Deborah J. Lightfoot                Author and Editor

(aka Deborah Lightfoot Sizemore)

Selected Works

"A teenage girl runs away from her life of servitude only to be captured by a sorcerer who will help her discover her true past. … Carin and Verek’s well-crafted relationship balances in a tense power struggle … intriguing premise and original characters … Fine fantasy." —KIRKUS
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History & Biography
FOUR STAR FUNERALS packs the emotional wallop of Titanic, darkened with a dash of Tales From the Crypt. This 10-author anthology about death and its aftershocks will sear your soul, make you laugh … and ultimately help you heal, if you’re haunted by a death that has upended your emotions in ways you never expected.
"A fascinating look at one man's life during an important era of American history."
"A most compelling and highly recommended slice of Texan-American regional history."
Midwest Book Review
"This history of the firm of Freese and Nichols and its substantial impact in Texas constitutes a survey of 100 years of civil and environmental engineering."
—Book News, Inc.
Magazine Articles
A biography of Yakima Canutt (1895–1986), a master of movie stuntwork from Stagecoach to Ivanhoe.
Reviews I've Written
Frances Mayes's Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy—a review recounting the parallels with my own move to Mexico.
Stephen Hawking's Black Holes and Baby Universes—space and time aren't what they seem.

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Drawn into the schemes of an angry wizard, Carin glimpses the place she once called home. It lies upon a shore that seems unreachable. To learn where she belongs, and how to get there, the teenage traveler must decipher the words of an alien book, follow the clues in a bewitched poem, conjure a dragon from a pool of magic—and tread carefully around a seductive but volatile, emotionally scarred sorcerer who can’t seem to decide whether to love her or kill her. A Trilogyclick for details.

History & Biography

Four Star Funerals: An Anthology About Death
Anguish, joy, anger, relief, regret, sadness, numbness, fear, guilt, greed, indifference—so many ways to feel about a death. Maybe you reach for a touch of humor to lighten your heart. Whatever your response to the end of a life, know that you are not alone. FOUR STAR FUNERALS is a collection drawn from the personal experiences of the Four Star Writers. Death has not merely touched our group, it has hammered us in recent years. We’ve lost children, husbands, parents, siblings, close friends. We’ve lost one of our own, a beloved member of our close-knit group. Our individual responses to our bereavements show a universe of emotions. You never know how you’ll react until you’ve been there. If you’ve been there, if you’ve lost someone important to you, maybe you’ve been surprised—even shocked—by your reaction. Perhaps you have felt that your emotions are inappropriate. Maybe it will help you to know that one of us, in our small but diverse writers’ group, has felt much as you have. eISBN 978-0-9728768-2-7

Trail Fever: The Life of a Texas Cowboy
George W. Saunders rode in his first cattle drive at the age of five and got caught in his first stampede when he was ten. A Texas trail driver, he survived it all—freezing rains, lightning storms, desert dust, Kiowa and Comanche raiders, bandits, days and nights of herding without rest. In later life he compiled a unique historical record of the trail-driving era. Here's the story of this important figure of the American West. ISBN 0-9728768-0-4

TRAIL FEVER Teacher's Guide
For classroom use, the TRAIL FEVER Teacher's Guide (2006) by Pat Miller, M.Ed., has chapter summaries, vocabulary and concepts, discussion questions, Internet resources, writing prompts, quizzes, puzzles and more. Recommended for fourth-grade Texas history and social studies. ISBN 978-0-9728768-1-0

The LH7 Ranch: The E.H. Marks' Legacy
"The fascinating and informative true story of a cattle ranch that has operated since 1907 and the venerable family who owned it. Energetic and aptly researched, The LH7 Ranch is a most compelling and highly recommended slice of Texan-American regional history." ISBN 1-57441-111-X
Midwest Book Review

A Century in the Works
A centennial history of the consulting engineering firm opened by John B. Hawley in 1894. Winner of the History and Heritage Award, Texas Section, American Society of Civil Engineers. ISBN 0-89096-561-7

My article "Water Woes and Water Ways: Tales of Texas Engineer John B. Hawley," which is taken from A Century in the Works, appeared in the Texas Folklore Society's 2006 publication, Folklore: In All of Us, In All We Do, UNT Press. ISBN 1-57441-223-X

Magazine Articles

Cowboy Stuntman Yakima Canutt
Yak Canutt's work took him out of the Old West into the Middle Ages, a path much like the one my writing has followed. Persimmon Hill

Some other articles and short works that I've written are also available online:

Self-Editing: Two Half Brains Make a Whole Writer­

Simple Green: Confessions of a Former Earthchild

Grammar, Naturally­

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The LH7 Ranch

Reviews I've Written

Book Review:
Under the Tuscan Sun

Reflections on Frances Mayes's Under the Tuscan Sun and what the book meant to my personal transnational adventure when I began a nine-year residency in Mexico.

Book Review:
Black Holes and Baby Universes

Stephen Hawking's Black Holes and Baby Universes—you'll get the jokes even if you don't grasp the science.