The Booknatics give a standing ovation to the new novel Permanent Spring Showers! (A giveaway too!)

Mood-Paint-BrushOkay, I am honestly loving this!

The Booknatics just gave a great review of my new novel Permanent Spring Showers. Here is an excerpt of what they say about the book:

What a ride this book was! I can honestly say it was an inspiring novel, and very unique! With a cast of lively, artistic characters and a spin so hard it will leave your eyes wide and jaw hanging until the very last word… Standing ovation to Mr. Southard for a brilliant piece of work!

You can check out the entire review here (I also agreed to give an interview on the site, which will appear next week).

Also, there is a book giveaway on the page of my new offering. One lucky reader will win an autographed copy of the work. Just visit the page for more info! The book giveaway on Julie Valerie’s website is still going on as well (only a few more days). You can check out her review and enter that one as well here.

Permanent Spring ShowersPermanent Spring Showers was published by 5 Prince Books and is available on all online book retailers. Out in both print and eBook, you can find it on here.  The eBook is on sale for only $3.99. 

You can read a sample and learn more about the book via this page on the site.


“Creative… ambitious… bravo” A book review, interview and book giveaway for Permanent Spring Showers!

Paint CansToday my new novel, Permanent Spring Showers, is being showcased on Julie Valerie’s popular book/writing website!

Not only does she review the work, but there is also an interview and a giveaway. One lucky entry will win a print copy of the book signed by me! You can check everything out (and enter the giveaway) here.

Readers eager to read an unconventional tale told in an unconventional way will love this book… A very ambitious undertaking that shows great courage and creativity on Scott’s part. Bravo, Scott.

I hope you will visit Julie Valerie’s site and check it out. (And good luck for the giveaway!)

Permanent Spring ShowersPermanent Spring Showers was published by 5 Prince Books and is available on all online book retailers. Out in both print and eBook, you can find it on here.  The eBook is on sale for only $3.99.

You can read a sample and learn more about the book via this page on the site.


New WKAR Book Review: Our Picnics in the Sun by Morag Joss

Current StateI’m back on WKAR’s Current State today with a new book review! This time I am taking on the new novel by Morag Joss, Our Picnics in the Sun.

You can hear the review here:

You can find this book on here.

If you would rather read my review, you can do so below. If you would like to hear/read my other reviews, you can find them on this page on my site.

I hope you enjoy the review! Continue reading

Author Lori Nelson Spielman is reading A JANE AUSTEN DAYDREAM!

The Life ListRecently, popular women’s fiction author Lori Nelson Spielman (author of the wonderful debut novel The Life List, which I reviewed for WKAR here) gave an interview for a site called Laura’s Little Book Blog. The question came up about what she is reading right now.

Her response?

I’m reading a novel called, A Jane Austen Daydream and it’s lovely. Scott Southard, who lives in the same city as I do, is the author. I’m really enjoying it.

That is very cool!

You can read Lori’s interview and learn more about her fun book The Life List on Laura’s Little Book Blog here. (They are also giving away two copies of the book!) And you can hear my book review I gave on Current State (and get a link to an interview she gave before the review) via this link on my site.

A Jane Austen DaydreamIf you would like to learn more about A JANE AUSTEN DAYDREAM, you can do so on this page for the book (here). A JANE AUSTEN DAYDREAM is available via Amazon (here), where you can find it for the low price of $3.99 for eBook and $13.46 for print.

“…a novel for authors and for readers.” Three new reader reviews for A JANE AUSTEN DAYDREAM

A Jane Austen DaydreamA JANE AUSTEN DAYDREAM has been out for a few weeks and reader reviews are starting to trickle in on different websites. The first two have appeared on GoodReads both giving the book five stars:

“I loved this book…. There were times I forgot I was reading ABOUT a fictional Jane Austen rather than a book she herself had written.”

“Great read!”

And over on amazon, I was honestly very overwhelmed by the following new review:

“I consider this novel one of the best not only in regency era literature, but also in mainstream fiction.”

[From the review “Taught me why I love Austen and storytelling.”]

A JANE AUSTEN DAYDREAM is available via where you can find it for only $3.99 for eBook and just $9.85 in print. You can find it here:

I hope you will check out my new book!

Need a book to read this weekend? Want to learn more about my new novel A JANE AUSTEN DAYDREAM?

Jane Austen talking to agents and publishersRight now I am suffering from a literary internet addiction. With the release of my new book A JANE AUSTEN DAYDREAM I can’t stop looking at and I want to know what people think of my new work. I know the book has only been out for a few days, but I can’t help myself. I want everyone to read this book! And I want everyone to like it. It’s kind of like the feeling of being dropped off at camp for the summer and wondering if you will have any friends.  Will you be my book’s friend? Please? I’m sure we have much in common.

Seriously though, if you would like to know more about my surprising, touching, and witty new book there are some great options out there for you.

  • Before the release of the novel, I gave an interview with the Jane Austen Centre in Bath. You can read that interview here.
  • Recently, author and book blogger Deborah Kalb interviewed me about the book on her site. You can check it out here.
  • I have written three different introductions to the book on this site over the last few weeks. The first dealt with having the courage to write the book (Braving Austen), the second was about finding the character of Jane (Visiting Austen), and the third was about how I wrote the book as a surprise for my wife (Austen in Stealth).
  • A Jane Austen DaydreamAlso, this week I shared an excerpt from it. It is from Volume II of the book and I think it introduces the character of Jane and the style of the book in a very fun way. You can read that here.

A JANE AUSTEN DAYDREAM is being sold exclusively through It is availale for $3.99 as an eBook and only $13.46 in print. You can buy the book via this link-

I hope you enjoy my new novel.

Pete the Cat is the Only Cat I Like

My Favorite in the seriesI have always been allergic to cats, which means my relationship to them has been one of avoidance for as long as I can remember. Unfortunately, most cats do not know our little “arrangement,” and seem to seek me out, enjoying the little sufferings that they cause me as I sniffle and cough at their mere presence.

Each time this occurs, the cat owner will laugh and tell me how cats always seek out the one with allergies, the one showing them the least interest. They always seem amused by this idea; me, I have always have seen it as something more sinister. Yes, I might giggle out loud but inside I am preparing for the possibility of feline confrontation.

Okay, let me clarify, I don’t think cats want my downfall, nothing like that; I simply think cats know they have some power over me and relish in it.

Finally, able to put a human in its place—that has to be the thought—as they rub against my legs, crawl up on my lap, or rub against my arm. Leaving their fur everywhere they can, knowing that I will have to wash everything when I get home.

Little bits and pieces of torture with fur. Continue reading