Category Archives: Award Nominee

The Lost Secret of Dragonfire Wins Honorable Mention In The San Francisco Book Festival

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The Lost Secret of Dragonfire is available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

The Lost Secret of Dragonfire is available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

I am happy to announce that The Lost Secret of Dragonfire has won honorable mention in The San Francisco Book Festival on May 18. I was privileged to go to the awards ceremony and accept the award. It was my first walk up to a podium. After over 7 years of trying, I’ve finally gotten recognized for creating a great work of fiction. There can only be more.

I enjoyed meeting everyone at the book festival during the day. I met Patti Ptak Kogutek, the author of “A Change of Habit”. She has an outgoing personality, and I wanted to find out the story of her journey from Sister Mary Kateri to Sister Mary Vodka. So, I bought and enjoyed reading her book.

Accepting the Honorable Mention Award for Children's Books at the San Francisco Book Festival 2013

Accepting the Honorable Mention Award for Children’s Books at the San Francisco Book Festival 2013


I also enjoyed listening to the informative panels of authors through out the day. There was a panel on marketing and promotions, children’s authors, and ebooks. I even met up with an author, Lloyd Lofthouse, that is on one of my yahoo writing groups. It was awesome to finally meet one of the people I’ve talked to through the internet for so long.

Plus, I learned that having some way for you to get noticed helps to break free from the crowd. I finally got to meet Bruce Haring, managing director of the SF Book Festival. One of the first things he mentioned was, “Hey, you’re the author that plays the harp.” For some reason, I’m guessing not many authors may pluck and write in their spare time as I do. So, pretty much, I’ve discovered a marketing break through. My harp playing as a hook. Really, so many legends connect harps and fairies. Harps are supposedly the way to call fairies to you. Combined with my new award win and harp playing, I feel the carving of a niche in the Indie book world.

Overall, it was a great experience for any writer. I accepted an award, met and exchanged information from others in publishing, and had a great time. Truly, there is something to be said about entering as many awards as possible. You might win one of them. So, keep trying, keep writing.

Finalist in the Efestival of Words Best of Indie Ebook Awards 2012

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The Lost Secret of Fairies is a finalist for the Efestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook Awards

I am happy to announce that the first book in the Crystal Keeper Chronicles, The Lost Secret of Fairies, has been listed as a finalist in the Efestival of Words Best of Indie Ebook Awards 2012.

I have to admit, I was amazed this morning to see an email listing credits on my book profile with an award. Curious as a cat, I hit the link to see where it would lead. It showed me a listing of several categories, with 6 finalists in each category. A total of 48 finalists for this year’s award including my own book listing.

Several people listed are fellow Indie writers. One Indie I know, Sybil Nelson is also listed as a finalist. I have done a book review of her nominated book, and interviewed her as well. A couple of other names popped out at me as well. Debora Geary and David Dalglish are also listed as finalists. They frequent a writer’s board for Kindle authors. It is a great support site for other Indie writers, and I am so happy to be listed with other Indie author friends that I know.

The eFestival of Words is a blog site that is dedicated to getting the word out about Indie books. There are finalists in 27 different categories are up for voting. Members will vote for the winners for the next month. August 17-19 are the book fair dates.

I feel so bolstered to be a finalist. I can only guess what exposure this is creating. In fact, I’ve done a few happy dances in anticipation of where this could lead. Really. It’s always good to have exposure. Voting is up now. Even if I don’t win, it’s still an honor to be nominated.

Independent Book Blogger Award Nominee 2011

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The Indie Children’s Authors Connection has been nominated for the Independent Book Blogger Award 2011 in the Children’s-general category.

Please show your support and vote with the link below. It is sponsored by Goodreads. Voting begins on April 10, 2012. Will keep all readers updated with the results. Thank you for your support!

Link here to Goodreads to vote for the Indie Children’s Authors Connection.