Moonlight Beach
Winner
2020 Hollywood Book Festival

Yurie Kiri

Moonlight Beach and its neighboring hamlet of Rancho California, is a sleepy enclave where median home prices top $5,000,000. However
bodies have been washing up on the Beach. Could it be sharks – hungry, hunting, doing what they do best? Or something else? Something sinister, dangerous, even supernatural?






The Last Lumenian
Winner
2020 New York Book Festival

S.G. Blaise This is a coming of age story of Lilla who is a princess and a rebel-in-disguise, fighting for the refugee’s freedom. But there is a bigger war on the horizon. She must learn to control her magic and defeat the dark god before He finds her.

Chief Among Us
Honorable Mention
2020 New York Book Festival

L. A. Noble Early Monday morning, Central employees received an email detailing the salary history of their peers. Chaos ensued; the building was evacuated. Security analyst Kristy Backman might have identified the emailer. She was murdered mid-morning. Payroll analyst Ramona Anderson may have explained what Kristy knew, but she was killed that evening.

The Hanford Plaintiffs
Winner
2020 San Francisco Book Festival

Trisha T Pritikin Many people, known as Hanford “downwinders,” have suffered with or have died from cancer and other radiogenic disease following exposure to airborne radiation secretly released throughout a vast area of the Pacific Northwest from the Hanford nuclear weapons facility in southcentral Washington State. The downwinders fought back. This is their story.

Kidnapped On Safari
Honorable Mention
2020 San Francisco Book Festival

Peter Riva The third book in the Mbuno & Pero series pulls terror from news’ headlines to create a gripping and expertly plotted international thriller for readers of John le Carré, Daniel Silva, and Iris Johansen. Kidnapped on Safari is a gripping, edge-of-your-seat thriller set in deepest, darkest, Machiavellian,East Africa.

Next Therapist Please
Honorable Mention
2018 Hollywood Book Festival

Laurie Finkelstein Blessed with anxiety, depression, and OCD, and mom to a special needs child, Janie navigates six therapists to find fulfillment desperately craved. Add her sense of humor and an occasional margarita for a warm tale inspired by Finkelstein’s own experiences. Break the stigma; 10% of sales are donated to NAMI.

Intrigue at a Small Hotel
Winner
2016 Paris Book Festival

Elizabeth Cooke Sixth in a fictional series about The Hotel Marcel near the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Elizabeth, an American widow in her 60s, pursues with passion her friends and strangers encountered in her sojourn in the hostelry of which she is so fond. With a view across the avenue, through the windows of the…

Baldr and Beatrice
Honorable Mention
2018 Hollywood Book Festival

Mark Seinfelt A rich and subtle analysis of the psychology of friendship and love, Mark Seinfelt’s Baldr and Beatrice—a novel at turns philosophical, allegorical, mythical and spiritual—revisits the old, time-proven narrative formula of girl and boy forever desiring but never fully achieving the culmination of their love. Here, it is a matter of their accidental…

Poetry and Verses – On the Nature of Things
Runner-up
2018 San Francisco Book Festival

James ( the man of ) Steele Poetry & Verses On the Nature of Things such as; Who Am I?, My Attitude, Oh Love!, On the free spirits of my life, On the wild wild west, On Empathy, and finally… On Death.

The Fearful Lion
Honorable Mention
2018 New York Book Festival

Almas Akhtar Life is what we experience—but it’s also how we respond to it. The Fearful Lion is the story of a young man—the buoyant and brilliant Osama Ali Khan—desperately looking to overcome his emotional insecurities and few wrong assumptions labeled with him.