Finalist #1 for the 2012 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year

Congratulations to Sharon Rhodes, author of It’s a Family Affair, one of three finalists for the Outskirts Press 2012 Best Book of the Year Award.

The next two finalists will be introduced over the next two days on this blog. Public voting will determine which of the three finalists should be awarded the Outskirts Press 2012 Best Book of the Year Award and its $1,500 Grand Prize. Voting is open to everyone and begins on this blog on Friday, May 31.

Sharon Rhodes was born and raised in Opelika, Alabama. She joined the Air Force right out of high school and spent many years traveling the world before retiring in 2009.  She is also the author of Family Secrets, her debut novel. She lives with her husband and son in Bossier City, Louisiana. She is currently working on her third novel. “This was my second book published by Outskirts Press and it was absolutely on point. As before, my experience was totally successful.”


Ricky Robertson should be on top of the world. His son, Derrick, has just fathered a child with the beautiful Stacey Morgan. There’s just one problem: Ricky is sure that Stacey is his daughter from an affair he had years ago. What’s more, she’s on a mission to become Mrs. Derrick Robertson. Now, Ricky is determined to keep his son from marrying the girl he feels is his daughter while also keeping her identity a secret. His fear is if the truth comes out, he will lose his wife forever. As he makes his views on the relationship known, family members are starting to ask questions. Will he reveal the truth – or forever hold his peace? Meanwhile, Derrick and sister Sade begin to piece together the story of their biological mother’s life. What they find out will shock them – but not as much as what Stacey is about to find out about her parents. The sequel to Sharon Rhodes’s Family Secrets, It’s a Family Affair continues the tale of intrigue as it explores the boundaries of human relationships and desires. In the process, Rhodes asks us to think more deeply about the commitment we make to each other in love and lust and what it means to be a family. More often than not, the answer is: it’s complicated.

• Buy the paperback from Amazon for $13.46
• Buy the paperback from Outskirts Press for $13.46
• Buy the paperback from Barnes & Noble for $14.95
• Download the e-book from Outskirts Press for $5.00
• Download the Amazon Kindle edition for $3.99

Every year, Outskirts Press recognizes the best book they publish with their annual Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year award, which must not only win an EVVY Award from the Colorado Independent Publishers Association but must also be recognized as the best book among three finalists.

As one of three finalists, Sharon Rhodes and her book It’s a Family Affair will be competing head-to-head-to-head with the other two finalists in a public poll on this blog starting on Friday. Sharon has already demonstrated she has the writing chops to win this prestigious award, as evidenced by her EVVY Award win.  Does she have the marketing prowess to make it as the Best Book of the Year author in this digital age? Stay tuned for information on the remaining two finalists, being announced tomorrow and the day after, and then come back on Friday to vote for the book you believe to be the best among the three.

The author of the winner will receive a $1,500 credit to his or her Publishing Center, courtesy of Outskirts Press, and an exclusive 2012 Best Book of the Year award seal to apply to the cover of the book.

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