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Teen Movie This Monday!

Teens Watching Movie - Courtesy of Jupiter ImagesCalling all teens! There’s no better way to get ready for the holiday than with a movie. Join us on Monday, November 25, at 4 p.m. to enjoy a film with enough excitement and adventure to carry you through the break. Oh, and come and enjoy a little snack too. We are getting ready for Thanksgiving, after all.

The Future of Writing Looks Good at the Barbara Bush Branch

This past Saturday the branch hosted I Want to Be a Writer. Now What? panel discussion led by authors from the Northwest Houston Romance Writers of America. Our authors spoke to a full room of aspiring writers who were armed with pads, pens and excellent questions. The topics ranged from fleshing out ideas, to seeking representation, to eBook publishing. We can’t thank NWHRWA enough for helping us to inform and inspire so many hopeful writers.

Authors

The Panel
Front Row: Left to Right – Kara O’Neal, Sharon Migenery, Susan Muller
Back Row: Left to Right – Jen Langston, Carla Rossi, Janet Nash

I Want To Write a Book. Now What?

This Saturday is the day! The library will be hosting I Want To Write a Book. Now What? panel discussion. It will be an awesome opportunity to get some insight on writing and publishing. With that said, we want to introduce the final two panelists, Carla Rossi, and Kara O’Neal

Carla RossiCarla Rossi is a multi-published, award-winning author as well as a cancer survivor, life-long music minister, and speaker. She has been writing inspirational romance for Pelican Book Group since 2007. Her first YA short story, How Nick and Holly Saved Wrecked Saved Christmas is due out in November, and her next full-length inspirational romance, Unexpected Wedding releases in early 2014. Carla lives north of Houston with her husband and writing partner –a Maine Coon Cat.

 

 

Kara O'NealKara O'Neal was born and raised in Texas. After surviving those awkward years of 7 to 16, she spent two years at Sam Houston State University where she met her husband. He followed her to Texas Tech University and was proud when she graduated with a Bachelor's of Science in Human Development. Soon after graduation Kara followed her heart and became certified to teach Special Education. Becoming an author was a dream she stumbled upon. With the encouragement of her family and friends, she didn't discard this risky adventure. She is the author of Welcome Home.

Once again we are very thankful to the Northwest Houston Romance Writers of America for sitting on this panel. With these authors’ experiences, it should prove to be an extremely informative event. We’ll see you Saturday, November 9th, at 11 am in the Earl Elliott Room.

Meet the Author—Janet Nash

Janet NashIt is our pleasure to introduce to you another author who will be participating in our panel discussionJanet Nash.

Janet Nash is a Cypress, Texas resident and a member of Romance Writers of America.  She is the Business Manager of a church in Spring, TX where she and her husband also run a youth activity program called, Friday Nite Live! He debut novel, Powerless Consent, blends the romance, suspense, and inspirational genres to create a story that pushes a fifty-something married couple to the brink of disaster who must overcome insurmountable odds to not only salvage their marriage but to survive the evil machinations of a mastermind criminal.

Don’t forget. We’ll be meeting Saturday, November 9, at 11 a.m. in the Earl Elliott Room. No registration is necessary. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet some authors and gain some insight.

We Hope You Saved Room for Some Ham Radio

Pig at RadioIf you think “Ham Radio” sound delicious, then you definitely need to come to our program on Monday because you know nothing about ham radio!

That’s right, this coming Monday we will host Amateur Radio - 3 Million Friends and Counting. Don't miss your chance to learn about the history and practice of ham radio. It is an important hobby practiced by, well, millions. The program will be presented by the Northwest Amateur Radio Society (NARS) and is inspired by this year's Gulf Coast Reads book The Dog Stars by Peter Heller.

That’s Monday, October 28, at 6:30 pm. We’ll see you there!

Meet the Author—Sharon Mignerey

Sharon MignereyIt is our pleasure to introduce the next author who will be joining our panel on November 8th—Sharon Mignerey.

Sharon has always been passionate about writing and story-telling. She was one of those kids who always her head buried in a book. The library where she grew up had a three-book check-out limit, which meant she went there at least twice a week. Reading is still one of her favorite past times.

Sharon’s newest book is A Sacred Trust. Both her works, From the Ashes and The Good Neighbor, are now available in our collection for you to enjoy. Don’t worry. We’ll let you get more than three books at a time.

Meet the Author—Jenn Langston

Author Jenn LangstonWe are a week closer to I Want to Write a Book, Now What? so that means it is time to meet another author—Jenn Langston.

Jenn Langston is a writer and lover of historical romances. While sitting in the Texas heat, her mind resides overseas in London in the 1800s. Her first e-book, His Perfect Bride, has enjoyed constant sales and lead to a contract for the second book in the series. His Perfect Game will be released as an e-book in December of this year. When not writing, Jenn can be seen reading books or chasing her three kids around in the backyard.

With Jenn’s series being in e-book format, she should have some wonderful insight on this fairly new method of publishing. You will not want to miss out!

Meet the Author—Susan Muller

Susan C. MullerWith our panel discussion approaching, we wanted to take a moment to let you meet the moderator for on November 9th—Susan Muller.

Susan is a fourth generation Texan. She attended Stephen F. Austin State University where she majored in Business Administration. She started her first novel at age eleven, but it wasn’t until after she had worked many years and raised a family that she returned to her first love, writing. She is a member of Northwest Houston RWA, Kiss of Death online RWA, and The Houston Writers Guild. Her novel, The Secrets on Forest Bend, has won several awards.

We are very grateful to Susan and NHRWA for helping us coordinate this event. This is a wonderful opportunity for those of you who have the writing bug, but need a little insight on the industry and the process. Plus a book signing will follow! To meet the rest of the authors, come back and visit the site each week.

Aspiring Writers Unite!

Northwest Houston Romance Writers of America LogoDo you have an urge or desire to write a book, but feel overwhelmed by the idea? Perhaps you have question about how to start. Or maybe you’ve started a project and feel a little stuck. You may have gotten your project on paper, but need some direction on which steps to take next.

On Saturday, November 9, the Barbara Bush Branch Library @ Cypress Creek will host I Want to Write a Book, Now What? panel discussion. The discussion will be led by the Northwest Houston Romance Writers of America. The writers will cover various topics for those who are eager to tackle that goal of becoming a writer. The program is free to the public, so join us at 11 a.m. in the Earl Elliott Room (Foyer) for this wonderful opportunity.

Tote Bags For Sale

Tote Bags

Who knew supporting the library could be so stylish and practical? For just three dollars you can get yourself a Barbara Bush Library Friends tote bag. With your bag you can grab plenty of books to keep you busy for days! The sale is sponsored by the Barbara Bush Library Friends. All net proceeds go to support library programs. How great is that?

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