Jeffrey McClanahan

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Jeffrey McClanahan
BornTexas, United States
Pen nameSadie Callahan, Dixie Cash, and Anna Jeffrey
OccupationNovelist, real estate professional, retailer[1]

Jeffrey McClanahan is a Texas novelist who writes with her sister, Pam Cumbie, under the joint pen name of Dixie Cash.[2] McClanahan is also an “award-winning author of six western romance novels under the name of Anna Jeffrey.”[2] For her 2009 novel, McClanahan has taken on a third pseudonym: “Sadie Callahan”.[3]

Personal life[edit]

McClanahan “grew up in West Texas during the great oil boom. Pam has always had a zany sense of humor, and Jeffrey has always had a dry wit. Surrounded by cowboys and steeped in country-western music, when they can stop laughing long enough, they work together creating hilarity on paper.”[4]

Jeffery lives with her husband,[5] in “a small town not far from Fort Worth,” Texas and worked as “both a real estate professional and a retailer for most of her adult life, also professions that beg for a sense of humor.”[1]

Cumbie asserts that McClanahan “loves books…like I love earrings and anything liquid that contains liquor. Her home looks like a library. She writes beautiful prose and steamy sex, and then I come along and junk it up with trash."[2]

Writing process[edit]

Glenn Dromgoole writes that “Cumbie makes up the stories and characters…then McClanahan edits and rewrites.”[2] Cumbie explains that the sisters send pages back and forth between them as they work on a novel.[2]

Major publications[edit]

Works co-authored with sister as “Dixie Cash”[edit]

  • Since You're Leaving Anyway, Take Out the Trash (2004)
  • My Heart May Be Broken, But My Hair Still Looks Great (2005)
  • I Gave You My Heart, But You Sold It Online (2007)
  • Don't Make Me Choose Between You and My Shoes (2008)
  • Curing the Blues with a New Pair of Shoes (2009)
  • Our Red Hot Romance is Leaving Me Blue (2010)
  • I Can't Make You Love Me, but I Can Make You Leave (2011)
  • You Can Have My Heart, but Don't Touch My Dog (2016)

Works authored as “Anna Jefrey”[edit]

  • The Love of a Cowboy (2003)
  • The Love of a Stranger (2004)
  • The Love of a Lawman (2005)
  • Sweet Water (2005)
  • Salvation, Texas (2007)
  • Sweet Return (2007
  • Lone Star Woman (written originally as Sadie Callahan, re-released by Anna Jeffrey)
  • Man of the West (written originally as Sadie Callahan)
  • The Tycoon, Book #1, Sons of Texas trilogy (2012)
  • Desired(2013)
  • The Cattleman, Book #2, Sons of Texas trilogy


Works authored as "Sadie Callahan"[edit]

  • Lone Star Woman (2009)
  • Man of the West (2010)

Critical reception and awards[edit]

Affaire de Coeur, Medwest Book Review, All About Romance, and Romance Reade at Heart, for example, have all praised Salvation, Texas, calling it "A first-class Romantic suspense tale," a "fine thriller," "a treat to read a good book set in Texas that really felt authentic," and "A good solid read, with great characters and a fast paced plot," respectively. Another reviewer, declared, "This book is like “Dallas” crossed with a police procedural. We’ve got wealth, we’ve got crime, we’ve got greed and we’ve got hot sex. And all the men wear cowboy hats. I like view of small town Texas life where everybody knows just about everything about each other and everybody lives for Friday night high school football and weekend rodeos."[8] Marilyn Weigel writes, "Readers, however, will delight in the scene-setting descriptions, where the prose is especially vivid and enjoyable."[9] One other reviewer graded the book as a B+.[10]

Sweet Water by Anna Jeffrey won a number of awards, including Golden Quill Contest Finalist, Single Title Contemporary, 2007; More Than Magic Contest Finalist, Romance Writers Ink, Single Title Contemporary, 2007; Desert Rose Finalist, Single Title Contemporary, 2007; and Write Touch Readers Award Winner, Single Title Contemporary, 2007.[1] Sweet Return won a similar number of awards, including Award of Excellence Contest Finalist, Colorado Romance Writers, Single Title Contemporary, 2008; Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence Contest Finalist, Single Title Contemporary, 2008; More Than Magic Contest Winner, Romance Writers Ink, Single Title Contemporary, 2008; and Aspen Gold Winner, Single Title Contemporary, 2008.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Dixie Cash: About the Author,” HarperCollins Publishers.
  2. ^ a b c d e Glenn Dromgoole, “Hairdresser detectives take show on the road,” Abilene Reporter-News (July 19, 2008 ).
  3. ^ Bunny Callahan, “Review of Lone Star Woman[permanent dead link],” Romantic Times Book Reviews Magazine (January 2009).
  4. ^ Fredric Koeppel, “Book Folks: Foote left imprint on first novel,” Memphis Commercial Appeal (June 2, 2008).
  5. ^ "Bio". Anna Jeffrey. Retrieved 2013-10-13.
  6. ^ Glenn Dromgoole (July 20, 2008), Heroines find trouble in NYC, The Eagle, archived from the original on June 16, 2012
  7. ^ Anna Jeffrey, Salvation, Texas (2007).
  8. ^ Jayne, "REVIEW: Salvation, Texas by Anna Jeffrey," Dear Author (Jan 22 2007).
  9. ^ Marilyn Weigel, "Review of SALVATION, TEXAS[permanent dead link]," Romantic Times Book Reviews Magazine (: January 2007).
  10. ^ Sandy M, "Review: Salvation, Texas by Anna Jeffrey," The Good, The Bad and the Unread (January 24, 2008).

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