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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Under Texas Blue Skies by Debra Holt (Book Blast Event / Book Review / Contest Giveaway)

In association with Goddess Fish Promotions, Jersey Girl Book Reviews is pleased to host the virtual book blast event for Under Texas Blue Skies by Author Debra Holt!

Book Review

Under Texas Blue Skies by Debra Holt
Publisher: Astraea Press Publishing
Publication Date: July 28, 2014
Format: eBook - 166 pages
             Kindle - 434 KB
             Nook - 428 KB
ISBN: 978-1621353164
BNID: 2940149635047
Genre: Contemporary Romance

BUY THE BOOK: Under Texas Blue Skies

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book blast event hosted by Goddess Fish Promotions.

Book Description:

J.D. Sterling, the sexy star of country music, had come back home to McKenna Springs, Texas. Years before, he had left to chase his dream and had succeeded. His life was almost perfect. Almost. He was still missing the part of his heart he had left behind…Mandy Lawson.

Amanda Lawson had changed from the young, innocent Mandy…the teenager madly in love with the bad boy from the wrong side of the tracks. Heartbreak and tragedy would do that to a person. She was determined to keep her well-ordered, work-driven life on the successful path she had fought to achieve on her own. No singing cowboy with a devil’s smile in his green eyes and a sexy body in tight jeans was going to be allowed close enough to break her heart again.

Book Excerpt:

“I have other business in town also,” Amanda spoke up. “I don’t know why I was called out here but…”

“Because I want you.” Those jade green eyes pinned her to her spot. J.D.’s choice of words knocked the air out of Amanda’s lungs for a moment. Did he think that he could turn that look on her, along with that famous half-grin that sent deep grooves down his cheeks and made fingers itch to touch them and females swoon at his feet? He was still the lying, no good cowboy who had played her for a fool and then left her behind when the bright lights beckoned. He wanted her? Well, he'd had her once, but never again.

Cold blue eyes pinned him. “People don’t always get what they want, J.D. But sometimes they do get what they deserve.”

When Mandy stood looking at him with those blue eyes, where once there had been the warmth of love glowing in them for him, there was now a cool curtain, devoid of anything but a banked anger mixed with a dash of indifference. For some reason, he felt he had been judged and found lacking in her estimation. He definitely had to regroup. There was another battle ahead, and he had fought many in his lifetime and won each of them. This would be the most important one. Losing was not an option.

My Book Review:

When J.D. Sterling left his central Texas hometown of McKenna Springs to chase his dream of becoming a country music star, that wasn't all he left behind. He left a part of his heart with Mandy Lawson, a sweet young girl who he left brokenhearted. Now a successful country music star, J.D. comes back to his hometown, and wants to rekindle the love he once shared with Mandy, but she now goes by Amanda, a strong independent woman who isn't going to let the sexy cowboy singer break her heart again. Can J.D. and Amanda let go of the past and rekindle their love Under Texas Blue Skies?

Every now and then I come across a delightful contemporary romance story with a country theme that just makes me smile and believe in true love, and that story is Under Texas Blue Skies! Author Debra Holt weaves a sassy fun romantic tale that transports the reader to central Texas as they follow J.D. and Amanda's love story. What's not to love when you have a country music star who also happens to also be a sexy Texas cowboy; and a strong, independent, and determined woman who knows what she wants?!

I really enjoyed reading this wonderful romance story about true love and heartbreak, and how two people can let go of the past in order to rekindle their undeniable love for each other. You can't help but get drawn into J.D. and Amanda's story, it's got a great mixture of country sweetness, sass, and humor that will keep you turning the pages to see if they will get a second chance at love.

With a realistic cast of characters who will melt your heart; engaging dialogue and dramatic interactions; and a richly descriptive setting of central Texas; Under Texas Blue Skies is a fast paced good old fashioned love story that will put a smile on your face and leave you wanting more!


About The Author

Born and raised in the Lone Star state of Texas, Debra Holt grew up among horses, cowboys, wide open spaces, and real Texas Rangers. Pride in her state and ancestry knows no bounds and it is these heroes and heroines she loves to write about the most. She also draws upon a variety of life experiences including working with abused children, caring for baby animals at a major zoo, and owning a wedding planning business (ah, romance!).

Debra’s real pride and joys, however, are her son, an aspiring film actor, and a daughter with aspirations to join the Federal Bureau of Investigation. (more story ideas!) When she isn’t busy writing about tall Texans and feisty heroines, she can be found cheering on her Texas Tech Red Raiders, or heading off on another cruise adventure. She read her first romance...Janet Dailey's Fiesta San Antonio, over thirty years ago and became hooked on the genre. Writing contemporary western romances, is both her passion and dream come true, and she hopes her books will bring smiles...and sighs... to all who believe in happily-ever-after’s.

The Seymour Agency represents Debra and she is soon to have two contemporary romances published by Spencer Hill/Tulip Romance and Astraea Press. Debra invites you to visit her website at She loves to hear from other aspiring authors or readers via email at


Contest Giveaway

Win A $10 Amazon or B&N Gift Card

Author Debra Holt will be awarding a $10 Amazon/Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

Follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning.

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  1. This seems like a pretty good cowboy themed romance! I have read a few of these, but this looks like a pretty good quality one.

  2. This sounds like a fabulous story. What a great review.

  3. Thank you so very much for the review! That is why I write my have readers enjoy them and come away with that wonderful "aaah" feeling at the end of a good romance. I am so happy you liked J.D. and Amanda's story. I have two more Texas cowboy/feisty heroine romances coming out in the summer and fall! Thanks again and happy reading in 2015!

    1. Hi Debra! Thank you for the opportunity to host your event. I loved reading Under Texas Blue Skies! Keep em coming. :)

  4. Great review, sounds like a good read.