Do you have something to celebrate? Whether it's a Birthday, New Release, or something else

Do you have something to celebrate? Whether it's a Birthday, New Release, or something else - Book your Celebration Roasting Bash now ! BUT FIRST PLEASE READ OLIVER'S RULES !

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lease Note:
We don't do reviews or interviews. just virtual parties to promote your book!

As many of you may know, our beloved sister hostess SHARON DONOVAN, tragically passed away on 11th April 2012. We who knew her, loved her, and were inspired by her courage and determination to face head on whatever life threw at her. When she could no longer see to paint she turned to writing and showed her amazing talent in the Inspirational Romance and Romantic Suspense genres, and her story 'Charade Of Hearts' was awarded the coveted Predators and Editors Award in January 2011.

This Blog was a source of great delight to her, she was one of the founder hostesses and she contributed to the fun and silliness in her own original way, and was kind enough to let her unique creation, the hunky butler 'Oliver' join us for our Friday romp and prepare 'virtual breakfast' for the guests on the following morning. It's beyond hard to have to go on without her, but we know that she would have been the first to insist that 'the show must go on.' She is, and will always be with us in spirit.
Sharon, dear friend, we will never forget you.
The Author Roast and Toast is part of the legacy you left us. Let's raise a Toast to you as well as all our guests.
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Friday, July 29, 2011

Pat Dale's country Roast



Hello and welcome to the Author Roast and Toast! The hostesses are pleased and honored to roast our very first male author! Pat Dale is a multi-published author with a talent for writing as well as music and has a wicked sense of humor to boot. We are at The River’s Edge, a tavern located in Larabie, Nebraska. On a bluff high above the Missouri River, just below the point where the river turns northward across South Dakota, the bar affords a fantastic view of the wild natural scene, with eagles flying high above while deer and turkey roam at will through the trees on the hilly slope.


We are celebrating the release of Pat’s novel DANCE WITH THE DEVIL


So join us today for a rip-roaring devilish good time. Cuddles and Nibby, donned in party hats, stand on either side of the tavern, blowing trumpets of welcome. The hostesses, looking stunning in festive party dresses, Sharon a rich burgundy, Lyn a deep crushed purple, and Mary in soft midnight blue, greet Pat with a kiss and a smile when he struts through the double swinging door looking devilishly handsome in a navy suit and tie. The patrons break into thunderous applause.

Pat Dale, come on in!

“Oh, Pat, you handsome devil,” Sharon gushes, wiggling her cute little bubble butt. “You must promise me a game of pool later or maybe even a spin about the dance floor. I just love country music! We’ll put The Devil went Down To Georgia on the jukebox.”


“Thank God I’m a country boy!” Pat grins. We’ll Dance with the Devil tonight!”

“What about me,” Lyn pouts, stomping her oh so elegant size 12 lace-up boot, earning a wink from Pat. “I already have y’all marked on my dance card for Devil Wears Blue jeans, you sexy thing you!”

Mary tempts Pat with a teasing smile, adjusting the locket between her ample cleavage. “I have to boogie the night away with Pat to The Devil’s Train by Hank Williams.”



Oliver, donned like a lumberjack in flannel shirt and blue jeans, flips mouth-watering burgers, chicken pot pies, hot dogs, onion rings, fried taters sizzling with onions, pots of baked beans, meat loaf, grilled turkey and pork bellies. He also mans the bar with a wink and a smile while serving beer and soft drinks.




The bar is a full half block long, with the main door on the northeast corner and a side door about half way back. Heavily clad with knotty pine siding (not paneling), it features a classic bar, including a massive hutch displaying every liquor known to man, though the bar’s patrons are essentially beer drinkers. Known as a watering hole for local cattlemen and ranchers, the Edge prides itself in mouth-watering burgers,
deep-fried onion blossoms and succulent French fries.

With the bar extending from the front door to the side door, the rest of the tavern is given over to two rows of square tables with chairs. Across the south side of the room, ten massive booths support eight people each, giving the place occupancy of some eighty revelers. The back of the room is given over to three shuffleboard tables, a partitioned off dart court, and a huge felt-lined pool table.

On occasion, the bulk of the tables can be stacked in a corner, affording a wood floored dance area, though rarely used for that purpose. In this utilitarian corner of the nation, simple pleasures suit the peoples’ fancy more than dancing. A juke box, strategically placed for easy access provides a constant hum of country music. Rock fans need not bother looking through the available menu for their favorite rock tunes—there are none.

July 15th, 2011 was a very special day in Larabie. After all, how often does a sleepy little village on the literal edge of civilization get to debut a novel? No matter the novel is not very complimentary to the community, it is publicity. A chance for that mythical fifteen minutes of fame. Come on, folks, let’s party!

The town has a bakery, and a cook who bakes the world’s most delicious angel food cake. And pastries, from colatchees  and iced Danish, to chocolate éclairs and crème horns, any resident with a sweet tooth must surely be familiar with the Bakery Café. So, today, we’ve brought along platters of gaily decorated rolls and pastries.


A decadent angel food cake, with white icing to set off the black cover of the book being celebrated sits pretty on a sidebar.

We hope you enjoy yourselves at the tavern. Pat has graciously offered to give an autographed copy of one of his other books, Crossed Line. For a chance to win, please answer the following question.

Name Pat’s all time favorite country song.



DANCE WITH THE DEVIL

Blurb:
Buddy Wilson’s teaching career traps him in a community where infidelity, illegitimacy, and incest seem the norm. He escapes from his unfaithful wife only to be caught up by his growing obsession with Robin Blaik, a younger woman he’s befriended. When their relationship grows too hot to cool down, they must face demons from their common past.

Excerpt:

Thinking back, Buddy Wilson remembered the day his life started to unravel…

Driving slowly along the aged blacktop’s serpentine path, with the long-silent railroad bed on one side and Crooked Creek on the other, he recalled the first time he’d traveled the bumpy old highway six years ago when he came to Larabie to interview. Superintendent Bob Merrick had painted a glowing picture of life in this pristine Nebraska village, a holdover from pioneering decades.

Merrick! His ears burned from the man’s sick question an hour earlier. Paula and her boss having an affair? No way!

For the hour since then, he’d driven aimlessly, wanting not to believe Merrick’s insinuation. Now, as he came back through town, his attention focused on the outpost. After all, that was all this village was; a dumpy little outpost with none of the charm he’d been promised. Why should he take the word of that man now?

He scanned the rows of homes along the roadside that had given the erroneous impression of prosperity. Only after he’d agreed to the contract and begun to look for housing did he learn that many of them had been vacant for a quarter of a century. The post war boom had borne within itself the seeds of economic disaster.

Big old multi-generational farm homes had been abandoned when men found it easier to drive from town to do their work. Families fragmented and fled to small modern houses in the villages of rural America. Small towns flourished for a time as better and larger equipment made it possible for fewer men to work even bigger tracts. But, there had not been sufficient jobs for all those no longer needed on the farms.

So, after generations of migration into the little villages, a pioneer counter-flow of humanity began moving away from the farms and villages, back to urban civilization. Bitter-sweet irony played its sad song across the fruited plains. And, because brighter and more adventuresome folk were inclined to move elsewhere to find their fortune, many who’d been left behind were stubborn, lazy, recalcitrant, or just plain dumb.

Larabie had found itself with a fair share of each category, not that everyone here was lazy or dumb. More than a few industrious souls persevered in this valley, some who’d been here for generations. But many, like Buddy, were relative newcomers.
Photo of Lago Grey Hosteria and Navegacion is courtesy of TripAdvisor
By the time his thoughts returned to the present, he’d passed his own street as well as the bowling alley where Paula and he would be on Thursday night. Or would they? 


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*Curtain photo of Lago Grey Hosteria and Navegacion is courtesy of TripAdvisor
Soaring Eagle picture by Rolf Hicker

To win a copy of one of Pat's book, all you have to do is just leave a comment and your e-mail address.
Contest ends tomorrow and everyone who comments is elligible.

74 comments:

  1. I don't know that I would like to dance with the Devil. Happy to read though. Why am I hungry all of a sudden?

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  2. Back again, I forgot to write the song in : "We'll Dance With The Devil Tonight"

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  3. I am going to guess your favorite song is "Thank God I’m a country boy." Your book sounds very good. I like the cover. I could go for some of that angel food cake. Mmmm,mmmm good. Will have to come back later as it's a workin' day for me. Will check out your wesite more a bit later to see your other books. Have a fun day all.
    Sue B
    katsrus(at)gmail(dot)com

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  4. Hey, how about we put 'Devil Woman' on the jukebox and let our hair down a little on the dance floor...?

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  5. Good morning Dale - how lovely to have a 'gentleman caller' as our special guest at the Roast today, and may I say how handsome you look in your Western suit and stetson!

    Marybelle, Sue and Alice, so glad you could come. Do help yourselves to refreshments, and put another country song on the jukebox.

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  6. Wahoooooo (she throws her cowboy hat) - I'm ready to dance - something slow and sexy - how about "Amarillo by Morning?" Sorry been away on vacation, just got back in time to go Western. Everyone is looking wonderful, the book sounds great and congratulations on the release. Oliver, let's make "hay." Now I'm flitting off to work. Have a good day

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  7. Welcome to your tavern party Dale. Wow, look at all the ladies lining up to dance with you, you sly devil! Enjoy your party and save a dance for me.

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  8. Hugs Lyn sweetie, no doubt you'll be doing some foot stomping tonight. LOL
    Waves to Marybelle, Sue and Janice, great choices. Enjoy the food!

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  9. Hello Sharon dear sister-hostess, you're looking really lovely, and that full skirt really hides a multitude of sins! *grin*.

    Hi Patsy, great to see you here, hope you had a great vacation.

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  10. Sweet hat Patsy, love the Western look girl and the choice in song. Drop in later, we'll be rockin' all night

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  11. Hi Pat, congratulations on release of your new book and on being first male guest on this blogsite.
    I'm sure you've made Oliver a bit jealous as he always claims all of the ladie's attention. A little competition will do him good. I love Western music and dancing a slow Fox Trot so I'll get in this long line and wait my turn. I'm looking foreard to a Dance with the Devil Tonight. Linda

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  12. Hi Linda

    Lovely to see you, I think you're right and Oliver is a little jealous that Dale's getting all the attention. He knows we all still love him though but hey, a little a competition is good for the soul! :)

    I may be a Brit, but I love country music too!

    *Lyn skips away, singing "Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolee-hee-een,I'm beggin' of you please don't take my man!"

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  13. Hugs Linda dear friend. I think we all have a little country in us. Sharon belts it out to Stand by Your Man as Oliver fills her beer mug

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  14. Hi, ladies. And Oliver, too. Wow, where did you come up with my photo? I mean, its been a few years but you nailed me with that one.
    Speaking of nailing, the food looks too good to be true. Ah, well...my diet calls. But you can bet I'm going to sin today with one of those creme puffs.
    Oh, and Marybelle, Buddy didn't 'Dance with the Devil' by choice. He was between a rock and a hard place, but he did what he had to do when push came to shove.
    Happy end of the month all of you. Pat

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  15. Ladies and gent. cheers ol' buddy. Belly up to the bar for some guy talk when you get a breather. Sharon, Lyn, Marabelle, Janice, Patsy and Linda, lookin good, save a dance for me wink

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  16. And to you too, Pat.

    And really, that photo doesn't quite do you justice but the hostesses of the Author Roast and Toast do our best! (Lyn bats her eyelids and quickly looks away, blushing.

    Congratulations on the release of Dance With The Devil, it sounds like my kinda read!

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  17. Wow, all this food makes me hungry. I loved the excerpt from your book and look forward to reading it. I'd love to win a copy.
    rodow62 at yahoo dot com

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  18. Wonderful venue and amazing food. 'Dance with the devil' might be Dale's favourite song, but I'd prefer to dance with Dale himself. Thank God he's a country boy! And then I'll have to have a dance with Oliver, of course.
    Have a great party, Dale!

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  19. Hi Roseanne

    So glad you could stop by for Pat's Roast - yes, isn't that a great excerpt, so descriptive and atmospheric.

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  20. Hi Paula

    Ooh you share the name of the Buddy's wife in Pat's book. I'm sure you don't have her unfaithful personality though! :)

    Eat drink and be merry, think you'll have to joint he queue to dance with Pat though!

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  21. Had to give Pat some male backup in the face of a Roast from all these bloodthirsty Sirens!!!

    To me it looks as if Pat has the good sense (and excellent taste) to prefer the lyrics of a genuine poet, John Denver, when choosing "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" as a favourite song!

    Country Music comes a close second to traditional Irish ballads when I'm writing - it seems to get the juices flowing!
    Regards
    Paul McD

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  22. Hey, Paul. Welcome to the party. Sidle up to the bar and we'll share a pint or two. My family has been here since the 1720's, but we hailed from Ireland and I love nothing more than an Irish jig! Ha, I almost spelled that 'jug'. Nice to see you here. Between the two of us, I can use all the help I can get with these winsome ladies. Yikes, I can hear my Celtic forbears wailing at me for being such a softy.
    Cheers,
    Pat Dale

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  23. Hi Paul,

    Welcome to Pat's country celebration!

    How it stirs my Welsh blood when I hear mention of my fellow Celts - not to mention the fact we now have two handsome gentlemen at the roast - three if we count Oliver, LOL!

    (Sirens - you call us sirens, sir? Why, we're but delicate little blossoms, overcome with shyness from all this unacustomed male attention! *Lyn fans herself with a paper napkin*

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  24. Oh my, I think I gained ten pounds just looking at the pictures! What a great blog, so much fun. Congrats to Pat on the release of his latest tome, and best wishes for many sales. Pat, might your favorite country song be "The Silver Tongued Devil and I?" 'Twould fit you right well, I'm thinkin'!

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  25. My goodness, folks, with all this drinking y'all are doing, I had to hoof it down to the next town for more libations. Come on, Sharon and Lyn my lovelies, a little tuckered out from lugging whiskey vodka and tiquilla while Oliver rolls in ten more kegs of beer, walking five miles is good for the body and soul. Grin

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  26. There there, Lyn love, no need to pout, here's a nice mead, and a nice chardonnay for Lady Sharon.
    Mary sweet girl, is in the next saloon with you guessed it THE DUKE

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  27. Pat you devil, another pint then. Waves to Roseanne, Paula, Pat, serves more cold ones

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  28. Pat, Silver Tongue Devil is perrrr fect for our Pat. Good guess, dig in.

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  29. Paul, here I am, a blood thirsty Irish lassie here to swoon over a writer of Irish songs. Save me a dance, handsome, right after I kick up me heels with Pat Dale. Wink

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  30. All right, Pat darlin', if you insist, we'll get out there and do the jig, make 'em all pea green with envy. Smile

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  31. Sharon saddles up to Paula, Roseanne and Linda at the bar. Yes the food is to die for and so is the excerpt.

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  32. Lyn dear, you can really ride that mechanical bull in the pool room. It's real you say, I am impressed. WOW

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  33. After one too many wines, Sharon pounces up on bar and belts it out to, Crazy... I'm crazy for loooovin youuuu

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  34. Mmm. *Hic* this mead is excellent, Oliver, Compliments to zhee cheff! *hic*

    Yesh, I mean yes, we won't see |Mary if she's off with the Dukr! Sheers, I mean cheers, Mary! annd Cheers to Pat as well, looks like you've written a jolly good book, old chap!

    *waves to Pat McD"

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  35. Had to stop in for a quick comment to wish Pat the best. Then I ran into the food and YUMMY! And if that isn't bad enough, I became captivated by the excerpt. I have to work but this makes me want to play. :(

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  36. Hi Karen,
    What a pity you can't stay, but do get Oliver to help you to refreshments before you have to leave.

    Yes, that's such an intriguing excerpt, isn't it!

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  37. Don't look now but the Duke and the James Gang have arrived. Whooo hooo howdy cowboys

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  38. Howedee boys pull up a seat and let yer saddles cool a spell!

    (Sorry Duke, couldn't resist!)

    Now I sure hope you're going to behave tonight, we have a very distinguished guest of honour, and Pat Dale's not used to any of your rough 'n' tough ways, he's a gentleman!

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  39. Karen, do stay for a drink, some food and a dance with the devil

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  40. Dropping in again to say hi. Besides that, I'm hungry again and those burgers look delicious. Oliver would you mind? I'd like mine well done and with cheese. Thanks, my friend.

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  41. Karen, as the old saying goes,(slightly modified of course) a little play keeps the spirit bright and gay. or as a guy named William once said, 'the play's the thing'. Now I've got to get back to work. He He.

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  42. Here we go then, Roseanne, the best burger in town, served with a wink and a smile, my pretty. And a cold one to wash it down, you got it love

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  43. Hi Roseanne, you're right, those burgers are delish.

    I wonder if we could persuade Pat to let us have another snippet when he gets a moment? (When he's got through that long line of ladies all waiting for their turn to dance with him, that is!)

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  44. Stopping in again for a nibble of that delicious food. With all this fabulous entertainment, it's certainly difficult to concentrate on anything but the fun.

    *grabs a burger* Be back in a little while to see when Pat delivers another fantastic excerpt.

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  45. Buuuurrrrppppp - oh dear, that's the beer talkin' - any chance of a whiskey vodka and tiquilla, Oliver darling...? (While grabbing a burger)....

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  46. Hi Janice and Karen,

    So nice to see you both again, do relax and enjoy yourselves!

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  47. Still here to provide moral support, Pat!

    Glad to hear you're from "the auld country"

    Nice to see Pat McDermott's name in the frame, too! Read "A Band of Roses" again last week, really enjoyed it (as usual!)

    I'm dancing on the ceiling at the moment! I got an email accepting my first Adult novel for publication later this year: a Romance/Mystery/Legend cross-genre set in Ireland, working title "The Chapel of Her Dreams"
    Anyone want to 'roast' me when it hits the shelves??
    Regards
    Paul McD

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  48. You got it Janice, a whiskey vodka tiquilla it is served with a wink and a smile. One burger coming right up, love

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  49. Ah Oliver! I think Pat and Paul could do with a refill.

    You haven't seen my dear sister hostesses recently have you? Mary? Sharon - you know, your 'boss lady'?

    No - oh, you saw the James Gang and Duke leaving a while ago, I reckon two girls tagged along then.

    *Sigh* didn't ask me if I wanted to go did they. Guess it'll just be you and me doing the washing up again when the party ends! Yes please, I'll have another mead - oh and a slice of cake if there's any left!

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  50. Oh Paul,
    Welcome to the Roast, sorry I meant to say - I'm sure Sharon and Mary would agree we'd be delighted to 'roast' you when your book's published - congratulations by the way! Just let us know in plenty of time - we're booked into November already!

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  51. Hey Pat! You been holding out on me, you're really a country music fan? Well, you just keep right on with your Dance With the Devil (and come see me in Georgia where the Devil visits frequently.) Great roast, great food, sounds like a great book! Pleasure to be in the company of a man smart enough to Thank God he's a Country Boy!

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  52. Gail my love, a nice cold one and a sizzling hot burger

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  53. Lyn my sweet petite, a mead it is. Sharon and Mary are in the pool room with the devil himself grin

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  54. Pat and Paul, my good fellow chaps, two more pints, burgers and onion rings

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  55. In the Pool Room eh? I dunno. Well they can have fun with the devil (thought he was in Georgia) but I'm sticking here with Pat and Paul and your goodself and all our other friends! *wink*

    Gail, hello, and welcome to the Roast. It's great to have so many country fans here, that ol' juke box doesn't know what hit it!

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  56. I'm here sister, just showing the devil how to cheat and win at pool. wink. Yes, thank you, Oliver a burger and chardonnay.

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  57. Waves to Gail. Congratulations, Paul, we would love to roast you. Book your date and we'll schedule y'all in. Smile

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  58. Yes Dale, another devil excerpt is in order. Where are you, sweet darlin'

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  59. Just dropped back in for a quick bite and a Margarita and saw my "cousin" Paul's good news. Megacongrats, Paul, and thanks for the kind words. Glad to see the party is still in full swing. Where is Mr. Dale? Perhaps he overindulged?

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  60. One last comment from a weary but happy country boy. It's been a great day here at the River's Edge. Ollie is a fantastic barman, keeping up with all the crowd. I noticed he cut a mean rug on the dance floor when Sharon dragged him out there. Way to go, Ollie!
    I'm on my way tomorrow to get a new pair of shoes. Wore the old ones out today. My, how you ladies love to dance!
    For those who wanted another excerpt from DANCE WITH THE DEVIL, I'll have my own blog up tomorrow (not too early-I need my sleep after today), and I promise to post a new excerpt on it. The blog address is: www.patdalesblog.blogspot.com
    Happy reading, everyone!

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  61. Yoo-hoo! I'm sorry to be so late. (Kicking off her shoes.) But can I have just one lil' ol' dance with Pat before the party's over?

    Oliver, fix me up one of those scrumptious burgers, please. Hold the ketchup!

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  62. Blogger Hywela Lyn said...

    Hi Laurean

    Don't worry about being late, we always say the roast party is never over until the fat lady sings - and we all know there are NO fat ladies here, the food has no calories whatsoever!

    I'm sure Pat will give you one more dance - even if he has to do it barefoot, LOL!

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  63. Laurie sweetie, hugs. So glad you swaggered in tonight, and girl, I am lovin' those seriously hot red snake skin boots. Boogie the night away with Pat, you go girl!

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  64. Dale honey, we had such a blast at your party, what fun at the tavern. You've been a delightful guest and we can't thank y'all enough. The very best o' luck with Dance With the Devil, you've got yourself a real winner. I'll be checking out your excerpt after catching up on my Zs. Cheers my good buddy.

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  65. Sharon wakes up, a little hung over, not quite sure where she left her boots. After dancing that last song with the Duke, the Brothers' James and the devil himself, who knows! Ah, but at least I woke up with a smile. Looks over at Lyn and Mary and they're grinning from ear to ear too. Sharon goes in search of her boots, singing, Thank God I'm a Country Girl!

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  66. Here we go then, Laurie sweet thing, a sizzling burger, no ketsup. Grin

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  67. Ladies and Gents, breakfast is served country style, a buffet as long as the bar, so dig in and enjoy. A long juice bar, fresh fruit, melons, berries, picked off the tree apples, peaches, oranges plums and pears, baked goods from our cafe, fried eggs, sunny side up, omelets, tater tots, hash browns, fried potatoes, blueberry pancakes, wafles dripping with maple syrup, bacon and sausage links, coffee, tea and hot cocoa.,

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  68. I second that Sharon, dear sister hostess, I too am glad I'm a 'Country girl'!
    (Hums along with Sharon, out of tune).

    Just juice for me please, Oliver dear, and a couple of those waffles with maple syrup - I love maple syrup. Er Mary sweetie, you have butter and blueberries dripping over your - er - chest.
    That was some night last night, wasnt it!

    Dale, we've loved having you as our special - and first male - guest

    I'm off to check your excerpt too. wishing you many, many sales with 'Dance with the Devil!'

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  69. Pat, welcome to the tavern. So nice to meet you and learn about your book. Love the title. Best of luck with your writing and with sales!

    caroline@carolineclemmons.com

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  70. Welcome sweet Caroline, here's a platter of food. Do catch the devil for a spin before he returns to Georgia

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  71. Hi Caroline, so happy you're enjoying a good country breakfast with us. Do stay and chat and plug your favorite song in for a dance with the devil.

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  72. Hi again, folks. The winner of my contest was KATSRUS, who said my favorite country song was THANK GOD I'M A COUNTRY BOY. I always loved to hear John Denver, and that song stays with me to this day.
    I want to thank all of you for coming by and kicking up your heels with us.
    Happy reading,
    Pat Dale

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  73. Congratulations Catsrus (Sue B) and thanks again to Dale - it's been such fun having you as our guest of honour!

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  74. Thank you so much! I am looking forward to reading your book!
    Sue B

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