FAPA 2016 Book Awards Recognize Florida Authors and Publishers

by | Aug 7, 2016 | Book Awards, News

On Saturday August 5, 2016, the Florida Authors & Publishers Association gave out its prestigious annual President’s Book Awards for the best books of 2015 and the first half of 2016 by authors and publishers in Florida and throughout the United States. The event, which took place at the Hilton Orlando/Lake Buena Vista Resort, recognized outstanding books by awarding gold, silver, or bronze medals. Forty-seven book award categories ranging from children’s books to adult fiction, from memoirs to self-help, and from business books to e-books were evaluated by the competition’s sixty-five judges—librarians, educators, and publishing professionals

All recipients of a FAPA President’s Book Award will have the opportunity to have their book displayed at BookExpo America 2017. FAPA will be hosting a booth at the #1 book and author event for the book industry in the United States in New York City on May 31–June 2, 2017.

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The 2016 award winners exemplify excellence in publishing both regionally and nationally. The awards continue to command the attention of industry professionals and readers! Terri Gerrell

President, Florida Authors & Publishers Association

2016 FAPA President's Book Awards
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Adult Fiction

 

General

Chic Lit

  • GOLD The Year Mrs. Cooper Got Out More, Meredith Marple, Cinder Path Press
  • SILVER Baby Girl, Bette Lee Crosby, Bent Pine Publishing
  • SILVER Waving Backwards, Vickilynn Brunskill, Southern Yellow Pine (SYP)
  • BRONZE Paisley Memories, Zelle Andrews, Southern Yellow Pine Publishing

Contemporary / Literary

Historical

  • GOLD Heaven Cries, Stephan A Silva, Penmore Press
  • GOLD Summerton, Becca St. John, Winterbourne Farm Publishing
  • SILVER Lantern in the Mist, Liliana Shelbrook, GarnetDream Entertainment, LLC
  • SILVER Concealed in Ash, Gwen Mayo, Mystery and Horror, LLC
  • SILVER Forbidden Chronicles of a Roman Centurion, John Chaplick, SYP Publishing
  • BRONZE Struggles of The Women Folk, TM Brown, self-published

Horror

  • GOLD Clemenceau’s Daughters, Rocky Porch Moore, Southern Yellow Pine Publishing
  • SILVER Shadows and Teeth, Volume 1, Various Authors, Darkwater Syndicate, Inc.
  • SILVER The Boys on the Mountain, John Inman, DSP Publications
  • Mystery GOLD Dawn Over Dayfield, Karenna Colcroft, DSP Publications
  • SILVER Taming the Telomeres, R.N. Shapiro, Challedon Publishing
  • SILVER Summerton, Becca St. John, Winterbourne Farm Publishing
  • BRONZE PreMedicated Murder, Charles Berkoff, First Person Publications

Romance

  • GOLD Big Love, Rick R. Reed, Dreamspinner Press
  • SILVER Summerton, Becca St. John, Winterbourne Farm Publishing
  • SILVER In the Middle of Somewhere, Roan Parrish, Dreamspinner Press
  • BRONZE Sutphin Boulevard, Santino Hassell, Dreamspinner Press

Sci-Fi and Fantasy

  • GOLD Withered + Sere, TJ Klune, DSP Publications
  • SILVER Armageddon and the 4th Timeline, Don Mardak, Grand Circle Publications LLC
  • SILVER Earthshatter, Albert Nothlit, DSP Publications
  • BRONZE Drone Warrior: A James Barlow Adventure, Captain Jack Watson, Atlantic Publishing Group

Suspense/Thriller

  • GOLD What Doesn’t Kill Her, Carla Norton, Minotaur Books
  • GOLD Crossing the Blue Line, William Mark, Southern Yellow Pine Publishing
  • SILVER Taming the Telomeres, R.N. Shapiro, Challedon Publishing
  • SILVER Fraccidental Death, Donna Meredith, Wild Women Writers
  • BRONZE Armageddon and the 4th Timeline, Don Mardak, Grand Circle Publications LLC

Western

  • SILVER Lantern in the Mist, Liliana Shelbrook, GarnetDream Entertainment, LLC

 


Nonfiction

 

Autobiography/Memoir

Biography

  • GOLD Auschwitz #34207, Nancy Sprowell Geise, Merry Dissonance Press
  • SILVER Managing Bubbie, Russel Lazega , Createspace
  • SILVER Possible Miracle: A Caregiver’s Experience Coping with Her Husband’s Struggle through Pancreatic Cancer, Liver Disease and a Liver Transplant, Susan Fayne, Atlantic Publishing Group

Business Book

  • GOLD The Inventor’s Complete Handbook: How to Develop, Patent, and Commercialize Your Idea, James L. Cairns, Ph.D., Atlantic Publishing Group
  • SILVER Brand Yourself Royally in 8 Simple Steps, Nancy Blanton, Ellys-Daughtrey Books
  • SILVER Quantum Inventing, Stephen Malak, Bardolf & Company
  • BRONZE 2016 Weird & Wacky Holiday Marketing Guide, Ginger Marks, DocUmeant Publishing

Education

How-To/Self-Help

  • GOLD Hard Choices for Loving People, Sixth Edition, Hank Dunn, Quality of Life Publishing Co.
  • SILVER Elegy for Mom: A Memoir of Family Caregiving, Alzheimer’s, and Devotion Vicki M. Kaufmann, Middle River Press
  • SILVER Getting Through What You Can’t Get Over, Anita Agers Brooks, Barbour Publishing
  • BRONZE Professor Birdsong’s Law School Guide: Techniques for Choosing & Applying To Law School, Leonard Birdsong, Winghurst Publications

Health & Fitness

  • GOLD Elegy for Mom, Vicki M. Kaufmann, Middle River Press
  • SILVER Healthy Eating, Healthy Living, Healthy You, Samadhi Artemisa, InJoy Healthcare
  • SILVER Thank God I Got Cancer…I’m Not a Hypochondriac Anymore!, Angelina Assanti, The City of Palms Publishing Co.

Nonfiction: Adult

  • GOLD Hard Choices for Loving People, Sixth Edition, Hank Dunn, Quality of Life Publishing Co.
  • GOLD Auschwitz #34207, Nancy Sprowell Geise, Merry Dissonance Press
  • SILVER The Body Blog: Explorations in Science and Culture, Rachel K. Wentz, CreateSpace
  • SILVER The Latama Legend, Charles Cioffero, Neal Punchard, Dan Fuller, Walt Halucha, Pleasant Publishing
  • BRONZE What Happened to Ochopee, Jeff Whichello, JFLU Publishing

Reference

  • GOLD The Dysautonomia Project, Kelly Freeman, David Goldstein, Charles Thompson, Bardoff & Company
  • SILVER Before You Even Open Your Mouth: Business Writing For Professional Speakers, Elizabeth Huntoon Coursen, First Person Publications

Religion

  • GOLD 40 Days in the Wilderness, Dale Clem, Bardolf & Company
  • SILVER Armageddon and the 4th Timeline, Don Mardak, Grand Circle Publications LLC

Sports & Recreation

  • GOLD Marinas: The Complete Guide for Marina Selection, Storm Awareness and Living Comfortably Aboard Your Yacht, Scott E McDowell, Ph.D., Atlantic Publishing

 


Children, Young Adult & New Adult

 

Children’s Picture (Read to Me) Book Age 4-7

  • GOLD It’s a Seashell Day, Dianne Ochiltree, Blue Apple Books
  • SILVER What a Bragger!, Lee Ann Mancini, GLM Publishing LLC
  • SILVER I’m Not Afraid!, Lee Ann Mancini, GLM Publishing LLC
  • SILVER Bode the Beach Dog: Life is Ruff, Tara and Geoffrey Moser, Halo Publishing
  • BRONZE Over on the Farm, Marianne Berkes, Dawn Publications
  • BRONZE Mice & Spiders & Webs…oh My!,Sherrill S. Cannon, SBPRA

Fiction: Juvenile Age 7-12

  • GOLD Little Miss Grubby Toes, Steps on a Bee!, Eddie Price, Mark Wayne Adams
  • GOLD Tip Top, D.G. Stern, Neptune Press SILVER Fly on the Wall Series: Mayflower, Linda Smigaj
  • SILVER Outback: Bothers & Sinisters, M. W. Adams
  • BRONZE Once Upon a Zombie Book One: The Color of Fear, Billy Phillips, Toon Studio Inc.

Fiction: Young Adult

  • GOLD Tortuga Bay, SR Staley, SYP Publishing
  • SILVER A Winter Without (the Past Lives of Lola Ray~book Three), Leslee Horner, CreateSpace
  • SILVER “Jumpin’ The Rails!”, Sheila W. Slavich, Xlibris
  • BRONZE Faencina’s Hope Water’s Maiden, Rebekah Aman, CreateSpace

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

  • GOLD Tortuga Bay, SR Staley, SYP Publishing
  • SILVER Spring Returning (The Past Lives of Lola Ray Book Four), Leslee Horner, CreateSpace
  • SILVER Paisley Memories, Zelle Andrews, Southern Yellow Pine Publishing
  • BRONZE Unicorn Tracks, Julia Ember, Harmony Ink Press

Fiction: Young Adult - Paranormal / Sci-fi / Fantasy

  • GOLD Living with the Fall, Hannah Thompson, Harmony Ink Press
  • SILVER Lyla’s Song, Jennifer Christiansen, Ed.S.,Guardian Publishing
  • SILVER The Rain of Blood, S.P. Kumar, Telemachus Press
  • BRONZE Faencina’s Hope Water’s Maiden, Rebekah Aman, CreateSpace

 


Florida Theme or Setting

 

Florida: Children Picture (Read to Me) Book Age 4-7

  • GOLD It’s a Seashell Day, Dianne Ochiltree, Blue Apple Books
  • SILVER I’m Not Afraid!, Lee Ann Mancini, GLM Publishing LLC
  • SILVER Francesca Flamingo Flight with Fritz, Libby Rammage and Linda Carr, Onlinebinding
  • BRONZE What A Bragger!, Lee Ann Mancini, GLM Publishing LLC

Florida: Fiction Book for Adults

  • GOLD Crossing the Blue Line, William Mark, Southern Yellow Pine Publishing
  • SILVER The Hooker, The Dancer and the Nun, John D. Mills, Pono Publishing
  • SILVER A Slice of Moon, J.S. Lavallee, Createspace

Florida: Juvenile Age 8-13 (both fiction and non-fiction)

  • GOLD The Adventures of Charlie Pierce: The Barefoot Mailman, Harvey E. Oyer III, Middle River Press
  • SILVER Once Upon a Zombie Book One: The Color of Fear, Billy Phillips, Toon Studio Inc.
  • SILVER The Poetry of Animals, Gayle Paben, Peppertree Press
  • BRONZE Tip Top, D.G. Stern, Neptune Press

Florida: Nonfiction Book for Adults

  • GOLD Managing Bubbie, Russel Lazega, Createspace
  • SILVER Cedar Key Fiber and Brush Factory: From the Tree to Thee, John W. Andrews, M.D., Atlantic Publishing Group
  • SILVER Historic Jacksonville Theatre Palaces, Drive-ins and Movie Houses, Dorothy K. Fletcher, History Press/Arcadia Press

Florida: Young Adult books (both fiction and non-fiction)

  • SILVER A Slice of Moon, J.S. Lavallee, Createspace

 


Special Award Categories

 

Cover Design – small format – smaller than 6” x 9”

  • GOLD Burgundy Briefcase, Roberta Burton, SYP Publishing
  • SILVER The Other Brooklyn, Bob Ieva, Documeant Publishing
  • SILVER A Rising Tide of People Swept Away, Scott Archer Jones, Fomite Press
  • BRONZE Fly on the Wall Series: Mayflower, Linda Smigaj, Mark Wayne Adams, Inc.

Cover Design – larger format – larger than 6” x 9”

  • GOLD Once Upon a Zombie Book One: The Color of Fear, Billy Phillips, Toon Studio Inc.
  • SILVER The Latama Legend, Charles Cioffero, Neal Punchard, Dan Fuller, Walt Halucha, Pleasant Publishing
  • SILVER Black and White Cat, White and Black Dog, Marlaena Shannon, Muse Direct
  • BRONZE The First Book of Gabriel / Seeker of The Light, Gabe Rispoli Jr, Xlibris

eBook: Adult

  • GOLD Second Chances, Lincoln Cole, LC Publishing
  • SILVER The Exciting Story of Cuba, Captain Hank Bracker, AtoZPublishers
  • SILVER Camino Tips: Getting the Most out of “The Way,” Jane V. Blanchard
  • BRONZE Developing Minds: An American Ghost Story, Jonathan LaPoma, Laughing Fire Press

eBook: Children

  • GOLD Once Upon a Zombie Book One: The Color of Fear, Billy Phillips, Toon Studio Inc.
  • SILVER The Castle Across the Street: Prince Jackson Goes to School, C.K. Carter, C.K. Carter
  • SILVER The Tremendous Tale of the Terrifying Toynado!, C.K. Carter, C.K. Carter

Fiction: Christian

  • GOLD My Daughter’s Army, Greg Hogben, DSP Publications
  • BRONZE Amazing Grace, Karen J McKay, Tate Publishing

Humor

  • GOLD Does Grandma Have a Mustache? Rita Ann Fleming, Spring & Maple Books LLC
  • SILVER Managing Bubbie, Russel Lazega, Createspace
  • SILVER Thank God I Got Cancer…I’m Not a Hypochondriac Anymore!, Angelina Assanti, The City of Palms Publishing Co.
  • BRONZE PreMedicated Murder, Charles Berkoff, First Person Publications

Poetry Book

  • GOLD Does Grandma a Have a Mustache?, Rita Ann Fleming, Spring & Maple Books LLC
  • SILVER The Poetry of Animals, Gayle Paben, Peppertree Press
  • BRONZE Thee & Me in a Mellow Thine, Walter Joseph Schenck, Jr, CreateSpace

Political/Current Events

  • SILVER The Exciting Story of Cuba, Captain Hank Bracker, AtoZPublishers

 

Short Fiction – including short stories

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