Writer Marie W. Watts’ latest book in the Warriors for Equal Rights Trilogy, Only a Pawn, will make its La Grange debut with a book signing during Second Saturday Soiree November 14, 1-7pm..
All Alice wants is to do the right thing. But the powers that be have other ideas.
Alice’s struggles to meld her dysfunctional team into a crack federal investigative unit bringing workplace discriminators to justice have paid off. She doesn’t regret the corners she cut to mete out justice. But one egregious offender continues to elude her. As she fights to nail the affluent, arrogant sex harasser, obstacles appear.
To make matters worse, a new employee, Royce, sends the office into chaos all the while the staff’s personal problems distract from their essential work. The stress and anxiety send Alice into rehab. Meanwhile, her team attempts to fend off the federal auditor bent on ending Alice’s career over her shoddy recordkeeping and failure to adhere to the rules. Barely surviving a brutal grilling from a House subcommittee, Alice feels the harasser will go free.
Will a white knight arrive in time to rescue Alice from checkmate?
Marie, a Fayette County resident, is a former employment discrimination investigator and human resource consultant. Coauthor of Human Relations, 4th ed., her work has also been published in the Texas Bar Journal and the Houston Business Journal, as well as featured on Issues Today.
Praise on Amazon for Only a Pawn:
Only a Pawn is captivating mystery. Alice is passionate about her work, even with the odds stacked against her and retirement shining at the end of what sometimes seems like an endless tunnel. I love how diverse the team is, and I'm so glad to see them back for a second round. Watts really brings the characters to life, and their personal problems and work lives conflicting just makes the story very relatable. If you love a good mystery and have ever felt like your workplace was working against you, you'll enjoy this book cover to cover.
Marie will be available to sign copies and chat with readers. The first book of the trilogy, The Cause Lives, will also be available.
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Local author and historian Charles Hebert has recently completed his second novel entitled “On the Run!!!” ; the story of Texas from 1790-1836. It will be launched with a book signing during Second Saturday Soiree on November 14 from 1-7pm at the gallery.
Inspired after a visit to San Felipe de Austin in the fall of 2018, along with fellow historians Greg Walker, Rox Ann Johnson and Maria Rocha, Hebert became intrigued with the story of Stephen F. Austin’s settlement while visiting with park superintendent Bryan McCauley and his vast knowledge of the history of the site and the settlement of Austin’s colonists often termed the Original 300. Sensing there was more to the story and that there were stories yet to be told, Hebert began to dig and the more dug the more he uncovered. There was indeed far more to the story of Texas and the early colonists and their stories as he notes from both the Anglo and Mexican perspectives. Enter into this the Native Americans and a different picture emerges of a true clash of cultures.
On the Run offers the reader different perspectives. Mexico wanted the cessation of Indian raids into Mexico and saw an opportunity to solve the problem by permitting the Anglo colonization of Texas in the form of land grants to perspective settlers willing to live under; first Spain and then Mexican rule. Then there was the allegiance to the crown with the requirement that all new settlers into Texas convert to Catholicism. The frontiersman of the eighteenth century were probably some of the toughest minded individuals in American history. Indians were perceived as merely obstacles in their path. The settlers wanted, as T. R. Feherenbach would write, “merely to be left alone and for the Indians to move out of the way.” The Mexican government in the early 1820’s saw this colonization and westward expansion as a means to solve the Indian problem. Never if ever has such a perception been so wrong.
Hebert’s book delves into the story of early Texas and presents a unique perspective from both the Mexican side and the Anglo side. His knack for uncovering the true facts led his research to uncover letters, journals and eyewitness accounts as to what life was like under Mexican rule. His attention to detail includes the daily journals of Sam Houston and Santa Anna; a comparison if you would as to what each was encountering in their retreat and march across Texas. Add to this the letters from “the Runaway Scrape” and one gets the true story of survival from eyewitness accounts as the horrors of the times. “On the Run!!!” is a story like no other of the tragedies and suffering endured by the men and women who lived it, survived it and helped create the foundation of what one day would become the Great State of Texas!
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Mike Fuller will join is wife Maggie as well as Susan Sheets and Karla Mock as our four featured artists in our opening reception "The Fabulous Four" at Second Saturday Soiree on October 10. We wanted to know more about Mike so we asked the following questions. Enjoy his answers!
Question: Tell us a bit about yourself--where you grew up, things you like to do, interesting tidbits>
I grew up in an Air Force family and primarily lived in San Antonio and Colorado Springs. Other interests include classic motorcycles and automobiles, other mechanical pursuits, and various sciences.
Question: Did you start art as a kid? When did you start to work in clay?
I've always been interested in art. I first experienced ceramics in high school and was immediately enamored. I’ve continued to explore ceramics throughout my adult life. I became interested in jewelry and lapidary soon after high school. While serving in the US Army I was trained as an occupational therapy assistant and learned, and ultimately taught, various craft techniques to patients in the hospital. After my military service, I continued to take art courses while in college and medical school.
Question: How did you come to choose your medium?
I’ve always been drawn to working in clay. I enjoy three-dimensional art and the plasticity of clay.
Question: Tell us a bit about your process.
Most of the ceramic sculptures that I do are assembled of hand-built and wheel-thrown components. I primarily use a firing method known as raku to finish the pieces. This method is quite interactive and results in earthy colors that complement the organic nature of my work.
uestion: Who was your most influential mentor? Why? How?
My two most important mentors were the ceramics instructor at Galveston College, Martha Denman, and Paul Soldner, arguably the creator of American Raku ceramics.
Question: Who is your favorite artist?
I enjoy a wide variety of art. It would be difficult to identify a favorite. Certainly, the sculptures of Bernini sit at the top of the shortlist of favorites.
Question: Where do you get your inspiration?
The bulk of my ceramic work portrays the growth and development of life forms throughout their growth period or life. My work as a psychiatrist over the last four decades has reenforced this fascination and has greatly affected my ceramic interests and art.
Question: Is there any other information that you think people might like to know about you?
My wife and I have always loved Central Texas and recently moved to the La Grange area after forty years on Galveston Island where I practiced and taught at the School of Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch. I’ve three children who live in the Austin and Houston areas.