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COPING WITH TEXAS AND OTHER STAGGERING FEETS
Fun with the Lone Star State
By Lowell Christensen

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This humorous guide to Texas offers a description of the many splendors of Texas: ambling along uncrowded beaches, azaleas and dogwoods in the spring, distinctive epicurean cuisine (grits), songs to help ya’ll get chronically depressed, sprinting along those uncrowded beaches chased by seven trillion mosquitoes, and other delights such as boiled okra. Here you’ll find out about things that will try to kill you like weather and gar. You’ll also be warned about places where you might get trampled to death like rodeos and dances. And then there are odious insects like love bugs and roaches. You’ll be fully informed about the music, culture, and feedlots that make Texas one of the most interesting places south of Oklahoma. It’s all here in this definitive work on Texas—a great place to bury Cadillacs.

Lowell Christensen lived in Texas for years but his heart and ski boots were always in Colorado. In spite of his background, he has tried to relate some of his experiences, observations and other highly accurate distortions from his adventures in Texas.

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Softcover:
6 X 9
ISBN: 978-0-86534-169-2
94 pp.,$16.95

eBook:
ISBN: 978-1-61139-888-5
94 pp.,$4.99


ETERNITY AT THE END OF A ROPE
Executions, Lynchings and Vigilante Justice in Texas, 1819–1923
By Clifford R. Caldwell and Ron DeLord

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Since 1819 over 3,000 souls found their personal “eternity at the end of a rope” in Texas. Some earned their way. Others were the victim of mistaken identity, or an act of vigilante justice. Deserved or not, when the hangman’s knot is pulled up tight and the black cap snugged down over your head it is too late to plead your case.

This remarkable story begins in 1819 with the first legal hanging in Texas. By 1835 accounts of lynching dotted the records. Although by 1923 legal execution by hanging was discontinued in favor of the electric chair, vigilante justice remained a favorite pastime for some. The accounts of violence are numbing. The cultural and racial implications are profound, and offer a far more accurate, unbiased insight into the tally of African-American and Hispanic victims of mob violence in the Lone Star State than has ever been presented. Many of these deeds were nothing short of morbid theater, worthy of another era.

This book is backed up by years of research and thousands of primary source documents. Includes Index and Bibliography.

Clifford R. Caldwell is recognized as an accomplished historian, author and researcher on the American West. He is an expert in period firearms, and has conducted extensive research on the Texas cattle trails, trail drivers and cattle kings. Cliff is the author of a dozen non-fiction history books, and volunteers some of his time doing research for the Peace Officers Memorial Foundation of Texas.

Ron DeLord served as a patrol officer and detective from 1969 to 1977. In 1977, he was one of the founders of the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas (CLEAT) and was elected its first president. After thirty years as president, he is currently serving as special counsel. Ron is a licensed Texas attorney and is a nationally recognized police labor official, lecturer, and seminar leader. He is the author of numerous works on labor law as well as Texas history.


Hardcover:
7 x 10
ISBN: 978-1-63293-089-7
668 pp.,$60.00

Softcover:
7 x 10
ISBN: 978-1-63293-088-0
668 pp.,$40.00

eBook:
ISBN: 978-1-61139-437-5
668 pp.,$19.99


MISS EMILY
The Yellow Rose of Texas, A Novel
By Ben Durr with Anne Corwin

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In this epic saga that blends legend and fact, Miss Emily Morgan, once known as Rose, uses her breathtaking beauty and intelligence to charm every man who crosses her path, and through soaring ambition, loyalty, and suffering helps determine the future of the Republic of Texas as well as the United States. This is surprising since the women of her lineage are slaves. But she is an exceptional woman whose dream to "be somebody special" prompts her to make choices that find her entangled in an adventure of love, friendship, romance, rebellion, rapid change, disappointment, and joy during the days of slavery. Her triumphs and tragedies revolve around historically accurate events as she pursues a life of compromise and betrayal. Along the way, the reader is swept into a web of drama and excitement, building up to the surrender of Generalissimo Santa Anna de Lopez's sword, army and Mexico's claim of the frontier land of Texas to General Sam Houston and his ill-disciplined Texans following the Battle of San Jacinto.

THE UVALDE LEADER-NEWS reports: "The authors' Miss Emily is a feminist at a time when women's roles were defined by men. It took inspired writing to convince me that a mulatto woman could make her way from New York to Buffalo Bayou, but convince me they did. Perhaps the greatest compliment that can be paid to a historical novelist is that the line between fiction and fact blurs to the point of indistinction. 'Miss Emily' is well worth reading, even for those not particularly interested in Texas history.

BEN DURR, a farm boy from Lincoln County, Mississippi, has lived in Texas the past 40 years and is currently CEO of Memorial Hospital in Uvalde, Texas. He spends free time with his wife, three children and three grandchildren at his wife's Casa de Leona Bed & Breakfast on the Leona River. Growing up on a farm with sharecroppers gave him insight on the cultural and societal structures of the South. Durr has visited all the sites involved in the Battle of San Jacinto and has spent the last 20 years researching, collecting and refining the spurious details of the heroine in this book, his first novel.

ANNE CORWIN spent the first 10 years of her life in the mountains of Colombia where her parents were missionaries. Following her marriage and birth of her daughter, she gained a master's degree in social work and years of experience in journalism, she has spent much of her adult life traveling, taking her personal sense of God into the worlds of professional charity and public opinion. Living in a cabin near the Nueces River, she now tends a garden and finds herself amazed to be in Texas.

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Hardcover:
6 X 9
ISBN: 978-0-86534-322-1
320 pp.,$28.95

Softcover:
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-1-63293-119-1
320 pp.,$26.95

eBook:
ISBN: 978-1-61139-910-3
320 pp.,$9.99


STEIN HOUSE
A German Family Saga
By Myra Hargrave McIlvain

“A wonderful slice of history that animates mid-19th century Texas.” —Kirkus Reviews

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After three long months at sea, Helga Heinrich and her four children sail into the thriving Indianola seaport on the Texas coast in 1853 to begin their new life. They are determined to overcome the memory and haunting legacy of Max, her husband and their papa, who drowned in a drunken leap from the dock as their ship pulled away from the German port.

Helga is anxious to be reunited with her sister Amelia, and she’s grateful her wealthy brother-in-law, Dr. Joseph Stein, fulfills his part of the bargain that brought the family to the new world, even without Max to run Stein Mercantile. Helga takes charge of Stein’s massive boarding house overlooking the road to Texas’ interior and the fickle waves of Matagorda Bay.

A woman of strong passions, Helga operates Stein House for boarders of all stripes whose involvement in the rigors of a town on the edge of frontier influences and molds all their lives—the cruelties of yellow fever and slavery, the wrenching choices of Civil War and Reconstruction, murder, alcoholism, and the devastation wrought by the hurricane of 1886.

Myra Hargrave McIlvain is an award-winning author whose books, both fiction and nonfiction, tell the story of Texas. She believes we capture the essence of our history through the lives of the people who populated the land. McIlvain has written Texas historical markers and travel articles for newspapers and magazines such as Texas Highways. She lives in Austin with her husband Stroud. She is also the author of Texas Tales from Sunstone Press as well as The Doctor’s Wife and a series of Texas Auto Trails.

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Softcover:
6 X 9
ISBN: 978-1-63293-208-2
286 pp.,$24.95

eBook:
ISBN: 978-1-61139-533-4
286 pp.,$4.99


TEXAS TALES
Stories That Shaped a Landscape and a People
By Myra Hargrave McIlvain

A collection of tales about Texas characters, from the famous to the unknown, who created the sprawling collage that is Texas.

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These tales trace the Texas story, from Cabeza de Vaca who trekked barefoot across the country recording the first accounts of Indian life, to impresarios like Stephen F. Austin and Don Martín DeLeón who brought settlers into Mexican Texas. There are visionaries like Padre José Nicolás Ballí, the Singer family, and Sam Robertson, who tried and failed to develop Padre Island into the wonderland that it is today. There are legendary characters like Sally Skull who had five husbands and may have killed some of them, and Josiah Wilbarger who was scalped and lived another ten years to tell about it. Also included are the stories of Shanghai Pierce, cattleman extraordinaire, who had no qualms about rounding up other folks’ calves, and Tol Barret who drilled Texas’ first oil well over thirty years before Spindletop changed the world. The Sanctified Sisters got rich running a commune for women, and millionaire oilman Edgar B. Davis gave away his money as fast as he made it. Sam Houston, Jean Lafitte, Antonio López de Santa Anna, Lucy Kidd-Key, Minnie Fisher Cunningham, all these characters and many more—early-day adventurers, Civil War heroes, and latter-day artists and musicians—created the patchwork called Texas.

Myra Hargrave McIlvain is a teller of Texas tales. Whether she is sharing the stories in her books, her lectures, or her blog, she aims to make the Texas story alive. She has written Texas historical markers, travel articles for newspapers and magazines such as Texas Highways, and both nonfiction and historical fiction books about Texas. She lives in Austin with her husband Stroud. She is also the author of The Doctor’s Wife, Stein House, and Texas Auto Trails: The Southeast.


Hardcover:
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-1-63293-285-3
234 pp.,$29.95

Softcover:
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-1-63293-163-4
234 pp.,$22.95

eBook:
ISBN: 978-1-61139-493-1
234 pp.,$4.99


 
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