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Giveaway of The Doll by Texas's own Taylor Stevens! 4 Days Remain!

Y'all only have 4 days remaining to enter the giveaway for …Continue

Started by Michelle Newby Feb 21, 2014.

New Giveaway! The Doll - A Vanessa Michael Munroe Novel by Texas's own Taylor Stevens

 I'm super excited today to…Continue

Started by Michelle Newby Feb 18, 2014.

Book reviews 26 Replies

Post your book reviews here. Don't be shy! Shows us what you're reading.Continue

Started by Jenny O.. Last reply by Michelle Newby Dec 3, 2013.

May is Short Story Month - Dagoberto Gilb

May is Short Story Month and today's author is Dagoberto Gilb. I hardly know where to begin,…Continue

Started by Michelle Newby May 26, 2013.

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Comment by Michelle Newby on June 6, 2014 at 4:19pm

New Giveaway - Tim O'Brien!

This, ladies and gentlemen, may be the BEST book giveaway EVER. Yep. Thanks to the lovely people at Random House, I have four (count 'em - 4!) books to give away to one lucky winner. We are celebrating the 35th anniversary of theNational Book Award win for Going After Cacciato by Tim O'Brien with four brand-new reissues: Going After Cacciato, If I Die In a Combat Zone, Box Me Up and Ship Me Home, Northern Lights and Tomcat in Love. 

Although a Minnesota native, we happily claim O'Brien as a transplanted Texan - he's been teaching at Texas State University in San Marcos since 2003. He is probably best known for The Things They Carried (which was my introduction to this author almost 25 years ago). If you aren't familiar with his work you can check out my profile of the author here. An update to that profile: In June 2013, O'Brien was awarded the $100,000Pritzker Military Library Literature Award.

  1. You MUST be a follower of this site.
  2. Leave a comment on this post requesting entry in the contest. 
  3. This contest is open to everyone over the age of 13 and it is international. 
This giveaway begins NOW and continues through midnight June 12th. The winner will be chosen by random drawing and announced on this site June 14th. Good luck!

Comment by ryan petty on February 21, 2014 at 3:29pm

Hello all,

I was just going to update everyone as to what I've been writing recently.  My new book, Finding Hope in Texas, comes out in April.  Here is the cover.  If anyone out there is interested in reviewing/blogging about it, please let me know.  Thanks.

Comment by Buffi BeCraft on November 2, 2013 at 12:01am

Bahn Sidhe audioBooks on FB

Audible has been generous!

Check for free Audible book codes to these titles and more:

Weremones by Buffi BeCraft 1 Wish 1 Ring by Buffi BeCraft Dead Space By Buffi BeCraft 2 for the Show by Buffi BeCraft Deadline by Belladonna Bordeaux Priced to Sell by Trace Riles Return to Love by Denyse Bridger Uphill By Jody Overend All I Need is You by Belladonna Bordeaux Fall for Me by Belladonna Bordeaux Hell Rider by Belladonna Bordeaux Primal Rage by Belladonna Bordeaux Bound and Determined by Belladonna Bordeaux Mastered by a Wolf by Belladonna Bordeaux Ghillie Dhub by Belladonna Bordeaux Bobby Meets his Angel by D. Charles Playground of the Gods by E. Jamie Bella Signorina by Denyse Bridger

Comment by Buffi BeCraft on November 2, 2013 at 12:01am

My lovely friend Belladonna wrote this, and I suppose I'm just more than a bit biased, because I think her alpha male vampires are HAWT and her storytelling awesome!!!!

The Sire Bond by Belladonna Bordeaux

Joseph Hutton, the Governor General of all vampires residing in London is at his wit’s end. A new vampiress is living in his district and dodging his every attempt to meet with him. Finally cornering her at a debutant ball, Joseph is stunned to discover his new minion is a young woman he met over a century ago. A woman who was destined to be his mate.

Tormented by her creator, Elspeth Moore, never understood why Robert de Belesme made her a blood-sucking nightwalker. The truth is that she is a pawn in a feud nearly a millennium old. She’ll put all her faith in Joseph because she has no recourse but to. He must break the sire bond or destroy her.

Comment by Buffi BeCraft on November 2, 2013 at 12:00am

I'm so excited that the BC werewolves- my first series- are now at book 5! It doesn't seem like so long ago that Weremones book 1- my very first book published- came out! Now the BC boys are 5 books strong with several freebies. Keep checking for more because I have no intention to stop writing about my beloved wolven packs.

Cat Scratch Fever; Blue-Collar Werewolves V by Buffi BeCraft Matthew Ridley is having one hell of a day. Being hijacked by his crazy werewolf brother-in-law, kidnapped by scientist’s intent of killing off supernaturals, and getting turned into a strange hybrid were-lion isn't enough. Werewolves, werecats, and's going to be one interesting family reunion.

Matthew also has an ancient Egyptian cat-goddess insisting that he's the Leo, the king destined to bring all the werecats together. Now if only he can get his lovely queen, Naomi to agree, then they might be able to bring their people home.

Comment by Buffi BeCraft on November 2, 2013 at 12:00am This is the first (hopefully of many more!) book written by both myself and Belladonna Bordeaux. We had a grand time playing in the same sandbox and generally causing trouble! We hope you have as much fun visiting as we did writing! - Buffi & Belladonna

Option 3 by Buffi BeCraft & Belladonna Bordeaux Survival of the fittest has a new meaning and mating a vampire hadn’t ever been a part of beating dangerous fantasy creatures away from her door. No. Running for her life was what Naomi Smith was used to. But hot sex with a nine-hundred-year-old vampire might just shuffle the deck and shove her face first into a new reality.

ISBN:  978-1-60088-850-2

Comment by Kandy Kay Scaramuzzo on June 5, 2013 at 4:01pm

Hey  There!

   I live in Texas, seventh generation Texan with a brick in the Cowgirl Museum.  I also wrote a book about an old ranch horse from Texas.It tells the story of all the amazing things he has done since he was rescued. It is told by him in his voice. 

Check it out!

Comment by Michelle Newby on May 3, 2013 at 2:48pm

May is Short Story Month and our author today is Flannery O'Connor. Born in Georgia in 1925, Ms. O'Connor was a devout Roman Catholic in the Bible Belt of the Protestant American South. She was a graduate of what was to become Iowa's now-famous Writers' Workshop and was considered by her professors one of the finest writers ever to attend the program. Ms. O'Connor wrote two novels but is best-known for her volumes of short stories. This is a complete list of published work. She won several O. Henry Awards and grants from the likes of the Ford Foundation and the National Institute of Arts and Letters. Tragically, lupus took her life at the age of 39. She won the National Book Award posthumously for The Collected Stories in 1972. 

Flannery O'Connor's work is a brew of religion, race, family, history, pride, guilt, confession, repentance, social standing, rigid moral codes; contradictions of every stripe and all usually present in any single individual. This is why the region produces some of the richest stories anywhere on Earth. A twisted history and the psychic damage it causes is good for art, if not much else. It's called Southern Gothic

Today's short story is "A Good Man Is Hard To Find," from the eponymous collection published in 1955. 

Comment by Michelle Newby on April 25, 2013 at 9:41pm

OK, I said big news was coming today and here it is! In cooperation with Random House, Crown Publishers and Broadway Paperbacks, I have 3 copies of THE TRUTH OF ALL THINGS by Keiran Shields to give away. This will be a random drawing. You have one week, through midnight on Friday, May 3rd, to enter. To enter this giveaway contest, you must: 1) be a follower of TexasBookLover (I offer several ways to do this on the home page of the blog); 2) you must leave a comment on this contest post or on the review post; and 3) shoot me an email letting me know you have done this so I can confirm.

I posted a review for The Truth of All Things on April 19th and gave it a 5 of 5 rating. It is the best book I have read this year so far. Remember, the deadline is midnight, Friday, May 3rd. Please do not hesitate to send me an email with any questions. The contest is open to everyone, not just the US. I will announce the winners on Monday, May 6th. Good luck everybody!

Comment by Patricia Kemp-Blackmon on April 8, 2013 at 4:02pm

Check out my review!

Ruth's Redemption by Marlene Banks


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