Monday, November 23, 2020

Book Blitz: THE COWBOY WHO SAVED CHRISTMAS




The Cowboy Who Saved Christmas
by

Jodi Thomas,

Sharla Lovelace, and Scarlett Dunn

 
Genre: Romance / Adventure / Anthology
Publisher: Kensington Books
Date of Publication: October 27, 2020
Number of Pages: 336 pages
 
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The Lone Star State doesn't have to be lonely during Christmas time! 

Legendary author Jodi Thomas headlines a new holiday-themed Western historical romance collection featuring three Texas-set stories of romance and adventure. 

The Civil War is over, Christmas is coming—and it's time for three rugged cowboys to hang-up their spurs and settle down. These authors combine their talents and excel at creating atmosphere and complex characters which infuse these stories with Texas history and evoke the grandeur of a bygone era and the indomitable pioneer spirit of the region. 

Prepare to be swept off your feet by these heroic cowboys who will stop at nothing to make sure this Christmas is one to remember. Ideal for gift giving, The Cowboy Who Saved Christmas will be the fan-favorite collection of romance for the 2020 Christmas season!
 
 

PRAISE FOR THE COWBOY WHO SAVED CHRISTMAS:

"FATHER GOOSE is a warm, entertaining story, with Trapper and Emery starting with nothing, yet finding love and hoping for a future." 
-- Rose from Roses Are Blue   

"It was a pitch-perfect reading experience that left my heart bursting with joy. This story has become an instant classic in my holiday reading canon." 
-- PJ Ausdenmore from The Romance Dish   

"I love an anthology at this busy time of the year because I can read a complete story in a short time--this book hit the mark." 
-- Mary from Bookfan

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Jodi Thomas is a New York Times bestselling author and fifth-generation Texan who sets many of her award-winning stories in her home state, where her grandmother was born in a covered wagon. A multi-RITA Award winner and member of the prestigious Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame, she’s written over 50 novels with millions of copies in print. Her most recent releases are The Little Tea Shop on Main and the first book in her new Honey Creek series, Breakfast at the Honey Creek Café, which is out now.
 
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Monday Roundup: Texas Literary Calendar - Nov 22-29, 2020

   

 

Bookish goings-on in Texas for the week of November 22-29, 2020, compiled by TexasBookLover exclusively for Lone Star Literary Life. 

Special events this week include the the Dallas Jewish Book Fest. Most events are still online via Facebook Live, Instagram Live, Zoom, and other venues. 

For a complete calendar of bookish events in Texas this week, including special events, daily listings, and exhibits, visit the GO! Calendar at Lone Star Lit.    


Sunday, November 22, 2020

Lone Star Literary Life for Nov 22, 2020

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Monday, November 16, 2020

Monday Roundup: Texas Literary Calendar Nov 15-22, 2020

   

 

Bookish goings-on in Texas for the week of November 15-22, 2020, compiled by TexasBookLover exclusively for Lone Star Literary Life. 

Special events this week include the the 48th annual Jewish Book & Arts Festival of Houston, the Dallas Jewish Book Fest, and the Jaipur Literary Festival - Houston. Most events are still online via Facebook Live, Instagram Live, Zoom, and other venues. 

For a complete calendar of bookish events in Texas this week, including special events, daily listings, and exhibits, visit the GO! Calendar at Lone Star Lit.    


Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Blog Tour & Giveaway: THE SQUARE ROOT OF TEXAS

THE SQUARE ROOT 
OF TEXAS 
  The First Calamity of QED Morningwood
by
Rob Witherspoon

Genre: Satire / Humor / Absurdist Fiction
Publisher: Independently Published
Date of Publication: September 26, 2018
Number of Pages: 181 pages
 
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QED Morningwood is a liar, braggart and teller of tall tales. When he shows up at the domino parlor with a mysterious Russian crate in the back of his pick-up truck, he confides to the players he is a ‘Shadow’ member of the NRA, not on their official membership roll, and has a load of rocket propelled grenades – all lies. The news spreads to the real Shadow NRA, the FBI and Homeland Security. Meanwhile, the Russian Ministry of Cultural Preservation sends an agent to retrieve the crate, the actual contents known only to the Russians.

The Russian agent, an FBI team, a DHS undercover agent and a Shadow NRA hit team arrive in Heelstring, Texas looking for QED and his crate. Their convergence is followed by interrogations, seduction, lies, arrests, jailbreak, kidnapping and rescue – along with car chases and explosions. If not for Cotton Widdershins, an ancient black man with secrets of his own, who acts as QED’s mentor and savior, the Morningwood line would be doomed to end, or at best spend life in a federal penitentiary.




“Now don’t y’all tell nobody, but I’m a shadow member of the NRA.” Kid looked around the table, glancing at Cotton to make sure he was close enough to hear. “We’re not on the official membership rolls. We’re the thin red line between tyranny and freedom.” 



 



Rob Witherspoon was born and raised in rural Texas. He earned a BA in Physical Education, UT Arlington 1985 and a BS in Aerospace Engineering, UT Arlington 1990. He worked in the aerospace industry for 30 years before retiring in 2018. He lives in north central Texas with his wife and youngest daughter and has spent much of his life in rural communities and on the ranch. He combines his love for Texas, lying, the outdoors, engineering, and his children in his writing.

     
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Monday, November 9, 2020

Monday Roundup: Texas Literary Calendar Nov. 8-15, 2020

   

 

Bookish goings-on in Texas for the week of November 8-15, 2020, compiled by TexasBookLover exclusively for Lone Star Literary Life. 

Special events this week include the 25th annual Texas Book Festival, the 48th annual Jewish Book & Arts Festival of Houston, the Fort Bend County Libraries Book Fest, and Lit Crawl Austin. Most events are still online via Facebook Live, Instagram Live, Zoom, and other venues. 

For a complete calendar of bookish events in Texas this week, including special events, daily listings, and exhibits, visit the GO! Calendar at Lone Star Lit.    


Sunday, November 8, 2020

Lone Star Literary Life - November 8, 2020

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Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Top 10 & Giveaway: STRONG FROM THE HEART

Strong from the Heart

(Caitlin Strong #11)

by
Jon Land
 
Genre: Mystery / Thriller / Suspense
Publisher: Forge Books
Date of Publication: July 28, 2020
Number of Pages: 368 pages
 
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Caitlin Strong wages her own personal war on drugs against the true power behind the illicit opioid trade in Strong from the Heart, the blistering and relentless 11th installment in Jon Land's award-winning series. 

 The drug crisis hits home for fifth generation Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong when the son of her outlaw lover Cort Wesley Masters nearly dies from an opioid overdose. On top of that, she’s dealing with the inexplicable tragedy of a small Texas town where all the residents died in a single night. 

When Caitlin realizes that these two pursuits are intrinsically connected, she finds herself following a trail that will take her to the truth behind the crisis that claimed 75,000 lives last year. Just in time, since the same force that has taken over the opiate trade has even more deadly intentions in mind, specifically the murder of tens of millions in pursuit of their even more nefarious goals.

The power base she’s up against―comprised of politicians and Big Pharma, along with corrupt doctors and drug distributors―has successfully beaten back all threats in the past. But they’ve never had to deal with the likes of Caitlin Strong before and have no idea what’s in store when the guns of Texas come calling.

At the root of the conspiracy lies a cabal nestled within the highest corridors of power that’s determined to destroy all threats posed to them. Caitlin and Cort Wesley may have finally met their match, finding themselves isolated and ostracized with nowhere to turn, even as they strive to remain strong from the heart.      

PRAISE FOR STRONG FROM THE HEART:

“A time-jumping, savory Tex-Mex tale, seasoned with all the ingredients of a great thriller.”―Brad Meltzer, New York Times bestselling author

“A mind-blowing tale that takes a flamethrower to our psyches to warm the chill it leaves up our spines. Seething with energy and replete with wondrously staged set pieces, this is thriller writing that defies genre even as it reminds us why we love to read.”―NYK Daily

“Exceptional.... Snappy one-liners, plausible dialogue, and lots of nonstop action, Land delivers another riveting, believable thriller.”―Press-Republican

“Caitlin Strong is one of the strongest female characters ever to hit the page, and Jon Land is the king of the intelligent thriller, continually pushing his own writing to new levels.”―New York Journal of Books


JON LAND’S TEN BEST MODERN-DAY WESTERN HEROES

When asked about my Caitlin Strong series, I always describe them as modern-day westerns. And, in fact, the thriller form itself owes a great deal of its heritage to that genre. Having grown up with the films of Audie Murphy and Roy Rogers, not to mention classics like Shane, The Magnificent Seven, and High Noon along with a host of TV shows, westerns were everywhere. So, you might say Caitlin Strong was many years in the making. With all that in mind, I thought it would be fun to assemble a list of the best book series that can be best classified as following the western motif.

Lee Child's Jack Reacher: The most quintessential of the lot. Think about it: Instead of a horse, Reacher rides a bus or a train. He shows up in a town, sometimes a city, wipes out the bad guys, then gets back on the bus or train and moves on to his next step to repeat the process all over again. Here, as in westerns, we see staples like weak or ineffectual law enforcement, corruption and, often, one big bad villain running herd over it all. Until Reacher arrives, that is.

C. J. Box's Joe Pickett: Box’s seminal Wyoming game warden resembles the federal marshal of western lore in that he is the only real law for hundreds of square miles. And, like plenty of western lawmen, he has a morally-challenged sidekick in the deadly Nate Romanowski who plays Doc Holliday to Pickett’s Wyatt Earp. And the villains the pair take on time after time bear an intrinsic connection to the kind of cattle barons and land grabbers battling over the likes of mineral and water rights. Kind of like going forward in reverse.

Craig Johnston's Longmire: Walt Longmire is the kind of crusty, middle-aged sheriff made famous as anti—or, at least, reluctant—heroes in classic westerns. Normally, they have one more fight left in them but Longmire never seems to run out of punches. Brilliantly played by Robert Taylor on the TV show, this small-town sheriff with big problems on his plate is a cultural anachronism who brings the times to him instead of adapting. And when things go bad, as is so true in the lore of westerns, he’s all the town has to turn to.

Elmore Leonard's Raylan Givens (JUSTIFIED): Arguably the great author’s greatest creation, the character made famous by the hit FX show appeared in two novels (RIDING THE RAP and PRONTO), in addition to a collection of short stories. Timothy Olyphant’s wondrously realized performance opened with him gunning down Miami gangster Tommy Bucks . . . because Bucks didn’t leave town in his allotted twenty-four hours. But the episode that featured a hitman who’s “killed more men than malaria” coming to town gunning for Raylan fit the western motif to a T, right down to the climactic shootout where our stalwart deputy US Marshal literally outdraws his opponent.

Nevada Barr's Anna Pigeon: Barr’s park ranger is the lone woman on this list, in large part because the classic western doesn’t serve up a lot of female gunfighters. Pigeon proves an exception to that rule, a traveling from one national park to another on the trail of this crime or that, a female Jack Reacher with portfolio. And, as with that series and many westerns, the hero is cast in the role of the nomadic stranger, lacking roots and traveling with only what she can carry (still more than Reacher’s famed toothbrush!) on her back. Every stop along the way becomes a new beginning, Pigeon showing up often where she’s needed the most and wanted the least.

Ian Fleming's James Bond: In many ways, the Cold War brought us the morphing of the western gunfighter hero, made famous in the dime novels of the early 20th century, into the spy. The difference, of course, was that the likes of James Bond served a nation and had a license to kill legally. He carried a Walther PPK instead of a Colt Peacemaker and stopped marauding bad guys from destroying entire countries instead of just towns and took on rivals every bit his equal, like Oddjob and Red Grant, while climbing the ladder to the true masterminds out to fashion a new world order.

Richard Stark's Parker: The stoically deadly Parker (perfectly played by Lee Marvin in the classic film POINT BLANK and based on THE HUNTER) embodies the very concept of what Shane author Jack Schaeffer called the “savior psychopath.” A bad guy who occasionally turns away from the dark side to sample the light. Parker is as much a relentless force of nature as a human being. He’s not going to lose and if you wrong him, violate his murky code of honor, expect violent repercussions. Like the outlaw who decides to save the town from bandits instead of helping them to burn it down.

Gregg Hurwitz's Orphan X: In many ways Hurwitz’s modern-day gunslinger Evan Smoak is the neatest fit for the mold cast by westerns. He’s literally the stranger who rides in out of nowhere, the Man with No Name emerging form Italian spaghetti westerns or their American offspring such as High Plains Drifter. Like Parker, Smoak has a streak of moral ambiguity, but he tends to be more like Jack Reacher, and Shane, when it comes to standing up for what’s right. A savior psychopath indeed.  

Brad Taylor's Pike Logan, Brad Thor's Scot Harvath, and Vince Flynn’s Mitch Rapp: This trio of great thriller series that all emerged from the smoke of 9/11 feature the gunfighter morphing into special ops soldier, aka Navy SEALS of Delta Force operators. And to varying degrees all three cover one of the most dominant themes of the western: redemption. Like the gunfighters of old, Logan, Harvath and Rapp face burnout and might rather put their worlds behind them, but their natures keep them fighting and killing. They are who they are and we’re lucky to have them, just like Joe Starrett (Van Heflin) and his family were lucky to have Shane.

Robert Crais's Joe Pike: There’s nothing subtle about the former Recon Marine who started out as Elvis Cole’s sidekick, only to become the basis of a series centered around him on top of that. And in that sense, he’s about the purest throwback to gunfighters on this list, wielding a .357 magnum in place of an old-fashioned six-shooter. He’s as much like Jack Wilson (Jack Palance in the movie) as Shane, especially since Wilson exemplifies the man Shane used to be. Pike, on the other hand, is what he’s always been, sticking to a moral code that inevitably finds him sticking up for those who can’t stick up for themselves.




 

Jon Land is the USA Today bestselling author of more than fifty books, eleven of which feature Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong. The critically acclaimed series has won more than a dozen awards, including the 2019 International Book Award for Best Thriller for Strong as Steel and the 2020 American Fiction Award for Best Thriller. He has also authored six books in the MURDER, SHE WROTE series and has recently taken over writing Margaret Truman's CAPITAL CRIMES series. A 1979 graduate of Brown University, Land lives in Providence, Rhode Island and received the 2019 Rhode Island Authors Legacy Award for his lifetime of literary achievements.

 
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Monday, November 2, 2020

Monday Roundup: Texas Literary Calendar Nov 1-8, 2020

   

 

Bookish goings-on in Texas for the week of November 1-8, 2020, compiled by TexasBookLover exclusively for Lone Star Literary Life. 

Special events this week include the 25th annual Texas Book Festival, the 48th annual Jewish Book & Arts Festival of Houston, the 10th annual Dobie Dichos, and Lit Crawl Austin. Most events are still online via Facebook Live, Instagram Live, Zoom, and other venues. 

For a complete calendar of bookish events in Texas this week, including special events, daily listings, and exhibits, visit the GO! Calendar at Lone Star Lit.    


Monday, October 26, 2020

Monday Roundup: Texas Literary Calendar for Oct 25-Nov 1, 2020

   

 

Bookish goings-on in Texas for the week of October 25-November 1, 2020, compiled by TexasBookLover exclusively for Lone Star Literary Life. 

Special events this week include the South Texas Book Festival, Texas Teen Book Festival, the 25th annual Texas Book Festival, and the 48th annual Jewish Book & Arts Festival of Houston. Most events are still online via Facebook Live, Instagram Live, Zoom, and other venues. 

For a complete calendar of bookish events in Texas this week, including special events, daily listings, and exhibits, visit the GO! Calendar at Lone Star Lit.