So, so excited for this new addition to the Lonesome Point TX Series by Jessie Evans!! Today is release day for “Sunny With A Chance Of True Love: The Ballad of Ugly Ross”!!! I simply adore this series and have wanted Ross’ story since he was first introduced in Leather and Lace. If you all have been paying attention you know that I have reviewed and loved each and every one of these books, and this is no exception! Jessie has done a beautiful job with this story, not only telling Ross and Elodie’s story of reconnection but also confronting the issue of bullying. One of the things that is also so special is that Jessie is going to be donating 50% of the proceeds from the first month of sales to PACER, a group that focuses on anti-bullying education and support! So get your 1-click finger working and enjoy this visit to Lonesome Point TX over the weekend! Happy Reading all! ~ Amber
SUNNY WITH A CHANCE OF TRUE LOVE: The Ballad of Ugly Ross
A Lonesome Point Novella
One voice can save a life; one heart can bring you home…
Ross Dyer is ready to give up on love. The sweet, sleepy-eyed cowboy has always danced to the tune of a different drummer, but after being dumped by his latest girlfriend, he’s beginning to think he’ll spend his life dancing—and sleeping—alone. Add in the impending failure of his newly opened restaurant, due to a smear campaign being waged by his childhood nemesis, and Ross doesn’t have much reason to care if the armadillo sees his shadow on Armadillo Day. Whether Lonesome Point has six more weeks of winter or not, his life forecast is looking more foul than fair.
And then she comes home and nothing is the same again.
Fourteen years ago, Elodie Prince was a scared little girl who was neglected at home and bullied at school. In her dark world, the only light was a sweet boy everyone called Ugly Ross, who, to her, was always beautiful. When she returns to Lonesome Point to find her childhood friend has grown into a man as handsome as he is kind, she can’t help falling in love.
Elodie and Ross dive head first into Happily Ever After, but find their future threatened by a vicious blast from the past. Because some bullies never grow up, they only grow meaner, and more determined to snuff out the lights of the things that shine.
Ugly Ross. When Jessie announced she was finally gonna give us his story I was so happy because he’s been intriguing me since Leather and Lace. I have to say that I was overjoyed by what we got because Ross is anything but ugly! He’s the best kind of friend and the best kind of person. His unfortunate nickname was the result of a bully’s vindictive nature, but he never let it determine who he was though I think it did allow him to hide from what really made him happy for a long time.
When the girl he has never forgotten from the age of twelve returns to Lonesome Point, everything seems to be looking up for Ross Dyer. Elodie Prince rides back into his life on her Vespa and the sparks fly instantly. It seems Elodie has missed Ross just as much as he did her! I loved watching the two of them find their way together; even though his friends worry he’s rushing things. The only thing darkening their happily ever after is the bully from their past.
I loved this story!! Jessie did a wonderful job as always of weaving a story that is beautiful and impactful all at once. This story was as much about love defying time as it was about the courage to stand up to the mean people of the world who seem to take pleasure in trying to tear others down. Jessie is also the queen when it comes to writing a novella that feels like a full novel.
• “because heroes come in all sizes and shapes, love is as real at twelve as it is at fifty-two, and love makes even the most timid hearts brave”
• “Now she knew that she and her heart were both a little strange, odd ducks in a world that preferred lightly-seasoned chicken.”
•”She’d had lovers and boyfriends in the past, but none of them had made her feel as special or understood as one little boy had years ago. And once a heart has been understood- every dark corner seen, every shadow embraced- it’s impossible to settle for a softer shade of love.”
She’s married to the man of her dreams, and together they’re raising a few adorable, mischievous children in a cottage in the jungle. She grew up in rural Arkansas, spending summers running wild, being chewed by chiggers, and now appreciates her home in a chigger-free part of the world even more.
When she’s not writing, Jessie enjoys playing her dulcimer (badly), sewing the worlds ugliest quilts to give to her friends, going for bike rides with her house full of boys, and drifting in and out on the waves, feeling thankful for sun, surf, and lovely people to share them with.
Learn more at www.jessieevansauthor.com.