Friday, January 29, 2010

Giveaway: Lone Star Legend by Gwendolyn Zepeda

One of the very first books I reviewed for Hachette Publishing was Houston, We Have a Problema, Gwendolyn Zepeda's first novel, so I was very excited to see that her second, Lone Star Legend is ready for release. When I told Miriam at Hachette about my excitement, she offered up FIVE copies to giveaway to my readers.
From the back of the book:
Intrepid online journalist Sandy Saavedra lovers her anonymous life in Austin, Texas. When her magazine is sold to an internet gossip site, and the new editor decides Sandy should be the star reporter, she's suddenly thrust into a rather unflattering spotlight.
No matter how many passwords and aliases we use, there really is no such thing is privacy when you share your life online. Celebrities expect this, but what about the average person. Gwendolyn Zepeda's newest novel plays with this idea of public vs. private and what happens when those lines get crossed.
As a writer for the Latino gossip site Nacho Papi, Sandy is expected to make her news stories sensational, and be seen all over at big events, blurring the lines between journalism and entertainment. Then there is her personal blog, which she considers private and has told no one about. Somehow a reader of Nacho Papi and local Austin papers who is probably one of Sandy's three blog readers (yes, three) figures out Sandy S is also Miss TragiComic Texas and all hell breaks loose. Now her rantings about family, friends and boyfriends is being read by what seems like the whole world, and her loved ones are all getting their feelings hurt.As bloggers we all know the fine line we walk when sharing family stories on our blogs, but Sandy has taken it one step further and shared secrets and complaints, thinking only three strangers would read it. I often wondered at some of the foolish mistakes Sandy made, as she seemed such an intelligent, educated person. But she let herself be pulled along on the tide of the new management at work. By not being true to the honest journalist she is and becoming a writer of scandalous stories, Sandy gets lost in the mess of meetings, parties, interviews, and trips. Like most of these situations, it's only when everything blows up that Sandy learns who her friends are and how strong she really can be.  Although Sandy is not technically a professional blogger, I highly recommend Lone Star Legendto all my bloggy friends. It will definitely make you think about what you write in your posts.
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Barbara said...

Elizabeth, I am not usually a mystery book reader, but I would make an exception for this one. Please add my anme to the list.


Marci said...

I love classic Agathie Christie mysteries. Please enter me.
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Anonymous said...

I can't put down a Mary Higgins Clark mystery! Thanks for the chance to win. wrestlermom2 at yahoo dot com

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Sarah said...

I'm not sure if this contest is international (I'm in the UK) but if it is I'd love to enter. Lone Star Legend sounds like a great book.

I've not read many mysteries recently but it's a genre I want to get back into. I really liked the Agatha Raisin series by M.C. Beaton when I read the first few books a couple of years ago so I'd recommend them :o)

Sarah said...

I'm also a new follower & am looking forward to reading through some of your reviews :o)

SmilingSally said...

I'd like to win a copy. You may reach me at

smilingsal55 AT yahoo DOT com

Ginny said...

This book actually sounds really good! I tend to read mysteries & thrillers. Always looking to branch out though & this sounds like a good book to try out!

Ginny said...

I went to follow you & saw I already am :) Must catch up on my blogs I read, LOL

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Tweeted ~

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