Thursday, October 26, 2017

Understanding Cemetery Symbols


UNDERSTANDING CEMETERY SYMBOLS
A Field Guide for Historic Graveyards (Messages from the Dead)
by
TUI SNIDER
  Genre: History / Landmarks & Monuments / Iconography Publisher: Castle Azle Press
Date of Publication: August 19, 2017
Number of Pages: 250

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Understanding Cemetery Symbols by Tui Snider helps history buffs, genealogists, ghost hunters, and other curiosity seekers decode the forgotten meanings of the symbols our ancestors placed on their headstones. By understanding the meaning behind the architecture, acronyms, & symbols found in America’s burial grounds, readers will gain a deeper appreciation for these "messages from the dead."
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Praise for Understanding Cemetery Symbols:
"When I ordered this book I thought it would be good for information concerning cemetery symbolism. I was wrong. It is GREAT!!!! This has already become my go to guide for all types of cemetery information. By far the best book I have come across!"  - Amazon verified purchase, wearylibrarian
"Wow! What a great book! I got bit by the bug doing genealogy research. I always wondered what the symbols meant and could not find a reliable resource for the info. With Ms. Snider's book along with the symbiology and great pictures, also a creative process of Tui's, are plenty of interesting tidbits! Useful and entertaining! The book is small enough to keep in the glove box or your handbag or backpack!!" - Amazon verified purchase, Rev. Joy Daley
"I always enjoyed walking through a cemetery and looking at the stones. Now it will give it a much deeper meaning. I really enjoyed reading this book!"  - Amazon verified purchase, Deborah D.
"Perfect book to get an idea for symbols and meaning. Only glanced through it and already picked up a few facts! Welcome addition to our growing library..." - Amazon verified purchase, Toripotterfan


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Historic Cemetery Symbols:
What Does HTWSSTKS Mean on Headstones?
Guest Post by Tui Snider

When it comes to historic cemetery symbols, acronyms are used as a form of shorthand. There’s only so much room on a headstone, after all.

HTWSSTKS is an acronym with connections to the Masonic Temple, specifically Royal Arch Masons. It doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, but the letters stand for, Hiram, Tyrian’s Widow’s Son, Sent to King Solomon.”

Of course, now we’re left wondering who is this Hiram guy?

As it turns out, all third degree Freemasons study the story of a man named Hiram Abiff (a.k.a. Hiram son of Tyrian’s widow.) According to legend, Hiram was chief architect for the Temple of King Solomon.

When bad guys tried to squeeze Masonic secrets out of Hiram, he valiantly refused to tell them. As a result, the bad guys killed poor Hiram. In Masonic teachings, Hiram’s story is held up as an example of loyalty.

So, when you see HTWSSTKS on someone’s headstone, you know that not only were they a Royal Arch Mason, but they made it at least as far as the third degree in that fraternal order!




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Tui Snider is an award-winning writer, speaker, photographer, and musician specializing in quirky travel, overlooked history, cemetery symbolism, and haunted lore. As she puts it, “I used to write fiction, but then I moved to Texas!”
Tui lectures frequently at universities, libraries, conferences and bookstores. Her best-selling books include Paranormal Texas, The Lynching of the Santa Claus Bank Robber, Unexpected Texas, and Understanding Cemetery Symbols. She recently taught classes based on her books at Texas Christian University.
When not writing books, you can find Tui exploring the historic graveyards and backroads of Texas with her husband, Larry. 
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Grand Prize: Signed Copies of Understanding Cemetery Symbols + wGraveyard Journal Workbook + Ghost Hunters Journal  2nd & 3rd Prizes: Signed Copies of Understanding Cemetery Symbols
October 18-October 27, 2017
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Excerpt 1
19-Oct
Review
20-Oct
Guest Post 1
21-Oct
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22-Oct
Author Interview
23-Oct
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24-Oct
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25-Oct
Top 5 List
26-Oct
Guest Post 2
27-Oct
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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Racing Storms


RACING STORMS Chasing Desire Trilogy #1
by
SARA RUSSELL
  Genre: Clean Contemporary Romance  Publisher: North Loop Books
Date of Publication: April 25, 2017
Number of Pages: 198
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Decoursey dreads the upcoming weekend. A big NASCAR race is taking place at the speedway near her home--and her abusive, murder-threatening ex-husband just so happens to be a member of a NASCAR pit crew. Determined not to let her ex-husband have a decent opportunity to make good on his threat, Decoursey puts an ad online, hoping to find some security in the form of a guy needing a place to crash. 
Enter Kennan, a storm chaser looking to get away for a few days. Fresh off a failed storm chase, Kennan doesn't make the best first impression. But that quickly changes as Decoursey gives Kennan a chance and finds the recently broken heart of a gentleman hidden beneath the surface. As sparks fly, so do hopes that they can dream of romance once again. But when their newfound trust is broken, will Decoursey and Kennan weather the storm to find a love that lasts? 
Racing Storms, the exciting debut in Sara Russell's Chasing Desire trilogy, will get your heart pumping all the way to the finish line.
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Praise for Racing Storms:
“In Racing Storms, fresh new voice Sara Russell begins her three-book series with a courageous and adorable hero, a sassy but vulnerable heroine, spicy love scenes and an insider’s view of daredevil storm chasers! What more could you want from a romance?” 
-- Vicki Lewis Thompson, New York Times bestselling author

"Russell’s debut successfully tackles the idea of finding love when you least expect it." 
--RT Reviews
"Austin-area writer Sara Russell’s self-described 'first foray into fiction' is a smoothly written, nicely plotted romance novel that will entertain many readers who like books with contemporary Texas settings." 
--Lone Star Literary Life

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Sara Russell is a near-native Texan who sees nothing wrong with using “y’all” in formal conversation. She maintains that one can do practically anything in a cute dress and flats, including storm chasing, attending motorsports events, and exploring the endless delights of the Austin area, where she’s lived since childhood. When not writing or hunting & gathering at Whole Foods, Sara spends time with friends & family and enjoys live music and dancing.
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9/22
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9/24
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9/26
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