Friday, August 8, 2014

Sneak Peek: Smart Blondes by Sonia Koso

[Oh, this one sounds like fun! Today I'm giving you a sneak peek at Sonia Koso's Smart Blondes. This is part of her blog tour for the new release, and you could win a fifty buck gift certificate. So read on! ~ Lisabet]


Austin socialite Carrie Pryce has no clue her criminally charming husband is carrying on with another woman until she returns home unexpectedly, mistakes the sounds of passion for a home-invasion robbery and accidently shoots him in the backside. Stunned, Carrie drives all night to her quirky hometown and collapses in a near-catatonic state.

A crew of ladies spanning three generations realize it’s up to them to help Carrie get her life out of the ditch. Known as the “Presbyterian Mafia,” these are not sweet old gals. They have a book club that never reads, a garden club that doesn’t garden, and a bible study class that gossips about the Methodists. They’re known around town for antics including catfights, car chases and Voodoo rituals. The women enlist Carrie’s former childhood best friend Portia (now a lawyer) and her flamboyant cousin Eric (recently returned from New York) in their effort.

While dealing with the after-effects of her imprudent gunplay and managing a hair color disaster, Carrie meets Rhett Richards. He’s an attractive oil field worker who can make women think un-Christian thoughts by the mere act of wearing a pair of tight wranglers. Carrie soon learns that hometowns can be the perfect places to bury old scandals and create new ones. 

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“Baby, put the gun down,” Jake said in a tone of voice one would use with a naughty three year old. “It’s…it’s not what you think.”

Carrie froze. She couldn’t have lowered her arms if she tried. As she scanned the room, she saw the remnants of a well-planned romantic event including champagne, massage oil, and discarded lingerie.

Jake was slowly moving away from the defiled kitchen island and found a potholder to shield his now deflating manhood.

“I wanted to tell you for a while,” Jake started. “I hate that you had to find out about it this way.” Carrie recognized this as his salesman tone of voice—over-articulated, round tones that were completely full of shit.

“This has been going on for a while?” Carrie asked. Jake looked down and then nodded his head.

He exhaled slowly and gazed downward, his default action before saying something awful. “We’ve been having problems...I’ve tried, but the excitement is gone.”

Excitement? Carrie immediately knew this was man code for I want to trade you in for a new one. She’d seen it many times but never thought it would happen to her. The phrase I’ve tried but the excitement is gone would run through her head in a relentless loop a thousand times.

“I need to be on my own for a while,” Jake continued in round tones. “With you and Kayley around, I can’t figure any of this out. I can’t be a grown man. I need fewer responsibilities…”

“You want me and Kayley to leave so you can figure out how to be a grown man? Jesus H. Christ!” Carrie screamed it more than speaking it. She couldn’t help herself.

“Maybe you need to get a few things,” Jake began, “And I’ll call the Driskill Hotel and get you a suite. We’ll talk in a day or two after we both cool down.”

“Let me get this straight. I walk in on you with your cock in the help… and you think I need to leave?” She firmed up her grip on the tiny Kel-Tec pistol. “I’m not leaving this house, this room or even that damn Aga!” It was an out-of-body experience. She wasn’t sure why she did it but Carrie fired the pistol at the stove.

There was bang followed by a ping and a whoosh and Jake’s scream. The bullet hit the front of the Aga, ricocheted off the cast iron and bounced into Jake’s naked butt cheek.

The next few seconds seemed like a year. Jake’s hand went to his ass then up to his face where he saw blood.

“Holy shit, Carrie!”

About Sonia

Sonia Koso grew up in the eccentricity-filled piney woods of North East Texas. She has been writing since an early age and considers it her first love. After receiving a B.A. in English Writing, her life took a drastic turn and she went to law school. Sonia practiced law for over a decade but was drawn back to writing in 2012. Sonia's stories feature strong women, good-looking guys, legal dilemmas and a dose of humor. Smart Blondes borrows many characters from her childhood as well as her legal career.

Sonia does most of her writing at her condo in Austin’s hip SOCO district. It’s in walking distance from landmarks including Lady Bird Lake, the Continental Club, and the Congress Avenue Bat Bridge. When not writing, Sonia divides her time between the live music of Austin and the sunshine of Boca Raton. She loves Tex-Mex food, blue water, cocktails and good friends. Sonia often dreams of a man who can do his own laundry and a walk-in closet with a chandelier…but not necessarily in that order.


Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter Sonia's drawing. You could win a $50 bookstore gift voucher. That's a lot of books! 

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Visit the other stops on Sonia's tour, too. The more times you enter, the greater the chance that you'll win:

July 21: Room With Books
July 21: For the Love of Bookends
July 22: Aly's Miscellany
July 22: The Book Review
July 23: The blog of C.R. Moss
July 23: Book 'Em North Carolina
July 24: Musings and Ramblings
July 25: Jennifer Lynne Romance Author
July 28: Wendi Zwaduk - Romance to Make Your Heart Race
July 29: Susana's Morning Room
July 29: Kathleen Valentine's Blog
July 30: Deal Sharing Aunt
July 31: Harlie's Books
July 31: You Gotta Read Reviews
August 1: Snarky Mom Reads...
August 4: My Devotional Thoughts
August 4: A Writer's Life
August 5: Zee Monodee - Author's Corner
August 6: Queen of All She Reads
August 7: Nana Prah
August 7: Tina Donahue Presents
August 8: Beyond Romance
August 8: Straight from the Library
August 11: Kaisy Daisy's Corner
August 12: Reviews by Crystal
August 12: Writer Wonderland
August 13: Hope. Dreams. Life... Love
August 14: Booklover Sue
August 14: Lisa Haselton's Reviews and Interviews
August 15: Reviews By Molly  


Lisabet Sarai said...

Greetings, Sonia! Welcome to Beyond Romance.

I hope your tour is going well. This sounds like a really enjoyable book. I had a hard time deciding which excerpt to use in the post - they were all great.

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Anonymous said...

It *does* sound really fun!

Trix, vitajex(at)Aol(Dot)com

Colleen C. said...

Oh I saw this posted on another blog the other day... sounds great!

bn100 said...

Interesting concept

Sue A. said...

Guns fired in the home never have great outcomes. But just this once, can't say it wasn't deserved. Good excerpt!

Stacey Smith said...

sound like a crazy but funny story sound like it would be a wild read.

H.B. said...

Sounds like a interesting series and the excerpt certainly draws ones attention.

erin said...

Sounds exciting ;) Thanks for the fun excerpt!

ELF said...

Wow, intense scene! Thank you for sharing and for the giveaway.

wyndwhisper said...

loved the excerpt, it was great. i loved that she shot him in the ass. it seemed appropriate as he was being a giant ass himself, :) i can't wait to read the rest of the book and see what else happens. :)

tammy ramey

Unknown said...

I gotta have this book. I love the description and even more, the writing style. If by chance I win the rafflecopter (yeah, fat chance), this would be the very first book I'd purchase. Oh, to be rich. :)

Anonymous said...

Shot in the butt! This made me laugh out loud. Thanks for sharing this with us.

Anonymous said...

I forgot to tell you that I liked the her shooting him in the butt best!

Ashley Applebee said...

Great excerpt!!! Jake totally had that coming!!!
Ashley Applebee

Mary Preston said...

A great excerpt.

Tara W said...

I loved the excerpt. I know violence is never acceptable but...I kind of can't blame her. On the bright side, the butt is really fleshy, and it was an accident. LOL
RC- Tara Woods
mizztuts AT bellsouth DOT net

Jana Leah B said...

Enjoyed the excerpt. Thanks for the giveaway.

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