Strays, a “Texas Family” Novel

Strays by Marian Hoy:

Sydney is retired and rather than live on her big, Texas Hill Country ranch by herself she takes in strays, both animal and human. Her only rule: you have to be a senior citizen. The fun begins when three young children are dropped off at the ranch. Rather than turn them over to child protective services, the gang decides to take care of them themselves. How hard could it be?

CJ Says: A country novel that, though I think somebody in the editorial department at Javelina Books put through some faulty software editor that removed all ‘that’s and other “unnecessary” words, it’s still a fun, strong story. Reviews of this novel give it an excellent rating of 4.5 stars, the one complaint being “too much cussing.” Well, cussing is a part of life, including rural and country life, so there ya be. I mean, heck, there’s a little ‘Old Time Religion’, and some ‘Jesus’ in the novel, too, so it all balances out, right? ūüėÄ -CJ


Marian Hoy has been¬†writing children’s stories for more than 30 years, and also writes¬†about her travels in Mexico and Honduras. ¬† She has been a published author for many years, and we are proud to have her with the Javelina Books team of writers. She also trains Private Investigators in the art of criminal investigations, and has begun writing¬†intriguing mysteries about current events.¬† From time to time she adds a generous splash of romance¬†for the grizzled men of mystery.

Marian lives quietly in a small community in the rolling green hills of the Texas Hill Country, and spends hours sitting in the shade of her backyard writing and watching sweet hummingbirds spirit about the abundant Bougainvillea.

Author Marva Dasef

MarvaDasefMarva Dasef is a writer living in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, a fat white cat, and a skinny black cat. Retired from thirty-five years in the software industry, she has now turned her energies to writing fiction and finds it a much more satisfying occupation.

Marva has published more than forty stories in a number of on-line and print magazines, with several included in Best of anthologies. She has over a dozen published print and ebooks, and is now working on turning them into audio books.

When it comes to “country,” Reading Country’s choice is Missing, Assumed Dead

You can find Marva online on almost every social networking site. Visit her at her website or her Amazon page.

“Country” Author Kirk Winkler

"country" author Kirk WinklerKirk Winkler is an author and audiobook narrator. He enjoyed an extensive career in broadcast journalism, owned his own business, and now happily spends his time writing and connecting with readers and listeners from his home in Omaha, Nebraska. A lover of the history of the American heartland and its people, he has lived along the Oregon Trail, Lewis and Clark’s route, the old Spanish Camino Real, and just a few miles from where the transcontinental railroad began its push across the continent.

His novels include:
The Intruders, a western The Old Boys, a western Eva Rae's Song, a country pioneer novel

Available in print, eBook, and, for all but Eva Rae’s Song, in audio-book, too.

Says Kirk: “I like to think I’m a resurrected, reconstructed, revamped and revised Renaissance man.¬† I’ve left the world of business and a lifelong career in broadcast journalism for a new adventure or two:
–Writing about what I love and what my muse tells me to write
–Turning my own and others’ printed words of others into great audio books
–And engaging with you!¬† So let’s connect!”

Visit Kirk Winkler online at his website or his Amazon page, and, if you need an audio book narrated, you can engage him here or on