Wrangler News

Timothy Edwards says "Word Wrangler was the best"

posted Sep 20, 2012, 8:43 AM by txword wrangler

Thank you again for the honor of being included in the Texas Word Wrangler Festival this year.  Of all of the book events I have been involved in across Texas this year, the Word Wrangler was the best.  It made me so proud of our community.  I feel blessed to live here and serve a church in Giddings. 

Sincerely, Tim Edwards

Mary Wade compliments festival "There is a wonderful spirit of cooperation that makes this event special"

posted Sep 19, 2012, 5:48 PM by txword wrangler

I want to thank you and Pam and all the rest of the Word Wrangler committee and the library staff for an opportunity to come be part of the festival. You have a wonderful facility -- so much room and so well equipped. I think it is wonderful that you provide this for students in your area.

I want to congratulate the city, the library, and all the supporters of your efforts. There is a wonderful spirit of cooperation that makes this event special. Having the students experience what a writer or illustrator does can inspire them in their efforts to write well. 

I am pleased with the enthusiasm and support for the library that I see in Giddings.

Thank you again.

Mary Wade

Anna Church says "Giddings Townspeople are the best!"

posted Sep 19, 2012, 5:42 PM by txword wrangler

I got back Friday night from a wonderful time at the Texas Word Wrangler Festival. The town of Giddings, TX were very gracious hosts! The town welcomed us with open arms. I had a great time presenting to children at Giddings Elementary Thursday and handed out flyers, 150 book markers,  and coloring contest pages. On Friday, I handed out more than 300 book markers, 400 business cards and all 200 coloring contest pages to children that were bussed in from private schools in the area. I was excited to be asked again to do a mini-presentation to some of the private school children on Friday at the library. I sold over 20 books and had a great time answering children's interviewed questions and autographing book markers. Met many great authors and people at the festival. 

I think the only thing I would change is have it on Friday and Saturday. I had some frantic parents that came around 5:00 pm on Friday to purchase autographed books while I was taking my table down. They apologized for being so late but they could not get off work any earlier. 

Oh and I can't forget the great time that I had at the Thursday Gala Dinner, a great deal of the townspeople were involved setting it up and recognized that night. 

 I am looking forward to coming back next year with my new book and I will be more prepared for the children that visited the library on Friday.

Anna Church

Author/co-illustrator Hug-A-Bug Travels


Thank You to the 2012 TWWF Authors

posted Sep 19, 2012, 11:12 AM by txword wrangler   [ updated Sep 19, 2012, 5:36 PM ]

Dear 2012 Texas Word Wranglers

All of the Texas Word Wrangler Festival Committee members thank you wholeheartedly for taking time to visit our Festival as participants. We enjoyed meeting each of you who were “first time attendees.” We were so happy to see those “return” Word Wranglers. Each one of you has earned the title of “Veteran Texas Word Wrangler”!!! Thank you for making 2012 Texas Word Wrangler Festival, again… the BEST EVER!!! We are so glad you were here to help us Celebrate Texas Authors

The feedback from the school visits made by those of you who visited schools is great!! The kids loved hearing you. Thank you for taking that time. The Giddings ISD Board of Directors will hear from me at their next meeting (Thursday September 20th … tomorrow night) to thank them for the cooperation they gave the Festival again this year.

We have heard from a number of you and we love hearing what you have to say. Thank you for your very kind and wonderful words. We have also had very constructive feedback for some of you… we thank you for that also. We can’t build if we don’t know what to fix.

In late December of this year or early January of next year you will be hearing from me about the 2013 TWWF. If there is a better email for you than the one I am using here, please get it to me. I will correct my list. If you do not hear from me by the end of January and you want to return, please contact me.  If I do not hear from you, I can only assume that you do are not interested in coming back at this particular time. Sadly, just because you have been here before does not guarantee you a table for the next time. Please do not plan on coming until you have heard “officially” from the Author Selection Committee Chairman, who at this time is Minnie or the Giddings Public Library.

If there is an author whom you think would like to come to our Festival, please give them our website http://www.texaswordwrangler.com which has a “Contact Us”. It will be forwarded to me or send me their name, website (if they have one) and email. We had 32 authors signed up this year although some had to withdraw for one reason or another. Twenty-five participated. Twenty-five is also the number that we can best handle inside the library. We will stick to “first come, first accepted.” If we run out of space, it would break our hearts to have to turn you down.

We are having our "wrap up" meeting on September 24th. After that we will be meeting monthly until August of 2013. Throughout August and up to the Festival in September, we will be meeting weekly. The 2013 Texas Word Wrangler Festival is Friday September 13, 2013.

On September 24th, we will look at our successes--- such as the fact that we had an especially diverse group of authors, a large group of authors. And good authors!! There was a lot of camaraderie among you as a group. We love seeing to see that! The school visits went very well as did the visits to TWWF from the three schools which sent busses….. AND more than 620 people came into the library that day.

Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative again sponsored the “Hometown Heroes” luncheon which included the authors and the TWWF committee and library staff was a huge success!! Those of our “Hometown Heroes” are still telling us how much they enjoyed meeting you.

We are very pleased with this year’s Festival. As always, we will look at things that we could have done better. The turnout was better than last year. We welcome any suggestions that you might have to make our event more successful. We also welcome constructive criticism.


In the true meaning of the Giddings Area Chamber of Commerce motto


"Come as our Guest, Leave as our Friend"


each of us feels that you came as our guest and left as our friend.


Again, we thank each of you for coming because without you, we would not have had such a wonderful Festival!

Sherry Garland writes

posted Sep 19, 2012, 10:39 AM by txword wrangler

I just wanted to thank you, the Word Wrangler committee, librarians and everyone else who so graciously welcomed me and the other authors to your festival.  I had a wonderful time.  The food was too good -- I gained two pounds! 

from Doug Hiser's BLOG Book Festivals -a great place for ART and BOOKS!

posted Sep 19, 2012, 10:35 AM by txword wrangler

It has been a WILD 2 Weekends of signing my books and selling my ART!.....First in Tyler at the East Texas Book Fest and then last weekend in Giddings, Texas at the 7th Annual Word Wrangler Festival. I have to tell you that NOBODY takes better care of their invited AUTHORS than the people in the CITY of GIDDINGS! =======================================================Funny story that happened to me Thursday night! I left the author banquet and headed to my hotel-The Ramada Inn-which I had already stopped by on the way into town and picked up my key. SO I go to my hotel and park in front of my room # 123 and get out and -DANG it --my key won't open the hotel room door! SO—I start to walk around front to the OFFICE- after trying the key numerous times! When I get to the front I look up at the sign-EXECUTIVE INN--OOPS! I am at the wrong hotel-no wonder my key doesn't work! the two hotels both have red signs and are very close to each other- I bet I'm not the first person to do this!!I felt like an idiot!! HA HA! ........................................................................................................I read one of my all time favorite short stories to the students from the local schools, "The Woodville Monster" which I know so well I don't even have to read I end up telling the story and being very dramatic instead of reading!! Kids love scary funny stories!! I love speaking to students about great books and the wonderful world of reading--GIVE me my soapbox and I tell them how I started reading and WHY they all should NOT MISS OUT on reading all the great books out there!! I talked about Journey to the Center of the Earth, Old Yeller, the TARZAN books, Rudyard Kipling and on and on....The students like all the animal art and the occasional superhero art I have and how many times did I hear from the little ones, "You are a very good drawer." SO instead of an artist I should just say I am a professional DRAWER!

====================================================================================I I am proud to have sold the "GREEN SEA TURTLE" painting there too! Good sales and I only returned with about half of all the prints I brought and books sales were great. Now is the time for restocking my art prints and getting more mats and organizing everything for ARTSTOBERFEST in Galveston!! The BIG ART fest! I am so looking forward to 30,000 people in 2 days on the ISLAND looking at the ART FEST! I LOVE meeting people that love ART, the conversations alone are worth the weekend


Charlie Yates for Dee Wilbur

posted Sep 19, 2012, 10:23 AM by txword wrangler


We had a wonderful time at the Word Wrangler Festival. Thanks for letting us come.

A bit of bragging: Our first book, A Jealous God, became the number one best-seller in its Kindle e-book category. Yeah.

Charlie Yates

For Dee Wilbur

Diane Garner and Doug Hiser

posted Sep 11, 2012, 3:50 PM by txword wrangler

Welcome Diane Garner author of "Cinderella's Daughter and the Secret of Big Bend"

Diane Garner considers herself a small town Texas Anglo girl with an astonishingly successful single mom. She experiences a dramatic transition from desperate poverty that resulted when her father abandoned the family. The family finds prosperity in a small Texas town when her mother becomes a hospital executive-a very unusual career for a woman in the fifties. Diane grows up in the nurturing community where she enjoys various adventures and mischievous pranks with friends. One day at the age of twenty-two she learns a startling secret about her mother's hidden past, then embarks on a journey to restore the lost legacy of her family.

Diane Garner grew up in small town Texas and was an educator in Houston for 25 years. In 1975 she transcribed her grandfather's 130 letters as a gift to her mother. After retiring, she began in earnest to write her family's story. She has previously published Letters from the Big Bend: Legacy of a Pioneer. She and her husband live in Houston, Texas where she is an active member of her church and likes to read, travel, and do volunteer work.

Welcome Doug Hiser author of "Montana Mist: Winter of the White Wolf"

In the remote Montana wilderness, a mountain man, once a professional athlete, lives his life in seclusion protecting and raising orphan wolves until he gives his heart to Sassy, a young woman hitchhiking across America. He guards his secrets and the other woman in his life, a beautiful blind woman, known as "Shy Girl." The wolf pack roams the mountains as he searches for the white wolf, Mist; that he raised and released into the harsh snowy forested peaks, his ties with the wolves as close as the bond with his new love. Montana Mist is the story of one man's secrets, the two women in his life, and the wild world of wolves of the remote forest in the last untamed region where man has not put his imprint on the land. A man shaped by the mystery of his past and the complication of his future while the adventure of his heart threatens to destroy his solitary precious world of mountain, wolverine, moose, elk, and wolf.

Doug Hiser is an author/artist, athlete/coach, teacher, American Gladiator, with a background in applied design and visual arts. Author of Secret Grotto, Cavern of the Eggstone, Lost Oasis, Crow Canyon, Wink-Eye Creek, Amazon.com bestseller, The Honey Bee Girl, Tropical Calypso-award winning short stories, Amazon bestseller 2011 Montana Mist.. The many books range from sensitive bitttersweet drama, literary fiction to all out odd quirky horror flings. Hiser writes to purge his mind of the unending bombardment of imagination that must be released.

Cindy Cerny and Connie Carson

posted Sep 10, 2012, 1:31 PM by txword wrangler

Through the Eyes of InnocenceWelcome to Cindy Cerny author of "Through the Eyes of Innocence."
In this beautiful photographic edition, Poet Cindy Cerny has aptly captured in verse what the photographers have immortalized on film. As the title implies, innocence is personified on each precious and often precocious face. Page by page the reader is captivated by the purity of the subject matter and delighted by the quality of each image.

Cindy Cerny was born and raised in Glen Flora, Texas. The Author resides in Friendly Corner, a small community outside of El Campo, Texas.

Welcome to Connie Carson author of "The Marshal's Lady"

Amber had grown up as the oldest of seven children in a very poor family in St. Louis, Missouri. So, when a wealthy Texas rancher had ask her to marry him she had jumped at the chance for a better life. She did not know until they arrived at the ranch just how isolated the ranch was or the true personality of her husband. Jace Prescott's father was a sheep rancher and his mother was an Apache Indian. Jace grew up under the cruel hand of his father and the hatred of the people of Wolf Creek, Texas because he was a half-breed Apache.

ReadinFront Coverg has always been one of Connie's favorite past times.  During her early school years her favorite reading material was about animals, especially horses.  While in high school she began reading historical fiction and claims to have learned more history from fiction than from text books.

   Shortly before retiring from her government job Connie decided to write a book of her own.  She didn't know what time frame she wanted to write about but knew she wanted it to be something about the settling of early America.  After much research and thought she chose to begin by writing about life during the American revolution.  Besides writing Connie enjoys doing volunteer work at the animal shelter in her hometown of Austin, Texas.

Bob Lawrence & Brooklyn James

posted Sep 6, 2012, 10:56 AM by txword wrangler

The Legend of Misty RainsWelcome to Bob Lawrence author of "Legend of Misty Rains"

Raised by his Mountain Man uncle, Misty was thrown back into his Mother’s Boston society lifestyle. The war honed his gun skills and the Rangers gave him a badge but the dime novels made him a hero. Ambushed and sold to the Indians, Misty spent years in a Mexico mine prison. Escape led him to the range wars of New Mexico. Sick of the killing on both sides of the law, Misty was trying to return to the mountains he called home. Looking for peace and a simple way of life he was going home either to heal or to die.

Bob grew up in the Central Texas town of Giddings, where he found the mystery and thrill of books at an early age. From his love of literature he made himself a promise to write his dreams and in some small way pay tribute to those who had given him such enjoyment. Bob Lawrence spent his teenage years working in the family business and participating in school sports where he excelled at sports and music. Bob frequently performed with local bands later formed his own local group in the Houston area.

After graduation, Bob went to work for Southern Pacific Railroad, served in the military during the Vietnam war then continued his employment with the railroad until his retirement in 2004. With his son, Vince, and daughter, Tina, grown and living successful lives, he turned back to his dream of writing.

Welcome Brooklyn James, author of "Vigilare"

Detectives Gina DeLuca and Tony Gronkowski investigate a string of murders among Vanguard's most loathsome population, rapists and pedophiles. With fed up citizens, the city is on the verge of a vigilante uprising in support of their seemingly super-human Vigilare with the sparkling emerald green eyes. Friend or foe, Vanguard Police Department has a job to do in bringing the vigilant one to justice, causing their own internal battle with right and wrong. Following their leads, Detectives DeLuca and Gronkowski find themselves pulled into a mysterious world of super blood and super powers and closer to the Vigilare than ever expected.

Brooklyn James is a singer/songwriter who currently resides in Austin, Texas, Live Music Capital of the World. She holds a Bachelor’s in Nursing and Animal Science, and a Master’s in Communication. This is her first novel.

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