December 18, 2017

Lone Star Book Blog Tours : Bluster's Last Stand by Preston Lewis

BLUSTER'S LAST STAND

The Memoirs of H.H. Lomax, #4

by
PRESTON LEWIS

  Genre:  Historical Western Fiction / Humor
Date of Publication: November 15, 2017 Publisher: Wild Horse Press


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Events on the Little Bighorn might have turned out better for George Armstrong Custer had he listened to H.H. Lomax rather than trying to kill him.  To save his own skin—and scalp!—Lomax must outwit Custer and his troopers as well as face hundreds of Sioux and Cheyenne warriors swarming Last Stand Hill. 
At least that is how Lomax in his inimitable style tells the story in this humorous romp across Old West history.  Lomax’s latest misadventures take him from the Battle of Adobe Walls to Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show.  In between, he’s a bouncer in a Waco whorehouse, a prospector in the Black Hills, a bartender in a Dakota Territory saloon and a combatant in the worst defeat in the history of the frontier Army. 
Along the way, Lomax crosses paths with Bat Masterson, Buffalo Bill, Wild Bill Hickok, General Custer, his brother Tom Custer and the troopers of the Seventh Cavalry as well as hordes of Comanche, Kiowa, Sioux and Cheyenne warriors, not to mention the most dangerous adversary of all—a newspaper reporter with ambition.
Told with Lomax’s characteristic wit, Bluster’s Last Stand puts a new spin on the Little Bighorn and its aftermath.  Whether you believe him or not, you’ve got to admire Lomax’s luck and pluck in both surviving one of the darkest days in Old West history and writing about the disaster in the latest volume of The Memoirs of H.H. Lomax.

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PRAISE FOR THE H.H. LOMAX SERIES :



“A new series by Preston Lewis features a protagonist, H.H. Lomax, who isn’t much of a gunfighter, horseman or gambler.  Instead, he is a likeable loser who runs into old western celebrities like Billy the Kid and the Jesse James gang, and barely escapes.”  Wall Street Journal

“It takes a special talent to write first-person novels based on the premise of ‘lost papers,’ but Preston Lewis is an especially fresh and innovative writer and he knows how to do it.”
Rocky Mountain News

Fans of the Western as a genre will delight in Lewis’ ongoing spoof of many traditions which fiction writers from Owen Wister to Elmer Kelton captured well enough to turn into key parts of our myths and folklore….Lewis’s wit is at times Puckishly wry, at other times bawdy in the manner of Chaucer.  It is always engaging.  Texas Books in Review

Several Old West historians have blessed the Lomax books as expertly crafted fiction. Dallas Morning News







            Preston Lewis is the Spur Award-winning author of 30 western, juvenile and historical novels, including Bluster’s Last Stand published by Wild Horse Press.   
            Bluster’s Last Stand, a novel about Custer and the Battle of Little Bighorn, is the latest volume in Lewis’s well-received Memoirs of H.H. Lomax series of comic westerns that began with The Demise of Billy the Kid.  Subsequent books in the series—The Redemption of Jesse James and Mix-Up at the O.K. Corral—were both Spur Finalists from Western Writers of America (WWA). 

            Lewis’s historical novel Blood of Texas on the Texas Revolution received WWA’s Spur Award for Best Western Novel.  His western caper The Fleecing of Fort Griffin in 2017 earned him his third Elmer Kelton Award from the West Texas Historical Association (WTHA) for best creative work on West Texas. 
            His True West article on the Battle of Yellowhouse Canyon won a Spur Award for Best Nonfiction Article.  In addition to True West, his short works have appeared in publications as varied as Louis L’Amour Western Magazine, Persimmon Hill, Dallas Morning News, The Roundup, Journal of the Wild West History Association and San Angelo Standard-Times
         A native West Texan and current San Angelo resident, Lewis holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Baylor University and master’s degrees from Ohio State in journalism and Angelo State in history.  He is a past president of WWA and WTHA.  Lewis is a longstanding member of the Authors Guild and an associate member of the Dramatists Guild of America.  
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December 15, 2017

Lone Star Book Blog Tours : Baugh To Brady by Lew Freedman

BAUGH TO BRADY

The Evolution of the Forward Pass
by
LEW FREEDMAN

  Genre: Sports History / Football
Publisher: Texas Tech University Press on Twitter  ┃ on Facebook
Date of Publication: December 15, 2017
Number of Pages: 296


There are three things that can happen when you throw a pass, and two of them are bad.   –Woody Hayes
The quarterback pass is one of the leading offensive components of today's National Football League and college football's top level of play. This was not always the case. In early American football, the strategy focused entirely on advancing the ball one running play at a time, with the player tucking the then-roundish ball on his hip and sprinting ahead until tackled by a swarm of defenders. The revolution that transformed the sport began in 1906, when passing was first legalized. The passing weapon made the game safer, altered strategy, turned the quarterback into a key offensive player, and made possible the high-scoring games of today.
Lew Freedman traces football's passing game from its inception to the present, telling the tale through the stories of the quarterbacks whose arms carried (and threw) the changes forward. Freedman relies especially on the biography of "Slingin' Sammy" Baugh--who hailed from Sweetwater, Texas--as a framework. Baugh, perhaps the greatest all-around football player in history, came along at just the right time to elevate the passing game to unprecedented importance in the eyes of the sports world.

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Baugh To Brady is the story of the evolution of the forward pass and the football players who changed everything about the game! With the book starting off with a semi-biography of "Slingin" Sammy Baugh from Sweetwater, Texas, you know this is going to be an interesting read. Sammy seemed like one of those guys who wasn't in the game for the money or fame -- even though that $5,000 dollars he was paid would have had him living like a king in the 1930s. As the book progresses into more modern times, with players like Brett Favre and Tom Brady, surprisingly, you realize that the game of football is still changing in the way that certain players play. It will be interesting to see what happens in the future!

I really enjoyed Baugh to Brady even though it wasn't what I had expected.  My preference would be to have the stories kept more in line with each other rather than jumping from one person to the next, without much warning or transition. As you get further into the story, you'll  realize how far the game has come in those early days of football when the players did not have protective gear. As the author describes it, that alone made for interesting and very different games from what we see today.  The only thing that I kept thinking about while reading this book was how much my grandpa would have enjoyed reading Baugh to Brady; this was his kind of book and I imagine he might have told me a few personal tales of certain man from Sweetwater!

Thank You to Lew Freedman for writing this good book about the background of a sport we all love -- and love to hate at certain times!


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Lew Freedman is a veteran newspaper sportswriter and experienced author of more than seventy-five books about sports as well as about Alaska. He spent seventeen years at the Anchorage Daily News in Alaska and has also worked for the Chicago Tribune and Philadelphia Inquirer. Freedman is recipient of more than 250 journalism awards.






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December 14, 2017

Saving Noah by Lucinda Berry

Published Date : September 12, 2017
Publisher : Rise Press
Genre : Fiction / Thriller

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ABOUT THE BOOK!

Not since Lionel Shriver brought us We Need to Talk About Kevinhas a writer delved into the complexities of a disturbed mother/son relationship. Until now. 

Meet Noah—an A-honor roll student, award-winning swimmer, and small-town star destined for greatness. There weren’t any signs that something was wrong until the day he confesses to molesting little girls during swim team practice. He’s sentenced to eighteen months in a juvenile sexual rehabilitation center. 

His mother, Adrianne, refuses to turn her back on him despite his horrific crimes, but her husband won’t allow Noah back into their home. In a series of shocking and shattering revelations, Adrianne is forced to make the hardest decision of her life. Just how far will she go to protect her son? 

Saving Noah challenges everything you think you know about teenage sexual offenders. It will keep you up at night long after you've read the last page, questioning beliefs you once thought were true. 


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Dr. Lucinda Berry's background is as unique as her stories. She has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, specializing in trauma and children. She is the Assistant Director of Evidence-based Practice at UCLA's National Center for Child Traumatic Stress. She uses her clinical experience to create compelling tales that blur the lines between fiction and nonfiction.

Underground Railroad 1854 by Gare Thompson

Published Date : October 1, 2017
Publisher : Barron's Educational Series
Series : Great Escapes
Genre : J Fiction / History

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The Great Escapes series explores real historical events and shows children how kids just like them learn how to work together in order to change the world for the better. Historical figures are interwoven into the stories, offering readers the chance for further exploration on these people and their places in history. In Underground Railroad 1854: Perilous Journey, a pair of teenage slaves must rely on a white teenager to help them escape slavery. Will they work together--or pay a terrible price?

Whatever It Takes by Tu-Shonda L. Whitaker

Published Date : December 4, 2017
Publisher : Pocket Star
Genre : Fiction / Romance / Short Story

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Bestselling author Tu-Shonda Whitaker has penned a witty and sizzling romance that will leave you begging for more.

India Parker has gotten to the point in her life where she accepts she will always be alone. All of that changes, however, when her best girlfriend asks her for help in catching her husband cheating on camera.

When India returns the camera, she comes across pictures of Devin, her friend’s twenty-three-year-old son. Only he’s not a boy anymore, and he wants to prove to India that he’s man enough for her. This sexy novella shows that “Tu-Shonda Whitaker just keeps getting better and better” (T. Styles).

My Boo by Daaimah S. Poole

Published Date : December 4, 2017
Publisher : Pocket Star
Genre : Fiction / Romance / Short Story

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Bestselling author Daaimah S. Poole delivers high-octane drama in this scandalous and steamy novella about the challenges of a long-distance relationship—and resisting sexy temptation.

Gina seems to have it all: a great job, her own house, her own car, and a steady boyfriend. The only problem is she’s in Philadelphia, and Chris, her long distance boo, lives in Washington, DC. They’ve been dating for a year, and Gina is finding it harder and harder to come home to an empty bed. But she and Chris just can’t find the time to be together. Khalil, her best friend and roomie’s ex, however, might be able to show her just what she’s missing…


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Daaimah S. Poole was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. She graduated from Temple University with a B.A. in journalism in 2003. While attending Temple, Daaimah worked almost every job imaginable – receptionist, car salesperson, bill collector, waitress, tutor, and substitute teacher. She would later say she was unintentionally doing character research.

Daaimah completed her first novel Yo Yo Love at the age of 19, without owning a computer or knowing how to type. Yo Yo Love went on to become an Essence Magazine Best Seller. Her subsequent novels, Got A ManWhat’s Real, and Ex-Girl to The Next Girl, have cemented her reputation as author on the move.

December 13, 2017

Every New Year by Brenda L. Thomas

Published Date : December 4, 2017
Publisher : Pocket Star
Genre : Fiction / Romance / Novella

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Bestselling author Brenda L. Thomas spins a sexy and scandalous tale about a newly engaged woman whose life takes an unexpected turn after a New Year’s Eve shooting.

New Year’s Eve is the one night of the year when the line between old and new blurs, when fantasy can become reality, and every woman is given the opportunity to reinvent herself. But in Every New Year, New Year’s Eve turns tragic when a shoot-out lands a respected doctor in the hospital with a bad case of amnesia—and in the care of a man too sexy to resist.

Dangerously In Love by Crystal Lacey Winslow

Published Date : December 4, 2017
Publisher : Pocket Star
Genre : Fiction / Romance / Short Story

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Bestselling author Crystal Lacey Winslow crafts a wild and sexy novella that will leave you contemplating matters of the heart.

Jovie and London have a lot in common: Both are single creative souls. They’ve already spent New Year’s Eve together, but thanks to a broken heart and a lot of alcohol, London does not recall their first meeting. And as London pursues Jovie, he can’t help but get caught up in her unique essence and finds it impossible to stay away. Unfortunately, with Jovie comes Jada, her cocky, disrespectful identical twin, who is hell-bent on destroying their newfound relationship.


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Crystal Lacey Winslow, a native of New York City, draws on both her human and environmental experiences for inspirations for her writings.  The result is a unique and melodramatic storytelling technique.
Crystal continues to entertain and inspire thousands of avid readers, aspiring writers, and entrepreneurs.  She shows no signs of slowing down and assures that there will be many more melodramatic works to come from this brilliantly talented woman.