Thursday, March 5, 2009

Giveaway! Last Mango in Texas by Ray Blackston

Texas Tech student Kyle Mango is attending a fraternity party when he meets Gretchen, an artsy animal lover whose independent spirit immediately sparks his attention. But after a month of bliss, they suddenly find themselves in rough waters. When Kyle inherits four oil wells from his uncle, he sees his affluence as an opportunity to impress Gretchen. But just before he makes his move, Gretchen hears news of an oil tanker spilling its load near the coast of Alaska. Leaving Kyle behind in Texas, she joins a group of campus activists in Alaska for the summer to clean oil from suffering birds.

Kyle is torn between managing his business--and being left lonely in the Lone Star state--and risking everything to fly to Alaska to pursue Gretchen. The young oil man soon discovers that oil slicks are nothing compared to relational slicks. The early bird may get the worm, but the oily bird can ruin romance! Through it all, Kyle explores faith in God and His power to change lives.

My Review:
Written in first person narrative, this humorous Christian chick lit couples an oil man with an environmentalist. That's creativity! The Texas man, Kyle, and the tree-hugging Gretchen are strong characters who pull apart toward their own special interests while being drawn together romantically. Will they ever get together? If so, how?

I looked forward to reading this novel. I've read two other books--Flabbergasted and A Delirious Summer by Ray Blackston, and he always has me chuckling as I read. This book is no different. Imagine an escape from a fraternity during a frat party. How could it happen with the brothers watching? What background music will be playing? Ah, you'll have to read the book to see to the answers those questions.

This is a fun read, with a serious theme: "What does God want from me?" Try it; you'll like it. Included is a Reading Group Guide.

And now, the first chapter:

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The generous folks at Hachette Book Group are allowing me to host this book giveaway for five (5) copies!
  • Winners are restricted to the US and Canada. No PO Box mailing addresses, please.
  • I must have a way of contacting you, so be sure to leave your email address in code in your comment
  • I'll close the comments at 6 PM EST March 17th and pick the five winners. I will contact the winners via email to get their mailing information. The winners will have three days to respond. If I do not hear from them within three days, I will select another winner(s). If you're interested, just say so in a comment with that all-important email address in code.
    Example of email in code: you[at]yourmail[dot]com

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jeanne said...

Count me in Sally. It sounds interesting.


traveler said...

Thanks for this lovely giveaway. Sounds intriguing and unique.

mez said...

Chick lit a with a manly point of view; sounds fun. Please include me!

Anonymous said...

You did a great job on the review. (Don't include me in the drawing)

bj said...

00000, Sally....I just nearly GOTTA have this one...I live in the town of Texas Tech, my hubby went there as did my daughter and son. I do hope to win it but if not, I will surely buy it..
Thanks for the chance at a win...
love, bj

anne said...

Sounds wonderful and I enjoyed your review greatly. Thanks for this chance.

Stacie said...

Please count me in.

stacie_vaughan AT hotmail DOT com

cpullum said...

I love to read this would be great!

Pam said...

Sounds like a fun book!!!

pamelashockley (at) netscape (dot) net

ruth said...

This book would give me enjoyment and fun. Thanks for this book feature.

Anita Yancey said...

Sounds like a real fun book. I would love to read it. Please enter me.


CC said...

It sounds like a wonderful book and I would love to have it..Being from Texas..(but not owning an oil well :) )..I would like to see how this is resolved. Thanks for offering the book give-aways Sally..they're wonderful. So please, drop my name in that big ol Texas hat..:).

yadgirl said...

Count me in.

Neas Nuttiness said...

Ooooh oooh oooh - count me in!
Love you book giveaways. Thanks!

Neas Nuttiness said...

Ooops - I forgot...

Heidi Pocketbook said...

I'd love a chance to win, Sally, I love this kind of book.

darbyscloset said...

Hey Sally,
I love that you describe this as a fun read with a real pointed question addressed! Enter me, I'd love to read this book and thanks so much for the into!!!
darbyscloset at yahoo dot com

the oxford comma said...

Please count me in! It sounds like an enjoyable read.

Magnolia Memories08 Seeing With The Heart said...

Great books. I would love to have either one of these.That's really my enjoyment besides my grandsons. Thanks for reminding me.
Have A Great Day

sara said...

count me in, Sally!!! this sounds like a fun book!

Anonymous said...

Sounds awesome and very entertaining! :) Thanks for the chance!

writing.meg [at]

playsdolls said...

Hi Sally I would love a chance to win this book please put my name in the drawing.

Alexia said...

I'm ready to read something a little different than my normal chic-lit :)

Aleksija at ymail dot com

Sherrie said...

Hi Sally,
Sounds like a great book, I'll agree it would be a great movie! Please put me in your drawing. Thanks for stopping by my place. Have a great evening!


splummer51 at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

Lthis book sounds so good. Count me in
JWIsley AT aol DOT com

Marie Burton said...

Count me in too..sneaking in under the buzzer,
Thanks so much for the heads up :)

MJ said...

This sounds like a fun read!

Smilingsal said...

The winners are bj, stacie, heidi pocketbook, sherrie, and alexia

Heidi Pocketbook said...

Thank you again, Sally☺

Heidi Pocketbook said...

I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed this book. It came last week and I finished it over the weekend. It was very easy to picture the characters, and some of them had similar personalities to my oldest daughter's friends when they were in high school.

Thanks again for the opportunity☺