The Arkansas Association of School Librarians Conference 2016

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James will be speaking at the Arkansas School Librarians Conference in Little Rock, Friday July 22nd.

At 9:15AM in the Hobby room you will hear James discuss writing, reluctant readers, and how kids are connecting with the Brody Martin series. If you have a question for the Q&A after his session, please send it to him at his Twitter or Facebook. Or email SilverinkBooks at Windstream.net

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Plum Street Acquires Third Book in James Babb’s Brody Martin series

The Devil’s Den has been picked up by a fine publisher Plum Street Publishers ! The new release date will be sometime in the spring of 2017. See press release below.

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James Babb, author of The Devil’s Backbone and The Devil’s Trap, has signed with Plum Street Publishers, Inc. to publish the next book in his popular Brody Martin series. Devil’s Den, which takes Brody and other familiar characters into Indian Territory in the 1880s, is scheduled for publication in the spring of 2017.

Babb is originally from Pleasant Plains, Arkansas. He moved to Conway to attend college, where he met and married the love of his life. She transplanted him to De Queen a few years later so they could raise their two daughters close to extended family. During this time he developed a strange affliction known as Closet Writing, wherein story ideas are born but shelved in the mental closet. In 2008, a battle with cancer left him with much down time but no off switch for his imagination, and he began to take story crafting seriously.

Babb’s first historical adventure novel, The Devil’s Backbone, was released in 2013. A self-confessed “reluctant reader” in adolescence, Babb wrote for those same readers, who have embraced his vivid characters and taut narrative style. The Devil’s Backbone won a coveted national IPPY Award in juvenile fiction and was also selected by the Arkansas Historical Association as a winner of the Susannah DeBlack Award awarded to books for young readers.

The second book in the series, The Devil’s Trap, released in 2015, received recognition, along with The Devil’s Backbone, at the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Babb continues to create stories as the inspiration strikes and his laptop battery remains charged.

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The Devil’s Backbone Wins Arkansas Historical Association Award

James Babb and his historical fiction novel The Devil’s Backbone has won a few awards this year including The Arkansas Historical Association Susannah DeBlack Award.- Given for best book in Arkansas history for young readers.

He enjoyed meeting the DeBlack family at the conference and was honored to receive the award.

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Trip to NYC And The Devil’s Backbone Wins Indie Award

New York City was awesome!

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The streets were crowded but everyone was NICE

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And getting awards for The Devil’s Backbone and The Devil’s Trap was the best feeling in the world!

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How To Make A Bookshelf Out of Old Books

Take some old reader’s digest books and make an amazing shelf!

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Things you will need.

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Twelve old reader’s digest hardcover books, a razor blade or knife, Wood glue, 2″x6″ Lumber, clamps and tools.

Step 1

Remove the covers from the books by cutting with knife or razor. Even an old rusty one will work!

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It should look like this after it’s removed.

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Now you should have twelve covers like this…

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Step 2

Wrap two covers around a 2×6 and mark how much of the board they cover.

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Mark a straight line across the board and cut. You will need two of these boards the same size.

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Step 3

Now repeat step 2 but use three book covers to get your measurements. You will need two of these boards the same size.

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Step 4

Repeat step 2 again but this time use one book cover to get your measurements. You will need two of these. When you are finished, you should have six boards.

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Step 5

Glue ONE side of your long and medium boards.

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Make sure you leave one side unglued.

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Step 6

Wrap your covers around your medium and long boards and turn them so the glued side is on bottom and then clamp.

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Step 7

Wrap a cover around each of your short boards and glue both sides. These two boards will be your shelves. When they are dry(about 30minutes), you should have six ‘book’ covered boards like this.

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Step 8

Lay your pieces on a flat surface and keep the sides you haven’t glued on the outside.(Left,Right,Top,Bottom). Get your spacing even for the shelves and glue the ends if you wish.

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Step 9

Raise your unglued flaps and nail or screw into your shelves. Repeat this to attach the sides to the top and bottom.

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When you are finished, it should look like this.

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Step 10

Glue and clamp all of your loose/unglued covers.

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Step 11 (optional)

If you want a back on the center section of your shelf, cut a thin piece of plywood and attach.

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Arkansas Author Writes Stranger Than Fiction 1800’s Serial Killer

After I had written my second historical fiction novel, which included the story of a wild man in Indian Territory-1880’s, I sent my novel to my editor.

His reply was, ‘I love it, but I want you to expand more on your wild man character.” So I did, which also led me to do more research on serial killers during this time period. What did I find?

After a ton of research, I found a true story of  ‘The Panther’ and was amazed how close true-life matched the fictional story I had written in The Devil’s Trap. I adapted the amazing true story of The Osage Killer into my novel.

Here’s the links to articles about the Indian Territory Serial Killer.

A Great Blog About The Killer

Newspaper Link

Another Newspaper Link The Osage Killer

Probably The Most Detailed Article

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The Devil’s Trap New Middle Grade Novel Arkansas

Here it is! It’s release day for The Devil’s Trap.

Please take a look and help spread the word!

James needs your reviews on Amazon for this award-winning series.

Get your KINDLE VERSION

Get your SOFT COVER

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A Sneak Peek Inside The Devil’s Trap – New Novel Coming Sept. 12th by Arkansas Author

Here’s a sneak peek inside James Babb’s new novel The Devil’s Trap! Historical fiction set in Arkansas and Indian Territory 1881.

Please enjoy and spread the news.

Todd stumbled over and over. Brody yanked him up each time and pulled him onward, until Todd fell and wouldn’t get up. Straining and pulling, Brody tried to drag him but was too exhausted.

Realizing he couldn’t go any farther and wouldn’t be able to see this thing coming, Brody grabbed at his shirt pocket. He found some jerky and tossed it down. Deeper in the pocket, he felt what he was looking for, the two extra matches from the night before.

After raking leaves and sticks into a pile, he placed one of the matches against the gun barrel. He pressed the tip to strike it, but it crumbled and broke apart.

The thing in the woods grunted and came closer. Straining to see the animal, Brody pointed the Henry in the direction of the noise and fired. The footfalls moved off and circled around.

With fumbling fingers, Brody tried to strike his last match. He raked it along the barrel but nothing happened. He tried again and again. Running his thumb and finger along the match, he found it was upside down. He flipped it around, struck it against the gun, and it sprang to life. Brody shoved the match against the dead leaves and the fire spread.

Todd sat up. In the flickering light, he stared at the flames with a blank expression, then crawled closer to the growing fire and curled up on the ground.

Brody tossed more wood on the fire. The ring of light spread outward. “Todd, are you all right?”

Todd didn’t move.

A gurgling sound came from close by. Shifting quickly, Brody pointed his gun toward the blackness. He was terrified of this creature, but he was desperate to stay alive.

As fast as he could, he grabbed dead limbs and sticks and threw them on the fire. Light was keeping this thing away. Light was keeping them alive. Darkness would bring death.

Knowing he had fired several times, he pulled the Henry’s lever down to check the chamber. The gun was empty. Fear coursed through him until he remembered the shell he had dropped. Frantically, he fished the last cartridge out of his pant’s pocket. Standing, he shoved his last bullet into the Henry and aimed toward the wall of darkness beyond the firelight. As the fire died back, the light shrank and Brody listened intently.

 

He couldn’t see past the fading firelight, nor did he hear anything else for a while, nothing but the crackling of the flames. He hoped if he hadn’t hit it, at least he had scared it away. He breathed a sigh of relief and scrounged for tinder as far into the pressing dark as he dared.

 

A loud crack startled him. It was still there.

 

A burning limb crumbled, sending up a shower of sparks before it died away to glowing embers. The ring of light halved in size. He heard soft footfalls just beyond the light.

 

Brody tossed more limbs on the fire and watched the light quickly grow. He caught movement of a dark shadow. The butt of the gun was on his shoulder in a second, but the monster had already moved deeper into the woods.

 

He lowered the rifle. There could be no more wild shots. There was only one bullet left.

 

Little Todd was lying next to the fire. The shocked and exhausted boy was still unconscious, defenseless.

 

Brody recalled the dying man by the creek. He had been gouged and scored multiple times by this strange two-clawed creature.

 

He tightened his jaw. As long as he was still alive, he wouldn’t let the same thing happen to Todd.

Far across the mountains, the sky lit up. Lightening danced a jagged path across the sky, and moments later deep thunder boomed. Brody waited for the sound to die away. He put the last stick into the precious fire.

Please, please… don’t let it rain.

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Never Give Up! Cancer Does Not Rule You. National Cancer Survivors Day

No matter what, stay positive and never give up. 

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A few years ago I was at the number one cancer hospital in the United States. I was to be placed on an experimental drug but after running some test, they removed me from the study and informed my wife and I that my cancer was back.

The study drug specialist looked at the scans and said my cancer had returned, this time in my throat.

My doctor examined the results and ran a scope down my throat and confirmed the cancer was present.

My surgeon followed next with the same results.

Later in the day, we met with the radiologists and he agreed with the others. The news was grim. It was inoperable and would need extensive treatments.

We were sent home to make arrangements for a stay in Houston. My family and friends got behind me with plenty of prayer and support. A few days later, we returned to the hospital and I was to have my wisdom teeth removed, preparing me for radiation. It was during this procedure that the doctors would do multiple biopsies to determine the extent and type of cancer.

When I woke from the surgery I noticed my doctor had a surprised look on her face. “You don’t have cancer,” she said.

Had the experts at the best cancer hospital in the United States been wrong? I doubt it.

Never Give Up. Stay Positive!

My story is included in an anthology coming out this year by Nancy Kennedy.

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