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The Paragraph Ranch

Kay Ellington & Barbara Brannon

Contemporary fiction / Texas

266 pages

978-1-935619-19-2 (paperback), $16.95

978-1-935619-20-8 (ebook), $4.99

978-1-935619-21-5 (hardcover), $24.99

9781501941566 (Lone Star Audio; audiobook)

September 2014 |  Boldface BOoks



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 in Texas 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.


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From our readers and reviewers


“The Paragraph Ranch is contemporary literature that truly reflects modern Texas and its hold on all its children.”


“A heartwarming story filled with memorable characters, vivid descriptions of place, and pitch-perfect dialogue. A delight to read.”
—Will North, author of The Long Walk Home and Seasons’ End


“Emotional tugs from family and finding second chances in a return to a childhood Texas home combine for a heartfelt read.”
—Natalie Bright, author of “A Cowboy’s Christmas Blessing” and Gone Never Forgotten





A Wedding at the Paragraph Ranch

Kay Ellington & Barbara Brannon

Contemporary fiction / Texas

292 pages

978-1-935619-22-2 (paperback), $16.95

978-1-935619-23-9 (ebook), $4.99

978-1-935619-24-6 (hardcover), $24.99

9781501941436 (Lone Star Audio; audiobook)

September 2015 |  Boldface Books



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.


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From our readers and reviewers


"[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. The Paragraph Ranch is a meaningful book that will stay in your heart. I know it will in mine. 
—Martha Louise Hunter, author of Painting Juliana





Home at the Paragraph Ranch

Kay Ellington & Barbara Brannon

Contemporary fiction / Texas




Give a Cup of Water

A Paragraph Ranch Tale

Barbara Brannon

Contemporary fiction / Texas

18 pages

978-1-935619-10-9 (ebook), $2.99

9781501941450 (Lone Star Audio; audiobook)

September 2014 |  Boldface Books


THE CITIZENS OF CLAXTON, TEXAS, are justifiably possessed with a healthy thirst — on the dusty plains of West Texas, they're in the midst of a seven-year drought when the town finally votes to go wet. The opposition faction, and its leader, Miss Jessica Cater, manage to shut down the promotion beer-store owner Buck Turlock has cooked up just in time for the Fourth of July celebration. But will Buck's schemes lead Miss Jessie to rethink her position?

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