Books by Dana Glossbrenner
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From Bookadelphia, Boldface Books,
Kindle and print editions available.
The Lark is my favorite kind of book, in that it has it all – a little romance, a little mystery, characters you feel like you have known all your life, and a lot of laughs. Then, just when I’d settled in for what I thought was a lighthearted romp, bam, it hit me right in the feels. Charming, funny, and real.
Kim Hunt Harris, author of best-selling Trailer Park Princess series
"Good-time Charley" Bristow is a popular twenty-something West Texas hairstylist who's already dodged two bullets with two failed marriages (the second time, literally). . . . The Lark invites us to join Charley's friends, the rural cosmopolitans of Sulfur Gap, and ride shotgun alongside this rogue with an honest heart . . . on a jouney into his past. Dana Glossbrenner has crafted a totally engaging quest for happiness, set it in a totally genuine contemporary Texas, and delivered up great characters for a great read.
Cliff Hudder, author of Splinterville and Pretty Enough for You
Charley Bristow takes some things seriously--work, dancing, pool-playing, and women, but maybe not in that order. He finds the true importance of friends and family.
Rick Smith, San Angelo Standard Times
The First Lines:
Charley Bristow paced his small living room. Celibacy was burning a hole in his pants.
About The Lark:
Charley is the most popular hair stylist, pool player, and boot-scooter in several counties. But it's not a fulfilling life, with his record of two failed marriages at twenty-five and his worries about his alcoholic mother.
But things start to turn around when Lou comes to town, Darla makes her play, and Charley stops buying cars without looking under the hood and hooking up with women without looking into their hearts.
The Lark begins with a young man on a hopeless escapade in life and develops into a story of redemption.
Serious but funny, the book will make you laugh and cry as you read about the nuances of small-town life with a West Texas accent.
Coming Soon: Low Water Crossing, continuing
the story from Sulfur Gap, Texas
(Really, it is! It's taking longer than estimated.)
Praise for Women Behind Stained Glass
Dana's research and fine writing kept me flipping pages to see what happened next. It's fascinating to follow the lives of these pioneer women in our own wild and woolly western Texas.
~ Rick Smith, columnist, San Angelo Standard-Times
Accounts like these are not "local history" but rather "human history." And Dana Glossbrenner did a fine job in revealing the sagas. The question I was left with when I finished was "Could I have ever done nearly so well as these folks if I had lived in their circumstances?" And that's exactly the right reaction we should have if the history book is any good. This one is.
~ William E. Adams, Amazon review
Women Behind Stained Glass: West Texas Pioneers
Women Behind Stained Glass chronicles the lives of three women whose struggles led them to the frontier town of Santa Angela, where they left such a mark that their survivors dedicated large, stained-glass windows to them. Their stories blow away conventional stereotypes. Careful research reveals lives of courage and perseverance in the face of death, divorce, poverty, and danger in the wide expanse of the unknown.