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Framingham Author Publishes First Book

Filed under: Arts / Culture by Randy Harris at 2:05 pm on June 16, 2011

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Growing up the youngest of six children, an only girl with five older brothers, Robyn Bradley escaped into a world she created with pen and paper. She traces her ambition to become an author back to Mrs. Shea's 4th grade class at the Charlotte Dunning School, when a writing assignment earned her praise ...and three red stars.

After graduating from Framingham North High in 1991, Robyn detoured slightly from the written to the spoken word, and put in six years full time at radio station Magic 106.7, (followed by another seven years working there part-time). But she kept finding herself drawn back to her childhood dream -- to write.

The reality of needing to earn a living meant she's had to do some commercial word-slinging and is now employed as a commercial copywriter.  As she puts it, she's a "Copy Queen by Day and Novelist Ninja by night."

About a year ago, she decided to skip past paper and ink and publish her work in the emerging world of electronic books.

She released five of her stories as eBooks for the iPad, Kindle and Nook, and continued working nights on the novel she began nine years ago.  Last month she released it in several eBook formats, and this month, (June 2011),  her debut novel, "Forgotten April" was published in paperback -- a chick-flick in print aimed at the women's fiction reading audience.

Forgotten April, book by Robyn Bradley (2011)

''Forgotten April'', a novel by Robyn Bradley (2011)

"For April Sullivan-LaMonica, the last ten years have been hell: her husband and young son were killed in a car accident, and soon after, her mom descended into the darkness of Alzheimer's. So when broadcast journalist Maggie Prescott shows up claiming to be April's half sister and tries to capture their reunion on film, April outwardly regards Maggie with much suspicion. In reality, she's simply afraid to grow close to someone again, only to have that person leave--or worse.

Maggie, meanwhile, is battling her own demons: figuring out why her biological mother gave her up, facing a secret she's kept from the one man she's loved all her life, and giving herself permission to follow the dream she's had since she was a child.

Separated by nearly two decades and radically different life paths, April and Maggie must decide if pursuing their sisterhood is worth it…or even possible.

A story of loss, love, survival, and redemption, Forgotten April will speak to anyone who's experienced the pains--and riches--of an unexpected friendship that emerges from family ties."

"Forgotten April" is available in paperback and Kindle format at  Bradley has also released the book in Barnes & Noble's Nook format,  a version for the Apple iPad, and even a free online preview of the first 40 pages on Scribd!

Bradley continues to write and plans to release a second novel shortly.

For more info about Robyn Bradley or her works, visit her website:


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