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About the Author

R. E. “Decky” Bradshaw is a native of the Outer Banks of North Carolina, now living in Oklahoma. A former university and high school Theatre instructor, Bradshaw debuted her first four lesbian fiction novels in the fall of 2010. Proud of her Tar Heel roots, all of R. E. Bradshaw's books, thus far, have been set in her beloved home state of North Carolina. Her love of the Outer Banks, southern traditions, and Carolina women rings throughout her works. Bradshaw and her partner will celebrate their Twenty-fourth anniversary in June 2011 and have a son they are both very proud of.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: R. E. BRADSHAW BOOKS (May 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983572003
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983572008
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #822,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2013 Rainbow Awards First Runner-up for Best Lesbian Novel, Out on the Panhandle, and three time Lambda Literary Award Finalist in Mystery with Rainey Nights (2012), Molly: House on Fire (2013), and The Rainey Season (2014), author R. E. Bradshaw began publishing in August of 2010. Before beginning a full-time writing career, she worked in professional theatre and also taught at both the university and high school level. A native of North Carolina and a proud Tar Heel, Bradshaw now makes her home in Oklahoma. Writing in many genres, from the fun southern romantic romps of the Adventures of Decky and Charlie series to the intensely bone-chilling Rainey Bell Thrillers, R. E. Bradshaw's books offer something for everyone.

The best way to get to know R. E. Bradshaw is through her blog: http://rebradshawbooks.blogspot.com, and on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rebradshawbooks, where she talks about her life, loves, and passions.

Find more at: www.rebradshawbooks.com

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This was a very easy read and a book I could not put down.
Soujourner Truth
Great characters (some old friends from former books as well) and sound story make for another wonderful read by RE Bradshaw.
Philologus
And to find another book to read while I wait is a waste because they do not compare to R. E Bradshaw!!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Telstar on April 20, 2011
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Lizbeth Jackson, aged forty and divorced is finally free. Free from her sham of a marriage, free from her cheating ex husband and free to lead her own life in any way she wants to.
She arrives on Ocracoke Island from her home in Durham to spend the following few months studying the Carolina brogue for her masters degree. She is at last fulfilling her dream which had been put on hold all these years after Lizbeth married James and had her daughter Mazie at nineteen. Mazie was the one good thing to come out of the marriage.
Lizberth is renting her late aunt Minnie's cottage from her cousins. Although Lizbeth hasn't been to Ocracoke Island for years, she soon settles in to life on the island, helped by her aunt's friend, Fanny O'Neal, from the cottage opposite.
When Lizbeth sees Fanny's granddaughter outside kissing a woman one night, Lizbeth can't get the sight out of her head. When Lizbeth meets Gray over at Fanny's cottage, Gray starts flirting with her and Lizbeth can't help feeling attracted to her.
Lizbeth and Gray begin to spend time together and Lizbeth finds herself falling for Gray in a big way. She decides to throw caution to the wind and go with her feelings. So what if Gray is a woman and Lizbeth has only ever been out with men? Gray however, doesn't want to allow herself to fall in love. She knows Lizbeth will leave the island to go back to her life in Durham and she feels she can't take the hurt and pain this would cause her. Gray has been hurt badly in the past. She knows what she feels for Lizbeth now would break her heart beyond repair if she actually fell in love with her totally.
But the inevitable happens, Lizbeth and Gray sleep together and they fall in love.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By G. Curtiss on May 6, 2011
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I have fallen in love with all of the characters in Decky Bradshaw's books and the North Carolina shore she so magically describes. Bradshaw fully develops both her characters and the backstory so the reader moves through the story with the feeling of participation rather than being on the outside looking in.

I absolutely swooned when, in a passionate moment, Lizbeth whispers to Gray "Fall in love with me" --- and I did. The scene where Lizbeth, a well-off, socially prominent "former" straight-woman, lays claim to Gray by kissing her in front of God and everyone at the local community watering hole is priceless.

There are tons of run-of-the-mill mediocre lesbian romances available -- and this isn't one of them. What sets Bradshaw's books apart is the charm, humor, and engaging way she presents her characters. She's just a really, really damn good writer.

Her books have heart.

Happy Reading - Curtie
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Philologus on April 20, 2011
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Waking Up Gray is another story with vivid characters and great images of North Carolina. Beware: you might want to drop everything and just splurge on a wonderful holiday at the Outer Banks. Great characters (some old friends from former books as well) and sound story make for another wonderful read by RE Bradshaw.

And thanks for offering this book in a format which may be transferred to non-Kindle e-readers.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jo Dogz on May 5, 2011
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Waking Up Gray, is another wonderful addition to the list of R.E. Bradshaw's books. The previous four books have been little gems, but Waking Up Gray just has that extra final polish on it that made it a joy to read. The best compliment I can give to show how much I enjoyed it, is that as soon as I finished, I immediately read it again.

Lizbeth Jackson is on the final stretch of starting a new life at 40. She's spent the last five years, after divorcing a cheating husband, studying Linguistic Anthropology and will soon graduate with a Master's Degree as soon as she finishes her thesis paper. She intends to study the Carolina Brogue on Ocracoke Island, where she spent her childhood holidays. The first day there she meets Fanny, who lives across the road with her granddaughter, Gray. Lizbeth is shocked to find herself unexpectedly attracted to the flirtatious Gray and can't help but flirt back. It doesn't take long for Lizbeth to fall deeper and deeper for Gray, once she gets over being attracted to another female. Gray, despite her reputation for only having casual flings, seems to want more from their budding relationship, if only she can overcome the ghost of her past.

I loved everything about this book. The characters are all enjoyable, Fanny is the wise, funny old grandmother everyone wishes they had to give them advice, Lizbeth's daughter Mazie is funny and accepting and knows her mother well, there's even an appearance from Molly Kincaid, the well-known lesbian attorney who we know from a couple of other Bradshaw books. The attraction between Gray and Lizbeth is sizzling hot, the romance builds wonderfully, with just a little miss-communication and angst to make you appreciate the romance all the more.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By happykat on August 12, 2011
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I kept wanting to like this story but Lizzie, the straight divorced woman who falls for Gray, was too annoying for me. Her overwrought emotional breakdowns, which happened several times throughout the book, really turned me off. I didn't see what Gray, the island soft butch, saw in Lizzie.
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