Blood Lies: Race Trait(or)
Honorable mention
2024 San Francisco Book Festival

Karla Brundage

n “Blood Lies: Race Trait(or),” Karla Brundage offers a thought-provoking journey through the intricate nuances of Blackness. This collection asks at what point does mathematical inquiry become traitorous? She invites readers to explore ancestry, unraveling complexities of terms like “mulatto,” “octoroon,” and “quadroon,” while delving into life as a 21st-century woman.

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Raging Fire of Love: What I’ve Learned from Jesus, the Jews, and the Prophet
Winner
2024 San Francisco Book Festival

Kelly James Clark As I was writing this book on Muslim, Christian and Jewish love, I learned that I am writing about how I learned about love of neighbor and even enemy. When I’m writing about compassion in the Abrahamic traditions, I am writing about what I have learned, first and foremost, from Christians (my…

Are You Ready? How to Build a Legacy to Die For
Winner
2024 San Francisco Book Festival

Kimberly Harms Are You Ready? How to Build a Legacy to Die For is designed to help you build a positive legacy and prepare an emotional life insurance plan for your loved ones. Don’t wait to get ready! Your graduation from life comes unexpectedly. This book will help you be prepared to graduate with honors.

The Curious History of the Heart: A Cultural and Scientific Journey
Runner-Up
2024 San Francisco Book Festival

Vincent Figueredo The Curious History of the Heart takes a panoptic look at the role and meaning of the heart over the whole of human history. This book explores the role and significance of the heart in art, culture, religion, philosophy, and science across time and place.

Voices of the Basque Signet
Honorable Mention
2024 San Francisco Book Festival

Gala Gabirondo These overlapping tales move back and forth across time and generations. From the mountains of the Basque country and old Puerto Rico, to Madrid, San Juan, New York, Los Angeles, and revolutionary Nicaragua, the Itsasmendía, Quijano, and Romero clans navigate the twentieth century’s upheavals with humor, hope, and tenacity.

Charlotte’s Ghosts: The Mystery of the Vanishing Boy
Runner-Up
2024 Beach Book Festival

L. P. Simone he spring before 7th Grade, tragedy strikes C. C. Cross. Dad won’t be coming home from Afghanistan… …Jeremy Turner wants to join Lincoln’s army and shoot himself some Rebels, but Ma won’t sign the enlistment papers. Can these two broken hearts, one a ghost, help each other?

Saving Marina
Runner-Up
2024 Beach Book Festival

Ines Ferrari Garcia To the outside world, Teresa has everything: an interesting career, a loving husband, and a beautiful daughter, but soon, her perfect life will fall apart. “Saving Marina” has everything one looks for in a book: a compelling thriller with an emotional edge and lots of twists.

SEEKING CLOSURE
Honorable Mention
2024 San Francisco Book Festival

MONSIEUR SERENDIPITY A story about diversity, love, loyalty, and philosophy. Blinding conforming, we surrender to love, career, family, and legacy. How does sexual orientation affect one’s attitude toward these four pillars? What is true love? What is family? Is it luck or skill? How do I want to be remembered?

THE WINDY FOREST
Honorable Mention
2024 Los Angeles Book Festival

Sherry A. Jackson Ronda a successful investigating newspaper reporter quits her job in the city and moved to a small remote town in the mountains where she has inherited her late aunt’s cabin and gift shop. When evidence surfaced that her late aunt’s accidental fall off a cliff may not have been an accident, Rhonda…

The Hollow
Winner
2024 San Francisco Book Festival

Christopher L Thomas Bruce Westman, an Iraqi War Veteran suffering from PTSD turned private investigator, and his brother Jeffrey, a police detective, chase a serial killer across Connecticut in a deadly pursuit to stop him before he kills again.