Thursday, January 24, 2013

The Wisdom of Hair by Kim Boykin

Life can be beautiful, but it takes a little work...“The problem with cutting your own hair is that once you start, you just keep cutting, trying to fix it, and the truth is, some things can never be fixed. The day of my daddy’s funeral, I cut my bangs until they were the length of those little paintbrushes that come with dime-store watercolor sets. I was nine years old. People asked me why I did it, but I was too young then to know I was changing my hair because I wanted to change my life.” In 1983, on her nineteenth birthday, Zora Adams finally says goodbye to her alcoholic mother and their tiny town in the mountains of South Carolina. Living with a woman who dresses like Judy Garland and brings home a different man each night is not a pretty existence, and Zora is ready for life to be beautiful.

With the help of a beloved teacher, she moves to a coastal town and enrolls in the Davenport School of Beauty. Under the tutelage of Mrs. Cathcart, she learns the art of fixing hair, and becomes fast friends with the lively Sara Jane Farquhar, a natural hair stylist. She also falls hard for handsome young widower Winston Sawyer, who is drowning his grief in bourbon. She couldn’t save Mama, but maybe she can save him.

As Zora practices finger waves, updos, and spit curls, she also comes to learn that few things are permanent in this life—except real love, lasting friendship, and, ultimately… forgiveness.

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**Everyone who leaves a comment below will be entered to win a $20 Amazon gift card! Anyone who purchases their copy of The Wisdom of Hair before April 1 and sends their receipt to Samantha (at) ChickLitPlus (dot) com, will get five bonus entries.**

**The winner is Marlene. Please email me to confirm your prize!** 

Author Bio:

Kim Boykin learned about women and their hair in her mother’s beauty shop in a tiny South Carolina town. She loves to write stories about strong Southern women, because that’s what she knows. While her stories are always set in South Carolina, she lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband, three dogs, and 126 rose bushes.
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  1. Kim, enjoy your tour. I can't wait to read the wisdom of hair. 126 rose bushes sounds beautiful!

  2. Great post. I just located your blog and wished to let you know that I have certainly loved reading your blogs. At any rate I’m going to be subscribing to your feed and I really hope you are writing again soon.

  3. I'll SO be following this tour—am excited to host Kim and learn more about the book, as well!

    ♥ Karielle @ Books à la Mode

  4. Sounds like a really interesting story with a lot of emotional twists and turns. Thanks for sharing it with us

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  5. Kim...I also live in NC, in a county right next door to South Carolina. I confess that I have never known the culture, or wisdom of, beauty shops. I guess that means I'm not a true Southerner...LOL.
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  6. Good luck with the tour. I love the Charlotte area. I was down there 13 years ago for business. Very pretty area.

    I can't imagine having to maintain 126 rose bushes, but I bet they look pretty. The deer in my area would just have a field day eating the blooms.

    Thanks for the chance to win.

    suegaluska (at) yahoo (dot) com

  7. Congratulations on your new book! Love to hear about local authors in Charlotte. Thanks for the giveaway.

  8. Sounds like a really good read!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  9. Great post. I just located your blog and wished to let you know that I have certainly loved reading your blogs. At any rate I’m going to be subscribing to your feed and I really hope you are writing again soon.

  10. This is a unique story. A protagonist who loves to style hair. I would love to tead this. :)

  11. I love the retro cover and the blurb sounds great. I love the idea of a hair stylist. thanks!

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  12. This book looks GREAT!! It has the flavor of the Old South and Steel Magnolias--genteel civility amidst hardship:) Going on my TBR shelf. Have a great tour and I know The Wisdom of Hair will do well!!

  13. This book sounds amazing!

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  14. I can't wait to read this!!!

  15. I love the cover for this one and even more the concept. It's so different and fun.


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