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:

Linda said...

Great tease. Sounds like a book I would like.

Maya Love said...

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

Jessica F. said...

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

Heather said...

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

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

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”


emaginette said...

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

Amanda Hootie Clark said...

I love Irish men! Thanks for stopping by :)

Sarah (Sarah's Book Shelves) said...

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!

Pat @ Posting For Now said...

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

Peggy Farooqi said...

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

JoAnn said...

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

Cleo Bannister said...

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

Catherine @ Book Club Librarian said...

Nice intro and teaser, Sandy. Enjoy!

Suzie Quint said...

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

Sarah Mortimer said...

Nice intro! Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Margot said...

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.

Tribute Books Mama said...

A good teaser and intro!

Lexxie Lin said...

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

Literary Feline said...

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

Ellie @ Ellie Reads Ficiton said...

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

Laura Thomas said...

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/

Kerry O'Donnell said...

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

Sandra Nachlinger said...

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

Sandra Nachlinger said...

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

Sandra Nachlinger said...

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.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Absolutely!

Yvonne@fiction-books said...

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.

Tracy Ramey said...

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.

fredamans said...

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

FBC said...

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

Nise' said...

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

jacquie said...

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

Kim@Time2Read said...

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

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

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

Yvonne said...

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

Sandra Nachlinger said...

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

Naomi Hop said...

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

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

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I hope you enjoy the story.

Leslie said...

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!!

Cyn @ Bookmunchies said...

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

Louisa Paarsmarkt said...

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!

Shirley said...

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

Franny said...

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!

Kym Thorpe said...

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

Eustacia Tan said...

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

Thanks for having stopped by my blog!

^_^

Topazshell said...

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

Lisa-Marie Jordan said...

Great teaser! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Carra Copelin said...

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

Carra Copelin said...

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.

Carra Copelin said...

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

Carra Copelin said...

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!