Bryan Robinson 

Bryan E. Robinson, Ph.D. is a novelist, licensed psychotherapist, and Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Aside from his debut novel, LIMESTONE GUMPTION (a nail-biting Southern murder mystery published by Gale/Five Star Publishers), he has authored over thirty-five nonfiction books including Chained to the Desk: A Guidebook for Workaholics, Their Partners and Children, and the Clinicians Who Treat Them (3rd Ed., New York University Press, 2014), The Smart Guide to Managing Stress (Smart Guide Publications, 2012), The Art of Confident Living (HCI Books, 2009), Don’t Let Your Mind Stunt Your Growth (New Harbinger Press, 2000), and Heal Your Self-Esteem (HCI Books, 1991) just to name a few. His books have been translated into thirteen languages, and he has written for over one-hundred professional journals and for such popular magazines as Psychology Today, First for Women, American Health, Your Health, Natural Health, Total Health, Lady’s Circle, Complete Woman, and Psychotherapy Networker. His monthly column “Mindmatters” appeared in Your Health Magazine for two years. His work has been featured in Town and Country, Marie Claire, McCall’s, Mademoiselle, Out Magazine, Web MD, Shape, New Age Journal, Atlantic Monthly, Good Housekeeping, Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Ladies’ Home Journal, Forbes, Fast Company, Fortune, Men’s Journal, Best Life, and in newspapers such as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Charlotte Observer, Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, The Atlanta Constitution, USA Today, New York Post, and The Miami Herald. He has won two awards for writing: the First Citizen’s Scholars Medal from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte for excellence in scholarship, creativity, and/or research. The prestigious Extended Research Award from the American Counseling Association for his outstanding body of pioneer research on workaholism and the family. He is listed as a leading authority on “workaholism” in Wikipedia where his clinical findings are discussed. He has lectured across the United States and throughout the world. His work has been featured on every major television network. He has appeared on ABC’s 20/20, Good Morning America, and ABC’s World News Tonight; NBC Nightly News, NBC Universal, the CBS Early Show, CNBC’s The Big Idea, and CNN’s Minding Your Money, plus hundreds of local and national television and radio shows. He hosted the PBS documentary, Overdoing It: When Work Rules Your Life. He is currently writing a memoir and maintains a private clinical practice in Asheville and Charlotte, NC. He resides in the Blue Ridge Mountains with his partner, four dogs, and occasional bears at night. Visit his website: or email him: Limestone Gumption (Gale/Five Star Publishing) is a nail-biting Southern murder mystery that keeps you on the edge of your seat or makes you fall out of it laughing. "Limestone Gumption is a stunning comedic debut, a laugh-out-loud page-turner of a mystery populated by the most eccentric and hilarious characters I've encountered in a long, long time."--CASSANDRA KING, author of The Sunday Wife and Moonrise “Limestone Gumption gives us the pleasures of a mystery that keeps us guessing as well as a humorous look at small-town Southern life. Bryan Robinson has written a highly enjoyable novel!”—RON RASH, New York Times best-selling author of Serena “Thrilling, chilling, funny, touching with rich Southern characters and spot-on dialogue. I laughed, gasped, and even shed a few tears. I haven’t read a book I have enjoyed so much since The Help.”—DEL SHORES, Director/Screenwriter of the motion pictures Sordid Lives and Southern Baptist Sissies When Brad Pope returns to his boyhood hometown to settle a debt with his long-lost father, the 35-year-old psychologist becomes a prime suspect in the murder of football legend turned cave diver, Big Jake Nunn. Perched high on the east bank of the Suwannee River, the sleepy town of Whitecross, Florida is known for its natural crystal-clear springs and underwater caverns. Locals are online and computer savvy, but if asked about blackberries, they think cobbler, not wireless. And townsfolk die of natural causes, not murder. Until now. As if being accused of murder isn’t shock enough, the psychologist’s hopes of confronting his father and reconnecting with his cantankerous Grandma Gigi are hindered by the surprised horror surrounding his father’s whereabouts and sinister secrets of the Women’s Preservation Club (WPC). The six quirky “Sisterfriends” in the club founded by Grandma Gigi—whom Brad expects to jabber about preparing Sunday’s church bulletin or the next bake sale—start to look more like cold-bloodied killers than church ladies. As Brad learns of more dead bodies and that each Sisterfriend has reason to kill Big Jake, his suspicions sour into the clabbered taste of fear. What had the WPC planted in their welcome garden on the outskirts of Whitecross? Camellias or corpses? With its blend of humor, dark plot, and quirky characters, this offbeat, fast-paced mystery witnesses beauty and brutality in a small Southern town, twisting and turning as it teases to the surface one suspicion, one misunderstanding, and one murder at a time. Read the first two chapters at: "There are twists and turns and surprises that kept me turning the pages. Limestone Gumption had a little of everything: mystery, suspense, love, hate—an entertaining story.”—TRUDI LOPRETO for Readers' Favorite “No treasure trove of Southern lore is complete without Limestone Gumption…Delightful story and memorable characters.”—CHRIS ROERDEN, Agatha-Award-winning author of Don’t Murder Your Mystery
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