Wednesday, July 24, 2013

What She Left Us

Stephanie Elliot was the first person ever to ask me for my autograph. (Do you still have it, Steph?) I'll never forget that. At that same lunch date, she also contemplated stealing the pepper mill. Ha! Kidding! Just kidding. Stephanie would never do that. But we sure did have fun. We always have fun when we get together! Stephanie has a gigantic heart and a great sense of humor. It's a good combination.



Here we are at Italian Village with Michelle Brownlow and Mimi Avery. There may have been drinking and laughing going on.


 There may have been some checking out guys going on too.


At BlogHer in 2009. She's an awesome nap buddy!


But, did you know that Stephanie is also a terrific writer? I knew she was a good writer, but I didn't realize how good until I read What She Left Us. Her story drew me in and I couldn't put the book down until I'd finished it. You go along reading, skipping back and forth between the two girls' stories, thinking you know what's going on, but then - TWIST - you're surprised by the turn the story takes. It's AWESOME!

Synopsis for WHAT SHE LEFT US: Jenna and Courtney are dealing with the unexpected death of their mother in different ways. Jenna broke off her engagement to the man she thought she'd love forever, while Courtney headed back to college to take charge of a dorm-floor full of college students as a resident assistant. Six months later, Jenna is fueled by panic over the news that the sisters may have the same disease that caused their mother's death and she makes an irrational decision - she packs it up and heads to college to be with Courtney. The timing couldn't be worse for Courtney, who's discovering love for the first time with Mitch, a sexy guitar player who may just be off limits. Emotionally unstable, Jenna wonders if she made the worst mistake of her life by breaking off her engagement with Darren, and when he shows up to make amends, she can't help but second-guess her decision. But then there's Clay, the compassionate bartender at Klippy's who seems to understand everything Jenna's going through. And those hazel eyes just seem to see right through to Jenna's soul… As the girls maneuver through their unpredictable futures, trying to manage their new health risks as well as tumultuous love lives, Courtney finds a disturbing photograph that indicates there may be more to their family than she ever imagined. This stunning revelation could shatter the sisters to the very core, making them question everything they thought they knew about their family, their faith, their past and, most of all, each other.

WHAT SHE LEFT US is available on Kindle. Don't have a Kindle? No problem, just download the free Kindle app on your smartphone, iPad, tablet, etc., and voila, you're good to go! 

Leave me a comment here to be entered in a drawing for a FREE copy of What She Left Us for Kindle! I'll choose a random winner on Wednesday, July 31st. Good luck!

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31 comments:

Randee said...

Totally my kind of story. Hope to read it soon either way.

Tracy said...

Sounds great, I'm going to check it out!

Kelley O said...

Sounds like a good story, I'd love to have it on my phone.

Willis Family said...

Definitely my kind of book! Can't wait to read it!

Kat said...

Sounds super interesting! I can't wait to read it!

Mark said...

Yeah Yeah! So your old gal-pal can write! But..SO CAN YOU!! Howzabout a little AUSTIN update..Is he home..or in INTENSIVE CARE. That first QUACK who totally missed Austin's allergy to tetracycline is the one who should be making arrangements for follow-up care(until your insurance nightmares get sorted out in September (of 2024)
And..what about your football player kid(I shudder to think that he may still be visiting the CHAINSAW KING..clad only in socks ...NO SHOES!! Seriously:Is it REALLY that HOT in Florida.
So, you may wonder: just what exactly IS my point?
I would guess that the vast number of your readers(who check your BLOG several times daily..hoping to be UPDATED) would appreciate some basic stuff: Pancreatitis? Is THAT cured?
Is Austin still curled into
fetal positions and moaning?That other business about HIV is just an impossibility,insulting and inappropriate!(THAT is precisely why Malpractice
Layers drive new Bentleys!)
So,while YOU are to be commended for promoting the
scribblings of your fellow BLOG-ster...don't leave the rest of us wondering and worrying!
Mark in MASS

anonsi said...

Looks like it's a good read!

Bailey's Leaf said...

My Kindle would love a new book! :)

Deb said...

This book sounds really good! Adding it to my to-read list even if I don't win it! (but would LOVE to win it!) Thanks for the giveaway and book recommendation, Dawn!

April said...

The book sounds real good! Need to put on my to read list!

angie said...

This sounds like a great read! Even if I don't win, I'm putting this on my "to be read" list!

Unknown said...

Count me in! :)

Kimberly Pearlman said...

I <3 me some Stephanie Elliott & it's all thanks to you! :) Through your blog I have definitely expanded my daily reading. Thanks for the opportunity!

Kristin of course said...

I like to read. A lot. And I have a kindle. Okay, it's the kids' kindle. But eh. Mine!

Stephanie said...

Thanks Dawn and everyone here, many of you I remember from the long-ago blogging days!! I hope you are all well and if you get a chance to read the book, let me know what you think! LOVE YOU DAWN! Thanks for sharing this info! XOXOXOX

Taeriefale said...

My mom passed away when I was seventeen. My twin sister and I both learned to live life to the fullest after that! :) You learn and grow so much from these kinds of experiences.

Jennifer said...

Sounds like a great story, would love to read it!

RiaLovesLola said...

I have been secretly reading and not commenting the entire time. This book sounds cool and Jenna sounds like me! Well... Me, ten years ago. ��

Britny said...

I would love to read this!!

Nikki said...

Sounds like a great read! I can't wait.

amyvillarreal said...

Sounds like a good read!

kimikki said...

This sounds like a good read! I don't have a Kindle (except on my phone) but I do have a NOOK. Any chance I could get it on there instead? Even to purchase?

Christian Girl said...

Sounds awesome!

Jen said...

I've been looking for something new that piqued my interest and this new book was it!! Soooo...pick me, pick me!!! Rofl! Seriously though, I'd love to read this one and hope there's more to follow!! :D

Unknown said...

I'd love this book, something I've wanted to read.

Lise said...

looks like a real good read.

Strathmore Stories said...

Sounds lovely, mus go & look it up for my Kindle. Love to you all in USA from South Africa.

Jenny F. said...

Would love to read this...

Jenny F.

Marie said...

I fought the urge, but I can't stop myself. I have to defend the Anti Monkey Butt powder.

I do a summer mission every year and being a heavier girl, parts of me start to rub together after the second day and make life pretty terrible. I have been trying to get by with baby powder for years, but frankly I am pretty raw and uncomfortable for most of the week. One of my kids suggested Anti Monkey Butt which he used for wrestling. I bought it and tried it for the first time this year...

HOLY FRIJOLE IS IT AMAZEBALLS! It is SO much better than just plain baby powder. It may be a ridiculous name, but it is an AMAZING powder.

I want to try the lady's version (the pink bottle) but for some reason my Walmart only carries the regular.

K said...

Love my kindle and would LOVE to win this book!! Sounds like a wonderful book...going on my to read list!

Lyttlethingsmttr said...

me! me! me!

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