In researching for my 1Night Stand short, hot romance, I did a little digging into Southernisms, those sassy sayings that always bring a smile. There seems to be one for every occasion and situation. Some make me wish I’d thought of them.
Like this one: swinging my legs from a dime. What an inventive way to say you’re embarrassed! So yes, I had to use that one. Here are a few others that brought a chuckle:
My cow died last night so I don’t need your bull
He fell out of the ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down
Screwed, blued and tattooed
Guilty as homemade sin
As easy as sliding off a greasy log backward
You are the turd of misery
You’ve got champagne taste with a beer pocketbook
And here’s a phrase you can add to any exclamation to add extra oomph: with a tail on it.
Once I began adding these sayings to scenes of Tonight You Belong to Me, it added the perfect flavor. More than Paula Deen herself could have!
I have a soft spot for Southern ladies. My mother-in-law was born in Bowling Green, Kentucky. When she talked, everything sounded a bit more special. Mark Twain said it best: “Southerners talk music!” So this story’s dedicated to Gracie. Saucy Southern girl that she was, I think she’d approve. :)
Here’s the blurb:
Danny O’Malley’s screwed. The love of his life, Jillian Jones, tossed him out, thinking he’d cheated. They’d moved to Las Vegas together, hoping to find their big break at the Castillo Resort. Now he’s in deep with a loan shark to pay for the 1NS date with Jilly, his last chance to win her heart again.
Jillian Jones wants to see Sin City – in her rearview mirror. Agreeing to a blind 1NS date as a favor to a friend on her last night in Las Vegas, she melts when Danny plays their song: Tonight You Belong to Me. Thinking one night reliving the past won’t hurt, she ends up in bed with Danny. But when two thugs break in demanding money, Jilly finds she might go out with a bang in an unexpected way. Can she save him, and their relationship?
Available today as part of Decadent Publishing’s 1NS series! Woot!
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Multipublished, award-winning author Cate Masters loves stories with a dash of magic, mayhem and romance! Reviewers have described her stories as “so compelling, I did not want to put it down,” and “such romantic tales that really touch your soul.”
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