Monday, December 21, 2020

Review: THE RESURRECTION OF FULGENCIO RAMIREZ

I reviewed The Resurrection of Fulgencio Ramirez  (Blackstone Publishing) by Rudy Ruiz for Lone Star Literary Life! 

Ruiz’s first novel is full of life, a brew of contemporary and historical fiction, a coming-of-age tale, adventurous, mysterious, and romantic, laced with social commentary, both spiced and sweetened by the grand Latinx tradition of magical realism.

Click here to read the entire review at Lone Star Literary Life! 

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Cover Reveal & Pre-Order Book Blitz: RIVER, SING OUT by James Wade

   

RIVER, SING OUT
BY
JAMES WADE
 
Categories: Contemporary / Literary Fiction
Rural Fiction / Crime Fiction / Coming-of-Age
Date of Publication: June 8, 2021
Number of Pages: 315
 


“And through these ages untold, the river did act as the lifeblood of all those things alongside it.”

Jonah Hargrove is celebrating his thirteenth birthday by avoiding his abusive father, when a girl named River stumbles into his yard, injured and alone. The teenager has stolen thousands of dollars’ worth of meth from her murderous, drug-dealing boyfriend, but lost it somewhere in the Neches River bottoms during her escape. Jonah agrees to help her find and sell the drugs so she can flee East Texas.

Chasing after them is John Curtis, a local drug kingpin and dog fighter, as well as River’s boyfriend, the dangerous Dakota Cade.

Each person is keeping secrets from the others—deadly secrets that will be exposed in violent fashion as all are forced to come to terms with their choices, their circumstances, and their own definition of God.

With a colorful cast of supporting characters and an unflinching violence juxtaposed against lyrical prose, River, Sing Out dives deep into the sinister world of the East Texas river bottoms, where oppressive poverty is pitted against the need to believe in something greater than the self.

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James Wade lives and writes in Austin, Texas, with his wife, Jordan. He has had twenty short stories published in various literary magazines and journals. He is the winner of the Writers’ League of Texas Manuscript Contest and a finalist of the Tethered by Letters Short Fiction Contest. All Things Left Wild is his debut novel.
 
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Monday, December 14, 2020

Monday Roundup: Texas Literary Calendar - Dec 13-20, 2020

   

 

Bookish goings-on in Texas for the week of December 13-20, 2020, compiled by TexasBookLover exclusively for Lone Star Literary Life. 

Special events this week include the 4th annual Teachers Write! with the Harris County Department of Education and WITS and an auction of rare children's literature. Most events are still online via Facebook Live, Instagram Live, Zoom, and other venues. 

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, December 13, 2020

Lone Star Literary Life - Dec 13, 2020

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Thursday, December 10, 2020

Review: ALL GOD'S CHILDREN

I reviewed All God's Children (Europa Editions) by Aaron Gwyn for Lone Star Literary Life! 

Gwyn offers us an entertaining tale of misfits finding each other that is also an inspiring, hopeful exploration of an alternate vision of violence and masculinity.

Click here to read the entire review at Lone Star Literary Life! 

Monday, December 7, 2020

Monday Roundup: Texas Literary Calendar Dec 6-13, 2020

   

 

Bookish goings-on in Texas for the week of December 6-13, 2020, compiled by TexasBookLover exclusively for Lone Star Literary Life. 

Special events this week include a Polar Express parade and a Houston local author showcase. Most events are still online via Facebook Live, Instagram Live, Zoom, and other venues. 

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, December 3, 2020

Review: NIGHTS WHEN NOTHING HAPPENED

I reviewed Nights When Nothing Happened (Riverhead Books) by Simon Han for Lone Star Literary Life! 

This is a first-rate first novel. It is a sometimes comedic, sometimes harrowing, always thoughtful exploration of displacement, home, family, the contradictions of our modern world, and the possible mistakes we make in arming our children against invasive, infectious fear.

Click here to read the entire review at Lone Star Literary Life!