Review & Giveaway: The Curl Up and Dye by Sharon Sala

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Introducing The Curl Up and Dye, the start to a new series by author Sharon Sala.  Sharon Sala, who has also written under the name Dinah McCall, has 85-plus books in print, published in four different genres.  The Curl Up and Dye is her first foray into women’s southern fiction described as ‘Wally Lamb meets Steel Magnolias’ in which Sala introduces the residents of Blessings, Georgia.  At the heart of this community lies Ruby Dye’s beauty salon, privy to the romance, drama and secrets of the small town and its characters.

I had the chance to ask two questions of Sharon Sala after reading her prequel novella, Color Me Bad. Read on to discover her answers, and my thoughts about The Curl Up and Dye.

Q: What was your worst hair dye experience?
Sharon Sala: The worst hair color experience I ever had was when a salon owner used a shampoo especially for women with gray hair (I’ve had gray hair since I was 30) and it turned my hair purple. It was a nice shade of lilac but I was appalled, just the same.

Q: Why do you think clients spill their secrets to hairdressers? What is the most indiscreet or funniest thing you have overheard in a salon?

Sharon Sala: I think people tell secrets everywhere, but a beauty shop makes people feel better about themselves, and when they do, they usually talk about everything. The funniest thing I ever heard at a beauty shop was from a kid about ten years old. His mother had dropped him off to get a haircut and as the lady was finishing his haircut, the boy piped up with the information that his Mama was going to pay her when she got back, and she hoped to hell the check didn’t bounce. LOL

My Thoughts:

LilyAnn Bronte was once the envy of her high school classmates. Sweet, popular and beautiful she was valedictorian, head cheerleader, crowned ‘Miss Peachy-Keen Queen’ and dating star quarterback, Randy Joe. But then Randy was killed in Afghanistan, having enlisted after the tragedy of 9/11, and LilyAnn’s blessed life fell apart. Grieving for her fiance, she withdrew and ten years later she is overweight, out of shape and alone, still visiting Randy’s grave every week. Its the arrival of a handsome stranger in town that finally inspires LilyAnne to reinvent herself, unaware that his notice is not something you would want.

While a large part of this story is about LilyAnne’s efforts to rebuild her life, the focus is firmly on the romance between LilyAnne and her neighbour, Mike Dalton. Having been in love with LilyAnne since the tenth grade, Mike is hoping that the changes she is making will include the way she sees him, but she remains largely oblivious until Ruby, the owner of the Curl Up and Dye Salon, chooses to give them both a little push. The development of their romance is beset by miscommunication, misguided attempts at provoking jealousy and the misinterpretation of intentions, and though a happy ending is never really in any doubt, it is satisfying when LilyAnne and Mike finally get it together.

What did surprise me was the subplot involving the stranger, T.J. who proves to be a nasty piece of work. I really wasn’t expecting some of the violence that occurs during the course of the novel, and it may be confronting for some readers caught unawares.

To offset the drama there is humour and southern snark, quirky characters and a charming small town atmosphere. The Curl Up and Dye beauty salon is the place to which all the characters gravitate, best introduced in Sala’s prequel novella, Color Me Bad, in which LilyAnne briefly appears.

The Curl Up and Dye is a quick, engaging read blending romance, drama and humour. Well known for her romantic suspense fiction, Sharon Sala is sure to pick up some new fans with her foray into southern fiction who will be looking forward to revisiting Blessings as the series progresses.

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22 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ann
    Mar 03, 2014 @ 04:12:11

    Would love to find out what happens between LilyAnne and Mike. =D

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  2. Marjorie Roy
    Mar 03, 2014 @ 05:10:09

    This book sounds like a fun read and I would love to read it.

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  3. laurelrainsnow
    Mar 03, 2014 @ 07:00:18

    I haven’t read anything by this author in years, but I love the sound of this one. Southern fiction is a new favorite of mine…something about that down home appeal and the gorgeous settings. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. rblerner2013
    Mar 03, 2014 @ 09:24:40

    I like this idea for a series.

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  5. zippykim314
    Mar 03, 2014 @ 12:11:56

    I love Sharon’s books. She is one fabulous woman! She always has her plate full with writing and Little momma. thanks for having her!

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  6. debra Field
    Mar 03, 2014 @ 12:12:26

    I love Sharon Sala books

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  7. Polly
    Mar 03, 2014 @ 12:13:24

    I am looking forward to this series with great anticipation. If prior books are anything to go by (and they are) this one will be great.

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  8. Jordana Dally
    Mar 03, 2014 @ 12:14:13

    Sounds like a great series

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  9. Jan Alex
    Mar 03, 2014 @ 12:31:59

    I love Sharon Sala’s books. Never have to worry about not enjoying it if it has her name on the cover.

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  10. Janis Posey
    Mar 03, 2014 @ 12:42:46

    I love Sharon Sala books and I would love to find out how this one plays out – it sounds like it is right up my alley!!

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  11. Donna
    Mar 03, 2014 @ 13:09:37

    Sharon Sala or Dinah McCall she is onne of my very favorite authors!

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  12. Sara Gerhold
    Mar 03, 2014 @ 13:32:03

    Though different from the usual Sharon Sala’s books, The Curl Up and Dye was a delight to read! It delivers on the promise of being humorous, and yet endearing. I can’t wait to see what will happen, in Blessings, Georgia, next.

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  13. Sallie Ashby
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 01:38:03

    Having grown up in a house with a cosmetology instructor I understand what is said in a chair to a hairdresser! Having read her books I am really looking forward to this new series.

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  14. Donna Bayar Repsher
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 03:11:30

    I’d love to win a copy–Sharon Sala is one of my all-time favorites!

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  15. Tina M. Harrelson
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 05:02:36

    Sharon is an awesome writer! I would love to receive this book and review it! Thanks for the chance to win it!

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  16. Janet Warren
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 06:43:28

    I love Sharon Sal’s books!

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  17. Michelle Marshall
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 11:21:23

    I love Sharon Sala’s books .Curl up and dye sounds amazing. I would love to win a copy.

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  18. Elizabeth MacGregor-Kirkcaldy
    Mar 05, 2014 @ 13:34:23

    I always love Sharon’s books ~ she writes wonderfully, heart-warming tales ~ and I love Southern Fiction as well~ I can’t wait to read ‘The Curl up and Dye’. Love the title. Thank you for the chance to win ~ Happy Reading ~ Elizabeth MacGregor-Kirkcaldy

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  19. Carolsue
    Mar 07, 2014 @ 14:37:31

    I’d like to win this book! I hope you mean that it expires March 9, 2014 and not 2013! If not, I guess I am a litle late!

    Reply

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