Synopsis: For champion professional
knitter Dymphna Pearl, inheriting part of a sun-blasted ghost town in the Texas hill country isn’t
just unexpected, it’s a little daunting. To earn a cash bequest that could change her life, she’ll
have to leave California to live in tiny, run-down Fat Chance for six months—with seven
strangers. Impossible! Or is it?
Trading her sandals for cowboy boots,
Dymphna dives into her new life with equal parts anxiety and excitement. After all, she’s neverfelt quite at home in Santa Monica anyway. Maybe Fat Chance will be her second chance. But
making it habitable is going take more than a lasso and Wild West spirit. With an opinionated
buzzard overlooking the proceedings and mismatched strangers learning to become friends,
Dymphna wonders if unlocking the secrets of her own heart is the way to strike real
The man stopped about
three feet in front of them. He didn’t smile. He thrust out his chin at
“That your dog?” he
The man now thrust his
chin at the WELCOME TO FAT CHANCE, TEXAS sign in Professor Johnson’s
“That’s my sign,” he
Dymphna noticed the
man had his right shoulder angled back at an unnatural angle. She wondered if there was
something wrong with his arm, but as the fog started to clear, she saw that he was resting his
fingertips on the butt of a gun. The gun was in a holster buckled across the man’s hips. At a
distance, the hostler had blended in with the loud board shorts, but as he got closer, there was
no mistaking it.
The man suddenly
whirled on the RV. He yelled out:
“Throw your weapons
down and come out with your hands up.”
“Sir, this RV is coming in
from Los Angeles,” Professor Johnson said. “We don’t have
One of the windows
opened slowly and a man’s hand appeared, palm up. In the palm was resting a pistol. The hand
dropped the gun to the ground as the door hissed open. Powderkeg came down the steps into
the open with his hands locked over his head.
“Good Morning, Viet
Nam,” the old man said. “I know that gun.”
As Powderkeg moved
towards the side of the RV with his hands clasped over this head, another gun hit the dirt – this
one a semi-automatic handgun in a dark gray and alarming pink - also hit the dirt. Old Bertha
heaved herself down the stairs, glaring at the old man.
“A lady can’t be too
careful” she said, putting her hands in the air and moving towards
A switchblade was next
out the door, followed by a glowering Wally Wasabi.
“Dude,” Wally said.
“Move along, Sonny,”
the old man said. “And get those hands in the air.”
Wasabi said, but he moved down the RV with his hands up.
“How did they get all
those weapons on their planes?” Dymphna whispered to Professor
“You can put a
switchblade in checked luggage,” Professor Johnson whispered back. “And if you let TSA know
you’re bringing a firearm - ahead of time in writing and you have a permit - you can bring it in
checked baggage, as well.”
voice was so soft she could barely hear it herself. “Who knew?”
“I did,” the professor
said. “And every TSA agent in America.”
About the Author:
Celia Bonaduce is an award-winning
producer whose credits cover a lot of ground – everything from field-producing ABC’s
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition to writing for many of Nickelodeon’s animated series,
including Hey, Arnold and Chalkzone. If Celia Bonaduce’s last name is any
indication, she is proof that TV talent runs in the family.
An avid reader, entering the world of
books has always been a lifelong ambition. She is the author of the Venice Beach Romances,
including The Merchant of Venice Beach, A Comedy of Erinn, and Much Ado
About Mother. The first book in her new series, Welcome to Fat Chance, Texas,
releases in July 2015.
Hey guys!! So I know I keep saying I'm back, and then life happens and I'm pulled away for a bit. But no longer! I'm going to make time for the things I love, and right at the top of that list is this community and the friendship it offers! How has everyone been?! I miss you guys!
There are a lot of really awesome things happening on my end that I will be able to share soon. But for now, enjoy this #festive shot I took for Clean Teen Publishing!
So #FunFact, I used to be a professional theatre actress! I went to the College Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati for college, left early, and worked in NYC and all over the country for many years as a singer/actress in regional theatres! Since it's #halloween, I thought it would be fun to post my favorite costumes. My favorite roles will always be Janis Joplin and Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray. While part of me will always miss this, I am forever grateful for the path that I am on now. If I could tell this version of myself one thing, it would be to hold on as this dream changes, because a better one is dawning. #costumes #theatre #trickortreat #flashback
#happyhalloween! I hope you are having a great day and are planning something super fun for tonight! I love this #spooky #halloween book I got to #photograph for @pjboox! Creepy, right? I might have to swing by and pick it up so I can read it!
So what are your plans for tonight? I think the #mister and I are just going to hang out at home and watch #nightmarebeforechristmas and eat candy, because we are old, lol.#qotd #bookstagram
*** QOTD Below *** It's #monday! I had a great weekend with my mister getting things all set up in our new place! But I'll tell you what, it was exhausting! We went to #Ikea and got some new bookshelves that I am so excited to fill up with all my pretties! I'm having trouble deciding how to categorize them though. What do you think? How do you have your shelves organized?
These are some of the photos I have taken for @cleanteenpub and @pjboox! Love these #spooky #halloween titles!
I know this isn't #bookstagram related, but I can't tell you how proud I am of this guy and how thrilled I am to have him to myself for the whole day!! So many great things are going on for us right now, and I can't wait to share them with you guys. So for as much as I will always be a #booknerd, tonight I'm a #hockeygirl #lovehim
*** QOTD Below *** Guys. This series, though. This started out purely as a #coverbuy from my fav indie bookstore @pjboox (you should all check them out!) This is the third book in the series, and I'm #dying to read it! I'm usually skeptical about #vampires because they can be overdone, but this read is well worth it. Check out the whole series, The Maura DeLuca Trilogy by @cmelansonauthor on the pjboox website!
What are your favorite supernatural beings? I think mine has to be a witch. Or wizard.
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Things have been so busy lately! I miss all my #bookstagram buddies! I have finally come up with a schedule that will allow me to post regularly like I used to. Yay!! So #halloween is coming up, and I can never resist a good #theme for a photo! I read The Forlorned by @celticgirl33 last year and I really liked it!
So what I have missed while I've been gone? Any good reads I need to know about?
It's #Friday! I for one am very ready for the weekend! Starting next week, you will be seeing more posts from me one a regular basis as I am now pretty well settled into my new home and have some awesome projects on deck to share with you!
This week, I had the pleasure of creating some graphics to announce some upcoming releases for Clean Teen Publishing and Crimson Tree Publishing! Aren't these covers stunning! Bellamy and the Brute by Alicia Michaels will release in 2017 and is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast! Awesome, right? Silverwitch by Tamara Hanks Grantham will release in December and is Book Four in the Olive Kennedy: Fairyworld MD series! This series is one of my top three series in 2015 AND 2016, so you will want to pick this up if you haven't already! Book One, Dreamthief, is #FREE on all platforms and just won a #RONEAWARD from InD'Tale Magazine for best #NewAdult title of 2016!
There are SO many awesome books coming out in the next few months. Which ones are you most excited about?
Hey you guys! I know I have been radio silent, and I hated it, but I had good reason! I'm really excited to share that I have been brought on as editor and part of the creative team for the ongoing comic book series Solar Flare by James Haick! Working in this field has always been a dream of mine, and I can't believe it's starting to come to fruition.
In the spirit of geeking out over comics, what is your favorite comic book story/character? #bookstagram
**** QOTD Below **** Hey my amazing #bookworms! I hope your week is going well! I turned in a new editing project yesterday *yay!* so today I'm working on Social Media things to give my analytic brain a break.
Don't you just LOVE this cover?! I picked it up at my favorite #indie #bookstore, PJ Boox immediately after I saw it. This is the second book in The Maura DeLuca series, so once I'm done with the first one, which is also stunning, I'll be moving on to this!
When you are looking for your #Cover #buys, what kind of covers are you drawn to? #qotd #bookstagram