Texas Women Artists

A Different Kind of Fire

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My novel, A Different Kind of Fire, features a woman artist in the 1890s as she struggles to reconcile art, career, motherhood, lovers, and marriage. Sounds like nothing much has changed from women since then. Waldorf Publishing says it will be out sometime in 2018. They have picked up my second novel, as yet unnamed, for 2019.   I have sent out copies of my novel to get cover blurbs and reviews. The first came back from the very kind Alicia Rasley, best-selling Amazon author of The Year She Fell. Many thanks to Alicia for such a kind...

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Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan

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Title: HALF BLOOD BLUES Author: Esi Edugyan Genre: Literary fiction Publisher: Picador Release Date: February 28, 2012 Format: Kindle, hardcover, paperback, audio CD Pages: 321 Source: https://www.amazon.com/Half-Blood-Blues-Novel-Esi-Edugyan-ebook/dp/B006JJTB0G/ From Amazon: Berlin, 1939. The Hot Time Swingers, a popular jazz band, has been forbidden to play by the Nazis. Their young trumpet-player Hieronymus Falk, declared a musical genius by none other than Louis Armstrong, is arrested in a Paris café. He is never heard from again. He was...

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Book Review: The Ropes that Bind by Tracy Stopler,

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Book Review: The Ropes that Bind by Tracy Stopler,

Title: The Ropes that Bind Author: Tracy Stopler Genre: fiction Publisher: Binah Books Release Date: 1 edition (December 24, 2016) Format: electronic books Pages: 336 pages Tracy Stopler’s debut novel, The Ropes that Bind, deals with the under-reported crime of child sexual abuse and how it affects her protagonist, Tali Stark. Tali’s abuse is deftly and sensitively handled in this well-written story. The reader watches nine-year-old Tali grow into a functioning woman while holding her emotional trauma within her. Through her personal strength...

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2016 Gival Press Novel Award

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My novel, A Different Kind of Fire, was a finalist for the 2016 Gival Press Novel Award, judged by author John Domini. Mr. Domini has won awards in all genres, publishing fiction in Paris Review, Ploughshares, and anthologies, and non-fiction in GQ, The New York Times, and elsewhere. His 2007 novel, Earthquake I.D., was nominated for a Pulitzer The winner: Dream of Another America by Tyler McMahon The finalists were: A Different Kind of Fire by Suanne Schafer A Kind of Paradise by Bev Jafek. Wild Girl by Rita Ciresi Water by Nagueyatti Warren...

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News Update: A Different Kind of Fire

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News from the WisRWA Fab Five contest: A Different Kind of Fire placed third in the Wisconsin Romance Writers in the women’s fiction category. Fire is set in the 1890s and involves a young Texan who dreams of becoming a famous artist. Along the way, Ruby’s various trial and tribulations change her, her perception of sexuality, and her definition of fame. Share...

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News update: A Different Kind of Fire

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News update:  A Different Kind of Fire

News from the WisRWA Fab Five contest: A Different Kind of Fire is a finalist in the Wisconsin Romance Writers in the women’s fiction category. Fire is set in the 1890s and involves a young Texan who dreams of becoming a famous artist. Along the way, Ruby’s various trial and tribulations change her, her perception of sexuality, and her definition of fame. Share...

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Book Review: The Memory Of Us by Camille Di Maio

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Title: The Memory of Us Author: Camille di Maio Genre: Women's fiction, historical fiction Publisher: Lake Union Publishing Release Date: May 31, 2016 Format: Paperback, Kindle Pages: 413 Source: http://www.amazon.com/Memory-Us-Camille-Di-Maio/dp/1503934756/ The Memory Of Us by Camille Di Maio is a wonderful love story, though definitely not a typical romance. Set in pre-World War II Britain, it spans several decades. Di Maio’s voice captures that time period in both her word choice and her superb descriptions of setting and clothing....

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Book Review: December Boys by Joe Clifford

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Book Review: December Boys by Joe Clifford

Title: December Boys Series: Jay Porter series #2 Author: Joe Clifford Genre: Noir Publisher: Oceanview Publishing Release Date: June 7, 2016 Pages: 300 pages December Boys is the second in Joe Clifford’s Jay Porter series. Just as dark as the first in the series, Lamentation, December Boys moves more quickly without a wasted word. Clifford’s prose is gritty and moody, yet beautiful, with lines that shine like a Jacob’s ladder. The New England winter, with its aching, biting cold, snow and dirty roadside slush, is a recurrent motif. Jay...

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Book Review: Wolfshadow by Robert Edward Graham and C.S. Fuqua

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Book Review: Wolfshadow by Robert Edward Graham and C.S. Fuqua

Title: Wolfshadow Author: Robert Edward Graham and C.S. Fuqua Genre: Science fiction, dystopian fiction Publisher: Ursa Major Books Release Date: 1/16/2016 Format: Kindle Pages: 371 Source: http://www.amazon.com/Wolfshadow-Robert-Edward-Graham-ebook/dp/B01AXKWIO2/ The world's governments have degenerated to the point that corporations control everything. The largest conglomerate, Nattech, Inc, has designed a machine to disrupt the time-space continuum and plans to send a man into the future. Jim Pleasant Wolfshadow, a former Navy Seal,...

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Night Lights: An Anthology of Short Fiction: First Contact, Conspiracy, and Space Opera

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Night Lights: An Anthology of Short Fiction: First Contact, Conspiracy, and Space Opera

Night Lights: An Anthology of Short Fiction: First Contact, Conspiracy, and Space Opera is now out in paperback and contains my short story “Suite for the Lady in Red.” Here’s an excerpt: Langley, Virginia, 24 February 2013 “Eliminate her, Mark.” My ulcer began a slow burn as soon as Caulder gave me the assignment. I ignored the pain. He’d interpret any reaction as a sign of weakness. Caulder jointed the CIA in 1985. A couple years later, I mustered in. I’d been active military in a clandestine DC...

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