Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Don't mess with our books


I'd like to take today's post to congratulate Christie Craig on her new release, Don't Mess With Texas. It's been getting fabulous reviews and let's face it, who doesn't love the idea of a hot Texas cop turned PI doing some under cover work with the heroine? It's classic Christie.

It's also getting some heat from the state of Texas, the Transportation Department to be exact (TDot). You see, TDot has been using the Don't Mess With Texas slogan on, well, everything. And other people have been using the line on, well, everything as well. It's become a saying, like What Happens in Vegas...

Only TDot has decided to sue Christie, her publisher and even Barnes & Noble booksellers over the title of the book. They go on to say in their press release that because Christie's book contains elements of a romance novel, it will cause "irreparable harm." Let me repeat that, "irreparable harm." From a romance novel.

I, for one, am glad to see the state of Texas protect its citizens from romance novels. That has got to be the biggest issue facing taxpayers. Except for budget shortfalls, a failing infrastructure, severe cuts in education... but, as soon as we take care of those sassy books, all of our other pressing problems will go away. Right?

And while they're attacking romance, maybe TDot should stop at think about Newsweek, Rock The Vote and belt buckle manufacturers. It seems those folks don't want people to mess with Texas, either.




Maybe the city of Las Vegas needs to get busy suing the makers of the movie What Happens in Vegas. I hear there might be s-e-x in that one, too.

Then the citizens of both Nevada and Texas can rest easier at night, knowing their tax dollars are being put to good use. In the mean time, I'm going to buy a copy of Christie Craig's new book. In fact, I hope this added publicity puts this one on the New York Times list. Christie certainly deserves it.

9 comments:

Sarah said...

Only in Texas! My guess is the morons that work at TDot that thought this was a good idea have never once read a single one of Ms. Craig's novels. She never makes fun of or belittles the state, she happens to love the state and that comes through in her writing. If anything this book could bolster their economy and with the recession you would think they would take any publicity they can get! Plus a quick google search of the phrase "Don't Mess with Texas" pulls up a Wikipedia page that indicates the state has tried and failed in the past to stop people from using the phrase, so the precedent is there for this to be thrown out! I hope this doesn't deter Ms. Craig from carrying on with this series. I got the book yesterday and I'm already almost finished. I love it and I love her writing style!

TerriOsburn said...

I get mad everything I think about this. So freaking stupid. And arrogant!! I bet if she wrote a book where upwards of 40 characters got blown away in gory detail, they'd be all proud and supportive.

Gah! The free publicity is the only good thing about this. Can't wait to see how high up the list CC goes. Though she deserves to be up there even without this crappy lawsuit.

Mo said...

What an idiotic waste of money and energy by the brilliant leaders at TDOT. This really ticked me off yesterday. Christie absoultely deserves way more respect. I hope the publicity sells more books for her. I know I pre-ordered mine ages ago, she is one of my "must buy" authors.

Dakota Cassidy said...

what I find incredibly suspicious is this: How do you suppose TxDot knew about this book? Does it make you wonder if some TxDot worker was in the lunchroom eating their leftover tun casserole, heavy breathing while reading it?

I live in TX, for the love of God, and I'd never even heard of Christy and I write romance novels for a living. I'm guessing three quarters of TX wouldn't have known about this had it not been for them splashing it all over the Internet.

I say, let's spend hard earned taxpayer's dollars on something real and needed. Like schools and education or simply stick to what TxDot is supposed to stick to and fix the damn roads and keep my tax dollars OUT of the courtrooms. I hope Christy sells a trillion copies of this!

Cricket said...

That would hold water if they had ever trademarked the phrase, which I doubt they did. I lived in Texas, and yes, you see that phrase absolutely everywhere, and on everything. I really doubt that this lawsuit would ever make it past discovery, honestly. But in the meantime, it's an unnecessary headache for Christie and her publisher.

Gemma Halliday said...

Dude, that is the stupidest thing I have ever heard! Christie, I hope the publicity skyrockets you to stardom, girl!

Diane Kelly said...

Once they get Christie in a deposition and realize any jury would love her and find in her favor, I bet they'll drop it. What a waste of the taxpayers' $!

Tori Lennox said...

Good grief! I love Texas but this one of the most asinine things I've ever heard. TxDOT needs to take a deep breath and go do something productive. Idiots.

Kathy Bacus said...

I'm thinking TDot might end up figuring out you don't mess with romance writers.

This is what we in Midwest classify as total BS. And since we live in a leading cattle producing state, too, we know it when we see it.

Un-frigging-real.