Monday, March 29, 2021

Monday Roundup: Texas Literary Calendar March 28-April 4, 2021

Bookish goings-on in Texas for the week of March 28-April 4, 2021, compiled by TexasBookLover exclusively for Lone Star Literary Life.  

Special events this week include KissCon and Teen Book Con. 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, March 28, 2021

Lone Star Literary Life - March 28, 2021

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Saturday, March 27, 2021

Guest Post & Giveaway: HER EVERY MOVE

HER EVERY MOVE
By Kelly Irvin

Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Pages: 352 pages
Pub Date: February 9th, 2021
Categories: Christian / Romance / Suspense

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He’s a cop trying to stop a serial bomber. And she’ll stop at nothing to clear her own name.  
 
When a deadly bomb goes off during a climate change debate, librarian and event coordinator Jackie Santoro becomes the prime suspect. Her motive, according to Detective Avery Wick: to avenge the suicide of her prominent father, who was accused of crimes by a city councilman attending the event.  
 
Though Avery has doubts about Jackie’s guilt, he can’t exonerate her even after an extremist group takes responsibility for the bombing and continues to attack San Antonio’s treasured public spaces.  
 
As Jackie tries to hold her shattered family together, she has no choice but to proceed with plans for the Caterina Ball, the library system’s biggest annual fundraiser. But she also fears the event provides the perfect opportunity for the bomber to strike again.  

Despite their mistrust, Jackie and Avery join forces to unmask the truth—before the death toll mounts even higher.  


Bestseller Kelly Irvin is back with a nail-biting romantic suspense where nothing is certain until the very last page.  

 

PRAISE FOR HER EVERY MOVE: 

“A gripping story that will have you on the edge of your seat until ‘The End.’” —Patricia Bradley, author of The Logan Point Series, Memphis Cold Case Novels, Natchez Trace Parkway Rangers series  


“Explosive, tender, and races all the way through!” Jennifer Graeser Dornbush, author, screenwriter, and forensic specialist 




 

San Antonio joins cast of characters in Her Every Move

Guest Post by author Kelly Irvin

 

Beautiful, historic San Antonio is more than the setting of my latest romantic suspense novel, HER EVERY MOVE. It’s so integral to the story, the city becomes a character. Librarian Jackie Santoro is an adult collections coordinator (librarian) at San Antonio’s Central Library in downtown San Antonio. San Antonio is my adopted home. My husband and I moved here in 1989. A Kansas native, I’ve always been drawn to the city’s rich history and cultural diversity. Founded by Spanish missionaries in 1718, it is filled with iconic landmarks recognized by residents and visitors alike.

I worked downtown for more than twenty years before retiring to write full-time. I used to explore those landmarks on my lunch hour—the River Walk, the Alamo, Market Square, La Villita, Hemisfair Park. Toward the end of my career, the Central Library designed by Mexican Architect Ricardo Legorreta opened. In HER EVERY MOVE, I introduce readers to this iconic edifice that visitors may not recognize, but San Antonio residents will. The Central Library is a beautiful “enchilada red” building. It showcases fabulous artwork such as Fiesta Tower, a glass sculpture by famed sculptor Dale Chihuly. It’s filled with 80,257 volumes, including nonfiction, fiction, media, the Latino Collection, and Texana/Genealogy collection.

For the purposes of HER EVERY MOVE, another important aspect of Jackie’s job is event coordination. She assists with coordinating the Catrina Ball, a fund-raiser built around the Día de los Muertos celebration. This is a joyful day when families gather to honor and remember deceased loved ones. They build altars with mementos, favorite foods, photos, and other cherished items that represent their dead loved one.

At the Central Library each year they hold the Catrina Ball with food, music, dancing, and many altars honoring San Antonio historical figures. While the events that transpire during the Catrina Ball in HER EVERY MOVE are fictitious, the event is very real and is an important community fund-raiser. Having such a nuanced setting for a novel certainly helps enhance the suspenseful atmosphere in HER EVERY MOVE.

I love being able to incorporate the sights and sounds of this important day into the story, as well as aspects of the many culture that can be seen everywhere in the city. Fifty-six percent of San Antonio’s residents are of Mexican-American descent, 24 percent are White/Non-Hispanic, 6 percent are Black, and 3 percent are Asian. Thirty-four percent of San Antonians speak Spanish at home. It’s a beautifully woven tapestry that makes for a wonderful background for novels.

Rich settings add so much to a story. It becomes impossible to separate the story from the setting. I hope my readers enjoy this fast-paced race through San Antonio with Jackie and Avery. It might even make them want to visit—once the bomber is no longer a threat!

 



Bestseller Kelly Irvin is the author of 28 books, including romantic suspense and Amish romance. Publishers Weekly called Closer Than She Knows “a briskly written thriller.”  The Library Journal said of her novel Tell Her No Lies, “a complex web with enough twists and turns to keep even the most savvy romantic suspense readers guessing until the end.” The two-time ACFW Carol Award finalist worked as a newspaper reporter for six years on the Texas-Mexico border. Those experiences fuel her romantic suspense novels set in Texas. A retired public relations professional, Kelly now writes fiction full-time. She lives with her husband professional photographer Tim Irvin in San Antonio. They have two children, three grandchildren, and two ornery cats. 



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Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Excerpt & Giveaway: A WALL OF BRIGHT DEAD FEATHERS

A WALL OF BRIGHT DEAD FEATHERS
By Babette Fraser Hale


Pages: 216
Pub Date: March 1st, 2021
Categories: Short Stories / Literary Fiction

 

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Most are newcomers to the scenic, rolling countryside of central Texas whose charms they romanticize, even as the troubles they hoped to leave behind persist. Twelve stories highlight “the book’s recurring theme of desire—for freedom, for clarity, for autonomy, and for personal fulfillment…When women are alone, unencumbered and unbeholden to anyone, they engage in intense internal reflection and show reverence for nature—and during these scenes, Hale’s language is luminescent” (Kirkus Reviews). 


PRAISE FOR A WALL OF BRIGHT DEAD FEATHERS: 
“Hale shows a great respect for her characters and for the difficulty of their deceptively ordered existence, as well as for the problems they suffer because so much cannot be spoken.” -- Francine Prose, on “Silences” 

“A vivid set of tales about connection to other people and to the natural world…Hale’s lovely prose shows a keen eye for detail…”  

-- Kirkus Reviews 


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Excerpt from “WOLF MOON,” included in

A WALL OF BRIGHT DEAD FEATHERS

by Babette Fraser Hale 

She’s been waiting to see if her mother would eat with her, but Dawn’s snoring on the couch. Her dyed red hair has grown out gray at the roots, and a little drool from her open mouth pools into a dark blot on the cushion, a speech balloon for when there’s nothing left to say.

Kazie shucks the tamales onto a clean paper towel and carries them outside. Overhead, the full moon stares down with its off-center face.

Patches of rust make the table look dirty in the moonlight. Every spring Ray would paint the outdoor furniture, fertilize the lawn, do repairs. From here his workshop in the corner of the yard looks just like he left it, but inside the room humid dust congeals on the tools, paint thickens in the cans. He’d taught Kazie how to swing a hammer and use a level, but he died before he could teach her enough of what she needs to know. Not just about taking care of the place, although Dawn’s helpless that way. But about how to be in the world, how to stay alive, and why.

At the funeral, his coffin was closed, and she’d been afraid to ask exactly what was inside, what had been recovered after the explosion. She kept thinking he was out there, still, at his workbench. She could smell his sweat. And although she liked to imagine him hanging around the yard, it took months before she’d peer into a workshop window—she was too scared of what she’d see, and of what she wouldn’t.


Babette Fraser Hale’s fiction has won the Meyerson Award from Southwest Review, a creative artist award from the Cultural Arts Council of Houston, and been recognized among the “other distinguished stories” in Best American Short Stories, 2015. Her story “Drouth” is part of the New York Public Library’s digital collection. Her nonfiction has appeared in Texas Monthly, Houston City, and the Houston Chronicle. She writes a personal essay column for the Fayette County Record.  





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