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Small-town adventures of Doug and Carlie continue

Small-town adventures of Doug and Carlie continue
Small-town adventures of Doug and Carlie continue | Small-town adventures of Doug and Carlie continue

Lisa Golden Smartt
Lisa Golden Smartt, columnist for The Messenger and The Weakley County Press, recently released a followup to her fiction novel, “Doug and Carlie,” in “Doug and Carlie’s Love Conspiracy.”
Both books follow humorous small town characters through tragedy, triumph and a lot of potato salad. Mrs. Smartt attributes her interest in small-town southern culture to living in a caring community.
Regarding the books, Mrs. Smartt said, “Life in a small southern town is definitely an art form.  From funeral casseroles — made with canned soup and two sticks of butter — to farming, small town characters offer a certain charm and humorous appeal. The response I’ve received has been overwhelming. I’ve been surprised by positive comments from people who live in big cities. I’ve even heard from readers in Kenya and New Zealand. They’re fascinated by the sense of community in small towns and so am I.”
“Doug and Carlie” introduced the reader to 32-year-old Carlie Ann Davidson. She only has $167.29 in the bank. She’s 10 years late on college and 37 pounds over the ideal weight chart. When she’s not in her college classes, she’s stocking shelves at the Dollar General Store in Commerce, Ga., and wondering why so many people eat pork ’n’ beans. But Carlie has dreams — dreams of love and literary success. With the humorous and engaging backdrop of small town characters and culture, Carlie realizes she’s not a loser at all, just a late bloomer. The good news? Sometimes there are rewards for late bloomers.
“Doug and Carlie’s Love Conspiracy” continues the humorous journey through southern culture while introducing Clara Johnson, a kindergarten teacher, carrying a painful secret.  Through friendship and the art of matchmaking, Clara begins the journey to love and healing.
Mrs. Smartt resides in Dresden with her husband of 25 years and two teenage sons. For more than nine years, she has written a weekly newspaper column called, “The Smartt View.”  Her non-fiction books, “The Smartt View:  Life, Love and Cluttered Closets” and “The Smartt View 2: Life in Progress” are compilations of the weekly column. She travels nationally as a motivational humorist and can be contacted at or through her Facebook author page.
“Doug and Carlie” and “Doug and Carlie’s Love Conspiracy” are available at The Looking Glass in downtown Martin and on in both Kindle and paperback versions.

Published in The Messenger 6.20.13

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