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Monday, September 1, 2008

Lookin' Back, Texas

Leanna Ellis, author of the ultra fun Elvis homage, Elvis Takes a Backseat, brings a spirituality and touch of inspiration to her women's fiction, a complete combination of humor and depth that transcends generations. I adore her work and can't wait to lay my hands on this one. Here's what people are saying about her September release, Lookin' Back Texas:

"What a hoot! Leanna Ellis has a gift for storytelling and for quirky, fun, eccentric characters entirely true to the human experience."Arlene James, Author of His Small-Town Girl

“In a smooth pairing of wit and grit, Leanna Ellis weaves a tale of flawed relationships and crippling regrets with wonderfully timed comedic threads. A fresh, clever look at the audacity of love that forgives.” Susan Meissner, Author of Blue Heart Blessed

“An entertaining tale, full of rich characters and a deep lesson about healing the past. Leanna Ellis is on my reading list from here on out.” Rachel Hauck, Author of Sweet Caroline and Diva NashVegas

“A wacky, off-the-wall read that’s spiritually right on target!” Cathy Marie Hake, Author of Forevermore and Fancy Pants


A devoted wife and mother must return to her hometown of Luckenbach, Texas to help her mother plan her father’s funeral. Trouble is – he isn’t dead! And neither are the secrets she buried there years ago.

book trailer
Leanna's website



An unbelievable amount of revenue has been generated by the mention of this Texas town in the Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings song. Anyone outside of Texas know the real secret about Luckenbach? Texas readers, have no fear. Send me your picture of Luckenbach and I'll post. I'm digging for mine...Here it is...my brother-in-law, Kenny, on the left, my dad on the right. Does this give away the secret? Anyone else have a photo? I'd bet my left arm it's the exact same photo.

Listening to: Dierks Bentley, "Tryin' to Stop Your Leavin"

7 comments:

Melanie Atkins said...

Awesome. I always like hearing about authors who are new to me. I'll have to check out that book. Thanks, L.A.!

Marilyn Brant said...

This book sounds like a lot of fun and one I'd really enjoy--thanks, L.A.

And, no...we Yankees (or maybe it's just me :) don't know this Luchenbach secret. Will you explain to us clueless non-Texans??

Vwriter said...

Hello, L.A. Thanks for bringing this book to everyone's attention. I will pick up a copy this week. It sounds absolutley endearing.

Although I've always found even tangential mentions of Elvis entertaining, since watching "BubbaHotep" again and meeting the author of the original story in Toronto, I've been researching Elvis and Elvis impersonators for a new story.

Perhaps Leanna's success will serve as an inspiration.

Sue L said...

It's sounds wonderful! I'll definitely have to give it a read. Thanks for letting us know about it.

Caryn Caldwell said...

That sounds fantastic! Great premise. I'm always looking for new books (as if my TBR piles weren't already big enough...)

jllove said...

This sounds like an intriguing story. I'll add her to my list of authors to read.

As for Luckenbach--love the song, but don't know anything about the town.

L.A. Mitchell said...

The secret? Luchenback boasts a US Post office, as seen in the photo, but that's about it. "Ain't nobody feelin' no pain" because there's nobody there. Another tidbit: The county stopped putting the turnoff sign on the highway because it had been stolen so often.

So there you have it. Best wishes to Le on her release!