Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Spotlight and Giveaway: Slightly South of Simple

Today we're celebrating the publication of Kristy Woodson Harvey's third novel, Slightly South of Simple, which is also the start of a new series! In honor of this launch, Kristy has an amazing prize to give away! But first, read all about the novel...

From the next “major voice in Southern fiction” (New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand) comes the first in an all-new series chronicling the journeys of three sisters and their mother—and a secret from their past that has the potential to tear them apart and reshape their very definition of what it means to be a family.

Caroline Murphy swore she’d never set foot back in the small Southern town of Peachtree Bluff; she was a New York girl born and bred and the worst day of her life was when, in the wake of her father’s death, her mother selfishly forced her to move—during her senior year of high school, no less—back to that hick-infested rat trap where she'd spent her childhood summers. But now that her marriage to a New York high society heir has fallen apart in a very public, very embarrassing fashion, a pregnant Caroline decides to escape the gossipmongers with her nine-year-old daughter and head home to her mother, Ansley.

Ansley has always put her three daughters first, especially when she found out that her late husband, despite what he had always promised, left her with next to nothing. Now the proud owner of a charming waterfront design business and finally standing on her own two feet, Ansley welcomes Caroline and her brood back with open arms. But when her second daughter Sloane, whose military husband is overseas, and youngest daughter and successful actress Emerson join the fray, Ansley begins to feel like the piece of herself she had finally found might be slipping from her grasp. Even more discomfiting, when someone from her past reappears in Ansley's life, the secret she’s harbored from her daughters their entire lives might finally be forced into the open.

Exploring the powerful bonds between sisters and mothers and daughters, this engaging novel is filled with Southern charm, emotional drama, and plenty of heart.



Kristy Woodson Harvey is also the author of Dear Carolina (Berkley/Penguin Random House, 2015) and Lies and Other Acts of Love (Berkley/Penguin Random House, 2016). Dear Carolina was long-listed for the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, has been optioned for film and has appeared on numerous “must-read” lists. Lies and Other Acts of Love was a Romantic Times top pick, a Southern Booksellers Okra Pick and was chosen to be a part of the 2017 Trio display, an integration of story, art and song, which will spend the year traveling the country.

She blogs with her mom daily on Design Chic, the inaugural member of Traditional Home’s design blogger hall of fame, about how creating a beautiful home can be the catalyst for creating a beautiful life and loves connecting with readers at her website, Facebook, and Twitter.

Her writing has appeared in numerous publications and websites, including Southern Living, Domino, Houzz and Our State. She has been seen featured in Readers’ Digest, The Huffington Post, USA Today’s Happy Every After, North Carolina Bookwatch, PopSugar, Glitter Guide and The Sits Girls. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and five-year-old son where she is working on her next novel.




Kristy is generously giving away a swag bag with Slightly South of Simple, a KWH beach bag, insulated cup, book light, and coozie!


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Giveaway ends April 30th at midnight EST.

28 comments:

Janine said...

I hate doing housework, but I know it has to be done. So to simplify my life when it comes to cleaning, I keep schedules (I have it memorized now) of which chores need to be done on which days. That way it's just little bits or work each day instead of all on one day. I hear so many women complain about housecleaning because it takes too long. Doing little bits at a time makes it a lot easier and less stressful.

April Sutton said...

I like to organize so my simplifying usually comes in that form. It helps keep my mind and home clutter free.

rhonda said...

I try to pickup as I go so nothing is too messy .

Margie Shaw said...

Housework, yuk! But less clutter makes less work. Dusting is the worst!

traveler said...

Preparing meals ahead and planning them before the week begins.

djnbjnon said...

I simplify my life by having a schedule. Certain days for certain things. I also make a list of extra things that need to be done.

Kristy Woodson Harvey said...

Thanks so much for hosting my giveaway for the SSOS pub day! Ya'll are so supportive of authors and I am SO grateful!

Jessica Meddick said...

By going to spin and doing weights on the same day to avoid a repeat trip to the gym.

Jenn C. said...

I trap-neuter-return the homeless cats in my neighborhood, so I won't feel compelled to find homes for more kittens! Kittens are cute, but there are too many kittens and not enough good homes. By spaying and neutering my own pets and the neighborhood homeless cats, I'm helping keep the pet population in check and helping my own sanity by not becoming a pet hoarder. Austin Humane Society in Austin, Texas has a great feral cat program for free (or very low cost) spay & neuter. I got my sister to do this in her neighborhood in North Carolina too with a local pet rescue group there.

Melissa Craig said...

I have my kids pick out their whole week of clothes on Sunday night, even as teens this use to take so much time everyday, but now it is streamlined and makes the mornings go by so much easier, also in my teen daughters room she does not go through outfit after outfit every morning and then putting all the unused clothes in the dirty clothes creating more laundry, so all in all having them pick out their clothes really helps cut down on time and work.

dstoutholcomb said...

I like having an organized pantry. And refrigerator. My sons have been warned about rearranging things.

denise

Nancy said...

I simplify meal prep by having a bag of prepped ready to eat veggies in the fridge: baby carrots, green onions, radishes, cherry tomatoes, sugar snap peas, etc. . Using them for an instant side dish or for the start on a salad makes all meal times easier.

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Grandma Cootie said...

I keep a list and calendar so I know what I need to do and track, but since I am retired I remind myself that tomorrow is another day and sometimes it's good to just take a break and read.

Melanie Backus said...

I send my husband's jeans to the cleaners to be starched and pressed. Makes my life easier!

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Bonnie K. said...

Some ways to simplify my life is to always keep clutter to a minimum. I go through my mail as quickly as possible, put magazines in one area, put the books on the shelves (not so good sometimes--books eventually pile up on my desk-LOL), always straighen up after my grandson leaves, make notes (I don't remember things as well as I used to), go through my closet and donate clothes that I haven't worn in a long time, and never leave dirty dishes in sink before bed.

susieqlaw said...

Meal prep

Di said...

I'm trying to get rid of things (and not buy more stuff). It will be easier to find things I'm looking for & easier to clean.

Dianne Casey said...

I'm try to make sure to have my clothes and stuff ready for the next day before I go to bed.

Mary Preston said...

When it comes to my spring clean I am ruthless at getting rid of STUFF.

Diana said...

Call a timeout. I call daily timeouts to go for a walk!

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dawn obrien said...

Making lists and preparation !

Nisha Tissoo said...

I prep my veggies and meats on the weekends so it will be easier to prepare during the week. This saves time when actually preparing meals. It gives me more time to spend with the kids reviewing schoolwork and homework during the week. I feel less rushed and more In control which makes me feel great.

Bube said...

Cleaning of all unnecessary things :D :)

Caitlin said...

I have boundaries in relationships that I keep as long as they are helpful.

Rita Wray said...

I cook several meals at the same time. If I'm turning the oven on anyway I may as well put a casserole in at the same time as the meatloaf. Dinner for two nights.

Kelly RS said...

Someone to clean the house every week.

Hailey Fish said...

I don't ever simplify things ever lol

Judi Burns said...

Thank You!