North Texas Book Festival’s annual event will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at Patterson-Appleton Center for Visual Arts in Denton. For author information or to enter this year’s book contest, go to www.ntbf.org.
DENTON, Texas — In preparation for its annual event in April, North Texas Book Festival recently elected the following officers:
Crystal Wood, president Fred Funk, vice president Jan Sikes, secretary/parliamentarian Katherine Boyer, treasurer
NTBF officers and volunteers host the nonprofit’s annual book festival, which is slated for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts in Denton, Texas. Authors from all throughout Dallas-Fort Worth and other parts of Texas will sell and sign books for the public, and authors of all genres are encouraged to participate.
“The festival is a wonderful opportunity for authors to showcase their work,” Wood said. “It’s also a great place for booklovers to discover new writers or meet their old favorites.”
There is no admission charge. Many authors will present lectures at the event.
Authors who want to participate should go to www.ntbf.org and click on For Authors; then, go to NTBF Application. Authors also may email email@example.com or call 940-387-5605. Registration ends March 10, and More >
“A Killer Retreat: A Downward Dog Mystery” by Tracy Weber, combines Tracy Weber’s three loves: yoga, dogs and mysteries.
Tracy Weber’s second installment of her award-winning Downward Dog Mystery series again has vegetarian yoga teacher Kate and her feisty German Shepherd solving an intriguing murder mystery.
In Weber’s A Killer Retreat (January 8, 2015, Midnight Ink Books), Kate is teaching yoga at a vegan retreat center when a wedding guest at the center is found dead only shortly after a loud and public fight with Kate. She takes on trying to solve the murder before the police put her behind bars as their number one suspect.
“Weber’s vegan yoga teacher is a bright, curious sleuth with a passion for dogs,” said Krista Davis, New York Times bestselling author of the Domestic Diva and Paws and Claws mysteries. “A well-crafted whodunit with an intriguing mystery and a zinger of a twist at the end!”
Weber’s first book of the series, Murder Strikes a Pose, won the Chanticleer Book Reviews INDIE Manuscript Awards for the Cozy Mystery Category and the Mystery and Mayhem Awards 2013 for the Animal Mystery category.
The series combines Weber’s three loves: yoga, dogs and More >
A young Palestinian student and Israeli fighter’s lives intertwine in “Unilateral” by Chris Katsaropoulos.
Poet and novelist Chris Katsaropoulos has released his latest and quite timely novel exploring the lives of two young people in the midst of the struggle between Palestine and Israel, and what it could mean to rise above the hatred, fear and vengeance of the region shown all over the news today.
In Unilateral, Amel is a young Palestinian student living in the crowded apartment blocks of Gaza City, confused by the destruction and upheaval that disrupts her family’s simple life. Ra’anan is a fighter-bomber pilot in the Israeli Defense Forces who takes his mission very seriously… and doesn’t know what it means to fail. Their destinies are intertwined, though they cannot yet realize it.
The differences and striking similarities of their worlds unfold in a beautifully rendered sequence that swiftly leads to a single moment of transcendent connection, a moment that requires Ra’anan to decide whether he will follow someone else’s commands and destroy Amel’s life, or make the unilateral decision to follow his own heart.
Katsaropoulos has never shied away from tackling very real and challenging topics in his writing, and Unilateral is no exception. More >
“Field Notes for the Earthbound: A Novel in Stories” by John Mauk, each unfathomable story will lead you to believe.
Cursed by tenderhearted witches, saved by Nazarene healers, and haunted by brazen lunatics, the characters in Field Notes for the Earthbound yearn to escape the relentless horizon of Northwestern Ohio. These connected stories chronicle an area dying to itself: shedding its history and awakening to modernity—to highways, speed, bottled beer, and rock-n-roll.
John Mauk’s stories are filled with magic, violence, and wisdom. Among the blessed and the cursed, the drunks and the perverts, you will meet a girl who can fly, a belligerent priest, and the son of a witch. There’s something organic and essential, even inevitable, about these oddly-shaped stories; it’s as though they might have written themselves. The community opinion always matters here, as do the small-town values of hospitality and tolerance. In the words of one of Mauk’s narrators, “Everyday life churns out a rich perfume…The breath of every person, plant, and animal marries together, works its way upward.” —Bonnie Jo Campbell
If Lewis Nordan and Flannery O’Connor had a baby, he would be John Mauk. Early on More >
“Tucker’s Story” by Bobbie Asad is an inspirational children’s book about a dog and the community that loves him.
The love we receive from our pets is unmatched; they give us comfort, protection and a friendly face to come home to. Unfortunately all across the United States our furry friends are abandoned and abused and left to fend for themselves. Thankfully there are amazing organizations and people out there who devote their lives to rescuing and protecting these loyal companions.
Tucker’s Story, written by Bobbie Asad with illustrations by Nguyen Hong Anh, is a children’s book inspired by a real-life rescue. The story’s main character, Tucker, is a German shepherd mix that was abandoned by his previous owners and left homeless, wandering the streets of North Carolina. Avoiding countless dangers, Tucker was fortunate to be rescued by Last Chance Animal Rescue in Coats, N.C. The rescue facility not only saved Tucker’s life but also cleaned him up and started the search for a good home. This is where the story’s writer came into the picture. Asad was able to adopt Tucker and finish his journey of finding a new home.
Tucker has touched many lives and continues to bring More >
Winner of the Wesley Ryals Creative Writing Award, John Davis Jr., announces the release of “Middle Class American Proverb.”
Negative Capability Press proudly announces the upcoming publication of Middle Class American Proverb, a collection of poems by renowned Florida poet John Davis Jr. Called “A Southern Robert Frost,” Davis provides his readers with sensory and narrative verse reflections on life lived in the heart of the Sunshine State.
Erica Dawson, author of The Small Blades Hurt and winner of the 2006 Anthony Hecht Prize in poetry, says, “This is a fabulous debut. It is not to be missed.”
About the Author:
John Davis Jr. is a writer, educator, and sixth-generation Floridian. His poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and he holds an MFA from the University of Tampa.
His written works are published in literary journals throughout the South and around the world. He teaches English and Composition for Polk State College. You can find his profile from Poets and Writers magazine at http://www.pw.org/content/john_davis
Author Name:: John Davis Jr. Author Website:: http://www.poetjohndavisjr.com/ Book Title:: Middle Class American Proverb ISBN:: 978-0-942544-12-1 Publisher:: Negative Capability Press Release Date:: October 2014 Category:: Other Subcategory:: PoetryMore >
Northern California Author, Rebecca Duvall, Pens the New Book “In His Way.”
Bay Area resident and author Rebecca Duvall tells her personal story of struggles with religion, betrayal, illness and sacrifices in her new book In His Way. Duvall, an independent mother of two, divorcee, and anti-religious person, found love with a police officer.
Duvall shares her journey going from bread winner to being dependent, immersed in the world of law enforcement wife and experiencing betrayal by her husband’s infidelity. Compounding her stress, Duvall must also deal with her daughter’s Epilepsy, her husband’s failing health and medical retirement, placing her in the role of caretaker.
Through this experience, Duvall must make a heart-wrenching decision on giving her kidney to save her husband’s life. Supportive friends share with Duvall the need to turn to God for guidance and help. This is her story of those struggles, her decisions and her path of discovery.
“Throughout much of my married life, I lived under the illusion that I had it all together – it was everyone else that needed fixing. Several years into my second marriage my husband, a Deputy Sheriff, became a workaholic and was never home. Meanwhile, I became More >
“An Amazing Human Journey: Remembering From the Subconscious Mind – Volume One” by Shakuntala Modi, M.D.
Psychiatrist Explains How Spirituality Is the Key to the Universe in “An Amazing Human Journey: Remembering From the Subconscious Mind – Volume One” by Shakuntala Modi, M.D.
This book takes readers along on what can only be described as An Amazing Human Journey. “It is not only a fascinating read, but an important story to be told. We are thrilled to announce its release,” said Robert Fletcher, CEO of Strategic Book Publishing and Rights Agency.
When did the first humans begin to inhabit Earth? How did they get here? Why and for what purpose were they put here? How did they evolve? Dr. Modi explains all this and more in her book about the astounding past and future of mankind. She tells how spirituality is the key to successfully fulfilling mankind’s desire to become one with God.
Dr. Shakuntala Modi believes that humans have the unique potential to create a heaven-like society on Earth. We can do this by spreading spirituality on Earth that will eventually spread to neighboring planets, galaxies, and the whole universe through the continued development and enhancement of spirituality.
From what was, to what is, More >
It’s no mystery why ‘Vanished’ is a winner! “Vanished: The Search for Sally Hunt” by Jan Joseph.
Strategic Book Publishing & Rights Agency is pleased to announce the release of its newest title, Vanished: The Search for Sally Hunt, by author Jan Joseph.
The disappearance of a young woman is shrouded in mystery, when the police searching for her find nothing but hidden secrets from her past.
Who is Sally Hunt and why has she vanished? The story begins in 1974, when Sally receives a strange visitor at her college dorm, who tells Sally that she has healing powers. Not sure how to use this ability, or if it’s even real, Sally meets a psychic named Carmella, who previously located a young boy who was kidnapped and killed by a pedophile. Carmella becomes an anchor in Sally’s life as Sally becomes a teacher and writer.
Six years later, when Sally’s mother finds her missing and calls the police, they learn more than they bargained for, including that Sally was being blackmailed. In their frustration, they call upon a psychic for help.
About the Author:
Jan Joseph earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Illinois More >
Crime Thriller Is First Book of New Action-Packed Series with “The Criminals Book 1: A Time to Sow” by Bruce Wilson.
“I couldn’t put the book down … I’m not kidding, the reading is so intense,” – Kizzy McKenny
Orion Jackson is the brilliant convict who spearheads BGO, otherwise known as the Black Gansta Organization. He teams up with Corey Jones, his homeboy, to build the nest his empire, one twig at a time.
But Orion is bogged down with a personal vendetta with three ruthless convicts who sexually assaulted him while he was in prison. He pursues his agenda of eliminating them to bring closure to this degradation that has plagued his life. While pursuing his vendetta, Orion is caught up in another conflict with the most formidable underworld organizations in the country.
Burning both ends of the candle, Orion tries to keep his organization afloat, even as his own life is in jeopardy. What is the price of survival? This the first book of an action-packed series.
“This book is a fascinating novel about the criminal world that few of us will ever experience. We are thrilled to announce its release,” said Robert Fletcher, More >