Monday, 4 June 2012


IndieReader Announces the Winners of First IRDA


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IndieReader Announces the Winners of
First “IndieReader Discovery Awards” at BEA


6/3/12, Montclair, New Jersey—Darcie Chan, New York Times bestselling indie author of “The Mill River Recluse” and Amy Edelman, founder of IndieReader (www.indiereader.com), today announced the winners of the first annual “IndieReader Discovery Awards” (IRDA) at BEA in New York City.

IndieReader, the essential consumer guide to self-published books and the people who write them, created the IRDAs to give indie authors access to people who can make a difference in their book’s success.  While writing a great book is the first step, getting it in front of the right people—be they readers or agents or traditional publishers—is also a critical part of making an indie book a success.  To that end, judges on the IRDA panel included publishers, agents, PR professionals, top reviewers and more. Judging was based on the quality of writing and the originality of the story. 

There is a first, second and third place winner in each of the fiction and non-fiction categories (there was actually a tie for third in the non-fiction category), in addition to 28 titles in 24 sub-categories, indicating that each book has received at least a 4-5 star review (out of 5 stars).

The winners, the genre and the authors contact information follows below.




IRDA 2012 Winners



Fiction
First Place

Whole Latte Life by Joanne DeMaio
Popular Fiction
Contact: Joannedemaio@aol.com

A satisfying exploration of mid-life crisis, female friendship, grief, possibility and renewal.  Demaio has penned a heartfelt portrait of two friends at the crossroads of their lives.


Second Place

One Blood by Qwantu Amaru
Horror

This is one horror tale that is the result of meticulous drafting and editing, as well as an awesome debut novel from a master of the craft.


Third Place

The Golden Ball by Katelyn Sinclair
Children’s

A delightful retelling of a well-known fairy tale that relays a moral point without being dramatically preachy for children who are still young enough to want a fairy tale picture book—one with charming illustrations such as this—but are just on the brink of being ready to tackle a chapter book.


IRDA 2012 Winners


Non-Fiction
First Place

The Intentional Networker by Patti DeNucci
Business

Contains step-by-step exercises and activities suitable for those new to networking practices, or for experienced networkers who need a refresher course.  Perfect for assessing goals and chock-full of strategies and tips for self-improvement.


Second Place


Comfortably Unaware by Richard A Oppenlander
Environment

Maintains our food choices are depleting our planet’s resources and calls for the consumer to be aware of the brainwashing by the media and become more educated on how to make choices that will save our planet.


Third Place/Tie
Grieving a Soulmate by Robert Orfali
Self-Help

Candid and often heart-wrenching, part diary and part self-help book, designed to inform, guide and prepare the reader through the dying process, death of and grieving of a loved one, based on author Robert Orfali’s own experience of losing his soulmate Jeri after a ten-year battle with cancer.





Third Place/Tie

Death with Dignity by Robert Orfali
Aging, Death & Dying

Robert Orfali’s passionate and persuasive argument for legalized physician-assisted dying, based on personal opinion and experience and extensive research into the debates and issues revolving around this controversial issue. 


CATGEORY WINNERS/Fiction

Chick-Lit


Blow Me by Lennie Ross Sales
Contact: lennierosssales@gmail.com

Gay/Lesbian/Bi/Trans Fiction

Father Tierney Stumbles by John Shekleton
Contact: jfshekleton@yahoo.com

Historical Fiction

The Woman at the Well by Ann Chamberlin
Contact: setzers@msn.com





Humor

The Girl Who Fished with a Worm by Harry Groome
Contact: harrygroome@comcast.net

Kids/Tie

Red, Right, Return by June Sherwin
Contact: jksherwin@gmail.com

Kids/Tie

Fun in the Yellow Pages by Bobbi Groover
Contact: SymphonyandPJ@gmail.com

Literary Fiction

In Leah's Wake by Terri Giuliano Long
Contact: tglong1@gmail.com

Mystery/Suspense/Thriller - Tie


Sleeper's Run by Henry Mosquera





Mystery/Suspense/Thriller - Tie

The Scorpion's Nest by Nate Granzow

Mystery/Suspense/Thriller - Tie


View from the Edge by Michael Kasenow
Contact: mkasenow@hotmail.com

Paranormal

The Seventh Soul by MariLou Harveland
Contact: mharvela@yahoo.com

Popular Fiction

The Tourist Trail by John Yunker
Contact: john@thetouristtrail.com

Romance

Jennifer’s Garden by Dianne Venetta





Science Fiction

Spire by Aaron Safronoff

Short Stories

Sometimes the Sun Does Shine There by Herb Schultz
Contact: herbschultz@verizon.net

Young Adult/Tie

Pandora's Key by Nancy Fischer

Young Adult/Tie

Untraceable by S. R. Johannes
Contact: shelli_johannes@yahoo.com

Non-Fiction
American Studies

Oh, Beautiful by John Paul Godges




Biography

Life in a Jar by Jack Mayer


Business

They Cooked the Books by Patrick Edwards
Contact: bigislandpublishers@gmail.com

Environment

Maria's Duck Tales by Maria Daddino


Health/Medicine/Nutrition

Successfully Surviving a Brain Injury by Garry Prowe
Contact: Garry@BrainInjurySuccess.org

History

Unvanquished by Pete Hetherington
Contact: pahetherington@att.net




Inspirational

EcoChi: Designing the Human Experience by Debra Duneier
Memoir

Mirror Talk by Barbara Alfaro
Contact: barbara.alfaro905@gmail.com

Psychology/Mental Health

The Digitally Divided Self by Ivo Quartiroli
Contact: ivotoshan@yahoo.it

Self-Help

The Way Things Work in Life by Basimah Khulusi
Contact: basimah@aol.com

Travel

Fast Times in Palestine by Pamela Olson




Travel/Honorable Mention

Pines Picks: A Kid's Guide to the Best Things to Eat and Drink in New York City by David. D. Pines
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