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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
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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: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,030,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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