Friday, July 18, 2014

Aloha to Ann DeFee and A HOT TIME IN TEXAS


I'm packing for the RWA Annual Conference in San Antonio, looking forward to A Hot Time In Texas.   I also look forward to meeting Ann DeFee during the Literacy Autographing:

Ann DeFee is an award winning author who infuses humor into her stories of romance, small town quirkiness and family relationships. She's written eleven novels and one novella with the Harlequin American, Everlasting, and Carina Press lines and has twice been a Rita (Romance Writers' of America) finalist. She also won the RWA Orange County Book Buyers' Best Long Contemporary contest. As a fifth generation Texan, she frequently uses the Lone Star state for her settings. So if you're in the mood for a fun, fast-paced trip to Texas with sexy cowboy/cops and sassy heroines, check out Beyond Texas and A Hot Time In Texas.

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Ann is celebrating the release of A HOT TIME IN TEXAS:

A sexy Texas Ranger and a classy, sassy heroine...

That's all it takes for a hot time in Texas!

Etta Morrison had vowed never to get involved with another man in law enforcement, but she broke that vow when she fell for Texas Ranger Rafe Claiborne. Her reward? He left town without even a goodbye. But now Rafe's back--and he wants to pick up where they left off.

Two years after Rafe skipped out on her, Etta's over the moon with her new job as manager of the exclusive Sparkle Plenty costume jewelry store. In the world of synthetic diamonds, Sparkle Plenty is king--and this year, they're providing the crowns for the San Antonio Fiesta Coronation. Except the crowns have gone missing. Next thing you know, people start dropping dead and a couple of jerks shoot up her store.

When Rafe hears that Etta may be a target, he decides she needs a bodyguard. Him. In addition to keeping Etta safe in the middle of murders and a diamond-smuggling conspiracy, Rafe has to convince her to forgive him. Not an easy task, but Rangers are tough and Rafe is tena

Check out her website for a snippet at this link.

Texas Rangers
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I am giving away a digital copy of A HOT TIME IN TEXAS to one randomly selected commenter.  To enter the giveaway,

1.  Leave a comment about Texas - what do you know about the Lone Star State?

2.  Comments are open through Sunday, July 28, 10 pm in Baltimore.  

3.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, July 29, when I return from San Antonio.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

Learn more about Ann and her books at



  1. Everything is bigger in Texas lol.

  2. I have not done so yet, but something I know about Texas is you can take cruises out of Galveston. :)

  3. I don't know too much about Texas but I do know that in the past the state produced a good amount of oil.

  4. Not much. It is big, a big oil and beef state and HOT. And they have a few baseball teams.

  5. I lived in Texas when I was young and have friends there. Have returned many times.

  6. Ranching, big hair, bbq....Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans, San Antonio Spurs. Just to name a few.

    and good looking cowboys!

  7. So incredibly hot when there but loved San Antonio. Have fun.

  8. I know you can't drive across the state in one day! The summers are brutal, although we've been lucky the last two days with temps in the 70's - such a rarity! Great food, great sports teams (Rangers, Astros, Cowboys, Texans, Mavs, Stars), gorgeous cowboys, the best music, and super friendly southerners.

  9. Here's what I know about the Lone Star State (lived there once upon a time for a whole year). It's big...the land, its hospitality, its heat, its sudden changes in weather, and bugs as big as the land they live in. Went across the widest part of Texas on a road trip one time and kept asking the filling station attendants at every stop, "Are we out of Texas yet?" One morning when we woke up it was already blazing hot and by 2 pm we were in the middle of a hail storm. Never made it to the River Walk in San Antonio, but did tour the Alamo, which was impressive. Also had to drive thru a couple of counties to buy some booze for a party because the county we lived in and surrounding counties were "dry." First time we had ever come across the term "dry." :-) I also like the Texas drawl, different than the drawls down in the "deep South" States. Anyway, that's what I know about the Lone Star State. And I sure do love me some cowboys and western romance!

  10. The one time I was in Texas I was a preteen and got my first nosebleed because of the dry air. LOL I know they have a huge state fair with a talking giant cowboy at the entrance.

    Marcy Shuler

  11. I don't know a lot about Texas other than their fight for independence from Mexico, it's a huge state, hot and dry, lots of tornadoes, ranches, sports teams, and friendly people.