August 19, 2017

Lone Star Book Blog Tours : Winning Texas by Nancy Stancill

Nancy Stancill 

Genre: Mystery / Thriller / Suspense
Publisher: Black Rose Writing
Date of Publication: April 26, 2016
# of pages: 230

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When a female body is found floating in the Houston Ship Channel, Annie Price, an investigative journalist for a struggling Houston newspaper, is propelled into a dangerous web of intrigue. She must solve a complex mystery that includes a corrupt strip club empire, a ruthless human trafficking scheme, and deadly competition between two separatist groups seeking to impose their twisted visions on the Lone Star State. As two murders hit close to home, Annie and a fellow reporter risk death to expose the hidden secrets of a Texas ranch.


“Sex traffickers and guns-for-hire meet in a nefarious plot to see Texas secede and America shaken to its core. Witty, gritty and filled with brilliantly realized characters, this book is a pure delight for lovers of suspense as the ever-dogged Annie Price risks life and limb to uncover the truth.”
– Tony D’Souza, author of Mule

Winning Texas is a moody thriller, an ode to people with outsized dreams and the ones they prey on; to those who populate the city by day, and those who rule the night. In the wake of L.A.-noir and Florida glare, Nancy Stancill gives us Bayou City grime. In her pages, Houston seduces and leaves us breathless, begging for more.”

– Stefan Kiesbye, author of The Staked Plains

Nancy Stancill “captures a newsroom’s camaraderie and angst . . . while her descriptions of Houston and the whole of Texas make you feel the heat and see its beauty.”

-- Mary Cornatzer, The News & Observer



Winning Texas is the story of a complex murder mystery that brings two major players into the mix that wants to control Texas. Annie Price is a journalist for a struggling newspaper in Houston, when a dead woman shows up in the Houston Ship Channel that sets off a mystery of who is this person and how did she get there. As Annie starts looking around for answers, a strip club that has ties to smugglers and a ranch will bring Anne to the heart of Central Texas.

With Annie getting close to the truth, a group of Germans who want to control Central Texas and another group that wants Texas to secede, not all is what it seems. It takes a shooting for answers to be reveled and what secrets the ranch was hiding before the mystery is solved. As we learn in the last two pages that not everything is well and there is more to the story between these groups in a shocking ending that nobody will see coming!!

When I first started reading this book, I had a hard time getting into it but as the story unfolds, you will get into it so much that it will make you finish it quickly just to see how it all ends. By the end of the book and after everything was reveled, I wasn't expecting the last two pages that reveled so much more than before and I totally loved it!! I also have to say that keeping up with some of the characters was a little too much but it does give the story what it needs to be great!

Thank You to Nancy Stancill for writing a pretty good mystery book with an ending that you won't see coming at all!!

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from Lone Star Book Blog Tours!

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley!

Nancy Stancill spent more than 30 years as a newspaper reporter and editor before she began writing fiction full-time. She was an award-winning investigative reporter at the Houston Chronicle and the Charlotte (N.C.) Observer and worked as a reporter and editor at other newspapers in Texas, Virginia and California. Stancill is a journalism graduate of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and received her master’s in creative writing from the University of Tampa in Florida in 2015.  She and her husband lived in London for three years before moving back to the United States in 2012.  She has a son in Virginia and she lives in Charlotte, N.C. with her husband, Len Norman, and black cat, Spud. Saving Texas was her first novel. Winning Texas is her second.


* Signed Copies of Winning Texas and Saving Texas *
* $15 Starbucks Gift Card * 
  June 30 - July 9, 2016

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7/6       The Page Unbound  – Guest Post

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7/9       StoreyBook Reviews  Review


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