Four ETWA Members Win Best of Texas Book Awards!

April 24, 2018 - 7:00pm -- Patty Wiseman

East Texas Book AwardsReaders will love to fall into the pages and climb out with the greatest of satisfaction.

Texas Authors, Inc. is an organization dedicated to helping Texas Authors with learning how to better market and sell themselves in this saturated arena of publishing. You love what you do, and you want to make money from it, but you don’t know how to market your book. With seven years of experience helping authors across this Great State, we are constantly looking for new programs, apps, software, events, anything to help the author stay one step ahead of the competition. You can learn more about our radio show, social media outlets, bookstore and so much more here. Books written by four members of the East Texas Writers Association in Longview have won 2018 Best of Texas Book Awards presented by Texas Authors in Austin. They are, in alphabetical order, Catherine Green, Michael Hawron, Penny Richards and Patty Wiseman, who was a dual winner.

B. Alan Bourgeois, director and founder of the organization, pointed out, “By any measure, the distinguished books from this year’s winners are of stellar quality. Readers will love to fall into the pages and climb out with the greatest of satisfaction.”
Winners of the prestigious awards will receive their prestigious awards at the Celebration of Authors Gala event in Dallas on July 28, part of the second annual Authors Marketing Event, scheduled for July 27-29.

Catherine Green for Best Children's Book—Grade SchoolThe Popcorn Tree by Catherine Green

Imagine you are five years old, and when you wake up in the morning, all of your family is gone. This is what happens to Claire. What takes place next turns into an adventure. Making new friends can be frightening, but her new friend makes it so easy. Together they run and play. Before they know it the day is almost over.

Michael J. Hawron—Best Historical Spy Thriller

Just Good Clean Fun by Michael J. HawronInternational spy thriller, set in the three decades starting with the Cold War. Young adults from a small town are recruited for a top secret new CIA program, called Yin / Yang, designed to destabilize foreign governments. Story is inspired by real events and real individuals.

Follow the progress of these agents as they travel to many countries on four continents. See the personal and sometimes humorous side of being a spy. Get inside looks at how governments function, and are altered or brought down -- in Australia, Hong Kong, and Poland. 
This is a work of historical fiction, with many fascinating facts and trivia sprinkled throughout. Heart-touching lessons are learned by the books' characters. These folks bump into some of the most unusual and colorful characters, and sometimes in the process, through serendipity, they end up changing the course of history. 
In the end, seven people receive special messages with vital information, penned by a dying woman. 
The book has colorful travel details about the people, places and foods of exotic locations. Amazing historical buildings and exciting real worldevents are intertwined with witty conversations and clever tactics. A good, clean, fun read for all people who love adventure, life, family, history, travel or political intrigues.

Penny Richards—Best Historical Mystery

Though This Be Madness by Penny RichardsShakespearean actress turned Pinkerton detective Lilly Long and her reluctant partner, Cade McShane, travel to New Orleans to save a young widow from a fate worse than death…

1881, Chicago. Assigned to her second case as a Pinkerton, Lilly still needs to prove herself—both as a novice detective and as a woman in a man’s world. Ordered to once again work with Lilly, Cade needs to redeem himself for conduct unbecoming to a Pinkerton—a grief-driven drunken brawl. As if their forced partnership wasn’t bad enough, the agents must pose as husband and wife servants in the troubled household of a wealthy New Orleans family. An acting challenge if ever there was one…

The elderly matriarch of the Fortenot family is convinced her grandson’s former widow has been unjustly committed to an insane asylum by her second husband. She believes the man is attempting to wrest the family fortune away from his new wife. Soon, behind the beautiful façade of theFortenot mansion, the detectives uncover secrets, betrayal, voodoo curses—and murder. Even as Lilly and Cade chafe against their roles, they must work together to expose the true villain of this tragedy before the hapless widow faces her final curtain call.

Patty Wiseman—Best Children's Picture Book—7 & up

Rescue at Wiseman's Pond by Patty WisemanRescue at Wiseman’s Pond is a tale of a daring rescue by a little boy named Ronnie and his dog, Cutter. A heavy rain storm floods the pond by Ronnie’s house and two baby foxes are stranded in the mud. Ronnie’s friends work together to save the babies. Each character plays a part. Mrs. Barnswallow sounds the alarm. Cutter prods Ronnie to follow him. Fred the Turtle keeps watch by the pond. Working together they all help to save the babies. A kind fireman gives Ronnie advice on what to do next, which results in a big surprise. 
Beautiful illustrations and nimble rhymes help to tell the story of how teamwork saved the day.

Patty Wiseman - Best Romance

That One Moment by Patty WisemanRicki Sheridan traveled a long way to seek refuge at Wolf Den’s Lodge high in the mountains after a devastating betrayal. Heartbroken, she signed up for a survivalist backpacking trip to live off the land and forget. 
An injury on the first day puts her in the capable hands of the handsome trail boss, Kory Littleton. The attraction is instant, mutual, and terrifying. She trusted her emotions once and vowed never to make the same mistake again. 
Kory’s heart, trampled and bruised, is unprepared to ever love again, until his unexpected reaction to Ricki reveals some things are worth taking a chance on. 
When evil finds its way back into Ricki's world, their fragile bond is tested, forcing them to face their greatest fear: can a wounded heart ever trust anew?
Betrayal. Desire. Revenge. Which one prevails?

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