Author's Circle

Featured Winners

2019 Fiction 

Book of the Year

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Georgia, 1822. Dr. Aubrey Waycross puts his faith in science, not superstition. So when he moves to a remote mountain town, he’s dismayed to see the townsfolk reject his scientific blood-letting methods in favor of potions and witchcraft. And with a rabid panther stalking the area, he’s running out of time to convince the citizens of the error of their ways.

Confronting the trio of spell-peddling sisters, he’s stunned to find their herbal remedies may contain the missing ingredient he needs for a cure. But with the local pastor hellbent on driving them out and the youngest sister unwilling to share her mysterious abilities, he worries he could lose the sick to madness and death.

Can Dr. Waycross discover the right combination of science and sorcery to save the townspeople?

 

AMAZON | BARNES&NOBLE | GOODREADS

2019

Novel of Excellence

Historical Fiction

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She captured his heart, but at what price?The long, bloody Civil War is finally at an end when Zee Mimms, the daughter of a Missouri preacher, is tasked with nursing her cousin, Jesse James, back to health after he suffers a near-fatal wound. During Jesse's long convalescence, the couple falls in love, but Jesse's resentment against the Federals runs deep. He has scores to settle. For him, the war will never be over. 

Zee is torn between deferring to her parents' wishes and marrying for security or marrying for love and accepting the hard realities of life with an outlaw--living under an assumed name and forever on the run. For her, the choice she makes means the war is only beginning.

 

AMAZON | BARNES&NOBLE | GOODREADS

2018 Middle Grade Book of the Year

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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

2017 Fiction

Book of the Year

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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

2017

Novel of Excellence

Science Fiction

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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

2017

Novel of Excellence

Fantasy

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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

2017

Novel of Excellence

Paranormal

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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

2016 Young Adult Book of the Year

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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

2016 Fiction

Book of the Year

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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

2016

Cover of the Year

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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

2016 Illustrator

of the Year

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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... 

AMAZON

2016 Children's Book of the Year

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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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2016

Novel of Excellence

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

2016

Novel of Excellence

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

2016

Novel of Excellence 

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

2016

Novel of Excellence

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

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