Monday, December 15, 2014



Meet the Author Series at Paragraphs
Saturday, January 10th  1 to 3PM
“With the Sun in my 
Eyes: the True Story of Maria Raindancer, Shamanic Practitioner 
and Psychic Reader

Book reading and signing with author, Mikaya Heart


With the Sun in My Eyes tells the inspiring true story of the shamanic healer and psychic, Maria Raindancer, providing an in-depth look into how she works with energy, exactly what she sees, and how she interprets her visions. In an intimate and conversational style, Ms. Heart weaves together many exciting stories she gathered from comprehensive interviews with Maria, her family, friends, and clients. The reader is left with a breathtaking awareness of the depth of Maria’s ongoing relationship to spirit. Be prepared for an engaging read, as Maria battles demons and century-long familial curses; exorcises tenacious and often evil energies; removes dead entities which are still haunting the living; and acts as a go-between enabling dead people to talk with their still living families. She follows the constant instructions of spirit to the letter and never works without her intrepid power animals, Leopard and Raven. Born with exceptional gifts, Maria trained from the age of fourteen with a Cheyenne teacher. She now does energy clearings, soul retrievals, psychic readings, extractions, and house blessings on a daily basis. The steps involved in her work are described in detail, from Maria’s point of view as well as the client’s. This is a holistic perspective on the life of a healer who works outside the physical arena, achieving remarkable results in realms unknown to most of us.
 
Mikaya Heart is an author, speaker, kitesurfing instructor, and a coach in the Art of Being Fully Alive, which is about learning to operate from a place of trust rather than fear. She was born in 1952 on a farm in Scotland. After studying biology at York University in England, she worked on John Seymour’s organic farm in Wales, and later trained in agricultural mechanics. She became very active as an environmentalist and a lesbian feminist from 1978 onwards. In 1982 she immigrated to northern California, where she built a house out of recycled lumber, ran an organic market garden, and raised free-range hogs. In 2002, she had several remarkable experiences which might be called spiritual, sold most of what she owned, and has been traveling ever since. She has been held up at gunpoint several times in her life; visited Afghanistan as a barefoot hippie before the Russians invaded; kayaked solo for eight days in Alaska; walked to the edges of volcanoes in Hawaii; and spent weeks seeing no one in remote parts of Australia. She loves her life.

She is also the author of numerous short stories and articles published in anthologies and on-line.

This event is free and open to the public.
Paragraphs On Padre Boulevard, 5505 Padre Blvd. South Padre Island, TX
For information call us at 956-433-5057

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Meet the Author Series at Paragraphs
Saturday – December 20th     1-3 PM

“Squeaky: The Littlest Angel

Book signing, discussion and reception with author, Don Clifford
Follow along as Squeaky: The Littlest Angel, is given a task of great importance. Will he complete the task? And will it be what The Boss expects? Will his life change, and will he no longer be stuck with a squeaky voice? The answers are all inside the covers of Squeaky: The Littlest Angel!

Squeaky, the Littlest Angel is Don Clifford's third published work of fiction; Ben Solomon in Destiny Diverted, an action adventure novel was first, and Zoo Nonsense, a zany book of rhymes about critters found at the Zoo was second. Since his retirement from the U.S. Air Force, Clifford's publication history includes many non-fiction works for various archaeological journals and Rio Grande Valley news magazines. He obtained his BGE degree in Journalism and Speech from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. During the early 1990's, Clifford served as editor of the Cameron County Historical Commission NEWSLETTER, which earned the Texas Historical Commission's Cotton Award for the best non-profit organization newsletter of 1995.
He lives in deep South Texas with his wife Elaine, a dog named Missy, five cats, a parrot and, until recently, a fish with one eye named Plak. He doesn't remember the name of the other eye.

This event is free and open to the public.
Paragraphs On Padre Boulevard, 5505 Padre Blvd. South Padre Island, TX
For information call us at 956-433-5057

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Meet the Author - Karen Kinna


Meet the Author Series at Paragraphs

Saturday, October 4th 2014       1-3 PM

“Heart of the Storm”

&

“Heart of Fire”

Discussion, Book signing and reception with romance author, Karen Kinna

Synopsis of Book 1: "Heart of the Storm"

When zoologist Quinn Gallagher is sent into a Cat 3 hurricane to rescue the furred and feathered residents of a fledgling zoo on the wind-swept banks of Lake Charles, Louisiana, she isn't prepared for the stiff opposition of Head Curator and Veterinarian, Dan Taylor.  Stealing his coffee, his pride, and eventually his heart, Quinn is a force to be reckoned with in this madcap tale chock-full of zany characters and even crazier getaway vehicles.  Forging a shaky alliance based on sheer preservation, Quinn and Dan race against the clock and Mother Nature on a wild and wacky ride toward love and safety... not necessarily in that order.

 


Book 2: “Heart of Fire”

When beleaguered cattle rancher, Brody Gallagher, answers the door to pregnant dark-haired beauty, Tess Taylor, he is unable to send her packing and her arrival compounds the strange activities that have been plaguing the ranch.  An arsonist is on the loose and neither Brody nor the local police can get a lead on the culprit.

Worried about finances, cut fences and increasingly violent fires, Brody and Tess are thrown together in the fight of their lives, sparking a raging inferno of passion which threatens to consume them both.

 




Karen lives near Austin, Texas, on 14 wooded acres in the Texas Hill Country, with her family and  5 (extremely snorty) French Bulldogs. When she isn't writing, she worships the sun happily on the porch of her Canadian Pine log home.  Her hobbies include cycling, boating, reading voraciously, and crochet.  She is passionate about ethical dog breeding laws and owns an up-and-coming show kennel. She loves kids and is a girl scout trainer and a former nanny!

 

Since relocating from Canada to Texas in 2004, Karen has been a proud member of the Romance Writers of America and served one term as vice-president of the San Antonio Romance Authors.

Finally "Living The Dream" and writing full-time, Karen is focused on bringing romance fans pulse-racing contemporary love stories featuring real-life heroines and hunky heroes in a variety of modern settings.


This event is free and open to the public.

Paragraphs On Padre Boulevard, 5505 Padre Blvd. South Padre Island, TX

For information call us at 956-433-5057

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Poets on Padre - Meet the Author Series


Meet the Author Series at Paragraphs

Friday, October 3rd  2014       7-9 PM

Lavando La Dirty Laundry

Discussion, Book signing and reception with authors, Natalia Trevino, Kathie Hoerth, Edward Vidaurre and Julieta Corpus

Natalia Trevino: Born in Mexico City, Natalia grew up in a Texas where her mother taught her Spanish and Bert and Ernie gave her lessons in English.

 

Natalia has won several awards for her poetry and fiction including the 2004 Alfredo Moral de Cisneros Award, the 2008 Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize and the 2012 Literary Award from the Artist Foundation of San Antonio. Her first book of poetry, Lavando La Dirty Laundry, is available from Mongrel Empire Press and most online bookstores.

 

Natalia became a naturalized U.S. citizen at the age of fifteen after living in San Antonio, Texas since she was four. She graduated with a BA in English when she was 21 from The University of Texas at San Antonio. Two years later, she received her Masters of Arts in English from the same university. After almost two decades of teaching, she went back to school to study fiction writing. She graduated the University of Nebraska’s MFA program in Creative Writing in 2010.  Her jobs have included teacher, stay-at home mom, a single mom, small business owner/book-keeper, and now, assistant professor of English at Northwest Vista College where she works with students of all levels. 

 

A member of the Macondo Writers’ Workshop, Natalia has been working to increase young adult literacy since 1992 in her teaching career and through programs sponsored by the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, Gemini Ink, and the Bexar County Juvenile Detention Center. 

 


 

 

Julieta Corpus is a Mexican poet residing in the United States, fluent in both English & Spanish.  Her poems have appeared in various magazines, newspapers, and college journals such as Tendiendo Puentes, The University of Texas Pan American Gallery Magazine, Interstice, and Tierra Firme. She has also been published in local newspapers, such as The Mesquite Review and The Monitor’s Writer’s Edition: Festiba.  She's currently employed as an elementary teacher at Bowie Elementary School, and she's also completing her MFA degree in Creative Writing at the University of Texas Pan American.

 

Edward Vidaurre: Born in Los Angeles, CA, in 1973, Edward Vidaurre has been published in several anthologies and literary journals, among them La Bloga, Bordersenses, La Noria, Left Hand of the Father, Brooklyn & Boyle - Boundless Anthology of the Valley International Poetry Festival 2011, 2012, & 2013. His book I Took My Barrio On A Road Trip (Slough Press) was released in 2013. Vidaurre's second collection of poems, Insomnia (El Zarape Press, 2014) is now in print as a paperback an on Kindle. Vidaurre co-edited TWENTY: Poems in Memoriam (El Zarape Press, 2014) an anthology in response to the Newtown, CT, tragedy.



 

Katherine Hoerth is the author of a poetry collection, The Garden Uprooted (Slough Press, 2012) and Goddess Wears Cowboy Boots (Lamar University Press, 2014). Her work has been included in journals such as Pleiades, Boxcar, and Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review. She teaches English and creative writing at the University of Texas Pan American and serves as poetry editor of Amarillo Bay.

 

 

This event is free and open to the public.

Paragraphs On Padre Boulevard, 5505 Padre Blvd. South Padre Island, TX

For information call us at 956-433-5057