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IndieReader Announces the Winners of the 2013 “IndieReader Discovery Awards” at BEA
6/3/13, Montclair, New Jersey—On Saturday, 6/1, Hugh Howey, indie author of the bestselling WOOL, and Amy Edelman, founder of IndieReader (, announced the winners of the 2013 “IndieReader Discovery Awards” (IRDA) at BEA in New York City. IndieReader, the essential consumer guide to self-published books and the people who write them, created the IRDAs to give indie authors access to people who can make a difference in their book’s success. With the rush by traditional publishers to sign them and their noteworthy bestselling status, there’s no longer much doubt that indie authors can be both commercially and creatively successful. All that was left to do was create a credible vehicle by which to find them. That’s where the IRDAs come in. And while writing a great book is the first step, getting it in front of the right people—be they readers or agents or traditional publishers—is also a critical part of making an indie book a success. To that end, judges on the IRDA panel included publishers, agents, PR professionals, top reviewers and more. Judging was based on the quality of writing and the originality of the story. There is a first, second and third place winner in each of the fiction and non-fiction categories , in addition to 36 titles in 32 sub-categories, indicating that each book has received at least a 4-5 star review (out of 5 stars).

The winners, the genre and the authors contact information follows below. - more – IRDA 2013 Winners Page Two

Fiction First Place

Amber Butler/The Burning of Cherry Hill Science Fiction Contact: “One of the best and most haunting dystopian-future novels I have read in years. It is thought-provoking, emotionally powerful, disturbing and uplifting.” Second Place

Robert C. Yeager/ The Romanov Stone Mystery/Suspense Contact: THE ROMANOV STONE weaves together fact and fiction from the annals of Russian history into this deftly executed mystery thriller. Third Place

Anne Pfeffer/ Girls Love Travis Walker Popular/Lit Fiction Contact: GIRLS LOVE TRAVIS WALKER is an absorbing and enlightening story about a young adult struggling to lead a normal life as he teeters on edge of poverty and homelessness.

- more – IRDA 2013 Winners Page Three Non-Fiction First Place

Kay Stephens/ Vinitha Nair - Cyberslammed Self Help Contact: A useful resource that deserves to be read by anyone in regular contact with a tween or teenager. Second Place

Romy Wyllie/Loving Andrew Parenting/Memoir Contact: Several parts of the book are absolutely heartrending but the emotional tone of the book in general is loving, gentle, and full of hope. Third Place

Victoria Hopewell/Grade A Baby Eggs Heath/Memoir Contact: A fascinating, often funny memoir chronicling author Victoria Hopewell’s three-year baby-making mission.

- more – IRDA 2013 Winners Page Four CATGEORY WINNERS/Fiction Chick-Lit

Jackie Townsend/Imperfect Pairings Contact: Erotica

Sandra Deighan/Captured Hearts Contact: Fantasy

Selina Fenech/Memory's Wake Contact: Gay/Lesbian/Bi/Trans Fiction

Wickedly Sisters/Margaret Hultz & Marie Davis/Spoon and the Moon Contact: Graphic Novel

Mark V. Sroufe/2084 Contact: - more – IRDA 2013 Winners Page Five Historical Fiction

Brian Duncan/ The Settler Contact: Humor

Mark A. Rayner/ The Fridgularity Contact: Kids/Tie

Elaine Russell/ Martin McMillan and the Secret of the Ruby Elephant Contact: Kids/Tie

Don M. Winn/ The Knighting of Sir Kaye Contact: Kids/Tie

R.S. Verne/ Haee: The cat with a crooked tail Contact: - more – IRDA 2013 Winners Page Six Literary Fiction/Tie

B. B. Shepherd/ Bronze (The Glister Journals) Contact: Literary Fiction/Tie

Freddie Owens/ Then Like the Blind Man Contact: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller

Ian Walkley/No Remorse Contact: Paranormal/Tie

Aeryn Dougan/ Benajah's Keeper Contact:


Michael Weinberger/ Madman's Monster Contact: - more IRDA 2013 Winners Page Seven Poetry

Peggy Troupin/A Poem Alights Contact: Popular Fiction

Joanne DeMaio/ Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans Romance

Marion Thomas/ Oxford Whispers Contact: Science Fiction

Mark Souza/Robyn's Egg Contact: Short Stories

John Isaac Jones/ Alabama Stories Contact: - more – IRDA 2013 Winners Page Eight Women’s Fiction

Sarah Caravello/Dogs Have Angels Too Contact: Young Adult

Jeanette Battista/ Long Black Veil Contact: Non-Fiction Anthology

Keren Taylor/ No Character Limit Contact: Business

Ryan Fisher/ Corporate Recruiter Tells All Contact:

- more – IRDA 2013 Winners Page Nine Cooking/Baking

Joe Famularo/ Viva la Cucina Italiana Contact: Gift/Holiday/Specialty

Jackie Hennessey/ How to Spread Sanity on a Cracker Contact: Health/Medicine/Nutrition

Lisa Tillinger Johansen/ Fast Food Vindication Contact: How-To

Kirt Manecke/ Smile: Sell More with Amazing Customer Service Contact:


Nita Whitaker LaFontaine/ Finding My Voice: My Journey through Grief to Grace Contact: - more IRDA 2013 Winners Page Ten Memoir

Julie Mannix von Zerneck/Secret Storms Contact: Photography

Robert Flatt/Rice’s Owls Contact: Religion

Jennifer Sharp/ A GENDER NEUTRAL GOD/ESS Contact: Self-Help

Ginny Callaway/ A Friend in Grief: Simple Ways to Help Contact: Sexuality/Relationships

Taylor Fulks/ My Prison Without Bars Contact: - more -

IRDA 2013 Winners Page Eleven Travel

Jennifer Richardson/ Americashire: A Field Guide to a Marriage Contact: Women’s Issues

Michelle L. Whitlock/How I Lost My Uterus and Found My Voice Contact:

2013 PANEL OF JUDGES Publishers Elizabeth Keenan, Publicity Director, Penguin Group USA Emily Graff, Simon & Schuster Megan Reid, Simon & Schuster Agents Dan Kirschen, ICM Nicole Tourtelot, Kuhn Projects Film Development Thane Economou, 20th Century Fox Publicists Sandra (Sandy) Poirier-Diaz, Smith Publicity Jessica Glenn, MindBuck Media Reviewer Karen Schechner, Senior Indie Editor, Kirkus Reviews