Monday, March 21, 2011

Winners - Kathy Cano-Murillo books

Waking Up in the Land of Glitter: A Crafty Chica Novel  Miss Scarlet's School of Patternless Sewing

My two winners of two sets of these wonderful books by Kathy Cano-Murillo are:

#11 - MaryAnn Langan

#33 - Kimberly Miller

Thank you all for entering, MaryAnn and Kimberly have been emailed and if I don't hear from them within 48 hours I will draw new winners.

Be sure and check out my sidebar for my current giveaways and watch for more coming soon!

Guest Post & Giveaway: Author Jodi Thomas (Texas Blue)

Today I welcome a favorite author of mine, Jodi Thomas.  I fell in love with her Harmony series last year and jumped at the chance to be a part of her new book, Texas Blue blog tour.  Texas Blue is a historical, but I know Jodi's writing and no matter what the genre I am sure to love it.  I will have a review up later today, but for now, hear what Jodi has to say about Texas Blue.

When I began writing TEXAS BLUE I knew I wanted to write two stories that ran at stampede pace through one novel.  I’ve written 23 Historical Romances and Sagas, but this time I wanted the stories to be equal.  No plot and subplot, just two full stories.  I opened in 1875, with two friends parting ways one stormy night in Austin.  Duncan McMurray, a Texas Ranger, is off to fight at the border and Lewt, a gambler, plans to find a wife while his friend is away.  He thinks he wants a quiet, wealthy lady, unfortunately in Emily McMurray, Duncan’s cousin, he finds far more than he bargained for.

Duncan is all a hero in a western romance should be, he’s wild, loyal and intelligent.  He leaves his law practice to go fight with the Texas Rangers.  Lewt, on the other hand never wants to get involved in fights of any kind.  He plays his life like a game based on luck.  Duncan wants to do what’s right, but his friend, Lewt, only wants to live a normal, quite life.  When the stories collide, Duncan must depend on Lewt’s bravery and trust his life to their friendship.  
I began reading western romance when I was a kid.  I think I’ve always loved it and, being from Texas, the world always seemed very real to me.  I live in a small town where you still see guys with spurs on eating lunch out and every Saturday people ride their horses up to Dairy Queen.  I’ve won Romance Writers of America’s RITA three times for historical romance.  Sometimes when I’m working I step so fully back in the past it’s hard to pull out even to answer the phone.
I think you will love this first book in the new generation of the Whispering Mountain series.  Ride along with me and I promise I’ll tell you a love story full of adventure, romance and laughter.

Hope I keep you up reading,

Jodi Thomas  

About Texas Blue:

Gambling man Lewton Paterson wants to marry into a respectable family. After fleecing a train ticket, Lewt makes his way to Whispering Mountain. But seducing a well-bred woman is hard, and Lewt realizes that to entice a McMurray sister, he'll need to learn a thing or two about ranching-and love.

Texas Blue received a Starred Review in Publisher's Weekly - here's what they had to say:
Bestseller Thomas's fifth Whispering Mountain American historical (after 2009's The Lone Texan) is another winner. When Texas Ranger Duncan McMurray tells gambler Lewton Paterson that he's sending three men from good families to court his three cousins, Lewton, wishing for a respectable life and family, decides to take the place of one of the men. He meets the three ladies, but spends his time with Em, the ranch overseer--who is really one of the ladies and never intends to marry. When news reaches the ranch of Duncan's capture in Mexico, Lewt and Em set out to save him. Tension rides high, mixed with humor and kisses more passionate than most full-on love scenes. Fans will be delighted by this series continuation.
Publishers Weekly Review

Do you want to win your own copy of Texas Blue by Jodi Thomas?  The publisher has sent me one extra copy of this book to giveaway and if you enjoy historical romances (set in the west) you will want to give this one a try.  Just fill out the form below.  Open to US/Canada only.  Open through next Monday 3/28.

If you have trouble seeing the form, you can find it here.

It's Monday What Are You Reading - March 21

Come post weekly and see what others are reading too just so you can add to your tbr - I always do! For more information see Sheila at One Persons Journey Through a World of Books and join in! 

Books Completed Last Week 
  • So Much Pretty by Cara Hoffman
  • Finger Lickin' Fifteen by Janet Evanovich
  • Letters From Home by Kristina McMorris
  • Wither by Lauren DeStefano
Reading Now: 
  • Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton (audiobook)
  • Madame Tussaud: A Novel of the French Revolution by Michelle Moran (review)
  • Texas Blue by Jodi Thomas
  • Lessons From Stanley the Cat by Jennifer Freed
  • Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult
  • The Emperor's Tomb by Steve Berry
  • Red Wolf by Liza Marklund

Summary -

A good reading week even as we went crazy getting kids to and from practice and to cub scouts while balancing getting meals on the table, homework time and what we consider important - family t.v. time :)  As the weeks go by I think we'll get this more and more in hand and I hope to continue the reading pace I have been setting.  It has helped that Saturdays are my rest day and I spend the day enjoying the sunshine in my outside chair reading away the day.  Hope you all have a wonderful week. 

Best of the weekHands down, Letters From Home by Kristina McMorris - this is just such a beautiful book.

How was your week?