Reading between the wines

The Rockport Writers Group is hosting its 2nd Annual Rockport Writers Roundup, Saturday, June 15, 2013, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and you will not want to miss this one. For me, it’s going to be a roundup in more ways than one.

The King's Ransom by Devorah FoxTen members of the RWG, me included, will read selections of their work, be on hand to sign their books and answer questions. I’ll be reading an excerpt from my first novel, The Lost King and I’ll have in my hot little hands the sequel, The King’s Ransom, fresh off the press, the ink not even dry.

Rockport Writer Group President Kay Butzin will open the program with a brief introduction to the RWG which has been in existence since 1988. Members are writers who practice writing as a craft and want to improve their skill and technique with the goal of being published. They meet twice a month to share what they’ve learned about writing and to encourage each other in the development of writing skills. An important function of the RWG is the “read-and-critique.” Writers can bring their work to share and get constructive criticism.

The selections for the Roundup represent just about every genre: history and mystery, children’s and young adult books, memoir and fantasy. On the program are:

Lady Slayer by Rita WendellBOOK EXCERPTS

  • Pat Chapman, TEA ON THE GREAT WALL, Memoir
  • Devorah Fox, THE LOST KING, Fantasy
  • John Howell, MY GRL, Thriller
  • Rita Wendell, LADY SLAYER, Crime Thriller


  • Mary Wallace, GOURDS, Non-Fiction
  • Herndon Williams, WHAT DIALECT DO YOU SPEAK?, Article


  • Woody Davis, WHAT GOES ROUND, Disturbing Fiction
  • Roger Larimore, ROUGH & READY, Memoir
  • Kathleen Monju, ARE YOU MY BEST FRIEND?, Fiction

We’ll also have music featuring the lyrics of award-winner Pat Chapman.

I’m “dee-lighted” that The Rockport Writer Roundup will round up two Dee-Scoveries. The first is the Estelle Stair Gallery at 406 South Austin Street which I wrote about in December of 2012. It’s going to be the site of the event. A registered Texas historic landmark, the “Sorensen-Stair” building is the oldest commercial building in Rockport that’s still in use in its original form. Lovingly restored by owner Lisa Baer Frederick, it’s now an art gallery.

Another Dee-Scovery, the Wine of Mine Winery, will be on hand with a selection of wines for guests to sample in between readings. I wrote about the winery in February, 2012. Located at 264 S. Commercial Street in Aransas Pass, the winery provides all the instruction, help and supplies to make wine crafted to your specific taste and bottled with a custom label of your choosing. Along with the wine will be light refreshments.

For more information about the Rockport Writers Group, send an email to or visit the group’s page on Facebook, To learn more about the Wine of Mine call (361) 944-9463. For more information about the Estelle Stair Gallery, call 361 (463-1059). Or just come to the 2nd Annual Rockport Writers Roundup where you can learn about all three as well as meet ten real live authors. I’ll see you there. —

About Dee

"What if?" Those two words all too easily send Devorah Fox spinning into flights of fancy. Best-selling author of “The Redoubt,” voted one of 50 Self-Published Books Worth Reading 2016, and three other books in The Bewildering Adventures of King Bewilliam epic historical fantasy series. She also co-authored the contemporary thriller, Naked Came the Sharks, with Jed Donellie. She contributed to Masters of Time: a SciFi/Fantasy Time Travel Anthology and has several Short Reads to her name, including Murder by the Book, A Mystery Mini. Born in Brooklyn, New York, she now lives in The Barefoot Palace on the Texas Gulf Coast with rescued tabby cats ... and a dragon named Inky. Visit the “Dee-Scoveries” blog at
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