Saturday, October 4, 2014

2014 Kindle Book Awards Winners!

The Kindle Book Review has just announced the winners in its 2014 Kindle Book Awards! The top winners in each category are below.

Check out the Kindle Book Review for all the winners and runner-up entries, representing a great selection of some of the finest indie and small-pub ebooks from this past year.

Mystery/ThrillerSaving Gracie, by Nancy DeMarco
When Gracie is accosted by a redheaded ghost, everyone assumes the old gal is hallucinating. Again. But to Gracie the dead girl is real, and her message is urgent--someone will die tonight.

Sure enough, a body surfaces in Echo Pond, and the tiny town of Coyne Falls plunges into chaos. In the furor that follows, the victim's widow jumps out a window, a dead man sends text messages, a missing person is duct taped to a toilet, and a beagle runs howling into the night.

Meanwhile, the ghost sends Gracie on a mission: "follow the beagle" to save a young woman's life....
Literary FictionThe Leaving of Things, by Jay AntaniVikram is not your model Indian-American teenager. Rebellious and adrift in late 1980s Wisconsin, he is resentful of his Indian roots and has no clue what he wants from his future -- other than to escape his family's life of endless moving and financial woes. But after a drunken weekend turns disastrous, Vikram's outraged parents decide to pack up the family and return to India -- permanently.

So begins a profound journey of self-discovery as Vikram, struggling with loneliness, culture shock, and the chaos of daily Indian life, finds his creativity awakened by a new romance and an old camera. His artistic gifts bring him closer to a place and family he barely knew. But a devastating family crisis challenges Vikram's sense of his destiny, hurtling him toward a crossroads where he must make the fateful choice between India, the land of his soul, and America, the land of his heart.
Romance
Don't Let Go, by Sharla LovelaceWinner of the 2014 Kindle Book Award for Best Contemporary Romance!

Noah Ryan and Jules Doucette spent every moment together, first as best friends and later as young lovers. The two had planned a life together -- until one unspeakable decision tore them apart for good.

Twenty-six years later, Jules is still carefully living the life her mother planned out for her. She's running her mother's store, living in her mother's house, following her mother's rules, and keeping the secrets her mother made her bury.

Then Noah comes home and any sense of an ordered life flies out the window. Noah's return does more than just stir up old memories -- it forces Jules to see her life in a whole new way and uncovers secrets even she didn't know were buried. Secrets that could easily destroy her world once more.
Non-fictionSidonia's Thread: The Secrets of a Mother and Daughter Sewing a New Life in America, by Hanna Perlstein MarcusDid you and your parent ever keep a secret that lasted a lifetime?

When Hanna Perlstein and her mother, Sidonia, come to Springfield, Massachusetts from a displaced persons camp after World War II, they know no one in America. With no other family, except each other, they build a world that revolves around Sidonia's extraordinary talent with a needle and thread to create beautiful garments while Hanna serves as her dutiful model. As Sidonia becomes well-known in western Massachusetts and northern Connecticut for her remarkable sewing talent, she continues to keep her inner secrets about her past hidden not only from her daughter but from everyone else. Determined to craft a life of pride, self-reliance and perseverance, Sidonia teaches her daughter to "stand up straight" in fashion and in life. Sidonia's Thread uses sewing metaphors to tell the tale of these two women as though stitched together like a handmade garment. Why did Sidonia keep these significant life secrets, and w...
Sci-Fi / Fantasy
Nefertiti's Heart (The Artifact Hunters Book 1), by A.W. Exley
A steampunk adventure with a serial killer, romance, and a few broken hearts.

Cara Devon has always suffered curiosity and impetuousness, but tangling with a serial killer might cure that. Permanently.

London, 1861. Impoverished noble Cara has a simple mission after the strange death of her father - sell off his damned collection of priceless artifacts. Her plan goes awry when aristocratic beauties start dying of broken hearts, an eight inch long brass key hammered through their chests. A killer hunts amongst the nobility, searching for a regal beauty and an ancient Egyptian relic rumored to hold the key to immortality.

Her Majesty's Enforcers are in pursuit of the murderer and they see a connection between the gruesome deaths and Cara. So...
Young Adult
Nobody's Slave, by Tim VicaryTwo boys meet on a voyage that transforms their lives.

Madu, a young African, is captured by the English slave-trader, Sir John Hawkins. Tom Oakley is a young sailor in charge of the slaves. At first the two boys boys hate each other. But as the story develops their roles are reversed, and they become closer friends than either would have once believed possible.

This is a fast-moving drama based around real historical events. History as you never learned it in school!...
Horror / Suspense
The Specimen: A Novel of Horror, by Pete Kahle
From a crater lake on an island off the coast of Bronze Age Estonia...
To a crippled Viking warrior's conquest of England ...
To the bloody temple of an Aztec god of death and resurrection...
Their presence has shaped our world.
They are the Riders.

One month ago, an urban explorer was drawn to an abandoned asylum in the mountains of northern Massachusetts. There he discovered a large specimen jar, containing something organic, unnatural and possibly alive.

Now, he and a group of unsuspecting individuals have discovered one of history's most horrific secrets. Whether they want to or not, they are caught in the middle of a millennia-old war and the latest battle is about to begin....

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