Small Town Girl

My latest BVC release is a reissue of one of my favorite Ballantine contemporary romances. I like writing about the real people I see on the street.  I have a decided lack of interest in sheiks or basketball stars. But because I lived in a small town not far from Nashville, and have seen hundreds of “guitar-pickers,” they’re as commonplace to me as school teachers.  So I make no apologies if the hero of STG is a country musician who has known his share of fame. He’s also known his share of pain—losing his wife twice,  to divorce and a tragic accident, then destroying his playing hand in stupidity. Now he’s on the verge of broke and trying to raise his sons alone by returning to the small town in the North Carolina mountains where he grew up.  I figure that brings Flint down to earth.

Joella is a waitress, and life doesn’t get any more real than that. But life is what you make of it, and Jo hides her brains behind her vivacious blond beauty and conceals her fears with song and optimism. She will never be anyone’s victim again because she’s never taking chances again. When she learns the sad old café where she works has a new owner, she bubbles with enthusiasm—until she realizes Flint has no intention of changing one chair of his childhood memory. Worse yet, it seems they’ve both been led down a treacherous path by the same snake in the grass, and now Jo has to sue her hunky new boss unless she likes being made a fool of. Which she most decidedly does not.
This pair shot sparks off each other the instant they walked on the same dance floor. I loved writing about them. I hope you’ll enjoy reading about them.
And I apologize for my brevity and any typos. I’ve broken my right wrist and typing with one hand is excruciatingly slow. I’m hunting for a short term solution, if anyone has any suggestions!

To buy or read excerpt:




Small Town Girl — 6 Comments

  1. I have a friend who uses “Dragon Naturally Speaking” software. You have to teach it but he manages very well with it. If you can find a copy to try out it may be worth it.

  2. I have an old version I could install but feared training would take longer than my one-handed typing–and that after I figured out how to install a mic in this old server. My ability to destroy tech is legendary. But desperation may be on the horizon…

  3. I’ve been using Dragon Dictation since arthritis set into my joints. It has its frustrations, but when all is running smoothy, it is a real blessing.

    The mic is easy instal (need only USB port) and there is a bluetooth version as well.

  4. I have used Dragon too. Most of the first draft of “Thistle Down” was done on it. However, I found it slowed me down, mostly because I wasn’t willing to take the time to teach it fantasy words or alternative spellings.

    Since I’m a knit picker with spacings and curly quotes etc, I had to heavily edit the second draft. But that’s easier with one hand than straight out raw words pouring out of my brain first time around.

    One warning on using Dragon for internet stuff, either remove your firewall or prepare ahead of time and then cut and paste. Norton crashed my entire system when I tried using Dragon to compose email while on the internet.

  5. P.S. I loved Small Town Girl when I did the proof read. Even after I’d done my quota of pages each day, I want to keep reading just to follow the characters.

  6. Thank you, Phyllis! Words of praise from a pro are the sweetest of all!

    Does Dragon only work for draft copy? Right now, I’m heavy into final revisions plus blog promo and I just can’t feature how it would work.