What Indie author wouldn’t trade off the orchard for a coveted book award?

Still stunned, overwhelmed, thrilled, honored and humbled in gratitude—my novel, An Enlightening Quiche, won 1st place for “Best Contemporary” in the 2017 Summer Indie Book Awards contest.  My sincere appreciation to family and friends for your votes to make this achievement possible. Congratulations to all winners in 25 categories.  To every nominee, best wishes moving forward.


Moving forward, through continuing what I love best—writing, one apple of my eye is that of launching my next literary endeavor dedicated to my grandnephew:

100 Wild Mushrooms: Memoirs of the 60s.

Having finished editing, revising, and incorporating each memoir, I’m in the final round of proofreading. My cover by R.M. Designs is FAB-ulous! It won’t be long before everything is in apple-pie order for publishing both eBook and paperback formats.

Other apples of my eye to behold are the following contests I’ve recently submitted paperback copies of my novel:

The 14th Annual “Best Book” Awards in the genre of Fiction – Chick Lit/Women’s Lit. (Winners announced November 2017)


The 2017 New Apple Book Awards for Excellence in Independent Publishing – General Fiction. (Winners announced February 15, 2018)


Fast approaching its first-year birthday on September 20th, my novel has achieved literary merit throughout its coming-of-age: Readers’ Favorite 5-Star Seal, ATAI Fiction Finalist, and 2017 SIBA: Best Contemporary for a story whose setting is American as apple pie.


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