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Author's Circle

Novels of Excellence

Historical Fantasy Book of the Year 2018

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Having escaped death at the stake, Guinevere longs to live a peaceful life, but the threat of Arthur’s wrath quickly separates the lovers.


In the wake of the deadly battle that leaves the country in civil war, Guinevere’s power as the former queen is sought by everyone who seeks to ascend the throne. Heartbroken and refusing to take sides in the conflict, she flees to her mother’s Votadini homeland, where she is reunited with Lancelot. The quiet life she desires is just beginning when warring tribal factions once again thrust her into an unexpected position of power. Now charged with ending an invasion that could bring an end to the Votadini tribe and put the whole island in the hands of the Saxons, Guinevere must draw upon decades of experience to try to save the people she loves and is sworn to protect.

 

AMAZON | BARNES&NOBLE | GOODREADS

Middle Grade Book of the Year 2018

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Even a secret town cannot protect Ivy from a mysterious darkness...

Only hours after Ivy Lovely discovers that she is the fulfillment of the Moonsday promise, she is whisked away from her beloved school to Belzebuthe, a secret town for only those with magical blood.

Ivy sets out on a mission to uncover the second facet of the Kindred Stone while eluding the Dark Queen’s wrath. But even when she’s supposed to be safe, something is shadowing Ivy. She will need all her natural-born magic and more as she battles to find the rest of the Kindred Stone and return to the Halls of Ivy.

Before it’s too late...

AMAZON | BARNES&NOBLE | GOODREADS

Short Story of the Year 2018

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What is it?

Where does it come from?

What does it want?

 

Odontophilia  follows the short lives of those who encounter the Odontophile.  

 

A compulsively twisted tale. Ellis  will make you question what it really means to be human, and reevaluate your own sense of fear.

Sci-Fi Book of the Year 2018

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Billy Russell’s career as a narcotic officer abruptly ends when he cold-bloodedly executes the man who committed a heinous crime against him. Sentenced to 20 years hard labor in total isolation from the outside world, he’s suddenly, and without explanation, released on parole 5 years early.
As a condition of his parole, Billy is assigned to government drug enforcement unit in Boston, but soon makes a gruesome discovery of the unit’s true mission. Approached by a secret underground dissident group planning to overthrow the authoritarian world government, Billy joins them to end the demonic reign of tyranny only to discover the shocking details of what is really taking place.

 

AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

Young Adult Book of the Year 2017

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Two souls. One Fate.

Eighteen-year-old Liam Whelan, an Irish royal empath, is being forced to search for his elusive soulmate. The rare union will cement his family's standing in empath politics and afford the couple legendary powers, while also making them targets of those seeking to oust them.

 

Laxshmi Kapadia, an Indian-American high school student from a traditional family, faces her mother's ultimatum: graduate early and go to medical school, or commit to an arranged marriage...

 

AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

Fiction Book

of the Year 2017

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The Dakota Territories held promise for misfits, outlaws, and hardened pioneers, but would Flats Junction offer enough sanctuary and hope for the widow from Back East? Boston widow Jane Weber moves to the Dakota Territories to reinvent herself. Stirring up controversy, Jane rooms with the last Blackfoot Sioux in town and navigates a mercurial friendship with the fiercely independent town grocer. She finds everyone has an untold story, including her unpredictable employer, the town doctor.

AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

Non-Fiction Book

of the Year 2017

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Literature tells us painfully little about Guinevere, mostly focusing on her sin and betrayal of Arthur and Camelot. As a result, she is often seen as a one-dimensional character. But there is more to her story. By examining popular works of more than 20 authors over the last one thousand years, The Once and Future Queen shows how Guinevere reflects attitudes toward women during the time in which her story was written, changing to suit the expectations of her audience. Beginning in Celtic times and continuing through the present day, this book synthesizes academic criticism and popular opinion into a highly readable, approachable work that fills a gap in Arthurian material available to the general public.

AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

Middle Grade Book

of the Year 2017

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In Croswald, the only thing more powerful than dark magic is one secret...

For sixteen years Ivy Lovely has been hidden behind an enchanted boundary that separates the mundane from the magical. When Ivy crosses the border, her powers awaken. Curiosity leads her crashing through a series of adventures at the Halls of Ivy, a school where students learn to master their magical blood and the power of Croswald's mysterious gems. When Ivy s magic and her life is threatened by the Dark Queen, she scrambles to unearth her history and save Croswald before the truth is swept away forever.

AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

Novel of Excellence

2017

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A single extraterrestrial arrives on Planet Earth claiming his race created mankind only to have abandoned them early in their evolution. The Alien, known only as Legna, has returned to reverse mankind’s downward spiral by transitioning humans to a new dynamic of peace, harmony, and balance. Gabriel Ferro, Chief of Staff to the United States President, and Dr. Catherine Blake, are unwittingly drawn into a world beyond their wildest imaginations, a world beyond Earth, beyond the Milky Way—the first humans to go where no humans have gone before. Will the arrival of a mystifying extraterrestrial save Earth from the destruction of the natural world, caused by the very society that relies on it for survival? Can the missteps of antiquity, blindly repeated time and time again, be reversed?

AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

Novel of Excellence

2017

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As a genetically altered Luminary, Kevin Pierce helps the government bring down some of the most dangerous criminals. Not very challenging if you have his special abilities. But when a group of rebel Luminaries attacks his Organization the fight for survival begins.

One shattering event after another tests the depth of his relationships, his sanity, and his powers. Emotionally torn, Kevin must choose carefully where his loyalty lies. In the middle of all the unexpected chaos he gets the biggest shock of his life when he’s faced by a betrayal he never saw coming. Angry, injured, and ready to even the score, Kevin goes Static . . .

AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

Novel of Excellence

2017

Novel of Excellence

2017

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Reality sucks. Make-believe rocks. That's been Fate Floyd's motto for as long as she's been a fantasy geek. But now she can hardly tell what's real and what's not. She's been spelled and mysteriously trapped within a deadly fairy tale world bound by the Book of Fables. Her only way home is to travel through the book's 8 unfortunate fairy tales and change them into happily-ever-afters. And if dealing with scheming sorceresses, greedy goblins and heartless faeries isn't enough to test her sanity, there's Finn. The Scottish boy who looks like he stepped straight out of her dreams. As it turns out, make-believe isn't as fun as Fate thought it would be. The reality is, her road to freedom isn't straight, and danger lurks around every bend. 

AMAZON  | GOODREADS

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The Gripps arrive in another dimension, a mysterious land called Acronos filled with natural beauty and harmony. They encounter many intelligent and unusual life-forms and are shocked by nature's amazing awareness. They are greeted by the Guardians of Acronos, two highly-evolved time-travelers who attempt to share the wisdom of The Seven Harmonies. The Gripps experience one surprising event after another in which time changes, twists and turns until they begin to realize that their thoughts are creating their reality and reality is mirroring who they are and revealing their true nature.

AMAZON  | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

Young Adult Book of the Year 2016

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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.

AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

Fiction Book

of the Year 2016

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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...

AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

Non-Fiction Book

of the Year 2016

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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.

AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

Cover of the Year 2016

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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...

AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

Illustrator

of the Year 2016

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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... 

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Children's Book

of the Year 2016

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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. 

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Novel of Excellence

2016 Poetry

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"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. 

AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

Novel of Excellence 2016 Fantasy

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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...

AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

Novel of Excellence 2016 Paranormal

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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...

AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

Novel of Excellence 2016 Narrative

Non-Fiction

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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...

AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

Novel of Excellence 2016 Romance

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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... 

AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

Novel of Excellence 2016 Memoir

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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.

AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

Novel of Excellence 2016 Historical Fiction

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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... 

AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

Novel of Excellence 2016 Science Fiction

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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?

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Novel of Excellence 2016 Graphic Novel

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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...

AMAZON