Linda Pirtle launches her new cozy mystery at The Bookstore in Kilgore on Saturday

Author John T. Wayne and I will join her, and we invite you to come by for some great coffee, conversation, and books

Linda Pirtle will officially launch her new cozy mystery, Tarot Terrors, I will introduce my latest book, Confessions from the Road, and we will join John T. Wayne, whose new release is Treasure Del Diablo, for a special book signing Saturday, August 11, at Stephen Woodfin’s Bookstore in Kilgore. Wayne is the grandson of the legendary actor whose very name is synonymous with the western genre.

If you live anywhere within the East Texas region, we invite you to come by for some great coffee, conversation, and books. We will be autographing books from noon until 4 p.m. We would love to see you whether you need another book or not. The Bookstore in Kilgore is a wonderful place to catch up with old friends and make new ones.

The Bookstore in Kilgore is located at 1012 Houston Street, just across the street from Kilgore College.

Tarot Terrors

By Linda Pirtle

In a crowded Santa Fe Plaza, Lillian meets an elderly Navajo chieftain whose booth displays the most brilliant silver/turquoise jewelry she has ever seen. She suddenly hears a commotion and turns to see tourists running frantically.

What’s wrong?

When she looks back to the chieftain, he has vanished, but lying on the table is a small box addressed to “Miss Curiosity.” How did he know the nickname her husband gave her? Her old college friend Simon Townsend, a government agent, has surreptitiously slipped an object to her husband, and now Bill lies dead on the sidewalk.

It’s the beginning of one tragic moment after another. Warnings. Threats. Kidnapping. And death. Lillian does not believe in coincidences or predictions. But with the help of her standard poodle, Eli, and her son, Grant, an FBI agent, Lillian begins her own quest and faces the biggest challenge of her life: Bringing to justice those responsible for the death of her beloved Bill.

Award-winning Cozy Mystery author, Linda Pirtle introduces three new characters in Tarot Terrors: Madame Sophia, who reads tarot cards and predicts Lillian will find Bill’s killer in Pagosa Springs, Colorado; Sammie Nightingale, a young red-haired Navajo woman who has just completed a vision quest; and Sammie’s Uncle Jack Darling O’Toole, who runs the Pagosa Springs Trading Post. Who’s guilty? Who’s innocent? And what secrets do they have to hide?

Confessions from the Road

By Caleb Pirtle III

I grew up in a world occupied by storytellers. Their stories were better than books. Their stories became books. After all, life is just one story piled on top of another with page numbers.

In those days, storytellers did not know they were telling stories. They were simply carrying on a conversation. I never outgrew their stories. Nor did I ever stop listening to conversations that hopscotched their way along the side of a wayward road.

The voices stay with me. So do the stories they told me.

The voices may come from down the road apiece, at the counter of a diner, on the bar stool in a beer joint, sitting in the front yard of a mountain cabin, along a stretch of spun-sugar sand, back in the darkness of a pine thicket, amidst the downtown traffic jam of a city at sundown, or from the faint memories of a distant past.

Everyone who crosses my path has a story to tell. It may be personal. It may be something that happened last week or the year before. It may have been handed down for more than a single generation. It may even be true, but who knows anymore?

For decades I’ve collected the stories I hear and can’t forget those whose names are often long forgotten. But at one time in my life, they came my way, and I wrote down their confessions from the road.

The Treasure Del Diablo

By John T. Wayne

Bobby Joe’s life takes an unexpected turn when he witnesses a murder.

While searching for the lost treasure del Diablo, Bobby Joe is stranded in an unforgiving desert environment when his last mule dies. With no alternative, he begins the grueling walk to water and safety.

Saved by the dead man’s horse, and finding a letter from an uncle to the murdered man, Bobby Joe makes the life-changing decision to assume the identity of the look-alike dead man. Taking over someone’s life is never easy, but Bobby Joe’s situation is even more perilous as he avoids attempts on his life, a hostile takeover, an Arizona Ranger, determined to get answers, and the wife of the murdered man who knows Bobby Joe isn’t who he says he is.

Not giving up on his dream of finding the lost treasure del Diablo, he enlists the help of a ranch hand while he takes over as the new owner of the Slash M.

Can he earn the love of the woman who sees through his facade and save the ranch before his deception is exposed?

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