anchor job permanently. Will she get the job? Read "Stay Tuned" and find out!

This is a very fast paced story that is often laugh out loud funny, but it also has its somber moments. The author's storytelling ability allowed me to actually visualize the story as it unfolded. From the way she described the scenes on the set, to allow us to see the longing Melissa felt for being accepted by her mother, she easily had me laughing one minute but feeling empathy the next. I can easily say there was never a down time for me in this book; the fast pace of Melissa's life set the pace of the book. The author also managed to make me believe something one minute and then, she would have me rethinking what I thought I knew, allowing for more than a few twists in the story. Melissa also had a great best friend Candace, who kept her grounded Dr. Phil style. I also thought the story line that revolved around Darius was great! I also love the quirky characters from the newsroom, from Sunshine the Weather Cat to Judd, the sports anchor. For me an added bonus was the behind the scenes feel of seeing how an actual news broadcast goes together."
-Brenda C.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By GMTA Publishing on May 11, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I had the immense pleasure of not only helping edit but reading this book before it was released. Lauren Clark is a fabulous writer, a remarkable voice in women's fiction and she really knows what it takes to create a great story. This book has all the emotions, from happiness, to dramatic moments, love, generosity, the close knit ties of family, wanting to bawl your eyes out and cheering for the heroine! I loved it from beginning to end. Dancing Naked in Dixie is a book that every woman will want to read and should read! The plot is stimulating and exciting, the story is touching and beautiful and the characters become a part of your own family from the first meeting. It's a book that you will not want to put down and one that you will not want to end long after your done. I could easily find myself going back and reading this one over and over again.

A truly amazing read, with just the right amount of everything to make it a fast favorite. Grab a copy today!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kaley Stewart on June 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
I read Clark's first novel Stay Tuned awhile ago and really enjoyed it so I was eager for her next book. Clark did not disappoint and delivered another enjoyable novel.

Julia arrives, soon charmed by the lovely city and her handsome host, but her stay is marred by a shocking discovery. Can Julia's story save her career, Eufaula, and the annual Pilgrimage?

This was the first of two books that I've read recently that featured a travel writer and I've decided that I love reading about travel writers. They seem to always have some sort of commitment issue that needs to be worked out and it allows for lots of pretty scenery along the way.

I think I needed more romance in this book. The focus of the book wasn't the love story but I think I needed just a bit more of a relationship between Julia and Shug. I knew they'd end up together but there weren't enough of those little moments for me. Or maybe it was that a situation came up that put his girlfriend out of the picture...it wasn't that he "chose" Julia as much as he liked her and then his girlfriend was conveniently out of the way. Sorry - it's hard to explain that without giving too much away!

My favourite part of this book was reading about Julia's journey. Her boss seems to know just what she needs to figure stuff out - even though he sort of has his own agenda. She's so unstable at the beginning of the book yet she doesn't quite realize that. It takes the wonderful folk in Eufaula to show her how to get back to solid ground.

Overall, I liked Dancing Naked in Dixie but I didn't love it. Have you ever read a book and wondered if you should have left it for a later date because you just weren't feeling it but knew you would normally enjoy it immensely? OK, that might just be me but that's how I felt about this one. I think many chick lit lovers would really like this one so I encourage you to pick up Lauren Clark's latest and find out for yourself.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. McGowan on September 1, 2012
Format: Paperback
Before I launch into the review of this fun southern novel, I first want to say how nice it is to read about places you've lived. I experienced this same phenomenon when I read Julie and Julia because some of the book was set in Austin, TX. I had a great time reading about street names, restaurants, and businesses that I'd frequented when I lived there. Dancing Naked in Dixie gave me that same satisfaction set in Eufaula, AL. I used to live in Daleville, work in Dothan and Geneva, and drove through Enterprise and Eufaula on a regular basis. These little areas were definitely some of the joys of LA (that's Lower Alabama for those not from the South). ROLL TIDE!

Dancing Naked in Dixie by Lauren Clark is a delightful read with a quirky, but relatable protagonist Julia Sullivan. She is a travel writer for Getaways magazine who is notably late, often jet-lagged, and can't seem to go anywhere without her steaming cup of Starbucks coffee. Her trips around the world keep her lifestyle mobile, fast-paced, and "oh-so-very" New York. Her latest article on the beautiful Belize will be her next feature in the magazine, or so she thought. While Julia thinks life has settled into a routine of fanciful travel, comfortable writing, and a not-so-serious but serious enough relationship with her boyfriend Andrew, a twister touches down and she is in its path. She finds herself with a new boss that doesn't care much about the awards she's won in that past for her writing, and it's not just any boss; it's her estranged father David Sullivan. "Damn it all" she often feels for going into the same field as him; writing.

David has a few new ideas in mind for Julia, and they don't include exotic trips to foreign countries. Nope.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Heather on August 22, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I was given a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it.

I thought this was a wonderful story full of Southern charm. Some characters were charming, some vengeful and others were full of inner demons. The author was able to take all of these character types and weave them into a story that includes comedy, sadness, anger, dishonesty and love. This is a romance with a bit of intrigue. I have to admit though that I don't understand the title, there is nothing mentioned to do with dancing or nudity. The story can be read by just about anyone as it does not include lewd/graphic story lines of any kind and also does not include bad language.

Julia Sullivan is a well known travel reporter for Getaways Magazine. She is use to jetting off to new and exotic places at the drop of a hat but things are about to change. While she was gone on her last assignment a new CEO was named and it is someone Julia knows, better than some, but not as well as she should. After arriving back at the magazine she is called to the CEO's office for a meeting and she is shocked to learn his identity. Right from the start he gives her an assignment that she is not keen on. He tells her that she will be staying in the U.S. for awhile. The magazine will be doing travel stories "off the beaten path", these are what the people want, local flavor and flare. He also tells her she must pay attention to her subject matter and write a good story because her job depends on it.

When Julia arrives in the town she is to write about she meets all sorts of colorful people and instead of quickly writing a story by just grabbing facts and quick interviews, she stays and tries to soak up information by talking to people and experiencing the town.
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