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October 25, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Terlingua Green Scene Festival, Terlingua TX

November 8, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Senior Citizens Craft Shop on The Square, Wimberley TX

November 1, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Authors Day, Public Library, Harker Heights TX

November 9, 2-5 p.m., Texas Authors Day, Public Library, San Marcos TX

November 15, Holiday Bazaar, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Community Center, Wimberley TX

November 22, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Weihnachtsmarkt Christmas Market, Civic Center, New Braunfels TX

November 23, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Ace Hardware, Wimberley TX

 


Texas Redneck Road Trips

IT'S A WINNER!

 

Where can you find a bait and taco cafe, a real shrunken head, catch catfish by hand, get a trophy for spitting seeds, watch beer being made, play cowboys and Indians using real bullets, eat dead animals while being watched by dead animals, stand in awe at the Toilet Seat Museum (no sitting allowed), observe the sunset in the east, and spend the night in a historic bordello where good looking ghosts roam the hallways? All these and much, much more -- Texas Redneck Road Trips will tell you where to go.

 

Says Glenn Dromgoole in the Bryan-College Station Eagle: "Author Allan C. Kimball invites you to wear your jeans and come along with him to visit the Cathedral of Junk in Austin, the Toilet Seat Museum in Alamo Heights, the Lefty Frizzel Country Music Museum in Corsicana, Col. Bubbie's Strand Surplus Senter in Galveston, the Watermelon Thump in Luling -- more than 50 places altogether. It's not a complete list...but it's a pretty good start toward finding the, uh, more unusual sites in the state."

 

Texas Redneck Road Trips is now on sale, published by The Great Texas Line Press.

 

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Texas Museums of Discovery

Museums bring us history and they do it better than anything else can. We can see it; sometimes we can even touch it. Museums are real. By looking at the real thing, we can make history our own and not have to rely on anyone else's interpretation of it. At Lone Star museums you can stroll through a human body or sit in the middle of a hurricane, pilot the Space Shuttle, or see a submarine burst through a front lawn. You can create your own dinosaur, glimpse a Picasso original in a jail, see 1,000 artistic toilet seats or a hat made from barbed wire. You don't have to believe the movies or TV or a book, you can go and walk through the actual Alamo in San Antonio. Wonder about how oil was discovered and brought up from the depths of the earth? Visit the Ocean Star Oil Rig Museum in Galveston or the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum in Canyon (see photo at left). At the same place you can examine a Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton. In other museums you can see dinosaur tracks, a meteor, firearms from Texas Rangers, World War II airplanes, President Bush's Oval Office, President Johnson's Lincoln, the history of Dr Pepper, space craft, a battleship and an air craft carrier, the window from which Lee Harvey Oswald fired, how Buffalo Soldiers lived, and the best art in the world whether it's Western or Renaissance or contemporary. You want the real thing? Just go visit a museum. Texas Museums of Discovery will guide to all the best museums in the Lone Star State.

Texas Museums of Discovery is now on sale, published by The Great Texas Line Press.

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Texas: 107 Best Walks

 

No matter where you go across the 268,581 square miles that make up Texas, you'll be able to find a fun and interesting place to walk thanks to this book. You'll discover such places as Tyler State Park's wonderful walk through the thick piney woods of East Texas (shown above), a stroll around a lake in Dallas where jet airliners come in just above your head, stepping around actual dinosaur tracks near Glen Rose, wandering around a replica of Stonehenge in Ingram, descending into a narrow, dark path at Closed Canyon near Lajitas, being careful not to step on alligators near Needville, getting an education as you inspect the exhibits at the Panhandle-Plains Museum in Canyon, having chachalacas fuss at you as you walk by at Bensten-Rio Grande State Park in Mission, or walking through an actual meteor crater in Odessa. The vast majority of the walks are for people of all ages and walking ability. Included is information on what makes each walk special, its location, and full contact information.

Texas: 107 Best Walks is published by The Great Texas Line Press, P.O. Box 11105, Fort Worth, TX 76110, 800-73-TEXAS. Available at your local bookstore, directly from the publisher, from amazon.com, or get a personally autographed copy from the author.

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Pick up a copy of the March issue of Texas Parks and Wildlife magazine for Allan's take on the 12 best walks in Texas state parks. Or check the article out on-line at http://tpwmagazine.com/archive/2010/mar/ed_1/index.phtml.


Who is that park named after?

For the first time in one book are the stories behind the names of Texas state parks, natural areas, and historic sites. In this book you will discover how Mother Neff was responsible for the entire Texas state park system and a hundred more revelations.

"Subtitled 'The story behind the names of the state parks of Texas,' Kimball's book is equal parts travel guide and history lesson, as useful as it is compelling. While it may be of interest to people who like their history Texas style (and that's a whole passel of people) or those who plan on visiting a Texas state park (another big ol' group), 'Who Is Mother Neff and Why is She a State Park?' offers something for every reader.

"The writing is clean and concise, and the book kicks off with an informative introduction, followed with seven distinct sections representing geographic regions of the mammoth Lone Star State.

"The guidebook aspect is thorough enough that users will feel well-served by the level of detail included. And black-and-white photographs of parkland vistas and portraits of pivotal park founders are peppered liberally throughout.

"A sample: Did you know that Kickapoo Cavern State Park is home to the largest natural column in the state--at eight stories tall? Yep. Still curious about Mother Neff and her cohorts? Then do I have a book for you..."

--From the review by Matthew P. Mayo in RoundUp, the magazine of the Western Writers of America.

"Kimball's book is a readable survey of Texas' 90-plus state parks, but his main focus is on telling the story of how a particular park got its name. One day as he drove past a sign indicating the proximity of Mother Neff State Park, Kimball wondered who the heck Mother Neff was. He did a little research and learned that she was Isabella Neff, the mother of former Gov. Pat Neff. In 1916, Isabella Neff donated six acres in Coryell County for use as a park. When the state park system was created on Gov. Neff's watch in 1923, he donated another 250 acres and someone else donated three more acres, and the 259-acre parcel became Texas' first official state park.

"Most of the other state parks have names based on their location (as in Abilene State Park) or a person (as in McKinney Falls State Park) but each place has a story which Kimball tells well."

--From the review by Mike Cox in his Texana column in the Austin American-Statesman.

"A name is rarely meaningless; often it recognizes the important contribution of an individual or group of people, or brings to light a story long forgotten or obscured. Kimball's detailed descriptions uncover the meaning and human sentiment behind the names of some of our favorite places."

--From the review by Kathryn Hunter in Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine.

"In Who Is Mother Neff And Why Is She A State Park? it is easy to feel the appreciation for the preservation of heritage and respect for the usefulness of each park author Allan C. Kimball has for each square foot of the more than 500,000 acres preserved with the Texas state parks.

"Opening our eyes to the impact that those of today will have on those of tomorrow is what Kimball craftily encompasses with the ensemble of research shown in this book. Kimball shows how many lives have impacted the names of the Texas state parks and how those parks are remembered today: by their names. Readers learn how nearby geography, people's names, and roots of words from many native languages came together as the namesake of each park.

"This book is an example of the love and pride our ancestors had for Texas and how that all began with a name."

-- From the review by Salvador SeBasco, Literary Director and Host of The Inside View show, a CNN affiliate

"I haven't been able to put [this book] down since it arrived! [Kimball] has included fascinating information for any history buff--especially Texans or visitors to the state. I like his writing style, too. It almost feels as if he is in the room telling me the story."

--Shelly Tucker on her This Eclectic Life blog

Who Is Mother Neff And Why Is She A State Park? The Story Behind The Names of the State Parks of Texas is published by Eakin Press, a division of Wild Horse Media, P.O. Box 331779, Fort Worth, TX 76163, 817-344-7036. Available at your local bookstore, from amazon.com, or get a personally autographed copy from the author (see details below).


A guide to the Big Bend

This book could save your life. At the very least, the Big Bend Guide will make any trip to the remote and beautiful Big Bend area of Texas more pleasant and more productive, showing you exactly where to go and what to do and what you should take with you to make your trip a safe and enjoyable experience.

"Kimball's book contains plenty of useful information for anyone planning a visit to the 800,000-plus-acre Big Bend National Park or any of the beautiful country around it. The literature of the Big Bend is almost as extensive as its rugged desert and mountainous terrain, but Kimball's guide is the best small source I've seen... I was amazed at how much information he was able to pack in."

-- From the review by Mike Cox, Lone Star Book Blog

"Whether spending two days or ten, Kimball provides the skinny on what to do, where to go, and how to get there."

--Texas Highways magazine

"For first time visitors to Big Bend, Kimball's guide is as important as bringing along enough water."

-- Austin Chroncile

 

The Big Bend Guide, Top 10 Travel Tips, Top 10 Hikes, and Top Itineraries for the Casual Visitor is published by The Great Texas Line Press, P.O. Box 11105, Fort Worth, TX 76110, 800-73-TEXAS. Available at your local bookstore, directly from the publisher, from amazon.com, or get a personally autographed copy from the author.

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Historical fiction at its best

Set in the Big Bend of Texas in the 1880s, Rainbows Wait For Rain is historical fiction at its best, heavily spiced with blistering action, non-stop adventure, and simmering romance. A sage saloonkeeper, a canny Indian scout, a youthful Texas Ranger, and a cavalcade of memorable characters follow a suspenseful trail with kidnappers, Apaches, Comanches, Buffalo Soldiers, and cold-hearted killers.

"The characters are all quicky and larger than life. Excellent."

-- Legendary western novelist Elmer Kelton

"Very good indeed. A fine novel."

-- Premier western historian Robert M. Utley

"A writer with the gift of pathos and an eye for detail, capable of bringing to life memorable characters both heroic and fallible, Allan C. Kimball stands toe-to-toe and eye-to-eye with Larry McMurtry and Elmer Kelton in this compilation of his trilogy of tales that are set in the Big Bend region of Texas. Following the adage of "let the terrain dictate," Kimball uses his encyclopedic knowledge of the history and geography of that rugged landscape to bring his stories to life.

"Filled with real-life historical figures Billy the Kid and Wyatt Earp, and even a fictional Texas Ranger named Joaquin Jaxon modeled after modern day Texas Ranger Joaquin Jackson, and fictional characters such as Ethan Allan Twobears and Dutch the saloonkeeper, and some memorable women as well, Kimball weaves a tale that rings true and leaves the reader feeling as if he has ridden through the terrain and encountered these people and these places.

"As delightful a historical novel as has come along in decades."

-- Richard D. Jensen review in Round-Up, the magazine of the Western Writers of America.

Rainbows Wait For Rain is published by Sun Country Publications, P.O. Box 1482, Wimberley, TX 78676, 512-842-5162. Available from selected bookstores, from amazon.com, or get a personally autographed copy from the author.

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The Legend of Fort Leaton is a true story of dreams, courage, murder, and revenge.

A group of rugged individualists carved a home and a future out of the suffocating Chihuahuan Desert in the Big Bend area of Texas. Their fortress along the banks of the Rio Grande provided the only oasis of civilization in that desolate land. They fought hostile Indians, brigands of all sorts, even the land itself. Their landmark remains standing today, a hand-hewn adobe trading post an entire acre large that is a tribute to the daring and resourcefulness of the pioneers who settled the most forbidding of America's frontiers.

"Finally the story of Fort Leaton is told and told in an entertaining and delightful book."

--Lajitas Sun

The Legend of Fort Leaton is published by Sun Country Publications, P.O. Box 1482, Wimberley, TX 78676, 512-842-5162. Available from selected bookstores, from amazon.com, or get a personally autographed copy from the author.

 



All books are available online at amazon.com and most are available at local bookstores. In Wimberley, check Rancho Deluxe and Whimsey on the Square. In San Marcos, check Hastings Entertainment.

Get a personally autographed copy

If you would like to have a signed copy of any of the books above, contact Allan via e-mail, or write to P.O. Box 1482, Wimberley, TX 78676. Get an autographed copy for yourself, for a friend or a relative. Signed copies make thoughtful, special gifts.


About the author

I've been writing since I was seven years old when my grandmother put paper and pen in front of me to keep me occupied on a rainy day in my native Vermont. "Write me a story," she said, and I've been doing that ever since. My first paying job was at a newspaper (back when 10-year-old kids got to deliver them to your front door before dawn each morning). All I ever wanted to be when I grew up was either a cowboy or a writer, and when I moved to Texas I got to be both. I had a slight detour in the U.S. Navy, but thanks to Uncle Sam I got to see most of Europe, some of Africa, Australia, lots of the Caribbean, and all of the Orient including an interesting place called Vietnam.

For most of my adult life, though, I've worked as a journalist at daily newspapers in Texas. Sometimes I was an editor, but most of the time I was a reporter. I got to cover major league sports, gubernatorial races, prison boot camps, banking scandals, hurricanes, heart transplants, and cowboy hat manufacturing. Thanks to my press pass I got to meet several presidents, sports stars, musicians at the top of the charts, movie stars, Bronco Birnbaum, and beer drinking goats.

In 1990 my wife Madonna and I moved to the Texas Hill Country and started the Hill Country Sun magazine where we met many wonderful people and got to write about them. We sold the magazine a few years ago and now just take on projects we love to do.

I'm also an ordained Universal Life Church minister, I've officiated at many weddings over the years, and I'd be happy to perform one for you.

I love to hike, paddle my canoe or kayak, and have fun at Cowboy Action Shooting events. My favorite authors are Elmore Leonard, Mark Twain, and Edgar Allan Poe. Ben Rehder is pretty cool, too. My favorite novel is Catch-22. My favorite movie is The Professionals. My favorite restaurant is Italian Garden in San Marcos, Texas. My favorite places are at the top of Lost Mine Peak in the Chisos Mountains in Texas, almost anyplace in Grand Tetons National Park in Wyoming, and walking up Watkins Glen in New York. My favorite team is the Boston Red Sox. Oh... and my favorite color is olive.


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Last updated 15 October 2014