Texas Star’s physical store is closed, although we are still fulfilling online and phone orders. Please let us know if we can help you. We check our phone and email messages several times each day, and will respond to your questions quickly! In most cases, we are shipping same day and next day on orders received on weekdays (before noon Friday). Orders received over the weekend will usually ship the following Monday.
Y’all take care and we hope to see you soon!
Book signings scheduled for Saturday, March 21, have been postponed indefinitely.
Rick Meyers, author of five tennis manuals, and Les Hammond, author of “The Arms of God,” will be at Texas Star at a later date to sign copies of their books.
Autographed copies of their books are now available at Texas Star, as well as on our website.
Due to decreased traffic and health concerns, Texas Star’s abbreviated hours will be 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday, beginning Thursday, March 19. Shop online anytime, call us during store hours (325-672-9696) or send an email. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
We offer shipping, local delivery, and local curb pickup.
Abilene’s Les Hammond gets the reader’s attention right away in the first sentence of his debut novel, The Arms of God.
“Mike Wakefield was fourteen years old the year Stella Clement shot Junior Clement dead.”
That was 1956. The Clements’ oldest son, Trace, was 8. Their other two children were sent back to East Texas to live with relatives. Trace was entrusted to the care of Wmearle Franklin, owner of the local machine and tool shop and one of the most respected men in town.
From a distance – always from a distance – Trace’s wealthy grandfather, Fowler Clement, keeps tabs on the youngster without his knowing it.
The story picks up eight years later when Trace is 16 and is part of a secret “gang” of local boys, headed by Mike Wakefield, who go around helping people in need, all done anonymously.
The novel basically revolves around Trace’s life over the next 12 years, including a Mexican jail and Marine combat duty in Vietnam, and his almost non-existent relationship with his grandfather, which Trace finds hard to understand.
The Arms of God is a well-written, upbeat novel filled with characters you can’t help but like, especially Trace Clement and Wmearle. The title refers to the Brazos River, which flows through the West Texas tale.
Les Hammond, retired financial executive and volunteer prison chaplain, will sign copies of his novel from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at Texas Star Trading Company. Come by and say hello and pick up a copy of his book (Christian Faith Publishing, 295 pages, $19.95 paperback).
If you’d like to order the book, give us a call at 325-672-9696 and we’ll take your order.
Lonn Taylor, who lived in Fort Davis and wrote a very literate weekly column for the Marfa newspaper, died last summer, just a few months after his most recent book was published — “Turning the Pages of Texas” ($22.95), one of the best books ever written about Texas books.
“There Was an Old Dragon” now a children’s board book; book signing planned
by Glenn Dromgoole
Best-selling Abilene author Penny Parker Klostermann’s delightful children’s book, There Was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight, first published in 2015, is coming out in a board book edition (Random House, $8.99).
The book’s national launch is Tuesday, Feb. 11, and Penny will celebrate by signing books that day at Texas Star Trading Company from 4-5:30 p.m.
Even though it’s a board book, it’s not a condensed version of the story, which features an old dragon who goes around devouring everything in his path – a steed, a squire, a cook, a lady, even a castle and a moat, until finally he starts to bloat. And then what?
There Was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight was a Texas Star best-seller in 2015 and 2016. We know of two very grand children who love the tale and can even recite part of it. The more durable board book (also featuring Ben Mantle’s wonderful illustrations) should give the story renewed life, especially with younger kids. Board books make good baby shower gifts.
If you would like a personalized/autographed copy and can’t make it to the book signing, call us at (325) 672-9696 and we’ll save however many you want. You can also order online and we can send the book to you after the book signing.
Penny also is the author of another wonderful children’s book, A Cooked-Up Fairy Tale, published (with illustrator Mantle) by Random House in 2017.
Texas Star is closed today (Wednesday, Feb. 5) due to inclement weather. The roads are covered with a layer of ice, topped with several inches of snow. We expect to re-open Thursday, although it might be a bit later in the day than normal. Safe travels!