Announcing … Finalist #1 for the 2017 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year

Congratulations to Lissa Schroeder, author of Gramma Darling, who is one of three finalists for the Outskirts Press 2017 Best Book of the Year Award. The next two finalists will be announced tomorrow and the next day on this blog — and you’ll take it from there!

Public voting will determine which of these three finalists should be awarded the Outskirts Press 2017 Best Book of the Year award and its $1,500 Grand Prize. Voting is open to everyone and will take place on this blog from Monday, Sept. 11 through Friday, Sept. 15 (noon Mountain time).

Lissa’s masterpiece, Gramma Darling, was published January 2016 and won an EVVY Award just a couple of weeks ago. (In fact, the EVVY judges were so impressed with the book, they recognized it with a 1st Place win in the Family and Relationships, and Interior Layout/Design categories, as well as 2nd Place for Inspirational, Juvenile Non-Fiction, and Motivational books!) The book is a loving tribute to the great impact the love of an individual can have on the life of a child.

Gramma Darling

Beautifully written and stunningly illustrated, this delightful book for children, parents, and grandparents paints a nostalgic picture of unhurried summer days at a dear grandmother’s house. Seen and felt through the eyes of a child, every discovery is full of innocence and wonder; from an attic brimming with treasures to running through the fields at twilight catching fireflies. You will laugh and remember your own childhood and feel as though you are there sharing in all the small adventures of her little world; the baby birds, the gardening, the stormy days, and bedtime baths. And through it all, in the background, is Gramma Darling and her laughter. You sense the atmosphere of nurturing, protection, and worth that she provides; and far more importantly, you get a glimpse into the wisdom of a woman whose genuine genius for simply loving, inspires wholehearted lifetime devotion. It will leave you uplifted and looking for ways to spend quality time with the little ones in your own life.

About Author Lissa Schroeder

Lissa Schroeder is a gifted teacher, an engaging public speaker, and a licensed minister. She has taught all over Alaska at youth conferences, ladies’ retreats, home school workshops, and more. A born storyteller, she paints vivid emotional pictures that are inspiring and hopeful, that make your heart soar and leave you smiling. Mostly, she has raised three awesome kids, homeschooling from preschool to med school. She lives in Fairbanks, Alaska, with her husband and youngest son, where she owns and runs a curriculum supply store.

Doron Ben-Ami is a freelance illustrator, photographer, and musician, living and working in Brookfield Connecticut. He has illustrated hundreds of book covers, advertisements, posters, children’s books, and calendars. He also creates illustrations for storyboards and animatics, assisting in the production of nationally broadcast TV commercials. Most recently he has expanded his professional offerings to video and animation. When not creating visual imagery, he performs in the western Connecticut area with his jazz band, and in a duo with his daughter. He has two grown children, and lives with his wife in Brookfield, Connecticut.

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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 be recognized as the best book among three finalists in a public opinion poll.

As one of three finalists, Lissa Schroeder, author of Gramma Darling, will be competing head-to-head-to-head with the other finalists in a public poll on this blog starting on Monday. The winning author will receive a $1,500 credit to his or her Outskirts Press Publishing Center, plus an exclusive 2017 Best Book of the Year award seal to apply to the cover of their book.

Tomorrow and the next day, we’ll announce the other two competitors. Then we need you! Come back on Monday, Sept. 11, to cast your vote for the book you believe to be the best of the three.

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