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Sour Lemon and Sweet Tea by @JulaneFisher is a Middle-Grade and YA Event pick #mg #mglit #giveaway

Title: Sour Lemon and Sweet Tea (The Sour Lemon Series, Book 1)

Author: Julane Fisher

Genre: Middle grade

Book Blurb:

Eleven-year-old Lillie Mae Liles plans to play baseball all summer, and why not, since she has a baseball diamond in her front yard and enough brothers and sisters to form a team. But Lillie’s twin sister, bent on following the rules, thinks it is time for Lillie to grow up. As hard times hit Triple Gap, Georgia, Lillie finds herself feeding chickens that peck at her legs, growing vegetables she hates eating, and dodging insults from the richest and snobbiest girl in middle school.

When Lillie spies on her parents and discovers a buried family secret, she turns her habit of spying into serious detective work. Believing that someone is trying to steal the farm, Lillie gets herself in one tangled mess after another. Can she untangle the mess she created in time to save her home?

Rich in Southern humor, Sour Lemon and Sweet Tea is an irresistible journey of self-discovery, overcoming rejection, and the power of forgiveness.


MY TWIN SISTER sits on the front porch kicking her legs back and forth off the edge. She fiddles with the long braid hanging down her back as we wait for our friends. I rest my elbows on my knees and stare at the blue sky, watching the white puffy clouds form into various shapes. One looks like a baseball diamond and a bird flies so close to it, it seems like he’s dodging the ball as it soars out of the park.

The air is thick with humidity and sweat beads gather on my forehead in thick droplets. Sitting up, I swipe the back of my hand across my forehead. It’s almost too hot to play baseball, but it won’t stop me because I’ve been waiting for this day all year long.

“Good gravy, Ellie.” Mama shakes her finger in front of Ellie’s face. “Take off those Daisy Dukes and put on some proper clothing for a baseball game.”

Mama points to Ellie’s short-shorts, named for the character on my favorite television show, The Dukes of Hazard, a new show that comes on every Thursday night. The Duke brothers drive a car they call The General Lee, stirring up more trouble than Georgia dirt, and every girl in town wants to look like their beautiful cousin, Daisy.

Ellie’s shorts are really just a pair of blue jeans that Mama picked up at a yard sale. Ellie took scissors and chopped them shorter than a pixie haircut.

As Ellie stomps into the house, muttering under her breath, I snicker because Ellie never gets in trouble. I’m the one always stuck in a tangled mess.

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What makes your featured book a must-read?

Sour Lemon and Sweet Tea is a humorous portrayal of life before cell phones and social media, emphasizing positive family values and friendship. Sour Lemon and Sweet Tea was a Selah Award Finalist and received the coveted Readers’ Favorite® 5-star review. “Beautiful story with powerful messages. Characters are relatable and real and author demonstrates Southern humor effortlessly.”

Giveaway –

Enter to win a $20 Amazon US or Amazon Canada gift card

Open Internationally. You must have an active Amazon US or CA account to win.

Runs September 6 – September 14, 2022.

Winner will be drawn on September 15, 2022.

Author Biography:

Julane Fisher is the author of the Sour Lemon Series, a humorous portrayal of life before cell phones and social media, emphasizing positive family values. Her debut novel, Sour Lemon and Sweet Tea was awarded Readers’ Favorite® 5-star Review and was a Selah Awards finalist. Sour Lemon Strikes Out won the 2020 Selah Award for Best Middle Grade novel. Julane is a frequent school speaker who has spoken to over thirteen-thousand students about writing and literacy through the powerful message of Never Give Up. She blogs at 2Wrds Encouragement Inspiration and Storyteller Squad. Julane lives in north Georgia with her husband, twin boys, and their two mischievous Labrador retrievers. Learn more at

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Sep 10, 2022

Thank you, Julane, for sharing your book in our Middle-Grade and Young Adult Bookish Event!

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