Monday, September 1, 2014

Meet the Author Series

Saturday, September 27th 2014       1-3 PM

“South of Good”

Discussion, Book signing and reception with author, Randall Reneau

Hardin Steel, Stainless to his close friends, had started strong: Texas A&M, the Corps of Cadets, a commission in the U.S. Army, and a Bronze Star and Purple Heart in Iraq One. Then came  twenty years with the DEA, their request he retire, two ex-wives he’d married because they were named after ’50s TV wives, and a bit of a drinking problem.


Recently elected to his first term as Sheriff of Cameron County, the southernmost county in the great State of Texas, Hardin is getting his life back on track. He’s dating Rory Roughton, a rich and beautiful sixth-generation Texan, who comes complete with a high-dollar condo on South Padre Island.


Life is good until Hardin’s old friend, pilot extraordinaire and marijuana smuggler Wes  Stoddard, gets crosswise with neo-Nazi Frederick Ochoa-head of the most brutal cartel in Mexico. Ochoa dispatches Russian mercenary Alexsie Yazov to deal with Stoddard. And things begin to go south of good . . .

Randall Reneau has been a professional geologist since 1974. He holds a BA in Geology from Central Washington University. He spent nearly twenty years in uranium exploration, followed by three years in Liberia, West Africa exploring for diamonds and gold. After the outbreak of civil war in Liberia, Mr. Reneau managed a gold exploration project in Mali, West Africa. He later managed silver and copper exploration projects in Mexico. In 2004, he co-founded Uranium Energy Corporation. In 2006, he co-founded Strategic American Oil (now Duma Energy) Corporation. Mr. Reneau served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam and Cambodia, and was awarded a Bronze Star and two Army Commendation Medals.

He lives with his wife, Lynne, in Austin, Texas.

Author Reneau will donate his share of the proceeds from book sales (south of good) signing on 9/27 to Hopetotes (a children's charity - Hopetotes is based in Austin and run by Julie and Tim Petrovic (the PGA golfer).

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

Meet the Author Series

Saturday, 13th September 1 to 2PM

Book reading and signing with author/poet, Isaac Chavarria


This collection of poetry revisits those uprooted and attempting to adjust to life in the United States, and walks into the lives of the barrio-colonia where canals, orange groves, and streets intersect. It settles in the mexclado of raza: anglos, tejanos, im migrants, chican@s, transients, y mas. Welcome to un topsy turvy poxo world, where the fl awed and perfect speak the same.


Isaac Chavarría is a proud pocho with an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Texas-Pan American. He enjoys assisting non-profit organizations in producing chapbooks for workshop participants. His publications are included in The Acentos Review and Rio Grande Review online, with a collection of poetry titled poxo forthcoming from Slough Press. Ultimately, he hopes the term pocho will represent a positive identity rather than a pejorative.




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

Thursday, April 17, 2014

"The Goldfinch" wins Pulitzer

The Pulitzer Prize has been awarded to "The Goldfinch" a book I listened to in audiobook format.  I loved the audiobook and have wanted to go back and read it in book form although I haven't had time to tackle the 784 pages. plot as described in the Washington Post  is as follows:
Thirteen-year-old Theo Decker and his mother visit a museum, only to be caught in a terrorist attack. Theo's mother is killed, and while Theo is picking his way out of the building a dying old man urges him to take a painting of a goldfinch, a minor masterpiece. Theo finds himself unable to return the painting and carries it West with him when he goes to live with his father in Las Vegas, then back to New York. As an adult, Theo becomes a suspect in the renewed search for the painting.

The Pulitzer award for fiction is awarded to a distinguished work by an American author preferably dealing with American life.  Also nominated as finalists in this category were "The Son," by Philipp Meyer and "The Woman Who Lost Her Soul," by Bob Shacochis.  I have recommended "The Son" to many readers and it is especially interesting to those who visit Paragraphs because it is a multi-generational tale of a Texas family.  But, "The Goldfinch" touched my heart on a deeper level and the characters are beautifully drawn.  I have not read the third finalist for this years award and will need to put it on my reading list.

You can buy this on Kobo and read it on any device that supports the Kobo app.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Reading with the Kobo application

We are proud to announce that we are now affiliated with Kobo ebooks and once you have signed up using the attached link, Paragraphs will receive credit for any book you buy for your Kobo reader or to read on the Kobo application using your ipad or other device.
Just click on the Kobo logo above then when you have reached the Kobo ebooks and ereaders home page click on the down arrow located in the top right hand corner of the page.  Create an account then start reading. Information on using your iPad, iPhone, Android, PC, Mac or Blackberry devices is located at the bottom of the home page.  We will also be carrying Kobo reading devices in the near future so stay tuned...

Monday, March 10, 2014

Meet the Author Series at Paragraphs
Saturday March 22th 2014            1 to 3PM
Book discussion, reading and signing with LA Kuehlke
A risk taken. A battle for his soul. A chance for...Redemption. How do you keep going after the one person you always believed you were meant to be with forever gives their heart to someone else? In the second book of the Pursuit Series, Bryan Roemer is rejected, heartbroken, and lost. After losing his life-long love, Miranda Reid, to Derek Gainnes, he is faced with a new reality that has caused him to abandon love altogether. Meeting Mara - exotic, beautiful, sexy - on the flight back to California provided him with a welcome distraction to take his mind off his pain. Still, his days are a blur, and his nights are spent drowning in memories. Summoned back east to photograph the wedding of his friends, Nick Flaherty and Carrie Mayer, he reluctantly returns to the one place that he swore he'd never would. Six months away have changed Bryan. And when he arrives, the rest of the Circle find that he hasn’t come alone. Something dark and sinister has come with him. Something that is determined to keep him at all costs. But waiting there for Bryan is a second that just might save his life.

L.A. Kuehlke's world exists in words. When this wonderful world was opened up to her at a young age, a passionate love of reading developed. In fact, she is rarely seen without a book, and at any given time there are at least twenty or more waiting in her "to-read" piles. And, of course, reading them led to writing them. The author of Pursuit, Redemption, and Delirium (to be released in summer, 2014), the first three books in the Pursuit Series, she is currently working on the final book of the series - Ransomed. L.A. lives in New Jersey, in a small town very much like the ones in her stories. Read more about her and her books at

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

Friday, February 14, 2014

Upcoming authors for our meet the author series

Meet the Author Series at Paragraphs

Saturday, February 15, 2014     1 to 3PM
Nourishing the Healer Within
Book discussion, reception and signing with Karen Gilroy

Monday February 17th           1-3PM
“Mirror Mirror”
Book signing, discussion and reception for author, Margie Myers

Friday February 21st, 2014   3 to 5PM
Toasting My Clothes
Book discussion, reception and signing with Marianne “Norski” Gorball

Saturday February 22th 2014       1 to 3PM
The Trust
Book discussion, reception and signing with poet James Elton Arnold

Friday February 28th 2014             1 to 3PM
Fort Brown: The First Border Post
Book discussion, reception and signing with historian Carl Chilton

Check the calendar listing for details on the author visits