Nan Dixon’s Southern Comforts!

Nan Dixon HeadshotWelcome to the talented & amazing Nan Dixon!  Nan’s been a friend of mine for years–she’s the outgoing president of my local RWA chapter, & has been the driving force behind any number of critique groups over the years.  I am thrilled to announced that her debut novel SOUTHERN COMFORTS is being released in mere days–DAYS!–and I’ve invited her here today to celebrate & tell us a bit about her story!  Welcome, Nan!

Thanks for inviting me into the lair, Susan!

I’m thrilled that my debut novel, SOUTHERN COMFORTS, releases in two days!  Even though it’s coming out in December, it isn’t a Christmas story.  In fact, it’s set in beautiful Savannah, Georgia.  I visited Savannah with my sisters and fell in love with the quirky wonderful city.

Nan1My hubby and I met our daughter and son-in-law in Savannah this September.  (I don’t think they realized I was there to research.)  I’ll show you just a few pictures.  First, Forsythe Park fountain. I understand on St Patrick’s Day the water in the fountain is green.   (Savannah has the second largest St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the US.)

nan2And this is Gracie.  She’s out at Bonaventure Cemetery.  The sculptures in the cemetery are incredible there.  I’ve taken a three hour ghost tour in the cemetery and only been able to cover the highlights.

Right now, Savannah would be a nice escape from all the early snow in Minnesota.  Sigh….


Patio in snowBut I’m here to talk about my book, not moan about the cold.

Abby Fitzgerald along with her two sisters run Fitzgerald House, a bed and breakfast.  Their mother started the process of turning their crumbling mansion into a B and B and the sisters have now taken over.  They still follow Mamma Fitzgerald’s rules and here are a few of them.

SouthernComforts#1 The guests are always right, even when they’re wrong.

#2 Absolutely never get involved with a guest.  It’s not well done.

#5 Never yell at a guest.  Not even under your breath.  (I’ve found the second floor linen closet is pretty soundproof.)

#11 If cleanliness is next to godliness, Fitzgerald House must be heaven.

#32 Smile until your cheeks hurt.

#37 A weary traveler must rest his head.  It might as well be on our pillows.

Of course, when Abby meets Grayson Smythe she struggles with Rule #2.  Gray is a long-term guest who spends his evening eating dinner in Abby’s kitchen—and it’s not long before their attraction starts to sizzle.

Although Gray’s kisses are a delicious distraction. Abby’s priorities are the B and B and the dream of opening her own restaurant.  And Gray definitely has the means to help her.  But when money seems to be all he can offer, Abby suspects she might get burned.

Here’s an Excerpt:

“Actions speak louder than words.”

Tears trickled down Abigail’s cheek.  The ice in her eyes frightened Gray.  “I’m going back to Savannah.  I’m going home.”

“Abby.”  This couldn’t be happening.  Not when he was in love with her.  “Stay.  Please.”

“We’re done.”  She wheeled her bag around him.

Desperate, he blurted out.  “I think I’m in love with you.”

She stopped.  Her shoulders shook.  She turned around, pity filled her face.  “You can’t buy my love, Gray.  That’s not how it works.  It’s something I would have given freely.”

Panic bubbled inside his chest like lava in a volcano about to blow.  “I’m not trying to buy your love.”

She didn’t even stop.

He ripped a hand through his hair.  He’d been trying to help her, for God’s sake. And she’d thrown everything back in his face.  He told her he loved her.  He had the money.  He could fix her problems.  Make her life easier.  Why wouldn’t the stubborn woman let him help?

Oooh, Nan, I like it!  I really have to wait two whole days before I can read the whole thing??  Sigh.  Okay, so do you have a question for our faithful readers today?

Of course!  Here it is:  If you owned your own B and B—where would it be and why?

Comment and win a chance to receive one of two autographed copies of SOUTHERN COMFORTS!  (If not in the US, Nan will send an eBook.)







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  • Amy Conley says:

    He gets to stay for our half Christmas too?

  • Amy Conley says:

    If I owned a B&B it would be in Rotoura, NZ (north island). First of all the weather doesn’t usually get to cold, mosfly no snow. But if you are one who enjoys the snow, the mountians are close. There ponds, lakes, and beaches within an hours drive. Last but not least, this was where they filmed much of THE LORD OF THE RINGS movies…great tourist site=lots of tourists needing a place to stay= lots of money to be made.

    In other words, everyone wins.

  • Laurie G says:

    I’d love to own a B&B in Soringdale, Utah right outside Zion National Park. People come from all over the world to see the beauty of the park. we had a marvelous experience at Zion. I would love to be able to visit the park frequently and meet other outdoor enthusiasts.

  • Shannon says:

    I would want mine in Carmen/Monterrey area. The weather is mostly temperate, the ocean is beautiful. It has the most wonderful festivals, such as an antique auto show and a jazz festival.

    I wouldn’t know how to cater to British tastes, but I would also consider a B&B in Brighton. (Stayed at lovely one that still sends me specials; the latest is a discount for Christmas and New Years.

    • Nan Dixon says:

      What fabulous locations! My mother was British – and my Great Grandmother loved in Brighton. It was beautiful. Although I mostly remember the pub that you had to duck your head as we walked in.

  • sandyg265 says:

    I’d have one near Yellowstone Park because I like the park.

    • Nan Dixon says:

      Yellowstone is a family favorite. We spent a lot of time out in Big Sky. (I hear they are getting lots of snow this weekend!) Beautiful place to have a B and B. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Mozette says:

    I would have one in Brunswick Heads, Northern New South Wales. It’s a nice little fishing village just south of the border and I have been going there since I was little… and I’d love to pick one of the old buildings near Memorial Park there (okay, that pink and white one on Faucet Street) and turn it into a B&B… it looks over that park, the South Arm and part of the Brunswick River, it’s got ample parking, walking distance into town, to the surf and bus station and the Hotel Brunswick and it’s a wonderful little place in itself…

    Yeah, I know the township pretty well. 🙂,153.5498954,3a,75y,180h,90t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1saFM6V6QbQygG8ffv0mj4gw!2e0

    Here’s the place I’d take over … 🙂

    What do you think?

    • Nan Dixon says:

      Mozette — What a great location! I could stay there and visit my aunt who lives in NSW! (I haven’t been to OZ yet. Another bucket list item!)

      • Mozette says:

        Oh yeah! this place is gorgeous… it’s a lovely little place. The Japanese were hoping to buy it up and turn it into another Gold Coast, until Brunswick Heads promptly flooded on them about two or three weeks after they visited… well, there went that pipe dream on them!

        They’ve left the place well enough alone! And just as well, it’s a great little community. 😀

  • Debbie Oxier says:

    Somewhere in the mountains where it’s beautiful and green in the summer, a wonderland in the winter with lots of snow and all kinds of activities to take part in! Christmas would be magical there!

    • Nan Dixon says:

      Debbie — that’s sounds wonderful. I can imagine coming back from skiing and the smell ig hot apple cider and mulled wine greeting me at the door!
      Thanks for stopping by!

    • Shannon says:

      Debbie-I grew up in Idaho, so I know a lot of places with green in summer and snow in winter. This website has a slow roll of pictures of the area around Sandpoint.

      And thinking of Sandpoint reminded me that the daughter of my Dad’s best friend had opened a B&B in Bayview, about 30 miles from Sandpoint. I’m not posting the link because that might cross the line into advertising, but a Google Search of Bayview Idaho B&B’s does bring it up.

  • Patty L. says:

    If I had a B & B it would be in East Tennessee. The Mountain views and picturesque valleys. I would have whiskey and wine available from all the local distillers and vineyards.

    Your book sounds great and I can’t wait to read it. I love the HQ super romances.

    • Nan Dixon says:

      Thanks Patty!
      I had never spent much time out east – but now I have daughters in VA and KY. We usually make a big swing between there and Florida in the winter. The country is so beautiful. So much to see!
      Thanks for stopping and loving HQ SuperRomances!

    • Caren Crane says:

      Patty, I am with you on East TN, too! Both sides of my mom’s family are from Butler (Old Butler) in Johnson County. It is incredibly beautiful there. Remote, but not too far from town. Asheville is only 1-1/2 hrs down the interstate from Johnson City! 🙂

      • Nan Dixon says:

        Thanks Caren!
        Hubby and I spent one night in Asheville. We drove in when it was dark. What a delight to wake up to such beautiful country! And the drive to the southeast through the mountains and tunnels was breath-taking. I want to stay in your B and B!

      • Anne E says:

        If I had a B and B it would be in Vienna, Austria! What better place than one where Rieslings flows as free as the Danube, fine chocolate is a staple, and your days are filled with apricots!

  • Nan Dixon says:

    I was so excited when I woke up and there were already comments, I forgot to thank Susan for inviting me to the Lair! And what a lovely introduction! I hope your girls are dancing beautifully this morning!

  • Caren Crane says:

    Nan, welcome to the Lair and congratulations on your debut release! I love the excerpt and am excited to read this story. Savannah is a favorite of mine. So much incredibly interesting (and, as you mentioned, quirky) history and architecture and people there!

    If I could have a B and B, I would have it in the area around Asheville, NC. My youngest is currently at college at UNC-A and my mom’s cousin and his (now-deceased) wife had a B and B there. I would love to take over their old place and enjoy all the exceptional food, scenery and art/music of Asheville. It is a wonderful, eclectic town. A real oasis of hippie/foodie/farm-to-table culture in the midst of the very conservative mountain towns. Plus, hiking! Kayaking! 😀

  • Sally Schmidt says:

    I love a Southern setting – quiet and peaceful and romantic with a little danger thrown in. I am looking forward to reading this story.

    If I had a bed and breakfast I would set it somewhere with amazing natural resources like Yellowstone or Yosemite or Lassen Park (bubbling pools – amazing!). Something to wander around and explore during the day, but not so much in the hustle and bustle that you can’t just enjoy the B&B at night.

  • Julie Mulhern says:

    Love, love, love the excerpt and cannot wait to read this book!

  • catslady says:

    Congratulations on your debut. I think I would want one in the woods – away from it all. And somewhere that has the 4 seasons. Lots of different themes that way.

    • Nan Dixon says:

      And so many opportunities for decorating. In book two, I have the sisters setting up 17 Christmas trees in the B and B. And creating a poinsettia tree in the foyer. So much fun to write those scenes!

  • Kay Hudson says:

    If I could have a B&B it would be somewhere on the Texas Gulf Coast, for birdwatchers, fisher(wo)men, and tourists. There are B&Bs in the middle of Houston, too, for folks who come to the city for the museums. theaters, and restaurants. That might be fun, too.

    I’m looking forward to reading Southern Comforts, Nan. I’ve only been to Savannah once, and that was decades ago.

    • Nan Dixon says:

      Thanks for stopping by Kay!
      The Texas coast sounds wonderful. I have never gotten that far south. There are so many wonderful places in the US–wish the country wasn’t quite so large!

  • Rita Wray says:

    My B&B would be in Napa, CA because it is a really nice area. There are many wineries for people to visit.

  • flchen1 says:

    Ooh, I don’t know, Nan! Like Rita, probably in Napa, partly because it’s nearish to where I’m familiar, and it’s a beautiful part of the world! I love the sounds of Southern Comforts–congratulations on your upcoming debut! Can I safely assume there will be stories coming about Abby’s sisters?

    • Nan Dixon says:

      flchen1 – Napa is a winner!
      I’m currently working on Bess’s story. She’s the #2 sister, loves orchids and is a landscape architect. She does all the garden designs and loves to add quirky details like a frog fountain and a gnome that appears to wink.

  • Gail Hart says:

    Congrats on your debut, Nan!

    I don’t think I’m the type to run a B&B – too much work, and pretty much around the clock.


  • AE Jones says:

    Nan –
    This sounds great. I can’t wait for the book to load on my Kindle on Monday! With 3 sisters I hope that means we will get their stories too?

    • Nan Dixon says:

      Ahh AE – Thanks for swinging over, my friend! I have plans for all the sisters and the secondary character from SOUTHERN COMFORTS and the hero’s sister from the same. (She is not a nice person. She will have to be redeemed.) Hopefully, the editor will like the proposal in front of her and pick up the next 2 books.

  • Sandra Owens says:

    Charleston, SC. I think. I love Savannah, too, though, and it would be a great place for a B & B, also. Really looking forward to reading Southern Comforts, Nan!

    • Nan Dixon says:

      Oh Sandra,
      I’ve now been to Charleston twice. First time we stayed at an incredible B and B called The Governor’s House. So much fun and they had the same schedule of food as Fitzgerald House. We were just in Charleston in Sept., but drove up for a day. The restaurants are phenomenal! I would go to your B and B.

  • Sheri Humphreys says:

    Nan, I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love that excerpt! I can’t wait to read SOUTHERN COMFORTS. The fact that you sucked me completely into these characters in just a few lines blows my mind. That’s good writing.

    As for a B&B, my sentiments are like Gail Hart’s, but I guess if it appealed, I’d want to be right where I am. Cambria, CA, on the central coast of California. I moved here two years ago, and it’s pretty perfect. The village is a tourist destination due to the coast, the weather, the wineries.

    • Nan Dixon says:

      You had me at wineries!. I love the ocean too. I’ll come to your B and B. (Assuming it will be run by other people–right?)
      Thanks for stopping by.

  • Hi Nan! Firstly welcome to the Banditas. And secondly, huge congratulations on your debut release! I hope it does really well. Loved the excerpt. Don’t actually think I could have a B&B. I used to work in a hotel and while I enjoyed it, I got to a point where I wanted to shut the door and never see anyone again. It’s not really a job for an introvert!

    • Nan Dixon says:

      Thanks for welcome Anna!
      The cleaning would have to handled by someone else–I would like to do the greeting and wine tastings! (Abby pairs her appetizers with the wines. Argentinian wines—she makes Argentinian appetizers. That was fun research.

  • Hi Nan! Welcome to the lair!

    Loved your excerpt – and the title! I think if I ran a B&B, it would be an absolute disaster LOL. While my daughter could feed the guests, they’d have to do their own housekeeping – just not my thing. And don’t get me started on not talking back!

    But I do love Savannah as a setting. I’ve only been there once, but I’d love to go back. I’d set my B&B along the East coast, or maybe in Asheville in the mountains. Lots of gorgeous real estate in the US.

    Good Luck with Southern Comforts. Hope it flies off the shelves!

    • Nan Dixon says:

      Thank you Donna! The Lair is so welcoming!
      Any of those places sound wonderful. I really want to spend some time in Asheville. The daughter in Richmond went there this fall to one of the mansions and loved it.

  • Darcy Woods says:

    Delectable excerpt, Nan, you tease! Can’t believe the release is hours away!!! WOOP!

    If I ran a B&B it would be on the moon. I’m dead serious. Helluva journey, but how spectacular once you get there?! AND we could see what prosecco does without gravity!

    • Nan Dixon says:

      Darcy, If you build it, they will come–right? I’ll be on the 2nd moon flight, just in case there are problems on the first!
      I wonder if the bubbles in the Prosecco would float faster at lower gravity. We might have to do some experiments!
      Thanks for stopping!

  • Oh Nan- this is so exciting! Can’t wait to buy and read your debut novel!! I’d open a B and B in Oxford, Mississippi where I was born. It’s the cutest town, and SEC football weekends would be the best. Of course there might be a few other people with the same idea, so I’d have a bit of competition and definitely need to turn to your book for tips to get ahead. Happy release day- a little early!

  • Anne E says:

    If I had a B and B it would be in Vienna, Austria! What better place than one where Rieslings flows as free as the Danube, fine chocolate is a staple, and your days are filled with apricots

  • Congrats on your debut! I love Savannah and usually have the opportunity to visit there once or twice a year. I adore the huge old trees. I think I’d rather own a vacation rental (or several) than be tied to B & B. I”m looking forward to reading Southern Comfort! Enjoy this exciting moment!

  • *Congratulations, Nan!!!*

    I’m so excited for you! The Book Depository tells me my copy of Southern Comforts is making its way to me at this very moment. I can’t wait to read it. I got married in Savannah, so the city is extra special to me.

    Wishing you a ton of sales, Nan!

    • Nan Dixon says:

      Hi Vanessa!
      Wheee! I didn’t know you’d gotten married in Savannah. What a great place to get married! (There are a few weddings planned in the series.) Thanks for buying the book!

  • Nan Dixon says:

    Amy Patrick and Debbie Oxier are the winners!
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    Please contact me at so I can send you your books!

  • Love the excerpt, Nan! Can’t wait until it downloads.