What makes a writer write? Here’s your chance to find out.


Here is a glimpse at five more authors who will be on hand, and we’ll showcase the final three featured authors on Saturday at Here Comes A Mystery.

If you live anywhere near East Texas, we invite you to come out and visit with some outstanding, award-winning writers at the East Texas Authors Showcase in the Gilmer Civic Center on Saturday, June 10.

By jove, that’s tomorrow.

It all gets underway at ten o’clock and is supposed to end at two o’clock, but we’ll probably hang around until somebody comes along and kicks us out.

You’ll find books in every genre and can spend some time with the authors who wrote them. There will be refreshments and door prizes, admission is free, and writers are always honored to autograph any books you buy.

We featured four of the authors on Thursday. (https://calebandlindapirtle.com/want-find-great-summer-reading/) Here is a glimpse of five more authors who will be on hand, and we’ll showcase the final three featured authors on Saturday at Here Comes A Mystery.

A Ton of Gold

By James R. Callan

A 178 year-old folktale causes murder, kidnapping, and arson in 2012 Texas. A contemporary suspense novel, in which Crystal Moore, a young computer scientist, is dragged into danger when thugs set out to kill her only living relative, the 76 year-old grandmother who raised her.

Crystal has no idea who would want to harm her grandmother, or why. In the midst of murder, arson, and kidnapping, the man who nearly destroyed Crystal emotionally is coming back.

This time, he can ruin her career.

She will need all the help she can get from a former bull rider, her street-wise housemate, and her feisty, straight talking grandmother.


Not Bound by Blood

By Gay Ingram

In a friendship forged in high school days, solemn athletic Miriam Meyer and flamboyant actress Blanche LaRue seem as different as apples and kumquats.

After winning an Olympic Gold Medal while still a teenager, a plane crash forces Miriam to give up her dream of a repeat performance. She marries and settles for small-town life as the wife of her banker husband, Brad Hammond.

Blanche disposes of anything that will come in the way of achieving her goal, even husband and child. Her career carries her into the European war scene. An enamored Count Romano Vicente comes to rescue her.

Although continents sometimes separate the friends, their strong bond of friendship remains.


Dragons of Jade

By Jean Lauzier

There’s no such thing as dragons.

Of that, Jade Delaney was sure. She may not have known who she was or where she came from, but at least she had a plan for her future.

All that changes when a dragon summons her back to the world from which she came. There, she learns dragons are real, the truth of her birth, and just why she was abandoned as a toddler.

Now she must discover and stop whoever is killing the dragons, while avoiding the man who is hunting her.

Pierre’s Picky Palate

By Beth Lauzier

A Pine Beetle who hates trees? How can that be?

And what do Pierre’s parents think of his love of veggies?

Will Pierre give wood another try, and if he does, will he like it?

A Different Kind of Black Belt

By Lira Brannon

17-year-old Meg Barnes is all about control. However, the only kind of control she can find is with a razor. As if life wasn’t hard enough, an accident has forced her to view everything from a wheelchair. Then a promise to an old friend forces her to resume her martial arts training and save the Little Ninja Program.

While relearning self defense and pushing the limits of her body, new friends drag her to church. She develops an affinity for The Book of Job and the way it parallels her life.

She also discovers a side of her handsome, young physical therapist, Ty Townsend, she can’t resist.

When things begin to escalate with bullies and racism at school, her estranged mother appears which only makes matters worse. Somehow she must find the strength to overcome these adversities and win at not only love and life, but in the ring.

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