Doris Kenney Marcotte, author of The Beads of Lapis Lazuli, has won the 2010 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award.  Marcotte’s fiction work was voted the top honor for 2010 from the three finalists selected from among the most recent Colorado Independent Publishers Association EVVY award winners.  Marcotte will receive the $1,500 Grand Prize from Outskirts Press as well as wide recognition through social networks, a widely distributed press release, and an upcoming feature story in the Outskirts Press newsletter.

The Beads of Lapis Lazuli book cover

Marcotte’s win is all the more impressive because The Beads of Lapis Lazuli is a work of fiction — perhaps the most competitive category in publishing award categories.  Her novel mixes history, obsession, and the paranormal. It bridges both time and space and is about seeking truth, taking control of one’s life, and discovering the unknown strength within each of us.

Marcotte has studied the Minoan civilization for decades and has done research at the Athens National Museum, the Heraklion Archeological Museum on Crete and the British Museum in London, among others.  “What a joy ride,” Ms. Marcotte said when notified of the news. “It’s still hard to believe my little book has been so well received!”  Marcotte currently lives in River House in New Richmond, Ohio, and Hilltop House in Wyoming, Ohio, and she is the author of two novels.

“What an accomplishment,” stated Brent Sampson, president and CEO of Outskirts Press.  “Doris has demonstrated the possibilities that exist when a talented and tenacious writer sets her mind on a goal.  Her book is a product of excellence — a finely woven story with rich characters encompassed within a package brimming with production values: professional copyediting, a gorgeous custom cover, an enhanced interior, cover scribing and more.”

Here are the poll results that reveal how The Beads of Lapis Lazuli stacks up against the competition:

Outskirts Press 2010 Best Book of the Year Poll Results

Besides receiving the $1,500 Grand Prize, author Marcotte will now reap the benefits of extensive promotion of her novel by Outskirts Press.  A feature story that covers her inspiration to write the book, her own writing process and her personal story will be widely distributed throughout the social networks; and her story will also be featured in the May 15th Outskirts Press newsletter.  Congratulations, Doris!

Entries for this year’s Best Book of the Year Award are being accepted at


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