Susan Sands’s Top 5 Southernisms!

Dear Readers,

We officially have a trilogy! Ben and Sabine’s story makes three. Forever, Alabama is the third installment of my Alabama series with Southern Born books. They are full-length, stand-alone romantic women’s fiction titles.

I came to Tule as an unpublished writer, thrilled to be given the opportunity by this team to publish my debut novel. It has been a pure pleasure to be on the verge of releasing my third story here. Much gratitude to then entire Tule family for helping me along with such grace and professional care.

The Alabama books are set in fictional Ministry, Alabama, somewhere between Montgomery and Birmingham. God’s country, some would say. I’ve never lived in Alabama, but I grew up in a tiny non-fiction small town in Louisiana that bears great similarity to Ministry. If you’ve never spent significant time in such a town, let me fill you in with a few Southernisms:

1) Family ties are stronger and more unbreakable than any earthly substance, manmade or otherwise. Families can fight and call each other names, but don’t mess with kin.
2) Recipes are sacred, but don’t share them outside the family. You can give out a bogus version so as not to sound stingy, but leave out Granny’s secret ingredient. A good casserole will cure what ails you.
3) Gossip isn’t really gossip if it’s true, bless your heart.
4) It’s okay to mount the head of roadkill if it’s at least an eight-pointer—ask your local taxidermist. It would be a waste not to.
5) Nothing’s cuter than a speckled puppy under a red wagon in a rainstorm.

All three Alabama books feature siblings of the Laroux family, a large, loud, and loving bunch, who hold hands in support, possibly right after wrestling one another to the ground for a noogie. These stories aim for big family love, romance, humor, and in the case of Forever, Alabama, a good shot of suspense.

Thanks to Tule for hosting me on the blog today!! It’s been such fun.

I love to hear from readers anytime! You can find me at the following places:






Susan Sands grew up in a real life Southern Footloose town, complete with her senior class hosting the first ever prom in the history of their tiny public school. Is it any wonder she writes Southern small town stories full of porch swings, fun and romance?

Susan lives in suburban Atlanta surrounded by her husband, three young adult kiddos and lots of material for her next book.


  1. Congrats on your latest release! Like you, I’m glad Tule Publishing takes a chance on debut authors. From Southern to sweet to steamy, there’s something for everyone. And Tule readers are the best!!

  2. I’ve just discovered this site and I LOVED reading the “Southernisms” you posted. Born in Atlanta, Georgia and having lived my entire life in the Atlanta area, I am a true southerner, LOL. And yes, I do say “Bless your heart” quite often but it’s always said sincerely. ;)
    Congratulations on your newest release!
    Blessings, Patti Jo Moore

  3. My dad’s family is Southern. I’ve been visiting the South my whole life. And, my son is ‘BamaBound with a full tuition scholarship!

  4. Some southern truths are true whether you’re in Louisiana or Georgia – where I lived for 15 years. I’m pretty sure they apply to all southern states! Great post!

  5. Congrats on your newest release. I love Southern stories. The close knit communities, the food and Sweet tea. Thanks for the post.
    Carol L

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