Saturday, September 24, 2011

Forever Texas Blog Tour (Feature & Giveaway)

Don't Mess with TexasDon't Mess with Texas
by Christie Craig
Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
Published August 23rd 2011 by Forever
ISBN 0446582840
Nikki Hunt thought her night couldn't get worse when her no-good, cheating ex ditched her at dinner, sticking her with the bill. Then she found his body stuffed in the trunk of her car and lost her two-hundred-dollar meal all over his three-thousand-dollar suit. Now not only is Nikki nearly broke, she's a murder suspect.Former cop turned PI, Dallas O'Connor knows what it's like to be unjustly accused. But one look at the sexy-though skittish-suspect tells him she couldn't hurt anyone. The lead detective, Dallas's own brother, has the wrong woman and Dallas hopes a little late-night "undercover" work will help him prove it . . .
I gave this fabulous novel 4 stars!

Christie Craig presents: 15 Things you’ll learn from Don’t Mess With Texas that might surprise you
  1. Never, ever feed a dog broccoli.
  2. You might be surprised how the weight of a dead body in the trunk of your car can go unnoticed.
  3. Don’t ever joke about killing your ex . . . in front of witnesses.
  4. In the right situation, vomiting on someone can endear them to you.
  5. When a good-looking detective steals your underwear, he may not be a pervert; he could just be looking for blood splatter evidence.
  6. Some men think hospital gowns are sexy, especially when a breeze comes by and a detective already stole your underwear.
  7. When your grandmother is getting more action than you are, something’s not right with that picture.
  8. Bed bugs are nasty little creatures but they can come in handy when trying to get someone to fall back in love with you.
  9. In the right set of circumstances, morphine can be an aphrodisiac.  
  10. The consumption of five cupcakes when your heart is hurting is not always a bad thing.
  11. The way a couple shares an ice cream cone tell the viewing public if they’re sharing bodily fluids.
  12. Nothing can bring all the unresolved issues to the surface in a romance more than finding a naked woman in your boyfriend’s bedroom.
  13. The journey to fall in love isn’t all sweetness and light; it can also have its darker moments where you hurt like hell but it’s still a journey that makes life worth living.
  14. Love can make you laugh so hard you pee in your pants, but it can also make you feel like as though a pit bull just used your heart as a chew toy.
  15. Things really are hotter in Texas.

Heartstrings and Diamond RingsHeartstrings and Diamond Rings
by Jane Graves 
Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
Expected publication: September 27th 2011 by Grand Central Publishing
ISBN 0446568481
In a world full of frogs, Alison Carter is determined to find her prince. Maybe her dating past is more Titanic than Love Boat, but she's seen enough happy marriages to know that true love is possible. No matter what, she won't give up on happily-ever-after. If she can't find Mr. Right, she'll simply hire someone who can. 
When Brandon Scott inherits a successful matchmaking business, he thinks his prayers have been answered. Set up a few lonely ladies, collect the fee, how hard can it be? No one needs to know he's not really a professional matchmaker-especially not his first client, the beautiful, spirited Alison. Soon he's falling for her-and her dreams of kids and carpools. But Alison is getting close to figuring out his secret, and if she learns he's deceived her too, she'll walk right out the door, taking Brandon's heart with her.
A note from Jane Graves:

Plano, Texas is a perfect setting for my series because it's an exercise in contrast, just as my characters are. In West Plano, people live in McMansions, drive Lexus SUVs, drink a lot of Starbucks coffee, and play a lot of golf. West Plano is upper-class Texas living with a sprinkle of glitter and a swimming pool in every backyard. East Plano used to be home only to blue collar folks who live in fifty-year-old tract homes with pickup trucks out front. Then the light rail came through and connected Plano to downtown Dallas, and the old downtown area was revitalized with trendy condos, restaurants, and bars. East Plano is middle-class Texas living with a touch of urban cool.

Alison Carter from HEARTSTRINGS AND DIAMOND RINGS owns a condo in downtown Plano, while the hero of that book, Brandon Scott, lives in a Victorian house on the edge of downtown he inherited from his grandmother. Because of its diversity, Plano, Texas gives me a great opportunity to show who my characters are by where they choose to live.

Thanks to Grand Central Publishing I have both of these fabulous novels to giveaway to THREE US/Canadian readers! To enter, just leave a comment and fill out the rafflecopter below. And look for my reviews on Don't Mess with Texas and Heartstrings & Diamond Rings coming soon!


  1. Howdy!

    I just wanted to stop in and say thanks for hosting the giveaway! I had a blast writing Don't Mess with Texas. And I'm thrilled to share it with readers. I also just finished, Blame it on Texas, that will be out September 2012. This is Tyler's story and boy howdy, does he make a great hero. Zoe, his leading lady, is a hoot. She also brings with her a cat. And poor Bud, the English Bull dog in Don't Mess with Texas has to share his coffin.

    Have a great day!


  2. Hey, y'all. Just wanted to drop by and say hi. Great blog--thanks so much for hosting us!

    Hope readers will pick up a copy of Heartstrings and Diamond Rings (if they don't win one first!) Be sure to email me--I love hearing from readers.

  3. Great giveaway! I've heard great things about both of these books. I haven't read anything by Christie Craig (yet!) but I've read several of Jane Graves' books and have loved them all. Plus, I live in in Dallas so both of these books are calling out to me! :)

  4. Jane and Christie - I've read books from both of you and thoroughly enjoyed them. I'm looking forward to reading these also. Best wishes for success of both books.

  5. Thanks JenM! I love writing my stories with humor and heart.


  6. loved the things i learn from the don't mess with texas book. Very funny!

  7. Thank you for the chance! I am lookoing forward to both these books. They sound fun and sassy.

  8. I love cowboy stories! Thanks for the giveaway! Love the list of things we'll learn about Texas!

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

  9. Thanks for the great giveaway. Both of these books look so good.

  10. I laughed out loud at the top 15 list! Both of these books look like a lot of fun. Thank you for the giveaway.

    mljfoland AT hotmail DOT com

  11. Thanks for the great giveaway. Please enter me in contest.

  12. This looks like an awesome giveaway, thank you very much for the chance!

  13. I love quirky characters presented with humor. Set it in Texas & add a murder mystery - that's a fun read!

    sallans d at yahoo dot com

  14. The books looks great!!! Thanks for the opportunity!

  15. This looks like a great read:)
    Loved the post

  16. Both books sound like great reads. The story lines for each are wonderful. Thanks so much for the chance to win copies!

  17. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  18. Thank you for sharing with us and for the awesome giveaway opportunity:) I think Don't Mess with Texas sounds like a real hoot and I would love to read it.

  19. They look like two great stories.

  20. These two books seem to have a great story. Thanks for the giveaway!

  21. Both books sound wonderful, and would be great reads. Thanks for having this giveaway.

  22. These books look great! Thanks for the giveaway!

  23. Don't Mess With Texas is on my wishlist, both books look amazing!!! Thanks for the chance to win!

  24. Both books sound like lots of fun to read! Thanks!

  25. I would love to win these! Thanks for the giveaway chance.


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