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September 27, 2015 - Lisa Haselton

Winner of the 2014 Gival Press Fiction Award for her upcoming novel, Elizabeth Harris’s second book is a literary novel with a historical setting in 1936 Central Texas, about a stock farming couple who end up on trial for castrating a neighbor. Most of the book is about the interior life of the wife after the event as a femme sole in small town Texas. Harris’ first book won the University of Iowa Press Short Fiction Award. 


Mayhem is endorsed by the following Texas Book Festival alum authors:

Carolyn Osborn

Mary Pauline Lowry

Jim Magnuson

Rolando Hinojosa

Michael Parker


And by these renowned author/scholars:

Betty Sue Flowers

Evan Carton


Elizabeth’s novel has already been favorably reviewed by

New York Journal of Books

Lone Star Literary Life

San Antonio Express-News (embargoed until October)


Mayhem is an old story of injustice brought creatively to new life by an award-winning writer.

Thoughtful readers who enjoy literary historical fiction will add it to their must-read list.

-       New York Journal of Books 


October 4, 2015 -  Glenn Walker

C. Hope Clark is founder of, a well-known writer's reference for grants, contests, markets, publishers and agents for the serious writer. The website and newsletters have existed for fourteen years, and been recognized by Writer's Digest Magazine in its 101 Best Websites for Writers for thirteen of those years. 42,000 writers receive her newsletters each week.

She's published in Writer's Digest, Writer's Market, Guide to Literary Agents (by Writer's Digest), The Writer Magazine, as well as multiple trades, glossy mags and numerous Chicken Soup books. She's interviewed often by both writing and business websites and speaks to writing conferences throughout the United States. Her book The Shy Writer: An Introvert's Guide to Writing Success, continues to sell steadily.

She is also author of The Carolina Slade Mystery Series. Lowcountry Bribe is the first in the series published by Bell Bridge Books. The mysteries describe federally employed Carolina Slade's sleuthing abilities throughout rural, rarely seen South Carolina settings, facing crimes not found in your typical mystery. The second and third books in the series, Tidewater Murder and Palmetto Poison, are now available.

This year, she started a new series set on Edisto Beach. The first book is Murder On Edisto.

Read more about Hope at .