Awards Season, Part 1

The Laramie Award for outstanding works in the Americana / Western, Pioneer, Civil War, Frontier, and First Nations Novels.

Awards season is upon us! As my daughter dresses to attend the Emmys out in Hollywood, I’m happy to announce that my Civil War-set novel, Seven Aprils has made two awards long lists! The first is the Laramie Award. What a joy to take my place among authors who love writing about American history!

The second list is for the Chatelaine Award…

The Chatelaine is given to outstanding works in the genre of  Romantic and Women’s Fiction. I was fortunate enough to receive a First Place in this award for my romantic suspense novel Watch Over Me in 2018.

Aren’t they both cool logos? That is because both the Laramie Book Awards and the Chatelaine Awards are divisions of the Chanticleer International Book Awards, and its talented designers.

Honored to be long-listed!

The 1st Place Category winners and Grand Prize Division Winners at the CIBAs Banquet and Ceremony on Saturday, April 18th, 2020 at the Hotel Bellwether in Bellingham, Washington. It is a fun evening and a beautiful ceremony. I loved meeting and celebrating with authors from all over the world. I hope Seven Aprils advances further so that I get to attend. I will invite my Hollywood daughter…maybe she can wear her Emmy dress again!

Hollywood Marya and her very Vermonty mom!

Independents Forever!

This weekend is a good time to visit your local bookstore, as this Saturday is Independent Bookstore Day.

What is Independent Bookstore Day?

It’s a one-day celebration that takes place on the last Saturday in April at indie bookstores across the country. In addition to meeting authors, live music, kids’ events, contests, and other fun stuff, participating bookstores will have exclusive books and literary items for sale only available on that day.  To learn more about Independent Bookstore Day, visit their website.

Treasured readers….

Authors are creative people, and so are our readers. I love the experience of knowing a reader has truly madly deeply entered the world of my story. I recently send out copies of my upcoming novel for advance reviews. The result from an author I admire touched me in this way….

“Seven Aprils is a breathless adventure led by courageous Tess, who is a Force of Nature. From the compelling opening scene, I was ready to follow Tess anywhere, including through the horrors and heartbreaks of the Civil War, battlefields and surgery tents, trusting in her talent for survival and her gift for hope. Brimming with daring exploits, Seven Aprils treats readers to a fascinating look at 19th century gender roles and the qualities that transcend gender: intelligence, persistence, gumption, compassion, and love, above all—embodied in one unforgettable heroine.”

—Rosemary Poole-Carter, author of Only Charlotte