14 December 2017

*Author Interview & Giveaway!" COWBOY, IT'S COLD OUTSIDE by Lori Wilde

COWBOY,  IT'S COLD OUTSIDE
A Twilight, Texas Novel
by
LORI WILDE
  Genre:  Contemporary Holiday Romance
Date of Publication: October 27, 2017 Publisher: Avon  on Twitter  ┃ on Facebook
Number of Pages: 400


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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Lori Wilde’s Twilight, TX Christmas novels are beloved for their emotional depth and ability to capture the sweetness of the holiday season. In her latest Twilight, Texas novel, COWBOY, IT’S COLD OUTSIDE, the holiday season is once again full of romance and surprises.
Everyone in town knows that Christmas in Twilight has a way of bringing lovers together . . . but will its magic bring this pair from “I won’t” to “I do?”
Wearing a too-tight “Santa Baby” costume held in by a double pair of Spanx, Paige MacGregor runs headlong into a gorgeous, grey-eyed hunk of a long, tall cowboy. And not just any cowboy, but country-western star Cash Colton, visiting Twilight to perform in a charity concert. Most women would melt at his feet, but Paige knows all-too-much about self-assured men with cocky attitudes, so she tells him to get lost.
Cash is in town, nursing his own broken heart, but Paige has knocked him off his feet. He’s convinced she’s perfect—someone to inspire his music and share his now-empty bed. True, he’s not marriage material, but he’s determined to convince her that they’re perfect together—at least for a while. But what he doesn’t count on is falling in love with the one woman who isn’t about to give him the time of day!

“When it comes to striking exactly the right balance between sweet and sexy, Wilde has the equivalent of perfect pitch.” -- Booklist 

How has being a Texan influenced your writing?

Being a Texan is part of my identity. I write what I know – small town Texas and cowboys.

Why did you choose to write romance?

I got started in romance completely by accident. I was writing short stories—all different genres. I wrote sixty stories and they were all rejected. Knowing I had to be doing something wrong, I took a fiction writing class. The teacher told me the problem wasn’t me, but rather the short story market. He advised me to write a novel. I was petrified. Novels were so long. 

I went to the bookstore to look around and that’s when I saw Harlequins. They were short. So I bought a basket full, took them home, and started reading. The rest is history.

Where did your love of books and writing come from?

My father. He is a devoted reader, journalist, and teacher. He passed on his love of books to me.

How long have you been writing?

I wrote my first short story when I was eight so about half a century.

What kind(s) of writing do you do?

I write small town communities, cowboys, military heroes, legend and lore.

What cultural value do you see in storytelling?

Storytelling helps us make sense of the world. It connects use to the past. It warns us about danger, it inspires us, uplifts us, and connects us. It’s at the root of our humanity. Man has told stories since the dawn of time. It’s crucially important to our society.

How does your book relate to your spiritual practice?

My book’s hero is a musician. For research, I turned to my yoga instructor who was a bassist for the band Sense Field for twenty years. I find music an essential part of my spiritual practice.



A fifth generation Texan, Lori Wilde is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of 82 works of fiction. She’s a three-time nominee of the Romance Writers of America prestigious RITA award and has won numerous other awards. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Texas Christian University, and a certificate in forensics. She is also a certified Hatha yoga instructor, and runs a yoga/creativity retreat for artists at Epiphany Orchards in Weatherford, Texas, the Cutting Horse Capital of the World.




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YONDERINGS by Ben H. Engish

YONDERINGS 
Trails and Memories  of the Big Bend
by
Ben H. English

  Genre: Memoir / Travel / Texas
Publisher: TCU Press on Twitter  ┃ on Facebook  ┃ on Instagram
Date of Publication: November 17, 2017
Number of Pages: 221



It was a time before Terlingua Ranch, chili cook-offs, and when you could drive a hundred miles without seeing another vehicle or another person.  The year was 1961, and the tides of humanity that ebbed and flowed into the lower reaches of the Big Bend were at their historical nadir.  It was a vast, empty land spotted by isolated ranch headquarters, a national park with few visitors, and the many ruins of a past shrouded in legend, lore, and improbable truths. Six generations of Ben H. English’s family have called this enigmatic region home.  With his family headquartered at the old Lajitas Trading Post, he worked and lived on ranches and in places now little more than forgotten dots on yellowing maps.  He attended the one-room schoolhouse at Terlingua, prowled the banks of the Rio Grande, and crisscrossed the surrounding areas time and again on horseback and on foot.
Some fifty years later he writes about those years, revealing along the way the history and legends of the singular land he knows so well, separating fact from fiction, and bringing the reader into a world that few have experienced.  He also explores the lower Big Bend as it is found now, and the extraordinary vistas one can still discover just over the next rise.  

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An eighth-generation Texan, Ben H. English was raised mostly in the Lajitas-Terlingua area. An honors graduate of Angelo State University, he served in the United States Marine Corps for seven years, was a high school teacher, and retired after twenty-two years in the Texas Highway Patrol.  
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04 December 2017

*Guest Post & Giveaway!* UP NEAR DALLAS by Gina Hooten Popp

UP NEAR DALLAS
Winds of Change
Book III
by
GINA HOOTEN POPP

  Genre:  Texas Historical Fiction / Romance
Date of Publication: November 12, 2017
Number of Pages: 307


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The year is 1934. Economic turbulence rocks the country. And record drought dries up crops, along with the spirits of every farmer south of the Mason-Dixon. Yet for sixteen-year-old Mick McLaren, life is good as he takes to the open road to chase his dream of being a musician. Riding boxcars, hitchhiking, walking and driving his way across Depression Era Texas, he finds not only himself, but the love of a girl from Dallas named Margaret. Along the way, they befriend Cowboy Larson, a Delta Blues guitarist. Together the three teens, from three very different worlds, come-of-age as their life-changing journey carries them through killer dust storms, extreme poverty, and the unprecedented gangster activity of the Dirty Thirties. 
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On Finding Inspiration
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By Author Gina Hooten Popp

People always ask me, how did you think of that? Where did you get this story from? They’ve especially asked me this about my latest book Up Near Dallas. For starters, let me say I believe concepts for stories come to you; you don’t think them up yourself. Therefore, I always try to stay open to what the Universe is directing my way.

Up Near Dallas originally came to me a few years back while I was attending West Texas Writers’ Academy at Texas A&M/Canyon. Teacher and mentor Jodi Thomas had a handful of us writers go to a nearby museum to give us inspiration. Since I was well into writing a book already, I didn’t expect to be inspired, but I was and in a profound way.

Sitting in an exhibit for Woody Guthrie, I began to look around at his handwritten music displayed on the walls along with his guitars. At some point I began to read some of his diary entries and lists he made of things he wanted to accomplish. For some reason these really made an impression on me as it gave me a glimpse into his everyday life. For the first time, I realized how important his music had been in not only bringing a message to the country of the common man’s everyday plight in the thirties, but bringing a little happiness to the people themselves. And suddenly, I thought one day I would write a story about the transformative power of music and what kind of courage it takes to follow the road less traveled (no pun intended for Woody’s boxcar lifestyle) to become an accomplished musician. So that was the spark of an idea, but it did not become fully fleshed out for another couple of years. In the interim, I would write two other books.

Then, one day I was down in San Antonio attending a book signing at the San Antonio Book Festival. I stayed at the Gunter Hotel because it was close, and I could roll my boxes of books on a cart to the festival. Little did I know that the Gunter had a musical history all its own. As I sat in the lobby one evening, I looked up at the bar area to see an interesting graphic of a man named Robert Johnson—an incredible blues guitarist whose unique style changed the course of music history. As I read more about his background online, I began to realize the influence he had on so many modern-day musicians. But he wasn’t the only one changing the course of music. A few months later, out of the blue, one of my friends posted a video of Sister Rosetta Tharpe (a pioneer of mid-20th-century music and, some say forgotten, Mother of Rock and Roll) swinging and swaying to her electric guitar. I was mesmerized. Once again, the realization hit me of just how revolutionary this time period was for music and the nation.

A lightbulb went off in my head and the story began to come together. Only this time it wouldn’t retreat into the background. It demanded to be written.
And so, my tale of a young musician named Mick McLaren began to come to life in my head as it flowed out fairly quickly on the typewritten page. I knew, like Woody Guthrie, and so many others during this time period, Mick would ride the rails across Texas, eventually finding himself up near Dallas where the music scene was at its hottest in Deep

Ellum. But what I didn’t know as I started the journey with Mick is that he’d find the love of a girl named Margaret and, as one might expect of any self-respecting blues guitarist, more than just a little bit of trouble along the way.




A native Texan, Gina Hooten Popp was born in Greenville and now lives in Dallas with her husband and son. Along with writing novels, Gina has enjoyed a long career as a professional writer in advertising. Her debut novel THE STORM AFTER was a finalist in the 2014 RONE Awards, and her just-released book CHICO BOY: A NOVEL was a 2016 Medalist Winner in the New Apple Annual Book Awards. Recently, her novel LUCKY'S WAY, about a young fighter pilot from Houston, was endorsed by the United States World War One Centennial Commission. 


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