Press Releases

Date: 04/02/2012

LOCAL AUTHOR launches debut novel.

THE REASON IS YOU, a paranormal contemporary romance by Sharla Lovelace, releases April 3, 2012.

Port Neches, Texas – Local author, Sharla Lovelace (Scroggs), a longtime resident of Port Neches, is pleased to announce her debut novel THE REASON IS YOU, releasing April 3, 2012. The contemporary romance with a paranormal twist will be available online and in bookstores around the country, from her publisher, Berkley, an imprint of the Penguin Book Group.

“It’s scary and exciting at the same time,” Lovelace said. “And my family and friends have been such great supporters.” Lovelace grew up in Port Neches, moving to Dallas and then Colorado before coming back to the MidCounty area in 2000.

THE REASON IS YOU is based in a fictional small river town named Bethany, Texas, loosely resembling this area. Pitched as “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir”-meets-“Hope Floats”, it is about Dani Shane, a woman who has spent her life trying to hide the fact she can see ghosts, even leaving for twenty years to escape the talk. Coming back with her teenage daughter, Dani hopes her daughter isn’t tainted by association. When her daughter suddenly sprouts the same talent, Dani’s plans for lying low go out the window. Then there’s her best friend, Alex. Mischievous and sexy, Alex still drives Dani crazy, but there’s a big obstacle. Alex has been dead for forty years.

Jodi Thomas, NY Times and USA Today bestselling author, called the book “A hauntingly beautiful story from a writer with a fresh new voice.” Lovelace welcomes the opportunity to talk with librarians and organizations, and is also available for book club events. Blog tours, in-person events, and book signings are listed at her website, She has a free monthly newsletter signup there that helps readers stay informed.

Lovelace’s second novel, BEFORE AND EVER SINCE, also from Berkley, will be out in early November, 2012.

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