Dan Williams, following the success of his first novel, The Lords of Leftovers, offers the world a new, first-rate story in The Lords of Absence, an adventure tale of the near future.    
      In a broken world struggling to put itself back together after the Fires, the two main characters, Trader and Joe Cruz, set off looking for two small boys who suddenly disappeared one morning.  In their search to find the lost boys, they encounter murderous raiders, splintered towns, and a strange cast of characters who claim to be redeemers of society. 

Dan Williams, The Lords of Leftovers

     After the electricity went off in the United States, after the country suffered a great fire and survivors found themselves with no workable economy or unified government, some few enterprising merchants traveled about scavenging and trading for leftovers from the time before the great catastrophes.
     Master story teller Dan Williams tells of two such merchants as they struggle with bandits, religious zealots, and armed militias who proclaim their own law. This thoughtful and engaging story of the near future is not one you will want to miss.

Texas Told'em is a collection of short stories that focus upon gambling, edited by Laurie Champion and introduced by the world's most famous poker player, Doyle Brunson.   

Master storyteller Terry Dalrymple captures his readers in the opening scene and keeps their attention through the entire tale. This is the second edition of Fishing for Trouble, a popular book for young readers.

Texas Soundtrack, edited by Terry Dalrymple. In their own ways, the stories in Texas Soundtrack are as musical as the songs that inspired them, each with its own rhythm, its own beat, its own insights into Texas people and Texas places. They resonate in the mind long after you read them.

Dixie Fish by Andrew Geyer.
Phebe Davidson says the novel "is by turns rollicking, heart-wrenching, and terrifying. It’s the sort of character-driven roller coaster that can change the way folks look at things–like the world they live in and how they might survive."              cover art by Eric Beverly.

Siren Songs from the Heart of Austin, by Andrew Geyer, consists of twenty-two first person pieces that are interwoven through settings, characters,  themes, imagery, and plot to tell the story of people living in Austin, Texas. 

This and other IBP books will be available at Worldcon in San Antonio, August 29-31, 2013

Into the Thicket, by H. Palmer Hall, is a collection of stories, many of which are interconnected.

In Don't Lose this, It's My Only Copy Greenfield Jones, influenced by Peter DeVries and Flannery O'Connor, writes of people uncomfortable in a Secular world—that is, one that Practices the Absence of God —be they a woman who changes her horoscopic sign (and her personality) every few months, or a blue-eyed blond who wants to be an American Indian, or a sixth grade teacher who every few years falls in love with a different one of her boys, or a fellow with no sense of the absurd who thinks after his silicone job goes awry that he's through as a topless go-go dancer.

The Road to Roma and Other Stories by Dave Kuhne. Dave Kuhne tells Texas stories the way someone might break open a particular vintage wine only for the worthy. If you've ever wondered what the stories are on the average luminaries you pass with a fleeting glimpse out your car window, here they are. —Cynthia Shearer, author of The Wonder Book of Air

Now available for Nook and Kindle

Brett Riley, The Subtle Dance of Impulse and Light
This intriguing and often raucously funny collection by Brett Riley marries ingenious plots, innovative forms, and a definite narrative voice, but there's something bigger than all that here, too:  the attempt to understand how our own lives fall so far short—and repeatedly fall so far short—of that perfect choreography promised by the technology that tries to shape them. 

—Mark Jackson, Book Review Editor, Concho River Review

Brett Riley's website

The scene is Houston in the early 70's, and driving the night shift till dawn a young cabby has abandoned a professional career and all the education behind it in search of life in the raw, which he discovers aplenty over the course of these fifteen stories, encountering a degree of suffering and pain, barbarity and beauty, and wisdom, in the people and situations he meets, that far exceeds anything he has ever experienced.           More

Dolph’s Team by Jim Sanderson
     Nearer James Lee Burke than Joe Lansdale,  Sanderson's Dolph’s Team is part border-town mystery and part road trip, reminiscent of Lonesome Dove. Read a review

 A finalist for the 2010 Jesse Jones Fiction Award from the Texas Institute of Letters
     "Award winning Jim Sanderson’s latest collection is a thrill-ride through the amusement park of love, complete with metaphoric barkers, roller coasters, freaks, and amorous tunnels. It is a place where desire and practicality fight for the best seats and biggest prizes. But love proves ephemeral, and all rides ultimately end—and when they do, we realize, as Sanderson knows, it is indeed a small world after all." —Jerry Bradley, Author of The Importance of Elsewhere 

Melvin Sterne's Zara is a fast-moving novel based on the true-life account of a victim of human trafficking. It criss-crosses Bombay as few books can, drawing intersecting lines from the mansions of the power brokers to the gritty streets of the pavement dwellers, and all points in between. It is the rare book that manages to explore a complex social issue while telling a gripping and very human story.
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