Giveaway & Introduction to Our Other Tuesday Belle, Denise Hildreth Jones!

Southern Belle View DailyI was tongue-tied the first time I met bestselling author Denise Hildreth Jones. I was sitting at the far end of an outside table at the Loveless Café, listening to the conversations of the authors around me.

I was not an author at the time; I barely felt that I could call myself a writer.

So I remained (mostly) quiet and continued listening to the tidbits of info regarding book tours, marketing, editing, and each step of the publishing process that utterly fascinated me.

Denise came to our gathering a little later to honor Friday Belle Shellie Rushing Tomlinson’s and dear friend River Jordan’s book tour that was set to launch that afternoon.

Denise was stunningly beautiful–so that I felt compelled to check my teeth in my water glass–yet also so kind-hearted that I quickly realized her beauty did not only run skin-deep.

That day I met her (can it be four or five years ago, now?), I had no idea our paths would reconnect. But this past September, I had the privilege to participate in a LifeWay book signing with her and Monday Belle, Lisa Wingate.

At the time, I also had no idea I would soon be invited to join this lovely group of authors at Southern Belle View. But once I joined this great group, and learned that we would be adding new members after the New Year, I immediately thought of lovely Denise Hildreth Jones.

So, I invited her and, to my utter delight, she accepted!

I know Denise is going to be a perfect addition to our group, as she shares about her family, faith, and fiction. Here’s a little more about her on her website:

Denise Hildreth Jones has spent the last eight years writing fiction that has been hailed as both “smart and witty.” Her ability to express the heart of the Southern voice has led to her being featured twice in Southern Living and receiving the accolades of readers and reviewers alike, but it is the simple joy of writing stories that keeps them coming. Denise is the author of eight novels and two works of nonfiction—Flying Solo and Reclaiming Your Heart.

She makes her home in Franklin, Tennessee, with her husband, five bonus children, and her dog. And on her days off, she will settle for a long walk or a good book and a Coca-Cola.


Also, in honor of this week’s grand website reveal, we’re giving away a copy of Denise’s novel, Secrets Over Sweet Tea, and The Outcast, my debut. To enter, just tell us your favorite Super Bowl food and leave your email address, so we can notify you on Wednesday in case you win!

Thanks so much, dear friends; be sure to check back next Tuesday to welcome Denise Hildreth Jones!



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  1. Melanie Backus says

    Welcome Denise! You have joined a great group of gals. Many happy days to all of you!

    My favorite Super Bowl food is any dip with chips. This year a new dip to me was a buffalo chicken dip. Naturally, I loved it !

    Thank you for the opportunity to be a winner. Ya’ll have a great day!

    melback at cebridge dot net

  2. karenk says

    Welcome Denise!

    My favourite Super Bowl food is is plain ol’ chips & dip. I only eat this combo during special occasions :)

  3. says

    Like you, Jolina, I am a huge fan of Denise’s. Her books whisk me away to beautiful places in my mind. So glad to associate with her here (and you!) Let’s have some fun, shall we? And . . . maybe there’s some readers out there who want to come along for the party!

  4. says

    I am thrilled to welcome Denise as one of our newest Belle’s b/c, of course, any friend of Jolina’s is a friend of mine! As for Super Bowl food. I skipped the SB parties this year and took my family to the movies. The girls saw August: Osage County which was not for the easily offended viewer, but was honestly one of the best films I’ve ever seen. The writing, acting, directing…everything was perfect (but again…be warned…it is not a “Christian” film). A raw, authentic look at family dysfunction and the long-standing effects of abuse. So, I guess this year, my SB food was popcorn! WELCOME DENISE!

    • says

      We skipped the Super Bowl, too, Julie; Randy and I were laughing because we didn’t even know who was playing. We instead made grilled cheeses and tomato soup and curled up on the couch with…Mythbusters (Randy’s favorite show). It was a good evening. Sounds like you all had a good evening as well. August: Osage County sounds like one of those one-in-a-lifetime films. I am going to have to put it on my list.

  5. Julie says

    These books look amazing, and I love your blog! My favorite Super Bowl food is a seven layer dip that is so delicious no one guesses I make it low-fat!

  6. says

    Welcome Denise! I’m looking forward to reading your novel. I’ve spent some time in Franklin, what a delightful place to live.
    This year for Super Bowl we stayed at home and my husband ordered pizza. He watched the game as I finished a book. I enjoyed my book more than he enjoyed the Super Bowl. Of course I had to take a break occasionally and watch the commercials.

  7. Patty says

    I actually bought my sister a copy of Secrets over Sweet Tea for Christmas, but haven’t read it yet! Would love to win my own copy.

    As far as Super Bowl food, I love some good Nachos and cheese!

  8. Beth says

    Hi, Denise & welcome! :)

    My favorite Super Bowl food is typically tortilla chips & either salsa, cheese dip or my ultimate fave – spinach dip, yum! However, my friend did peppers wrapped in bacon, with sausage tucked in between – talk about meat-lovers dream – it was so good!

    Thanks for the chance to win!


  9. says

    Aw, man, I’m trying to remember what I was gonna say– Beth just mentioned “peppers wrapped in bacon, with sausage tucked in” and I lost my train of thought. :)

    Seriously, I’m thrilled to welcome our second new belle. So far we’ve unveiled the fantabulous Kellie Coats Gilbert (thanks, Lisa!) and the super awesome Denise Hildreth Jones, (thanks, Jolina!) ! Is this a great week at SBV or what?!

    My fav Super Bowl eats changes every year. This year it was my Pork Tenderloin that I topped with a Balsamic Vinegar dressing. Oh, my. (You can find that recipe at my place, girls– just fyi). Y’all have a big day!

  10. Rachel Hauck says

    Sp glad to have Denise on the porch. We met years ago in Nashville when I talked to her about songwriting! Remember that Denise?


  11. Sharon Timmer says

    Hi Denise – my favorite is Captain Rodney’s dip – it is truly awesome!
    Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  12. Lisa Wingate says


    Mia Callahan says
    February 3, 2014 at 10:33 am

    “So excited to see the new page layout! And for more books & authors to look forward to getting to know! Love sharing books with friends, Kathy and Tamara….and often read same titles as daughter-in-laws! (Because I was blessed with 3 handsome sons!). God bless all you fine ladies!!!”

  13. Lisa Wingate says

    Welcome to the porch, Denise! I can’t think of anyone I’d rather share sweet tea and secrets with =D

    Hugs, Jolina! I’ve loved getting to know you these past months on the porch just as much as I love your fine writing. So glad you’re here with us!

  14. Lisa Wingate says

    Oh yes, and favorite Superbowl food: Bacon-wrapped jalapeño pepper poppers (because this is Texas and bacon and peppers are staple foods here ;).

  15. Denise Glisson says

    My favorite Superbowl food is wings–Use to watch it w/my stepMom & Dad…they both are w/Jesus now as of last year. I didn’t watch the game itself just checked on score and was delighted to see who was winning. Thanks so much for the opportunity to read 2 new authors for me–I’m excited!

  16. says

    The 2 books sound wonderful. I must get my hands on both. My favorite food during the SB is Pizza with lots of cheese…usually the cheese stuffed crust and wash it down with A & W Root Beer.

  17. Esther says

    Favorite Super Bowl Food: Meat & Veggie Tray
    but this year we had Italian sphinges, a ricotta stuffed Italian donut. Mmmm

  18. Annette B. says

    You are BOTH beautiful, Jolina and Denise!

    My favorite are jalapeno poppers (Pioneer Woman’s recipe). This year we had 8 inches of snow though, so I didn’t shop, and we just had stew and cornbread. So NOT typical Super Bowl food, but we enjoyed it anyway.

    I LOVED “The Outcast”, and now I really want to read “Secrets Over Sweet Tea”…and the Savannah books too. My “must read” list always gets ouf of hand when I visit this site!

  19. says

    Hi, porch pals! I love all the fun we’re having this week! I always enjoy party food, especially the great assortment of salty and sweet! :) Like Lisa mentioned, bacon-wrapped jalapeno poppers are hard to beat.

    Welcome to the porch, Denise! We are so glad you are here!

  20. Melissa says

    My favorite Super Bowl food is good ole’ chips and dip. Any kind of chips and any kind of dip, just not too spicy. :-)

  21. Marie Christopher says

    Yippee!!! Can’t wait to read your book.
    My favorite super bowl food is Queso with Blue Corn Chips. So easy and well-liked.

  22. says

    Jolina, I am so grateful to be a part of this new journey. Thank you for that precious introduction. The Loveless Cafe was where we met that day and you were as kind then as you are now.

    My favorite Super Bowl food and just all time favorite dive are hot wings from a place called Leo’s in a little town called Lugoff, SC right next to my hometown of Camden. However, I was in Franklin this year so didn’t get to partake. So, Mr. Jones and I had pizza! But please note he is such a football fanatic that we don’t watch the superbowl with other people. He says, “Babe, if you go to a party no one is actually watching the game.” Please note, we watched the game…! Lol.

    Blessings to my other belle’s on the start of a sweet adventure. Doing what you love is a gift. Doing it with people you love is an even greater gift.

    • says

      I had a blast introducing you, Denise! I know you’re going to blend right in, and yet bring your own unique qualities to the table. Such a blessing! Those hot wings sound mouth-watering. We visited SC last year and, though it was a little chilly, the food was indeed mouth-watering. I know you must miss that beautiful place.

  23. says

    We always eat stacked enchiladas for Super Bowl. Why? I don’t know . . . we just do. It is delish and filling so it works for us.

    Now on to those books! I LOVED The Outcast but I have yet to read Secrets Over Sweet Tea. It’s on my WANT to read list. I just need to get my hands on it.

    Love the new look of the website! Kuddos to the designer!

  24. Virginia Rush says

    Welcome to the porch..and our food for superbowl was gumbo and cheese dip…LOL…. well it was cold and the grandgirls asked for it….who were the winners for today …couldn’t find it….but congrats to whoever won.

  25. says

    Don’t feel bad … Denise intimidated me the first time I met her too! :) Then I realized, HEY! This is the girl who wrote Savannah From Savannah with my favorite opening scene of all time! What’s to fear?

    Turns out, she’s a pussycat! :)

    Eva Marie Everson

  26. Amy says

    What an interesting blog! I look forward to adding this to my list of blogs to check out when I have time :) I’ll be adding these books to my already-out-of-control TBR list now.

    We didn’t watch the Superbowl this year BUT my most favorite snack that I associate with Superbowl is my mom’s 7 layer dip.

  27. Edie McFaddin says

    Hi! This is a little strange – but we ate homemade pimento cheese sandwiches, roasted peanuts, and watermelon chunks! Soooo good! It’s not a tradition, but could be a new one. :)

    • says

      I love homemade pimento cheese, Edie. I used to work in a country restaurant and Miss Lucille, on her break, would always provide us with her pimento cheese on dinner rolls. Delicious combo! I think I might make this a new tradition, too!

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