2023 Award Winners

Caves of Glass by C.A. Gray

Caves of Glass by C.A. Gray

Book Description: The illegitimate son of a peasant, Rion of Tryferos has very limited prospects with only one remarkable talent: when he plays the lyre, he ushers in the supernatural balm of peace to all who hear. This turns out to be his ticket into the palace,...

Echo from a Bayou by J. Luke Bennecke

Echo from a Bayou by J. Luke Bennecke

Book Description: A high concept suspense thriller of adventure and betrayal with a supernatural twist. After a freak skiing accident puts him in a coma, John Bastian awakens with memories of a past life as Jack Bachman. Unshakable visions of treasure, a violent ax...

EO-N by Dave Mason

EO-N by Dave Mason

Book Description: 2019: Alison Wiley, a once-idealistic biotech CEO, is processing her new reality: she’s the last bud on the last branch of her family tree. On the heels of her mother’s illness and crushing death, a phone call from Scott Wilcox, a former combat medic...

Naked Money Meetings by Erin Skye Kelly

Naked Money Meetings by Erin Skye Kelly

Book Description: Naked Money Meetings gets to the root of those financial fights, teaching you how your money obstacles can manifest as blocks in connection and intimacy with your partner, and how to fix it! Your money fights are never really about the money. Erin...

Squeeze Plays by Jeffrey Marshall

Squeeze Plays by Jeffrey Marshall

Book Description: A tabloid publisher on the brink of bankruptcy. An offer he can’t refuse. A web of corruption that stretches into the upper echelons of power. With his publishing business on thin ice, Winston Crumm is ready to cut a deal. Too bad he’s on rocky...

A Butterfly’s Song by Tuula Pere

A Butterfly’s Song by Tuula Pere

Book Description: A butterfly named Pupa hatches from her cocoon, and is amazed by the life around her. But her subtle colors make her feel invisible among all the colorful butterflies and flowers. Lonely, Pupa tries to learn to sing. When her efforts are futile, the...

Time for PsyQ by David Powers

Time for PsyQ by David Powers

Book Description: The building of the hadron collider was once big news, but now it is just part of the scenery for most of the community, until Airlie and other children start showing unusual gifts. Airlie uses her psi abilities to solve a number of mysteries and...

Flourishing / Florescence by Elizabeth Williams

Flourishing / Florescence by Elizabeth Williams

Book Description: A flourishing of American poetry paired with French parallel phrasing by the award-winning team of Writer Elizabeth Yahn Williams Translator Dr. Edith Jonsson-Devillers Illustrator Marion Wong Category: Inspirational Back to Winners

How Not to Make Small Talk by Erin Berkery

How Not to Make Small Talk by Erin Berkery

Book Description: READY TO HAVE THE BEST FORGETTABLE CONVERSATIONS OF YOUR LIFE? In this anti self-help guide, instead of showing people how to do something well, we cut through the crap to show you how not to do something well. How Not to Make Small Talk blends humor...

The Starlet in Cabin Number Seven by Chrysteen Braun

The Starlet in Cabin Number Seven by Chrysteen Braun

Book Description: "[The Starlet in Cabin Number Seven] feels like catching up with old friends as the narrative amiably revisits the highlights of Lake Arrowhead…. A light and engaging read, with an enticing mountain setting.” —Kirkus "[Braun's] storytelling skill and...

The Unbroken Horizon by Jenny Brav

The Unbroken Horizon by Jenny Brav

Book Description: "Brav’s is a unique style and voice, one that can grip the reader, draw them in, and hold them even after the last page." – Independent Book Review What if the key to your wholeness lay in your wounding? 2011: Sarah Baum is a white humanitarian nurse...

Death in the Cloud by EJ Simon

Death in the Cloud by EJ Simon

Book Description: A commercial airliner departing Moscow is missing over France. Two days later, with world tensions at an all-time high, that same plane is headed for the White House. Soon after, following a mysterious breach of the launch codes, US nuclear missiles...

Coldwater Confession by James Ross

Coldwater Confession by James Ross

Book Description: Thousands of shoulder-fired missiles vanished from U.S. military bases in the early 1990s. Most ended up in the hands of the Mujahideen fighting the Soviets in Afghanistan, while military investigators were quietly ordered to look the other way. But...

Death Spoon by Robert Oedy

Death Spoon by Robert Oedy

Book Description: In a thrilling and captivating tale, "Death Spoon" transports readers to an America held captive by two powerful cults. Our protagonist, an ordinary man, finds himself thrust into the center of their dangerous conflict when he unwittingly comes into...

The Reluctant Visionary by Datta Groover

The Reluctant Visionary by Datta Groover

Book Description: In this dual-timeline story, two women come to terms with seeing the future. Living in one of the whitest counties in Texas, twenty-nine-year-old Jess Atwood is plagued by visions she doesn’t want and can’t control. At the same time, she struggles to...

The Soul Machines by Alexandru Czimbor

The Soul Machines by Alexandru Czimbor

Book Description: This story opens on a burgeoning mining town in Transylvania during the fading years of the 19th century. Life goes on uneventfully, save for the occasional trouble caused by the greedy local baron. Three young men—a poor Romanian, a gypsy, and a...

Katawasis Girls by Gayle Siebert

Katawasis Girls by Gayle Siebert

Book Description: A new job in another town seems like the answer to a prayer. But taking it could be a fatal decision. Lindy Larsen’s job at Western Savings & Loan is what keeps her ranch afloat, so when she’s offered a promotion she accepts, even though the bigger...

The Fox’s Tower by Tuula Pere

The Fox’s Tower by Tuula Pere

Book Description: Once again, Francis the Fox's ambitions get the best of him. This time he's set on building a high-rise tower in the city, where he has managed to buy a small plot of land. And when his colossal plans keep growing, Francis returns to his crooked...

The Snow That Never Fell by Paul Steven Stone

The Snow That Never Fell by Paul Steven Stone

Book Description: Rarely does a novel come along that so captures the heart and spirit of a human experience that it becomes synonymous with the experience itself. Such a novel, we believe, is “The Snow That Never Fell,” a poignant, sometimes hilarious, tale of Paul...

Yesteryear by Stephen Eoannou

Yesteryear by Stephen Eoannou

Book Description: "A magical, magnificent novel strung on the threads of a real man's quest to fight evil...There's no way to read this book and not find yourself moved to tears. I absolutely loved it." —Ashley Warlick, Author of The Arrangement "This is one of the...

The Heart of a Soldier by Eleanor Alspaugh

The Heart of a Soldier by Eleanor Alspaugh

Book Description: The letters presented in The Heart of a Soldier introduce the reader to a decorated yet humble American soldier in World War II. Sergeant George Donald served with the Sixth Armored Division of General Patton’s Third Army as it fought its way from...

Dear Michael by Adam Lieber

Dear Michael by Adam Lieber

Book Description: Winner of the 2023 FAPA President's Book Award & The Pacific Book Award 2023 Finalist in the International Book Award & Global Book Award competitions In a series of colorful recollections, Adam Lieber describes an unusual journey through life and...

The Natural Strategist by Stefan Raffl

The Natural Strategist by Stefan Raffl

Book Description: Discover how to become an effective leader and create an inspired future for yourself and those around you with The Natural Strategist: Cultivating a Mindset of Care and Connection. This book will help you cultivate a mindset that creates the right...

Ten Grief Lessons from Golf by Robin Chodak

Ten Grief Lessons from Golf by Robin Chodak

Book Description: Golf is more than just a game. It's a metaphor for how you live your life. Robin knows this first hand since she is a golfer and someone who has experienced much grief throughout her life. She writes about grief in her other published books. Robin...

One Step Ahead of the Devil by Sharon Schofield

One Step Ahead of the Devil by Sharon Schofield

Book Description: Thrust into national politics because of her husband's work, Lissa McCloud struggles to save the life of the man she loves from those who are bent on his destruction. This is the true story of an honor that could not be uprooted, a faith that would...

The Messenger by Claude Chafin

The Messenger by Claude Chafin

Book Description: "Claude Chafin's book, The Messenger, recounting his grandfather Andrew Chafin's youthful days running urgent messages- and more than few meals-between Devil Anse Hatfields house on Island Creek and the hideouts of his sons, offers an eye-opening new...

Waterbury Winter by Linda Henley

Waterbury Winter by Linda Henley

Book Description: Barnaby Brown has had enough of freezing winters, insurmountable debt, a dead-end job, and his solitary life as a young widower with no one but his beloved parrot Popsicle. He yearns to move to California and reawaken his long-lost early life as an...

The Last of the Baileys by Paula Paul

The Last of the Baileys by Paula Paul

Book Description: Trudy Bailey Walters, who is in her 70s, thinks the old house she just bought for back taxes might be haunted. The house has been in her family for years but is now broken down and barely livable. Adam Bailey, who Trudy has known since childhood,...

Killing Innocence by Merit Clark

Killing Innocence by Merit Clark

Book Description: KILLING INNOCENCE, the second installment in Merit Clark’s award-winning Denver-based mysteries, takes homicide detective Jack Fariel deep into the world of human trafficking. “How could four young women simply disappear? One similarity between...

Rendezvous In Baghdad by Ben Sheldon

Rendezvous In Baghdad by Ben Sheldon

Book Description: As throngs of humanity pack Rome's St. Peter's Square, all await the news from the Sistine Chapel as to who will be the next Pope. But no one is more anxious than Iraqi American Sami Yusuf, for he and one of the papal candidates share a well-kept...

The Cup, The Madigan Chronicles #4 by Marieke Lexmond

The Cup, The Madigan Chronicles #4 by Marieke Lexmond

Book Description: Are you ready to be taken on a wild and thrilling adventure? Then dive into The Cup, the fourth installment of the renowned Madigan Chronicles. The gripping saga unfolds with beautiful scenery as the Madigans race against time to warn its guardian of...

The Squire of Avelon by Keith Rasmusen

The Squire of Avelon by Keith Rasmusen

Book Description: Back cover: Jesus appeared to John, his disciple, who had been exiled to the small island of Patmos, saying, "Do not be afraid - I am the first and the last, and the living One. I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. And I have the keys of...

IT ALL STARTED IN INDIA by Terry Rachelle Spring

IT ALL STARTED IN INDIA by Terry Rachelle Spring

Book Description: At a London club, the lovely, elegant woman was introduced as Lady Ava Huntley. When Rosalie met her, she was certain she knew her from somewhere - perhaps her childhood in India? How could she have forgotten someone so beautiful? Little did she know...

On Madera Creek by Rachel Goss

On Madera Creek by Rachel Goss

Book Description: It’s 1947 and twenty-eight year old Natasha Baranov is faced with an unbearable stretch of prison time on an espionage conviction. Natasha breaks out, in the process murdering an innocent woman. Espionage work being more palatable than murder,...

MacLeish Sq. by Dennis Must

MacLeish Sq. by Dennis Must

Book Description: John Proctor, about to turn seventy, spies a disconsolate young man eyeing him from outside his remote studio window. Invited inside from the bitter cold and fed dinner, the visitor, who calls himself Eli, implies that he is no stranger to the man,...

Digger by Arjay Lewis

Digger by Arjay Lewis

Book Description: He never believed nightmares were real. Until his search led him deep into the darkness… Joshua Bennet needs some answers. After growing up with impossible stories about the undead, the young African American journalist receives a large and...

Where Liberty Lies by Nathaniel Wrey

Where Liberty Lies by Nathaniel Wrey

Book Description: Book Two in the Liberty Trilogy and winner of an International Firebird Book Award, a Global Book Award, a Book BookFest Award and a Distinguished Mention in the New York Big Book Awards and Honourable Mention in the New York Book Festival Awards. A...

Writing Mr. Right by Wende Dikec

Writing Mr. Right by Wende Dikec

Book Description: Four romance writers. Four failed marriages. Can they create the perfect man? Romance writers should be experts on love, but that’s not the case with Libby Day and her friends. Although they can come up with great stories on the page, their...

Wanna-be’s by Mark Connelly

Wanna-be’s by Mark Connelly

Book Description: With his new girlfriend – a soccer mom with a taste for bondage – urging him to “go condo,” failed screenwriter Winfield Payton needs cash. Accepting a job offer from a college friend, he becomes the lone white employee of a black S&L. As the firm’s...

The Life of Gronsky by Bill Engleson

The Life of Gronsky by Bill Engleson

Book Description: Gilbert Gronsky has taken up writing late in life and decides in 2021 to spread his writerly wings and enter a three-day novel contest over the Labour Day Weekend. As he writes his 'novella,' a mystery, his life alternates between emerging...

Blood and Silver by Vali Benson

Blood and Silver by Vali Benson

Book Description: 2xWINNER - 2021 San Francisco Book Festival What is a twelve year old girl to do when she finds herself in the silver boom town of Tombstone, Arizona, in 1880, and her only home is a brothel and her only parent is a drug-addicted mother? If she is...

Changing Tide by Robert Joncas

Changing Tide by Robert Joncas

Book Description: A wild adventure that takes you on a journey from the California coast to the depths of the Grand Canyon. Dive into this fast-paced, suspenseful Sci-Fi fantasy novel that melds sizzling romance, action, heart-stopping horror, and a high-stakes battle...

The Covenant Sacrifice by Lee Allen Howard

The Covenant Sacrifice by Lee Allen Howard

Book Description: When the dead return to abduct the living, the living turn into monsters... Jarod Huntingdon wants more than anything to start a family, yet he's unable to commit to his girlfriend and isn't sure why. When the father of his childhood best friend,...

The Outcast by Eve Riley

The Outcast by Eve Riley

Book Description: AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR: Winner of the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award. Distinguished Favorite in the Independent Press Awards. Runner-Up in the New England, London and Beach Book Festivals. Semi-Finalist for the Amor Book Award. Reader Views Bronze...

Deadly Setup by Lynn Slaughter

Deadly Setup by Lynn Slaughter

Book Description: Seventeen-year-old Sam, the daughter of a New England heiress, has tried hard to fulfill her father’s dying wish: “Take care of your mother for me.” Not an easy job. When her impulsive, romance-writing mom announces her engagement to a man whose last...

Gorilla’s Roar by Sylvia Medina

Gorilla’s Roar by Sylvia Medina

Book Description: The Green Kids and their pal Kondo, a junior ranger, visit their friend Zahara. When they arrive, they are shocked to see that she has a baby gorilla she has named Kunga. Join the children as they venture through the jungle to return Kunga to his...

Mother’s Bread Dough by Tuula Pere

Mother’s Bread Dough by Tuula Pere

Book Description: When Leo and his mother have to escape their home, their baking is abruptly halted. Before leaving, they manage to grab some warm loaves of bread, a kneading bowl, and a jar of the family's miraculous sourdough starter. Whenever she gets a chance,...

The Caring Crab by Tuula Pere

The Caring Crab by Tuula Pere

Book Description: Colin the Crab, the most skillful builder on the eastern riverbank, never hesitates to help his friends. Now Colin is busy with his own new project--a garden pavilion for his home. But after a week of hard work, the pavilion of his dreams is still...

A Special Sweater by Tuula Pere

A Special Sweater by Tuula Pere

Book Description: Eddy wants to knit a very special sweater for himself. He has seen colorful pictures in a crafts magazine. At school, I already learned how to knit a potholder. I can surely manage a sweater now! Eddy thinks. Eddy feels confident about his skills,...

Bella’s Secret by Lynn Marie Lusch

Bella’s Secret by Lynn Marie Lusch

Book Description: This book series is about seven-year-old Lindsey, her family, friends and pets. "Bella's Secret", is an award winning book which tells the story of two young sisters who learn about special needs children. Their family vacation turns into an...

Native American ABC by Lisa Lechowicz

Native American ABC by Lisa Lechowicz

Book Description: This book is dedicated to the Native American culture and the native children who are its future. One dollar from the proceeds of each book sold will be donated to the Rosebud Elementary School in Rosebud, South Dakota. Rosebud Elementary serves 300...

My Mother Next Door by Diane Simmons

My Mother Next Door by Diane Simmons

Book Description: It's hardly newsworthy when a man walks out on his family. But it's rather unusual for a mother to walk out, leaving the father to bring up their sixteen-year-old daughter-and downright scandalous for said Irish Catholic mother to move into the house...

Perception by Joseph McGovern

Perception by Joseph McGovern

Book Description: Perception is a book which explores the different interpretations of life, art, and the covenant of its beauty behind them. This book was created as a dedication to the form and magnificence of art whether writing, drawing, or photography. This...

You’ll Never See It Coming by Robert Dinsmoor

You’ll Never See It Coming by Robert Dinsmoor

Book Description: Alien cornstalks, a haunted house, mushrooms you do not want to eat, murder, drunks, mistaken suitcase, a rocket ship and a bizarre ride to New Jersey are just some of the extremely entertaining stories in Rob Dinsmoor’s You’ll Never See It Coming,...

Girlfriending by Christopher Werkman

Girlfriending by Christopher Werkman

Book Description: A detective known for bold courage on the job deals with mental and physical abuse by his trophy wife. A woman strives to overcome the PTSD she brought from battlefields in Iraq so she can become a loving partner. In the title story, a socially...

Naked Under the Lights by Judith Peck

Naked Under the Lights by Judith Peck

Book Description: The novel is set in and around the iconic Art Students League in New York City where 20th Century stars of the art world studied and taught. Here, Bert Kossoff teaches painting when he is not cloistered in his studio. His wife Ruth defends her...

These Words Are True and Faithful by Eugene Galt

These Words Are True and Faithful by Eugene Galt

Book Description: Winner, 2020 Global Ebook Awards, LGBT fiction (gold medal) and contemporary romance/erotica fiction (silver medal). Sam Overton is a young lawyer with a brilliant future at one of the city’s leading law firms. After he and older police officer Ernie...

Hunting Mariah by Janice E Spina

Hunting Mariah by Janice E Spina

Book Description: AUTHORSDB FIRST LINES CONTEST - FINALIST! An insane killer, obsessed with blood and death, seeks revenge with those he perceives wronged him. He is now on the loose. His next victim may be Mariah. Mariah has lost her memory. Will she remember what...

Three Weeks in Winter by Joseph LeValley

Three Weeks in Winter by Joseph LeValley

Book Description: Winter is frigid, but fear is just as numbing, and death is the coldest of all... A rural deputy sheriff’s suspicious death in Chicago draws small-town reporter Tony Harrington to the Windy City to investigate. Within days he discovers facts the...

The Refusal by Eve Riley

The Refusal by Eve Riley

Book Description: WINNER OF 12 ROMANCE BOOK AWARDS: Overall winner of the 16th National Indie Excellence Awards and the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Awards for best first book. Winner of the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award. Finalist in the International Book...