The Polls Are Closing … Vote for the 2019 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year

Last week, we were proud to announce to you the three finalists for this year’s Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year award. Since then, the finalists have been showing us their impressive marketing chops — reaching out to fans on social media, making appearances and promoting their book like pros to win your votes.

Now it is time to pick a winner. We’re in the final hours, and we need your vote today to determine which of these talented authors has proven they have the author platform and promotional muscle to take top honors as the Grand Prize winner, and take home the $1,500 Grand Prize for Best Book of the Year.

So, take one last look at these worthy contenders, and then scroll down to the poll to place your vote for the 2019 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year!


Finalist: The Red Shore by Andrew Ceroni

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Finalist: Dance Because You Can by Amy Jordan

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Finalist: To Paint a Murder by E.J. Gandolfo

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Introducing the Finalists for the 2019 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year

And the Winner of Best Book of the Year is… determined by YOU!

Congratulations to our three finalists for the Outskirts Press 2019 Best Book of the Year award: The Red Shore by Andrew Ceroni, Dance Because You Can by Amy Jordan and To Paint a Murder by E.J. Gandolfo. All three books took home first place awards from this year’s EVVY Awards, qualifying the authors for Outskirts Press highest honor!

While each of these books have achieved great heights, the highest honor of Best Book of the Year is determined by… YOU! So, study your choices, order their books, visit their webpages and social media and cast your vote. Public voting will begin Monday, September 9th on Self-Publishing News and will close promptly on Friday, September 13th at 5:00 PM Mountain Time.

These works are impressive and it’s going to be an interesting sprint to the finish! Here’s a recap of the finalists:

The Red Shore

Dave McClure arrives in Bar Harbor, Maine, for some rest and relaxation before returning to the CIA-a world he left behind years ago. But he is unaware of the danger he’ll face in the days ahead as he discovers the secrets that lie in the deep ocean trenches of the Atlantic. Deadly secrets.

McClure is unexpectedly thrust into the middle of a vicious Russian plot and a harbor town’s lethal intrigue, each as perilous as they are startling, and struggles to make sense of all the jumbled pieces in this deadly puzzle. Is there a connection between Russian drone submarines probing the U.S. coastline, a Top-Secret, advanced technology Navy torpedo program, and the sinister secret behind Tamarack Harbor’s missing boys? Another brutal murder is the catalyst that finally leads McClure to the juncture of high-stakes espionage and an impending attack on American soil. As the CIA and the U.S. Navy race against time and the Russian threat, the powerful pull of emotion will test the limits of Dave McClure’s skill, strength, and courage.

About Author Andrew Ceroni

Andrew Ceroni served a distinguished career as a Senior Supervisory Special Agent in the conduct of global counterespionage and antiterrorism operations. He received his BS degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy; MA from Case Western Reserve University; and studied several foreign languages at the University of Maryland. He lives in Colorado with his family.

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Dance Because You Can

Have you ever felt pinned down by life? Have you ever had a moment when you thought things would never get better? Guess what? You are not alone.

Dance Because You Can is a direct pathway to getting through any obstacle and transforming trauma into triumph. The book from Amy Jordan, critically acclaimed award-winning author, speaker, coach, and choreographer, walks you through her five-step system of D.A.N.C.E In the end you have a tool kit that works for pretty much any adversity in life.

The book is poignant, funny, tragic, and truthful. Jordan parallels her dramatic and life-threatening experiences, proving that value can be created from any situation. She challenges and triumphs life with difficult-to-manage type 1 diabetes, recovery from an eating disorder, a dream of dancing professionally, or challenging an MTA bus.

Whatever you are facing right now, no matter how tough it seems, this book will help you feel better and create answers. There is light at the end of the tunnel.

Her professional company, The Victory Dance Project, has honored legends of dance and stage including Chita Rivera. Jordan’s work has been featured in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, NY Post, and FORTUNE magazine among others. Amy is an in- demand motivational speaker and coach speaking for groups from ten to ten thousand, including corporations, organizations, youth programs, leadership development, health organizations, and schools.

“This is an amazing book. Amy’s message is empowering and impactful. Thank you for sharing your message to encourage everyone to never give up.”- James Malinchak, Star of ABC’s hit show ‘Secret Millionaire’, World’s premiere speaker, trainer and coach.

“This book: Dance Because You Can, simply says if you reach a point of impossibility, a seemingly unfixable challenge, this 5 Step system will help anyone facing any adversity to Transform Trauma into Triumph and dance your victory dance!” -Kevin Harrington, Original Shark on ‘Shark Tank,’ Inventor of the infomercial: Sold over $5 Billion on TV

“Dance Because You Can. I love that message. Thank you for inspiring the world.”
– Leeza Gibbons, Emmy winning journalist, Former Host: Entertainment Tonight

“This is an amazing woman with an amazing story. If you would like to take your life to the next level and move through what you think is stopping you; Amy Jordan can help you do that.” -Jack Canfield, New York Times Best Selling Author 
Chicken Soup for the Soul and The Success Principles, Star of the breakthrough movie: ‘The Secret’

To learn more about author Amy Jordan, visit her website at http://www.amyjordanspeaks.com

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Buy from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07HM9PJ49

 

To Paint a Murder

E. J. Gandolfo weaves a mystery story about art theft, deception and murder in a small seaside town on the North Shore of Boston. Middle-aged Veronica Howard is drawn into events when she opens her longed for vintage-antique shop and becomes an unwitting sleuth and accomplice. If you love vintage jewelry and clothing and the Art Deco and Victorian eras, you will be fascinated by the descriptions. The people Veronica trusts are not what they seem and she relies on her common sense and spirit of adventure to find answers. She has fought long and hard to be a success in the business world and now she must put her inquisitive nature to work in this tale of insatiable greed among some collectors of fine art. Caught between the affections of a long-time love and a new, glamorous mystery man, she has to decide if her trust has been misplaced.

About Author E. J. Gandolfo

E. J. Gandolfo is a former advertising agency copywriter and sales executive. She is an artist, antique dealer and world traveler and resides in the Boston area.

Buy from Outskirts Press: https://outskirtspress.com/veronicahowardinvestigates
Buy from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1977203116

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The Best Book of the Year winner will receive a Grand Prize of $1,500 as a direct result of your choice at the polls. So, come back on Monday, September 9th, to cast your vote!

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The votes are in! The winner of the 2018 Best Book of the Year goes to Two Towers!

Our three authors have already won in their categories at the EVVY Awards, but only one can claim our highest honor: Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year!

Selecting a favorite book is no small feat, and each of our authors works deserve to be recognized. T.D. Arkenberg: Two Towers, Katherine S. Egan: Genetics Isn’t Everything, and C. R. Norris: Wasp on the Wind are our top three finalists and we are proud of them and their great achievements.

Our authors have offered you their very best, and you’ve weighed your options and voted for your favorite book for this incredible distinction!

The winner of the 2018 Best Book of the Year award goes to Two Towers by T.D. Arkenberg.

Two Towers

In his poignant memoir, Two Towers, T.D. Arkenberg navigates readers through a personal perfect storm. A resurgence of his father’s long-dormant cancer and chaos at his job in the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks serve as the backdrop for a private struggle with a secret hidden for thirty-seven years. The story opens on Christmas Eve, 2001. Alone, he stands in his empty childhood home. Two months earlier, his father succumbed to cancer after a lengthy struggle. Five weeks after that painful loss, his mother’s unexpected death shattered his world. The double-barreled blast toppled his towers of strength and unconditional love at a time he was barely treading water. Only weeks before his parents’ deaths, his professional life descended into turmoil. Nineteen hijackers commandeered four commercial jets, unleashing unspeakable terror on US soil. Two towers collapsed into piles of twisted steel, a dusty grave for thousands of innocent souls. Friends don’t know how he survives. Neither does he, especially with the added burden of a dark secret. As his world starts to crumble, fate offers a lifeline.

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About Author T.D. Arkenberg

Two Towers is the fourth book and first memoir from award-winning author T.D. Arkenberg. Independent Publisher Book Awards, Next Generation Indie Book Awards, National Indie Excellence Awards, and Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society have recognized his work. T.D. studied at The University of Chicago, London Business School, and Northwestern University. He lives with his spouse, Jim, and their cat outside Chicago. Visit www.TDArkenberg.com.

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Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1478722002

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The Polls Are Closing … Vote for the 2018 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year

Last week, we were proud to announce to you the three finalists for this year’s Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year awards. Since then, the finalists have been showing us their impressive marketing chops – reaching out to fans on social media, making appearances and promoting their book like pros to win your votes.

Now it is time to pick a winner. We’re in the final hours, and we need your vote today to determine which of these talented authors has proven they have the author platform and promotional muscle to take top honors as the Grand Prize winner, and take home the $1,500 Grand Prize for Best Book of the Year.

So, take one last look at these worthy contenders, and then scroll down to the poll to place your vote for the 2018 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year!


FINALIST: Two Towers by T. D. Arkenberg

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FINALIST: Genetics Isn’t Everything by Katherine S. Egan

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FINALIST: Wasp on the Wind by C. R. Norris

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The public poll for Best Book of the Year closes at 5:00 PM (MST) on Friday, September 14th.

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Outskirts Press Self-Publishing Authors Snag 21 EVVY Awards Finalists

The results of the EVVY Awards judging is back, and it’s good news: Outskirts Press self-publishing authors garnered a company record of 21 finalists for the 2017 CIPA EVVY Awards, including one book, Gramma Darling by Lissa Schroeder, which placed in six competition categories! A second, The Thundering Herd by John E. Peltier, will be recognized in two.

Now in their 23rd year, the CIPA EVVY Awards are sponsored by the Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA) and the CIPA Education and Literacy Foundation (ELF), and recognizes the works of independent authors in dozens of book categories. Outskirts Press hand-selects only the highest quality books for nomination each year. In fact, we generally nominate only 2 to 5 percent of the books we publish in any given year. (This is also the first step toward nomination for the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award, which comes with a $1,500 Grand Prize. Authors who publish using an Ultimate, Full-Color or One-Click publishing package are automatically eligible for Best Book of the Year.)

First, second and third place winners in the EVVY Awards are, for now, a closely guarded secret — and the suspense is killing us! Winners will be revealed and recognized at an awards banquet on Aug. 19 in Denver, Colorado. Outskirts Press would love to see as many of these amazing authors at the ceremony as possible. If you can’t make it, no worries: Executives will be on hand to accept the awards on behalf of authors not able to appear in person.

Here are the self-published books that have been selected as finalists in the 2017 EVVY Awards:

Autobiography/Memoir

Biography

Children’s Picture Books

Cooking

Family & Relationships

Fiction: Fantasy

Fiction: Literary & Contemporary

Fiction: Mystery & Detective

Fiction: Romance

History

Humor

Inspirational

Interior Layout/Design

Juvenile Fiction

Juvenile Non-Fiction

Motivational

Performing Arts

Poetry

Politics/Political Science

Religion & Spirituality

Congratulations to all our EVVY Award finalists — we couldn’t be prouder of all you’ve accomplished! Visit Self-Publishing News August 22 to find out who took home top honors.

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Outskirts Press Self-Publishing Author Takes Top Spot in ForeWord’s 2014 IndieFab Awards

Outskirts Press is fortunate to boast many award-winning authors and books over the years, and today we add one more to list. We’re proud to announce that Outskirts Press author J.M. Erickson has taken Gold in the Science Fiction category in ForeWord’s Book of the Year Awards for Future Prometheus II, the second book in a series.

ForeWord’s Book of the Year Awards program was created to spotlight distinctive books from independent publishers. The judges—working librarians and booksellers—review the entries based upon on their experiences with patrons and customers. The annual ForeWord IndieFab Awards has for the past 18 years recognized the best in independent/self-published books. Winners are awarded cash prizes, along with priceless industry recognition that helps indie authors continue to make connections with readers and publishing insiders. More than 1,300 entries in 63 categories were considered for the awards, which represent the best in small publishing offerings. Foreword Reviews announced the winners at the annual ALA Conference in June.

Congratulations to J.M. Erickson for the big win in the 2014 awards!

Science Fiction

Future Prometheus II

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Two Outskirts Press Authors Take Silver in 2015 Benjamin Franklin Awards

The Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) has announced the 2015 Benjamin Franklin Awards, and Outskirts Press is proud to once again be represented in the winner’s circle. The Benjamin Franklin Awards, administered by the Independent Book Publishers Association, are among the most respected book awards in the country. The awards recognize excellence in both editorial and design. The specific genre categories are judged by three industry professionals, coming from the library, bookstore, reviewer, designer, publicity and editorial markets.

Join us in congratulating two Outskirts Press self-publishing authors, G.A. Whitmore and L.L Field, for their Silver Medal wins! Whitmore’s A Place to Call Home took silver in the Teen Fiction category, and Field took Silver in the the Fiction Romance genre with The Marriage of True Minds.

Winners and finalists were recognized at a gala event at the Benjamin Franklin Awards ceremony during the association’s Publishing University on April 10-11, 2015, in Austin, Texas. Both Whitmore and Field received an engraved crystal trophy to commemorate their wins, and their accomplishment will be announced to the major trade journals and media.

 Join us in congratulating these talented writers, G.A. Whitmore and L.L. Field!

Teen Fiction (13-18 years)

A Place to Call Home

A Place to Call Home: Toby’s Tale by G.A. Whitmore

Every rescue dog has a tale to tell, a story uniquely their own. A Place to Call Home is Toby’s tale. His story takes you on a journey across the country from California to Connecticut and across the spectrum of life’s emotional and spiritual experience. Born on a small farm in northern California, Toby narrowly escapes the death sentence imposed upon him by his breeder. Through a series of events driven by good intentions, he finds himself in a Connecticut suburb where life with his new family soon collapses on him, and his newfound happiness is brutally destroyed. On his quest to find a place to call home, Toby encounters and endures the best and worst of humanity as he comes face to face with sorrow and joy, fear and courage, and ultimately, with the power of love.G.A.  Whitmore

Product details…

Paperback
Format: 6 x 9 paperback white, 299 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Feb 19, 2014)
ISBN10: 1478700734
ISBN13: 9781478700739
Genre: FICTION / General

ABOUT G.A. Whitmore:
G.A. Whitmore’s passion for writing and her love of dogs come together in her series The Rescue Dog Tales. The first book in the series, A Place to Call Home, was inspired by Toby, an abused dog she adopted from the Connecticut Humane Society. Whitmore currently lives in Connecticut with her two rescue dogs, Kadee and Zeus.

Fiction Romance

The Marriage of True Minds

The Marriage of True Minds by L.L. Field

The Marriage of True Minds is an opulent journey into the lives and loves of the Earl of Stoneleigh and the Earl of Wortham during the reign of George III in 18th century England. It is a glimpse of the period’s upper class society weighed down by social conventions in a milieu of constant social obligations requiring fine carriages, elegant attire, and polished, polite manners. L.L. Field captures all the details that will keep you immersed page after page as you witness their daily struggles to find real love while supporting their lavish lifestyles, with the ultimate pressure to secure the future of their earldoms by producing heirs.

Product details…

Paperback
Format: 5.5 x 8.5 paperback cream, 331 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Sep 10, 2014)
ISBN10: 1478728736
ISBN13: 9781478728733
Genre: FICTION / Romance / Historical

ABOUT L.L. Field:
The Marriage of True Minds is L.L. Field’s first novel born of a love of 18th century England. She has a B.A. in Political Science and a M.S. in Judicial Administration. Born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, she now lives in the Washington, D.C., area and is hard at work on a sequel.

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