Monday, August 18, 2014

Katie and The Irish Texan - Teaser Tuesday & First Chapter/First Paragraph

I was born and raised in Dallas, Texas, so when the synopsis for KATIE AND THE IRISH TEXAN said it took place in my hometown, I had to read it. This most recent sweet romance in The Texas Code Series (The McTiernans) is a delight. The characters are likable, believable, and true to the times (1870s), and the plot kept me engaged. I especially enjoyed the author’s reference to names and places familiar to me (the Trinity River, Sanger Brothers, etc.) as well as her inclusion of the sometimes crazy North Texas weather in the story. The author obviously knows her setting well, and I’m looking forward to reading more of her books.

FIRST CHAPTER/FIRST PARAGRAPH:
Jefferson, Texas, April 1873
Dermot McTiernan downed his shot of whiskey, looked across the poker table at the Yankee Lieutenant, and glanced at his cards one last time. Certain the man was bluffing, he pulled out his pocket watch, his second most prized possession, and set it atop the pile of money. With a nod, he placed his cards on the table face up then met the man's gaze. "Call."

TEASER from 49% on my Kindle:
The sound of the rain was deafening making it impossible to whisper, but Kathleen cupped her hand around her mouth in an attempt to be heard. "Mrs. Benning is asking to see the doctor. Is there anyone we can send to fetch him without alarming her husband?

Genre: Western Romance
Length: 81 Pages (Novella)
Amazon Link: Katie and The Irish Texan
Other Books by Carra Copelin: Amazon Author Page

Synopsis from Amazon:
      Dermot McTiernan is determined to move on with his life after losing his one and only love to another man. He decides to try his hand at ranching in North Central Texas with his friend, Ian Benning. He figures if that doesn't work out, there are many other opportunities in the booming post-war state. When the luscious red-head from County Cork, Ireland shows up in Dallas, can he retain the courage of his convictions and move on without her? 
      Kathleen O'Donnell made a monumental mistake marrying, Kelsey Gilhooley. Her decision for entering the union, no matter how honorable, had made her life a living hell. Even though still married, she holds out hope for finding the man of her dreams. When she comes across her tall, dark-eyed Irishman in Dallas, Texas, will she be able to abandon happiness and walk away a second time? 




  

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51 comments:

  1. Great tease. Sounds like a book I would like.

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  2. I love that intro and I want to know what happens next. Great teasers.
    Here's mine
    http://www.lovebitesandsilk.co.uk/2014/08/teasertuesday-opening-paragraph-island.html

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  3. Sounds like an interesting historical romance!

    Here's My Tuesday Teaser of It Girl by Nic Tatano :: http://frommetoyouvideophoto.blogspot.com/2014/08/teaser-tuesday-it-girl.html

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  4. Intriguing intro and teaser, I'm glad you enjoyed the book. Mine: No Graves As Yet

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  5. I am intrigued by the idea of an "Irish Texan," and would definitely keep reading. I, too, enjoy books set in places I've been, or lived. Thanks for sharing. Here's mine: “FALLING INTO PLACE”


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    1. Of course, this story takes place about 140 years ago! But it was fun imagining how the area must have been way back then.

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  6. I admit if anyone wrote about where I lived I'd read it for sure. The voice sounds fun, and it being a western from the past is even more intriguing. :-)

    Anna from Shout with Emaginette

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  7. I love Irish men! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  8. I first thought no with this one because I don't like the cover, but then I liked the intro and teaser!
    Thanks for stopping by today!

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    1. I'm with you. The intro and teaser hooked me too.

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  9. Sounds like a great Novella. I would keep reading. It is great that it takes place in your hometown.

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  10. I love to read books where I can recognise places! I don't know a lot about Texas (neither now nor historical) I have to admit, so this got me curious.
    Peggy @ The Pegster Reads

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    1. Growing up, I took Texas History classes in school, so I know quite a lot about the history of the state. It was fun reading a story that was set in the city/town where I was raised.

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  11. I don't read much romance, but I'd make an exception for a book set in my hometown! Enjoy.

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  12. The intro and teaser both sound good. Thanks for visiting my TT http://cleopatralovesbooks.wordpress.com/2014/08/19/teaser-tuesday-august-19/

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  13. It's a nice personal connection when you're familiar with the places in a story. Almost impossible to resist.

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  14. Nice intro! Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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  15. I love it when a story s set in a place I'm familiar with. This seems like the perfect day for a romantic novella. I'm off to check it out.

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  16. The Irish Texan sounds really good, Sandy! Especially if you felt that it was well done and the story unfolded in your hometown! It seems to be pretty tense at times, and I'm adding it to my TBR :)

    Thanks for stopping by earlier. Happy reading.

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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  17. This sounds like a fun book. I can't resist a book set in a place I've lived either. :-)

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  18. Sounds like a nice romance. I'm glad you are enjoying it :)

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  19. An Irish Texan. Sounds delicious. I love reading stories that take place near or in my hometown. It's fun to recognize places and you feel connected. This author is new to me and as the book is short, it would be a fun introduction to her writing.
    Here is mine from Windigo Soul - http://fuonlyknew.com/2014/08/19/teaser-tuesdays-76-windigo-soul-by-robert-brumm/

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  20. Ooooh, this sounds steamy and delicious! I love the idea of Irish people mixed with wild-west Texas! Nice pick!
    My Teaser.

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  21. Hi Sandra,

    I am not much of a romance reader, although I will read these slightly 'sugary' books occasionally.

    It always makes the experience that much more enjoyable and rewarding, when I know the physical area in which a book is set, or when the author is known to me, or lives locally.

    They do say that gambling is a "mug's game", so I do so hope that Dermot's certainty that the 'Yankee' is bluffing, is well founded.

    Thanks for sharing and I hope that this story lived up to your expectations.

    Yvonne.

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  22. Is she keeping a secret from the husband? Or has he been thoroughly alarmed already? Good tease! Thanks for visiting The Coffee Pot and my My TT.

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  23. My sister-in-law lives in Houston, so lately I've read more books set in Texas! :-) This little ditty looks good!

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  24. Wondering why she was whispering. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Have a great week!

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  25. It is fun to read books that take place in your hometown or one that is familiar.

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  26. Ah...the gambler:) Never could resist that guy in these novels:)

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  27. An Irish Texan....now THAT sounds interesting! Thanks for stopping by!

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  28. The intro is not bad, but the cover would lead me to believe this isn't my cuppa:( enjoy though

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    1. Diane, sorry if the cover steers you away. A visual definitely affects us in certain ways. I saw the cover and the story took off from there. ;-) I sincerely appreciate your comments!

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  29. Another book to add to my wishlist. This week I've been adding many books! Everything sounds so good :)

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    1. I know what you mean! The only thing I don't like about Teaser Tuesday is that it increases my TBR stack.

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  30. Ooooh.... interesting tease... Wonder why the hubby is in the dark...

    Thanx for visiting my TT
    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

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  31. Got to love anything about Texas! I was born in San Antonio and moved to Ohio when I was 13. I'm all about Texas! Great Teaser and thanks for stopping by my TT!!

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  32. Ooh, Irish cowboy! Sounds like an interesting novella!
    Thanks for sharing (:

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  33. Oh, I hope he doesn't loss his watch! And since it's a teaser, and a husband and a wife, I'm going to guess, she's pregnant, and going through labour, and it's not going well? Great teaser! Thanks for stopping by! Happy reading!

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    1. Aww, Louisa, you peeked! Thanks for stopping by yourself. ;-)

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  34. Looks interesting and I like that the author made it authentic to the time and location. Knowing the area, it myst have been like visiting home again for you.


    Thanks for visiting

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    1. Hi, Shirley
      I'm a sixth generation Dallas,Texan and used bits and pieces from my own family stories in Katie and the Irish Texan. The characters and location are near and dear to my heart.

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  35. Wow, great teaser, Sandra!! This seems like something I would enjoy, so I'll keep it in mind. Thanks for sharing and for stopping by my blog!

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  36. I so appreciate an author that really knows their setting! Thanks for sharing and thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  37. Sounds interesting! I wonder what's going on with Mrs. Benning.

    Thanks for having stopped by my blog!

    ^_^

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  38. I like it. Wondering what is wrong with Mrs. Benning.

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  39. Great teaser! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  40. Sandy, Thank you for posting Katie and the Irish Texan on Teaser Tuesday! I'm sorry I'm late getting here, but life always intervenes when you least expect it. ;-) Thank you to all who responded and, If you get to read Katie and the Irish Texan, please let me know what you think! http://carracopelin.com, carra@carracopelin.com

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