Beyond the Wood Reviews, awards and media

Charles H. Smith, chairman of the Literary Committee of the Military Order of the Stars and Bars, left, presents the Cooke Fiction Award at the Order’s 2012 annual convention in San Antonio, Texas.

Beyond the Wood Trilogy Reviews, Awards and Media


2012 John Esten Cooke Fiction Award

Civil War novel Beyond the Wood received the 2012 John Esten Cooke Fiction Award and Prize, given annually for “effectiveness of research, accuracy of statement and excellence of style” in depicting Southern History. It is given by the Military Order of the Stars and Bars at its annual convention. The organization’s other literary awards are the  Douglas Southall Freeman History Award for “the best published book of high merit in the field of Southern history beginning with the colonial period to the present time,” and the General Basil W. Duke Award given “to encourage the re-issuance of out-of-print books that accurately present” Civil War history.


 Additional Awards

Chanticleer-Badge-Laramie-1st-for-A-River-Divides1st Place in Category, 2014 Laramie AwardsA River Divides. Chanticleer Book Reviews (CBR) named it a CBA Best Book. “The Laramie Awards recognizes emerging new talent and outstanding works in the genre of Western, Civil War, Prairie, and Pioneer Fiction….”

Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist● Finalist, 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards: Beyond the Wood. A non-profit awards program, it is “judged by leaders in the indie book publishing industry to identify indie books that deserve to reach a wider audience.” It is sometimes considered “the Sundance of the book publishing world,” says Catherine Goulet, Chair of the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards program.”

● 2011 Silver Medalist, Historical Fiction, eLit Book Awards: Beyond the Wood. A global awards program, it is “committed to illuminating and honoring the very best of English language digital publishing entertainment.”

● 2012 Merit Book, EVVY Awards: Beyond thBeyond the Wood Book Reviews, CIPA EVVY Merit Award Winnere Wood. An award from the Colorado Independent Publishers Association.


Beyond the Wood Series Reviews and Media:

The Parker Chronicle highlights experiences that prompted the book.

Civil War News announces Cooke Fiction Award.

Loudoun Times-Mirror announces the John Esten Cooke Fiction Award.

Virginia Newspaper announces literary award.

Denver Post shouts out: “War, romance and mystery collide in this deeply researched Civil War novel….”

The US Review of Books includes Tempting Skies on its Recommended list–a rating given to “compelling and lasting reads,” less than 20 percent of reviewed books.

●Midwest Book Review’s Small Press Bookwatch finds Beyond the Wood ”a tale of personal intrigue and a unique brand of romance, recommended. …A fine addition to historical fiction collections.”

●Midwest Book Review’s Book Reviewer’s Bookwatch judges A River Divides “a sober, thoughtful, and expertly researched Civil War novel. Highly recommended.”

Midwest Book Review finds the author “an impressively gifted storyteller,” noting that Tempting Skies the ”concluding volume of a truly outstanding Civil War era trilogy by Michael J. Roueche is as extraordinary and consistently entertaining a read as his first two novels. …Very highly recommended for community library Historical American Fiction collections”

Civil War News Beyond the Wood review calls it “an interesting and different Civil War novel.”

The US Review of Books calls Tempting Skies “a tale of drama, romance, and suspense. . . .It is a worthy read.”

Blog review of Beyond the Wood advises ”historic romance lovers read this book.” calls Tempting Skies ”a brilliant novel.”

Officer’s Call Magazine highlights Beyond the Wood.

Denver Post’s Your Hub publishes blog on Colorado Civil War Re-enactment.

Blog on Hasan Davis Portrayal of Civil War Soldier posted on Denver Post’s Your Hub site.

● Robin Nolet blog about Beyond the Wood records, “Imagine my delight that it was such an engaging story!”

Denver Post announces A River Divides release.

● An interview about writing with Ink and Fairydust Magazine posted online. The every-other-month publication brings “wholesome and interesting content, focusing on the arts, to the young Christians.”