NIEA Finalist

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North of the Killing Hand 2017 National Indie Excellence Awards Finalist

The National Indie Excellence Awards announced that North of the Killing Hand was a 2017 Finalist in the Suspense Category.

While at a book signing event in Boca Raton, Florida last weekend, I received an email notifying me that my book had finaled. After returning home on Sunday, I didn’t have time to celebrate. The four-hour drive home wore me out. I unpacked my stuff, hugged Handsome and fell into bed. So, today I share the news. It’s like my offspring made the Dean’s list at school. *sniffle* I’m so proud. Sure, it would have been sweeter to win. Nonetheless, any recognition from publishing professionals brings joy.

The National Indie Excellence® Awards exists to help establish independent publishing as a strong and proud facet of the publishing industry. Recognizing authors that put their heart and soul into their work, the NIEA is a champion of self-publishers and the small, independent presses that go the extra mile to produce books of excellence in every aspect. Established in 2007, the NIEA competition is judged by experts from all aspects of the book industry, including publishers, writers, editors, book cover designers and professional copywriters. The National award is open to recent English language books in print from small, medium, university, self and independent publishers.

Winners and finalists are determined based on “overall excellence of presentation- a synergy of form and content” in a wide range of genres. Sponsorships and monetary prizes are awarded to juried titles as well. The winners and finalists were announced in Los Angeles on May 18th. The following is the email message that brightened my day.

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It is our great pleasure to inform you that you are a Finalist in the 11th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards. Your book truly embodies the excellence that this award was created to celebrate, and we salute you and your fine work.

The lists of winners and finalists are proudly displayed on our brand new website, please log on to to see your name and book cover highlighted for all to see.

The entire team at the National Indie Excellence Awards sincerely hope your participation in our contest will serve you well in the your ongoing success. You have our deepest congratulations.


Everyone at the National Indie Excellence Awards

​Okay, the happy dance is over. Back to working on the next book.

North of the Killing Hand is a Finalist!

North of the Killing Hand is a 2016 finalist!

North of the Killing Hand is a 2016 finalist!

North of the Killing Hand is a finalist in the Royal Palm Literary Awards! The second book in the Compass Crimes Series will be released in eBook and trade paperback in October. If you want to read the first chapter, click here: North of the Killing Hand. My deepest thanks to the readers and reviewers who have helped make South of Justice a success.

Many characters in South of Justice also appear in North of the Killing Hand. This second book focuses on how Nefi Jenkins first meets Ruis, Vincent, and Blake. Both stories center on deadly crimes and how these crimes affect the people involved, both the victims and the perpetrators. Both stories feature strong female protagonists.

Goodreads Giveaway

For readers who are on Goodreads, there will be a giveaway of signed trade paperback copies North of the Killing Hand coming up. Goodreads readers are known for giving reviews and as a new author, I appreciate word-of-mouth recommendations of my books. If you would like to be notified ahead of time, sign up to Subscribe to Book News on the home page of my website. I will also be asking for your help in choosing the best cover art to suit the story, because readers understand the power of a great cover.

Thank you for your support! I’m going to go dance for joy around the house before handsome gets home. Good day, and God bless you.