FAPA President's Book Awards

Recognizing book publishing excellence and creativity in design, content, and production

Each year the Florida Authors and Publishers Association sponsors the FAPA President’s Book Awards, which recognizes book publishing excellence and creativity in design, content, and production for North American authors and publishers. Books by North American authors or publishers in 45 categories may be nominated.  Librarians, book industry professionals, and educators judge content, theme, layout, and cover design elements.

On Saturday evening, August 5, 2017, the Florida Author’s and Publishers Association announced and presented awards to the 2017 medalists at the FAPA President’s Book Awards Banquet that was held after the close of the FAPA Annual Conference.  Please join us in congratulating the authors and publishers who won Gold, Silver and Bronze medals.

Award-winners view, download, or extract pages from the PDF slideshow here: 2017 FAPA President’s Book Awards Slideshow.

2017 Banquet Sponsor

2017 Medalists

1. Adult Fiction-General

Gold Medalist
Zero Day: China’s Cyber Wars by T.L. Williams | First Coast Publishers

Silver Medalists
Parade of Horribles by Rhett DeVane | Writers4Higher
Let the Dead Bury the Dead by Joan King |Beating Windward Press

Bronze Medalist
The Last Up: A curious tale about the future of sales by Jimmy Vee & Travis Miller with Dan Clements |Atlas Press

2. Adult Fiction-Genre: Chic Lit

Gold Medalist
Silver Threads by Bette Lee Crosby | Bent Pine Publishing

Silver Medalists
Confessions of an Assassin by Linda Heavner Gerald | Lime Pie Publishers
Lottie Loser by Dana Brown |Archway Publishing

Bronze Medalist
Honey Tree Farm - For the Love of the Beekeeper’s Daughter by Brenda Spalding | Heritage Publishing US

3. Adult Fiction-Genre: Contemporary/Literary

Gold Medalist
Lisbeth by Marina Brown | Southern Yellow Pine Publishing

Silver Medalists
Understanding the Alacrán by Jonathan LaPoma | Almendro Arts
THE GIRL IN THE GLYPHS by David C. Edmonds and Maria Nieves Edmonds | Peace Corps Writers

Bronze Medalist
The Promise of Cedar Key by Rick Robinson | Headline Books

4. Adult Fiction-Genre: Historical

Gold Medalist
The Prince of Glencurragh by Nancy Blanton | Ellys-Daughtrey Books

Silver Medalists
Apalachicola Gold by Michael Kinnett | Southern Yellow Pine Publishing
Murder on the Mullet Express by Gwen Mayo & Sarah E. Glenn | Mystery and Horror LLC
OCOEE!, a novel by Myra Kinnie & Gail Waxman | Badolf & Company

Bronze Medalists
Apalachicola Pearl by Michael Kinnett | Southern Yellow Pine Publishing
The Regrets of Cyrus Dodd by Bette Lee Crosby | Bent Pine Publishing

5. Adult Fiction-Genre: Horror

Gold Medalist
Shadows and Teeth, Volume Two by Antonio Simon, Jr. | Darkwater Syndicate

6. Adult Fiction-Genre: Mystery

 

Gold Medalists
Fahrenheit 1600 by Jerry Weber | DocUmeant Publishing
The Tell-Tale Treasure by Diane Sawyer | Southern Yellow Pine Publishing

Silver Medalists
Archidamus by Janet K. Shawgo | North Loop Books
November’s Past by A. E. Howe | A.E. Howe

Bronze Medalist
Garage Sale Riddle by Suzi Weinert | BluewaterPress, LLC

7. Adult Fiction-Genre: Romance

Gold Medalist
The Far Haven Treasury by Aleksandra Layland | CreateSpace

Silver Medalists
Hanging the Stars by Rhys Ford | Dreamspinner Press
My Soul Belongs to You by C.L. Hunter | Winding Road Publishing LLC

Bronze Medalists
Bloodline by Lynn Braxton | Gatekeeper Press
Dog Days by TA Moore | Dreamspinner Press

 

 

8. Adult Fiction-Genre: Sci-Fi and Fantasy

 

Gold Medalist
Ink and Shadows by Rhys Ford | DSP Publications

Silver Medalists
Burning Through Their Eye by Eugene Knight | CreateSpace
The Wisdom and Valor Treasury by Aleksandra Layland | CreateSpace

Bronze Medalist
To Dream by Louis K Lowy | IFWG Publishing

9. Adult Fiction-Genre: Suspense/Thriller

Gold Medalist
The Tell-Tale Treasure by Diane Sawyer | Southern Yellow Pine Publishing

Silver Medalists
Kubrick’s Game by Derek Taylor Kent | Evolved Publishing
Legacy by Marci Giebels | Misty Morn Publishing

Bronze Medalists
Goldhead by J. Haviland | Southern Yellow Pine Publishing
The Necessary Deaths by David C. Dawson | DSP Publications

10. Autobiography/Memoir

 

Gold Medalists
The 143rd in Iraq by Marc Youngquist | Emerald Lakes Books
Undertow by Charlene L. Edge | New Wings Press, LLC

Silver Medalists
Finding Heaven in the Dark by William L. Ingram | Dog Ear Publishing
Injecting Change by Bridget Long | CreateSpace
Raising David Again by M.A. Appleby | Xulon Press

Bronze Medalists
Misadventures of a Happy Heart by Amy F. Quincy | BookBaby
A Royal Love Revealed by Corrine Sharpe | Corrine Sharpe
The Step by Martha Lemasters | Morgan James

11. Biography

Gold Medalist
Suppressed I Rise by Captain Hank Bracker | CreateSpace

Silver Medalists
God Gave Us Wings by Connie Rankin | Morgan James
The Legendary Florida A & M University Marching Band, The History Of The Hundred by Curtis Inabinett, Jr | Page Publishing

Bronze Medalists
To Take a Righteous Stand by Reverend Jimmie Perry | CreateSpace

12. Business Book

Gold Medalist
The Last Up: A Curious Tale About The Future Of Sales by Jimmy Vee & Travis Miller with Dan Clements | Atlas Press

Silver Medalists
2017 Weird & Wacky Holiday Marketing Guide by Ginger Marks | DocUmeant Publishing
Agile Scrum: Your Quick Start Guide with Step-by-Step Instructions by Scott M. Graffius | CreateSpace
All Hands Working Together: Cruise for a Week; Meet 79 Cultures by  Jackie Chase | Adventure Travel Press

Bronze Medalist
Love Your Life: Cultivating Your Vision and Tending Your Dreams by Cheryl Marks Young | Emerald Lakes Books

13. Children’s Picture Book Age 0-7

 

Gold Medalist
Fifo Musical Animals ABC by Hayley Rose | Flowered Press
LIZZIE and LOU SEAL by Patricia Keeler | Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.

Silver Medalists
Figley’s Search for the Perfect Pet by Suzanne Cotsakos & Ryan McCulloch | Mutasian Entertainment LLC
Flip Flop Goes Home by S.J. Mortimer | Stephanie J Studios LLC

Bronze Medalists
Bully Billy is Back! The Burrowing Owls Are Worried by Dr. Dolores Burton | Breaklight Publications
Corinne’s Fin
by Dayle Dabney | Headline Books

14. Children’s Chapter Books Age 5-9

 

Gold Medalist
Dolly Becomes a Scout by Kay Whitehouse | VH Publishing

Silver Medalists
A Hand Truck Named Dolly by Kay Whitehouse | VH Publishing
Picture Perfect by D.G. Stern | Neptune Press, LLC

Bronze Medalist
Grandpa and the Rainbow Fish by Darryl Goode | Certa Publishing

15. Coffee Table Book

Gold Medalist

The Great Florida Cattle Drive: Unbroken Circles by Nic Stoltzfus | Live Oak Production Group

16. Cookbooks

No medals awarded in this category for 2017

17. Cover Design-small format (6 x 9 and smaller)

 

Gold Medalist
The 143rd in Iraq by Marc Youngquist | Emerald Lake Books

Silver Medalists
DOWN UNDER: KUSSINS by M.W. Adams | SYP Kids
FINDING HEAVEN IN THE DARK by William L. Ingram | Dog Ear Publishing

Bronze Medalist
Fate & Freedom Book II - The Turning Tides by K.I. Knight | First Freedom Publishing LLC

18. Cover Design-larger format (Larger than 6 x 9)

 

Gold Medalist
Dead Saints Chronicles: A Zen Journey Through The Christian Afterlife by David Solomon with John Anthony West | Dead Saints Media

Bronze Medalist
Walking to Woot: A Photographic Narrative Discovering New Dimensions for Parent-Teen Bonding by Jackie Chase | Adventure Travel Press

19. Education

 

Gold Medalist
Moms Move Mountains: Special Education Survival Skills for Parents  by Susan Magers & Donna Spencer | Bardolph & Company

Silver Medalists
Signimalz: Sign Language Colors and Days of the Week by Marni Kay Martinez | CreateSpace
Figural Acid Etchings 1870-1970 Book I by Frank J Consentino Jr Maple Creek Media

Bronze Medalist
Unbroken Circles for Schools: Training Scenarios by Ken Johnson | Southern Yellow Pine Publishing

 

20. eBook: Adult

 

Gold Medalist
Zero Day: China’s Cyber Wars by T.L. Williams | First Coast Publishers

Silver Medalist
Broken Justice, Blind Love by Rena Koontz | Soul Mate Publishing

Bronze Medalist
You’ll Come to Me by Tina Marie Nichols | DocUmeant Publishing

21. eBook: Children

Silver Medalist
One Hot Mess, A Child’s Environmental Fable by J.E. Rogers | Acadia Publishing Group, LLC

22. Fiction: Christian

 

Gold Medalists
The Prince’s Psalm by Eric Shaw Quinn | DSP Publications
The Red Ledger by Doug Dorsey | Studio 15, Inc.

Silver Medalists
Final Departure: Death is never on time by Jeff Walton | Sunbrook Publishing
Pay for My Sin by Iryna K Combs | Clean Reads Publishing

 

23. Fiction: Juvenile Age 7-12

 

Gold Medalist
Fly on the Wall Series: Pilgrims by Linda Smigaj | Southern Yellow Pine Publishing

Silver Medalists
The Grimbies of Agowadi by Vicki Shankwitz & Megan Pitts | CreateSpace
Pankyland 2: The Movie by John Hope | CreateSpace

Bronze Medalists
The Kingdom of the Lizards by Katrina Kusa | Archway Publishing
The Transmalians by Medhaa Banaji | Gatekeeper Press

 

 

24. Fiction: Young Adult

 

Gold Medalist
The Flames by Kyle Prue | Cartwright Publishing

Silver Medalists
Down Under: Kussins by M.W. Adams | SYP Kids
Ocoee! A Novel by Myra Kinnie & Gail Waxman | Baedolf & Company

Bronze Medalist
Silencing Sharks by John Hope | CreateSpace

 

25. Fiction: Young Adult-Romance/Coming of Age/New Adult

 

Gold Medalist
The Anchor Clankers by Renee Garrison | Southern Yellow Pine Publishing

Silver Medalists
Fjord Blue by Nina Rossing | Harmony Ink Press
Turn the World Upside Down by Nyrae Dawn | Harmony Ink Press
Unassimilated by Michael Benzehabe | Shema Publishing

Bronze Medalist
Ethan by Ryan Loveless | Harmony Ink Press

26. Young Adult-Paranormal/Sci-fi/Fantasy

 

Gold Medalist
The Flames by Kyle Prue | Cartwright Publishing

Silver Medalists
Inland by Stacey Horan | CreateSpace
The Songbird Thief by Skye Allen | Harmony Ink Press

27. Florida: Children Picture Book Age 0-7

 

Gold Medalist
God’s Gift by Lee Ann Mancini | GLM Publishing

Silver Medalists
Goodnight Gecko by Megan Pitts with Vicki Shankwitz | CreateSpace
The Lovebug Connection by Deborah Burggraaf | Protective Hands Communications

28. Florida: Fiction Books for Adults

 

Gold Medalist
Ocoee! A novel by Myra Kinnie & Gail Waxman | Bardolf & Company

Silver Medalists
Apalachicola Pearl by Michael Kinnett | Southern Yellow Pine Publishing
November’s Past by A. E. Howe | A.E. Howe

Bronze Medalist
Death at Windover by Jay Heavner | Headline Books

29. Florida: Juvenile Age 7-12

 

Silver Medalist
Olivia Brophie and Aristotle’s Lantern by Christopher Tozier | Hontoon Press, Inc.

Bronze Medalist
The Kingdom of the Lizards by Katrina Kusa | Archway Publishing

30. Florida:  Nonfiction Books for Adults

 

Gold Medalist
Fixing Boo Boo by Pat Stanford | Southern Yellow Pine Publishing

Silver Medalists
The Dead Saints Chronicles: A Zen Journey Through The Christian Afterlife by David Solomon with John Anthony West | Dead Saints Media
Murder in St. Augustine; the mysterious death of Athalia Ponsell by Elizabeth Randall | Arcadia Publishing, Inc.

Bronze Medalist
The Republic of East Florida by Dr. Bran M.P. Brooks | Outskirts Press

 

31. Florida: Young Adult books (both fiction & nonfiction)

 

Gold Medalist
Ocoee!, a novel by Myra Kinnie and Gail Waxman | Bardolf & Company

Silver Medalist
The Flames by Kyle Prue | Cartwright Publishing

Bronze Medalist
The Anchor Clankers by Renee Garrison | Southern Yellow Pine Publishing

32. Graphic Novel

Bronze Medalist
Heavy Sketches Among Worldly Distractions by Red Rohl | Lunazul Publishing, Inc.

33. How-To/Self-Help

Gold Medalists
Divorce, Simply Stated: How to Achieve More, Worry Less and Save Money in Your Divorce by Larry Sarezky | 21st Century Divorce Books
The Inner Critic Advantage by Andrea Patten | Dodge Pond Press
Raising David Again
by M.A. Appleby | Xulon Press

Silver Medalists
BEAUTY FOR ASHES: Mourning to Morning by Ruth L. Baskerville | CreateSpace

Bronze Medalists
The 4-1-1 on Reinventing You: Essential Tips for Knowing What You Want – And Getting It!  by Michele Sfakianos | Open Pages Publishing, Inc.
Between YOU and YOURSELF by Jackie McCollum-Bridges | CreateSpace

34. Health & Fitness

35. Home & Garden

No medals awarded in this category for 2017

36. Humor

 

Silver Medalist
BEAUTY FOR ASHES: Mourning to Morning by Dr. Ruth L. Baskerville | CreateSpace

Bronze Medalists
Bad Day For Baby Duck: storybook edition by Marlaena Shannon| Muse Direct
It Only Gets Funnier by John “Luke” Lucarell | Lulu Publishing

37. Nonfiction: Adult

 

Gold Medalist

Unsafe On Any Campus? College Sexual Assault and What We Can Do About It by Samuel R. Staley, Ph.D. | Southern Yellow Pine Publishing

Silver Medalists
Murder in St. Augustine: the mysterious death of Athalia Ponsell Lindsley by Elizabeth Randall| Arcadia Publishing, Inc.
The Survivor’s Family Guide: A Resource for Loved Ones After Your Passing by Robert W. Lucas | Success Skills Press

Bronze Medalists
The Legendary Florida A & M University Marching Band, The History Of The Hundred by Curtis Inabinett, Jr. | Page Publishing
Love Your Life: Cultivating Your Vision and Tending Your Dreams by Cheryl Marks Young | Emerald Lakes Books

38. Nonfiction: Children’s

Silver Medalist
Groundhogs Across America by Barbara Birenbaum | Peartree

39. Nonfiction: Young Adult

 

Silver Medalist
The Untold Story: Preparation For Life After A Sports Career by Robert Hogg, Jr. with Louis Goggans | eMerge Publishing, LLC

Bronze Medalist
Suppressed I Rise by Captain Hank Bracker | CreateSpace

40. Poetry Book

Silver Medalist
Haiku for an Artist by Elizabeth Yahn Williams | Guidelights Productions

41. Political/Current Events

 

Gold Medalist
Unsafe On Any Campus? College Sexual Assault and What We Can Do About It by Samuel R. Staley, Ph.D. | Southern Yellow Pine Publishing

Silver Medalist
Suppressed I Rise by Captain Hank Bracker | CreateSpace

42. Reference

 

Gold Medalist
Figural Acid Etchings 1870-1970 Book I by Frank Consentino, Jr. | Maple Creek Media

Silver Medalist
The Survivor’s Family Guide: A Resource for Loved Ones After Your Passing by Robert Lucas | Sucess Skills Press

Bronze Medalist
Murder in St. Augustine; the mysterious death of Athalia Ponsell Lindsley by Elizabeth Randall | Arcadia Publishing, Inc.

43. Religion

 

Gold Medalist
God Gave Us Wings by Connie Rankin | Morgan James Faith

Silver Medalists
Final Departure: Death is never on time by Jeff Walton | Sunbrook Publishing
A Second Taste of Chocolate for the Soul by Dr. Carol Kennedy | Westbow Press

Bronze Medalist
Seventh Dimension - The City: A Young Adult Fantasy, Book 4 by Lorilyn Roberts | CreateSpace

44. Sports & Recreation

Silver Medalist
The Untold Story: Preparation For Life After A Sports Career by Robert Hogg, Jr. with Louis Goggans | eMerge Publishing, LLC

45. Short Fiction-including short stories

 

Silver Medalist
Bad Day for Baby Duck by Marlaena Shannon | Muse Direct
The Pelican Beakon by Robert Neff | Robert Neff

Bronze Medalist
Let Me Tell You A Story by Rita Henuber | Rita Henuber

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