Monday, February 24, 2014

Release Day: Secrets Gone South

Who knew that while everyone in Merritt, Alabama was at Luke Avery and Lanie Heaven’s wedding reception celebrating, that Luke’s sister, Dr. Arabelle Avery, had stolen away to the Merritt Country Club bar to cry and drink wine? It had been a rough day for her. Sure she was happy for Luke, and who didn’t like Lanie? But Arabelle was still in mourning for Luke’s first wife and it was hard to hear Carrie’s child call Lanie mommy.

Will Garrett hadn’t seen Arabelle in years. Now a much sought after artisan woodworker, he’d come a long way since his days of teenage poverty in Mill Town. Arabelle was still as elusive to him as the Hope diamond but nothing could have stopped him from offering her comfort.

Now, it’s two and a half years later and Arabelle is back in town—and she’s not alone. She is determined that Will never learn that the child she claims to have adopted it actually their biological son.

But all it takes is just one look…

Arabelle and Will find themselves on a bad road paved with guilt, fury, blame, and maybe just a little love.

Release day is always exciting and wonderful but this one is also bittersweet because Secrets Gone South is the last book in the series.

It’s all over but the crying and there was some of that, too. After four books and a novella, Stephanie and I knew it was time to say goodbye to Merritt, Alabama and the Gone South gang. It would be so easy to stay.

Even now, Lou Anne is standing in the door of the diner saying, “Come on in, girls. I’ve got a hot peach cobbler and a fresh pot of coffee.” Nathan’s team hasn’t won a State Championship yet and that would be sweet to see. Marcia, down at the Blossom Shop, has always got some new gossip and Lucy never was able to get Sophie Ann McGowan a tea service to suit her.

Yes. It would be easy to stay but hard to live with because we know it’s time to go.

But before we wave goodbye for good, we are going to take more walk down Main Street with our readers and introduce them to Will and Arabelle.  Maybe we’ll stop in at Heavenly Confections where it all started. If we’re in luck, Missy, Lucy, Tolly, and Arabelle will be there to have a treat and pay Lanie a visit.

We hope you’ll join us.

Have you ever read a series and felt the author should have ended it five books back?


Lesia Flynn said...

Well, I have enjoyed Merritt, Alabama and I can't wait to read Secrets Gone South. And though I'm sad it's over, yes, there have been too many series to name that should've ended after book three. But book one of the next series will be amazing for you and for us readers, I'm certain! Happy Secrets Gone South Day, y'all. Tell Missy so long for me, will ya?

Carla Swafford said...

Congratulations, ladies w/a Alicia!

Louisa Cornell said...

HUGE CONGRATS !! I know this is going to be as memorable as the other books in the series and I am sad to see it end. But it isn't really over. They'll just go on living their lives without us nosy people watching them! And maybe we can go back for a visit from time to time? :)

Stephanie Jones AKA Alicia Hunter Pace said...

Don't count Missy out yet! She was telling me just yesterday that she thinks her story with Harris deserves at least a short story!


Stephanie Jones AKA Alicia Hunter Pace said...

It is just as you said you can never know what is around the corner. :-)

I like your idea that they are still going about their business just without an audience.


Stephanie Jones AKA Alicia Hunter Pace said...

Thank you soooo much for your good wishes and for all of the support you have given us!


robertsonreads said...

Hi ladies
I'm in love with your Merritt, AL and it doesn't hurt that I live in Alabama. And, yes I think you definitely need to give us the story of Harris and Missy. And, I will definitely plan to pick up your latest release
Thank you ladies
Ginger aka robertsonreads

Katherine Bone said...

Many congrats on release day!!!

Alicia Hunter Pace (aka Jean Hovey and Stephanie Jones) said...

Thank you Ginger and Kathy!

Meda White said...

Congratulations y'all! You know this is on my TBR list. Best wishes.