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Love to write short stories?

The Texas Association of Authors is hosting it's 3rd Annual Texas Short Story Writing Contest.  If you fancy yourself a writer, this is a great chance to submit your work for prizes and possible publication in a short story collection.
 
The contest is open from March 1, 2017 to July 31, 2017.   The author must live in Texas and the story must be between 1500-3000 words in length.  If you think you have what it takes, please go to the Texas Shorts website for more information.

August 3rd is National Watermelon Day!

 

Every year on August 3rd it is National Watermelon day. So, I thought that it would be fitting to tell you some juicy facts about watermelons and also share a few fun books. 

JUICY FACTS

Do you know, that in Japan they grow square watermelons? Why? Round watermelons take up a lot of room in a refrigerator and they are also more difficult to cut into slices. Seems like a very logical and creative solution. That being said, MSN news recently reported the that square watermelon sold for $856. What??? I think that I'll stick with the round ones for now. 

Know Your State

Texas Got It Right!Think you know all there is to know about Texas?  I thought I did.  Then, I read Texas Got It Right! by Sam & Andrew Wyly.  It's a fun, visually entertaining read. 

Holidays in the Texas Hill Country - Not so merry

Mistletoe Man by Susan Wittig Albert set in the Texas Hill Country is an easy read featuring China Bayles.

Texas Quilts You Gotta See

Lone Stars IIII don't know how to quilt, but I can certainly appreciate the skill it takes to make some of the quilts found in Lone Stars III: A Legacy of Texas Quilts, 1986-2011 by Karoline Patterson Bresenhan and Nancy O'Bryant Puentes.  You'll be surprised by how non-traditional & ey

Deep In The Heart of Texas

This year marks the 175th anniversary of Texas independence.  Did you know Texas became its own nation after it won independence in 1836?  The new nation was officially called the Republic of Texas and lasted almost ten years.  The Lone Star flag was created in Montgomery County and was adopted as the official national flag.  Texas even had foreign diplomats and its own embassy in London before it was annexed into the United States in 1845.

Learn more fascinating facts about Texas history with these titles:

Pick Your Poison

 Pick Your Poison is the first of five mysteries featuring Abby Rose.  She is out of school, recently divorced, no job required since her Father died and left her and her twin sister Katie a computer company and the house in River Oaks, Texas. While Abby Rose is sleeping by the pool someone comes by and kills her gardener in the nearby greenhouse.

Texas Mysteries

Mysteries and Legends of TexasDoes Bigfoot really live in Texas?  Read Chapter 5 of Donna Ingham’s new book Mysteries and Legends of Texas and decide for yourself.  It may make you think twice about your next walk through the woods.

Lasso yourself a good read!

cowboy with lasso

The Texas Library Association has released its first Lariat List of recommended reading for adults. One might expect this to be a list of novels set in Texas, but that is not so. The group wanted to create a list of books that were "a pleasure to read.” The Lariat List is diverse in genres and appeal factors. I thought you might like to know about the mysteries on the list. Here they are:

Bugs Of Texas

 Have some creepy-crawlies in your backyard?  An unknown infestation in your garden?  Find out what you're facing by picking up some Texas insect field guides from the library.  These books give you the skinny on each insect.  Find out what each bug looks like, where they live, what they eat and if they're good or bad for you or your yard. 

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