Monday, September 19, 2011

Forever Romance: Forever Texas Blog Tour



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.


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.
A note 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 touchof 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.

Nikki Hunt thought her night couldn't get worse when her no-good, cheating ex ditched her at dinner, sticking her with the bill. Then she found his body stuffed in the trunk of her car and lost her two-hundred-dollar meal all over his three-thousand-dollar suit. Now not only is Nikki nearly broke, she's a murder suspect.

Former cop turned PI, Dallas O'Connor knows what it's like to be unjustly accused. But one look at the sexy-though skittish-suspect tells him she couldn't hurt anyone. The lead detective, Dallas's own brother, has the wrong woman and Dallas hopes a little late-night "undercover" work will help him prove it . . .
Christie Craig presents: 15 Things you’ll learn from Don’t Mess With Texas that might surprise you

1. Never, ever feed a dog broccoli.

2. You might be surprised how the weight of a dead body in the trunk of your car can go unnoticed.

3. Don’t ever joke about killing your ex . . . in front of witnesses.

4. In the right situation, vomiting on someone can endear them to you.

5. When a good-looking detective steals your underwear, he may not be a pervert; he could just be looking for blood splatter evidence.

6. Some men think hospital gowns are sexy, especially when a breeze comes by and a detective already stole your underwear.

7. When your grandmother is getting more action than you are, something’s not right with that picture.

8. Bed bugs are nasty little creatures but they can come in handy when trying to get someone to fall back in love with you.

9. In the right set of circumstances, morphine can be an aphrodisiac.

10. The consumption of five cupcakes when your heart is hurting is not always a bad thing.

11. The way a couple shares an ice cream cone tell the viewing public if they’re sharing bodily fluids.

12. Nothing can bring all the unresolved issues to the surface in a romance more than finding a naked woman in your boyfriend’s bedroom.

13. The journey to fall in love isn’t all sweetness and light; it can also have its darker moments where you hurt like hell but it’s still a journey that makes life worth living.

14. Love can make you laugh so hard you pee in your pants, but it can also make you feel like as though a pit bull just used your heart as a chew toy.

15. Things really are hotter in Texas.

3 winners will win a set of these awesome books!
  • Open to US/Canada only
  • No PO boxes please
Just your email in a comment if you are interested in entering the giveaway.  Giveaway is open until  9/26/11 12PM EST.  Winners will be chosen using and names will be posted here on the blog.
Good luck!


  1. I'd like to try a cowboy, lol.

    Please enter me in your contest.

    aharel4 (at) gmail (dot) com

  2. Thanks for the giveaway! Count me in please
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  3. Gotta remember the broccoli bit!


  4. Great post and giveaway! I just purchased Jane Graves' Black Ties and Lullabies so I would love any other books by her. I've also heard such great things about Christie Craig's book, including being sued by Texas... lol :)


  5. Enter me, pretty please! :) These sound great!

  6. Both books sound great! Please count me in!

  7. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read these books. They sound very good.

  8. Hey, y'all! Just wanted to drop by and say hi. Heartstrings and Diamond Rings was a blast to write--I hope you laugh your way through it. If you read one of my previous books, Tall Tales and Wedding Veils, Alison Carter was a secondary character who had some astonishingly bad luck in the dating world, and nothing has changed in this book. Seriously--how can she hire a matchmaker and her problems only get WORSE?

    If you read Heartstrings, shoot me an email. I love to hear from those wonderful people who read my books!

  9. Well today we got a Wahoo good time goin on! I found out the hard way about feeding your dog broccoli LOL Thank you for the fun today and for the wonderful giveaway opportunity. I would love to read these books. I love a good romance with chuckles and adventure and what could be more adventurous than looking for romance in Texas with a handsome PI or finding it in a matchmaker.


  10. Oh I so want to read this! Great post.
    Thanks for the great giveaway.

    musicalfrog at comcast dot net

  11. These sound like some fantastic contemporary romance reads! Would love to be entered for the giveaway, thanks!


  12. great post
    love the covers...mostly the cowboy who can wear a pair jeans yummm

    thanks for the giveaway

  13. Great covers. I have a book from Jane Graves that I've yet to read. I'd love to win these books.

    judyjudii at gmail dot com

  14. Awesome giveaway. I would love to read these books.

  15. I am deinitely interested and would love to read these books. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.

    Cambonified (at) yahoo (dot) com

  16. Thanks for the chance to win this set of books.

    janie1215 AT excite DOT com

  17. Please enter me.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT Com

  18. Awesome giveaway!

    Count me in please.
    marieimy (at) gmail (dot) com

  19. I've read all of the other books in Jane's series and I've read Christie's Divorced series and loved both of them. I'm sure these books will be great and would love to win them. Thanks for the giveaway.
    Jen at delux dot com

  20. Both books sound fantastic and I'd love to win.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  21. The two books sound like they will be good reads.

    littleone AT shaw DOT ca

  22. Hi, Guys,

    I'm here. Sorry I'm late for the party - had a little Blogger problems. Thanks so much for having me.


  23. I just started reading Jane Grave's backlist and I love them! I'll love to win the two books.


  24. I agree that the consumption of cupcakes when your heart is hurting isn't always a bad thing. These books look really good. thanks for the giveaway

  25. Love the post and the fifteen reasons.
    Loving this tour also. Both books are on my TRL. Please count me in and thank you for the opportunity.
    Carol L

  26. Great post and loved the fifteen reasons. Thanks for the grat giveaway.

    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  27. Okay so now I really want to find out WHY you can't feed dogs broccoli.

    Thanks for the giveaway.


  28. Both of these look like great Texas themed books:). Ty for the chance to win!

    pams00 @

  29. Thanks for a chance to win these books.
    patoct at yahoo dot com

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