Thursday, April 30, 2020

Blog Tour & Giveaway: A FIRM PLACE TO STAND

A FIRM PLACE TO STAND
by
LORI ALTEBAUMER
Genre: Christian / Romantic Suspense
Independently published
Date of Publication: January 25, 2020
Number of Pages: 321


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She’s either being stalked or losing her mind.

A job at a camp in the rustic and often rugged landscape of West Texas offers Maribel Montgomery a chance to escape both, especially if she makes sure no one knows she’s there. But when the body of a woman washes up in the river on her first morning, her hopes of a safe place to start over are swept away.

The suspicion that she’s being watched follows her to her new home, and Maribel is forced to take a stand or keep running. Does she have the courage to face the danger stirring at the Pool of Siloam Camp? If she doesn’t, another girl might die. If she tries and fails, it could be her.

Circumstances force her into the acquaintance of Conner Pierce—a man with secrets of his own. Can Maribel risk working with him in order to save the next victim and find a missing girl? Or is he the killer?



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A life-long Texan, Lori lives in a small community not far from the rugged West Texas landscape she loves to write about. The mother of now-grown twins, she has learned that the secret to survival is a well-developed sense of humor and an active prayer life. After years spent working in the insurance business, Lori now uses her time to educate, inspire, encourage, and entertain through the written word.







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APRIL 30-MAY 10, 2020
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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Review: Things You Would Know If You Grew Up Around Here

"If fiction can help us learn to live new realities, then this is a good place to begin."

I reviewed Things You Would Know If You Grew Up Around Here: A Novel (Bloomsbury) by Texas native Nancy Wayson Dinan, former editor of Texas Tech University literary journal Iron Horse, for Lone Star Literary Life!

"Taking as inspiration what will become known as the historic Central Texas Memorial Day Flood of 2015, Dinan, among visitations animal, vegetable, mineral, and ghost, concocts a bittersweet brew of magical realism and environmental elegy."

Please follow this link to read the entire review at Lone Star Lit.

Monday, April 27, 2020

Monday Roundup: Texas Literary Calendar April 26-May 3, 2020

Bookish goings-on[line] in Texas for the week of April 26-May 3, 2020, compiled exclusively for Lone Star Literary Life by Texas Book Lover.  

Special events include Lone Star Día/Children’s Book Day, Everywhere Book Fest, and SCBWI-Austin's 2020 working conference for writers and illustrators. All events are online via Facebook Live, Instagram Live, Zoom, and other avenues. 

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

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Lone Star Literary Life April 26, 2020

This Sunday morning and every Sunday morning, the new edition of Lone Star Literary Life is hot off the pixels! 

Follow the link for the latest Texas bookish news, reviews, interviews, and goings-on, then subscribe to the newsletter--it's free!

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Playlist & Giveaway: FOR SPACIOUS SKIES

FOR SPACIOUS SKIES
KATHARINE LEE BATES AND THE INSPIRATION FOR "AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL"
by
Nancy Churnin
illustrated by Olga Baumert

Picture Book Biography / Women's Suffrage / Woman Poet
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company
Date of Publication: April 1, 2020
Number of Pages: 32

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As a little girl growing up during the Civil War, Katharine Lee Bates grew up to become a poet, professor, and social activist. She not only wrote “America the Beautiful" but gave this anthem to America as a gift. A member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and a suffragist who stood up for a woman’s right to vote and lived to cast her ballot in presidential elections, Katharine believed in the power of words to make a difference. In "America the Beautiful," her vision of the nation as a great family, united from sea to shining sea, continues to uplift and inspire us all.




PRAISE for For Spacious Skies: 
“Churnin tells that story in a spare and lively text beautifully complemented by double-page spreads highlighting Baumert’s gorgeous panoramic illustrations . . . A handsome volume befitting its subject.”—Kirkus Reviews

"The story ends on a high note in 1920, with Bates casting her ballot after the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, which granted voting rights to women . . . The richly colored, nicely composed artwork will help children visualize the period setting while enjoying the portrayals of Bates and beautiful landscapes. A picture-book biography of a notable American.”—Booklist

“Nancy Churnin has written a delightful book that helps children understand the many dimensions of my great-aunt Katharine Lee Bates. This book does an excellent job conveying her ardent passion for equal rights and for her country. She was a poet, a professor, and a world traveler, but she was first and foremost a citizen who loved America, in all its beauty and diversity.”—Katharine Lee Holland

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“America the Beautiful”

Performed by Ray Charles, a month after 9/11, at the 2001 World Series:

Performed by Beyoncé at President Obama’s inaugural ceremony in 2008:  

Performed by James Taylor at President Obama’s second inauguration in 2012:  

Performed by Willie Nelson on July 4, 2013: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tl0SIC3chbc

Performed by Judy Garland in 1964: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AaPkkOYg4cQ

Performed by Leslie Odom Jr. at the Super Bowl NFL Pre-Game February 4, 2018:  
Performed by Garth Brooks at the Points of Light Tribute event on March 21, 2011, in Washington, DC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsVeauXNp1Y

Performed by Leontyne Price with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in 2018: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jovQPbJXTEU

In sign language, step by step: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PvuI7i36-pE

Performed by Norah Jones at the Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony for astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and John Glenn: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGNRg4_fEiA



Nancy Churnin is the award-winning author of eight picture book biographies with a ninth due in 2021. 

Beautiful Shades of Brown, The Art of Laura Wheeler Waring is A Mighty Girl pick that will be featured at the 2020 Ruby Bridges Reading Festival at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee in May. The William Hoy Story, a Texas 2X2 pick, has been on multiple state reading lists. Manjhi Moves a Mountain is the winner of the 2018 South Asia Book Award and a Junior Library Guild selection. Martin & Anne, the Kindred Spirits of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Anne Frank is on the 2020 Notable Book for a Global Society list from the International Literacy Association. Irving Berlin, the Immigrant Boy Who Made America Sing is a 2019 Sydney Taylor and National Council for the Social Studies Notable. 

Nancy graduated cum laude from Harvard, has a master's from Columbia, and lives in Plano, Texas, with her husband, Dallas Morning News arts writer Michael Granberry, their dog named Dog, and two cantankerous cats. 


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April 16-26, 2020
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Monday, April 20, 2020

Monday Roundup: Texas Literary Calendar April 20-26, 2020

Bookish goings-on[line] in Texas for the week of April 20-26, 2020, compiled exclusively for Lone Star Literary Life by Texas Book Lover.  

Special events include the Texas Library Association's annual conference, Valley International Poetry Festival, and an auction of illustration art in Dallas. All events are online via Facebook Live, Instagram Live, Zoom, and other avenues. 

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