Friday, February 23, 2018

2017 Lone Star Bloggers' Choice Awards: BEST FICTION BOOK



AWARDS SCHEDULE:
2/14: Awards Announcement
2/15: AWARDS: Best Hook & Best Creative Concept
2/16: AWARDS: Best Non-Fiction History, Best Biography/Memoir, & Best Western
2/17: AWARDS: Best Children’s/Juvenile/YA & Best Series
2/18: AWARDS: Best Literary Fiction & Best Religious/Inspirational/Spiritual
2/19: AWARDS: Best Mystery/Suspense, Best Romance, & Best Fantasy
2/20: AWARDS: Best Cover & Most Engaged Author
2/21: AWARD: Best Texas Book
2/22: AWARD: Best Non-Fiction Book
2/23: AWARD: Best Fiction Book


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Thursday, February 22, 2018

"Keys to Honduras" Guest Post by Dirk Weisiger, author of LEAVE TOMORROW: MY RIDE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE WORLD

LEAVE TOMORROW:
My Ride to the 
Bottom of the World
by
Dirk Weisiger
  
Genre: Memoir / Travel / Inspiration
Date of Publication: October 27, 2017
Number of Pages: 232

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After building a successful business, Dirk Weisiger was ready for something new. But he wasn't sure what. Maybe a motorcycle adventure, I've never done that!

What followed was a fourteen-month, solo motorcycle journey from Austin, Texas to Ushuaia, Argentina, filled with unexpected adventures, surprises, and lessons about life and travel.

In this book, you'll not only enjoy Dirk's adventure and insights, but find inspiration for your own journey.

(A portion of proceeds from this book help sponsor children at the Colegio Bautista El Calvario private school in Managua, Nicaragua.)



PRAISE FOR LEAVE TOMORROW:


I may not ride a motorcycle to the bottom of the world, but my soul comes alive when I hear about people smashing fear and following their dreams. This book will truly inspire you.
--Abigail Irene Fisher, traveler and speaker

Leave Tomorrow is a fun, engaging, and thought-provoking read. If you are looking for a blend of humanity, culture, scary moments with a medicine man, military police, attempts at extortion, and unexpected challenges--along with insightful observations and humor, this book will definitely spark your imagination to "live your own movie." 
--Steve Scott, business coach and author of Wings to Fly

This inspiring and entertaining book is just the tonic needed to get you up out of your chair and ready to "Leave Tomorrow."
--Julie Mundy, Guidebook Author and Travel Blogger, Australia

For everyone thinking of a new adventure, a new life, or even a new venture: DO IT.
--Jim Rogers, bestselling author of Investment Biker and Street Smarts 

This is not the first book I've read on riding to Ushuaia, but it is probably the most enjoyable. Dirk writes about his experiences in an upbeat manner, taking each experience and each day in perspective. 
--Muriel Farrington, Ambassador, BMW Motorcycles of America


(A portion of proceeds from this book help sponsor children at the Colegio Bautista El Calvario private school in Managua, Nicaragua.) 


Keys to Honduras
Guest Post by Dirk Weisiger

AS I HEADED into the interior of Honduras, locals told me not to visit San Pedro Sula.
This town was notorious for MS-13 gangs, robbing, killing, and riding around in pickup trucks. I turned on the GoPro to share with folks back home a firsthand video account of any trouble.
Just keep your head down and let me do the talking,” I instructed my GoPro audience. So, right before San Pedro, I turned, headed south, and stopped in Villanueva for a bottle of water.
In case you’re wondering if my neck muscles were constantly sore from looking over my shoulder, you’re half right. Yes, the rumors of crime made me nervous and alert, but with each passing day, I became more comfortable with my surroundings.
So far no gangs—only friendly residents of planet earth. I pulled up and parked in front of a lonely roadside store and beer joint.
A single, battle-worn pickup truck was parked outside. There’s the famous pickup, I thought.
But I was thirsty.
It was the middle of the day, but strangely dark inside the old wooden building. A group of seven men sat around a long table, sipping beer. They stared at me but smiled as they turned to eye the Iron Horse, my trusty BMW motorcycle, parked outside.
And some of the famous gang, I mused.
I nodded in their general direction, bought a bottle of water, and walked slowly-but-quickly back to the motorcycle. As I was putting on my jacket, the front door burst open and a man ran toward me.
He was one of the sipping seven.
Startled, I took a step back as he shouted, Señor, señor, Olvidaste las llaves!
Which translates into, Sir, you forgot your keys.” I’d left my keychain on the counter, along with my pride.
I thanked him. And probably over-thanked him. He asked for a picture with the Iron Horse, which I was happy to snap. As we said goodbye, the man whispered, Ve rapido,”—go quickly.
Shaken and relieved, I headed on down the road. So much of our experience depends on our attitude. If you’re transmitting a fearful vibe, bad things can happen.
If you’re in the wrong place at the wrong time, bad things can happen. I never stayed long in one place unless it was a larger city. It’s hard to blend in and easier to be a target in a small community. Passing from town to town, I moved so fast, I didn’t give bad people time to formulate a plan.
If I was in an area notorious for gangs, then I put myself in danger. A safe traveler is usually a smart traveler. 


Dirk Weisiger is a travel trekker, trick roper, and storyteller. He’s the author of the new book, Leave Tomorrow: My Ride to the Bottom of the World. Dirk has always enjoyed speaking to groups, spinning tales, ropes, and offering lessons he’s learned in adventures of life and business. He's traveled to five continents and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. Most of all Dirk loves people and believes that making new friends is the best part of travel.
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2017 Lone Star Bloggers' Choice Awards: BEST NONFICTION BOOK



AWARDS SCHEDULE:
2/14: Awards Announcement
2/15: AWARDS: Best Hook & Best Creative Concept
2/16: AWARDS: Best Non-Fiction History, Best Biography/Memoir, & Best Western
2/17: AWARDS: Best Children’s/Juvenile/YA & Best Series
2/18: AWARDS: Best Literary Fiction & Best Religious/Inspirational/Spiritual
2/19: AWARDS: Best Mystery/Suspense, Best Romance, & Best Fantasy
2/20: AWARDS: Best Cover & Most Engaged Author
2/21: AWARD: Best Texas Book
2/22: AWARD: Best Non-Fiction Book
2/23: AWARD: Best Fiction Book


 Come back tomorrow for the FINAL AWARD announcement!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

2017 Lone Star Bloggers' Choice Awards: BEST TEXAS BOOK





AWARDS SCHEDULE:
2/14: Awards Announcement
2/15: Best Hook & Best Creative Concept
2/16: Best Non-Fiction History, Best Biography/Memoir, 
& Best Western
2/17: Best Children’s/Juvenile/YA & Best Series
2/18: Best Literary Fiction & Best Religious/Inspirational/Spiritual
2/19: Best Mystery/Suspense, Best Romance, & Best Fantasy
2/20: Best Cover & Most Engaged Author
2/21: Best Texas Book
2/22: Best Non-Fiction Book
2/23: Best Fiction Book


 Come back tomorrow for the next award announcements!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

2017 Lone Star Bloggers' Choice Awards: BEST BOOK COVER & MOST ENGAGED AUTHOR



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AWARDS SCHEDULE:
2/14: Awards Announcement
2/15: Best Hook & Best Creative Concept
2/16: Best Non-Fiction History, Best Biography/Memoir, 
& Best Western
2/17: Best Children’s/Juvenile/YA & Best Series
2/18: Best Literary Fiction & Best Religious/Inspirational/Spiritual
2/19: Best Mystery/Suspense, Best Romance, & Best Fantasy / Alternate History
2/20: Best Cover & Most Engaged Author
2/21: Best Texas Book
2/22: Best Non-Fiction Book
2/23: Best Fiction Book


Come back tomorrow for the 
next award announcements!

Monday, February 19, 2018

Monday Roundup: TEXAS LITERARY CALENDAR 2/19-25

Bookish goings-on in Texas for the week of February 19-25, 2018: 

Special Events:
Humanities Texas presents Texas Storytime: A Family Reading Program, Midland, February 8-March 15

First Impressions Festival for Local Playwrights, Dallas, February 21-23

22nd Annual ASU Writers Conference in Honorof Elmer Kelton, San Angelo, February 22-23

People's Poetry Festival, Corpus Christi, February 22-24

Celebration of Diverse Literary Voices of Texas, Austin, February 24

Poetry Out Loud Finals, Austin, February 24

Wild & Wonderful Evening: 4word Gala & Dinner featuring Barbara Bush and Jenna Bush Hager, Dallas, February 24

Ongoing Exhibits:

San Antonio
The Twig Book Shop, Robb Carlos discussing and signing We Are G.O.D. Guiding Our Direction, From Journal to Journey, 5PM

Southlake
B&N - Town Square, Mike Gleason signing and discussing his Hideout Kids series, 2PM

Tuesday, February 20:
Arlington
UT Arlington - Texas Hall, Maverick Speaker Series presents best-selling author and sustainable food advocate Michael Pollan: "One Writer's Trip: From the Garden to the Plate and the Beyond," 7:30PM

Austin
BookPeople, SUSAN DENNARD speaking & signing Sightwitch: A Tale of the Witchlands, 7PM

Half Price Books - North Lamar, cookbook author and "Peace, Love and Low Carb" blogger Kyndra Holley will discuss and sign her new book, Keto Happy Hour: 50+ Low-Carb Craft Cocktails to Quench Your Thirst, 7PM

Spiderhouse Ballroom, Austin Poetry Slam featuring Paulie Lipman, 7:15PM

College Station
TAMU - George H.W. Bush Presidential Library, Jeffrey Engel discussing and signing When the World Seemed New: George H.W. Bush and the End of the Cold War, 6PM

Dallas
B&N - Preston/Royal, Story time: Mary Virginia McCorm Pittman reads from Four-Legged Heroes, 11:30AM

Crescent Club, World Affairs Council of DFW hosts Alyssa Ayres discussing and signing Our Time Has Come: How India is Making Its Place in the World, 6:30PM

Interabang Books, Michelle Staubach Grimes launches her newest children's book, PIDGE TAKES THE STAGE, 6PM

SMU, the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies presents Jack E. Davis and The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea, winner of the Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction, 5:30PM

The Wild Detectives, Suzanne Asaff Blankenship, author of How To Take Care of Old People Without Losing Your Marbles, moderates a panel on elder care, which includes Nadine Roberts Cornish, author of Tears In My Gumbo – The Caregiver’s Recipe for Resilience, 7:30PM

El Paso
The Black Orchid Lounge, Barbed Wire Open Mic Series featuring Rencho, 8PM

Houston
Bohemeos, Glass Mountain winter reading, 7PM

Murder By the Book, Tracee de Hahn will sign and discuss A Well-Timed Murder, 7PM

San Antonio

Highland Park High School, Adam Johnson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Orphan Master's Son, delivers the Highland Park Literary Festival keynote address, followed by a book signing, 7PM

SMU, lecture by women's health advocate Judy Norsigian, author of Our Bodies Ourselves, 3:30PM

El Paso
B&N - Sunland Park, Meet Crazy Horse family members and W. Matson, author of Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior's Life & Legacy, 5PM

Houston
Brazos Bookstore, David Lazar discussing and signing I’LL BE YOUR MIRROR, 7PM

Murder By the Book, Mark Greaney will sign and discuss Agent in Place, 6:30PM

Poison Girl, Poison Pen Reading Series featuring Robert Boswell, Cait Weiss Orcutt, and Outspoken Bean, 8:30PM

San Antonio
The Alamo Gift Shop, Wade Dillon will sign his children's books, 9AM

B&N - La Cantera, Matthew Pollard discussing and signing The Introvert's Edge, 7:30PM

B&N - San Pedro, Martha Miller discussing and signing Times New Roman: How We Quit Our Jobs, Gave Away Our Stuff & Moved to Italy, 2:30PM

San Antonio Central Library, A Public Platica on the current state of the literary arts in San Antonio, with the debut and signing of Literary San Antonio, featuring Dr. Tomás Ybarra-Frausto Bryce Milligan, Texas Poet Laureate Rosemary Catacalos, San Antonio and Texas Poet Laureate Jenny Browne, journalist and cultural historian Cary Clack, and San Antonio book collector extraordinaire Bill Fisher, 6:30PM

Texas A&M - SA, Writer’s Lecture Series featuring Laurie Ann Guerrero: On Being Deliberate, Afraid of Nothing, 6:30PM

San Marcos
Texas State - Alkek Library, the Wittliff Collections presents a reading and signing with Junot Díaz, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, 3:30PM

Sugar Land
B&N - First Colony, Story time with local author Maria Ashworth, 10AM

Friday, February 23:
Alpine
Front Street Books, Ben H. English discussing and signing Yonderings: Trails and Memories of the Big Bend, 6PM

Austin
Houston
B&N - Houston, Anthony Graves discussing and signing Infinite Hope, 7PM

Brazos Bookstore, Daniel Horowitz discussing and signing HAPPIER?, 7PM

River Oaks Bookstore, Ann Leis and Gail Klein reading and signing Music of the Butterfly: A Story of Hope, 5PM

Huntsville
Sam Houston State, lecture from Dr. Suzy Kim, Professor of Korean Studies at Rutgers University and author of the award-winning book, Everyday Life in the North Korean Revolution, 10:30AM

Kyle
Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center, a reading and signing with Junot Díaz, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, 7:30PM

Lubbock
B&N, Superhero Therapy book signing with Dr. Janina Scarlet, 6:30PM

San Antonio
Jo Long Theatre, Blackbird, Fly: Marc Bamuthi Joseph and DBR, both sons of Haitian immigrants, weave movement, music, and spoken word into a richly layered multi-sensory evening, 8PM

UTSA, Creative Writing Program Reading Series presents Karen Tei Yamashita, author of National Book Award-nominated novel, I Hotel, 7PM

Denton
El Paso Public Library - Esperanza Moreno, Award-winning author Alexandra Diaz discussing her critically-acclaimed young adult lit, 3PM

El Paso Public Library - Memorial Park, Tumblewords Project Workshop: "To Tell the Tale" with musician and singer McKinley Cougar, 12:45PM

Fort Worth
The Dock Bookshop, Dock Speaker Series: Dr. Ali Al-Mansour speaking and signing Crytocurrency Glossary 4 Teens and Black Americans at The Crossroads, 4PM

Frisco
Blue Willow Bookshop, Lincee Ray will discuss and sign her new book, WHY I HATE GREEN BEANS, 11AM

Contemporary Arts Museum, WITS Space City Preliminary Slam: young Houston poets, spoken word artists, and emcees, ages 13-19, compete for your spot on the Meta-Four Houston youth slam team, ranked #5 in the world, 12:30PM

Half Price Books - Clear Lake, Local Author Saturdays: Meet local Indie authors and pick up their latest release!, while supplies last

Katy Budget Books, local author Preston Pierott signing Cheat Codes to High School, 2PM


Writespace, Workshop: "Speculative Fiction Critique" with Cassandra Rose Clarke, 1PM

Writespace, From the Page to the Stage Reading & Open Mic, 7:30PM
Dead Tree Books, Melissa Eatherington signing her poetry collection, Night Hag In the Flame, 2PM

Southlake
B&N - Town Square, Celestina Blok signing Lost Restaurants of Fort Worth, 1PM

Sweetwater
Argos Brewhouse & Bookseller, Open Mic Night, 7PM

Sunday, February 25:
Austin

Half Price Books Mothership, local author William Venema will sell and sign his military thriller, Death in Panama, and local author Ray Sharp will sell and sign his children's book, After All, Dogs Are Colorblind, Aren't They?, 1PM

Houston
B&N - Westheimer, poet Tarif Youssef-Agha signing his memoir, The Chronicles of the Syrian Revolution, 12PM

Brazilian Arts Foundation, O Brasil Secreto: Brazilian Art, Prose, and Poetry in Translation featuring Gabriela Maya, poetry in translation by D.A. Smith, and a Q & A with Houston-based painter Tony Paraná, 4PM

Rudyard's Pub, Public Poetry presents "The Passion Series" featuring Mark Irwin, 1PM

Irving
South Irving Library, Hope Nation book launch with Angie Thomas, Ally Carter, Julie Murphy, and Dr. Rose Brock, 3PM