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My Heart May Be Broken, but My Hair Still Looks Great

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by Dixie Cash

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Welcome to Salt Lick, Texas, home of big hair,
big ranches, and two of the biggest busybodies ever to wield a blow-dryer—Debbie Sue and Edwina,
also known as the Domestic Equalizers. Their motto:
Don't run over him—get over him! Their mission:
Track down and expose your straying man. And they won't stop until


Welcome to Salt Lick, Texas, home of big hair,
big ranches, and two of the biggest busybodies ever to wield a blow-dryer—Debbie Sue and Edwina,
also known as the Domestic Equalizers. Their motto:
Don't run over him—get over him! Their mission:
Track down and expose your straying man. And they won't stop until female domestic justice is served.

Debbie Sue Overstreet and Edwina Perkins-Martin have never encountered a problem that couldn't be fixed with a strong margarita, a whole lot of hairspray, and an ear for gossip. They've learned that you'll only find a straying spouse—or solve a crime—by keeping your senses alert. After all, every red-blooded Texas woman knows ears are more than just a place to hang your diamond earrings!

Newcomers stand out in Salt Lick like a preacher in a liquor store, and all ears—and eyes—are on Paige McBride and Spur Atwater. Paige arrived in town with nothing more than two hundred dollars in her pocket and a Cadillac SUV packed with designer clothes. Her oil-rich daddy has cut her off without a penny and now it's time for her to get one of those real jobs.

The Domestic Equalizers know that Paige and her Barbie-doll looks are gonna stir things up. Soon every cowboy, trucker, and even one of Debbie Sue's ex-boyfriends, a rodeo star, is knocking on Paige's door. And, at just about the time she turns up to start her job tending the best cutting horses in Texas, the horses start disappearing from all the local ranches.

Paige discovers she actually likes her work. After all, horses are more loyal than most men. But she doesn't like Spur, the new town veterinarian. Besides being movie-star good-looking, Spur's an ex–football star. Women of all ages love the new vet, and suddenly, more cats and dogs are getting sick than ever before.

Working on the ranch means Paige can't avoid the man, and all those disappearing horses bring her together with the Domestic Equalizers. Edwina and Debbie Sue think that Spur and Paige make the cutest couple—whether they're too bull-headed to realize it or not. But finding themselves knee-deep in the muck of a horse-thievin' and husband-cheatin' escapade is a whole other issue. No doubt about it, hearts are definitely going to get broken, but if these gals have anything to do with it, the hairstyles around town are still gonna look great!

Editorial Reviews

Loraine Despres
“The title alone makes you want to read this light-hearted love story. And my hairdresser really loves it.”
“Cash’s good ol’ gals always get their man, and deliver big laughs in the process.”
Publishers Weekly
What better way to follow up the debut of the Domestic Equalizers, West Texas's sassiest hairdresser-detectives (Since You're Leaving Anyway, Take Out the Trash) than by importing an equally spunky heroine all the way from Fort Worth? Wealthy Buck McBride's daughter, Paige, gets a taste of tough love when Daddy decides to cut her off until she learns the value of a dollar. For the first time in her life, Paige needs a job. Chasing a prospect in West Texas, she gets a flat tire; poor but proud aggie grad Spur Atwater grudgingly rescues the leggy blonde. The sparks don't fly until they meet again in Salt Lick, where Paige gets work on a horse farm, while Spur takes over from the local vet. Salt Lick's most famous residents, Domestic Equalizers Debbie Sue Overstreet and Edwina Perkins-Martin, forge a friendship with Paige, and together the Texas belles set a trap for a mysterious horse thief-not that there's much mystery. The fun of reading Cash (pseudonym for two Texan sisters) rests on impudent dialogue between women, pearls of Lone Star wisdom ("You can put a pair of boots in the oven, but that don't make 'em biscuits") and the knowledge that Cash heroines always get their man, good or bad. (Nov.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Cut off from Daddy's overly generous allowance, spoiled rich girl Paige McBride is forced to get a job. As her major skill is the ability to tell Jimmy Choos from Manolo Blahniks, her job prospects are somewhat limited. Fortunately, Paige does know horses, and thanks to a call from her dad, she lands a job on a ranch in Salt Lick, TX. The town's new veterinarian, Spur Atwater, resents Paige for her privileged life, never guessing that Paige is almost penniless. Nonetheless, Debbie Sue and Edwina, owners of Salt Lick's beauty shop/unauthorized detective agency, believe Paige and Spur are perfectly suited to each other and stoop to some shameless matchmaking to get them together. In the meantime, Debbie Sue and Edwina convince Paige to help them solve a case involving stolen horses. Many of the wild and wacky secondary characters here were introduced in last year's Since You're Leaving Anyway, Take Out the Trash, but this rib-tickling volume works as a standalone, too. Both volumes would make a welcome and entertaining addition to public library collections of all sizes. [Dixie Cash is the pseudonym of sisters Pamela Cumbie and Jeffery McClanahan. McClanahan also writes romance novels as Anna Jeffrey (The Love of a Cowboy).-Ed.]-Shelley Mosley, Glendale Community Coll. Lib. Media Ctr., AZ Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The good ol' girls from Saltlick, Texas, get involved in more hair-curling adventures. Debbie Sue and Edwina, the hairdressers who solved a murder mystery in Since You're Leaving Anyway, Take Out the Trash (2004), have started a detective agency: the Domestic Equalizers. They may not have any official background, but they do have a nose for trouble, especially of the lying-and-cheating sort. They are also matchmakers extraordinaire, but when rich daddy's girl Paige McBride and handsome ex-football star Dr. Spur Atwater move to town, the ladies have their work cut out for them. Seems that Paige, who has been cut off from her daddy's funds and has found employment at a local ranch, and Spur, who has worked his fingers to the bone for every penny he's earned, bumped into each other several times on the path to Saltlick, and each encounter has resulted in curses. Debbie Sue and Edwina must resort to extreme measures to get the romance flowing. Bring on the margaritas! They soon institute a weekly girls' night where they spill secrets (as well as drinks) and plot with the Barbie look-alike on how to score a date with Mr. Six-Pack Abs. While the ladies liquor up their new girlfriend and spy on sexy Spur, something nefarious begins creeping into Saltlick: Older horses have been disappearing, and people are starting to beg the women to investigate. Despite their initial resistance-after all, they chase down humans, not animals-when Debbie Sue's beloved horse becomes a target, the detective agency is open for business. They just need a pretty young thing who is familiar with horses to use as a lure . . . Droll romantic comedy with a splash of mystery and lots of Texan sass.

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My Heart May Be Broken But My Hair Still Looks Great

By Dixie Cash

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Copyright © 2005 Dixie Cash
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ISBN: 0060826185

Chapter One

There's no excuse for a grown woman to be so damned irresponsible. How can you lose an SUV?"

Her father's booming voice set Paige McBride's spinach salad to trembling. She winced. "I haven't lost it, Daddy."

The statement was only a partial fib. She might not know the precise whereabouts of the new Escalade, but she knew who had it. "Judd said he'll bring it back in a few days. He'll take good care of it."

In truth, Judd hadn't said anything. In truth, he had left her a note thanking her and promising to return the SUV in about ten days. So ten was a few, wasn't it?

"Judd Stephens is as worthless as tits on a bull. If somebody told him to go to hell he'd have to ask for directions." E. W. McBride, known by all as "Buck," sliced off a bite of medium-rare porterhouse steak and held it poised on the tip of his fork. "It shames me to think my little girl spent a weekend partying and doing God-knows-what. And what's more, with a second-rate bull rider."

Paige winced again at the thought of shaming her daddy, but why was he so upset? Maybe she and Judd had downed a little too much tequila at the Howling at the Moon bar, but was that a world crisis? It wasn't like Judd was a perfect stranger. She had known him forever, and her daddy knew him, too. They had history.

"You know perfectly well there was no God-knows-what going on between Judd and me, Daddy. Besides, I'm not a little girl."

Paige shifted her left foot with its Ace-bandaged ankle. She had it propped up on a neighboring chair, thankful the Petroleum Club dining room had thickly padded furniture.

Waking yesterday morning with a sore ankle in a La Mansion suite in San Antonio, she had discovered her foot stuck through the side of a Styrofoam cooler. She still didn't know how it got there, but the explanation was bound to be interesting. After finding Judd's note and realizing he really had taken the Escalade, she had no choice but to take the hotel shuttle to the San Antonio airport, then fly to Love Field in Dallas, where she rented a car and drove the thirty-five miles to Fort Worth in rush hour traffic.

After that whole frazzling afternoon, she spent last night unwinding with a pitcher of margaritas, which left her to face today with a headache that matched her ankle ache. She had planned to relax all of today, perhaps tan and get a massage at Panache, the trendy spa a few blocks from her condo. She had not planned to have lunch at the Petroleum Club, had not planned to tax herself by driving with a wrapped ankle, in heavy traffic to downtown Fort Worth in a Ford Escort. She would have removed the bandage, but a call from Daddy ordering her to appear at twelve-thirty sharp had changed her plans and her thinking. His firm tone had suggested an injured ankle might work in her favor.

And to prove the point, her father craned his neck across the table, looking at her bandage as he chewed. "How's your ankle, sweetheart? Are you in pain?"

His gray eyes were filled with concern. She wished she hadn't disappointed him again. When it came to what he expected of her, she seemed never to do anything right. "No, Daddy. It'll be fine."

Apparently satisfied, he returned to his steak and his lecture. "I mean it, Paige. When Richard Innsbruck called and told me you had to fly back from San Antone and rent a car, I made up my mind. I discussed it with your mother and -- "

"Don't call her my mother." Paige speared a spinach leaf, bristling despite the hangover that had her head feeling like a balloon about to be launched. "She may be your wife, but she's not my mother." No matter how bad she felt, she could always spout a fair amount of vitriol for her meddling, bossy, social-climbing stepmother.

"I discussed it with your mother, the one who gave birth to you, God rest her soul, and we made a decision. The only solution is to cut you loose, girl."

"What's that supposed to mean? I haven't lived under your roof since high school. You might have been paying for my college, but -- "

"For your college and every damned other thing in your life, including all your hell-raisin' buddies. Ski trips to Vail, midnight runs to Vegas, shopping jaunts in New York City. My God, Paige, that spring break trip to Cancun cost me ten thousand dollars. You spent four hundred on a haircut. A haircut, forgodsake!"

"But, Daddy, I didn't just have it cut. I had it glitzed and styled by -- "

"When I was a boy, my mother cut my hair around a bowl on my head and it turned out just fine." He shook his head. "I'll bet you don't own a pair of shoes I paid less than three hundred dollars for."

Paige tucked her foot in its Lambertson Truex sandal closer to her body, as if a price tag were hanging from the back strap. Damn that Dick Innsbruck. His calling in life seemed to be to report to her daddy every charge she added to her American Express card, no matter how trivial. She had long thought the accountant lived for the thrill of catching her in some misdeed.

She speared another spinach leaf, wishing she had an aspirin. "If Dick-in-the-butt had a life -- "

"Watch your mouth." Her daddy pointed the tip of his steak knife at her. "Richard's doing what I told him. A job he gets paid for. A concept you have no grasp of."

Her father leaned forward, thrusting his face closer to hers, willing her to look into his eyes, which she did. Unwillingly.


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Meet the Author

Dixie Cash is Pam Cumbie and her sister, Jeffery McClanahan. They grew up in rural West Texas among "real life fictional characters" and 100 percent real cowboys and cowgirls. Some were relatives and some weren't. Pam has always had a zany sense of humor and Jeffery has always had a dry wit. Surrounded by country western music, when they can stop laughing long enough, they work together creating hilarity on paper. Both live in Texas—Pam in the Fort Worth/Dallas Metroplex and Jeffery in a small town near Fort Worth.

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My Heart May Be Broken, but My Hair Still Looks Great 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Her loving wealthy dad Buck McBride is upset with Paige for wasting money. He tells her to get a job as he will provide no more money to her except $2000 in her checking to cover rent for three months................ At the bank, Paige backs into Spur Atwater¿s old truck. He is at the bank seeking a loan to buy out a veterinary practice in Salt Lick, Texas. Paige thinks he is a nasty laborer while he believes she is daddy¿s spoiled rich girl. Only McDonald¿s hires Paige, but they quickly fire her.............. Daddy gets Paige a job at Harley Carruthers¿ ranch in Salt Lick as assistant to his trainer Lester Clinton, who leers at her and uses sexist comments. Later Paige visits Stylist Station, Domestic Equalizers to rent a place from one of the owners Debbie Sue Overstreet. She and her partner Edwina Perkins welcome Paige to town. Debbie Sue invites Paige to dinner not telling her that Spur is coming too. At dinner they have a good time as he is friendly and she is earthy. Paige and Spur begin seeing each other. As they fall in love, someone is stealing horses the three women vow to save Debbie Sue¿s steed if the horse is abducted........................ This old fashion romance is fun to follow as their first three encounters are conflicts, but evolves into love. The return of the zany support cast from the first Salt Lick novel (SINCE YOU'RE LEAVING ANYWAY, TAKE OUT THE TRASH) adds humor, friendship, and some late suspense. Though the suspense seems anticlimactic in spite of references alluding to stolen horses throughout the plot, fans will appreciate this fine contemporary tale........ Harriet Klausner
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I laughed and laughed!!
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I absolutely love her books!!
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loves_a_mysteryLL More than 1 year ago
Quick fun and entertaing read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my first time reading a Dixie Cash book! It has a lot of wit and humor. Very entertaining and I recommend this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good book for light reading.
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Warm and laugh out loud funny.
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Sharon Byrd More than 1 year ago
I love Evanovich, and Dixie Cash is giving her arun for the money! Great book!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I want a Spur! If you've read this then you know it is one of the best books out there and it makes you feel as if you are watching a movie. I captures things that you really can't imagine and is my favorite book. its about a girl who gets everything she wants till her dad desiceds she needs to be responsiable but its not your run of the mill love story. I is fantastic. sorry bout the spelling i said i liked to read not spell.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was fabulous. I could not put it down once I started it. I loved the story line and found myself laughing out loud several times, especially the last couple of chapters. You end up with such a clear picture of the characters in your head. A very very delightful read. I almost wanted to read slower because I didn't want it to end. Debbie Sue and Edwina really could be the stars of a TV sitcom. So Funny.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Absolutely worth calling in sick, so you can stay in bed with this book! I laughed so hard I snorted several times and had to sniffle my way through other parts. There is just enough tension and steamy stuff to keep you hoping. Really enjoyable read.