Friends, love, and the power of words
in the unlikeliest of places
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“The Paragraph Ranch is contemporary literature that truly reflects modern Texas and its hold on all its children.”
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"[A] touching story that flings you from comedy to calamity, and deploys characters who plow their way into your heart. A highly fun and recommended reading experience." —Kellie Coates Gilbert, author of the Texas Gold novels
“A rich and life-affirming story about obstacles, growth and empathy. Ellington & Brannon show that, of course you can go home again—and if you do it right, you might not want to leave." —Martha Louise Hunter, author of Painting Juliana
Every writer knows you can’t go home again. But that’s just what is required of West Texas expatriate Dee Bennett-Kaufmann when her mother is badly injured in a mysterious car accident.
Single-again “Dr. Dee” has never been on the "A-team" in her trendy East Coast MFA program. When a prestigious summer fellowship gives her the chance to finally finish her book, salvage her career, and spend some quality time with her college-age daughter, Dee’s certain her luck is about to change. Returning to care for her irascible, widowed mother threatens all of that.
With so much at stake, Dee engineers a series of unorthodox strategies and creative tradeoffs to keep her options in play—and despite herself finds friendship, love, and the power of words in the unlikeliest of places.
Booktrope Editions, September 2014 www.Booktrope.com
ISBN 978-1-62015-461-8 (paperback), $16.95 USD
ISBN 978-1-62015-625-4 (hardcover), $32.95 USD
ISBN 978-1-62015-471-7 (ebook), $4.99 USD
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AmazonEncore (February 24, 2015)
ASIN (Kindle), B00TG14YPQ
Kay Ellington and Barbara Brannon of Lubbock, Texas, coauthors of The Paragraph Ranch series (Booktrope Editions, 2014, 2015) and creators of “The Working Writer” blog, combine more than a half century of experience in every aspect of books and media from concept to critique and publishing to promotion. Our presentations range from 20-minute talks and 40-minute PowerPoint sessions to half-day, full-day, and multiple-day workshops, supplemented with individual and group activities and information-packed handouts, with topics relevant to writers, aspiring authors, published authors, editors, publicists, and publishers—and customizable to your group, event, or time frame. Book us today at ParagraphRanch@gmail.com, 806.252.6554.
Download our workshop descriptions here (pdf).
Can she piece together a dream on a shoestring?
As new owner of the falling-apart family homestead in West Texas, Dee Bennett is wrangling ways to earn a living, mend fences with farm and family, and manifest her dreams as a writer—all while nurturing the budding relationship with her beau, outdoorsy photographer Max Miller. But when a drop-dead-gorgeous, high-powered handler for a candidate in a key statewide election blows into Claxton, rivalries bigger than politics and football develop.
With stakes running high on the campaign trail, as well as in publishing dreams and love lives, a Bennett family wedding must be attended to. And Dr. Dee, with the assistance of her motley writing-group protégés, must search her soul and fend off a host of challenges to live the life she just might learn to love.
ISBN 978-1-62015-XXX-X (paperback), $16.95 USD
ISBN 978-1-62015-XXX-X (ebook), $4.99 USD
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Bluebonnets are the state flower of Texas. Although they're usually associated with the Texas hill country, they bloom after spring rains on roadsides as far north as the Rolling Plains, where The Paragraph Ranch is set.
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