Friday, April 5, 2013

0 Miss Julia Stirs Up Trouble Give@way




Ann B. Ross and her lovable Miss Julia are heating things up in MISS JULIA STIRS UP TROUBLE (Viking/Strict On-Sale Date: April 9, 2013/ ISBN: 978-0-670-02961-4/ $26.95). It’s autumn in Abbotsville, and Miss Julia can’t help but feel awash in calm. Just looking at her remodeled and redecorated home—well, three rooms of it, anyway—puts a smile on her face. So does thinking about Lloyd, who is just starting high school and already blossoming. And Sam, returned from his travels, has installed himself in his office upstairs—the best and most efficient one he’s ever had, thanks to Julia.
Meanwhile, down the street, Hazel Marie is taking care of those twin baby girls, but when her irascible housekeeper, James, tumbles down some stairs and is laid up in bed, Hazel Marie finds she can’t cook—she never could!--and nurse him too. As usual, Miss Julia jumps in to help. First, she convinces her friends to come to Hazel Marie’s and teach her how to make a simple dish, and the ladies of Abbotsville line up to share their favorite recipes. But when Hazel Marie’s uncle, Brother Vern, an itinerant preacher greedy for funds, shows up and begins meddling again in his niece’s life and marriage, Miss Julia knows she needs to keep a sharp eye on him. A needy patient who’s been prescribed bed rest, a friend who couldn’t boil water if her life depended on it, and an unexpected guest with questionable intentions? It’s a recipe for trouble. Miss Julia ’s going to have to cook up a plan—and fast. In addition to the crazy antics that fans have been devouring for years, MISS JULIA STIRS UP TROUBLE includes the recipes that the ladies of Abbotsville teach Hazel Marie, so that readers can cook alongside their favorite Miss Julia characters.
Ann B. Ross has also penned MISS JULIA’S GIFT (A Penguin Special from Viking; On-Sale Date: January 29, 2013; $2.99). Available now on all electronic platforms, MISS JULIA’S GIFT is a funny and moving meditation on love, marriage, and the purpose of gift-giving. Miss Julia finds herself reminiscing about her first year of marriage to Sam Murdoch. Everything seemed perfect—alarmingly so. Miss Julia feared that Sam would morph from a sweet and loveable man into a replica of her loathsome first husband, the boring and deceitful Wesley Lloyd Springer. Even Sam's adorable habit of giving her gifts for all holidays and occasions—no matter how minor—caused Miss Julia anxiety. When will the other shoe drop, she wondered? After some soul-searching and valuable advice from her friends, Miss Julia comes to understand that Sam is nothing like Wesley—and never will be. Then, just in time for Valentine's Day, she thinks up the perfect romantic gift for her husband and realizes which gift she values most of all.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Ann B. Ross holds a doctorate in English from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and has taught literature at the University of North Carolina at Asheville . She is the author of twelve previous novels featuring the popular southern heroine Miss Julia . For more information please visitwww.missjulia.com

Ann B. Ross will be appearing in the following cities in Spring 2013:
Hendersonville, NC                Fountainhead Bookstore                                April 9
Greensboro, NC                     Barnes & Noble                                              April 10          
Decatur, GA                           Eagle Eye Bookshop                                       April 11
Memphis, TN                         The Booksellers at Laurelwood                    April 13
Wichita, KS                            Watermark Books                                           April 16
St. Louis, MO                         St. Louis County Library                                April 18
Lexington, KY                         Joseph-Beth Booksellers                            April 20
Knoxville, TN                         Union Ave. Books                                           April 21
Raleigh, NC                            Quail Ridge Books & Music                           April 26
Pittsboro, NC                          McIntyre’s Fine Books                                     April 27
Asheville, NC                          Malaprop’s Bookstore and Café                    April 28
Greenville, SC                          Fiction Addiction “Book Your Lunch”          May 16

Thanks to Penguin, I have one copy of Miss Julia Stirs Up Trouble to giveaway to a lucky reader. This giveaway is for US addresses only. You must be at least 13 years old to enter.

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