Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Review: BARN 8

Does resistance of any scale matter? How do you fight “the existential power of size”? Sometimes all you can do is “lessen the lessening,” but that counts—a necessary something.




I reviewed Barn 8 (Graywolf Press) by Austin's Deb Olin Unferth for Lone Star Literary LifeBarn 8 is metaphysics grounded in dirt, generous and large hearted, economical yet evocative phrases, and long, breathless sentences of pure urgency.

Monday, February 24, 2020

Monday Roundup: Texas Literary Calendar Feb. 24-March 1, 2020

Bookish goings-on in Texas for the week of February 24-March 1, 2020, compiled exclusively for Lone Star Literary Life by Texas Book Lover.  

Special events this week include the Festival of International Books and Arts (FESTIBA) in Brownsville, the 5th annual People's Poetry Festival in Corpus Christi, the 124th annual meeting of the Texas State Historical Association in Austin, and Library Palooza and Pop Con in San Antonio.

For a complete calendar of bookish events in Texas this week, including special events, daily listings, and exhibits, visit the GO! Calendar at Lone Star Lit

Monday, February 17, 2020

Monday Roundup: Texas Literary Calendar Feb. 17-23, 2020

Bookish goings-on in Texas for the week of February 17-23, 2020, compiled exclusively for Lone Star Literary Life by Texas Book Lover. 

Special events this week include the Highland Park Literary Festival in Dallas, the 2020 Southern Plains Conference in Canyon, Poetry Out Loud State Finals Competition and the Complete Picture Book Intensive: A River of Words in Austin, the Lone Star Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Alpine,  VersoFrontera in La Feria, the South Texas Literacy Symposium and the Festival of International Books and Arts (FESTIBA) in Brownsville, and the Border Regional Library Association Annual Awards Banquet in Sunland Park, New Mexico. 

For a complete calendar of bookish events in Texas this week, including special events, daily listings, and exhibits, visit the GO! Calendar at Lone Star Lit

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Review: WE, THE WILDFLOWERS

“With her hot-pink hair, light dusting of freckles, and luminous green eyes, [Genny] looks like a very pissed-off version of Strawberry Shortcake …”




I reviewed We, the Wildflowers (Spencer Hill Press) by Texas's L. B. Simmons for Lone Star Literary LifeWe, the Wildflowers is a harrowing story of damaged youth and gut-wrenching violence, redeemed by empowerment, the benediction of forgiveness (of others and ourselves), discovery of commonalities, and celebration of differences. The Wildflowers are more than the sum or their parts, stronger together.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Monday Roundup: Texas Literary Calendar Feb 10-16, 2020

Bookish goings-on in Texas for the week of February 10-16, 2020, compiled exclusively for Lone Star Literary Life by Texas Book Lover. 

Special events this week include the Sin Muros Latinx Theatre Festival in Houston and the Central Texas Teen & Kids Comic Con in Round Rock. For a complete calendar of bookish events in Texas this week, including special events, daily listings, and exhibits, visit the GO! Calendar at Lone Star Lit

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Giveaway: COLLISION OF LIES by Tom Threadgill


COLLISION OF LIES
(Detective Amara Alvarez, Book One)
by
TOM THREADGILL
  
Genre: Contemporary Christian Suspense
Publisher: Revell
Date of Publication: February 4, 2020
Number of Pages: 400

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Three years ago, a collision between a fast-moving freight train and a school bus full of kids led to devastation and grief on an unimaginable scale. But a fresh clue leads San Antonio police detective Amara Alvarez to the unlikely conclusion that one of the children may still be alive. If she's correct, everything law enforcement believes about the accident is a lie.

With time running out, Amara must convince others--and herself--that despite all evidence to the contrary, the boy lives. And she will do everything in her power to bring him home.

A fresh voice in suspense, Tom Threadgill will have you questioning everything as you fly through the pages of this enthralling story.
PRAISE FOR COLLISION OF LIES:
"Threadgill plunges a detective from the San Antonio Property Crimes Division into a deep-laid plot involving murder, kidnapping, and myriad other crimes above her pay grade."
-- Kirkus Review

"I have a new favorite author. Tom Threadgill kept me reading for hours. I didn't want to put this book down . . . couldn't put it down. I absolutely adore Amara Alvarez and her relationships with her coworkers, friends, and her iguana! Now I want one. She was a heroine who made me laugh and one I could really relate to. I can think of a few words to describe this book: amazing, incredible, intriguing, mesmerizing, unputdownable. . . I could go on, but I need to stop so I can go buy up the entire backlist of my new favorite author."  
-- Lynette Eason, award-winning, bestselling author of the Blue Justice Series
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Tom Threadgill is a full-time author and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). He is currently on the suspense/thriller publishing board for LPC Books, a division of Iron Stream Media. He lives with his wife in rural Tennessee.



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Monday, February 3, 2020

Monday Roundup: Texas Literary Calendar Feb. 3-9, 2020

Bookish goings-on in Texas for the week of February 3-9, 2020, compiled exclusively for Lone Star Literary Life by Texas Book Lover. 

Special events this week include the first San Antonio African American Book Festival, third annual Texas Literature and Language Symposium, romance authors in Pflugerville, and anarchists in Austin. For a complete calendar of bookish events in Texas this week, including special events, daily listings, and exhibits, visit the GO! Calendar at Lone Star Lit