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What do you get when you cross synth pop and spooky? You get the band Halloween Party, based out of Austin. This talented duo has been making a name for themselves in the Land of the Weird, and they are playing their first Dallas gig this Friday, February 7th at Double Wide in Deep Ellum.

So what exactly is their sound? Lead singer, Jeb Bunting, and guitarist, Alden Sayre, were once Park Cities locals playing original pop-rock tunes in Deep Ellum when they were in high school. Both went separate ways to pursue music and careers, but they always talked about making music like no one has really heard before. Reuniting in 2019, they've found a more artistic approach and started a new genre called 'spook pop'. Their modern-80s synth and electric guitar combinations are as original as they are appealing. With a macabre twist in both lyrics and sounds, they still manage to be upbeat, making the audience dance and sing along. Halloween Party is all year long with these skillful musicians who are often in costumes with a montage of classic horror clips in the background.

Catch their spooky Dallas debut at 10 p.m. this Friday, February 7th, as they open for HYLAND at Double Wide, 3510 Commerce Street, Deep Ellum. Tickets available on

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Three fun Book Festivals are coming to your area! Meet authors, purchase their books, and get them signed with a personal note. There will be food, lectures, and volumes of fun!

On Saturday, April 11th will be the North Texas Book Festival. It begins at 9 a.m. and goes until 4 p.m. and is held at the Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts (400 E. Hickory Street, Denton). Children's Story Time, lecture sessions on a variety of topics, including writing and publishing, as well as hundreds of titles for sale by the author are just a few highlights of the event.

Then on Saturday, April 18th, the Dallas Book Festival will be held at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library (1515 Young Street, Dallas) from 12 to 5 p.m. Crafts, story time, lectures, book sales, and a performance by the Children's Chorus of Greater Dallas round out this not-to-miss event. Thinking about becoming an author yourself? Don't miss "The Journey to Becoming THE Successful Author" lecture at 2:00 p.m.

Finally, on April 28th, meet local Dallas author Jill K. Sayre as she discusses and signs her award-winning book, The Fairies of Turtle Creek. Copies of her book will also be for sale. This is part of the Friends of Duncanville Public Library lecture series and will take place at 7 p.m at the Duncanville Public Library (201 James Collins Blvd., Duncanville).

Come pick up a wonderful new spring read, learn something new, and make some new friends along the way!

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Readers' Favorite Silver Medal Award-Winner, Jill K. Sayre

Award-Winning author Jill K. Sayre will be signing and selling her book, The Fairies of Turtle Creek, at the Armstrong/Bradfield Preschool Association Holiday Home Tour this coming Friday, December 5th. Jill was recently honored with a Silver Medal in the category of Children's Fantasy Fiction at the Readers' Choice Awards. Paperbacks, hardcovers, notecards, and special pixie dust bookmarks will also be available to purchase.

The Fairies of Turtle Creek is set locally, in Highland Park, and is about a 13-year-old girl who has difficulty believing in anything that can't be scientifically explained. It's not until her grandmother arrives, talking about Dallas in the 1920s, and about fairies being real, that the girl begins to have some magical experiences down by Turtle Creek that startto change her mind. Perfect for readers age 10 up to 100! Bil Howard of Readers’ Favorite said, "Mysterious, enlightening and inspired, The Fairies of Turtle Creek will not only have you wondering if fairies really do exist, but will leave you with a warm feeling of something shared and passed on from the old to the young.” 

A personalized signed book makes the perfect holiday gift! The ABPA Holiday Home Tour Market will be at 4205 Lakeside Drive, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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3 DFW Authors Win Honors, Readers' Favorite Awards

Three DFW authors will attend the Readers’ Favorite Awards in Miami, Florida to receive recognition for their novels. Competitors for The Readers Favorite Book Awards include New York Times Best-Selling authors and celebrities, like comedian Jim Carey and actor/directors Henry Winkler, Eriq La Salle, and Paul Michael Glaser.

The Fairies of Turtle Creek, a debut novel by Jill K. Sayre, has won a Silver Medal in the category of Children’s Fantasy Fiction. A chapter book for readers age 10 and up, the story takes place in Highland Park, Texas and is about a rational eighth grader who believes science can prove the existence of everything. But her scientific world is flipped around when her estranged grandmother comes to live with her and begins telling about the family’s history, with twists of the supernatural and whimsical. The teen’s beliefs are challenged, and the possibility that fairies actually exist helps her build hope about the safety of her brother fighting in the Iraq War. "It will make even the most skeptical among us believe in the seemingly impossible." The Fairies of Turtle Creek is also a USA and International Best Book Awards Finalist. Visit to learn more about the book and upcoming author events.

Kelly K. Lavender’s novel, Beautiful Evil Winter, is a Russian action thriller about a hellish international adoption and earned status as a Multi-Award-Winning novel with 7 honors. The story takes place in the 1990s after the fall of the USSR, a time reminiscent of the unforgiving gun slinging days of the frontier west. Making matters worse, an inexperienced untrained adoption coordinator orchestrates the effort to complete the task while keeping the Americans safe. Unwittingly, the couple stumbles into the crosshairs of the Mafia, putting their dreams and lives in peril. This book has earned accolades as a Readers’ Favorite Book Awards Finalist in the categories of Suspense, Thriller, and Romance Sizzle.  The Eric Hoffer Book Awards honored Beautiful Evil Winter by placing it in the Winners’ Circle for Commercial Fiction. See for more information.

Described as "Gripping suspense…a very entertaining yarn by an amazing first novelist", Adrienne LaCava’s debut novel, No One Can Know, placed as a Finalist in the Readers’ Favorite Awards for Thriller. Gabriel Haines is a CIA operative on leave, a part-time ranch hand, and coincidental bystander at Dealy Plaza in Dallas, on November 22, 1963. After JFK’s murder, people with particular knowledge are dying, and promising evidence is vanishing before significance is grasped. A family gets drawn into that dark business, and a weekend at their ranch in central Texas turns deadly. “Smitten with the sixties”, the author has interlaced her story with five years of research on the underlying historical topics. No One Can Know was also a Finalist in the National Indie Excellence Awards. Go to for details, reviews, and to learn about her next novel, Dream Weaver.

Readers’ Favorite ( has detailed reviews in all genres. Each page features a review of premium books (4 and 5 stars) by a regular reader like yourself, with information about the author, from their picture and biography, to links to their social media sites, and even to contact the author directly. You can also use the purchase link to buy the book. All three of these honored authors’ books can be found and purchased from, as well as other sites, in many formats.

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It was announced on Monday, September 1st that local author, Jill K. Sayre, won the Silver Medal in the Readers' Choice Awards for Children's Fiction.

"I was pleasantly surprised. I put a lot of time and heart into my book, so this is a real victory," said Sayre. "Writing a book is a labor of love. It was about four years from when I first got serious about writing it to publication."

The Fairies of Turtle Creek was published last year by Wisdom House Books. It is for ages 10 and up, and set locally, in the neighborhoods of Highland Park. It's about a thirteen year old girl, Claire, who has lost faith in life with her brother away fighting in the Iraq War. So when her eccentric grandmother comes to live with her, a woman who believes in fairies, Claire is even more distraught. However, it is believing in them that ends up helping Claire find peace. The story embraces local history and landmarks--a perfect read to celebrate the Centennial of HPISD this year.

Although copies can be purchased online on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, you can get a personally signed copy directly from the author on her website.

"I love to visit schools, retail stores, libraries--any place where I can meet my readers," remarked Sayre, adding, "I've even visited local book clubs."

To find out more, purchase books, or contact the author, visit