Indie Book Award Honors “Tempting Skies”

Tempting Skies was named finalist by 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards

I’m grateful to note that Tempting Skies, Beyond the Wood Book 3, has been named one of the best indie books of 2017 by the Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group (IBPPG).

The group formalized the recognition by naming the Civil War novel a finalist in its 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. The awards were presented May 31 in a ceremony at the Harvard Club in New York City.

Beyond the Wood, the first book in the trilogy, received the same recognition in 2012.

IBPPG promotes “professional standards in independent book publishing (also known as ‘indie’ book publishing), and provide[s] support and recognition for the independent book publishing profession.” (Bold type in original.) Its Next Generation Indie Book Awards is “the largest not-for-profit awards program for independent publishers.”

The competition is co-sponsored by Marilyn Allen, founder and partner in the Allen O’Shea Literary Agency.

Next Generation Indie Book Awards was founded by Catherine Goulet, Co-Chair of the 2017 awards. She indicates the program “has become known as the Sundance of the book publishing world.”

Tempting Skies Civil War NovelsGoulet also said, “Authors and publishers who compete in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards are serious about promoting their books,” adding that “they aim to stand out from the crowd of millions of books in print.” She points out the challenge faced by indies, stating that they “must work harder to get their best books into the hands of readers.

Independent book publishing companies include small presses, larger independent publishers, university presses, e-book publishers and self-published authors.

Tempting Skies has been called, “extraordinary and consistently entertaining.” It continues the story of Virginian Betsy Richman as the Civil War’s devastation trudges southward toward her Shenandoah Valley homestead. Her mother’s one-time slave William Richman, at last a legally free man, painfully struggles to scrape away slavery’s emotional scars and remnant self-doubt, and his strong-willed and intelligent new wife, Victoria, struggles to find meaning in her new life.

I can’t end without thanking the folks at the Next Generation Indie Book Awards for the recognition and support.

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