Big Summer Books!

June 2, 2024 at 7pm ET

Ace Atkins • Elle Marr • Ryan Steck • Nicola Yoon


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Ace Atkins

Ace Atkins is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling author who started his writing career as a crime beat reporter in Florida. Don’t Let the Devil Ride is his thirtieth novel. His previous novels include eleven books in the Quinn Colson series and multiple true-crime novels based on infamous crooks and killers. In 2010, he was chosen by Robert B. Parker’s family to continue the iconic Spenser series, adding ten novels to the franchise. He lives in Oxford, Mississippi with his family.


Don't Let the Devil Ride

"An instant Southern noir classic" -S.A. Cosby

S.A. Cosby meets Don Winslow in the breakout thriller from New York Times bestselling author Ace Atkins. A Memphis woman hires a PI to find her missing husband, only to discover that he is involved in a dangerous web of international intrigue--and she and her children are now at risk. Hell is empty...and Addison McKellar's husband is missing.

Elle Marr

Elle Marr is a #1 Amazon Charts bestselling author of five thrillers. Her work has been featured in PopSugar, Woman’s World Magazine, and local Portland TV affiliates for CBS, NBC, and ABC.

Originally from Sacramento, Elle graduated from UC San Diego before moving to France, where she earned a master’s degree from the Sorbonne University in Paris. She now lives and writes in Oregon with her family.


The Alone Time

For two sisters, confronting the past could come at a terrible price in a riveting novel about a family tragedy--and family secrets--by the #1 Amazon Charts bestselling author Elle Marr.

Ryan Steck

Ryan Steck, better known to some as The Real Book Spy, is the author of Fields of Fire, Lethal Range, Redd Christmas, and the forthcoming Alex Hawke thriller Ted Bell Monarch.

He is also a freelance editor, the founder and editor-in-chief of His new book, Out For Blood, comes out in June 4, 2024.


Out for Blood

"Set in Montana's breathtaking Big Sky Country and packed with intense, hard-hitting action, Out for Blood reaffirms Ryan Steck's prowess in the thriller genre, demonstrating once again why his character, former Marine Raider Matthew Redd, is a force to be reckoned with. If you're looking for action, this one's coming in hot!" -- Jack Carr, former Navy SEAL Sniper and #1 New York Times bestselling author of the James Reece Terminal List series

Nicola Yoon

Nicola Yoon is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Instructions for Dancing, Everything, Everything, The Sun Is Also a Star, and a co-author of Blackout and Whiteout.

She is a National Book Award finalist, a Michael L. Printz Honor Book recipient, a Coretta Scott King New Talent Award winner and the first Black woman to hit #1 on the New York Times Young Adult bestseller list. Two of her novels have been made into major motion pictures.

She’s also the co-publisher of Joy Revolution, a Random House young adult imprint dedicated to love stories starring people of color. She grew up in Jamaica and Brooklyn, and lives in Los Angeles with her husband, the novelist David Yoon, and their daughter.


One of Our Kind

Get Out meets The Stepford Wives in #1 New York Times best-selling author Nicola Yoon's first adult novel - A terrifying and thought-provoking look at what it means to be truly free in America as a woman uncovers a secret about her new home in a utopian community - "Brilliant, provocative, seminal...Your book club will be discussing this one for DAYS."--Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times best-selling author

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The Back Room is the brainchild of best selling authors Hank Phillippi Ryan and Karen Dionne. Each event they are host to a lively discussion with a panel of authors.

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