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Blog Tour - Dianne Castell's Hot and Irresistible

Once again, I'm very happy to welcome Best selling author, Dianne Castell, on the blog tour of her lastest book, Hot and Irresistible. This virtual tour comes courtesy Pump Up Your Book Promotion. And I received a copy of this book for hosting this tour.

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Why I am a Closet Southern Belle

One of the reasons I wrote Hot and Bothered and Hot and Irresistible was I wanted to set a book in the South, the real South. It has a flavor all its own from the way folks talk...How’s your mamma and daddy? the food...anything that has a stick of butter and cup of cream has got to be delicious! Just ask Paula the way gals and guys behave.

So my question today is... Are you a closet Southern Belle? Now you ask, Okay what the dickens makes a Southern Belle? Well, I just happen to have a little list...

Do you never wear white after Labor Day or before Easter

Do you own a strand of real pearls and wear them with pride

Always drink sweet tea and love it when they have it on the menu

A part of you truly believes in those Yankees Civil War? What Civil War? Now that unfortunate Northern Occupation...that you know about

Have Lee as part of your name or your children’s

Fav movies are GWTW and Steel Magnolias and Fried Green Tomatoes

Actually read GWTW and reread parts from time to time. Wish you had the name Scarlet

Have a tiara hidden in your panty drawer and know how to twirl a baton

Have an umbrella that looks a bit like a parasol

Make sure your children know manners and use them

Love Red-eye gravy, grits, country ham and make your own biscuits

Know that prime real estate is The Mall, The Country Club and The Beauty Salon

Buy more then one can of hair spray at a time

Have actually said Y’all come back, Bless your your heart, Drop by when you can, How’s your mamma?

Love white gloves and wear hats

Have a subscription of Southern Living or ripped a recipe from that magazine at the doctor’s office

Have a pineapple decoration somewhere in your House

Think the magnolia is a piece of heaven on earth

And what about the food? Do you own a Paula Deen Cookbook? Catch her on TV whenever you can? Actually copied a recipe and made it and know how to make cream gravy from scratch and would rather poke yourself in the eye with a sharp stick than put cool whip on your homemade pumpkin pie! Is there anything better than southern cooking? Well maybe Italian but that’s another blog.

So, how do you measure up? Is a part of you a Southern Belle? Know someone who is? I really tried to keep these characteristics in mind when writing Hot and Bothered. A gal in NY city is way different than a gal in Savannah and I sure wanted it to feel that way.

I am definitely a closet Southern Belle! I do make fried chicken and bathtub gravy. That’s what my kids call my cream gravy because they could eat a bathtub full of it. I do make my own pies, have white gloves, crab at my kids if they don’t use their manners, buy extra-hold hair spray, subscribe to Southern Living, have a fancy umbrella that I’ve been known to twirl from time to time and do know how to twirl a baton for real. Even took lessons.

On the Southern Belle scale I’m about a 7. What about you? What is your Southern Belle Score?

Thanks for being here!

Hugs, Dianne Castell 


USA Today best selling author Dianne Castell writes for Kensington BRAVA. She also writes a monthly editor interview column for Romance Writers Report. Her books have won Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award, been on the cover of Romantic Times Magazine and included in Rhapsody Book Club, Doubleday Book Club and have made the Waldenbooks Bestseller list.

The second book in her Savannah Sizzles series for the BRAVA line, Hot and Irresistible, hits the shelves Nov‘09. Hot Summer Nights is out May ’10.

Dianne lives in Cincinnati with her two cats and will do just about anything to get out of housework.

You can visit her website at
Now, my cheeks are true Scarlet for indeedy, I'm nowhere near to being a Southern Belle. Score=0. What about you?!

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  1. So nice to be here at BBDiary.
    Are there any closet Southern Belles out there besides me? When you dream of a fav place is is hot and green and filled with smells of fried chicken and biscuits?
    Do you have a string of pearls and was there a baton on your past?

  2. On the Southern Belle scale... I'd probably be a 4... I'd like to be a 7, though :)
    I love string pearls and since I was a little girl I waited for the day that my mother would hand them to me... unfortunately, she's now misplaced them *sigh*. I am a fried chicken and biscuit lover *yummy*

  3. Maybe about a (1) I drink Ice Tea like its going out of still.all ways have a cup on hand.

  4. Nice post about something can relate to. I grew up in South Texas and lived almost 4 years in Laredo so can still say yes to Deep Fried Chicken, Glass of Sweet Iced Tea and some cream gravy with biscuits...
    No string pearls in my past was a Tom Boy all the way, Daddy's little shadow an only child so great childhood...

    Jackie B Central Texas


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