Title: The Sometimes Sisters
Author: Carolyn Brown
Release Date: February 27, 2018
Publisher: Montlake Romance
When they were growing up, Dana, Harper, and Tawny thought of themselves as “sometimes sisters.” They connected only during the summer month they’d all spend at their grandmother’s rustic lakeside resort in north Texas. But secrets started building, and ten years have passed since they’ve all been together—in fact, they’ve rarely spoken, and it broke their grandmother’s heart.
Now she’s gone, leaving Annie’s Place to her granddaughters—twelve cabins, a small house, a café, a convenience store, and a lot of family memories. It’s where Dana, Harper, and Tawny once shared so many good times. They’ve returned, sharing only hidden regrets, a guarded mistrust, and haunting guilt. But now, in this healing summer place, the secrets that once drove them apart could bring them back together—especially when they discover that their grandmother may have been hiding something, too…
To overcome the past and find future happiness, these “sometimes sisters” have one more chance to realize they are always family.
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Hello all y'all! Thank you so much for inviting me to Tome Tender to talk about my new book, The Sometimes Sisters which will release tomorrow.
Your newest release has an interesting title: The Sometimes Sisters. What exactly is a 'sometimes sister'?
A sometimes sister is one that you only see once a year for a few weeks when you go to visit your grandmother, like Dana, Harper and Tawny did. Dana had a different mother than the other two sisters so the idea of them getting together at any other time was slim.
How long have Tawny, Dana, and Harper been apart? How do they react to each other when they are reunited?
They've only visited with each other sporatically, maybe just during a brief phone call or a few minutes in passing, for the past ten years. Their first reaction to each other is a bit prickly since each of them believe that they are the only one who's had troubles in their lives the past decade.
Each of these sisters is packing around some pretty heavy baggage. What issues from their pasts affect their present?
It seems that each of them have a pretty big secret that they don't want the others to know about. Dana is harboring a secret about her daughter; Harper is keeping one about why she left the boarding school her mother sent her to when she was sixteen and Tawny has been kicked out of college. The summer that Harper turned sixteen years old seems to be the turning point for all of them, and yet no one is talking about the events that occurred more than ten years ago. Truth is, only Harper knows what really happened that year they spent at the resort.
While your book has huge amounts of Southern charm, there is also an underlying current of pain and heartbreak. What makes you want to wade into very realistic problems with your characters?
Life is real. It's not always a picnic on a pretty quilt under a shade tree with violin music playing in the background. The problems that my characters have are what make them who they are. Those same problems shape them into women who can handle themselves or can destroy them. Harper, Tawny and Dana make the decision to let their life experiences, tough and painful as they were, shape them into tough women.
Now for some lighter questions! Tell us a bit about 'honky tonking' in the south? Where are the best bars to look out for? What does one wear to a honky tonk? What should you order at the bar? And finally: How do you best avoid a brawl while at the local watering hole? (Harper -- we are looking at you!)
I asked Harper to answer these questions for you, so here she is:
"Hello, all y'all. Can I get a big yee-haw! I can't hear you…one more time and give it some heart like you are kicking up your heels to a line dance. That's better. Now to talk about your visit to a good old southern honky tonk. You always look for a bar that has a really good bouncer. That way if some drunk cowboy starts pressuring you for something you don't want to do, that sorry sucker can find himself scootin' out across the parkin' lot so fast that it rips the hip pockets off his best jeans. What to wear? Jeans, boots and a cute little tight fittin' top of some kind-and always, always a blinged out belt that flashes in the dim lights when you dance. I've been a bartender since before I was really old enough to pour drinks but I had a damn good fake ID. Sometimes I'd mix up a daiquiri or a margarita but mostly I usually drew up pitchers of beer or else mixed Jack and Coke. Hope that helps and when you get a bunch of girls all decked out and ready to go honky-tonkin', give me a call, and I'll steer you toward the best ones!"
And now Harper and I are going shopping for a blinged out belt and maybe some boots that sparkle and shine. She says that she's going to teach me to line dance to "Cotton Eye Joe."
Do you have a biological sister or maybe a sister of the heart that you tell all your secrets to?
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