April 2016
Behind the Scenes with Favorite Authors
Spring is finally here! As temperatures warm, there's nothing better than sitting outside with a page-turner and a glass of something cool, or reading in your local library with the sound of birds just outside the window.  
April is Autism Awareness Month

For Autism Awareness Month, Allen Eskens has made a video in which he speaks about Jeremy, an autistic character from Eskens's debut The Life We Bury. Readers have connected strongly with the characters in The Life We Bury, which has been on the USA Today's best-selling book list for 13 weeks! In the video, Eskens talks about his motivations for creating this character, and the positive responses he's received from readers and reviewers about Jeremy and the relationship his brother, Joe, has with him . Eskens is also the author of The Guise of Another and the forthcoming The Heavens May Fall.

National Library Week (April 10 - 16, 2016)

In April we also get to celebrate National Library Week, and as vital as libraries can be to readers, we often forget how important they can be to authors as well. Mark Pryor, author of the Hugo Marston novels and Hollow Man, recently described the impact his local library has had on his writing career -- he's written all of his novels there! On his blog, read why that is as well as see pictures of the library staff who serve as his office-mates

(The Paris Librarian, the next Hugo Marston novel, comes out this August!)

New this Month: A Brilliant Death

This month also marks the release of A Brilliant Death by Robin Yocum, a riveting, moving novel set in 1967 that follows teenagers Travis Baron and his best friend Mitch as they unravel a mystery two decades old involving the death of the mother Travis never knew.

" This book reached out, grabbed me, and pulled me in like no book has done in a long time. Robin Yocum has just been added to my Read-Anything-He-Writes-Including-His-Grocery-List List."

"Robin Yocum has a knack for nuanced characters and spot-on dialogue.... [his] deft portrayal of Travis and Mitch's friendship makes A Brilliant Death an altogether charming read."
-Shelf Awareness for Readers

"Yocum has again written a captivating mystery that pulls readers in from the very beginning.... The juxtaposition of the seriousness of their investigation, along with the daily life of teenagers in the late 1960s, makes this novel come alive."
-RT Book Reviews

"Yocum paints a vivid scene, and the full flavor of this era and place are pure Technicolor."
-New York Journal of Books

What was the real inspiration behind 
A Brilliant Death ? Find out in Publishers Weekly

Read an excerpt of Chapter One on Criminal Element  

About the Author

Robin Yocum is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Favorite Sons and The Essay. Favorite Sons was named the 2011 USA Book News' Book of the Year for Mystery/Suspense. It was selected for the Choose to Read Ohio program for 2013-14 and was a featured book of the 2012 Ohioana Book Festival. Yocum is also the author of Dead Before Deadline . . . and Other Tales from the Police Beat and coauthor of  Insured for Murder. He is the president of Yocum Communications, a public relations and marketing firm in Westerville, Ohio. He is well known for his work as a crime and investigative reporter with the Columbus Dispatch from 1980-1991. He was the recipient of more than thirty local, state, and national journalism awards in categories ranging from investigative reporting to feature writing.

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Lisa Michalski
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