Meet the Authors

Come meet the following local authors on Saturday, June 6th and Sunday, June 7th inside 404 Main Street. This is a unique opportunity to meet some fascinating authors, get an autographed book for you (and another copy for a friend), and ask them about their books.

And who knows? By the time the festival is over, you may just find a new favorite author!

List of Authors


olyveOlyve Hallmark Abbott


Fort Worth, Texas
Paranormal/Amateur Sleuth/Non-Fiction


GGhosts In The Graveyard: Texas Cemetery Taleshosts in the Graveyard: Texas Cemetery Tales

Legends of abandoned old graveyards and some not so abandoned abound-the crying dog in the cemetery well, the wandering ghost of Long Tom March, who carries a deck of cards and won’t rest until he finds a winning poker hand. Next to a graveyard where an arm is buried, the old piano in the fogotten church plays. These and other tales along with some more recent real-life experiences will intrigue you, skeptic or not.


Texas Ghosts:  Galveston, Houston, and VicinityTexas Ghosts: Galveston, Houston, and Vicinity

Take a chilling journey into South Texas, post Hurricane Ike, from The Woodlands to Galveston, where the long departed are waiting to tell you their stories. Spend a frightening vacation moving from one haunted place to the next, taking in haunted hotels, mansions, and depots. Legends of haunted graveyards, phantom dogs, and other eerie phenomena will intrigue you.


51RK4EPoM+L._AA160_TV-Live – or Dead (a Paranormal Mystery)

Lisa Warren discovers the star she replaces on the hottest TV show of the 1960s may have been murdered. When a crucial clue comes her way, her sleuthing talent can’t stay dormant any more than her telepathic sensitivity.

Join Lisa as she performs her heart out while hunting a murderer. Each rehearsal, each costume fitting brings her closer to a final curtain than she realizes. Thank goodness a little paranormal help hovers nearby, just when she needs it most.



Come Sundown: The Life and Letters of a Frontier Woman

From an award-winning author, Come Sundown conveys the story of Permelia Nickell Hawkins and her family, as they strive to make a better life in Texas. Leaving Eastern Kentucky’s bad times in 1880 didn’t mean they would find Texas problem-free. With Permelia’s strength and faith, she didn’t have a crisis she couldn’t solve, or at least cope with. Through the letters in this book, questions asked in one are often answered in another. Following the storyline in the letters, along with the continuity, leaves the readers to believe they have just read a novel.

11054_1547151978899227_6817249283250743143_nangieAngie Barton
Saginaw, Texas
Juvenile Fiction



Hi My Name is Hanna and I’m Adopted

Born in Ethiopia and recently adopted by an American family Hanna shares some of her new experiences and agrees that yes her first mommy was right. Living in America has given her a different life!




Julie B. Cosgrove
Fort Worth, Texas
Christian Romantic Suspense/Christian Fiction/Bible Study


510KHxe5OlL._AA160_Hush the Storm

Jen, a young widow floundering in the storm of mourning, whose only lifeline is her humdrum job, is tossed into a maze of deceit and intrigue by a coworker named Tom…at the request of her late husband, or so Tom says. He kidnaps her and fakes her death to keep her safe from the cartel who he thinks caused her husband’s “accident.” Together, they are thrust into a tempest of danger and deceit where no one is whom they claim to be. The list of people Jen can believe in keeps diminishing. Who can she trust while dodging the Feds, human traffickers and the press who’ve discovered she’s alive? How will Jen rescue the two held-captive girls she befriends without drowning them, Tom, and herself in the waves of betrayal, especially when she’s begun to suspect her husband may not be as dead as everyone thinks…

515u4WJC3kL._AA160_Legitimate Lies

Jen assumes she can escape her past after she testifies against Robert, her human trafficking mogul husband, and enters into witness protection under a new identity. That is until a baby shows up on the stoop of the library where she works, and another man from her past, Tom, appears in her living room. Now she must relocate again under yet another name and memorize a new set of legitimate lies to explain who she is.

When Robert discovers her latest identity, he has other plans for her, such as enslaving her in a Tudor manor in Southern England. The scandalous family secrets she discovers may hold the key to her and the daughter of the manor’s freedom. But first she must tunnel through a myriad of lies, including the dark sin which has held her own heart captive. If the truth is revealed, will it hinder her one chance for happiness?


Christina is at a loss
her parents’ deaths were just months apart.
her only child has flown the nest.
Jeff, her husband, is often absent —
even when he’s at home in his beloved recliner.

Suddenly, her dashing, newly divorced, high school beau resurfaces. Will Christina’s latest trifocals help her focus on what’s important in her life? Or, will Jeff’s secret plan get her back into his arms?

41rJBGEpCBL._AA160_PRAYING – Bringing Power and Purpose to Your Prayers


PRAYING is a Biblcally based step by step guide to bring purpose and power to your prayers and to enrich your relationship with others and with God. Questions at the end of each chapter make this book an excellent Bible study guide.



LauraLaura Eckroat
Fort Worth, Texas
Children’s Picture Books


41ooyoQ0WEL._AA160budThe Life of Bud

This is the story of life and how important we all are and how hard it is to let go in the end. The story follows Bud, who starts out in life as a tiny bud—he feels insignificant. But Bud grows into a beautiful, vibrant leaf on the Mighty Oak Tree and becomes a very important part of the tree. Those who have looked for a children’s book that explains gently about the topic of life and death, look no further. The Life of Bud explains to children and reminds adults that death is an important part of life.

419JUoyQf+L._AA160_simplerA Simpler Time

Oversaturated with the latest video games and iPhone apps, does anyone slow down to remember A Simpler Time? Join A.J. as she discovers a summer of fun with her mom, finding animals in the clouds, and a trek to find the perfect four-leaf clover!



515b41zUkCL._AA160_donutWent Out To Get a Donut – Came Home With a Muffin

I am the Senior Trainer at PetSmart® in Lake Worth, TX, where Muffin’s pet parent enrolled Muffin in training classes at our PetSmart® store. At first, Muffin was scared and hid under her mommy’s chair. Muffin found out that training class was fun and interesting, and her mommy gave her treats and affection for doing her lessons correctly—what we call ‘positive reinforcement’. Muffin became our ‘star student!’


51uZ-27Ni8L._AA160_muffinWhat’s In the Corner? A Muffin “Tail”

Sing along to this musical mystery tail as Muffin the rescue dog discovers what’s in the corner of her suburban backyard, while protecting her owner! Whats in the Corner? A Muffin “Tail” is Muffin’s second adventure and is sure to spark the imagination of children of all ages.




466933_3544535606260_442561179_oDeAnn Daley Holcomb
Plano, Texas



Family Secrets

Will Jennalee, shattered by her true identity, find comfort in the arms of the strong and handsome Lance Forrester? Will Emma Cherie find the courage to leave her abusive husband and take a chance on finding happiness in the form of her one true love? Will the lovely and captivating Charlene learn to relinquish control and let destiny take its course? Family Secrets is set in Pleasant Valley, Texas, and chronicles the heartbreaking, hilarious romantic journeys of three generations of women.


a34219_7b9337b1b587406197cbf8fc32d5cc25.jpg_srz_p_176_212_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_jpg_srzJ.C. Hulsey
Midlothian, Texas


51AFpsyyMEL._AA160_Angel Falls, Texas

Jedidiah Isaiah Jenkins, An 18-20 year old red-headed, left handed fast draw travels the states and territories of the old west of the late 1800s with his two friends, rooting out and destroying evil whenever and wherever he finds it. Jed is easy going until pushed too far, then it is kill or be killed. He and his friends eliminate killers, outlaws, and thieves when the local authorities can’t—or won’t—do anything about them.
As Jed travels through the states and territories ridding the towns of evil, it isn’t long before those in need are calling on him for assistance.
Jed is a young man with a cross to bear. On one hand, he’s a Born Again Christian, on the other hand he’s a ruthless killer when given no other choice.
Jed is a true Christian at heart, and believes he has been ordained to carry out God’s will. But does Jed have what it takes to rid these places of the evil that is wreaking havoc?

51k473pAJzL._AA160_Velvet Sky, Arizona

After two days of traveling, I pulled up on Sugar’s reins, stared at the trail ahead, turned in the saddle and looked at the dusty trail behind. It looked like silver water running off a ducks back, and the land in front of us seemed to sizzle, like a burning flame. Some of the terrain looked vaguely familiar, but then looking a second time, it didn’t look like anything I had seen before. As I took another look, the subtle rise and fall of the land all looked the same.


51se940e-mL._AA160_Angry Orchard, Colorado

He pointed to a poster on the wall. “Maybe, you’d better read that poster,” he said.
The poster read:
‘Interesting.” I said.

51CwMotuyML._AA160_Clear Stone, Wyoming

We all went over to the sound and there in the bushes was a young Indian brave. He was in pretty bad shape. The other Indians must have thought he had run off when the fighting started, or maybe they didn’t care because he was so young, so they didn’t bother looking for him. He was probably ten or eleven years old, too young to be going on a raid like this.



TracyLawson2015Tracy Lawson
Dallas, Texas
Young Adult Dystopian/Non-Fiction History


41ocjtzWZpL._AA160_Counteract (Resistance Series Book One)

The Office of Civilian Safety and Defense has guarded the public against the rampant threat of terrorism for the last fifteen years with the full backing of the US government. Their carefully crafted list of Civilian Restrictions means no concerts or sporting events, no travel, no social media, no cash transactions, and no driver’s licenses for eighteen-year-olds Tommy and Careen. The OCSD has even outlawed grocery stores, all in the name of safety.

Now, there’s a new threat-airborne chemical weapons that could be activated at any time. But the OCSD has an antidote: Just three drops a day is all it takes to stay safe. It’s a small price to pay for safety.


indexfbFips, Bots, Doggeries and More

Henry Rogers was a miller who lived and worked in Mount Pleasant, Ohio, during most of the 19th Century. In the late summer and fall of 1838, while still a young man, Henry, his wife, and her parents traveled from their home in southwestern Ohio to New York City via horse-drawn wagon. Henry — a literate businessman with diverse interests living in a time and place that was undergoing substantial social, political, and economic change — kept a daily journal of at least the east-bound portion of this trip. His intent in maintaining this journal, he stated, was to mention all interesting subjects and things that come under my observation.

True to his word, Henry recorded observations of and thoughts about the landforms and waters he crossed, soils and their agricultural potential, crops, buildings and other architectural features, mills and other forms of industry, places and institutions with tourist appeal, and emerging transportation facilities. The social and political environment of the times, as well as the health and comfort of his party both humans and horses as they traveled eastward, were also commented upon in the Journal.


asn-profile1-300x298Amanda Stone Norton
Fort Worth, Texas
Middle Grade Reader/Fiction


61ViXKOCj7L._AA160_Muddy Madeleine Meets An Arach-A-Doo

Madeleine Morales’s name changed forever the day she fell into Bill’s Pond. Covered in mud and muck, this eleven year-old Latina emerged from the murky water with a new name, Muddy Madeleine—but everyone calls her Muddy. Muddy oozes with curiosity and her friends aren’t surprised when they discover she’s smitten with the scariest looking spider any of them have ever seen. Together, the young scientists investigate Hilandera’s zigzaggin’ zipper and ‘blood-thirsty’ diet. But the adventure takes a serious turn when Muddy finds Hilandera missing and the friends struggle to find out what happened to the giant arach-a-doo.


1376624461Connie Peck
Buckholts, Texas


41jV75yYJCL._AA160_The Black Pony

Midnight considers himself to be the best trainer of young riders and quite accomplished in the complicated playday patterns of pole bending and barrel racing. However, his riders have outgrown him and now leave him behind, riding off on their taller, faster barrel racing horses.Midnight is lonely. He escapes his corral, but his freedom may cost him his life.

Annie is the new kid in school. A sour experience she has had a few too many times this year, and she just can’t fit in. She thinks she has finally made a new friend with Mary, but when Mary goes to a party with Janet and doesn’t invite her, she is once again disappointed.

But when Annie and Midnight finally meet, magic happens. Does the pony actually speak to Annie, or is it her own loneliness and longing for acceptance making her imagine impossible things. No time to ponder, she must draw from her horsemanship lessons from her Grandfather and work harder than she has in her entire life, if she is to save the pony from dying of colic.

41NJMsgI8ZL._AA160_Midnight and the Racehorse

Desert Wind Farm has a problem. Ever since their old pony passed away, the race horses have not been running well. But worse than that, the champion stallion, Govad, has turned vicious. Are these high strung horses simply missing their old friend, or is something more sinister afoot? Annie can sense the terror and pain of the stallion through her magical telepathic connection with the black pony, Midnight, and she suspects animal abuse. Can she unravel this mystery in time for Govad to run his big race, or will the stallion’s mean streak force his owners to destroy him? Book Two of the Black Pony Adventures carries you into the exciting world of horse racing at beautiful Turf Paradise of Phoenix, and includes a fun gymkhana in Apache Junction.


Legend of the Superstition Gold

People gone missing, ghost stories, legends, and The Lost Dutchman Goldmine. Danger abounds, yet twelve year old Annie and her Welsh pony, Midnight, can’t wait to join the Shadow Riders in their annual overnight trek into the beautiful wilderness of the Superstition Mountains of Arizona. The trail ride she’s dreamed of for so long is all she hoped for with wildlife, hidden oasis in the desert, and the stories etched in stone by nations long gone. But Annie’s telepathic connection with her pony, and the pony’s ability to communicate with other animals, reveal the secret protected through centuries by The Thunder God of the Apache Nation. And Annie with her pony are swept away in a rockslide. Will Annie and Midnight be doomed to forever haunt forgotten trails and join the ranks of those ‘gone missing’ before her?

418+HLm+AUL._AA160_Pony Stories

Desert Wind Farm has a problem. Ever since their old pony passed away, the race horses have not been running well. But worse than that, the champion stallion, Govad, has turned vicious. Are these high strung horses simply missing their old friend, or is something more sinister afoot? Annie can sense the terror and pain of the stallion through her magical telepathic connection with the black pony, Midnight, and she suspects animal abuse. Can she unravel this mystery in time for Govad to run his big race, or will the stallion’s mean streak force his owners to destroy him? Book Two of the Black Pony Adventures carries you into the exciting world of horse racing at beautiful Turf Paradise of Phoenix, and includes a fun gymkhana in Apache Junction.


61r2j25O8iL._UX250_P.G. Shriver
Axtell, Texas
YA Adventure Fantasy/YA Paranormal Romance/MG Apocalyptic Fantasy


517NSZyAx4L._UY250_The Gifted Ones The Fairytale

Cheater–bounced from foster home to foster home since a fire at age five–runs away in search of the endless fairytale destination emphasized by her late mother. The young girl’s picture dawns every post in every city and the law seeks her for murder. She has nothing left to lose on her search, except her freedom.

Good-boy-gone-bad Jaz turns to crime after his mother is hospitalized and his seventeen-year-old sister dies at the hands of his stepfather. Longing to free himself of the Beast, he struggles with the bitter taste of defeat as his mother’s life balances between his world and the next.

In spite of deadly doubts for companions, Cheater welcomes Jaz on their journey for truth and their search for Paradise.

Bonded by familiarity, fate and fairytale, an evil awaits their arrival–the menacing, faceless monster who haunts Cheater’s dream. The end is coming, and The Gifted Ones will write the path.

51EYg3CeWPL._UY250_The Gifted Ones The Dream

Fire rages in their dream. Whirlwinds threaten their bond. Evil fuels their anger. Nathan, orphaned by murderers, steals his grandmother’s car to flee his home in Paradise leaving behind all that remains of his life, his family, his home—because of the dream. Rebecca, the talented, autistic, speechless one, knows more than her estranged father believes, which sets her on the run and into unfamiliar situations—because of the dream. Cai, the angry young woman orphaned after a plane crash, seeks reasons, revenge, restitution from her nightmarish tormentor—because of the dream. Thad—the frightened, quiet, suspicious one—fears his father, and the one in the dream who taunts him, beckons him, desires him. The fairytale prophesied them. The dream binds them. Cheater and Jaz need them. But they live in a world created by him, a world he’s worked hard to build, and he will let nothing, no one, undo the foundation of his future. Years of planning his worldwide takeover, researching predictions of the past, playing lives like a fine game of chess are at stake. He awaits the arrival of the twelve, and four of them are on their way, seeking union with those in the dark.

51HfqEhbWNL._UY250_Dead Perfect

My dreams never included falling in love. Graduating top of the class, going far away to college and starting a life in a place where my alcoholic mother could never find me were the top three goals on my list. Then the unexpected accident with Mother, after her regular doses of vodka, altered all of that. With her gone, my life and my perspective changed forever.

I decided to return to life and school. That’s where I noticed him, my Adonis, roaming the halls, searching for someone. Was it me? Love at first sight? Really? Cautiously, I reasoned the feeling suddenly spawned as a rebound to recent loneliness, but reasoning didn’t matter. Fantasies of him stole my thoughts. He was the hottest guy I had ever seen!

At the last drag race of the summer, where I would finally earn the title “County Champion” and a $3,000 purse to help pay my way through college, my best friend announces his proposal to Joanie. They were getting married, having a baby, and he was ecstatic about it! I was proud to get through high school, girls hungry to catch me, without losing it to any, just as I had planned. I would have time to date girls later, no reason to hurry! The county race outcome changed all of my plans.

Desperate to find Joanie so I could break free, I returned to my old school. The search led me to her, my Aphrodite, a familiar lost look in her soulful eyes. Fantasies of her forced reasoning from my mind. I had to meet her! But once fallen, could our love survive the truth about the final race and all of my ghostly secrets?

31eRe4WRYgL._AA160_Moon Thief

Four hundred years in the future, a post apocalyptic society emerges. Within this community, one who is different awaits his destiny of controlling the powers of the life giving Moon. Another waits to steal the power and return life to its greed ridden ways. Will the thief of Moon’s powers overcome Moon Child and change the world forever?



71ksPR2J3wL._UX250_Tui Snider
Azle, Texas
Offbeat Travel/Paranormal Travel/Offbeat History


51erFkV1puL._UY250_Unexpected Texas

You can’t make this stuff up. Actually you can… But here in Texas, you don’t have to! Not only does Tui Snider explain the stories behind these offbeat & overlooked sites, but she also gives directions to a bunch of quirky Texas places, including the: * Gravesite of an Alleged Space Alien * Courthouse Displaying a Dead Lizard * Statue of Jesus Wearing Cowboy Boots * Rope used to Lynch “Santa Claus” * Building Made Entirely of Salt * Wax Replica of Da Vinci’s Last Supper * 65 foot tall Eiffel Tower Replica * Petrified Wood Motel & Cafe * World’s Smallest Skyscraper * Only Michelangelo Painting in America … and much more!

51sqCJ6WcsL._UY250_Paranormal Texas

Why creep around at night when so many haunted places in north Texas are open to the public & active during the day? Why simply read ghost stories about north Texas when you can visit these sites in person? Not only does Tui Snider explain the intriguing stories behind the paranormal activity in the Dallas – Fort Worth area, but she gives directions to places you can visit in person, such as the: *Serial Killer’s Grave where EVP’s & Anomalous Photos are Common *Amusement Park where a Little Girl Haunts the Candy Store *Country Graveyard with a Mysteriously Glowing Tombstone *Hotel so Haunted that a University Teaches Parapsychology there *Elevator that Opens By Itself when Pretty Women Walk By *Historic Cemetery where People get EVP’s & Orbs in Broad Daylight *Ghost Town with an Operatic Apparition & a Haunted Restaurant *B&B with a Gentlemanly Ghost who seems Protective of Women *Theater that Kept its Resident Ghost in Mind when Remodeling *Historic Town Squares where nearly Every Shop has a Ghost

51e3pPynVjL._UY250_The Lynching of the Santa Claus Bank Robber

Around noon on December 23, 1927 Santa Claus strolled through the town of Cisco, Texas, patting children’s heads, and chatting with locals. He did not come bearing candy or gifts, however, nor did he care who was naughty or nice. No, this particular Santa and his helpers were there to rob a bank. At first, Marshall Ratliff’s white beard and red coat seemed the perfect disguise. A few minutes into the heist, things began to unravel. After a shootout riddling the bank with no less than 200 bullet holes, a car chase, and the abduction of two little girls, this particular Santa Claus became the focus of one of the largest manhunts in Texas state history. But the story does not end there. Tui Snider’s extensive research includes quotes from eyewitnesses, photos, and a myriad of quirky facts to round out this strange-but-true crime story. Along the way, Tui Snider discovered some intriguing loose ends, clues pointing to a mysterious blonde woman. Did the notorious Santa and his crew have a female helper, and did she get away with murder?