I received word a few weeks ago that the second book in my Sam Harper Crime Mystery, "The Devil Can Wait" tied for the bronze medal in the 2009 Independent Publishers Book Award (IPPY) -- a finalist in the mystery/suspense/thriller category. The winners were announced on May 29, at the BookExpo in New York City.
I was unable to attend the May 29, event and I've been waiting to receive the medal and other materials in the mail. After several e-mails I found out tonight that everything was shipped to my publisher in the UK. I had hoped to take a picture of it to post, but now it looks like it will be a while longer.
According to the IPPY site http://www.independentpublisher.com/article.php?page=1298&urltitle=Announcing%202009%20IPPY%20Awards%20National%20and%20Regional%20Results , of the 3,380 books entered in the national contest, 120 entries made it into the mystery suspense/thriller.When I consider the competition, I'm honored and amazed. I'm also extremely grateful to be blessed with some pretty awesome people in my corner during the writing of this book. To view my list, please visit my post on Murder By 4. http://murderby4.blogspot.com/2009/05/devil-can-wait-ippy-finalist.html
For those interested, here's the blurb:
The city of Chandler, Massachusetts is plunged into terror when the bodies of three local teenagers wash ashore. While homicide detective Sam Harper hunts down the guilty, a sinister plot emerges overseas. From the Vatican to the jungles of South America, a cursed black pearl ring, the demonic prophecy it represents, and the men who pursue its powers find their unfortunate way onto Harper's turf.Enthralled by the ring's story and a front-page spread, newspaper reporter Jennifer Blake agrees to pick up the ring at a local pawnshop for her former college professor. When she does, unforeseen events shoot Blake to the top of Harper's prime suspect list. Soon, the seemingly unrelated cases converge and the heat is on for Harper to expose the truth behind a Vatican secret and stop the self-righteous man who does the unthinkable in the name of God.
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