On Becoming a Belle..and other things Southern-y

Most of you know I grew up in Louisiana, but no one would have ever described me as a Southern Belle. The only crown I ever wore was for homecoming queen (Thanks to all you crazy kiddos who thought I stood a chance in the world). I didn’t much care for beauty pageants, and we didn’t have debutante balls in our little town. It wasn’t that kind of place. In fact, I endured more of a hard-knocks, rough-livin’, survival-of-the-fittest kind of growing up that taught me early on how to love and how to let go.

So it came as a surprise to me when four leading ladies of southern literature invited me to join them as a Southern Belle. To be honest, I thought their mimosas might have bitten them a little to hard, so I quickly accepted before any of them sobered up enough to realize their great mistake. Now they’re stuck with me (evil laugh), and I’m having SO much fun!

It’s been a wonderful experience mainly because I have long admired the work of Lisa Wingate, Shellie Rushing Tomlinson, Rachel Hauck, and Beth Webb Hart, the four REAL Belles who let me tag along and play with the big girls. We all discuss an assigned topic each week, and I get to post my two-cents on Wednesdays.

So far, I’ve chatted about how I caught my man (Love and Marriage? Not for Me!), my obsession with Johnny Depp, my favorite reads of 2012, the world’s fastest workout, how Mr. Rogers helped me through the Sandy Hook tragedy, a year of thankful thoughts, and much more.

If you haven’t already, I hope you’ll join us on the porch where we do what southerners do best…we talk! The more the merrier, I like to say, so pull up a rocking chair, grab a glass of sweet tea, and join us. We’ll be glad to see y’all there. Follow us at: http://www.southernbelleviewdaily.com/ Each morning while you sip your coffee, you can take part in the mellow, quiet cyberchat about the topic of the day. Inhale. Exhale. It’s that easy. It’s like The View only slightly more sane. And much more zen. And we talk over each other, promise.

And stay tuned…next week I’m going to be revealing some BIG HINTS about the upcoming sequel to Into the Free!!!