Escape the holiday frenzy with December’s enticing new titles

The December Texas Books Preview holds the key to your holiday bookish adventures. Escape into worlds filled with mysteries, mythical creatures, and memoirs. Expand your mind with quality nonfiction or rousing romance. Enjoy a new gem with the little ones in your life. Whatever your plans, Lone Star Lit has the book to help you find calm within the chaos. 


Chalk Dust: Reflections From a Teacher's First Year

Curby Alexander


This is the story of Curby traveling halfway across the country with nothing more than a diploma to begin his career as a teacher. From the moment he crossed the threshold into his empty classroom, through the process of learning to cope with feelings of isolation and incompetence, to the small victories of hope and laughter that kept him going, his story is an invitation into the heart and mind of a first-year teacher. These experiences were more than events; they became the connective tissue that gave his career form and meaning, and his memories are like chalk dust at the end of a long day of teaching, subtle reminders of purposeful hard work, the value of lifelong learning, and the power of human connection.



Christmas at Seagull Café, A Novelette

Tiffany Sunday


Standing outside the Seagull Cafe, Nicole recalls moving halfway across the country to Woods Hole, Massachusetts, to start her life over. She can't believe that she is the owner of the cafe, which consumes all of her time.


When Theo, a scientist from one of the marine labs, asks her out, Nicole is surprised. Unbelievably, Nicole finds herself falling for him. Their relationship triggers painful memories of her past and childhood. Nicole becomes immobilized by fear, which impacts the café and her relationship with Theo, causing concern among her friends.


Two weeks before Christmas, a mysterious woman visits the café, forcing Nicole to confront her past or risk losing the café and herself. Will Nicole overcome her fear and rediscover the joys of Christmas?



Experiences Inc.

Ruthie Robinson


Racy Hightower, wedding and event planner, believes in love. Rio, her new business partner does not. Can they, will they, change each other's mind?



Fairy Tales, Fruitcake, Murder

Leanne Leeds


It’s Christmas in Tablerock, Texas! The cat-rescuing mother-daughter duo of Ellie and Evie Rockwell just wants to find some cats their forever homes for the holidays. Instead, they find themselves solving a real-life Christmas mystery straight out of a storybook.



Magic Lessons for Margo: A Follow-Up to the Adventures of Miss Vulpe

Maria Elena Sandovici


To survive her childhood, Margo takes refuge in science, order, and comforting rituals. She grows up to be shy, anxious, and in denial about her true identity. Reuniting with her estranged sister changes everything. At sixteen, Ana is rather worldly. She also has a dark secret, something connected to the men’s Rolex watch hidden in her bedside drawer. To learn Ana’s secret, Margo abandons her comfort zone and agrees to go on an epic road trip from New Orleans to Galveston in search of ghosts, culinary adventures, and ultimately healing.


Magic Lessons for Margo can be read on its own, or in conjunction with The Adventures of Miss Vulpe, a mystery novel written from the perspective of Margo’s sister, Ana.



Old Lady and the Kid

Sonja Klein


Sonja Klein offers her saucy wit and wisdom through her personal way of telling stories about life, love, family, aging, and loss.



The Oxygen Farmer

Colin Holmes


After 35 years of living on the Moon, cranky old oxygen farmer Millennium Harrison has stumbled onto a hidden facility in the shadows of the Slayton Ridge Exclusion Zone with a radiation leak and a deadly secret. Mil's discovery leads to the death of a young astronaut, sabotage, murder, and cover-ups that may go all the way to the Chief Administrator of the space agency. Unfortunately, she happens to be Mil's estranged daughter, busy trying to secure her own legacy—the first international mission to Mars.


With time ticking down to a limited launch window, enemies, friends, and even family may do anything to ensure the truth doesn't come out.



Songs of Seven Days

James R. Dennis


Songs of Seven Days is a reflection on the creation story of Genesis—from the separation of light and darkness to the divine time of rest and Shabbat. While often expressed in traditional poetic forms, the book unfolds as a sort of rabbinic midrash, or commentary, on each of the seven days of creation set out in the biblical narrative.


With a generous dose of humor, Songs of Seven Days takes us on a voyage of discovery, examining creation as we discover it in the fields of astronomy, archeology, architecture, biology, geography, history, physics, psychology, and spirituality. This book invites us to examine our world anew, in a light that Abraham Joshua Heschel called “radical amazement."



Texas Summers Are Murder

Jinx Schwartz


Blue Bonet, a renowned Texas watercolorist, looks forward to a peaceful summer of painting at her lakeside Hill Country home. Unfortunately, although her hometown Magnolia Bluff is small, it has an odd history of multiple murders, and this summer is no different.


A woman is murdered, a local drunk is suspected, and Blue and her lawyer friend must solve the case and prove poor old Fergus is innocent.


After all, their own lives may depend on it.



Texas Winds

Dana Wayne


Jake Holloway learned of his wife’s infidelity as she lay in a coma, carrying a child that may not be his.


Four years later, his heart remains closed. Lexie Morgan’s dream of happily-ever-after ended the day she stood alone at the altar. The need to put distance between her and the pain places her in the middle of Jake Holloway’s life. Neither is prepared for the intense attraction.


When Lexie meets his four-year-old daughter, Katie, the timid child with downcast eyes steals her heart.


Forced to rely on Jake’s assistance, it’s impossible for Lexie to ignore the escalating pull. But the past never dies, and resurrected hurts threaten their fragile bond.


Can shifting Texas winds hold them together or reduce their love to dust?



180 Healing Prayers for the World

Janice Thompson


180 inspiring prayers will guide the girls in your life to pray for their families, their neighborhoods, their schools, their cities, their country, and beyond. With each turn of the page, girls will pray for positive, healing change in the world as they encounter the many ways they can make an impact through their conversations with God. Featured "Be the Change" sections after every prayer will encourage girls to "act" as they listen for God's voice and direction for their lives. 



Aging Comes Without a Manual

Scott Eubanks


The aging process is a sneaky son-of-a-gun. It begins by lurking around the edges of one’s life and occasionally darting into your person to take a bite out of your well-being. It then zips back into the shadows and waits for the next opportunity to reappear and take another bite out of your youth, your appearance, your confidence, and/or your already fragile self-concept. You’d like to grab it and strangle it, but it’s always out of sight and out of reach. Each bite it takes out of one’s existence leaves the victim a little less capable of ignoring the damage done by the attacks and a little less able to ignore their cumulative effects. Fighting against aging is a losing battle, but we do have a good shot at enjoying the many good parts of it. Aging Comes Without a Manual is a humorous look at aging and the notion that “seventy is the new fifty.”



A Change in Destiny: Dark Choices

Janet K. Shawgo


Charlie Edwards' once-perfect life is shattered when she discovers her husband's infidelity and his plans to kill her for an inheritance. Feeling helpless and in danger, Charlie turns to her mirror-image twin, Dani. They use their specialized skill sets to assure his plan does not succeed.


FBI agent Brian Dees is assigned to investigate Charlie's husband for bank fraud. When the possibility of his ex-fiancés' involvement arises in the case, will his feelings override his duty?


In this gripping tale of deception and danger, the twins will use an outhouse, a pig farm, and some very sharp knives to outmaneuver Jonathan and stay one step ahead of the FBI's investigation. Will they have what it takes to make the dark choices to change their destiny?



Christmas Angel

PG Forte


Being fully transparent is good for a relationship, right? Well, maybe not when it’s literal.


Christmas Angel is a second-chance, holiday romance with a celestial twist. Probationary angel Jake Hennessy has been sent back to earth to mend fences with his ex. Or has he? Certainly Tony doesn’t seem to think that's the case.


Tony DiCecco might have ninety-nine problems—and then some—between dealing with his meddlesome family AND running the family business (a Christmas tree farm in rural Texas), but he's pretty sure that playing catch-up with his ex-husband isn’t supposed to be one of them. And what would be the point? What kind of future could they have when one of them is alive and the other...isn't?



Heartwood Mountain (A Wilder Good Adventure)

S. J. Dahlstrom


The adventure continues with the newest book in the award-winning Wilder Good series. When thirteen-year-old Wilder and his friends Sunny and Corndog go down to the river for a horse ride, something panics Corndog into running away. Wilder and Sunny reluctantly return home without him, and the next day a strange man comes to Wilder’s house looking for Corndog. He seems to know an awful lot about the small, red-haired, foster kid's past. So Wilder, Sunny, and another friend, Big, set out to find Corndog before someone else does. If they succeed, can the group of friends convince Corndog to trust the world enough to rejoin it?



The High House, 25th Anniversary Edition

James Stoddard


The Victorian mansion, Evenmere, is the mechanism that runs the universe. The lamps must be lit or stars die. The clocks must be wound or Time ceases. The Balance between Order and Chaos must be preserved or Existence crumbles. When Carter Anderson finds himself Steward of Evenmere, he must learn the strange rules of the house; he must travel its winding corridors and secret passages to the myriad countries within its walls.


He has little time to act; the anarchists have stolen the Master Keys and are seizing control of the house, the Black River is rising, and the Eternity Clock is running down. What Carter does will determine the fate of Reality. But his enemies are strong, and the Room of Horrors is never far from him.



Porter and Midge: Paws and Playtime

Jennie Chen and Giselle Nevada


Discover the enchanting world of Porter and Midge: Paws and Playtime – a rhyming children’s book that follows the heartwarming bond between two furry friends, Mastiff Porter and Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Midge, and their devoted companions, CJ and Lora. On a sunny day, CJ’s thoughtful idea sets the stage for a joyful exploration of new ways to make Porter and Midge’s days even brighter. Through rhythmic verses, follow their journey as they uncover imaginative games, sensory adventures, and thrilling dog sports, all while strengthening their unbreakable connection.



Reaper of Chaos

C.D. Britt


She loves death.


He is Death.


Thanatos took a fifty-year vacation from his duties as Death, psychopomp of the Underworld. Returning to Halcyon, he meets Lira, a professor of Thanatology with the ability to see souls . . .and him.


Intrigued, he finds himself obsessed with learning about the woman who studies, and sees, death.


As he finds himself growing closer to the woman who has fascinated him for the first time in centuries, a devastating problem arises in both the mortal world and the Underworld. People are no longer dying.


Thanatos and Lira now have a choice to make: each other or death itself.



Sacred Mercy

Evangaline Pierce


When the skyrocketing crime hits close to home, Alle suspects demons are to blame. Upon further investigation, she discovers cracks in the barrier that threaten to bring it all down. Without the barrier, the demons will take over the natural world.


Despite the rise of robberies and injuries, angels haven’t returned, but her personal demon, Narcisse, makes daily visits with offers she can’t refuse. Can she repair what is broken before it’s too late? Or will she have to make a deal with the devil?



Timeless Vision: Understanding God's Creation through the Lens of Science

Jim Johnson


Timeless Vision: Understanding God's Creation through the Lens of Science walks readers on the line that bridges science and faith. From examining the first seven biblical days alongside the natural progression of the earth's creation to analyzing humanity's interaction with scientific studies over the years, the extremism that permeates our society today is all for naught. Johnson's reflection and research, filled with facts and faith, makes the relationship between the two clear: God instilled us with a capacity for science and faith as tools for humanity to discover Him more fully and completely than with only one.




There are so many Texas-connected books publishing this month that we couldn’t feature all of them. The following books also publish in December:



Gryphon Rider Academy: Year 4: Wild Flight by Elise Hennessey

Paws in the Park by GraceAnn Skidmore

She Persisted: Opal Lee by Shelia P. Moses & Chelsea Clinton

The Wake (The Thirteen Origins) by Jasminne Mendez & Lupe Mendez



Black Feminist Constellations edited by Christen A. Smith and Lorraine Leu

Color Me Texas

The Cowboy Ike Rude by Sammie Rude Compton

Dinner Tonight by Alex Snodgrass

Minor Prophets for Living by Mark Lanier

The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod

The Other Side of Nowhere by Ron Morey

Tommy Bowman: Answering the Call by Chad S. Conine

Unburied Lives by Laurie A. Wilkie

An Uncommon Love: The Early Life of Sudha and Narayana Murthy by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Zero at the Bone by Christian Wiman



Beneath the Surface by Melanie Snitker

Case of the Concho River Convict by Kailin Gow & Rachel Angel

Case of the Fort Concho Ghost by Kailin Gow & Rachel Angel

Death in a Harsh Land by Shannon Work

God Rest Ye Murdered Gentleman by Melissa Bourbon

Hometown Murder by Brittany E. Brinegar

Last Dance by AJ Llewellyn & DJ Manly

Last Patient of the Night by Gary Gerlacher

Not This Way by Blake Pierce

Shadow of Doubt by Brittany E. Brinegar

Shrouded Past by Mary Alford

Terror Crossing by James Peyton

The Tonkawa Falls Affair by G. Reading Powell



All I Want for Christmas by Sylvia McDaniel

Capturing His Attention by Jenna Brandt

The Care of a Cowboy by Elsie Davis

Cloudy with a Chance of Sizzle by Olivia Sands

Colton's Yuletide Manhunt by Kacy Cross

Come Home to the Lawmen by Lacey Davis

Cowboy Grumpy Boss for Christmas by Jo Grafford

Cowboy Rides Alone by Tamie Dearen

The Crush by Kelly Fox

Dirty Boy by Sapphire Knight

Dragon's Treasure by Liberty Parker

Eggnog, Spice and Everything Nice by Carolina Jax

Falling for Your Brother's Best Friend by Emma St. Clair

Fearghas by Kirsten Osbourne

Heart Like a Cowboy by Delores Fossen

Hill Country Home by Kit Hawthorne

Honey Ever After by Sasha Summers

Jingles' Belle by Darlene Tallman

Just a One Night Stand by Michelle Donn

Just One Chance by Chris Keniston

Kiss Me, February by Bokerah Brumley

The Knotted Ring by Myra Hargrave McIlvain

Looking for a Cowboy by Tami Dearen

Mail Order Millionaire by Kirsten Osbourne

Mail Order Noelle by Charlotte Dearing

Malone's Pride by Laylah Roberts

A Merry Little Christmas by Kathryn Kayleigh

Minted by B.E. Baker

The Moon and the Stars at Christmas by Kathryn Kayleigh

My Rowdy Texan by Dakota Lacoy

My Spirited Texan by Dakota Lacoy

No Mistletoe Kiss for a Cowboy by Alexa Verde

On the Way Home to Christmas by Kathryn Kayleigh

On the Way to Us by Carolyn Brown

Paternity Payback by Sophia Singh Sasson

Perfectly Mismatched by Kathryn Kayleigh

Ranger's Dilemma by Sofia Aves

Redemption in Amish Country by Cathy Liggett & Pamela Desmond Wright

Santa's Baby by Sylvia McDaniel

The Secret of Shutter Lake by Amanda Stevens

Sipping Seduction by Dylann Crush

Snowbound Hearts by Kathleen Ball

A Sweet Paradise Holiday Reunion by Hope August

A Temporary Texas Arrangement by Cathy Gillen Thacker

The Texan's Secrets by Barbara Dunlop

An Uptown Girl's Cowboy by Sasha Summers

Whispers in the Moonlight by Kirsten Osbourne

Whispers in the Wind by Kirsten Osbourne

Whispers of Shadows by Kirsten Osbourne

White Christmas by Sylvia McDaniel

The Winter Prince by Constance Lopez

Your Heart & Mine by Dallas Ryan



Brothers in Service by Lindy Bell

Burial Grounds by Mark A. Daniel

Driving the Tide by Lee Jackson

Fire on Fire by Kyrstie Nickles

Gatling 8: Texas Renegade by Jack Slade

Ghost Coach by Robert Vaughn

Protector of the Snow by Jonathan E. Smith

Riding with the Pack anthology

Strike of the Sailfish by Stephen L. Moore

Timber: U.S. Marshal: Outlaw Showdown In The Lone Star by Robert Hanlon

Without The Star by Donald L. Robertson

The Worst Rescuers in the Republic by Skyler Ramirez

The Year of Goodbyes and Hellos by Kelly Irvin

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