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Steven James | The Final Chapter of The Bowers Files
Author Guest / September 10, 2018

It was 2005 and I was a frustrated wannabe novelist. I’d been wanting to write a thriller for years, but every time I started one, I found that my story wasn’t as fresh and original as I needed it to be. I was about ready to give up. Then one day, while researching investigative techniques, I stumbled across an article about geospatial investigation, a little known, cutting-edge way of analyzing the timing, location, and progression of serial crimes that the FBI was starting to use. It was unique, different, and perfect for my story. Everything began to click and FBI Special Agent Patrick Bowers was born. THE PAWN released in 2007 and my life would never be the same again. Since each book takes me around a year to research and write, chronicling Patrick’s adventures and cases has been a labor of love for more than a decade. And now, with the release of the eleventh and final book, EVERY WICKED MAN, the long-running series is coming to an end and it’s come time to say goodbye to my old friend. In my search for authentic locations and characters, writing this series has been a journey that has taken me…

Jenn McKinlay | Her Top Three Favorite Libraries
Author Guest / September 10, 2018

Asking a former librarian to tell you her favorite library is a lot like asking a mom who her favorite kid is. Impossible! I have been very fortunate to work and visit some of the coolest libraries in the world. Every single one of these jobs or tours has helped me write the library lover’s mysteries, which has its ninth title, HITTING THE BOOKS, coming out on September 11th! It’s so exciting to see this series and the characters within it develop with each new story, but I digress! My favorite library is… Yeah, no, I can’t choose so I’ll tell you my top three – in no particular order. First, there is the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University in New Haven, Conn. I was fortunate enough to do a tour of duty there while I was in library school and it was one of the most transformative experiences in my education. Housed in an iconic building, they have a collection which has to be seen to be believed. Samples of their holdings include works by Benjamin Franklin, John James Audubon, George Eliot, the Mellon Collection of Alchemy and the Occult, the Romanov family photo albums,…