Authors who will be in attendance are...
Julia Bade - Julia Bade loves LOVE! She is a busy wife and mom in Texas whose guilty pleasure is writing romance stories during her alone time at three in the morning! Her newest release, A mom of a first-grader, 3 year-old twins, a 17 and 20 year old, she loves going a hundred miles an hour. She had no idea that her time as a college cheerleader was really training for her life that was to come! Julia loves to write about people in love and the challenges that make it all worth the fight. Her husband is her soul mate and best friend, and she is indebted to him for all the nights he's had to sleep with the glow of her laptop screen blasting him in the face just so they could be near each other. Julia is a member of Savvy Authors, Writer's League of Texas, a freelance journalist, an English professor and a former newspaper journalist. Find her at juliabadewrites.worpress.com or drop her a line at firstname.lastname@example.org Works include:
The Feria is a stunning tale of two countries, where we find Soledad, a smart, educated young Mexican-American with big plans. She and her family, however, begin facing the economic pressures inflicted by a nation readying for war. To ensure her family's survival and continued success, her father betrays her in an act meant to save her family's agricultural fortune.
Brutally torn from her true love, Xavier, Soledad's existence is thrown into uncertainty. The challenge of putting her life back together and resisting the desire and love she has for Xavier presents itself in a daring love story dancing on both sides of the border, intricately written around Mexican and American cultures and the great uncertainty that comes with love.
Lacey Beatty - Lacey Ann Beatty was born third of six children. She entered the foster care system at the age of seven. Lacey endured sexual, physical and emotional abuse until she enrolled in Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana at the age of eighteen. She earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Special Education: Deaf and Hearing Impaired Education and worked as a sign language interpreter for three years. After, developing carpal tunnel, Lacey turned to teaching and later earned a Master of Art in Christian Education from Cornerstone Christian Bible College, Fort Wayne, Indiana. Ms. Beatty worked as a Math teacher, Assistant Principle and School Leader at KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) Charter College Preparatory School in Indianapolis, Indiana for three years. In 2012, Lacey relocated to Midland, Texas in order to assist with the raising for her niece and nephew. She is currently serving as the Algebra and Geometry teacher at Richard Milburn Academy, Odessa, Texas. Works include:
Water Spilled on the Ground: A Guide to Forgiving an Abuser: Forgiving the people who have physically, sexually, emotional or mentally abused you may seem like an unrealistic expectation from the recipients of such offenses. But the reality of coping with the pain as a result of that abuse can be its own tormenting hell. Water Spilled on the Ground: A Guide to Forgiving an Abuser is a practical application of five Biblically-based principals designed to take you on a journey of realizing forgiveness. The ability to truly forgive will free you from chains that have has a life time hold on you. Learn the steps to ridding yourself of the emotional and mental burden of living with being abused.
James Collett - A native West Texan, author James Collett has researched and written on a wide range of regional topics, from frontier military history to colorful local figures. He holds a bachelor of arts from Angelo State University and a masters of arts in history from the University of Texas at Austin. Collett also serves as the editor for the Permian Historical Annual. Works include:
Images of America: Midland published by Arcadia Press is a photographic history of Midland primarily using the collection in the Midland County Historical Museum
Images of America: Fort Stockton published by Arcadia Press is a photographic history of Fort Stockton and the surrounding area primarily using the collection in the Annie Riggs Museum.
Several issues of the Permian Historical Society Annual published each year by the Society contain articles written by me. I also serve as Editor for this publication.
Patrick Dearen - is the author of 18 books, equally divided between fiction and nonfiction. His special areas of interest are the Pecos and Devils rivers, as well as old-time cowboy life. He has been honored by Western Writers of America, West Texas Historical Association, and Permian Historical Association.
Patrick Dearen will have 11 of his titles for sale, including his novel "Perseverance," set along the rails in Depression-era Texas. His newest nonfiction works are "Devils River," a colorful history of the stream that feeds into Amistad Reservoir; and "Lone Star Lost," a study of lost treasure in the state.
Elizabeth (Beth) Garcia - has lived for more than thirty years in the Big Bend country of far west Texas. She has hiked, rafted, explored, and earned a living in this wild desert-mountain land near the Rio Grande, on the border of the United States and Mexico. It was experiencing the deep canyons, creosote-covered bajadas, and stark, jagged mountains; the wide-open spaces and dark, starry nights that eventually brought her to writing. One Bloody Shirt at a Time is her first novel, but not her first written story. It is the first of many Deputy Ricos tales.
One Bloody Shirt at a Time is her first novel, but not her first written story. It is the first of many Deputy Ricos tales.
Leatra Goins-Ahmd - "This past fall she (Goins-Ahmad) was able to publish her fist book entitled Flirt which is a collection of poems and a short story. Most of the poems in the book describe romantic and family relationships from an urban perspective. The book's short story "Addicted" is also an urban tale of drug addiction and its impact on several lives. Goins-Ahmad self-published the book and has had several book signings both in Midland and Odessa. It is available at Hastings, Barnes & Noble and online at Amazon.com."
quoted from: http://www.midland.edu/for_the_community/LeatraGoins-Ahmad.php
Garland Pearce - a long time member of the West Texas Writers. Works include:
Down Home Stories describes how life was in East Texas many years ago.
Remembering Red River more stories of life in East Texas years ago. Quoted from Amazon.com
Jimmy Patterson and Tom Morgan - Jimmy Patterson is the author of Sticky Doorknobs and 50 Years: The Story of the Diocese of San Angelo , and coauthor of the novel Chisos Mountain Sunset.
He has two other books in the works, as well as a third novel with his coauthor, Tom Morgan. Tom Morgan is a criminal defense attorney in Midland, Texas, and the coauthor of the novel, Chisos Mountain Sunset. He is a graduate of the Baylor University Law School. Quoted from Amazon.com
"An Absence of Principal," about how close we all are to making a couple of bad decisions and how those decisions can dramatically change our lives, is finally published! The story is based on a trial Tom Morgan, my co-author, defended several years ago. Quoted from Facebook.
Joyce Shaughnessy - A Midland author, Joyce Shaughnessy, has published two books, A Healing Place and Blessed Are the Merciful. Joyce has a degree in English literature. The books, which are two of three books in a series, take place during the Dustbowl of the American Depression and Pacific WWII, which she has extensively researched. They center around characters who manage to face hardship and loss with a love of family and faith in God. Works include:
A Healing Place takes place in the 1930's and 1940's. It is about the Miller Family who struggle through the Dustbowl of the Great Depression and WWII. One character is forced to walk the Death March and becomes a POW. The family makes it through stronger and united by their love for each other and their faith in God.
Blessed Are the Merciful about an American Army nurse and soldier fall in love before Japan attacks the Philippines. The story includes characters from the first book and was important because it tells the story of the role that American women played in the war. They valiantly lived and rendered aid on the front lines during the Battle of Bataan.
Berry Simpson - As a petroleum engineer, marathon runner, backpacker, aggressive reader, teacher and writer, Berry Simpson has an avid love for learning. His experiences of a life lived for a purpose of teaching can be easily identified by all ages in his writing and speaking style. Berry is a published writer in Runner Triathlete News, Inside Texas Running, Rundown, Footnotes, Runner s World, Baptist Standard Online, and Successful Marriages Online. Berry also writes a weekly essay entitled Journal Entries. Born in Big Spring, Texas, Berry has a degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Oklahoma. He served on the Midland City Council for 13 years and is a deacon at First Baptist Church Midland, where he teaches a young-adult newly-married Bible study class, leads a weekly men s study group, and plays trombone in the church orchestra. He has been in love with his wife Cyndi for over 30 years, and as a result, they have a son Byron, daughter Katie, son-in-law Drew, and new granddaughter Madeleine. Quoted from Amazon.com
Running with God - This book is the story of a personal spiritual journey that happens to be anchored in running. While running is a great way of life, there are deeper issues that affect us all. The metaphor of running creates a great tool to help us understand how to better appreciate our family, and grow in our faith.
"I first started running in the summer of 1978 to win the heart of a girl, but instead, I found God. He chose running to be one of the the places he revealed himself to me. Through my time alone, on my feet, the God of my parents and my grandparents became my God. It was on the road and on the trail that my relationship with God became personal. We developed a friendship which grew bigger than church and became deeper than rules of behavior." Quoted from Amazon.com
Retreating with God - The Bible tells us in Proberbs 4:23, "Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it." This book is the story of the author's adventures as he learns to guard his heart while backpacking in the Guadalupe Mountains of west Texas. Simpson writes, "I've learned to be intentional about searching for God, intentional about loving my wife, intentional about rehabbing my bum knees, and intentional about guarding my heart. As I've gotten older I've realized I can't separate my understanding of God from my relationships and from my heart; especially my relationship with my wife, Cyndi. It all get mixed together, just like my stories. Feeding my heart has become a constant process of stepping deeper into those critical relationships. That first hike up Tejas Trail was a deliberate move toward my own heart, and I am a better man because of it." Quoted from Amazon.com
Teffanie White - White's publishing company, p i c t u r e l e s s books uses best words to promote best concepts! They create books and cards for all ages to expand the notion of standard alphabets, by creating inspiring alphabets on a wide variety of topics ranging from science and nature, to wellness, art, and learning/teaching alphabets. This year pictureless will have a gift for MDFM friends. From September 12-16 the foodie alphabet Kindle ebook , W is for Walnut, will be free! Visit: http://www.amazon.com/Walnut-ebook/dp/B0050PJJR0 for a free download.
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