To all you lovers of Texas history who faithfully read my weekly blog, I am sending a very personal invitation to two book signings for Stein House. If you have been on board for a few months, you already know that Stein House is historical fiction (the history is accurate) set in the thriving Texas seaport of Indianola between 1853 and 1886.
I’ve already written about how I came to tell the story of Helga Heinrich the German immigrant and her children who sail into Indianola 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.
The family 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.
If you, dear reader, are in Sweden or Australia or India or one of the iced-over states in the U.S., I know you probably can’t make it to the book signings, so here’s my offer: The publisher of Stein House has given me some free E-book stubs. If you would like to read Stein House, just let me know, and I’ll be tickled to send you the secret code for downloading a copy to one of your electronic devices.
I have ten copies to give away. Of course, I am secretly hoping that you will like Stein House, and that you will write a gentle review, and that you will spread good words about Stein House to your many friends. If you prefer a real, between the covers copy of Stein House, you can order it by clicking on the link on the right side of this blog.
Meantime, here’s the invite for dear readers who live in this neck of the Texas woods:
Meet and Greet the Author at Barnes & Noble, Arboretum
10,000 Research Blvd., #158
Austin, TX 78759
Saturday, February 1, 2014
2 to 4 pm
Meet and Greet the Author at Hastings Books
5206 N. Navarro
Victoria, TX 77901
Saturday, February 8, 2014
Noon to 4 pm
I hope to see you there.