Saturday, June 22, 2019

Rainy Books: When The Men Were Gone

WHEN THE MEN WERE GONE
by
MARJORIE HERRERA LEWIS
  Genre: Historical / Biographical / Sports Fiction
Publisher: William Morrow 
Date of Publication: October 2, 2018
Number of Pages: 240
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A cross between Friday Night Lights and The Atomic City Girls, When The Men Were Gone is a debut historical novel based on the true story of Tylene Wilson, a woman in 1940s Texas who, in spite of extreme opposition, became a female football coach in order to keep her students from heading off to war.
Football is the heartbeat of Brownwood, Texas. Every Friday night for as long as assistant principal Tylene Wilson can remember, the entire town has gathered in the stands, cheering their boys on. Each September brings with it the hope of a good season and a sense of unity and optimism. Now, the war has changed everything. Most of the Brownwood men over eighteen and under forty-five are off fighting, and in a small town the possibilities are limited. Could this mean a season without football? But no one counted on Tylene, who learned the game at her daddy’s knee. She knows more about it than most men, so she does the unthinkable, convincing the school to let her take on the job of coach. Faced with extreme opposition by the press, the community, rival coaches, and referees -- and even the players themselves -- Tylene remains resolute. And when her boys rally around her, she leads the team -- and the town -- to a Friday night and a subsequent season they will never forget. Based on a true story, When the Men Were Gone is a powerful and vibrant novel of perseverance and personal courage.

PRAISE FOR WHEN THE MEN WERE GONE:
"Sublimely ties together the drama of high school football, gender politics, and the impact of war on a small town in Texas.” – Best of Books, 2018, Sports Illustrated
“A beautiful story that stays in your heart long after you finish reading.” - Jodi Thomas, New York Times bestselling author “Based on a true story that most people probably don’t know, readers will find plenty to love in Herrera Lewis’ debut.” -- Kirkus Review











Marjorie Herrera Lewis is an award-winning sportswriter, named the first female Dallas Cowboys beat writer when she was with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. She later joined the SportsDay staff of The Dallas Morning News, where she continued to cover the NFL and professional tennis. She is currently a contributing sportswriter for PressBoxDFW.com. 
While writing When the Men Were Gone, she became inspired to try her hand at coaching football herself and was added to the Texas Wesleyan University football coaching staff in December 2016. Marjorie has degrees from Arizona State University, The University of Texas in Arlington, Southern New Hampshire University, and certificates from Southern Methodist University, and Cornell University. She is married and has two grown daughters and one son-in-law.
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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Rainy Books: Max...Attacks by Kathi Appelt

MAX ... ATTACKS
by
KATHI APPELT
illustrated by Penelope Dullaghan
Children's Picture Book / Humor / Stories in Verse Publisher: Atheneum / Caitlyn Dlouhy Books
Date of Publication: June 11, 2019
Number of Pages: 40 Scroll down for the giveaway!




Fish and birds and lizards and socks…is there anything Max won’t attack? 
Watch your ankles and find out in this clever, rhyming picture book about a very naughty kitty cat. Max is a cat. He attacks. From socks to strings to many a fish, attacking, for Max, is most de-lish. But how many of these things can he actually catch? Well, let’s just say it’s no even match.
Kathi Appelt is the author of the Newbery Honoree, National Book Award finalist, PEN USA Literary Award–winning, and bestselling The Underneath as well as the National Book Award finalist The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp, Maybe a Fox (with Alison McGhee), Keeper, and many picture books including Counting Crows and Max ... Attacks
She has two grown children and lives in College Station, Texas, with her husband and their six cats. She serves as a faculty member at Vermont College of Fine Arts in their MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults program.


Penelope Dullaghan is an award-winning illustrator whose work includes illustrations for ad campaigns, book publishers, magazines, newspapers, products, videos and most recently, children. Max ... Attacks is her debut picture book.
Penelope works from her home studio in Indianapolis, Indiana where she also home schools her daughter, plays in the river behind her house, and tends to her front-yard garden.
She is especially interested in collaborating with brands that support sustainability, simplicity, and wellness. Connect with Penelope on her Website.

The real Max was neither blue, nor did he have a switchy tail. In fact, he didn’t have a tail at all. He was an American Bobtail, almost fire red, and in his prime he weighed in at over twenty pounds. For seventeen years, he served as best friend and roommate to the author’s oldest son Jacob Appelt, who adopted Max from the local animal shelter. Together they wrote music, traveled, entertained friends and family, and kept an eye on the neighborhood parrots. Even though Max was famous for attacking anything that moved, he was, and always will be, the biggest, sweetest cat ever! 
And many thanks to Jacob for the line: “a mighty nap attacked our Max.” Best line in the book!
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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Rainy Books: The Little Teashop on Main

THE LITTLE TEASHOP
ON MAIN
by
Jodi Thomas
Genre: Contemporary Literary Fiction / Coming of Age Publisher: HQN Publication Date: May 7, 2019
Number of Pages: 336 pages Scroll down for the giveaway!


A rainy-day ritual—a tea party between three little girls—becomes the framework of not only their friendship but their lives. Blonde, curly-haired Zoe is openhearted, kind and free-spirited, and dreams of becoming a famous actor in New York City. Shy Emily struggles with mental health but has the heart and soul of a writer. And Shannon—tall, athletic, strong—has a deep sense of loyalty that will serve her well when she heads off to military college. As Zoe, Emily, and Shannon grow into women—forging careers, following dreams, and finding love—they’ll learn that life doesn’t always unfold the way they want it to, but through it all, the one constant is each other and their regular tea parties. And when the unthinkable happens, the girls must come together to face the greatest test of all. A deeply moving novel about the family that raises us, the hearts that nurture us, and the great friendships that define our lives. PRAISE FOR THE LITTLE TEASHOP ON MAIN: "Heart-wrenching as well as heartwarming, the book reflects the experiences of these seven multifaceted and compelling characters as they journey through challenging years together." -- NY Journal of Books “A comforting treasure for regular Thomas readers who enjoy the easy flow of her writing, a little steamy romance to spice things up, and the development of vulnerable, realistic characters.” -- Booklist

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EXCERPT FROM THE LITTLE TEASHOP ON MAIN
by Jodi Thomas

Only when Mommy left, Shannon started crying, and the tea Zoe had looked forward to didn’t seem much like a party. One of her special guests was crying, and the other’s cheeks were still wet with tears. Zoe decided she was the worstest hostess ever.
“Are you sick?” Zoe asked, guessing if the new princess was sick, the party would probably be over.
Shannon shook her head. “My mommy left my daddy and me this morning.”
Emily whispered, “Is she coming back home? Maybe she just went to the store?”
“No. She packed her big suitcase, then slammed her keys on the table like they were too hot to hold in her hand. She didn’t even help me find my crown. She said she couldn’t look at me. It hurt too much.”
Zoe remembered what her mommy told her about being a hostess. She pulled off her crown and gave it to Shannon. “I have another one made of flowers. I’ll wear it and be the flower princess.”
By the time she got back from digging in her closet to find the ring circled with plastic daisies, Shannon and Emily were giggling. They’d put cherries inside the sandwiches and couldn’t wait to have Zoe taste them.
A stem stuck out between the slices of bread, but Zoe played along, acting surprised. Then she poured the lemonade tea, and they all tried it with a Hershey’s Kiss dropped into each plastic cup.
As the hour passed, the girls tried on each other’s dresses, traded crowns several times and ate all the goodies. They hugged goodbye, all begging to have a tea party every rainy Saturday.
Shannon’s father smiled as he knelt to lift up his daughter in one arm. “Come along, princess. I think you’ve got icing in your hair.” His big hand moved over her yellow curls, only smearing the blob of icing more.
She hugged him. “I was afraid you might not come back, Daddy. I thought you would pack your bag and leave me too. But Zoe said you were really a knight who lost his armor and you’d be back.”
The sergeant looked down at Zoe. “She’s right. I will never leave you. A knight is always there to protect his princess.” He nodded once at Zoe. “And, of course, her friends.”
“We are friends,” all three girls shouted. “Forever friends.”
He winked at Zoe. “Next rainy Saturday, I’ll have the tea party set up at our house, but you ladies will have to plan the food.”
All three five-year-olds giggled as they waved goodbye.

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With millions of books in print, Jodi Thomas is both a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over 45 novels and 14 short story collections. Her stories travel through the past and present days of Texas and draw readers from around the world.
In July 2006, Jodi was the 11th writer to be inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. With five RITA’s to her credit, along with National Readers’ Choice Awards and Booksellers’ Best Awards, Thomas has proven her skill as a master storyteller.
Honored in 2002 as a Distinguished Alumni by Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, Thomas enjoys interacting with students at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas, where she currently serves as Writer in Residence.
When not working on a novel, or inspiring students to pursue writing careers, Thomas enjoys traveling with her husband, renovating an historic home, and “checking up” on their grown sons and four grandchildren.

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