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


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