Texas Escapes Reboots Book Reviews; Launches Mailing List

Texas Escapes ( is reactivating its Book Reviews section. Jamie Engle is the Reviews Editor and will be reviewing books about Texas or by Texas authors. She will also write articles about Texas Literature and conduct author interviews.

“The site focuses on Texas travel and history, so not every book written by Texas authors is a fit,” she says. “Nonfiction will be the primary focus, but we are expanding to include fiction set in Texas (especially historical fiction).”

To have your book considered for review, email your book information to Jamie at

Jamie has also started a yahoogroups for authors, publicists or publishers based in Texas or writing/publishing books about Texas. She will post requests for suggestions of books and authors to include in future articles. The articles are for print and online venues. For example, if an upcoming article is about mysteries set in Austin or Texas ghost towns, a post will be made requesting suggestions for mysteries set in Austin or books about Texas ghost towns to include in the articles.

To subscribe, send a blank email to: Source: The Book Promotion Newsletter.

When asked about youth titles, Jamie replied: “Children & teen books would be great! In fact, I have a historical Texas fiction series for children on the slate for review already. Older releases are fine, so long as the titles are readily available (online, or a bookstore can order them with no problem).”

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