Relatively Crazy by Ellen Dye – Spotlight and Giveaway

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Ellen Dye will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

On her fortieth birthday housewife Wanda Jo Ashton is expecting her husband’s standard gift of an E and E from T-that being Elegant and Expensive from Tiffany’s. However, what she gets is the news that her formerly successful, dependable corporate attorney husband is leaving her to pursue the rich life of a kept man. Left with nothing she has no choice but to escape the San Francisco area, with her sixteen-year-old daughter in tow and head toward the mountains of West Virginia and the quirky family she left behind twenty years ago. Here Wanda Jo must carve out a future, complete with career and home in the midst of family feuds, computer phobias and the occasional homebrewing explosion before she finally figures out life can indeed being again at forty.

Enjoy an Excerpt

Okay, there is was. Looking no different than twenty-two years ago. A small opening in the woods marked by a gray, metal, utilitarian mailbox and a graveled trail that passed for a driveway in these parts.

I was home. Oh God help me. Please.

I depressed the brake pedal, leaving behind the paved surface and tried not to wince as what sounded like millions of tiny gravel bits pinged against the underside of my car.

The azaleas lining the drive still looked the same. The one at the very end caught my attention, I could have sworn it jiggled. Oh no, it couldn’t be. Surely it was impossible now.

Suddenly the bush jumped in front of the car.

I slammed on the brakes, pinning Olivia to the seat with my outstretched arm. In the fashion of mothers everywhere I was protecting my offspring from flying through the windshield by crushing her windpipe while invoking the Maternal Arm.

I looked toward the hood and the half-dozen bobbing azalea twigs in front. I sat resolved as they rose and wre followed by an old pith helmet and a face which looked a bit older than I’d remembered, although it was hard to tell precisely, given the layers of green and black greasepaint. A body followed, dressed in a set of ancient Army –issued fatigues.

“Gun,” Olivia croaked, pointing.

I simply nodded, there would be plenty of time later for my daughter to find out exactly what was swimming around in the waters of the gene pool from whence she’d sprung.

About the Author:At the age of nine Ellen Dye decided she was going to be a writer when she found her Aunt Nettie’s trunk of True Confessions magazines and spent untold hours reading the lot, a bag of Munchos potato chips and a frosty RC Cola at her side. Then, being nine, she promptly forgot all about it as she got lost in the pesky business of growing up, And then one very lucky day she spotted a confession magazine on the grocery store shelf and began to tap out her own stories which were a delight to see published. Now she spends her days tapping out her characters’ happily-ever-afters for The Wild Rose Press.

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  1. James Robert says:

    Congrats on the tour and thanks so much for the excerpt and giveaway as well.

  2. Thanks for hosting!

  3. Lisa Brown says:

    congrats on the the tour and thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  4. Many thanks to Long and Short Reviews for having me today. Relatively Crazy is a very special book to me, it is one of those amazing books that simply seemed to write itself. Writers usually call this sort of rare happening a Gift Book, and the name could not be more fitting. I hope you all enjoy the blurb and give Relatively Crazy a try, and laugh as much reading it as I did writing it.

  5. Thanks for sharing the excerpt, I enjoyed reading it!

  6. I liked the excerpt, thank you.

  7. Thanks for the giveaway; I like the excerpt. 🙂

  8. Dale Wilken says:

    Sounds good.

  9. Nikolina Vukelic says:

    I really enjoyed reading the entire post today. This is a new author for me so thank you for the reveal!

  10. James Robert says:

    Four to 6″ of snow scheduled for us today, not looking forward to it at all. Hope your day is as terrific as you are. Thanks for the giveaway as always.

    • Thanks for taking the time to visit again, James! It’s pretty chilly here in WV, but no snow coming as of yet. And I gotta say, I’m pretty danged happy about that 😉

  11. James Robert says:

    Happy Thursday and hope it’s a great one. Thanks again for the giveaway.

  12. James Robert says:

    Thanks so much for the opportunity to win. Have yourself a great Tuesday!

  13. James Robert says:

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  23. James Robert says:

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  25. James Robert says:

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  27. Danielle M. says:

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