Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Don't Mess With Christie Craig
This situation with Christie Craig has been anything but normal.
So I waited to see how Judge Sparks ruled at the emergency TRO hearing on Monday. TxDOT's request for a temporary restraining order was denied. I can't say anymore than that since the official position of Hachette and Christie is 'No comment.'
[Edit to Add: The actual ruling hadn't been posted on the federal court's website, but the Austin Business Journal had the gist in an article posted this afternoon.]
[2nd Edit to Add: Here's a copy of the Request for Restraining Order and Injunction. What's interesting is that no other major bookseller, such as Amazon or Books-A-Million, was named in the Request.]
However, for more info, here's some sites:
As far as I know, the Houston Press broke the story Tuesday morning.
A few hours later, the Dallas Business News added a few more details.
Then the romance community started commenting:
Beyond Her Book
Boxing the Octopus
[FYI: Houston, TX, is the headquarters of Romance Writers of America, and the home of three RWA chapters.]
By 2PM, the Twitterverse and various author loops had exploded with the news.
Magdalen at Promantica talks about the legal issues.
The news hit KHOU-TV, Channel 11, a little after 5 PM.
What I can say is that Don't Mess with Texas is another of Christie's wacky romantic suspense books. Three cops were unjustly sent to prison. Once exonerated, they become P.I.s with two missions: find the crime lord who set them up and help innocents accused of wrong-doing. And since this is Christie, there's the wild pets. In this case, it's Budweiser, the coffin-lovin' bulldog.
Nikki Hunt thought her night couldn't get worse when her no-good, cheating ex ditched her at dinner, sticking her with the bill. Then she found his body stuffed in the trunk of her car and lost her two-hundred-dollar meal all over his three-thousand-dollar suit. Now not only is Nikki nearly broke, she's a murder suspect.
Dallas O'Connor knows what it's like to be unjustly accused. But one look at the sexy-though skittish-suspect tells him she couldn't hurt anyone. The lead detective, Dallas's own brother, has the wrong woman and Dallas hopes a little late-night "undercover" work will help him prove it . . .