(What Doesn't Kill You, #7)
An Emily Romantic Mystery
Pamela Fagan Hutchins
Genre: Romantic Mystery
Publisher: SkipJack Publishing
Date of Publication: March 26, 2016
# of pages: 383
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Big-haired paralegal and former rodeo queen Emily has her life back on track. Her adoption of Betsy seems like a done deal, her parents have reunited, and she’s engaged to her sexy boss Jack. Then client Phil Escalante’s childhood buddy Dennis drops dead, face first into a penis cake at the adult novelty store Phil owns with his fiancée Nadine, one of Emily’s best friends. The cops charge Phil with murder right on the heels of his acquittal in a trial for burglarizing the Mighty is His Word church offices. Emily’s nemesis ADA Melinda Stafford claims a witness overheard Phil fighting with Dennis over a woman. Before he can mount a defense, Phil falls into a diabetic coma, leaving Nadine shaken and terrified. Meanwhile Betsy’s ultra-religious foster parents apply to adopt her, and Jack starts acting weird and evasive. Emily feels like a calf out of a chute, pulled between the ropes of the header and the heeler, as she fights to help Phil and Nadine without losing Betsy and Jack.
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Top 10 Song List: Emily from Hell to Pay
You may know me as the protagonist in Heaven to Betsy, Earth to Emily, and the new release Hell to Pay. Growing up in west Texas and cutting my teeth in the rodeo world, I lean toward country music. But not always! Here’s my list of favorites:
1. Garth Brooks’ Much Too Young, because my dad played it all the time when I was a girl, and he loved the line “worn out tape of Chris LeDoux.” Dad idolized Chris LeDoux, his rodeoing, and his music.
2. George Straits’ Amarillo By Morning. You can’t grow up in Amarillo and not learn to love this song. And it’s a great one.
3. Mac Davis’s Texas in My Rear View Mirror. I went to Texas Tech University in Lubbock on a rodeo scholarship (yes, you read that right), so you’re about to get a lot of Lubbock, and this song was about Lubbock. Because the word before Texas in the chorus was Lubbock: happiness is Lubbock, Texas in my rear view mirror.
4. The Dixie Chicks The Long Way Around. Natalie Maines, the lead singer, is from Lubbock. And just so you know, y’all, I’m not embarrassed she’s from Texas, although since it’s 10% of the population of the U.S.A., I think it’s a foregone conclusion that at least 10% of the wackos and weirdos are from here. And politicians (but don’t they fall in the wacko and weirdo category?), love ‘em or hate ‘em. Anyway, my friend Katie loves the Dixie Chicks, and she turned me on to this song. There’s a line that goes “My friends from high school, Married their high school boyfriends, Moved into houses in the same ZIP codes, Where their parents live.” I love it. But, *sigh*, while I didn’t marry my high school boyfriend, I moved back to the same zip code as my parents last year. Yeah. I did.
5. I graduated from high school in 2002. Drops of Jupiter by Train brings back so many memories, as does . . .
6. Kryptonite by 3 Doors Down. My gosh I love this song.
7. And . . . It’s a Great Day To Be Alive by Travis Tritt. Can you hear me singing? Because I am. Loud and off-key. “I got my rice cookin’ in the microwave.”
8. Gwen Stefani, Hollaback Girl. No, scratch that. Hey Baby by No Doubt. I really like Gwen, but I love No Doubt.
9. Jason Aldean’s Flyover States is one of my favorites now. If you met a girl from Amarillo, you’d know exactly what he means. Maybe you already do.
10. Only one more. Okay, then it would have to be Wrapped by George Strait. I think I could do a whole list of just George Strait. Nothing says Texas like his music. And he’s even got a rodeo song: I Can Still Make Cheyenne.
Anybody else out there graduate high school around 2002 and college about four years later? That makes us the same generation. What songs bring back your memories, and do you still listen to, all these years later?
Pamela Fagan Hutchins writes overly long emails, best-selling, award-winning mysteries (WINNER USA Best Book Award, Fiction: Cross Genre, Finalist) and hilarious nonfiction. The Houston Press named her as one of Houston's Top 10 Authors (2014). She is a recovering attorney and investigator who resides deep in the heart of Nowheresville, Texas and in the frozen north of Wyoming. Pamela has a passion for great writing and smart authorpreneurship as well as long hikes with her hunky husband and pack of rescue dogs, traveling in the Bookmobile, and her Keurig. Download her mystery Saving Grace, free everywhere, and visit her website or drop her a note pamela at pamelahutchins dot com. And if you would like her to visit your book club, women’s group, writer’s group, or library, all you have to do is ask.
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