2016 Author's Circle Award WINNERS
Young Adult Book of the Year Award
A literary Mean Girls meets Fresh Off the Boat that follows Lucy as she tries to balance her life at home surrounded by her Chinese immigrant family, with her life at a pretentious private school.
of the Year Award
History remembers Guinevere’s sin, but it was Arthur who transgressed first.
Forced into a marriage she neither anticipated nor desired, Guinevere finds herself High Queen, ruling and fighting alongside Arthur as they try to subdue the Saxons, Irish and Picts who threaten Britain from every direction. Though her heart still longs for her lost love, Guinevere slowly grows to care for her husband as they join together to defeat their enemies...
of the Year Award
Sleeping on Concrete is a memoir chronicling Sam Ashkenas' transition from male to female while at the same time dealing with her schizophrenia and other various psychiatric diagnoses including post-traumatic stress disorder and autism spectrum disorder.
She gives vivid detail of the years she spent in and out of hospitals while in the throes of active psychosis. Eventually her story climaxes as she is arrested for threatening the president and spends nine months in prison.
Cover of the Year Award
Micah Winters always knew that she was different. It was the pigment of her skin and the texture of her hair that revealed that she was a woman from biracial parents. For five decades, Micah’s African American mother has remained silent about Micah’s estranged father (Sidney Irving).
It is not until after Sidney Irving’s death that Micah learns that she is the daughter of the legendary novelist and screenwriter. Now with her mother’s memory fading away from Alzheimer’s disease, Micah can only rely on a novel that was written from her father years ago to understand her parents past during the time of segregation in the United States...
of the Year Award
A neglected tiny teddy discovers truly one thing...
love is the key for all things to be, it will help you believe in your magical dream. No matter how small or how big it may seem...
of the Year Award
Jellyfish Jones wants to play on the beach with his friends, but his mother says, "No!"
Will he listen?
Join him as he catches the next wave onto the sand, with disastrous results.
Maybe his mother was right. Maybe jellyfish should stay in the sea.
Novel of Excellence Poetry
"THE LIGHT YOU CANNOT TOUCH is raw, wild, surprising, unafraid, and spry with flares of unforgettable brilliance." --Savannah Thorne, executive director of Balkan Press and managing editor of Conclave: A Journal of Character.
Novel of Excellence Fantasy
Being strong is one thing. Being an unlimited source of power is quite another.
Genetically altered by the Organization, Annie Fox takes down criminals CIA-style with her luminary strength. With nothing to mend but her broken heart, she is relentlessly pursued by her boss Derek Lake. Just when Annie is about to give him a chance, her ex-husband unexpectedly comes out of hiding...
Novel of Excellence Paranormal
The Newstead Trilogy is an epic battle of good vs. evil. This time, evil has a plan; it's called Newstead, a school hidden deep in rural Vermont. There you'll find the six hundred or so genetic mutations they've created to inflict upon the world. But good has a plan, too; and Newstead has just admitted him. Plan Well. Plan Wisely...
Novel of Excellence Narrative Non-Fiction
It happened in an instant: a car crash, thrown from the vehicle, pronounced clinically dead while lying on the road, rotors turned off the Life Flight helicopter—and then swept into eternity . . . only to return, after being pronounced dead three times, to a far different life...
Novel of Excellence Romance
Annabeth is a hopeless romantic who believes in soul mates. In fact, she’s been writing to hers each year on her birthday since she was 16.
Now, at 34, she’s still holding out hope of finding Mr. Right even though he’d be fighting an uphill battle to gain her trust, thanks to a traumatic experience years before that’s left her unable to commit...
Novel of Excellence Memoir
She's 4 feet, 8 inches of heartfelt ferocity, and nothing can stop this post-pubescent spitfire from claiming her fairytale--not jarring tragedy, not penile incompetence, not even the explosive demise of a new marriage. Not until Robyn finds her happily ever after...alone.
Novel of Excellence Historical Fiction
Christmas 1918 - Dunderrig House, West Cork, Ireland. Dr Richard Buckley returns to his beloved Dunderrig, disillusioned and damaged by the futility of war. At his side is Solange Allingham, his best friend's widow who has lost everything she ever loved. Richard's wife Edith is bitter at what she sees as her husband's betrayal of his country by wearing a British uniform...
Novel of Excellence Science Fiction
Daith's father is dead. His death caused a rip in the galaxy's peace. The remains of his army are fighting to restore it.
But Daith knows nothing of this. Her memories have been stolen. She has been kidnapped. All she knows is that she has unparalleled abilities that could help end the devastation. Except without her past, how can she know if she's on the right side?
Novel of Excellence Graphic Novel
A steampunk origin story. The characters all speak in their native languages. When you order, you will receive a monocle that reveals the English underneath. Summary: Before the James Watt steam engine, before the Victorian Era, a theft occurred that changed history as we know it. In the 18th century, Sebastien is recruited for an expedition that will take him across the world. Join him as he unravels the conspiracy behind the caravan's mysterious cargo...