Three Outskirts Press Authors in the Running for 2012 Best Book of the Year

Each year, Outskirts Press officially nominates a small percentage of the books published during the year for submission to the EVVY Awards. Since a nomination is the first step toward receiving the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award, the standards are exceedingly high; we nominated just 2 percent of the books we published in 2012. These nominations represent the very best of our publications as determined by Outskirts Press executives and members of the production teams.

The 19th Annual CIPA EVVY Awards took place in Denver, Colorado on May 18th. These honors pave the road toward the 2012 Outskirts Press 2012 Best Book of the Year Award. The EVVY Awards are widely acclaimed for recognizing excellence in independently published books. Offered every year, these awards are sponsored by the Colorado Independent Publishers Association, and judged by a panel of professionals on a qualitative scale of merit in nineteen different categories. Outskirts Press was on hand to accept the awards on behalf of our winning authors. Congratulations to them all:

1st Place


2nd Place



3rd Place




Merit Award



An EVVY Award is a prerequisite to being named the Best Book of the Year Award and the equally coveted $1,500 Grand Prize. The Outskirts Press 2012 Best Book of the Year award recognizes the best book published by Outskirts Press in 2012 as decided by our executives, our authors, and the writing community.

Now it is time to vote for the winner of the 2012 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year from among our three finalists.

Congratulations to each of them. You can learn about each of them in the following links, and then when you are ready to vote for the book and author you think deserves to win, please click here.

It’s a Family Affair, by Sharon Rhodes

Blues in the Wind – ReVisited, by Whitney J. LeBlanc

46 Days in Ukraine, by Basil Pallis


“All in all, I was very impressed with the exceptional job your group did on my book and the cover pages were fantastic and have received notice from other authors and publishers.”

Randall Bennett became a Special Agent in 1987 and has received numerous awards and commendations, including the FBI Director’s Award for Excellence in International Terrorism Investigations, The Diplomatic Security Service Special Agent and Employee of the Year, The U.S. Department of State Award for Heroism, Spain’s Medal of Merit with Distinguished White Cross, several awards from the Pakistan Ministry of Interior, the country of Ukraine, and others from the U.S. Marine Corp, the CIA, DEA, ATF, U.S. Secret Service, the U.S. Coast Guard, and many others. He is currently retired but continues to provide security expertise overseas as a contractor for the Diplomatic Security Service.
Randall Bennett’s memoir reveals his evolution from a new Special Agent to one of the most experienced in the U.S. Government. Bennett and his various teams approached each mission with intense focus, courage, and compassion. Taking Up the Sword relates the wide range of his adventures, from searching for narco-terrorist operations in the Colombian jungle with the true Tarzan of the Amazon, to rescuing abandoned family pets and a baby gorilla while protecting the American citizens in Kinshasa, Zaire, to risking his own life trying to save Wall Street Journal Reporter Daniel Pearl. It includes the actions that led to the capture of “The Dirty Bomber” Jose Padilla, as well as his nearly six years in Pakistan and a tour as head of security for the U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Iraq. Bennett survived bombings, rockets, and assaults against himself and those he was sworn to protect throughout his highly decorated career, all while doing a job he loves. With an original and fascinating perspective, Special Agent Bennett takes you behind the scenes-to the jungles, deserts, mountains, and exotic back streets of foreign countries-where these elite and highly trained Special Agents do things that books are written about and movies are made for-quietly and often without recognition.

Randall Bennett, author of Taking Up the Sword

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