Visit Stein House, a wonderful new read

Myra Hargrave McIlvain, formerly of my hometown of Port Lavaca, Texas, is a great writer. She is also a great friend and long-time mentor to me. Recently she released a new book called Stein House. Check out Stein House and enjoy Myra’s beautiful writing and wonderful picturesque story creations.

Blessings, Melody


A Must Read: Callins’ first novel

A dear friend of mine and first-time author, Cindy Callins, has a novel hot off the press called Under the Windmills.  Check it out; I hear it is great.  I’m looking forward to the read.  Melody



Same kind of different as me …

“A dangerous homeless drifter who grew up picking cotton in virtual slavery.

An upscale art dealer accustomed to the world of Armani and Chanel.

A gutsy woman with a stubborn dream.

A story so incredible no novelist would dare dream it.

That’s a description of the book Same Kind of Different as Me, which I just finished reading.  It’s a another must-read: a tremendously powerful story about friendship, hope, new beginnings, survival and spirituality.

Check it out for yourself.


Making toast: a must read!

This week I had the true privilege of reading Making Toast: A Family Story.  It’s eassyist Roger Rosenblatt’s personal narrative on family life after the loss of his beloved daughter, Amy.  The cover of the book includes this quote from E.L. Doctorow:

A painfully beautiful memoir telling how grandparents are made over into parents, how people die out of order, how time goes backward.  Written with such restraint to be both heartbreaking and instructive.”

Definitely Making Toast is a must-read, and that’s an understatement.


Listening to a lively commentary

One of the columns I enjoy most in our hometown newspaper, the Austin American-Statesman, is from Rev. Bob Lively, Teacher-in-Residence at First Presbyterian Church in Austin.  Pastor Bob’s commentary for this week was a true blessing for me in that the subject matter was the Journeys of Heartache and Grace: Conversations and Life Lessons from Young People with Serious Illnesses book.  Certainly I am grateful for the attention called to the book.  Hopefully you’ll enjoy the column and remember to search out Bob’s future articles.

With gratitude, Melody

The Extraordinary Oscar!

Books on end-of-life times are not always plentiful nor good.  That’s not the case with a book I recently had the pleasure of reading entitled Making Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat by David Dosa, M.D.  The book is just like the title suggests: extraordinary, and I recommend it to all!

Happy summertime reading,


Growing Up with Pat.

One of my workout friends from The Hills in Austin, Texas is Patricia Riggs Flathouse, a fabulous writer who has a new book out entitled Growing Up in the Texas Panhandle.  As mentioned by a National Public Radio reporter who recently interviewed Pat, the book is a “glimpse into the history of small-town Texas life in the 1940’s and 1950’s.  Author Pat Flathouse shares her philosophy on writing and surprise guest Emma Flathouse, Pat’s granddaughter, gives us her impressions of growing up in the Texas Panhandle in the 21st Century.”  The story is outstanding, and I thought you might be interested.  Also check out Pat’s excellent blog entitled Pat’s Place.

Enjoy.  Melody