Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Spotlight/Book Giveaway: Etta Mae's Worst Bad-Luck Day by Ann B. Ross

About the Book

#16 in the Miss Julia series
Publisher: Viking
Release Date: August 2014

From Viking's press release:

For fifteen years, Ann B. Ross has delighted readers of her New York Times bestselling “Miss Julia” series with the hilarious hijinks of the residents of Abbotsville. This August, Viking is thrilled to publish ETTA MAE’S WORST BAD- LUCK DAY (Viking; Strict On-Sale Date: August 19, 2014; ISBN: 978-0-670-02437-7; $26.95), in which, for the first time, Ross brings Abbotsville to life from the perspective of a woman that some may call the polar opposite of Miss Julia: the hardscrabble, heart-of-gold Etta Mae Wiggins.

Try as Etta Mae might, she can never escape her daddy’s no-good last name, and she wonders when people are going to come to their senses and see that she isn’t just like her low-down kin. But when Etta Mae becomes the home nurse for Mr. Howard Connard, Sr., an aged and frail—yet also wealthy and highly respected—Abbotsville man, she sees an opportunity to say sayonara to her trailer park days once and for all. Becoming Mrs. Howard Connard, Sr., will give Etta Mae the dignity she needs to make her way in the world, and all Mr. Connard wants in return is a little excitement, which Etta Mae is more than happy to provide. Not everyone is thrilled by the wedding plans—least of all Mr. Connard’s scheming, money-hungry son and his stuck-up, holier-than-thou wife. With many challenges standing in her way, and on what seems to be the worst bad-luck day of her life, Etta Mae’s going to have to work hard and fast if she wants to get hitched before it's too late.

Meanwhile, in the midst of this mayhem, Etta Mae’s ex-husband Skip shows up at her doorstep with a winning lottery ticket. But he didn’t come just to celebrate his good fortune; he’s fleeing the thuggish Puckett brothers, who are after his bounty. Between keeping Skip safe and getting that marriage license come Hell or high water, Etta Mae has quite an adventure ahead of her.

ETTA MAE’S WORST BAD-LUCK DAY gives readers a glimpse into the beloved town of Abbotsville from an entirely new perspective, with appearances by quite a few familiar characters, including Miss Julia herself, who pens a letter that serves as the introduction to Etta Mae’s story. ETTA MAE’S WORST BAD-LUCK DAY is a very special, one-time-only publishing event for Ann B. Ross and her legions of fans as they await the next Miss Julia novel, Miss Julia Lays Down the Law, coming in April 2015.

About the Author

Ann B. Ross holds a doctorate in English from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and has taught literature at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. She is the author of fifteen novels featuring the popular southern heroine Miss Julia. For more information, please visit

By Ann B. Ross
Viking / On-Sale Date: August 19, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-670-02437-7/ Price: $26.95



How would you like to win a copy of Etta Mae's Worst Bad-Luck Day by Ann B. Ross? Thanks to Shannon at Viking, I have one to giveaway to one lucky winner.

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  1. Thanks for hosting this terrific book giveaway! I will add it to my blog's sidebar.

  2. looks like a great book to read, i would enjoy it :)

  3. I don't think I've read any from this series but it sounds pretty fun. Thanks for sharing and for hosting the giveaway!

  4. This is one of my favorite series! Can't wait to see what's in store for Etta Mae!

  5. A wonderful series and great giveaway. Thanks for this feature. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  6. I'm a huge Miss. Julia fan and I'm sure this new series will be just as entertaining.


  7. this is a new-to-me series......I have lots to catch up!!!
    thank you for the giveaway!!

  8. This book sounds very fun and never boring! I have not heard of the Miss Julia books and now I am very very intrigued!

  9. I've read every Miss Julia book and look forward to seeing their world through a different perspective. Very inspired on the part of Ann B. Ross. Thanks!

  10. I have never read any of her books book this book looks like it is very good. I love the book cover and want to unravel her bad luck.

  11. This sounds like a good read—thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

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