These previously unpublished short stories have their settings in diverse Texas places and times, from Old West to Winn-Dixie. The series combines works by several of the states better known authors with those of new discoveries, gifted Texans that might not have otherwise gotten into print. Renowned writers include Carmen Tafolla, Robert James Waller, A.C. Greene, Judy Alter, Lionel Garcia, Clay Reynolds, Cindy Bonner, Robert Flynn, Jan Epton Seale, Joyce Gibson Roach, Jay Brandson, and Rolando Hinojosa. Whether famous or first-time, these seventy-plus Texas fictionalists sent in their manuscripts from the Valley, Trans-Pecos, Panhandle, and Piney Woods as well as from Dallas, Houston, El Paso, Austin, and old San Antonio. Taken together, Texas Short Stories 2 is certainly a good read, and it might even say something about Texas culture itself.
"Won't Someone Shout Amen" by Joyce Roach is included in this collection.
.. rich assemblage for the short-story enthusiast with a palate for some high-grade Texana. -- Tom Dodge, Dallas Morning News
Better to just dive into the tome and begin wherever the spirit leads you. -- Clay Smith, Austin Chronicle
"A highly readable book and bound to be of interest to all Texans. Every region of our great state is represented here and represented well by some of the more established authors as well as by some new comers to Texas letters. A book to be read more than once, and one which Texans and nonTexans, young and old, will read, keep, and treasure."
"A generous outpouring of Texas voices. Both emerging and established writers have their say, producing in the blend of mighty chorus sure to be relished and remembered for some time to come."
"A a time when lots of Lone Star writers are banking on crime novels and film scripts, Texas short story writers continue to patrol the smaller venues, sending back microcosmic reports from off-ramp towns, core samplings from burgeoning metroplexes, keeping the faith. Billy Bob Hill's new anthology contains a wealth of Texas tales, nearly fifty stories in all. They range from Betsy Berry's beautifully rendered poignant story fo the loss of friendship in Neiman-Marcus Dallas to Pat Littledog's deeply compelling, mean streets chronicle that echoes the blues truism, 'wasn't for bad luck, wouldn't have no luck at all.' We're all lucky to have Pat Carr, Mark Busby, James Hoggard, Jan Epton Seale, Pat Littledog, Jan Reid, Joyce Gibson Roach, James Ward Lee, Betsy Berry, Marshall Terry, Clay Reynolds, Terance A. Dalrymple, and Judy Alter, and a treasure trove of other Texas short story writers all in one colossal volume."