2019 FAPA President’s Book Awards Selections Announced

by May 13, 2019Book Awards

The Board of Directors of the Florida Authors and Publishers Association are pleased to announce the books that have been selected to be awarded 2019 FAPA President’s Books Awards medals.

Each year, the FAPA President?s Book Awards program recognizes book publishing excellence and creativity in design, content, and production for North American authors and publishers. Librarians, book industry professionals, and educators from Florida and other states judge content, theme, layout, and cover design elements.

For 2019, FAPA will award gold, silver, and bronze medals in twenty-five categories. The books that have been selected for medals in each category are listed in random order below. The specific medal(s) won by each book selected will be announced at at the annual FAPA President?s Book Awards Banquet which will be held in Orlando on Saturday, August 3, 2019.

Please join us in congratulating those selected.? We hope you will join us to honor them at the Book Awards Banquet!

1. Adult Fiction ? General

My Mother?s Apprentice by Diana McDonough

Emily Gone by Bette Lee Crosby

And Throw Away the Skins by Scott Jones

The Guy in the Box by Lain Bird


2. Adult Fiction ? Historical

Breaking from the Enemy by J.R. Sharp

The Earl in Black Armor by Nancy Blanton

Calusa Spirits by Samuel Staley

War Calls, Love Cries by Mark Barie

3. Adult Fiction ? Mystery

The Mystery of the Moving Image by C.S. Poe

The Mourning Islands by Douglas Wells

Betrayed in Beaufort by Linda Heavner Gerald

Rosemary?s Beach House ?Linda Heavner Gerald


4. Adult Fiction ? Romance

The Greysons by Dana Brown

A Year of Extraordinary Moments by Bette Lee Crosby

Loving Gia to Death by Rena Koontz

A Fierce Wind by Regan Walker


5. Adult Fiction ? Sci-Fi/Fantasy

The Savage War by Esther Wallace

Dark Opius: Watchtower by Dariel Raye & Muffy Wilson

Fortitude Rising: Vol. 1 Magical Bond by Angelique Bochnak

Ansgar: The Struggle of a People by?Aleksandra Layland


6. Adult Fiction ? Horror/Suspense/Thriller

Silent Survivor by Deborah Shilan

Too Many Hats: Herbal Medicine and the Mob by William Curatolo

Delphys Rising by Kip Koelsch

Danger in the Clouds by Judith Barrett


7. Autobiography/Memoir/Biography

A Dream Called Kristy by Becky McGregor

The King of No: A Financial Firefighter by Loyall Wilson

Women of Valor: Polish Jewish Resisters to the Third Reich by Joanne Gilbert

Dear Willy, The True Story of a Life Well-Lived by Claire Geheb


8. Business

Publish with a Purpose by Tara Alemany

The Future of Omni-Channel Retail by Lionel Binnie

Leading in a Diverse Environment by Teddie Malangwasira

2019 Weird & Wacky Holiday Marketing Guide by Ginger Marks


9. Children?s Picture Book Ages 0-7

I?d Like a Cat Like That! By Linda Bigbee

Fifo, Today I Feel Emotion by Hayley Rose

Harley Basil and the Lost Pup by Lena Cannata Patterson

Mia?s Reflections by Ginger Marks


10. Children?s Chapter Book Ages 7-12

My Pancreas Needs Glasses by Rhonda Goodall

Laura and Grandpa Discovering Da Vinci Book 3 by Robert Krupp

The Incredible Adventure of the Eight Cousins by Barney Beard

Growing Up Behind the Scenes by Deborah Ford

11. Coffee Table Book/Cookbook/Home & Garden

Locust Projects: The 20th Anniversary Retrospective by Locust Projects

Heroes: A Tribute, Collector?s Edition by?Doug Meyer

Dance Across the USA by Jonathan Givens

A Pirate?s Life in the Golden Age of Piracy by Robert Jacob


12. Education

Hoodless Klan by Ruth Baskerville

Murals of the Palm Beaches by Sharon Koskoff

Jimmy, The Nature Smart Ninja by Mary Massey

A Pirate?s Life in the Golden Age of Piracy by Robert Jacob


13. Young Adult ? Fiction and Non-Fiction

Losing Herself by Lyla Ellzey

The Savage War by Esther Wallace

Legend of Ashneer Creature of Darkness by Rebekah Griffin

Albina by?Aleksandra Layland


14. How-to/Self-help/Inspirational

Publish with Purpose by Tara Alemany

You are a Heroine: A Retelling of the Hero?s Journey by Susanna Liller ?

Miracles of Recovery by Harriet Hunter

The Crowning Venture by Saadia Mian

15. Health/Fitness/Sports/Recreation

Resurrection Lily: The BRCA Gene by Amy Shainman

Golf for Beginners by Barney Beard

16. Humor

?Phylis: Tales of a Jewish Child During the Depression by Phylis Goldberg

The Secret Files of Hugo and Victoria by Buck Buchanan

Scantily Clad Truths by Leslie Halpern

17. Nonfiction ? Adult

Unveiled ? The Twenty & Odd by Kathryn Knight

The Joy of Cruising by Paul Thornton

Behind and Beyond the Badge ? Vol. II by Donna Brown

A Pirate?s Life in the Golden Age of Piracy by Robert Jacob


18. Nonfiction ? Children

When Kids Have Grandparents as Parents by Lauren Gould

19. Poetry

The Leaf Does Not Believe it Will Fall by Marina Doyle-Brown

Proverbs of My Season by Pat Stanford

Blood Moon by Andrew Jarvis

A Dime is a Sign by Sherill Cannon

20. Political/Current Events

The History of Liberia by Captain Hank Bracker

Boomers to Millenials by Daniel and Nathan Rubin

Behind and Beyond the Badge ? Vol. II by Donna Brown


21. Reference

Unveiled ? The Twenty & Odd by Kathryn Knight

The History of Liberia by Captain Hank Bracker

How to Correctly Format a Stage Play by Walter Schenck

Writing a Cozy Mystery by Nancy Cohen

22. Religion/Spirituality

Blessed ? A Poetic Devotional Journal by Allen Perrin

A Glossary of Life by Manny Garcia

Stepping Out, A Journey of the Soul by Kim Laliberte

The Crowning Venture by Saadia Mian


23. Cover Design ? Juvenile

Corky?s Travels by Deborah Burggraaf

Josie on Shadowridge Drive by Deborah Burggraaf


24. Cover Design ? Young Adult

Losing Herself by Lyla Ellzey


25. Cover Design ? Adult

Tales of the Crimson Diamond Book I by Tina Boulton

Unveiled The Twenty & Odd by Kathryn Knight

The Greysons by Dana Brown

Proverbs of My Seasons by Pat Stanford

Get Your Tickets for the 2019 President's Book Awards Banquet

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