Vote now for the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award for 2012

Now’s your chance to give us your vote for which book you would like to see receive the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award for 2012 and the $1,500 Grand Prize that goes along with it. Voting is open to everyone. The poll ends on Wednesday, June 5th.

The finalists are:

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.

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Louisiana native Whitney J. LeBlanc has been a teacher, writer, producer, set designer and award winning theatre director. He holds a Master’s Degree in Theatre Arts Production from the University of Iowa. He has spent more than half of his fifty-year professional career in Hollywood as a television director of “Sitcoms”, and daytime dramas like, “The Young and the Restless” and “Generations.” LeBlanc has four children and now lives in the Napa Valley with his physician wife. He writes novels and creates stained glass windows for churches.


Whitney J. LeBlanc has written the saga of a Creole family from Estilette Louisiana, against the backdrop of the birth of the blues. In the 1930’s Phillip Fergerson’s marriage to Martha, the beautiful Creole woman of his dreams turns into nightmares. Instead of becoming the doctor he promised to be, he becomes a high school teacher, and events of murder, lynching, voodoo and sexual abuse by a priest, set in motion the disintegration of the family. Martha’s brother, Lightfoot, performs blues music in the juke-joints as he witnesses the beginning of the blues as an art form. We follow the early blues legends from Robert Johnson, to Bessie Smith to Leadbelly to Lightinn’ Hopkins and BB King as they sing their way through the Delta. Martha, a proud and devoted Catholic, looks on in horror as one by one of her family falls under the influence of the devil’s gut-bucket music. With his marriage falling apart, Phillip finds himself in the arms of a woman from his past. Each of the four children go their separate ways and Martha blames it all of the influence of the sinful music. She takes her revenge. It is a story filled with love, lust, murder, voodoo and adventure.

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Basil Pallis, born 1961 in West Milford, N.J., currently resides with his wife, Rita and their three children in nearby Vernon N.J. A graduate of Columbia University, he is in private practice as a general dentist since 1987.


A real life story of an American couple returning to Ukraine in an attempt to finalize the adoption of three orphaned children. To do so, they must traverse a bizarre labyrinth of government bureaucracy, confront obstacles man made and otherwise and contend with the all peculiarities of living in a strange land. Served up as a travelogue, tragedy meets comedy in a head-on collision. A heartwarming tale, best enjoyed from the comfort and safety or your own couch.

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Now it’s time to vote for the winner of the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award for 2012.

The winner receives a $1,500 grand prize, an exclusive Best Book of the Year award added to the book’s cover for all future printings, exclusive placement in our Best Book of the Year Pinterest Board, and much more!

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