Boulder Girl and Curious – Two Indie Book Awards Finalists

If you are looking for some fresh and original reads from independent authors, you might want to check out the Indie Book Awards, also known as the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. This is a literary awards program that recognizes and honors authors and publishers of exceptional independently published books in 70 different categories. The awards are presented by the Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group in cooperation with the Allen O’Shea Literary Agency.

Among the finalists for the 2023 awards are two books from Outskirts Press.

Boulder Girl: Bad Moon Rising by Cynthia L. Clark

This is a thriller that follows the lives of Lana Ross, a young woman who is suffering from a devastating loss, and Leon Alvarez, a murderer and escaped convict who is obsessed with her. Leon will stop at nothing to get close to Lana, even if it means committing more crimes and risking his freedom. Lana, on the other hand, must find a way to heal from her grief and move on with her life, unaware of the danger that lurks in the shadows.

The book is peppered with rock songs that accompany the mood and tone of the story, creating a soundtrack that enhances the reading experience. The author also uses vivid descriptions and realistic dialogues to create a suspenseful atmosphere that keeps the reader hooked until the end. The book explores themes such as love, loss, obsession, redemption, and justice.

Curious: Are My Stories About Morals? by Peggy Jo Henry

This is a collection of short stories and poems with a twist. The author tackles various topics such as suicide, mental illness, environmental issues, addiction, and obsession, using a mix of humor, sarcasm, and insight. The stories are also puzzles that challenge the reader to find hidden movie and song titles within the text. There are over a thousand references to popular culture that can be spotted in everyday language.

The author also adds another layer of mystery by revealing that she has eight similarities with a famous Oscar-nominated actor, who is somehow connected to her book. She provides clues throughout the book to help the reader identify him and see how their lives intertwine. The book is a fun and engaging way to test one’s knowledge and curiosity while reading some thought-provoking stories.