Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Aloha to Kelsey Browning, Nancy Naigle, The Grannies, and FIT TO BE TIED


The super duo, Kelsey Browning and Nancy Naigle, join us today to celebrate FIT TO BE TIED, Book Two in their Granny Series ...
What’s So Special about Southern Grannies? 

Recently, I asked my Facebook friends how they would describe Southern grandmothers, and I loved the responses. They ranged from “Southern grannies rock” to “Southern grannies can kick butt” and everything in between.

Since The Granny Series features three Southern (and one Californian) mature ladies, I wanted to give you a taste of how Lillian, Maggie, Sera and Abby Ruth fit the Southern granny mold.

Are classy - Lillian Summer Fairview, owner of the Summer Haven estate and matriarch of Summer Shoals, Georgia, is the epitome of class. She throws a lovely dinner party, raises money for charity, and is partial to her momma’s pearls. Only problem is Lil has found her classy hind parts in the federal prison system after a little run-in with Social Security fraud. Not to worry, though, because during her stay at Walter Stiles Federal Prison Camp, Lil is busy teaching her fellow inmates proper etiquette.

Are resourceful - Maggie Rawls, who hails from Virginia, fits this one to a tee. She and her deceased husband, George, owned a hardware store for years. That means Maggie can fix most anything from a stopped-up sink to a runaway toilet to a recalcitrant septic system (and yes, the Grannies have lots of plumbing problems out at Summer Haven). While Lil is vacationing at the big house, Maggie’s been charged with keeping the family estate afloat. Good thing she always has duct tape handy. Because any Southern granny knows duct tape and baling wire can fix darn near anything.

Tell it like it is - Abby Ruth Cady is a native Texan who’s found herself living at Summer Haven and wrapped up in the charade of keeping Lil’s whereabouts on the down-low. But that certainly doesn’t keep her from expressing her opinion and stirring up trouble. The good news is she’s able to back up her bold ways with her gun collection.

Are good cooks (except when they’re not) - Serendipity Johnson is a fifty-something California flower-child who has found herself living in the South. Sera is bound and determined to convert Maggie and Abby Ruth into meditation and yoga fanatics. And she’s into healthy cooking with ingredients like tofu and sprouts. Sera’s cooking would be the reason her pals sometimes sneak off to the Atlanta Highway Diner for the blue-plate special of chicken-fried steak, mashed potatoes and crispy fried okra. After all, a Southern granny can’t live on health food alone! ;-)

Nancy and I have such a great time dreaming up adventures for these four over-fifty ladies. So having readers often tell us they want to be just like the Grannies just tickles us to death! 

Kelsey Browning writes sass kickin’ love stories and co-authors Southern cozy mysteries. She’s also a co-founder of Romance University blog, one of Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers. Originally from a Texas town smaller than the ones she writes about, Kelsey has also lived in the Middle East and Los Angeles, proving she’s either adventurous or downright nuts. These days, she hangs out in northeast Georgia with Tech Guy, Smarty Boy, Bad Dog and Pharaoh, a (fingers crossed) future therapy dog. For info on her upcoming single title releases, drop by

Also by Kelsey Browning:

Book 1: Personal Assets
Book 2: Running the Red Light
Book 3: Problems in Paradise
Book 4: Designed For Love 

Nancy Naigle writes love stories from the crossroad of small town and suspense. Born and raised in Virginia Beach, Nancy now calls North Carolina home. She’s currently at work on the next book in The Granny Series, and a new women’s fiction novel. Stay in touch with Nancy on Facebook, twitter or subscribe to her newsletter on her website ~

Also by Nancy Naigle:

The Adams Grove Series
Book 1: Sweet Tea and Secrets
Book 2: Wedding Cake and Big Mistakes
Book 3: Out of Focus
Book 4: Pecan Pie and Deadly Lies
Book 5: Mint Juleps and Justice
Book 6: Barbecue and Bad News

Young Adult Mystery
inkBLOT – co-written with Phyllis Johnson

Short Works
Wrapped Around Your Heart Three short stories of <3 br="">Pretty Little Liars #1: The PAth To RelAxAtion
Pretty Little Liars #2: The LiArs LAir
Pretty Little Liars #3: Secret TAlents

Kelsey and Nancy are giving away a print copy of FIT TO BE TIED to one randomly selected commenter:

Honey, these are not your momma’s grannies…

Lillian Summer Fairview is settling right nice into the federal pen. She’s even making peace with Big Martha, the toughest broad on the cellblock.

After hearing Lil’s granny friends recently took down a swindler, Big Martha asks Lil for a favor. Her niece has fallen for a guy she met online, and Martha’s convinced Mr. Too-Good-To-Be-True is up to no good. All Lil’s friends have to do is a little look-see on the guy and report back. But when they poke around, they find the guy doesn’t really exist, and that triggers a wild ride through the world of online dating.

Meanwhile, a cantankerous septic system on Lil’s family estate in Summer Shoals, GA has the grannies fit to be tied. If Summer Haven isn’t in shipshape before the historic society’s inspection, they’ll be in deep you-know-what.

Big Martha sweetens the deal by promising to fix what ails Summer Haven if the grannies can find the elusive Romeo.

Will the grannies track him down before the inspection, or will they find themselves in trouble right up to their granny panties?

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To enter the giveaway,

1.  Think about your granny (past or present) ... do they have anything in common with Lillian, Maggie, Sera or Abby Ruth?

2.  Comments are open through Saturday, October 25, 10 pm in Baltimore.

3.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, October 26.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City



  1. Neither one of my grandmothers had anything in common.

  2. I'm the same. Neither of my grandmothers fit the descriptions.

    1. Mary - that makes me curious how you would describe your grandmothers! ;-)


  3. My grandma was a tell it like it is kinda woman and she always took the opportunity to dance. I remember playing Electric Avenue on my radio one day back in the 80's and my grandma got up in the living room and did the 2 step to it. Cracked me up.

    1. Mary - she totally sounds like a Granny Series kinda grandma. Nan and I will have to drop a little "electric slide" into our next Granny book. :-)


  4. Replies
    1. Debby - I bet your grandmothers had some great qualities, though!


  5. No, neither of my grandmothers fit the descriptions either.

    1. Karen - now I'm so curious how everyone would describe their grandmas!


  6. No, here too lol. My one grandmother had a great sense of humor though.

    1. Catslady - Now that's a great grandma characteristic!

      Thanks for stopping by!