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A Winning Novel

I don’t like contests or competitions.

From spelling bees, science fairs, and athletic events in school, I entered only when required and usually lost.

Two years ago, an author friend of mine, Lisa Brunette, won the Book Readers Appreciation Group medallion for her book, Framed and BurningShe had won earlier for Cat in the Flock and, as we talked about her writing, she encouraged me to enter the competition. .

Because of my aversion to such events, I kept putting it off. However, I knew when I finished writing my most recent novel, Through the Storm, that I had a winner.

In the novel, Neal Evans is in Nevada when he hears that an immense coronal mass ejection will soon slam into the Earth’s magnetosphere. Will it cause only beautiful auroras to dance across the night sky or will it throw technology back a hundred years? Politicians and scientists are still debating when Neal decides to act. As night falls, he has ten hours to drive home before the first CME strikes.  

His son, Drake, is a happy high school freshman. Conner, his older brother, has gone hunting, instead of watching over him while their father is away at the conference. So now it’s party time!

The Indie B.R.A.G. Medallion

As the world sinks into darkness, Neal and Conner must confront a dangerous new world on their long journeys home. Drake, alone on the farm, must become a man even before he figures out his teen years.

Through the Storm was released in September of 2017 and finally in March of this year I entered the competition. 

Earlier this week I received a email from Geraldine Clouston, the president of IndieBRAG LLC, stating that my novel Through the Storm had been selected to receive a B.R.A.G. Medallion. Yesterday, I received the formal notification.

I can’t say that I enjoy contests, but I’m glad I entered this one.


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My Second Readers’ Favorite

Another reason for excitement!

In Five Stars of Excitement, a blogpost from earlier this month, I announced that Through the Storm had received a 5-Star review from the Readers’ Favorite organization. Shortly after submitting Through the Storm for review I also sent in Seekers of Earth. I am proud to announce that Seekers of Earth has now also received a 5-Star rating from Readers’ Favorite.

In her review, Sefina Hawke said that Seekers of Earth, the first book in the Guardian Knights of Terra series is “a young adult science fiction novel that would appeal most to a mixed audience of teens and tweens who enjoy books that take place away from Earth with aliens and alien cultures. A well-written story that left me interested in reading the rest of the series. I particularly liked the way that the author did not waste time ... catapulted me straight into the heart of things ... I greatly enjoyed this book and I cannot wait to read the rest of the series and uncover more about what is truly going on.”

Readers Favorite is the fastest growing book review and contest organization online. It’s used by publishers such as Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Harper Collins, and the organization has received the “Best Websites for Authors” and “Honoring Excellence” awards from the Association of Independent Authors.

If you’ve read Seekers of Earth and haven’t reviewed it, please do. In many ways, average reader reviews are more important than professional reviews and good reviews really do help sales.

If you have left a review for Seekers of Earth—Thank you!


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Five Stars of Excitement

One more reason to be grateful!

When browsing, customers judge a book by the cover (despite the saying) and by the reviews. That is why I’m so very grateful that readers of Through the Storm have left overwhelmingly positive reviews.

Now I have another reason to be grateful. The Readers’ Favorite organization has given Through the Storm a five-star review.

In her review for Readers’ Favorite, Susan Sewell said that Through the Storm “is a thrilling, action-packed adventure. This superb novel has a gripping plot and outstanding characters. The onset of the storm sets off frightening events that are so realistic; the book is hard to put down ... frighteningly realistic ... a sensational novel filled with perils and acts of heroism, and is the first in what promises to be a stellar series. I recommend this phenomenal adventure to young adults and older readers who love cataclysmic novels with everyday heroes.”

Readers Favorite is the fastest growing book review and contest organization online. Used by publishers such as Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Harper Collins, the organization has received the “Best Websites for Authors” and “Honoring Excellence” awards from the Association of Independent Authors.

If you’ve read Through the Storm and haven’t reviewed it, please do. Reviews really do help sales. For everyone who has read the novel and left a review—Thank you!


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Oregon Christian Writers (Day 3)

Tonight the Cascade Awards were presented at the Oregon Christian Writers Conference.

During the awards dinner I sat with friends Barbara Blakey and Kristie Kandoll. Barbara is a past Cascade Award winner and Kristie was up for the Unpublished Historical Fiction Award tonight along with another friend, Julie McDonald. I really expected one of them to walk away with the award, but the winner was the third finalist, Kathleen Freeman, with her book Children of the Revolution.

Kyle Pratt and Ben Wolf with his Cascade Award winning children's book

Another friend, Ben Wolf, won in the Published Children’s Book category with his story, I’d Punch a Lion in his Eye for You. Last year Ben won in the Speculative Fiction category with his debut novel Blood for Blood, and I was the runner-up with, A Time to Endure. This year neither of us competed in that group, but next year I’m planning to enter the Speculative Fiction category again with a my unpublished novel, Seekers of Earth. Ben edited the book for me so, I’m hoping it will be a good year for both of us.