Thursday, March 5, 2009

Last Mango in Texas by Ray Blackston GIVEAWAY ~ FIRST WildCard

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!

Today's Wild Card author is:

and the book:

Last Mango in Texas

FaithWords (March 13, 2009)


Ray Blackston of Greenville, South Carolina, worked as a buyer and a broker for eleven years before cashing in his modest 401k and leaving his corporate cubicle to write full time. He serves on the missions committee of his church, has traveled to rural Ecuador on a summer missions program, and coaches his seven-year-old nephew, Action Jackson, in T-Ball.

Visit the author's website.

Product Details:

List Price: $13.99
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: FaithWords (March 13, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0446579610
ISBN-13: 978-0446579612


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I've been working overnights and literally the only time I get to read is during my 1/2 hour break. That said, I've been breezing through this book. I'm not finished, but have really enjoyed reading it. I have no idea where it's going and how it's going to come full circle, so he's got me hooked.

Ray Blackston has a certainway with words (which is good for an author). He gives just that little bit more of detail to make you feel a part of the moment. He's created solid characters in Kyle and Gretchen.

Meeting Kyle's family is an experience, for Gretchen, as well as the reader. These two people have nothing in common aside from the fact they attend the same college. After graduation, their lives take opposite directions. How, and if the two will be anything more than friends remains to be seen.

If you'd like the chance to win my copy of Last Mango in Texas, please let me know if you've ever been to the Lone Star state. Thanks so much for stopping by! Remember to leave your email address so that I can contact you if you win! Drawing will be held 3/13 in the late evening. ~Blessings


Anonymous said...

I have never been to the lonestar state. But I have heard lots of good things about it.

Kathy Carlton Willis said...

I'd love to win this book! And even though I wasn't born in Texas, I've lived here a total of 10 years, this last time for 16 months in the very tip of TX, south of the immigration check point! If I win, please contact me at WillisWay (at) aol (dot) com. Thanks bunches!

Texas Girl said...

I wasn't born in Texas, but I live there now. I love it!!! Please enter me in the contest. If I win, please contact me at

Texas Girl said...

I just left a comment, but it isn't showing up. :( I live in Texas now and love it! I wasn't born here, but I have had family in this state most of my life. I would love to be put into the drawing. Please email me at

carla stewart said...

I grew up in Texas (top of the Panhandle) and lived in the Dallas area a number of years while our kids were young. Two of my 4 boys were born in Texas. Even though I've been back in Oklahoma for a while, I miss the Lone Star state. Fabulous place.

Please enter me in the drawing--I'm a fan of Ray Blackston and didn't know he had a new book out. Nice surprise.


peachykath said...

The book sounds really good, please enter me in the drawing.


silverhartgirl said...

I have never been to Texas. I want to someday.

Holly Magnuson said...

Ah Texas... anybody heard of Buffalo Gap, Texas? I would love a chance to win this book. hollymag at gmail dot com! Blessings

Carole said...

Ray Blackston's books are so much fun to read, so thank you for this giveaway. I've never visited the Lone Star state, but would love to.

cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

Merry said...

My daughter and her family are in Austin... I love to visit Texas! Please include me in the drawing. Thanks.

hippmom said...

Never really been to Texas (I don't think a stop in the airport counts!). But my sister lives in Galveston so I hope to make it there someday soon. I have enjoyed Ray's books in the past. Thanks for the giveaway.

angelahipp (at)charter dot net

Anonymous said...

Is it too late for this draw? I love Ray's novels. I have to read his books when on holidays...easy and light and so much fun!!!

Thank you

Pat Smith said...

Love the title of this book. I'm a Texan, so I would love to win it. - Pat Smith -

Jo said...

We lived in Texas many years ago for 2 years. We were in the Dallas area.


Stormi said...

Would love to give this author a try.


Janna said...

Count me in too Mimi~

ryanx6 at msn dot com

Mimi N said...

I finally found a name drawing program called: The Hat. Today is my first day using it and I can't believe I still feel terrible that not everyone wins!! Anyhow, todays winner is "Carole"!! Send me your snail mail and I will get the book sent out to you! Congrats.


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