Thursday, August 16, 2018

Dana Glossbrenner

Dana Glossbrenner

 I've lived in West Texas all of my life, with a brief stint in the Hill Country in the early 1970s. I love the mesas, the long, orange sunsets, and the friendly, slow-talking people with their culture of independence and reliance on God.

 

 I taught English for nineteen years at all levels, including college. I also worked as both an elementary and high school guidance counselor.

 

 My husband, Jim, and I have four children, four adorable grandsons, and two brand new twin granddaughters. All are scattered around the country. Jim is a photographer, and many of the pictures in Women Behind Stained Glass are his work, as well as many of the pictures used on this site and social media.

 

 Since retiring, I've written short stories, pieces for the local newspaper, and one non-fiction book. I enjoy reading my stories aloud to audiences and presenting on various aspects of writing. Short work appears in the online Journal of Texas Women Writers and the anthology, Necessity Is a Mother: Toolbox Tales When All Else Fails.

 

 My first novel, The Lark, is was released July 1, 2016. I'm working on the spin-off, editing soon to be completed. Also, working on more local research.

 

Women Behind Stained Glass

Women Behind Stained Glass

Biographies, Non Fiction, Women.

Heroes don’t just live in the pages of graphic novels. And author Dana Glossbrenner proves just that with her fascinating true story of good women who can’t be kept down.

While members of the First Christian Church in San Angelo, Texas, know that their stained glass windows are quite old, they don’t know the women to whom the windows are dedicated—Annie Tankersley, Mary Jane Metcalfe, and Ellen Osmer Farr.

Thanks to extensive research and a special knack for storytelling, Glossbrenner introduces readers to the tragedy and triumph these women experienced as they made their way through the early days of San Angelo’s founding in the late nineteenth century.

From Annie’s role as the first white woman to permanently settle a family in the Concho Valley of West Texas, to Mary Jane’s solo journey southward after leaving her husband in an asylum, to Ellen’s position as the first female postmaster in San Angelo, these three women bucked the conventions of their times to make their way through a world that didn’t quite know what to do with them.

Readers will be captivated by their exciting stories, as natural disasters, divorce, death, and mental illness wreak havoc on their lives—and fuel their determination to make a difference in their small Texas town.

 

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Lark, The

Lark, The

Fiction, Humor.

You’re never too old to learn—or too young Good-looking, good-hearted Charley Bristow’s the most sought-after hair stylist in five West Texas counties. He’s an expert on the dance floor and sharp at the pool tables, too—but when it comes to picking cars, dogs, and women, luck hasn’t quite gone his way lately. And there’s the ever-present worry over his mother, whose own trailer-park plight he’d just as soon steer clear of. Just when he’s sworn off temptation of the female sort, an evening at the local honky-tonk drives two prime targets right into his path. Weighing the sudden wealth of options in his love life, while also searching for the right choice of wheels to suit his needs, Charley stumbles upon a long-hidden secret and an unforeseen road to redemption. The colorful denizens of the Wild Hare Salon, Jarod’s Automotive, and Hopper’s nightclub, along with those of the Briargrove First Methodist Church and the Sulfur Gap Centennial Celebration, will two-step their way right into your heart, to music as familiar as Willie Nelson and Charley Pride. And you just might start to fall in love with an old Johnny Mercer tune, too, as Charley Bristow faces his past and embraces the challenge of his future.

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