Vote now for the 2011 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year

It all comes down to this! The official Outskirts Press EVVY Nominations for 2011 have been determined, the 18th annual EVVY Awards have been won, and the three finalists for the 2011 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year have been selected.

Now it is in your hands.  In the public poll below, it is your turn to vote for the finalist that you feel best deserves to be awarded the 2011 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year. These authors have already established their writing and publishing chops by being finalists. Now the Best Book of the Year Award recognizes the author with the best author platform and marketing muscle to win in a public vote. The winner of the most votes within the next week will be awarded the 2011 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year and the $1,500 credit that comes with it. The public poll is open until Friday, June 8th at Noon Eastern Time. At that time the poll will be closed and the finalist receiving the greatest percentage of total votes will be announced the winner. Last year’s poll was neck and neck with just 110 votes separating the 2010 winner from the runner-up, so every vote counts!

NEWS FLASH! The polls are closed. See the winning announcement here.

And the three finalists are…

Susan Mercer, author of Pathway to Math Proficiency: Mastering Equivalent Fractions, Decimals and Percents…with Ease.

Susan Mercer is a math curriculum specialist in Santa Ana, California, and has spent the last eighteen years teaching, presenting, writing and developing math resources specifically to address the needs of students. Pathway to Math Proficiency is a 101 page workbook that helps students master the relationships between the part and the whole with ease. In Pathway to Math Proficiency: Mastering Equivalent Fractions, Decimals and Percents…with Ease veteran educator and successful textbook author Susan Mercer has organized a graduated sequence of visual images that help students make the needed connection between fractions, decimals and percents while creating the mental image of the part and the whole each represents. Certainly it helps to read these books first, so for more details (including purchasing options) about this book to help determine your vote, click here.

Bolko Zimmer, author of Angelic Warfare: The Stones of Fire.

Bolko Zimmer holds a Ph.D. in Educational Human Resource Development from Texas A&M University and completed his dissertation on prison ministries. He spent 21 years in the United States Army, where he reached the rank of lieutenant colonel, and 20 years as an adjunct professor. A 126-page dramatic retelling of the fall of man, Angelic Warfare: The Stones of Fire is a captivating account of the ultimate confrontation between good and evil. In this vividly imagined work, author Bolko Zimmer creates a fully realized universe populated by seraphim, cherubim, and countless angels—all with their own agendas and allegiances. Blending a biblically based foundation with extraordinary dramatic insights, Angelic Warfare: The Stones of Fire was published in April 2011 and is required reading for Christians, Bible scholars, and anyone who loves the greatest story ever told. Certainly it helps to read these books first, so for more details (including purchasing options) about this book to help determine your vote, click here.

Glenn Skinner, author of The Keya Quests: The Battle for Shivenridge.

Glenn Skinner brings his lifelong love of fantasy, science fiction, and medieval history into everything he writes.  His true calling would be that of a bard, spinning a rich tapestry of tales by firelight, infusing magic into the grey sameness of everyday life. A 425-page epic, The Keya Quests: The Battle for Shivenridge continues the fabled tales of Keya, a young and brave warrior. With destiny on her side and supernatural forces unleashed that she never could have imagined, Keya has triumphantly emerged from her first adventure in Three Souls Destiny-Bound and has found the warrior of legend who will save her people from the evil Lord Randar. But she finds that her epic quest has only begun — now they must free the people of Shivenridge. But is Shivenridge ready to accept what Keya brings, or will the price of freedom prove to be too high? Certainly it helps to read these books first, so for more details (including purchasing options) about this book to help determine your vote, click here.

Vote below from among these three finalists for the 2011 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award.

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Finalist #2 for the 2011 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year

Congratulations to Bolko Zimmer, author of Angelic Warfare: The Stones of Fire, one of three finalists for the Outskirts Press 2011 Best Book of the Year Award. The first finalist was introduced yesterday on this blog and the final finalist will be introduced tomorrow. Public voting will determine which of the three finalists should be awarded the Outskirts Press 2011 Best Book of the Year award and its $1,500 Grand Prize. Voting is open to everyone and begins on this blog on Friday, June 1.

Bolko Zimmer holds a Ph.D. in Educational Human Resource Development from Texas A&M University and completed his dissertation on prison ministries. He spent 21 years in the United States Army, where he reached the rank of lieutenant colonel, and 20 years as an adjunct professor. He has taught at Webster University, Wayland Baptist University, and Union University, and has published several articles on health-care administration and faith-based programs. Dr. Zimmer has also served as president of the board of directors for the Bexar County Detention Ministries in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Zimmer and his family live in Humboldt, Tennessee.

A 126-page dramatic retelling of the fall of man, Angelic Warfare: The Stones of Fire is a captivating account of the ultimate confrontation between good and evil. In this vividly imagined work, author Bolko Zimmer creates a fully realized universe populated by seraphim, cherubim, and countless angels—all with their own agendas and allegiances.

At the center of the conflict is the cherub prince, Lucifer. It’s the dawn of time, and Lucifer is filled with vanity. Before long, he rebels against the Supreme Spirit, who rules over all. Lucifer then convinces a third of the angels to follow him and they began an endless reign of evil. Among their heinous crimes: enticing mankind to commit every imaginable sin. The actions of these fallen angels also give rise to giants, who terrorize the humans, and monstrous beasts, which destroy everything in their path. Hope comes in the form of an archangel and mighty prince named Michael. He and his angels enter this world of growing wickedness to watch over and protect the virtuous people. But the angels soon confront legions of demons, valiantly resisting them until something horrifying occurs that changes heaven and earth forever…

Blending a biblically based foundation with extraordinary dramatic insights, Angelic Warfare: The Stones of Fire was published in April 2011 and is required reading for Christians, Bible scholars, and anyone who loves the greatest story ever told.

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 in a public opinion poll. As one of three finalists, Bolko Zimmer and his book Angelic Warfare will be competing head-to-head-to-head with the other two finalists in a public poll on this blog starting on Friday. Stay tuned for information on the remaining finalist announced tomorrow 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 2011 Best Book of the Year award seal to apply to the cover of the book.

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