Join us all this week as we acknowledge the finalists in the 2010 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award. Today we focus on Frank B. Leibold, Ph.D.
 The public polls open on Friday right here on this blog. Anyone and EVERYONE can vote on the finalist they would like to see walk away with the award for the Best Book Outskirts Press published in 2010.
  We will be accepting votes through the end of April, so tell everyone you know to visit our blog starting on Friday, April 15th to vote. The finalist with the most votes as of May 1 will be declared the winner of the Best Book of the Year 2010 award, the exclusive cover graphic (see right) and the $1,500.
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 FINALIST #3: Doris Kenney Marcotte, author of  The Beads of Lapis Lazuli







Heroes go on quests, housewives stay home and cook, but there are exceptions.

Kathryn Marshall is an ordinary Cincinnati housewife and mother until she purchases an ancient strand of lapis lazuli beads in an antique shop on the island of Crete. This is the beginning of a two-year long obsession with the ancient Minoan civilization that once flourished on Crete and culminates in an unfinished novel about the culture’s greatest mystery of love and desertion, the Greek myth of Theseus and Ariadne.

As she delves deeper into the myth, Kathryn finds inconsistencies in the story that she refuses to accept and they prevent her from completing her novel. What happens next could rewrite history!

Ignoring the objections of her husband, best friend, and mother, Kathryn embarks on a fact-finding mission that takes her to a deserted island in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea.

To gain the services of Jake Deupree, a renowned psychic explorer who helps archeologists locate important excavations, she reluctantly accepts him as her partner. When they go to Crete to search for answers to the mythical love story, it’s Kathryn who experiences odd premonitions, and neither of them is prepared for what their mission will uncover or what they will discover about themselves.

The Beads of Lapis Lazuli is part mystery and part psychological drama as it mixes history, obsession, and the paranormal for an exhilarating read. Bridging time and space, the story is about seeking truth, taking control of our lives and discovering the unknown strength hidden within each of us.

 Doris has turned decades of studying Minoan civilization into two novels. She has researched at the Athens National Museum, the Heraklion Archeological Museum on Crete, and the British Museum in London, among others. Besides racing their Flying Scot sailboat, she and her husband have had blue water sailing adventures in Greece, Turkey, Australia, and the Virgin Islands. She lives at River House in New Richmond, Ohio, and Hilltop House in Wyoming, Ohio.

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