Through laughter and tears, SHELTER FROM THE TEXAS HEAT tells the story of a woman's emotional journey on a road that could tragically lead to a dead end or to the highway of happiness. In the tradition of Rebecca Wells's "Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood," SHELTER FROM THE TEXAS HEAT is a novel about holding onto secrets and the power of friendship to help release them. Rachel Frank, a redheaded Texan, has it all: a successful architect husband, Michael; a house on one of the most prestigious streets in Dallas; and a daughter, Missy - a coed at UT Austin. And then Rachel's world turns upside down. Throughout her growth from girlhood in the '60s to adulthood, she shares her adventures with sidekick and best friend P.J. Rutherford, the daughter of a Texas tycoon. They experience the horror of JFK's assassination when they hear the news on the playground in Dallas. Rachel's mother, Rosy Rosenshein Miller, tries to overcome the nightmare of her own past. She's one of those great "broads" with loads of spunk and a little too much red lipstick. From funny, turned disastrous moments at a glamorous birthday party at Neiman Marcus, to the painful memories of a Holocaust survivor, SHELTER FROM THE TEXAS HEAT takes the reader on an emotional roller coaster ride that even includes a stop at the State Fair of Texas. Award-winning First Chapter appeared in "Lessons Learned: Vol. 1" anthology. First Place Woodlands Writers' Guild Texas Cliffhanger Award for "Night Flight" Chapter.