Last Mango in Texas
By Ray Blackston
(FaithWords, Paperback, 9780446579612, 272pp.)
Publication Date: March 2009
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Texas Tech student Kyle Mango is attending a fraternity party when he meets Gretchen, an artsy animal lover whose independent spirit immediately sparks his attention. But after a month of bliss, they suddenly find themselves in rough waters. When Kyle inherits four oil wells from his uncle, he sees his affluence as an opportunity to impress Gretchen. But just before he makes his move, Gretchen hears news of an oil tanker spilling its load near the coast of Alaska. Leaving Kyle behind in Texas, she joins a group of campus activists in Alaska for the summer to clean oil from suffering birds.
Kyle is torn between managing his business--and being left lonely in the Lone Star state--and risking everything to fly to Alaska to pursue Gretchen. The young oil man soon discovers that oil slicks are nothing compared to relational slicks. The early bird may get the worm, but the oily bird can ruin romance! Through it all, Kyle explores faith in God and His power to change lives.
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. You can visit Ray on the Web at www.rayblackston.com.
"Ray Blackston's A Pagan's Nightmare is a delightful tongue-in-cheek look at some of our sacred cows . . . and he's not afraid to tip them over! Ray does a great job of reminding us what's really important--not the trappings we've created for ourselves, but our relationships with a living, powerful God."
-bestselling author of Magdalene and The Novelist
"As someone who doesn't care for golf and believes that the only good club is one of the sandwich persuasion, I was flabbergasted by how deliriously fun Par for the Course turned out to be. I still don't care fore golf, but delivered with a serving of humor, a stroke of romance, a range of political sparring, and an arsonist with a score to settle, Ray Blackston's tale is my cup of tee."
-bestselling author of Perfecting Kate and Splitting Harriet
Plenty of laugh-aloud moments. . . [Par for the Course] is an enjoyable read.