Tuesday, February 1, 2011


by Molly Noble Bull

My late mother was legally blind in her old age, and before she died, I ordered audio books to be read to her via cassettes from the Texas Talking Book Program—a service of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. I was so impressed with the program that I sent two copies of my western romance, The Rogue’s Daughter, to the talking book program in Austin, and it was made into an audio book. Recently, I discovered that a recording of my western romance novel is still available via the Texas Talking Book program.

The Rogue’s Daughter was published by Zondervan Publishing House in 1986 and later came out from Guideposts, the Book Division, as a Promise Romance. Set in San Antonio and a South Texas ranch in 1890, The Rogue’s Daughter is about a young schoolteacher with a secret who is hired by a handsome South Texas rancher as governess to his three motherless children, and they end up getting married to save her reputation—a situation that appears to be inconvenient for both of them.

In order to be eligible to enter books in this program as I did, you must be a resident of the state of Texas or have a book set in Texas. Here are the addresses and phone numbers..
1-800-252-9605 (toll-free in Texas)
If you live in or near Austin, Texas, you might be interested in volunteering to orally read a book or a magazine story for this worthy project. They are always looking for people willing to take the time to read books orally as a sort of ministry. I was unable to drive into Austin and read my book for the program, and they had The Rogue’s Daughter two years before they found someone to read it. Should you decide to read your own book as a volunteer, you can be sure that your book would jump to the head of the stack.
My mother was an avid reader before she lost her sight, and I know what a blessing it was that she was able to hear novels read to her after she could no longer read them for herself. And I will always be thankful to the people of Austin and the surrounding area who made that blessing possible.
The mother of the Texas Talking Book Program is the Library of Congress. If you are interested in the talking book program and don't live in Texas, visit the web site below.
You will be glad you did.


Molly Noble Bull said...

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Teresa Slack said...

What a wonderful ministry. I'm sure other states have similar programs. I'll have to check out Ohio. Unfortunately I don't know if anyone could stand to hear my grating voice thru an entire book. An act of sacrifice on the part of the listener.

Thanks Molly, for making us aware.

Robin Bayne said...

I would have to hire someone to read my books aloud, too : )

Nice post Molly.

Cecelia Dowdy said...

Great post, Molly. My husband is totally blind, so knowing this information is useful to us.