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The Arkansas Association of School Librarians Conference 2016


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


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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.


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

New York City was awesome!


The streets were crowded but everyone was NICE


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

James NGIndie book Award

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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. 


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.

UnknownBook cover with IPPY AwardAnd be sure to check out my award-winning novel, The Devil’s Backbone

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Bright Field Middle School Makes A Book Trailer For The Devil’s Backbone

I think they did a fine job!

If your school would like to make its version of a trailer for the book, I’d love to post it here for everyone to see.

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Author James Babb Visits Vilonia Schools

Arkansas author James Babb visited students at Vilonia Middle School and Vilonia Elementary School Monday introducing them to his novel The Devil’s Backbone. The book, he said, appeals to most readers especially those who prefer…                   CLICK photo for story by Linda Hicks

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Author James Babb Invited to the AAIM Conference!

Author James Babb Invited to the AAIM Conference!

He will be presenting his novel, The Devil’s Backbone and coming sequel, The Devil’s Trap. It’s an amazing coincidence that the conference is being held in Fort Smith, AR this year–The same town The Devil’s Backbone is set in!


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The Devil’s Backbone Wins Indie Book Award!

Royal Certificates

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The Devil’s Trap & Possible Call For Submissions…

Chapter Four is done on THE DEVIL’S TRAP! Starting chapter five.

The Devils Trap comes out late summer of 2014. I never thought The Devil’s Backbone would have been received this well and I can’t wait for the next one to be finished.
I’ve also been approached about doing an anthology. Any closet writers out there interested in submitting a short story?
Please spread the word and let’s get some more likes for The Devil’s Backbone. I need writers interested in submitting if this anthology comes together. Contact me if you have anything Mystery related and would like to see it in print.

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Research Trip To Fort Smith For THE DEVILS TRAP

We had a wonderful trip to Fort Smith, Arkansas recently.  Research takes a lot of time but even if you write fiction you need to do it.

A great big THANK YOU goes to the museum, historical building, and jail for all your help!

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