Friday, August 9, 2013


Today on Novels On The Run I have my tour stop for CHIMES FROM A CRACKED SOUTHERN BELLE by SUSAN REINHARDT. Check out the Guest Post and Giveaway.

Have a read of the synopsis and throw this one on your TBR pile. 

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Title: Chimes from a Cracked Southern Belle

Author: Susan Reinhardt

Genre: Women’s Fiction/Humor

Publication Date: June 23, 2013

Event organized by: Literati Author Services


Most people think the reason Dee Millings married the best looking man in the Carolinas who turned out to be a complete psycho and near-murderer is because she was raised all wrong.

Dee, a 38-year-old heroine to root for, sets out on a path winding with loveable kooks, wanting to prove there is a great life on the other side of tragedy and a crazed ex behind bars who continues to mail threatening letters from prison. Her new adventure begins two years after the crime spree that nearly stopped her heart and left her flat-lining. She packs up her two young kids and settles in her parents' South Carolina hometown where she deals with a delightful, but over-the-top mama who pretends her grown daughters are virgins.

Dee finds new purpose for herself and her children, discovering joy in places she never expected it: in a nursing home where she tends to the likes of 104-year-old Annie Sue who still drives and has a hankering for cold draft beer. Offering heaps of comic relief, Dee's Aunt Weepie lives to crash funerals just to get the covered-dish meals after the gravesides, no matter she has no idea who's in the coffins. Her antics lead her to making a daring decision that could change Dee's life forever. 

As Dee begins a journey toward recovery and becoming a registered nurse, a dark secret resurfaces, one that if handled right, could be her ticket to allowing herself to love again.

My Publishing Journey or How I Became a Published Author

I was a nursing school major in college and worked for two years in hospitals as a nurse tech. I gave a lot of enemas and was Queen of the Depends changer. 

I’d always written poetry and kept journals since age 12. I wanted to major in magazine writing at the University of Georgia, but was afraid I wouldn’t pass the entrance exams.

Finally, I took the test and got in.

After college, I worked for many newspapers, became a columnist and enjoyed some syndication and stories in papers all over the world.

At 30, I got pregnant with my first child. I told myself it was time to write a novel. My goal was a page a day. After a year, I had a pretty awful first novel, but it did actually interest a couple of agents. I tossed it under the bed, where it remains boxed up and started a new novel, “Chimes from a Cracked Southern Belle.”

This time, I got several New York agents’ attention. But the Recession hit and the novel, while getting “glowing” rejections, didn’t sell.

I went with a small press and it took us three years to put out the final product.

My advice to all writers is don’t give up. Rejection is so much a part of success.

I’ve made the Amazon bestseller list, even with a small publisher. Several big movie producers now have the book for consideration of film rights.

It’s all about a thick skin and the true desire to create.

May your muse strike!! You just never know.

About the Author

Susan Reinhardt, a well-known, award-winning columnist is author of six books along with many anthologies.

Her bestselling book of humor, “Not Tonight Honey, Wait „Til I‟m a Size 6,” is now in its 7th printing. This was followed by "Don't Sleep with a Bubba," A Book of the Year winner, and "Dishing with the Kitchen Virgin," a best-selling collection of hilarious culinary disasters with a dash of PG-13 humor and a smidgeon of sex. All were published by Kensington in New York City.

Her recent books include participating in the Malaprop's Book Store bestseller, "Naked Came the Leaf Peeper," in which a dozen of Western North Carolina's most well-known authors went wild with a serial novel, each taking a turn with his or her own chapter. The book was highly praised by Charles Frazier, author of "Cold Mountain," along with "Eat Pray Love's" Elizabeth Gilbert.
In November, 2012, she and co-author and editor DC Stanfa released "Fifty Shades of Funny: Hook-ups, Break-ups, and Crack-ups," featuring some of the most famous authors and bloggers around, including their own tales of romantic misadventure and blunders. Soon, she will release her biggest project to date: Her first novel, 10 years in the making titled, "Chimes from a Cracked Southern Belle."

In addition to writing, she's a stand-up comedian, public speaker, public servant, taxi driver to her teen daughter, debit card to her 20-year-old son, and a borderline candidate to appear on "The Hoarders" Buried Alive!" if you saw her bedroom/office and the amount of books and stacked papers.

She is mother of two: daughter Lindsey, 14, and son Niles, 20. They are her true loves and the very reason she BEGS her husband (second hubby) for Botox at least once a year. Reinhardt is involved in many charities, including child and animal welfare groups and is a community volunteer.

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