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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

GIVEAWAY/GUEST POST: "Thirty and a Half Excuses" - Denise Grover Swank

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By: Denise Grover Swank


Life in Henryetta, Arkansas is turned upside down with the arrival of a televangelist, but it’s the death of a little old lady on Rose’s street that catches her attention. The Henryetta police deem her death natural causes, but Rose suspects foul play and so does an unlikely supporter–-the president of the Busy Body Club, her eighty-two year old neighbor Mildred.

But Rose is in the middle of opening her nursery with her sister Violet, who’s separated from her husband Mike, as well as stalling her boyfriend Joe’s family, rich socialites who are determined to meet her. Along with her multiple encounters with Fenton County’s new assistant DA, Mason Deveraux III, it’s just another day in the life of Rose Gardner–-chaos.

Twenty-Five Random Facts
About Denise Grover Swank
according to her children

Jenna, age 10
  1. Her favorite color is green.
  2. She’s adopted three children.
  3. Her favorite ice cream is cappuccino chunky chocolate.
  4. She loves Starbucks.
  5. Her favorite candy is Buncha Crunch.
  6. She suggests books for me to read.
  7. She has an amazingly pretty daughter named Jenna.

Julia, age 16
  1. She can’t smell.
  2. She owns two Keurigs.
  3. She loves candles but can’t smell them.
  4. She can deal with throw up and blood, but she can’t handle missing finger or toenails.
  5. She gets a new laptop at least once a year.
  6. She learned to play the flute in her thirties.
  7. She has an extremely talented daughter named Julia.
  8. She has a weakness for taking care of small animals.

Emma, age 6
  1. She makes up and sings silly songs
  2. She give good hugs
  3. She lets me sleep with her when I have a bad dream

Ryan, age 7
  1. She likes to dance
  2. She has three dogs
  3. She makes good chocolate chip pancakes.

Ross, age 22
  1. She taught me how to play Sonic the Hedgehog when I was little.
  2. I introduced her to Linkin Park.
  3. And to several other bands she never heard of like Cold.
  4. I find her sleeping in her chair at three in the morning with her laptop still on her lap.

Author Bio:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Denise Grover Swank was born in Kansas City, Missouri and lived in the area until she was nineteen. Then she became a nomadic gypsy, living in five cities, four states and ten houses over the course of ten years before she moved back to her roots. She speaks English and smattering of Spanish and Chinese which she learned through an intensive Nick Jr. immersion period.  Her hobbies include witty Facebook comments (in own her mind) and dancing in her kitchen with her children. (Quite badly if you believe her offspring.)  Hidden talents include the gift of justification and the ability to drink massive amounts of caffeine and still fall asleep within two minutes. Her lack of the sense of smell allows her to perform many unspeakable tasks.  She has six children and hasn’t lost her sanity. Or so she leads you to believe.

You can find out more about Denise and her other books at:





  1. This sounds really good. Thank u for the giveaway.

  2. 2 Keurigs! Geez, women mine just broke and had to resort to a $20 coffee maker until I can save for a new one. I'm good saving. I think I might save for 2 now so if it happens again the $ will be there right away now. HAHA! Brilliant on you for having a spare.

    However, what on earth do you do with your old laptop if you buy a new one every year?

    Awesome on adopting! I knew it from following you, but still its awesome! We were going to but my bad back injury has made that an impossibility. I always wanted to be adopted as a kid but never happened so warms my heart when I see success!

    Thanks for the giveaway! Book sounds like it's going to be a cool read.

  3. Admittedly, I did not know most of these things about you and some of them are pretty intriguing (e.g. love for candles you can't smell!) so your children did a very good job! I recently bought the first two books in this series and I look greatly forward to reading them before moving on to the third installment.


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