Anahuac by William D. Darling GIVEAWAY

Anahuac: Texas Story (Volume 2) by William D. Darling

Genre: Historical Fiction / Thriller

Publisher: Canned Peas Productions

Date of Publication: October 3, 2017

Number of Pages: 244

The Anahuac of 1972 is more than just an isolated outpost on Texas’s Trinity Bay – it’s a place where greed and justice uncomfortably intermingle, where the evangelical fervor of charismatic preachers resonate, where blacks and whites navigate a fragile co-existence, and where a murder leads to even darker mysteries than murder.

Jim Ward, introduced in Morgan’s Point as a young, idealistic Houston prosecutor, returns in Anahuac as an older, more conflicted, more complicated man, coming to Anahuac to defend a man who appears guilty of a horrible crime. His discoveries lead to entanglements in the very nature of good and evil, in a town that is at once of its time and timeless, steeped in a history that is unexpectedly but definitively drawing Ward in its narrative web.


"Austin writer William D. Darling’s second novel, Anahuac, is an entertaining, engrossing legal thriller that offers both darkly humorous and good-natured thrusts at life, love, and law . . . first-rate reading, especially for readers who enjoy legal thrillers, lawyer procedurals, suspense, Texas settings, and characters who live large." - Lone Star Literary Life

"Darling draws vivid portraits of his setting while also bringing in historical currents like women’s liberation, the growth of container shipping, and the rise of the prosperity gospel, adding interest to what’s otherwise a fairly simple courtroom drama." - Kirkus Reviews

I'm a Texan originally from the east coast who's had occasion to meet some of these characters from another planet. Darling weaves us through the minds of lawyers with jealousies, insecurities, questions of faith, honor, and guilt as they tackle the case of a horrible crime that has the potential to put a man of God away forever. I held on tight as we went through the engrossing trial, which did not disappoint! If you love history, crime, passion, religion, and suspense, this is a must read! - Kristy Recker (an Amazon reviewer)



William D. Darling is a lifelong storyteller and very nearly a native Texan, arriving in his beloved state as an infant in 1942. His first novel, Morgan’s Point, introduced readers to both the mid-‘60s rough-and-tumble world of the Houston courts where Darling came of age, and the Galveston Bay region that has long fascinated him. His latest novel Anahuac, serves as a sequel to Morgan’s Point as well as its own fascinating tale.

Darling, who has lived within the legislative bustle of Washington, D.C. and in the beauty of a Central Texas ranch, currently resides in Austin, where he and his wife have built a longstanding law practice.



January 12, 2018, 7:00PM

Anahuac Reading & Signing

Deep Vellum Books, 3000 Commerce Street, Dallas, TX, US

January 20, 2018, 10:00AM

Anahuac Reading in Anahuac William D. Darling brings it on home! He'll read from Anahuac in the city where the new novel is set for the first time ever. Chambers County Library, 202 Cummings Street, Anahuac, TX, US

February 17, 2018, 4:30PM

Anahuac Houston Release Event William D. Darling will sign and read from Anahuac, celebrating the release of the book with friends and well-wishers in the city he once called home, as part of a multi-author event. Murder by the Books, 2342 Bissonnet, Houston, TX, US



January 5-January 14, 2018 (US Only)

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01/05 - Notable Quotable - Syd Savvy

01/05 - Author Interview - Texan Girl Reads

01/06 - Review - Missus Gonzo

01/07 - Notable Quotable - A Novel Reality

01/08 - Review - Forgotten Winds

01/09 - Excerpt - StoreyBook Reviews

01/10 - Notable Quotable - Tangled in Text

01/11 - Review - Reading by Moonlight

01/12 - Author Interview - Texas Book Lover

01/13 - Scrapbook Page - The Clueless Gent

01/14 - Review - Hall Ways Blog