Book Nerds! Check out this excerpt & giveaway from LOVE, LIFE, AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS by Sandra Hill!

Welcome to Bell Cove, North Carolina. Independence Day may have just passed in this small Outer Banks town known for its famous bells, but one ex-Navy SEAL has a declaration of his own to make . . .

Merrill Good knows there are many different kinds of exciting. There’s the adrenaline rush he experienced during his years in the military. There’s the thrill of starting up his own treasure hunting company. But topping them all is the surge of exhilaration he feels every time Delilah Jones crosses his path. Smart, voluptuous, and outspoken, Delilah is a bombshell with a secret that could explode at any moment.

Since Delilah moved to Bell Cove to take over her great-uncle’s Elvis-themed diner and motel, the locals have been nothing but friendly. And that’s a problem. The moment someone gets close enough to figure out her ex-con past, her future will be jeopardized. But keeping Merrill at arm’s length isn’t easy when the rest of her body has other ideas.

Add to the mix Delilah’s little girl who fashions herself “Little Orphan Annie,” a former showgirl grandmother with a gambling problem, a whole town full of quirky matchmakers, and there’ll be fireworks long after the Fourth of July . . .



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So, I *finally* got around to watching #VeronicaMars….

Yep, I did it.  I binge watched Veronica Mars.  But this time, I had what some would refer to as a valid reason.


Some of you know that my day job is running my own PR company for authors.  One of the clients I’m a PA for, Amber Lynn Natusch, has a new YA Crime Noir series coming out with Tor Teen in 2018.  In discussing her new marketing strategy (all her previous work is adult, not YA), she suggested collecting Veronica Mars memes for sharing as her series is in a similar vein.  She felt that reaching out to VM fans would be a good jumping point for building her new reader audience.  Since I’d never seen VM, I confessed that the memes would be kind of lost on me as the references are nothing I would understand.  We ended up settling on a plan for me to pull any VM memes I could find, and Amber would have to go through the file and pick out the good ones that VM fans would appreciate.

This wasn’t the first time Amber mentioned VM to me.  She has been telling me for a while now that I would love it and should totally watch it.  Her exact words were “Veronica Mars is my spirit animal.”  Until chatting with Amber, I had no clue it was a “normal” show (I watch a lot of paranormal/supernatural scifi).  I had no idea that it was about a teenage detective.  And while we’re being honest, I wasn’t 100% sure I’d even like it.

Rather than blindly pulling memes for Amber to later sift through, I decided to finally give it a try.  I figured it would be better for me to experience the show and, in a way, get to know the audience I was going to be trying to locate for her in the next year and a half.

After watching the series, the 12-minute short, and the movie, I totally get it.  The main character isn’t perfect.  She’s good at what she does, but like all teenage girls, she doesn’t always come out on top.  She’s witty but not highbrow.

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Pure snark and sass.


She lives surrounded by the height of California luxury, but she’s also content with her own lifestyle and doesn’t exactly spend her time pining for a different destiny.   Despite the glamorous setting of the story, Veronica is easy for the audience to relate to from episode one….


Keep reading for my season-by-season thoughts.  😉

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