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 . . . **Previously published as Don't Mess With Texas (95000 words)
Return to beautiful Briscoe Ranch Resort in Melissa Cutler's next steamy installment of the One and Only Texas series, One Wild Night. Get ready for the ride of your life... A cowgirl at heart, Skye Martinez has a rebellious streak she's determined to shake. Especially since she's poised to take the reins of her family's business at Briscoe Ranch Resort. It's time for her to settle down and get serious about her future...right after one last night of fun with a handsome stranger she meets in the resort's stable. But when a midnight horseback ride turns into a red-hot weekend with one of country music's biggest stars, Skye's world is rocked beyond her wildest dreams... Gentry Wells rode his bad boy image all the way to the top of the country music charts. But churning out hits has dried up his creativity, and he can't remember the last time his life was his own. Skye is a sexy distraction he can't resist, especially since she breathes new life into his music. They bring out the wild side in each other, which is great for Gentry's career—but a major threat to Skye's. Too bad he's fallen in love with her. With their hearts and futures on the line, can Gentry convince Skye to turn their joyride into a real chance to ride off into the sunset together? "Melissa Cutler is a bright new voice in contemporary romance." — New York Times bestselling author Lori Wilde
f you can’t take the heat... Chef Emily Ford has the talent and ambition to make it in the cutthroat culinary world—which is why she refuses to accept her demotion at the hands of Knox Briscoe, the new CEO of Briscoe Ranch Resort. He has grand plans that include bringing in a celebrity chef to helm an exciting new restaurant at the resort, but Emily has plans of her own—to do whatever it takes to change his mind... ONE MORE TASTE Cut out of the Briscoe fortune by an old feud that left his family in ruins, Knox grew up dreaming of revenge. Out-maneuvering his uncle for control of Briscoe Ranch is merely the first step in a grand plan that doesn’t include the brazen and beautiful Emily Ford...or the attraction that sizzles between them. With both their futures on the line, can they keep their desires on simmer—or are they headed from the frying pan straight into the fire? Return to Brisoce Ranch Resort in the second book in Melissa Cutler's One and Only Texas series!
Author: Lawrence Wright
Release Date: 2018-04-17
With humor and the biting insight of a native, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Looming Tower explores the history, culture, and politics of Texas, while holding the stereotypes up for rigorous scrutiny. God Save Texas is a journey through the most controversial state in America. It is a red state in the heart of Trumpland that hasn't elected a Democrat to a statewide office in more than twenty years; but it is also a state in which minorities already form a majority (including the largest number of Muslims). The cities are blue and among the most diverse in the nation. Oil is still king but Texas now leads California in technology exports. The Texas economic model of low taxes and minimal regulation has produced extraordinary growth but also striking income disparities. Texas looks a lot like the America that Donald Trump wants to create. And Wright's profound portrait of the state not only reflects our country back as it is, but as it was and as it might be.
Welcome to Dulcet, Texas, home of the legendary Briscoe Ranch Resort, where one woman will discover that even love is bigger in the Lone Star State. Celebrity wedding planner Remedy Lane is Hollywood royalty—until a scandal sends her packing to the wilds of Texas. She has a knack for leaving disaster in her wake, but she’s determined to reboot her career at Briscoe Ranch, a luxury resort known for extravagant weddings. Little does she know that weddings don’t happen at the resort without the approval of the town’s cowboy-swaggering, too-hot-for-his-own-good fire chief, Micah Garrity. ONE HOT SUMMER Micah knows trouble when he sees it, and all it takes is one glimpse of Remedy’s princess airs for him to know he’s met his match. Too bad he can’t stop thinking about her—even when she brings about one disaster after another at the resort. He and Remedy clash at every turn, but they can’t stop the sparks flying between them. They come from such different worlds—does love stand a chance or will this fire burn too hot for either of them to handle? Don't miss the first book in Melissa Cutler's One and Only Texas series!
Author: Roland H. Wauer
Publisher: Big Earth Publishing
Release Date: 2006
This begins the Spring Creek Press state guides that will lead butterfly watchers to the best places to pursue this rapidly growing and fascinating avocation. Ro Wauer traveled from the Lower Rio Grande Valley of south Texas to the northern Panhandle and from the Pineywoods in the east to the western Trans-Pecos region to find seventy-six of the best places in the state to watch butterflies. From locally known areas, such as Gus Engeling Wildlife Management Area, to major metropolitan areas, visitors and native Texans will enjoy finding and identifying the rare and beautiful butterflies of Texas.
Author: Bill Cannon
Publisher: Taylor Trade Publications
Release Date: 2004
There is a myriad of little known, often forgotten, and sometimes unbelievable events, places and people that make up the warp and woof of the Texas mystique. This book consists of intriguing facts taken from age-old legends about the people who developed and settled the state. A section called "Truth is Stranger than Fiction" will defy imagination. The Texas history buff is sure to enjoy "Forgotten Footnotes to Texas History." "Have You Ever Wondered?" will supply answers to questions about certain Texas legends and folklore. Texas: Land of Legend and Lore presents the Texas of fact and fantasy that so captivates the imaginations of Texans and non-Texans alike.
Author: Warren Paul Harris
Publisher: Brown Books
Release Date: 2011-11-10
Since before we moved to Texas in 1999, people have been telling me, “There's nothing to see in Texas.” They point out that “it's flat,” “it's hot,” and there's a whole lot of both. While some of those statements are true, I don't find either to be a problem. If you really get out and look around, you will find the Lone Star State to be a richly varied and beautiful land with mountains, lakes, an ocean, and canyons that rival the Grand Canyon in grandeur. We even have caverns that give Carlsbad a run for its money. I routinely schedule short road trips and outings just to explore this amazing state, and what you hold in your hand is Volume 1 of the results. As with most of my work, the images in this book are far more than "just" photography. The vast majority of my photographs are heavily processed—dramatically enhanced—to produce a hyper-realistic effect. The result is an image that has increased texture, color, and depth. Almost three-dimensional, people routinely say enlargements of my work give the feeling you can step right into them. I considered this book "finished" in October of 2010 after I photographed the Dallas skyline at night from Oak Cliff. However, a Route 66 road trip in June 2011 provided some amazing images of some unusual areas that simply had to be included. So some of the originally reserved photos were relocated to Volume 3, currently slated for release in 2013. Volume 2 will be all time-exposure nocturnal photography. Texas After Dark is the working title, tentatively slated for release in 2012. One dollar of each book sale will be donated to a Texas charity that supports education and the arts.
Author: Gary Clark
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
Release Date: 2016-11-07
Drawing on the knowledge and insight gained from a lifetime of watching, studying, and enjoying birds, this book is full of information about more than four hundred species of birds in Texas, most all of which author Gary Clark has seen first hand. Organized in the standard taxonomic order familiar to most birders, the book is written in a conversational tone that yields a wide-ranging discussion of each bird’s life history as well as an intimate look at some of its special characteristics and habits. Information regarding each species’ diet, voice, and nest is included as well as when and where it can be found in Texas. Magnificent photographs by Kathy Adams Clark accompany each bird’s entry. For those just beginning to watch birds to those who can fully relate to the experiences and sentiments communicated here by a veteran birder, this book reveals the kind of personal connection to nature that careful attention to the birds around us can inspire.
Like everything in the Lone Star State, the history of Texas is larger than life. The flags of six different nations have flown over the state, which had a rich Native American heritage long before European explorers such as Cabeza de Vaca, Coronado, and La Salle ever arrived. The state was even its own republic, achieving independence from Mexico in 1836, yet joined the United States in 1845. Author Karen Bush Gibson tells the 500-year saga of this unique state, from the founding of the Spanish Missions to the victory at San Jacinto, from the Civil War to the first oil gusher at Spindletop, from the Great Storm that destroyed Galveston to the establishment of NASA's Mission Control in Houston. Texas History for Kids also includes 21 informative and fun activities to help readers better understand the state's culture, politics, and geography. Kids will recreate one of the six flags to fly over Texas, make castings of local wildlife tracks, design a ranch's branding iron, celebrate Juneteenth by reciting General Order Number 3, build a miniature Battle of Flowers float, and more. This valuable resource also includes a time line of significant events, a list of historic sites to visit or explore online, and Web resources for further study. Karen Bush Gibson is the author of Women in Space, Women Aviators, Native American History for Kids, and three dozen other books for young readers. She lives in Norman, Oklahoma.
Author: Carlos Kevin Blanton
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
Release Date: 2007-01-23
Awarded the Texas State Historical Association's Coral Horton Tullis Memorial Prize; presented March 2005 Despite controversies over current educational practices, Texas boasts a rich and vibrant bilingual tradition-and not just for Spanish-English instruction, but for Czech, German, Polish, and Dutch as well. Throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Texas educational policymakers embraced, ignored, rejected, outlawed, then once again embraced this tradition. In The Strange Career of Bilingual Education in Texas, author Carlos Blanton traces the educational policies and their underlying rationales, from Stephen F. Austin's proposal in the 1830s to "Mexicanize" Anglo children by teaching them Spanish along with English and French, through the 1981 passage of the most encompassing bilingual education law in the state's history. Blanton draws on primary materials, such as the handwritten records of county administrators and the minutes of state education meetings, and presents the Texas experience in light of national trends and movements, such as Progressive Education, the Americanization Movement, and the Good Neighbor Movement. By tracing the many changes that eventually led to the re-establishment of bilingual education in its modern form in the 1960s and the 1981 passage of a landmark state law, Blanton reconnects Texas with its bilingual past. CARLOS KEVIN BLANTON, an assistant professor of history at Texas A&M University, earned his Ph.D. from Rice University. His research in Mexican American educational history has been published in journals such as the Pacific Historical Review and Social Science Quarterly.