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We Interrupt This Date was selected as one of the best indie reads of 2010 by respected reviewer Red Adept.

There is nothing and no one like a true Southern lady. Since her divorce a year ago, Susan Caraway has gone through the motions of life. Now she is finally coming out of her shell. Just when she decides on a makeover and a new career, her family members call on her for crisis assistance. First there's her sister DeLorean who has returned...
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Overview

We Interrupt This Date was selected as one of the best indie reads of 2010 by respected reviewer Red Adept.

There is nothing and no one like a true Southern lady. Since her divorce a year ago, Susan Caraway has gone through the motions of life. Now she is finally coming out of her shell. Just when she decides on a makeover and a new career, her family members call on her for crisis assistance. First there's her sister DeLorean who has returned from California with a baby, a designer dog, and no prospects for child support or a job. Susan's son Christian comes home from college trailing what Susan's mama refers to as "an androgynous little tart." Then there's Mama herself, a southern lady who wrote the book on bossy. A secret from Mama's past threatens to unravel her own peace. But not before Mama has to move into Susan's home with her babies--two Chihuahuas with attitude. Susan would like to start her new job as a ghost tour operator. She would like to renew her relationship with Jack Maxwell, a man from her past. But Jack isn't going to stand in line behind her needy family.
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Editorial Reviews

Candy Beauchamp
My favorite part is that the author let Charleston be Charleston. There was no romanticizing it. The vernacular wasn't completely destroyed.
IThe introduction of the ghost tours and giving us background on that was genius of the author, it brought another element into the story without burying us in the details. Sweetly written with heart.
J. Chambers
I was extremely impressed with Ms. Evans' writing, which was very polished and professional. Her characters were fleshed out very well, enough so that I wanted to reach through the page and throttle some of them. Dialogues were realistic and natural, and scenes flowed smoothly.

Although self-published, "We Interrupt This Date" is as good or better than many NYT bestsellers that I've read. I know that's a big claim, but it's true in my opinion.
John Strumsky
As it is with L.C.s other novels, "We Interrupt This Date" is a most suspenseful and intriguing tale. It's well worth the read.

The only bad part of the L. C. Evans reading experience is that her books finally end, and the reader has to go cold turkey until the next one comes out.
Karen Cantwell
LC Evans is a skilled writer in this romantic comedy genre - We Interrupt This Date has a fun storyline, tight plot, lively characters and just the right amount of romantic tension to make this a number one pick in my book. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Red Adept
Firmly entrenched in the Chick Lit genre, the plot of this book is highly entertaining, especially for the over thirty crowd. The storyline was humorous without stretching the envelope in a blatant attempt to be funny.

Although there is a romance involved, it is definitely not the center of the story, nor is it even the center of Susan's life. I love the way Susan's thoughts drifted to romance only when appropriate for them to do so.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012167910
  • Publisher: LC Evans
  • Publication date: 1/13/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 377,755
  • File size: 192 KB

Meet the Author

L.C. Evans began her writing career with short stories and essays before branching out into novel writing. More than a hundred of her stories and humorous essays have been published in such magazines as Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, Woman's World, Horse Illustrated, and Ladies Circle among many others. Over the years Ms. Evans has won awards in writing contests and has kept busy honing her craft by taking writing courses and attending writing seminars. She was recently a featured presenter at the Carolinas Writers Conference. After traditional publication of the first of her Leigh McRae horse mystery novels, Ms. Evans decided to take control of her career by trying her hand at indie publishing.

"All this means," she says, "is that I pay for my own editing, proofreading, cover design, formatting, and other necessary publishing expenses. But I also get complete control over my books and that means I can keep the price low. Readers on a budget will still have access to my books. I care deeply about all of my readers and I take great joy in the many fan letters readers send me."
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
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  • Posted July 3, 2011

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    Terrific, fun read! Highly recommended!

    I haven't laughed so hard over a book in I don't know how long--though I thought the protagonist Susan should be rushed into an emergency Codependents Anonymous meeting and not let out until she learned to say, "No!" loudly. What a great storyteller L. C. Evans is! Susan is recovering from being dumped by her rat of a husband. She's doing fine--until she gets fired, her flake of a sister comes to stay with her infant and moose of a dog, and her elderly mom moves in because of a sprained ankle. There's more! It seems that everyone in her world is leaning on Susan. How much can she take? The tale is way more complicated than I've indicated, involving ghost tours, a hunk of an old boyfriend reappearing, and a best friend to may or may not be after said boyfriend. Every character is memorable, nutty, and at the same time, feels similar to people we all know. Even the dogs are memorable.The plot moves along at a perfect pace, revealing secrets and more problems. Even ghosts (maybe). Evan's writing style is breezy, accomplished and funny. I hope there's a sequel--I'll be the first to buy it.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 25, 2011

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  • Posted March 28, 2011

    Highly recommend

    What a great relatable story. It was engaging from the start and never lagged. I look forward to reading more from this author.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 6, 2011

    Fast, fun and entertaining

    Divorcee Susan Caraway always seems to be at the beck and call of her domineering mother and her "poor me" sister. Then there's her spoiled son who thinks it only just that his mother take on a second job, so he can enjoy college life without working himself. Trying to be all things to all people, Susan's pushed to breaking point. We Interrupt This Date is a fast, fun and entertaining read. Evans' writing style is fluid, the prose polished. Rom-com is not my preferred genre, but when I reached the last page, I was actually disappointed there wasn't more. A thoroughly enjoyable book. I look forward to reading more from this author.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2012

    Really terrific,

    Gave as a gift! The person that got it was thrilled before they read it and after they read it!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 22, 2011

    Disappointing

    Predictable, unfunny, cringe-worthy. At times, I wasn't sure which character to strangle first. Unlikeable protagonist, even more unlikeable supporting cast. Forget interrupting this date; you'll feel you've interrupted your life trying to plod through this book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 16, 2011

    Easy Read

    A relaxing read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2014

    Family, friends and craziness

    Enjoyed this book! Couldn't put it down! Laughed a lot !

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  • Posted October 5, 2011

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    A Lilac Wolf and Stuff Review

    Goodreads had a different cover, actually pretty bland, a large white house. I like this cover, with the 2 chihuahuas. The dogs are actually very annoying, and are her Mama's babies. Her sister shows up with a Golden-Doodle, completely untrained and full of fleas and matted fur. Poor guy, the sister doesn't take care of him and Susan or "Nic" is not attached to any of the dogs moving through her house. The story starts off with Susan, living alone after her divorce now a year gone by. She hates her job, but after being a stay at home mom for the last 20 years, doesn't have a great skill set to offer in this competitive market. That's one thing I like in this story, maybe it will date it but L.C. Evans didn't sugar coat what our economy is like. In fact, the character realizes that considering her options, the miserable job at the pawn shop is better than some alternatives. Then her friend Victoria shows up and offers her a job running her new Ghost Tours operation. And sweetened the deal saying Susan could live in her Bed & Breakfast and either sell or rent the house that is just too big and expensive for 1 person. Susan wasn't about to gamble and lose the only steady paycheck she has. But her boss finds out and uses it as the excuse he's been looking for to fire her and hire his niece. This part bothered me because she really should have stopped taking his abuse right then. After all, he'd already fired her. Then her sister shows up with a baby, a huge dog and no money. Moves in with Susan. Then Mama falls and sprains her ankle...and moves in with Susan. Then her son comes home for the weekend with a girl-who-is-a-friend from school. The girl is all piercings, purple hair, grunge but proves to Susan that there's a responsible person underneath it all. So when Jack shows up, he is frustrated to discover the same old "drop anything for her family" Nic he used to know. Susan is in tears because she can't figure out what is wrong with Jack until FINALLY she blows. So, will the Ghost Hunting job be a success? Who knows, but you'll see what offers Victoria gives her to keep her interested. Will she smooth things over with Jack? Maybe...you'll have to read and see. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll want to shake sense into Susan. lol

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2011

    not so great

    whining herione, whining family, predictable ending. not funny

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 3, 2011

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    Terrific read--great characters and situations.

    I haven't laughed so hard over a book in I don't know how long--though I thought the protagonist Susan should be rushed into an emergency Codependents Anonymous meeting and not let out until she learned to say, "No!" loudly. What a great storyteller L. C. Evans is! Susan is recovering from being dumped by her rat of a husband. She's doing fine--until she gets fired, her flake of a sister comes to stay with her infant and moose of a dog, and her elderly mom moves in because of a sprained ankle. There's more! It seems that everyone in her world is leaning on Susan. How much can she take? The tale is way more complicated than I've indicated, involving ghost tours, a hunk of an old boyfriend reappearing, and a best friend to may or may not be after said boyfriend. Every character is memorable, nutty, and at the same time, feels similar to people we all know. Even the dogs are memorable.The plot moves along at a perfect pace, revealing secrets and more problems. Even ghosts (maybe). Evan's writing style is breezy, accomplished and funny. I hope there's a sequel--I'll be the first to buy it.

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  • Posted March 20, 2011

    A Wonderful, Light-hearted Read

    First off, I just want to say, I met Herman, I know Herman . With that off my chest now, the short and sweet on this book. It's simply delightful. The author gives her readers a look into the days of the life of Susan Caraway and it's cast of characters, that when you read them have you grinning from ear to ear. From Susan's boss Otis, a grumpy pawn shop owner, to her co-worker Patty and Patty's taxidermist boyfriend Kyle, to the two little vicious chihuahua's of her mothers. Each adding color and charm to this novel. While "We Interrupt this Date" is filled with light-hearted humor, it will strike a chord, especially for those of us who've picked up the pieces and wondered where to go from here. The juggling act we've had to attempt to balance family, work and still attempt to have a personal life will have us relating with Susan's dilemma. The author dedicates the book to all southern women, but you don't have to be southern to be able to relate to the "eccentricities" of the characters. And if you want to know why I mentioned Herman, get the book, you'll find out. While I live in Columbia, SC, I'm sure that you, where ever you're at, has met him also

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  • Posted February 27, 2011

    Great read!!! Love it!!!

    Once I started reading this book, I really couldn't put it down. I love that it is set in the great city of Charlteston,SC. Can't wait to read more from L.C. Evans!

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  • Posted January 18, 2011

    Enjoyed it!!

    This was recommended by a fellow nookie and even thought it was slow going at first, I really liked the ending!

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  • Posted January 17, 2011

    Fast and easy read...I finished it in a day!

    I enjoyed this story and had a very easy time relating to the main character as many women will. She puts everyone before herself until it all comes to a climax in her early fourties. I liked the fact that it had romance, suspense, friendship and a large dose of family along with a happy ending. There is a lesson to be learned here.

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  • Posted December 17, 2010

    My Kind of Romance!!!

    Susan Caraway has problems. Lots of them. Mostly in the form of family members that can't seem to take care of themselves. Then there is that little issue of her friend, Jack, who she secretly wishes could be more than just a friend From the get-go this book is packed with humor and characters that just jump of the page, making you both them despite their foibles. There's Susan, who really just needs to learn to say "No," her tarot card-reading co-worker, an overbearing mother, Delorean the flaky sister, and Brad. Brad is a dog. A big dog. And just one more problem Susan doesn't need in her life. Then there is Jack. Will she interrupt one too many dates with him, and ruin her chances of romance forever?

    LC Evans is a skilled writer in this romantic comedy genre - We Interrupt This Date has a fun storyline, tight plot, lively characters and just the right amount of romantic tension to make this a number one pick in my book. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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  • Posted December 6, 2010

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    Nothing beats a Southern Belle...

    Storyline: We Interrupt This Date written by L.C. Evans is a thoroughly and wholly accurate depiction of all of the things that are great and terrible about a family. Especially a southern family.

    Susan is a well-mannered, freshly divorced southern woman with a well-meaning and overbearing mother who is constantly meddling in her life and an utterly spoiled and self-centered younger sister. Not to mention, Susan also hates her job and her terrible boss. She is also a recent "empty nester" with her son off at college in Virginia.

    Now at a cross-roads: Susan feels trapped by her job, by her family and by her own divorce. She must make some changes or she will surely lose her what's left of her sanity. And when an old friend moves back to town, things really start to heat up. Whatever shall a delicate, southern belle do?!

    We Interrupt This Date is a quick, easy and light-hearted read with frustrating-to-the-point-of-endearing friends and family that the reader should be able to easily relate to.

    Grammar/Spelling: I noticed some minor typos sprinkled throughout the book. A once over with spell-check or another beta reader would take care of those issues.

    Character Development: I'm from the south myself and Ms. Evans really nailed down the typical genteel southern lady with Susan's mother, Ms. Caraway. She is perpetually meddling in only the way that a mother can and to top it off, she's retired leaving her plenty of time to "help" Susan out in ways that she couldn't possibly appreciate. I have a grandmother who is very nearly Ms. Caraway in the flesh. She means well, but goodness! Things can't possibly be that awful all of the time!

    Writing Style: Ms. Evans' style is simple and flows nicely. Somehow, even with all of the chattering of an intrusive mother at the very beginning, she pulls the reader in during the first few pages and keeps them hooked until the end.

    Continuity: I noticed no issues with continuity.

    Overall Rating: 3

    I really enjoyed We Interrupt This Date and look forward to more well-written books from Ms. Evans. She whipped up a sweet romance, folded in some family insanity and served it up with a hilarious cherry on top in her winning novel. I would recommend this to just about anyone interested in a light hearted story without any heavy language or adult situations. Good for all ages.

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  • Posted October 15, 2010

    Great Southern Humor

    We Interrupt This Date - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat

    'My mother hadn't stopped talking about my shortcomings and my need to plunge back into the dating world since the moment we'd stepped out the door of her condo. "You're already forty and not getting a moment younger. Shall I tell Stanley you're interested? I increased my pace, nearly mowing down a touristy-looking couple. "Mama, I love you, but the answer is no. I do not need to energize my social life by going out with guys you dredge up for me. By the way, men named Stanley do not make good dates." "Stanley is a wonderful man. I met him at Sunday School." "And Stanley is so kind, so devoted to his mama." - You have just met Susan Caraway's very southern raised mother.

    "You're sure the breakup is for real? After all, this isn't the first time you and Baldwin have argued and you wouldn't want to make another mistake. It's not the end of life as you know it on planet earth. We'll find you a job and eventually you'll be ready to move on." "Job?" DeLorean looked at me, with tears welling in the corners of her eyes. I'm too broken up right now to even think about work. Besides, you live a million miles from nowhere. How am I supposed to get to work without a car? I couldn't possibly afford daycare. I mean, it's not like I'm qualified for a high paying job. All my salary would go to keep Cole, probably in some understaffed nursery where he'd be lonely and neglected in a wet diaper all day. I'll just stay home with Cole and do your housework or something. When he's older, and I'm over the breakup, I'll decide what kind of career I want." - You have just met DeLorean, Susan's much younger sister. When DeLorean moved in with Susan, she brought her son Cole and her rather large dog Brad.

    'Christian wrapped his arms around me and awkwardly patted my back. "I don't mind telling you, it isn't just DeLorean and Cole who need help. Mom, we need to talk." I'd suspected from the moment he arrived that he had a problem that had brought him home. I gripped the back of a chair and watched my knuckles change from beige to pearly white. "What is it?" I rasped out. He favored me with his patented poor-worrywart-Mom look. "It's not like I'm into drugs or anything. It's only that I want to quit my job. Right now, all I do is go to class, study, and go to work. I need time to have fun once in a while. You know, I want the full college experience, which I can't have if all my time is booked with work and classes. I thought you could come up with some extra money to pick up the slack." "Why don't I simply get a second job?"(Susan said). "Thanks, Mom, that would be great." - You have just met Christian, Susan's one and only son who has popped home for the weekend from college.

    Who is Susan? Susan is the wife that put up with a man for almost 20 years just to have him leave her for a younger woman. She spent the last year, after her divorce, feeling sorry for herself and has finally decided to get back into life. She has made the decision to take on a job offered by a friend to manage and run the ghost tours at the Blackthorn House in Charleston, SC. Adding to this new beginning, Susan has decided to sell her house for smaller accommodations and possibly try a little dating. But, when her mother falls, spraining her ankle, her sister needs a place for herself and son to live and her own son wanting more money

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  • Posted January 1, 2010

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    Good read!

    REVIEW OF STORY LINE:
    This was a great story. There were times where there were too many different things going on at once (pawn shop, mother, sister, friend, Jack) and it seemed a little flighty, but regardless of that, it was a great story.

    This book didn't read like a story. It felt like you were sitting in your living listening to a friend tell you what was going on with her life. There was no fakeness in the story, no "yea right" moments. Everything that happens, DOES happen. And it happens to every day folks, which is what makes this book a comforting, relatable, funny book.

    REVIEW OF CHARACTERS:
    The characters in this book were written perfectly. That mother will put any guilt-shoving mother to shame. The sister could be any one of our sisters and all the other characters could easily stand for any of our friends. It's rare to find a book where there isn't at least one character that just doesn't seem to fit. This book managed to do it. Great job!

    REVIEW OF WRITING:
    I enjoyed the writing in this book. It was easy to read and most importantly, enjoyable. I found myself waiting to see what would come out of the mothers' lips or how Susan was going to talk her way out of a situation. Well done.

    REVIEW OF EDITING:
    Nicely done, nothing major missing or incorrect.

    REVIEW OF COVER:
    It's nice. Anyone from the South can relate to the cover and be taken back.

    OVERALL REVIEW:
    This was a fun read for me. Every daughter will relate to this book, and anyone with a "crazy" family will absolutely love it. It's funny, witty and reads like real life. I will be passing this book on to friends.

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    Posted May 19, 2011

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