THE FORGOTTEN GIRL hits bookstores on June 13th and I’ll be celebrating with a book launch in my hometown. The party kicks off at 7 p.m. at the Elora Brewing Company in beautiful downtown Elora. Roxanne from Roxanne’s Reflections Book & Card Shop will be on hand to sell copies of THE FORGOTTEN GIRL at a discounted rate. And I’ll be there to meet and greet, to give a brief reading, and of course to sign books.

So, if Elora, ON is local to you, come on out and say hello. Soak up the atmosphere, enjoy a craft beer brewed on the premises, and get yourself a signed copy of THE FORGOTTEN GIRL. What a lovely way to spend your Tuesday evening!

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Seeing Stars (Again)

The reviews for THE FORGOTTEN GIRL are beginning to roll in, and (so far) they’ve been universally positive—great, in fact. To begin with, I was incredibly excited to learn that THE FORGOTTEN GIRL earned its second starred review, this time in the trade magazine BOOKLIST. Here’s a little snippet of what they had to say:

How Youers manages to skillfully weave character development into a book filled with edge-of-your-seat action is a testament to his writing skills. This is a smart thriller that also explores the power of love and memory. Highly recommended.”

Meanwhile, at CEMETERY DANCE, Dave Simms raves about the book, saying: “Youers writes with both fire and soul here, imbuing THE FORGOTTEN GIRL with life which lifts the novel above many others.” You can read the full review right HERE.

Likewise, head on over to the wonderfully named BOOKGASM for another stellar appraisal. Alan Cranis says, “Rio Youers … combines elements of the supernatural with mystery in a surprisingly satisfying blend that is as thought-provoking as it is entertaining.” The full review can be found right HERE.

THE FORGOTTEN GIRL will be available wherever books are sold on June 13—just over a week away!

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Hero Hour

Anybody who has read my fiction knows that I have a soft spot for the unlikely hero—that character who isn’t ex-military or proficient in the use of blades, but who yet finds him or herself in a bad situation. Do they roll over and die? Or do they stand up and fight? WESTLAKE SOUL is a pretty good example of this. So is Matthew Bridge from POINT HOLLOW. And hey, let’s not forget Harvey Anderson from my latest novel, THE FORGOTTEN GIRL.

Such is my fascination with the unlikely hero, that I have written an article about it for CRIMINAL ELEMENT. It’s called “We Can Be Heroes” and you can find it right HERE. If you check it out before May 30th and leave a comment, you could win a copy of THE FORGOTTEN GIRL. You have to be a Criminal Element registered user to enter, but if you’re not, it doesn’t take long to scratch your name down. And Criminal Element is an excellent website—probably the best out there—for all things crime and thriller. It’s well worth signing up.

Only a couple of weeks now until THE FORGOTTEN GIRL hits stores. I’ll be back with more news soon!


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Got a couple of minutes? Head on over to the very excellent and take a visual tour of THE FORGOTTEN GIRL. It’s like CliffsNotes, but with .Gifs.

The link is HERE. Check it out … it’s so much fun.

There’ll be more from me and the good people at Criminal Element very soon. Stay tuned.

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