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Arthur Conan Doyle (May 22, 1859 - July 7, 1930)

Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle originally worked as an optometrist; when this proved to be a failure, he began writing the Sherlock Holmes stories. He wrote four novels and fifty-six short stories concerning Holmes (many more were written by other authors who came after him). Doyle wasn't content to simply write about crime -- he also investigated two closed cases and was integral in changes to the British legal system.

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Chrissy Yacoub’s latest novel “The Mist of Sins” grabs you and doesn’t let go
Will keep you and the hairs on your neck up all night long.

New York, NY “Judge not and you will not be judged.” The Mist of Sins revolves around this theme-focusing on the life of a family haunted by the sins of their past and whose children are destined to repeat them.

Author Chrissy Yacoub addresses humankind’s inherent sinful nature and the inclination humanity posses to cast judgment on others with failure to analyze our own shortcomings. Yacoub is the author of novels including Lost Soul, Autumn’s Apparition and Cultures Colliding; all of which address the struggles and challenges of mainstream society while combining relatable characters thrown into worlds of mystery and intrigue. The Mist of Sins is a tale about an otherwise moral woman who is caught in an immoral web of deceit committing a sin that could cost her life or that of the people she loves.

Yacoub brings to life the character of Misty Graham; a happily married woman with a beautiful child she is raising with her devoted husband Caleb in a home that was passed down in his family for generations. One day Misty is visited by an old flame from her past who awakens feelings in her she was sure were dead. Her suspicious mother-in-law watches her with scornful eyes as the situation spirals out of control and Misty is warned that the “wages of sin is death.” All the while her mother-in-law has buried a horrible secret all her own; one that slowly begins to resurface revealing a scandal of deadly consequences.

Yacoub brilliantly interweaves the human desire that lies within all of us while simultaneously creating a world of mystery, scandal and twist you won’t see coming.

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Creative Corner

"Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to common belief, is more powerful in the mature than in the young."
W. Somerset Maugham

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1st Books Library Press Release for The Dreamers

Many children are in school today only to fulfill the dreams of domineering parents. The Dreamers revolves around this them-focusing on the lives of two teenagers who become unwitting victims of their father's need for power and control.

Author Chrissy Yacoub had the right background and experience to talk about teen issues. She published her first book, Somewhere Out There, when she was only 19 and since then has inspired many young people to stand up for their beliefs and make their lives extraordinary. In her second book The Dreamers, Yacoub advocates the same message for today's youth. She weaves a fictional narrative that is lavishly layered with stories about a young woman's coming of age and the remarkable bond that ties siblings together.
Yacoub brings to life the character of Dream Warren, who while growing up, walks beside her sister Sara's shadows. She longs for the same affection her father gives to Sara, the beautiful, popular, and talented daughter. Each chapter captures a phase of Dream's metamorphosis from a shy and innocent girl to a feisty and determined individual. Here, Yacoub effectively and eloquently displays a youthful spirit, allowing Dream to express her raw emotions in a well-crafted soliloquy. "This was my chance, My chance to really show somebody that I had some talent. My turn to shine."

The Dreamers is also rich with details about pop culture and music-two important ingredients of modern adolescent life. Sara and Dream share the same passion for music and it is this shared passion for lyrics and tunes that binds them in the end.

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