Don't Mess With Texas? Ten Other State Slogans Turned to Romance-Novel Titles

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Romance writers are up in arms because Texas is suing one of them for using Don't Mess With Texas as a title for a book the state finds too steamy. The Texas Department of Transportation says the phrase is trademarked and they have to take steps to protect it; romance-novel writers and fans say lighten up. (A federal judge denied TxDOT's request for a restraining order.)

We think author Christie Craig of Houston, who wrote Don't Mess With Texas, is onto something. Official state slogans are perfect for romance novels. We think. Here are our ten:

10. Wisconsin
The dude is certainly taking a long, loving look at someone's dairyland.

9. New Jersey
Answers the eternal question of love: "What exit?"

8. Maryland
Seems there should be a comma halfway through the first word of the title.

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7. Michigan
Looks like she already has. Probably a Yooper.

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Well, I've been gone from Missouri - as in "not even back for a visit" - for 25 years, but "The Cave State" is news to me. "Show Me" sounds like a great title for a flasher novel, though.

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