Review: AIN’T NOBODY NOBODY by Heather Harper Ellett {giveaway}

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Genre: Murder Mystery / Southern Noir / Dark Humor
Publisher: Polis Books
Date of Publication: September 24, 2019
Number of Pages: 336
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Named a Best Debut of Fall/Winter 2019 by Library Journal, Ain’t Nobody Nobody is the story of a disgraced East Texas sheriff, his dead best friend’s surly teenage daughter, and a naive ranch hand who find unlikely redemption in a murdered hog hunter on a fence. 
Part Breaking Bad and part Faulkner, this tragi-comic mystery is perfect for readers who enjoy dark humor (think Fargo) and like their crime fiction with a literary flare. 
A Best Mystery of 2019 by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Twisty. Witty. Darkly Humorous.

This debut from Texas native, Heather Harper Ellett, sets itself apart from other Southern Noir with its deeply developed characters and authentic setting.  Ellett has created a vivid story chock full of the scenery and problems of the everyday lives of folks living in rural East Texas. Throw in a dead body, and we’ve got ourselves a twisted tale of “Whodunnit?”.
Ellett’s writing is incredible.  She is skilled at bringing her characters to life on the page, and they drive the story.  The setting evokes a true feeling of living in the small, turbulent town where Dr. Pepper is still king, and feral hogs nearly outnumber the residents.
I highly recommend this book to fans of other Southern Noir greats, such as McCarthy and Burke.




Born and raised in East Texas, Heather Harper Ellett is a graduate of SMU and a therapist in private practice. She lives in Dallas with her husband and son.





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Bloggers’ Choice Awards: Best Hook and Most Creative Concept

 The Lone Star Book Blog Tours team has voted, and the results are in!  From Best Fiction to Most Engaged Author, we have seventeen awards to hand out to the awesome Texas books and authors featured on Lone Star Book Blog Tours in 2017.
 From February 15-23, 2018, please join us as we hop around the LSBBT blogs and share the winners, runners-up, and shortlisted titles. Don’t miss it!

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2/14: Awards Announcement

2/15: Best Hook & Best Creative Concept

2/16: Best Non-Fiction History, Best Biography/Memoir, & Best Western

2/17: Best Children’s/Juvenile/YA & Best Series

2/18: Best Literary Fiction & Best Religious/Inspirational/Spiritual

2/19: Best Mystery/Suspense, Best Romance, & Best Fantasy

2/20: Best Cover & Most Engaged Author

2/21: Best Texas Book

2/22: Best Non-Fiction Book

2/23: Best Fiction Book


Interview: Jackie Ladbury, author of THE MAGIC OF STARS

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by Jackie Ladbury

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Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher – Fabrian Books
Standalone Novel


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Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre?

It sounds a bit pretentious, but I think the genre chose me. Every single time I wrote a short ditty, a poem, a screenplay (I was rubbish at it and soon gave it up) or a novel, I couldn’t get going until I had a gorgeous hero and a troubled heroine to put some meat on the bones. I gave up trying to write any other genre apart from romance and think that even though I have written historical and contemporary novels, they will always have a happy ever after for the feel-good factor at the end.

Where did your love of books/storytelling/reading/writing/etc. come from?

I’ve no idea although my dad was an English teacher (retired now) so maybe a love of reading and writing came from him. I remember writing lots of angsty poems as a teenager and trying to write a novel in my twenties before realizing I had no clue how to go about it and soon gave up.

What do you think most characterizes your writing?

Soul searching romance but with a sweet overtone – not too heavy.

Who are some of your favorite authors that you feel were influential in your work?

I remember reading The Other Side of Midnight by Sidney Sheldon in my lunch breaks when I worked as a Saturday girl in Martin’s newsagent. I used to sneak a copy off the shelves and take it upstairs to read, before bringing it back down after lunch and memorizing the page I’d reached. (heaven forbid I’d actually buy a copy!) It amazed me that a novel could be so gripping and thrilling and horrifying (the end is too sad!) It was the first grown up novel I’d ever read. Up until then I’d been purely a girly magazine kind of gal. Sometimes I read a book and a turn of phrase is so wonderful I write it down in my ‘stickie’ notes on my laptop, but I have to make a note that it’s not my beautiful turn of phrase, in case I think I can use it in a novel. In the early days of Choc Lit I used to read every single book they bought out as they were my publisher of choice. I still love Jane Lovering’s books and a more recent addition to Choc Lit, Victoria Cornwall’s historicals.

What did you find most useful in learning to write? What was least useful or most destructive?

I seriously believe that there isn’t much point in reading endless ‘how to’ books – just get writing and then get a beta reader or pay a professional to edit your story as otherwise you just repeat the same mistakes. A good editor will highlight rookie mistakes and clunky sentences that you don’t notice along with the repetitive ‘ticks’ that most writers pepper their story with, unknowingly. I wish I’d paid for an editorial sooner rather than later. Get a good editor though, through recommendations and one who edits the genre you write in. For me the most destructive thing I did was to try and follow the market and write in a way that I thought would sell, rather than find my own voice. It’s been a long journey to be honest – I’ve had some great advice along the way and some pretty crap advice.

What do you like to read in your free time?

My reading tastes have changed with my age, but I don’t imagine that’s a rarity. I don’t really read the “shopping and sex” kind of chick- lit as I find them rather trite, although I am aware that people consider my novels to be chick-lit. I tend to read feel-good novels or suspense novels that are not too gory. I don’t want novels to depress me!

What projects are you working on at the present?

I wrote a historical romance/saga, set in The Potteries (The Midlands) a few years ago called The Potter’s Daughter and have finally had it edited and it’s ready to go sometime this year, so that’s a minor project. I started a Christmas novel last summer and unfortunately had to abandon it at 43,000 words as other commitments popped up, so I intend to get that one ready by Christmas 2018. It’s about a broken chef (mentally and financially) and a slightly nutty wannabe actress and is set in St Albans in Hertfordshire and London. Hopefully humour and love will bring them together!  

What do your plans for future projects include?

Writing a sequel to The Potter’s Daughter and another Blue Skies airline book set in Africa and Russia – another novel I started and had to put on the back-burner. I’m sifting through most of my old projects and can usually find something that is re-workable in them.


Say there’s like a whole box of your favorite snack in a room all by themselves. Say I left them there and told you not to eat any until I got back. How long would it take you to disobey my wishes?

If it was wrapped chocolates I would probably unwrap them very carefully eat the chocolate and rewrap the wrapper to look as if they were still full of chocolate – and you would never know I’d tricked you until you went to eat them yourself. Trust me on this one, I am an expert at it!

If I gave you a pencil and piece of paper and told you to draw something funny, what would you draw?

A Mickey mouse car and a very wonky seahorse. It was the only thing my mother ever drew for me and I seem to acquired her total lack of talent in the drawing department as that’s about all I can draw too.

How many times does it take for you to listen to a song that you love before you actually hate it instead?

I have every single One Direction song on my iPod courtesy of my daughter and I must have listened to them for about three years in total in the car. Surprisingly I grew to like most of them (I even went to one of their concerts with my daughter) Most of the songs I still like, but sometimes my fingers just itch to fast-forward them. I love the idea of Christmas songs but most of them annoy me because the same ones are churned out year after year.

Finally, and this one is important, so please pay attention What do you think cats dream about?

My two cats live the dream! They get fed whenever they mew- even the tiniest of mews will produce something from me, they sit on my duvet all day, even though they know they are not allowed and they get petted all evening when they sneak on to my lap. I’d like to live a life like that.

This or That?

Dogs or Cats?

Cats although I am allergic to them. Pushkins our ‘big cat’ just turned up in our garden one day and refused to leave.

Tea or Coffee?

I can drink gallons of tea but one strong coffee can give me the shakes and a serious coffee headache.

Winter or Summer?

Hmm, love winter for sprawling on the sofa at 4.30 because it’s dark and I feel that I can cozy up, but I love summer for the feel-good factor and wearing less clothes.

Vintage or New?

New. I hate anything dusty or chipped or worn. Think it’s because my husband has a kitchen company and the slightest of blemishes on one of their kitchen’s will be picked up and the paintbrush or sander will be wielded until it’s perfect again.

Fried or Scrambled?

Scrambled with smoked salmon strips or crispy bacon, please!

Roller Coaster or Ferris Wheel?

I once cried on the children’s Ferris wheel while sitting on Dumbo cos he flapped his ears and I wasn’t expecting it. (I was quite young at the time) but as an adult the Roller Coaster would terrify me. I once had a bit of an ‘incident’ on an aircraft and have since totally lost my bottle. What a wuss!


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Jackie Ladbury was desperate to become a journalist when she left school but was ousted within minutes on the day of the exam at her local rag because she’d forgotten to bring a pen.

Short and sharp lesson learned.

Her budding writing career was not on hold for long, though, as Jackie found herself scribbling love stories of pilots and ‘hosties’ while she flew in aeroplanes of various shapes and sizes as a flight attendant herself.

Fast forward a good few years and, after being short-listed in a couple of prestigious romantic writing competitions, Jackie decided it was time to discard her stilettos, say goodbye to the skies and concentrate on writing romantic novels, where the only given is a guaranteed ‘happy ever after.’

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The Magic of Stars

Sapphire Montrose always felt like a loser in the struggle of life, but when she becomes the airline manager of a run-down airline she starts to believe she is a winner – until she unwittingly propositions her new boss and all her hard work is undone.

In a moment of recklessness air stewardess, Sapphire Montrose throws caution and her dress to the wind by propositioning a handsome stranger in a hotel in Florence, only to find herself waking up alone and embarrassed in her hotel room.

Unfortunately for Sapphire, it turns out that her new boss, Marco Cavarelli, is the man she failed to seduce and she is now fighting for her job and her self-respect when he tells her there is no place in his revamped airline for an alcoholic woman with lascivious tendencies. To make matters worse she is increasingly attracted to him and he seems to be giving out the same vibes. Or is he simply testing her? One wrong move could be the end of her career. But what if he really is offering love – and is he worth the risk?

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Interview: Kena Sosa talks about THE UNHUGGABLES




The Unhuggables
Written by Kena Sosa and Illustrated by Alexis Braud

Oliver is upset—very upset—and nothing his mother says makes him feel better. When she tries to give him a comforting hug, he rolls up into a tight ball like an armadillo and won’t let his mother near. She tries to coax him out of his huddle but then his claws come out. Oliver pretends to be one ferocious animal after another—none of them very good at giving hugs. But it is hard work saying no to a mother’s love. Through creativity, patience, and affection (as well as a healthy dose of humor), Oliver’s mother finds a way to get through his imaginative defenses and give him the best hug ever.

Author Kena Sosa captures the delicate dance between mother and child in this fun story about love and the power of hugs. The charming and humorous illustrations of Alexis Braud bring to life the imagination of a child and touchingly depict how hugs can soothe even the most savage beast.



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School librarian by day and writer by night, Kena Sosa adores words. She also loves playing the drums. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Our Lady of the Lake University and her master’s degree in bilingual education from Southern Methodist University. Her first children’s book, Rey Antonio and Rey Feo, was born of the celebration of her childhood in San Antonio. Her second book, Kindertransport: A Child’s Journey, is about the escape of children on the Kindertransport train just before the outbreak of World War II. Kena Sosa has lived in Japan and Mexico, but sharing stories with her two sons and other eager readers has been her favorite adventure yet!

Find out more about her online here:


Once upon a time, on a bayou far, far away from everything, a girl named Alexis grew up with books and drawing pads. She embarked on great adventures and traveled far and wide to learn all she could learn. She returned to draw the land she came from and tell the stories of her home. A Cajun native, rambler, and eccentric, Alexis Braud celebrates the stories, creatures, and people of Louisiana in her work. She is a proud graduate of Nicholls State University in Thibodaux and lives along Bayou Lafourche with her family. Lots of family.

This is Alexis third book. She also illustrated Cajun ABC for River Road Press, out Fall 2017. Find Alexis online at

River Road Press, New Orleans
River Road Press LLC was founded in 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana with a focus on children’s books, history, Southern culture and food. River Road Press is a boutique publisher, committed to publishing the highest quality books, and encourages collaboration and artistic partnership with its authors, illustrators, photographers, and artists.

River Road Press titles include:

Rio Grande Valley ABC, The Little Float That Could, USS Alabama: Hooray for the
Mighty A!, Ten Gators in the Bed, Bugs on the Rug, Gumbo Ya Ya, Strange True Stories of Louisiana, Fred the New Orleans Drummer Boy, and Simon of New Orleans. Fall 2017 titles include The Unhuggables, The Incomparable Magazine Street, Cajun ABC, A Tree in the Sea, Southern with a Gulf Coast Accent, Goodnight to da Parish and Three Little Shrimp.

For photos, images, review copies, interview requests, author appearances, or more information about The Unhuggables, River Road Press, or its other titles, call (504) 722-8139, email or visit River Road Press at


Review: UNDERSTANDING CEMETERY SYMBOLS by Tui Snider {giveaway}

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A Field Guide for Historic Graveyards

(Messages from the Dead)



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  Genre: History / Landmarks & Monuments / Iconography

Publisher: Castle Azle Press

Date of Publication: August 19, 2017

Number of Pages: 250

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Understanding Cemetery Symbols by Tui Snider helps history buffs, genealogists, ghost hunters, and other curiosity seekers decode the forgotten meanings of the symbols our ancestors placed on their headstones. By understanding the meaning behind the architecture, acronyms, & symbols found in America’s burial grounds, readers will gain a deeper appreciation for these “messages from the dead.”


Praise for Understanding Cemetery Symbols:

“When I ordered this book I thought it would be good for information concerning cemetery symbolism. I was wrong. It is GREAT!!!! This has already become my go to guide for all types of cemetery information. By far the best book I have come across!”  – Amazon verified purchase, wearylibrarian

“Wow! What a great book! I got bit by the bug doing genealogy research. I always wondered what the symbols meant and could not find a reliable resource for the info. With Ms. Snider’s book along with the symbiology and great pictures, also a creative process of Tui’s, are plenty of interesting tidbits! Useful and entertaining! The book is small enough to keep in the glove box or your handbag or backpack!!” – Amazon verified purchase, Rev. Joy Daley

“I always enjoyed walking through a cemetery and looking at the stones. Now it will give it a much deeper meaning. I really enjoyed reading this book!”  – Amazon verified purchase, Deborah D.

“Perfect book to get an idea for symbols and meaning. Only glanced through it and already picked up a few facts! Welcome addition to our growing library…” – Amazon verified purchase, Toripotterfan


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UNDERSTANDING CEMETERY SYMBOLS is THE most essential field guide for field genealogy research and cemetery hounds.

Sometimes you happen upon something that you didn’t know you needed, until you have it.  And then you can’t imagine why or how you ever managed without it.


I began my genealogy and family history research sixteen years ago when I was pregnant with my first child.  Some of my most treasured artifacts from my research are the narratives that I have discovered or pieced together about an ancestor (who they were, and what was important to them).  This book gives me an exciting new tool to add information to those narratives, and I am SO excited to get to use the information to create a clearer picture of who my ancestors were, simply by checking out their gravestones.

UNDERSTANDING CEMETERY SYMBOLS is a comprehensive guide to the hidden or long-forgotten meanings behind the symbols and architecture of not only headstones but the cemeteries, as well.  The guide is filled with pictures and explanations of everything and includes a TON of narratives and examples (thrilling the history addict in me).  Everyone from the curious history buff to the avid genealogist, and including the ghost hunter types will find the content in this volume useful in translating the “message” that each headstone is trying to tell us.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!  You will not be sorry for grabbing a copy to take on your next field trip to a historic cemetery.  Also see the companion GRAVEYARD JOURNAL for note-taking on your trek, or the GHOST HUNTERS JOURNAL for keeping data on your investigations.




Tui Snider is an award-winning writer, speaker, photographer, and musician specializing in quirky travel, overlooked history, cemetery symbolism, and haunted lore. As she puts it, “I used to write fiction, but then I moved to Texas!”

Tui lectures frequently at universities, libraries, conferences and bookstores. Her best-selling books include Paranormal Texas, The Lynching of the Santa Claus Bank Robber, Unexpected Texas, and Understanding Cemetery Symbols. She recently taught classes based on her books at Texas Christian University.

When not writing books, you can find Tui exploring the historic graveyards and backroads of Texas with her husband, Larry. 





Grand Prize: Signed Copies of Understanding Cemetery Symbols + wGraveyard Journal Workbook + Ghost Hunters Journal 

2nd & 3rd Prizes: Signed Copies of Understanding Cemetery Symbols

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Special Feature: HIDDEN SEA by Miles Arceneaux {giveaway}

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  Genre: Mystery / Thriller / Suspense
Date of Publication: November 2017
Number of Pages: 384
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Charlie Sweetwater saw Mexico—especially the Mexican Gulf Coast—as a spiritual second home. He’d worked, played and lived there for much of his life, and thought the country suited him better than anywhere this side of his home on the Texas Coast.
But now a worrisome and potentially dangerous development has shown up on Charlie’s radar. Young Augustus Sweetwater, affectionately known as Augie, hasn’t reported in after completing a south-of-the-border sales trip for Sweetwater Marine. Raul, Augie’s father and Charlie’s nephew, is worried sick. Drug cartel violence in Mexico has reached epidemic proportions and Augie’s path took him through the heart of the narcotraficantes’ territory.
Charlie figures Augie just went off the grid to do some well-deserved fishing, surfing and beer-drinking at the end of his trip. He’d done the same in his time. But as Augie’s unexplained absence grows, Charlie and Raul become increasingly alarmed and set off for Mexico to bring their boy home.
What they unearth is far more than the sum of their fears. The familiar and friendly Gulf of Mexico has turned into a hidden sea plagued by smugglers, human traffickers, crooked politicians and even pirates. And Augie is lost somewhere in the middle of it all.
Charlie and Raul must summon an unlikely cast of characters to aid them, including a hilariously dissolute ex-pat musician, a priest whose faith struggles against the rising tide of refugee migration, a Mexican tycoon who may have secrets of his own and a beautiful maritime “repo man”. At the end of their quest, as the deepest secret of all is revealed, Charlie Sweetwater learns that neither Raul and Augie, nor the Gulf of Mexico, nor even himself, will ever be the same again.
Praise for Hidden Sea:
“A riveting story from Texas that wanders down the cartel-invested Gulf Coast of Mexico and drifts across to lawless Cuba. The characters are as salty as the sea and the plot pulls you along as powerfully as the loop current.
W.F. Strong, Stories from Texas, Texas Standard Radio Network
“Hidden Sea is a total blast: smart, funny, and riveting, with unforgettably colorful characters and a world so alive that you’ll swear you’re really there.”
Lou Berney, Edgar Award-winning author of The Long and Faraway Gone
“In Hidden Sea, Miles Arceneaux tosses us in the drink of a timely contemporary adventure tale with the Sweetwater clan, complete with pirates, slave ships, family secrets, and the mother of all plot twists, in his patented Gulf Coast noir style.”
Michelle Newby Lancaster, Contributing Editor, Lone Star Literary Life, NBCC Literary Critic

In Case You Were Wondering. . .Sources Used in the Writing of Hidden Sea

NY Times article on the use of slaves in the South China Sea:

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Texas Observer story on the Central American women and children fleeing violence:
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Description of Geoff Winnigham’s travelogue of the Gulf Coast:


“Miles Arceneaux” is the pen name of three long-time Texas friends. James R. Dennis is a former attorney turned Dominican friar who lives in San Antonio. Brent Douglass is an international businessman from Austin. John T. Davis, also of Austin, is a journalist and author. Together, as “Miles,” they have been featured authors at the Texas Book Festival, the San Antonio Book Festival, and the Lubbock Book Festival.
Grand Prize: Autographed copies of all five Gulf Coast series books by Miles Arceneaux + a copy of Geoff Winningham’s Traveling the Shore of the Spanish Sea — The Gulf Coast of Texas and Mexico
Two Runners-Up: Each win an autographed copy of Hidden Sea

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Guest Post: Jennifer Locklear – MUSINGS


Covenant House Pennsylvania Volunteer Inspires New Anthology

Our friendship with Terry Aisenstein began with an online story that eventually became the bestselling Gabriel’s Inferno series. From serious to silly, our conversations covered a lot of ground. We became true friends, encouraging and inspiring each other and the author, who dubbed us The Muses.

Eventually, we Muses began meeting up in person, coming from as far away as Australia to put names with faces and give IRL (in real life) hugs.

Many of us are writers as well as readers, so we began to share our stories and offer feedback. Terry encouraged several Muses who have gone on to write and publish novels. Her cancer diagnosis gave us the chance to offer her some of the support she’d given us over the years.

And when cancer took her from us, we wanted to do something to honor our fierce, funny and brilliant friend.

Terry volunteered at Covenant House because she loved the kids and believed in the mission. To honor her commitment,  we decided to write a collection of stories, Musings: An Argyle Empire Anthology, and donate the proceeds to a cause she loved. The book has raised over $335 so far.

Musings brings together two of Terry’s great loves: good stories and Covenant House Pennsylvania. Our goal is to sell enough copies of the book that we can contribute $1,000 to Terry’s favorite organization.



Forever Valentine PR and More, in partnership with Locklear Books and MJ Emerson, is proud to present the blog tour for Musings – An Argyle Empire Anthology.
About Musings
Seven friends inspired to raise awareness and funds for homeless youth in crisis.
Seven authors with a love for storytelling.
Nine original stories with themes every reader will love.
Comedy. Romance. Suspense. Fantasy. Drama. Prose.
Individual reflections combined into an eclectic collection.
All proceeds to benefit the Philadelphia chapter of Covenant House, in loving memory of Terry Aisenstein. 
Foreword by Sylvain Reynard.
Musings Included:
Kris Babe: Walking After Midnight
Shari Ivey: Stranger in a Stranger Land
Jennifer Locklear: Aurora
Morgan Locklear: House Rules
Tara Severance: Slash Pine
Susan K. Swords: Better Than Yes
Susan K. Swords: Everyone Deserves an HEA
Becca Vry: Hopescapes
Morgan Locklear & Susan K. Swords: STUD


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Covenant House Pennsylvania is a program for young people in desperate situations age 21 and under. Our goal is to help homeless young people become healthy, happy, responsible, productive, and ultimately independent adults.


Covenant House Pennsylvania is a program of transformative change, an opportunity to move forward, often from lives of trauma and neglect. From the very first moment, we approach our young people with unconditional respect and support. We strive never to turn anyone away.  ( as described on Covenant House Pennsylvania’s website )

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The Unstuck Story of THE WALLS AROUND US

Wednesday Writing Inspiration from Nova Ren Suma

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Paperback Release Day! The Walls Around Us available in paperback March 22!

THE WALLS AROUND US is now available in paperback! Here we are in the woods of the Djerassi Resident Artists Program in California. THE WALLS AROUND US is now available in paperback! Here we are in the woods of the Djerassi Resident Artists Program in California, where I’m away leading writing workshops the day this post goes up!

Once upon a time, there was a writer who was filled with doubt and questioning her every move. She was stuck. She had published three books, but now that she was facing what would be the fourth she didn’t know what to write or how to write it. She thought for sure she should try to be more commercial and relevant and give people what they wanted from her, if only she could figure out what that might be (???!!!???). She worried about all of these things until she worried herself into a stupor. And before her, staring back with ugly intensity…

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Sneak Peak: HITCHIN’ POST by Julie Barker

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 Genre: Children’s Picture Book / Rhyming / K-3
Publisher: LifeRich Publishing
Date of Publication: July 14, 2016
Number of Pages: 46
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Hard work and the cowboy life on the 6Bs Ranch is nothing new to old jackrabbit Hitchin’ Post.  Hitchin’ Post is a picture book written in rhyme describing old Hitch’s life on the 6Bs Ranch and his journey in finding what it truly means to be thankful.  His beloved ranch goes through a terrible drought, but Hitch decides that despite challenges, there is always something to be thankful for. He discovers that it is relationships with his friends and his beloved ranch that makes him feel rich.



**2017 North Texas Book Festival Honorable Mention award*
Wonderfully told with beautiful, rustic illustrations. — Emily-Jane Hills Orford, Readers’ Favorite 
I can’t wait to share this book with my granddaughters! –- Amy, Goodreads Review
Hitchin’ Post is the most adorable story with the best illustrations! We love, love, love it!!! Cory, Amazon Verified Customer
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Julie Barker was born and raised in west Texas, and currently resides in Quanah, Texas, with her husband and three children.  She maintained her west Texas roots into college when she attended Texas Tech University in Lubbock, receiving a degree in social work.  Julie has grown up surrounded by the ranching heritage, and felt drawn to share this way of life through the adventures of the little cowboy jackrabbit, Hitchin’ Post.  Hitchin’ Post marks Julie’s debut into the world of children’s literature.  She was fortunate to have her mother, artist Carolyn Altman, provide the cute, whimsical illustrations of old Hitch and the 6Bs, making this project extra special.
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1st Place Winner receives an eBook AND a Signed Print Copy
4 Runners-Up each have a choice of eBook OR Signed Print Copy
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Blogger Recognition Award

I was nominated by Becca Cahill for the Blogger Recognition Award!

Thanks so much Becca for the recognition of The Librarian Talks.  Blogger love is much appreciated.  You can check out Becca’s blog, and what she’s up to with her writing (sooooo excited about this) at

Here’s what the Blogger Recognition Award is all about (taken from Ashe from Subliminal Wish‘s blog):

“If you’re not already familiar with the concept, the Blogger Recognition award is just an “award” given to a blogger by another blogger to appreciate and recognize all the hard word that we all put into publishing new content and keeping our websites fresh and updated. Blogging takes quite a bit of work and this is just a small way of showing our fellow bloggers that we all see the effort they put into their little corners of the internet.”

How did I get the award?

I was nominated by Rebecca Cahill for the award.  Becca is an aspiring author, and I’ve been following her journey closely.  I’m super excited to see what she’s writing!!  You should check it out too, at

How did my blog start?

I started this blog as an extension to my internet radio talk show, The Librarian.  Since I only interviewed romance authors there, I wanted to extend my coverage to all subjects and genres.  A Librarian has to be open and willing to share all kinds of books with potential readers.  So my vision was to stay away from promotional materials, and include interactive posts from authors, librarian, bloggers and writing/publishing professionals.  So far, I’ve really enjoyed the interaction with my guests and readers.

Advice for new bloggers:

Blog about what you love.  Your passion will come through in what you write and share with you audience.  If you have a particular love for one genre or subject, don’t be afraid to concentrate on that.  You WILL find an audience for your blog.  People have widely diverse tastes/likes.  Live it up!  Share, share, share!
Also, cross-post on all the social media outlets.  You’ll find an audience there that you wouldn’t reach otherwise. Engage with other bloggers.  We love to share great content with our audience, even if we borrow it from other bloggers (with attribution, of course). And we all follow back, because blogging is a community.


My nominations:

  1. Hall Ways by Kristine Hall. Once a librarian, ALWAYS a librarian!  Kristine blogs about books.  She also runs the Lone Star Literary Life Blog Tours, which features authors who are from Texas, or write about Texas (a matter of the heart for us Texans).
  2. Stephanie’s Book Reports by Stephanie Phillips, et al.  TONS of reviews from these ladies! A great place to find a new book or author to read.  Stephanie also owns the boutique literary agency, SBR Media.
  3. Books and Broomsticks by Belle Whittington. Belle is the author of the Young Adult series, Cicada, set in East Texas (her author website is here –  LOVE LOVE LOVE these books! And I love this quirky woman’s blog.
  4. Miss Riki by Riki Cleveland. Book lover and publicist extraordinaire.  Heavy on romance, but I like heavy romance (giggle).
  5. Jami Gold by author Jami Gold.  Jami is a Paranormal Author.  Her website is fantastic, but I am a HUGE follower of her blog, which celebrates its 7th Blogiversary in July!  Check it out for lots of fantastic tips on writing.  I’ve pinned a TON of her posts to my Pinterest – Writing board.
  6. MuseTracks by Jennifer Bray-Weber and Stacey Purcell (with a few others occasionally). Great stuff for writers, including a weekly writing prompt (HUMP DAY KICKSTART) to get your muse talking to you!
  7. History Imagined by Linda Pennell, et al.  If you love historical fiction (like I do), this is a blog filled with fascinating historical tidbits, author interviews, and writing tips.  Get your nerd on!
  8. Now Novel part of the Now Novel Website.  Probably my most “pinned” blog, choc full of excellent writing tips.
  9. Blogging for the Love of Authors and Their Books by Nicole and Kim.  Two ladies, blogging about the books they love from across the pond.  Lots of news on new releases. Lots of romance and YA.
  10. YA Outside the Lines by a dozen plus, fabulous Young Adult Authors.  I can never get away from my YA roots.  LOVE this blog and these authors’ perspective.


Nominees – Here’s what you need to do now:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Write a post to show your award. Feel free to download the pic above to use on your blog.
  3. Give a brief story of how/why your blog started.
  4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  5. Select 10 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  6. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated and provide the link to the post you created.