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Vol. 2 Issue 4
July/August 2019

What Does Winning Mean To The Reader?

I am an award-winning author.

I'm also an award-winning journalist. In my career as a newspaper reporter, I won numerous awards for stories I wrote in various categories.

My first award in a state competition was for best editorial in the weekly newspaper category in Pennsylvania. Considering that was also my first reporting/editing job, I was bowled over. I felt way out of my comfort zone rubbing elbows with editors and daily news reporters at the awards banquet in Harrisburg, PA.

More awards would follow as I covered breaking news, wrote feature stories, and followed criminals from arrests to convictions. Among my proudest are the stories that earned recognition by the Associated Press.

My second career as an author has also resulted in awards from the Florida Authors and Publishers Association (FAPA), a statewide organization, as well as a "bestseller" tag from Amazon.

I celebrate each award like it's my first because the thrill of being
recognized by my peers never gets old. It's validation that I am a successful storyteller as well as a writer.

It also feeds into my insecurities that I can't do it again, that the next book won't be as good. But like most anything
the more I do it the better I am.

But does award-winning or bestselling mean anything to the readers? I wonder. Do you purchase a book because it has those words stamped on it? Do you buy it because it is a New York Times bestseller, even though that ranking is based on sales and not the quality of the book?

Or do you buy a book because a friend said it was gripping? Or someone on the bus missed their stop because it was so engrossing? What influences you to select the books you read?

I ask because I'm adding another "award-winning" book to my list.

See below...
FAPA Award Winner
I'm excited to share that Loving Gia To Death has finaled in this year's Florida Authors and Publishers Association President's Book Awards competition.

FAPA's is a national contest so to be chosen for a gold, silver or bronze medal is thrilling. I've finaled in the romance category. Their annual conference is the first weekend in August, which is when I'll learn what place I won.
But as FAPA directors point out, to final in their competition already recognizes me as a winner.

Reviewers have called Loving Gia To Death everything from a psychological thriller to a powerful story of a father's love.

Here's what the back cover says:

Blake Matthews is caught in a deadly Catch-22 predicament. In order to save his daughter, he must prove his wife is a monster. He’ll divorce her and move out, but that leaves five-year-old Gia alone in the house with the very person he suspects is hurting her.

Proving his ex-wife is deliberately harming Gia is next to impossible. Few police agencies are familiar with Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy. It doesn't help that his ex points an accusatory finger at him.
Nurse Noreen Jensen is suspicious of both parents and afraid for Gia after she treats the child for a broken arm.

Too many unanswered questions overshadow that so-called accident and she undertakes her own investigation into Gia’s numerous hospital emergencies. The more questions she asks, the more intrigued she is by Blake, who grudgingly provides the answers.

It’s obvious his devotion to his daughter is steadfast but why did he leave her?
Blake is a firefighter, dedicated to serving the public, just like Noreen. Can he convince her he's one of the good guys?
And together, can they stop her mother from loving Gia to death?
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