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Press Release: Author’s breakout novel nominated for Silver Falchion Award™


Ashley McMurray
InSite Media

Author’s breakout novel nominated for Silver Falchion Award™

Steamboat Springs, CO, June 25, 2015  — Block 10, author Stacy Childs’ first novel, has been nominated for a Silver Falchion Award™.  Aside from Pulitzer, the Silver Falchion Award™ is considered the most prestigious literary contest in the country.

Childs is nominated among other impressive authors, such as Steven James (the author of more than thirty books, including the critically acclaimed Bowers Files, an eight-book series of psychological thrillers), James Lee Burke (an American author of mysteries, best known for his Dave Robicheaux series, and also the winner of an Edgar Award for Black Cherry Blues and Cimarron Rose, and of a Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America) and Lincoln Child (an American author of multiple techno-thriller and horror novels. Though he is most well known for his collaborations with Douglas Preston (including the Agent Pendergast series and the Gideon Crew series, among others), he has also written five solo novels, including the Jeremy Logan series).

Stacy’s breakout novel Block 10 (Crossroads Press) catapulted him to the forefront of the medical thriller genre, being hailed as “on par with the best of Robin Cook” (Robert Dugoni). Childs published his second thriller, The Boys of the Dixie Pig, in November, 2014 (Crossroads Press). Both books are available in ebook and print formats. Block 10 is also available as an audiobook.

Block 10 takes readers on a heart-pounding adventure, full of intrigue, suspense, and the darker side of medical ethics. Its main character, Luke Cooper dreamed of flying. He was an Olympic caliber skier with a bright future, when a freak accident ruined his knee, and sent him into suicidal depression.  A stranger, Dr. Henri de Salvo, gave him a reason to live, and a new set of “wings,” thanks to an experimental medical treatment.  With new focus, Luke turned to a career in medicine, a career that led him to accept an invitation to a secluded clinic in France where de Salvo continued his cutting edge – if morally questionable work. Lured by the chance to help other athletes recover their lives, intoxicated by a world of smooth cognac, beautiful women and dark intrigue, Luke finds himself drawn into another world.  De Salvo has a shadowed past, and powerful enemies, and the French city of Toulon has its dark side.  Through amazing medical breakthroughs, run-ins with the Corsican mob, and clubs where men fight for big money – and women, he searches for his own path.  The question is, will he survive the journey, and can he live up to the age old medical adage, “First, do no harm,” while following the message of his own heart -”First, do something…”

Childs’ recently-published second novel, The Boys of the Dixie Pig, is equally engaging. Boys features the unexpectedly-likable main character Mack Barton, a weapons dealer, who has spent the last four decades running from someone scary, and now is no exception. A crime boss in Las Vegas wants to kill him because of an overdue gambling debt (one of his bad habits—another is tequila). And is it the C.I.A. blaming him if some munitions fell into the wrong hands in a Syria deal? Or the last Colombia deal? Thinking it might help him get his mind off his troubles, Mack accepts an invitation to a reunion with his four good friends from high school – the ‘troughers’. He travels to Golden, Colorado, where he and three others are wined and dined by their mutual buddy, Ace Strain, a psychiatrist and the proprietor of a cutting edge cryonics company. Little did he know that, before all was said and done, Colombian gun runners and mob hit men would prove the least of his worries as he, and his companions face intrigue, death, romance, and the question of reincarnated sports stars, caught up in a crazy chain of kidnapping, murder and insanity.

The purpose of the Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award™ is to honor the best books readily available to a North American audience in any format within the past year. The categories include both fiction and nonfiction and the 8th Annual Silver Falchion Award™ will be awarded on October 31st, 2015.

Childs is a Steamboat Springs, CO, resident and has been listed in Americas Top Doctors since the fifth edition of the organization and has been listed in Best Doctors in America every year since 2007. Contact Stacy at for information regarding speaking engagements and book signings.