D. M. Pulley’s The Dead Key has won the grand prize in this year’s Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. The Amazon award is in its seventh year and there are five prizes awarded: four first-prize publishing contracts, each with a $15,000 advance against future royalties, and one Grand Prize Winner with a $50,000 advance against future royalties. Pulley’s mystery novel was voted on by Amazon customers and is expected to be published in 2015 in print and Kindle editions through the Amazon imprint, Thomas & Mercer.
Pulley, from Cleveland, Ohio, was inspired to write The Dead Key after an on-the-job discovery of an underground vault that contained unclaimed, unopened safe deposit boxes. In her novel, two women, separated by twenty years, each find themselves wrapped up in a sordid secret involving an abandoned bank.
The Dead Key is an atmospheric and richly detailed mystery featuring two spunky heroines separated by two decades but both embroiled in a dangerous secret involving an abandoned bank. It’s a real page-turner and we’re not surprised that Amazon customers chose it for the Grand Prize.~ Terry Goodman, Senior Editor, Lake Union Publishing
The four category winners, Flora Solomon (General Fiction, A Pledge of Silence), Norma Darcy (Romance, The Bluestocking and the Rake), Chuck Grossart (Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror, The Mengele Effect) and Carrie Anne Noble (Young Adult Fiction, The Mermaid’s Sister each received publishing contracts from Amazon Publishing with a $15,000 advance. Their books will also be released in print and Kindle formats in early 2015 and can be pre-ordered on Amazon.
Mick Rooney – Publishing Consultant
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