Saddle up for today's FOREVER TEXAS Blog Tour with Jane Graves and Christie Craig. First stop - Plano, Texas, the setting of Jane Grave's HEARTSTRINGS AND DIAMOND RINGS. 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.
I enjoyed reading HEARTSTRINGS AND DIAMOND RINGS. I was laughing from page one as the modern heroine tackled a timeless challenge - how to lasso a lifetime partner:
He's the man of her dreams. . .
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.
Sbe just doesn't know it yet
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.
Forever is giving away a print copy of Jane Graves' HEARTSTRINGS AND DIAMOND RINGS plus Christie Craig's DON'T MESS WITH TEXAS to one randomly selected commenter. To enter the giveaway,
1. Leave a comment about something unusual you have inherited - matchmaking business? A Victorian house? Or something unusual you'll pass to your family!
2. This giveaway is open to North American residents only .... but I'll give away my review copy Jane Grave's HEARTSTRINGS AND DIAMOND RINGS to an international reader. Comments are welcome from all!
3. Comments are open through Saturday, September 24, 10 pm in Hawaii. I'll post the winners on Sunday, September 25.
Kim in Hawaii
To learn more about Jane Graves, check out her website at this link.
To continue the blog tour with Christie Craig, check out Part 2 at this link.
To increase your chances of winning, check out Mary Gramlich's review, interview, and giveaway at this link.
Heart stings image from cdashnaw.wordpress.com.
Diamond ring image from aclutx70th.com.