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Loraine Despres

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Loraine Despres is a best-selling novelist and screenwriter. Her first novel, the rollicking Southern love story, The Scandalous Summer of Sissy LeBlanc, was a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Pick, a Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club featured selection. It became a national best-seller and is now in its 25th printing. It begins: “When you get to be a certain age, you realize that the only thing you have time for is doing exactly what you want.”
It engendered The Southern Belle’s Handbook, Sissy Leblanc’s Rules to Live By, which includes all Sissy’s rules such as, “It’s okay for a woman to know her place, she just shouldn’t stay there.”
Her next novel, The Bad Behavior of Belle Cantrell, about intolerance and love, is set in
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The Southern Belle's Handbook Sissy LeBlanc's Rules to Live by by Loraine Despres When a man gets hot, all the blood rushes from his head taking his brain cells along for the ride. RULE #83: The Southern Belle's Handbook: Sissy LeBlanc's Rules to Live by

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“Love is like cigarettes. It gives you a little pleasure while you're at it, but leaves you with a bad taste in your mouth and a pain in your chest.”
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“A girl can stand just so much virtue.”
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“Letting go is the best revenge. It frees your heart for much more satisfying pursuits.”
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