Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Tour debut: VORTEX by Kimberly Packard

Genre: Women's Fiction / Psychological
Publisher: Abalos Publishing
Publication Date: January 31, 2019
Number of Pages: 308 pages


Constant spinning, round and round and round, temperatures rise and fall from stifling heat to chilling cold, emotions run high in anticipation of what will happen next… there’s a fine line between surviving a tornado and falling in love.

A close encounter with a tornado, during the final months of her doctoral studies, jogs a lost memory to the surface. Desperate to relive the vision and find answers, storm chaser Elaina Adams continually puts her safety at risk by placing herself in the path of dangerous storms.

When betrayal strikes, Elaina is forced to pair up with Robert Tucker. “Tuck” owns a storm chasing tour group and only cares about two things: chasing tornadoes and making his next buck.

Seth Maddux was climbing his way to the top as the star meteorologist for the Forecast channel, but an embarrassing outburst on camera sent his career on a downward spiral. Hoping to reignite his career with a promising field assignment, he meets Elaina and a different kind of flame sparks.

Family secrets surface and passions explode in this twister of a tale.

Vortex is a story of family, love, identity and determination set against the thrilling backdrop of Tornado Alley. 

"Set in the heart of America’s Tornado Alley, Kimberly Packard’s latest psychological fiction swirls with discovery and betrayal. VORTEX may make you question who among those closest to you are really your friends." -- Addison Brae, author of Becker Circle

"Vortex is a fast-paced story with a strong woman at its center. Readers will be in for a wild ride full of secrets, the labyrinth of memory, and the spark of romance. Definitely one to add to your reading list." -- Christine Brodersen, author of Lip Gloss, Shame and Murdered Tomatoes

"Kimberly Packard is an accomplished author who writes strong women characters. She blew me away with her Phoenix series (three books you don’t want to miss) and now in Vortex, we meet Elaina Adams, who, like all of us, struggles with her past, her career, and her family secrets. Action, and emotion-packed, this page-turner is a different kind of love story." -- 
Vanessa Foster, author of More than Everything 

Kimberly Packard is an award-winning author of edgy women’s fiction. She began visiting her spot on the shelves at libraries and bookstores at a young age, gazing between the Os and the Qs.

When she isn’t writing, she can be found running, doing a poor imitation of yoga or curled up with a book. She resides in Texas with her husband Colby, a clever cat named Oliver and a yellow lab named Charlie.

Her debut novel, Phoenix, was awarded as Best General Fiction of 2013 by the Texas Association of Authors. She is also the author of a Christmas novella, The Crazy Yates, and the sequels to Phoenix, Pardon Falls and Prospera Pass

FIRST PRIZE: Signed Copy  +  $5 Amazon gift card + Bookmark
SECOND PRIZE: Signed Copy + Bookmark
TWO WINNERS: eBook copies
FEBRUARY 19-28, 2019
(USA only)


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Monday, February 18, 2019

Monday Roundup: Texas Literary Calendar February 18-24, 2019

Bookish goings-on in Texas for the week of February 18-24, 2019: 

Special Events:
4th Annual World Languages and Literatures International Film Festival, Dallas, January 29-February 26

“Crossing Borders: Connecting the Past, Present and Future” workshop, San Antonio, February 18-22

2nd annual First Impressions Festival for Local Playwrights, Dallas, February 20-23

23rd Annual ASU Writers Conference in Honor of Elmer Kelton, San Angelo, February 21-22

Heritage Auctions: Comics & Comic Art Signature Auction, Dallas, February 21-23
33rd Annual Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Alpine, February 22-23

Southwest Book Awards Banquet, El Paso, February 23

11th annual RAW: Research, Art, Writing Conference, Richardson, February 23

3rd Annual Celebration of Diverse Literary Voices of Texas, Austin, February 23

15th annual Friends of Belton Library Book and Author Luncheon, Belton, February 23

Library Palooza: That Author Thing, San Antonio, February 23

Ongoing Exhibits:

Our People: The Life and Works of Author Angela Shelf Medearis, Austin, February 2-June 22

Worlds of W O N D E R: David Ezra Stein, Abilene, February 14-May 18

Words/Matter: Latin American Art and Language at the Blanton, Austin, February 17-May 26

Monday, February 18:

Tuesday, February 19:

Interabang Books, Story Time with WORDY BIRDY author Tammi Sauer, 10;30AM

Avant Garden, Write About Now Poetry Open Mic featuring UH CoogSlam, 7:30PM

Junior League, World Affairs Council of Greater Houston presents James Lindsay discussing and signing The Empty Throne: America's Abdication of Global Leadership, 6:30PM

Katy Budget Books, Victoria Scott signs her newest young adult thriller, We Told Six Lies, 5PM

Murder By the Book, Lisa Gardner will sign and discuss Never Tell, and Karen Rose will sign and discuss Say You're Sorry, 6:30PM

U Houston - MD Anderson Library, Poetry & Prose featuring Chinelo Okparanta & Hayan Charara, 5:30PM

UT, Dr. Thomas Guderjan discussing and signing The Value of Things: Prehistoric to Contemporary Commodities in the Maya Region, 11:30AM

Baylor U, The Texas Collection hosts Dr. T. Michael Parrish discussing and signing Doris Miller, Pearl Harbor, and the Birth of the Civil Rights Movement, 6PM

Thursday, February 21:
BookPeople, W. K. STRATTON speaking & signing The Wild Bunch in conversation with Steve Harrigan (co-sponsored by SXSW), 7PM

BookPeople, WRITERS' LEAGUE OF TEXAS presents "Writing about Mental Health" with Laura Creedle, Saundra Goldman, and Jessica Lamb-Shapiro, 7PM

BookWoman, Austin Interfaces: Reading & Open Mic featuring local writers Katelin Kelly, Zoë Fay-Stindt, and Alana Torrez (with fields magazine), 7PM

Harry Ransom Center, Mark Dery presents an illustrated lecture based on his new book, Born to Be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey, 7PM

Milwood Branch Library, Love Month Author Visit - Kat Kronenberg, 3:30PM

Wexel Art Displays, pop up art featuring original art for purchase by Turk Pipkin and Darden Smith, readings from both artists' new book, music, drinks, and framed art, 6PM


Highland Park High School, The 23rd annual Highland Park Literary Festival keynote address by international award-winning novelist and NY Times bestselling author Dr. Nnedi Okorafor, 7PM


North Richland Hills
North Richland Hills Library, Behind the Book: Lisa Gardner reading and signing Never Tell, 1PM [ticketed reception at 12PM]

Wild Magnolias, NeoSoul Poetry Slam: $200 Slam, 8PM

Haggard Library, Lisa Gardner reading and signing her new novel, Never Tell, 7PM [ticketed reception at 6PM]

San Antonio

Friday, February 22:
Austin Central Library, An Evening with Leonard Pitts, Jr., 7PM

BookPeople, JASPER FFORDE speaking & signing Early Riser, 7PM [ticketed event]

Malvern Books, I Scream Social Galentine’s Edition, 7PM

Paramount Theatre, stand-up comedian, actor, and writer Bert Kreischer presents his "Body Shots Tour", 7PM & 9:30PM

Deep Vellum Books, Pegasus Reading Series featuring Shannon Hardwick, Andrew Koch, Danielle Sellers, and Virginia Lee Wood, 7PM

Heroes Lounge, Dallas Poetry Slam: Poetic Jam Session featuring Alfreda, 8PM

Pan African Connection, For Poets Only, Writers Workshop, 7PM

Murder By the Book, Mark Greaney will sign and discuss Mission Critical, 6:30PM

Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center, KAP readings hosts poet Nikky Finney, 7:30PM

B&N, Overworld Adventure Series and Overworld Heroes Adventure Series book signing with Danica Davidson, 6PM

Crowley Theater, reading with poet and artist Sommer Browning, 6PM

Saturday, February 23:
El Paso
B&N - Sunland Park, Storytime with author Patrice Loge, 12PM

El Paso Public Library, Tumblewords Project workshop: "Magic and the Body" with Rios de la Luz, 12:45PM

Gufo di Milano, Barbed Wire Open Mic Series, 7PM

Fort Worth
The Dock Bookshop, Black History Celebration: African American Read-In, 12PM

San Antonio
Dead Tree Books, June Chapko signing The Estate Sale, 2PM
Grace United Methodist Church, An Evening of Chamber Music and Spoken Word, 6PM

Writespace, Workshop: "Writing About Your Life: An Introduction to the Personal Essay" with Mark Dostert, 3PM

The Drawing Board, Writing Workshops Dallas seminar: "Self-Publishing Class" with Shayla Raquel, 3PM
San Antonio

Thursday, February 14, 2019

New Texas Literary Hall of Fame members announced

The Friends of the Fort Worth Public Library Texas Literary Hall of Fame will celebrate Texas' literary heritage at a gala event Friday, March 15, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden Conservatory.

Authors to be inducted into the 8th Biennial Texas Literary Hall of Fame includeSusan Wittig Albert, Glenn Dromgoole, Gerald Duff, John Erickson, Jan Reid, and Red Steagall.

Tickets for the event are $40.00 per person, and the evening features remarks by the author honorees, book sales, wine, and hors d'oeuvres. Tickets may be purchased by visiting the Friends web site at friendsfortworthlibrary.org, by calling (817) 346 -2255, or by e-mailing your request with contact information to friendsbooks@att.net.

Founded in 2004, by the Friends of the Fort Worth Public Library, the Texas Literary Hall of Fame honors authors whose work significantly contributes to Texas' literary heritage; is original; was first published in this country; and has been previously recognized for its literary significance.

Plaques with the author's names are on the west wing wall of the Fort Worth Central Library under the mural "Texas Tales" by artist Marjory Buckley. The Friends web site lists all previous honorees and features a picture of the mural. The Fort Worth Botanic Garden Conservatory is located at 3200 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth, TX. Attire: Business Casual. Parking is free and handicap accessible.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Monday Roundup: Texas Literary Calendar February 11-17, 2019

Bookish goings-on in Texas for the week of February 11-17, 2019: 

Special Events:
4th Annual World Languages and Literatures International Film Festival, Dallas, January 29-February 26

ConDFW XVIII, Fort Worth, February 15-17

Richardson Storytelling Festival 2019, February 16

San Antonio Pop Con, February 16

Teen Bookfest by the Bay, Corpus Christi, February 16

Ongoing Exhibits:

Our People: The Life and Works of Author Angela Shelf Medearis, Austin, February 2-June 22

Worlds of W O N D E R: David Ezra Stein, Abilene, February 14-May 18

Words/Matter: Latin American Art and Language at the Blanton, Austin, February 17-May 26

Monday, February 11:
Chez Zee American Bistro, Author Series: Joy Selak book launch for Cee Gee's Gift, 6PM

Chicon Street Poets, Living Room Lit and Spoken Word Open Mic, 7:15PM

Home Slice Pizza, Austin Bat Cave Story Department presents "No Me Queda Más," 7:30PM

Spiderhouse Ballroom, Austin Poetry Slam featuring IWPS Champ Mike Ting, 7:15PM

Cedar Hill
Zula Bryant Wylie Library, Dallas Area Writers Group meeting: "Show, Don't Tell" with Erin Lee Golden, 7PM


Fort Worth
The Dock Bookshop, Poetry and Open Mic, 8PM

The Mix, PuroSlam featuring DJ Donnie Dee, 9:30PM

The Twig Book Shop, Charlotte Sullivan Wild reading and signing THE AMAZING IDEA OF YOU, 5PM

Wednesday, February 13:
Avant Garden, Write About Now Poetry: Petty Weight Championship Slam featuring Individual World Poetry Slam Champion Michael Ting, 7:30PM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Chris Cander will discuss and sign her new novel THE WEIGHT OF A PIANO, 7PM

Brazos Bookstore, Roja Chamankar reading from and signing her poetry collection DYING IN A MOTHER TONGUE, 7PM

San Antonio
St. Philip's College, Lila Cockrell discussing and signing Love Deeper Than a River, 4PM

The Twig Book Shop, Brad Taylor discussing and signing Intentional Success: The Power of Entrepreneurship-How to Build an Extraordinary Small Business, 5PM

South Padre Island
Paragraphs on Padre, Meet the Author Series: Book signing, discussion and reception with Lynn McLaughlin, author of Child of the System: Life as Adult Lynn, 1PM

Thursday, February 14:

Independence High School, Angie Thomas, author of the best-selling The Hate U Give, discussing and signing her new novel, On the Come Up (in conversation with Rose Brock, editor of the anthology Hope Nation), 6:30PM [ticketed event]


Friday, February 15:

Heroes Lounge, Dallas Poetry Slam: Everything Is Love Slam, 7:30PM

El Paso
Fahrenheit 180, Barbed Wire Series Open Mic Night, 8PM

Lawndale Art Center, Gulf Coast Reading Series featuring Analicia Sotelo, Grace Wagner, Stalina Villareal, and Laura Biagi, 7PM

Murder By the Book, 2019 Irregulars Open House: champagne, snacks, and upcoming books recommendations, 5PM

Icehouse Theater, LHUCA Literary Reading Series presents poet Diana Khoi Nguyen, 7PM

Crowley Theater, Joe Nick Patoski discussing and signing Austin to ATX: The Hippies, Pickers, Slackers, and Geeks Who Transformed the Capital of Texas, 6PM

San Antonio
The Twig Book Shop, David Ravelo reading and signing There Love Lies, 5PM

Saturday, February 16:

BakerRipley Leonel Castillo Community Center, Space City Slam Preliminary #3: Compete for your chance to join the internationally-renowned Meta-Four Houston youth slam team, 10AM

Blue Willow Bookshop, Crystal Duffy will discuss and sign her book TWIN TO TWIN, 11AM

Bohemeo's, Joseph Machado launches Soup With the Moon: Unrelenting Poetry (benefiting Iconoclast Artists), 2PM

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

Isles Eatery and Rhum Bar, Soular Nights, a Night of Romance hosted by Poet Goddess Fe and Travis M, 7PM
Martini Blu Jazz Cafe, Zen Ase Poetry presents "Laughz & Lyrics: Brillianz," 7PM

Murder By the Book, Laura Benedict will sign and discuss The Stranger Inside, 4:30PM

Writespace, Workshop: "How to Write Amazing Dialogue" with Joshua Dewain Foster, 1PM

B&N - Legacy West, Patrick Kilpatrick signing Dying for a Living: Sins & Confessions of a Hollywood Villain & Libertine Patriot, 7PM
Blanton Museum of Art, "Words/Matter: Latin American Art & Language" opening day, 1PM

Lions Municipal Golf Course, FORE the Kids: A Golf Benefit for Austin Bat Cave, 11AM

Malvern Books, award-winning author Michael Blumlein reading and signing All I Ever Dreamed,  1PM