Thursday, February 28, 2013

If You've Got It, Flaunt it

"If you've got it, flaunt it -- within reason.  Too much Southern Exposure will get his attention, but-- lose his respect."  Rule #64

At least that's what the Southern Belle's Handbook, Sissy LeBlanc's Rules to Live By says.  But if you have another ending for this rule let me know. 

Finally The Southern Belle's Handbook has become available for download to your Kindle, Nook, or iPad or smart

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

What Would a Southern Belle Do?

A Southern Belle doesn't have to give into temptation, but--

How would you finish this?

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Wonderful Readers

I have the most wonderful readers.

Kathy Stewart  wrote me this a while back:

Dear Loraine ,
I have read all 3 of your books in the past 2 weeks ( checked out from Library ) , and loved them so much that I hated when I read the last written word !  I am now a Fan of yours .  I am looking forward to reading your next book . Do you have one in the works ?  If so , when should it release ?
From a Georgia Girl , Southern drawl and all ,
Kathy Stewart

And when I asked if I had her permission to post her email she responded:

I'm asking God to be right there with you while you are working on your next novel . He knows your gift of writing that He blessed you with.

Writers always hope they will be able to move readers.  So thank you Kathy.  

The Southern Belle's Handbook has been difficult to find in bookstores but I'm happy to let you know that it's finally available for download at and

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

More Rules from the Southern Belle


The ones who are interested in you and the rest.  The second kind are so misguided, they're not worth your time.  Because if a man doesn't have the sense to appreciate you, he obviously doesn't have any sense at all.  Rule #71

Never marry a man too stupid for you.  He'll spend the rest of your life getting even.  Rule #43


Forget his stomach.  The surest way to keep a man happy is to become his cheerleader.  Rule #33

Men fantasize about being a knight and rescuing a maiden in distress.  Encourage this.  It's a good thing.  There's no reason for you ever to struggle pushing a heavy bag into an overhead compartment.  Ask him to do something easy for you and thank him sweetly.  He'll feel great about himself -- and you.  Rule #48

Starting today you can download the Southern Belle's Handbook for you Kindle, Nook, iPad, Tablet, or Smart Phone.  

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Southern Belle Rules


How to Make Conversation: 

Men always find themselves the most fascinating subject of any conversation.  When in doubt, let him talk about himself. He’ll think you’re a brilliant conversationalist. Rule Number 11

Laugh at his wit, and he’ll admire your sense of humor.  Rule Number 13

Let him know you think he’s intelligent and he’ll be awed by your perspicacity, even if he can’t pronounce the word. Rule Number 15

How to Get His Attention at a Party:

Look at him over your shoulder or up at him through your eyelashes, and he’ll salivate like a Pavlovian dog.  Pat the seat next to you and he’ll come bounding across the room.  It’s usually ok, to let him sit on the furniture.  Rule Number 5

The Southern Belle's Handbook will be available for download January 29.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

It's Ok for a Woman to Know Her Place. She Just Shouldn't Stay There.

That's Rule #48 in THE SOUTHERN BELLE'S HANDBOOK, Sissy LeBlanc's Rules to Live By. 

This witty little book includes Sissy's secrets on: How to attract a man, How to keep him happy.  And How to tell if he's good enough for you. 

And now the Handbook will finally be available to download on January 29 at, Amazon, and independent bookstores: despres 

Saturday, January 05, 2013

Of Course I Gained Weight Over the Holidays, Didn't You?

Rule # 5: Living a good life is more important than shedding a few pounds.

What are holidays for if not for feasting with friends?

We had company on New Year's Day for black-eyed peas, rice, cabbage, ham, cornbread, and chocolate pie.  I love my own cooking, especially Southern country cooking, and I managed to gain 3.5 pounds.

When I got on the scale the next morning,  I knew I had to pay attention.

I doubled down on vegetables and logged everything I put in my mouth.  I ate nothing I didn't love.  And although I didn't go to the gym, I tried to exercise every day, either walking or jogging on the elliptical trainer.

I have a theory about exercise.  It's not exactly calories in and calories out, but perhaps our bodies are better able to consume the calories if we get moving.

I lost 2 pounds already.  But tonight we're going to a sushi restaurant.  Opps.

So I'm trying to lose in public.  I'll keep you posted and I welcome you to post with me.