Dear Members of the Beverly Hills Book Awards® Family,
Yes, that’s you! Whether your book was a winner or finalist this year or not, because you are entrants in our contest you are very much a part of the BHBAwards® Family.
As you know, we started this contest to support authors and publishers in their efforts to promote their books. And certainly a contest winner sticker on a cover helps it to stand out. However, we want to emphasize to all of you that the accomplishment of getting a book into print and into the marketplace makes you a winner.
In the years ahead we look forward to seeing your books and doing what we can to help encourage the cause of authors who have the courage to put their work into the public eye. We want you to know we stand with you, we cheer you on, and we will continue to champion all who put their ideas, their creativity and their hearts forward in the wonderful endeavor of creating books.
Wishing you the very best of success in all your publishing endeavors.
The Beverly Hills Book Awards® Team
KUDOS for 5th Annual Awards
We are so thrilled to hear from everyone...here is what they are saying...
I greatly appreciate the recognition of being a Finalist in the 5th Annual Beverly Hills Book Awards in the "Crime Fiction" category. As an author, it seems you are never sure if your book actually tells an interesting, coherent story that someone may actually find entertaining.
And that is the singular reason that I write---to hopefully provide the reader with an interesting, and sometimes humorous, story that will serve as a break from the everyday routine of work and stress. Your Award gives me some confidence that I am accomplishing my purpose and motivates me to work harder on my next novel (I was stalled after the first five chapters).
My focus is not about book sales-----it's about someone reading the story and saying: "I enjoyed that." I accept the Award knowing happily that someone in your organization probably repeated those words.
Tom Breen, author of The Complaint and The Device Trial
My heart is full of sincere appreciation and joy for being selected as the winner of the 5th Annual Beverly Hills Book Awards in the Children's Inspirational/Motivational category. This is an unbelievable experience for me to have this opportunity to share this milestone with my family and friends.
I realize there are many talented writers and illustrators in the publishing world. I feel blessed to have received such a prestigious award knowing this fact. I am moved beyond words that my book was selected by the judges. As a first time author this makes the award even more special. It also makes it difficult for me to find the right words to express my gratitude. The Family Tree: The Night of the Storm was a labor of love that spanned 20 years of my life.
Thank you again to the Beverly Hills Book Awards team for selecting my book for this incredible award. Please let me know if there is ever anything I can do for you.
With warmest regards,
The Family Tree: The Night of the Storm
I wanted to extend my sincere gratitude for the selection of my novel for your 2016 Beverly Hills Book Awards.
Everything about the recent release of my debut novel, A Faithful Son has been dream-like. Certainly, your acknowledgement this weekend has been the highlight of my journey, thus far.
Sincerely, Michael Scott Garvin
I do not know what to say. I haven't stopped smiling since receiving the email. Thank you for acknowledging 'Find me again' as Winner in the Romance category. I am honored and humbled by being chosen.
Please thank all the judges and people there who put their time in on your Awards. I know they work hard. I will be entering again with my new book and I have and will continue to praise this program to other authors and encourage them to enter. Thank you, thank you.
Janet K. Shawgo
Adrianne and I couldn't be more appreciative and honored. The more recognition our book, 'The Painting and The Piano', receives the more people we feel it will help. We could never have imagined when we started this journey that we would be winners in two categories.
We will display The Beverly Hills Book Awards seal with pride. Thanks so much again and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
All Our Best,
John Lipscomb and Adrianne Lugo
Thank you for choosing Philip & Phoebe as a finalist in the fifth annual Beverly Hills Book Awards in the Children’s Picture Book (age 4-8) category. It is the first offering of a new company, Spectacled Bear Publishing (www.spectacledbear.com), and it was forty years in the making. No, that’s not a typo.
Everyone involved in the project: author, illustrator, designer, and printing commpany is committed to the SB slogan: “Saving gentle reads ffrom extinction.” Your choosing our book as a finalist helps us meet that goal one book and one reader at a time.
I hope this finds you well. I would like to express my gratitude and the great honor to be part of your winners' list .
I'm so happy and motivated to have received the two awards form your "5th Beverly Hills Book Awards". "Shanti and the Magic Mandala" is more than a book for me, it is a kind of a new purpose in my life, in which I have the desire to inspire tolerance, compassion and freedom among the readers. I'm looking forward to finishing my next book of the series to enroll it in your next awards.
Thank you very much.
Kind regards, F.T. Camargo
With much joy I recently read the news that our book St. Paul's College : Facing the New Millennium was selected as winner in the category Religion (non-fiction) and finalist for Book Interior Design (non-fiction).
Thank you for providing the opportunity to enter the Beverly Hills Book Awards. Our book was created as a community effort with a huge amount of volunteer hours.
Your competition was a perfect fit for us.
All the best,
I am excited to get this email and find out that my first book in the Magora series has won the Pre-Teen category. Thank you so much for making my debut novel a winner. I am overwhelmed by the positive feedback these past months, and it has been an exciting journey that has culminated in this award now. This year, the book had already won a silver medal in the Independent Publisher Awards, a silver medal in the Purple Dragonfly Award, another silver in the Readers' Favorite award, and finally a gold medal in the Moonbeam Children's Book Award. The Beverly Hills Book Award medal now tops it all. It is very special to me because I have started writing this series in California during the 90s. I lived in Pasadena and went to Beverly Hills all the time. In a way, the journey makes a full circle now and ends where it has started.
I really appreciate it!
Have a wonderful week, Marc
I never could have imagined in my wildest dreams that my novel would place. The Journeys of Mason Night: Night Meets Moon, is my first novel and I cannot be more thrilled that it became a finalist in the Young Adult Fiction category. This has brought me and my family so much joy. I cannot express how much this distinction means. The award seal will be proudly displayed on the book cover.
I know if this book could talk it would say it is honored to wear the seal of Beverly Hills Book Awards.
Many Thanks and Wishes,
Thank you Ms. Reid and the Beverly Hills Book Award Team!
I am delighted to be honored by your organization.
Amber Amber L. Spradlin Author | Publisher
I am so thrilled and honored that my novel, "Do Not Assume", has won the 2016 Beverly Hills Book Award for best Political Thriller. I know from experience that this type of recognition can be critical to readers in deciding whether to purchase a book. So, I sincerely thank you for providing this forum for indie authors and small and independent presses to have our work reviewed and showcased. It means so much and I extend my very best wishes for your continuing success.
Elaine Williams Crockett, Author of Do Not Assume
Thanks for picking my book "Classic Game Covers" as a winner in your book awards.
I am very happy that it got choosen.
Sincerely, Mike Winterbauer
Dear Ms. Reid:
I am so thrilled to read that Fiddle Dee Dee Recipes: A Taste of "Gone With The Wind" has won in the category of Cookbooks - Regional and also received Finalist in Book - Interior Design - Non-Fiction!
Thank you so much! I appreciate the opportunity to have "the baby" showcased. After 15 years of blood, sweat and tears from conception to publishing and 2 years to get permissions from GWTW Partners, LLC and Warner Bros., it was certainly like birthing a baby! I know my late husband would be so proud!
Thank you, again, and congratulations to all those who persevered, didn't give up in spite of monumental odds, and followed their dreams to write their book.
God bless every single one!
Terry Lynn Crane
Author/Radio Personality/Performer www.terrylynncrane.com
I am grateful and honored that my book, Agile Scrum: Your Quick Start Guide with Step-by-Step Instructions, was recognized by the 5th Annual Beverly Hills International Book Awards® — winning in two categories: Business-General, and Technology. It's only been a few days since the results of the Awards were announced, and I've already seen an increase in sales of both paperback and e-book formats at Amazon. I've also received new requests for review copies of the book from media outlets. Thank you to you, your team, and the judges.
Scott M. Graffius
Author of Agile Scrum: Your Quick Start Guide with Step-by-Step Instructions
Dear Ms. Reid,
Thank you for selecting my book to receive this year's Beverly Hills Book Award in the category of Death and Dying.
It is an honor to be recognized by your organization. This award has given me a great deal of confidence and satisfaction. I can't tell you enough how much I appreciate it after so many years of hard work.
I am thrilled and appreciate being named a finalist in the Fantasy Category for my book Escape from Netherworld in the 5th Annual Beverly Hills Book Awards.
I wrote this book in honor of my dad who was disabled for years and my uncle who was paralyzed from the neck down from injuries sustained as a marine in Vietnam. They both passed away years ago but believed in me when I said that I wanted to write a book about our characters that we created to play in a Dungeons and Dragons setting, which kept them both deeply involved with me and my brother's daily lives. I miss them both greatly but i know that they would be proud of the book I was able to bring to life. I want to continue by writing the second and third book in the series and being recognized by the Beverly Hills Book Awards will give me a huge push toward getting them finished.
I want to thank you again for making this possible by acknowledging my book in your contest. My dream has always been to try to turn my book into a movie and will continue to work as hard as I can to someday make that dream a reality. Thank you again and I am greatly honored by this recognition.
Oh my goodness!
Thank you so much, I'm sincerely honored :)
A Secret Muse, book 1 will wear your seal/sticker proudly!
Thank you and your team for selecting my novel When Water Was Everywhere as a winner for the Beverly Hills Book Awards in the Historical Fiction category.
I have posted it on Facebook and Instagram and received lots of wonderful comments.
The press releases come next!
I am beyond thrilled and so honored.
The Scheme of Things
Thank you so much for choosing One of Windsor: The Untold Story of America's First Witch Hanging as Finalist in the category of historical fiction. I am thrilled! This story about Alice (Alse) Young, America's first witch hanging victim, was covered up for over 365 years and I am so appreciative to finally be able to share her tumultuous story with the rest of the world. It's truly a remarkable historical account that ushered in and influenced the rest of America's gruesome witch trial history. With the added publicity from your organization by being awarded this distinction of Finalist for historical fiction, you are helping me to give Alice Young a voice after almost four centuries!
With heartfelt gratitude and sincerity,
Beth M Caruso
Thank you Ellen.
I am so excited and grateful.
Luna Star Van Atta
Moon Dancer Productons, LLC
Beverly Hills Book Awards,
Thank you very much for recognizing me as the winner in Best Cover Design (Non- Fiction) and Best Book (True Crime).
I sincerely appreciate it!
Thank you very much!
For me this is an unanticipated honor and very cool to be listed among so many very fine books and authors.
Thank you so much for this email––it made my day! I feel so honored and privileged ed to have won an award like this!
I never thought that I would be an "award-winning author."
Thank you again.
All the Best,
That is great news!
Thank you so much for the update and the award – just perfect.
My good wishes,
Dear Ellen and Beverly Hill Book Award judges,
I am deeply honored and grateful to have my very first published book “Ages of Suffocation: Remembered Dreams” be a New Non-Fiction finalist in the 5th Annual Beverly Hills International awards.
The writing and post-publication of this book has been nothing less than trying for me in so many aspects; the tears I’ve shed over this book (during the writing of it and after publication) has now been soothed by this award. This has been by far, one of the best news I have received in all of 2016 which couldn't have come at a better time.
I thank you deeply for giving self-published authors such as myself this tremendous opportunity to be recognized, it has been very encouraging.
Big congratulations to the other winners of awards and others to come!
It is difficult for me to express my happiness at being placed as Winner - though much hoped ( and prayed!) for!
It really is exhilarating to receive your email announcing the Award, and I thank you and your team, for giving authors an opportunity to be a part of this international event.
I also would like to congratulate all the winners, finalists and participants who made this 5th Annual Beverly Hills Awards such a huge success.
Thank you once again for giving me this opportunity and the high award!
Niraj Srivastava, Allahabad, India
KUDOS for 4th Annual Awards
We are so thrilled to hear from everyone...here is what they are saying...
Dear Ellen Reid and Beverly Hills Book Awards:
I would like to express my wholehearted THANKS for awarding my first book TRIPS, TRAVELS AND DREAMS How LSD Saved Me as a Finalist in your category for New Non-Fiction. You have made all the years of wondering what would become of what I was writing worth it. I apologize for the delay in thanking you, but I've been in shock.
But it's a wonderful shock.
Sincerely, Michael Vaughn Palmer
"Your book truly embodies the excellence that this award was created to celebrate," the organizers wrote in their letter announcing the award. I'm sure nobody ever imagined saying that to me as I worked away in the prison woodshop years ago.
It also began to take off in sales, according to the book's Amazon ranking. For the first time, the book cracked the top 50,000 in all books sold on Amazon. Many of my early readers and supporters helped elevate the book by sharing it on social media and writing reviews on Amazon. I have nearly 50 reviews of Fixed so far and counting (and most are pretty good, Thank the Lord!) all of which helps the book gain traction and sales.
Like I said, it's been a pretty good week.
Hi Ellen, Thank you so much!
I am thrilled and honoured to be a winner of the 4th annual Beverly Hills International awards! I have announced it today on social media with a video message, which you can see here, and it's getting a great reaction! Also attached please find a photo of me with my book. I would be happy to provide a testimonial for the website, or feel free to share my photo and video.
Thanks you again,
All the best,
Miss Amelia Kallman
Diary of a Shanghai Showgirl
Thank you so much, Ellen!
I can't possibly describe how thrilled I am that Quest for Kriya was recognized as a Winner in the 4th Annual Beverly Hills International Book Awards (Multicultural Fiction). It is truly an honor to receive such a prestigious award, which distinguishes and celebrates excellence in book publishing. That my book met the high standard this award exemplifies, is truly humbling.
I'd like to thank you personally and the judges for doing such a wonderful service. It's no easy task to scrutinize and select amongst all the books - each a labor of love of the talented author. And many a times, the difference between the Winner and other books is so tiny that it's a tough call to make.
A huge Congratulations goes out not only to All the Winners but also to all the Finalists and the Participants.
Quest for Kriya
Dear Beverly Hills Book Awards:
I want to take a moment to extend my sincerest appreciation to you for having chosen Oathtaker: The Oathtaker Series, Vol. 1, as a Finalist in the Fourth Annual Beverly Hills International Book Awards contest!
Dear Ellen and the team of professionals for the Beverly Hills Book Awards
Authoring is a challenge to our creative side as well as the perseverance for the project. The recognition we authors get from thankful readers and better yet from judges who put our books in the winner's circle help open the doors for the next phase after writing the book which is marketing.
Huge thanks go to Ellen Reid and the judges of the 2016 Beverly Hills Book Awards for a very well organized and industry wide recognized competition.
These awards were truly heartfelt. When I got the notice that I had won an award it never dawned on me that I might have won a second award. One was perfect and wonderful. For fun I decided to check out the winners in other categories and much to my total surprise there was my book in TWO more categories.
It's an honor for my book, Walking to Woot, to be chosen as a winner in the Travel and Multi-cultural categories and a finalist in the Parenting category. Awards make a big difference in our competitive world out there. So it is with great satisfaction that I will proudly place my winner's seal on the cover of my book.
Baskets full of smiles and hugs and thanks are enclosed in this thank you for all your hard work in helping us authors push ourselves to the winner's level.
Walking to Woot
Dear Ms. Reid,
I just received an e-mail advising me that my book, The Reading Promise, was the winner of The Beverly Hills Book Awards - Children's Picture Books (ages 4-8).
I can't even begin to describe how excited and honored I am that you chose to recognize my book a second time; thank you so much! The first competition that I ever entered was the National Indie Excellence Awards, and when my book won that (in the same category) it actually gave me the confidence (and motivation) to put myself "out there" again, and it has certainly paid off as this is the 16th award for this book. What an exciting (and humbling) experience!
Once again I'd like to thank you and your team for choosing and recognizing my book, The Reading Promise, in such an extraordinary way!
The Reading Promise
There is nothing as thrilling and rewarding to an author than receiving an email from the awards committee stating that her/his book is a winner. The joy is multiplied when two books are declared winners. I still have a lump in my throat as I write this letter of thanks to you. It is an honor to receive your prestigious award. I feel honored that once again two of my books CLASSICS: How we can encourage children to read them (Education) and Amina: The Silent One (Regional Fiction) met the high standards that this award celebrates and was declared the winner in the 4th Beverly Hills International Book Awards.
Thank you once again. It was truly a lovely Easter gift.
With warm regards,
Amina, The Silent One
Forgive my delay in saying thank you for picking my latest book for the President's Award. I'm hugely humbled and thrilled.
The book has been a labor of love, and it's hugely rewarding to get this kind of recognition, especially from you.
Many thanks again for this fantastic honor.
All my best,
David Grossman ABC, APR, Fellow PRSA
Founder & CEO
The Grossman Group
I would like to express my gratitude to you and your wonderful team for awarding my book 'The Trees Have Hearts' the 4th Annual Beverly Hill Book Award. Hopefully, The Trees Have Hearts will touch children's hearts and remind them that no matter how we look or where we come from, or what languages we speak, everyone needs a friend who will love us and accept us for what we are. By nature, children are very compassionate and caring. We just have to direct them in the right direction. I thank you again and again for my sweet award, which I believe is worth a million dollars.
Dear Ellen and All at BHBA,
It is with deepest joy and gratitude I write this to you. When I opened this email I was stunned. I extend a most sincere thank you to you and all of BHBA, and the panel of judges for choosing to include my book Happily Inner After as a finalist in your 4th annual awards contest. I am just overjoyed. You are my very first award. Already I am promoting it on my website and social media. I want to add that yesterday, at Vicki Abelson's Women Who Write Literary Salon, I announced my books first award from you to the attendees and her celebrity special guests. What a joy it was for me to include you in that moment as all were so happy for me there.
Many Blessings of Thanks!!!!!
Very happy from the selection of my book, "Better Dead Than Divorced", as a winner of the Beverly Hills Book Award, True Crime category. I am very appreciative and honored. It means a lot. Everybody was impressed, as soon as i announced it in my connections with the media. You are doing a great job.
Lukas Konandreas, M.D.
Author of "Better Dead Than Divorced"
Thank you, Ellen!
I am truly thrilled to learn that The Audacious Ladies of La Gran Sorellanza was the winner for action/adventure. I feel this award will be a big boost in promoting the book for the purpose of educating the populace on the travesty in this country regarding the sex trafficking of our precious children. In addition, it may well give women a boost of confidence to do more to prevent trafficking in their communities. As for the novel itself, I am flattered and honored that it was chosen.
K-lee Starland, Ph.D
The Audacious Ladies of La Gran Sorellanza
Thinking about you..!
So happy i entered your Book Award..Started writing Fredrick #2..older age version..like a Harry Potter ..it will intertwine Fredrick with my life story..a thriller!
ha thank you for everything!
Been in NYC 2 Times once with with Publishers..this is fun!
I’m so thrilled with the news! Thank you, thank you so much!!
Sophia Michelle Delanner
I am absolutely thrilled that my book is a winner in the Beverly Hills Book Awards! I am even more thrilled that it won in the Social-Political Change category. Given the heartbreaking plight of homeless people in Los Angeles (which I follow closely), it is especially meaningful for me to know that the issue of homelessness, as well as my book, resonated with whoever chose it as a winner.
Thank you for this wonderful honor. I’ll be mailing a check for stickers tomorrow!!
Author: The Concrete Killing Fields
Dear Ellen and the BHBA Team,
I'm writing to you to say how delighted I am to win THE BEVERLY HILLS BOOK AWARD for my debut novel of visionary fiction THE SOUL WHISPERER. I'm a British author who has been fortunate to win non-fiction awards in the past, but THE BEVERLY HILLS BOOK AWARD is particularly meaningful to me at this point in my life. Being my first novel, it was a long and difficult journey to finally complete the book and then to find a publisher. Now it's won an award which is truly satisfying, fulfilling and humbling all in one.
The book was written to help, support and challenge people's beliefs, to open their hearts and minds - and thanks to you and your organisation, many more people will now get to hear about it - - - in fact I hope that THE SOUL WHISPERER will one day be a movie, and reach an even wider audience. Your award has supported me in that dream, and I am forever grateful for that.
In peace & gratitude, and with a thousand thanks,
Thank you so much for this wonderful news. It is an honor to be selected the 2016 Winner of the Romance Category. Your announcement made my day!
Once in a Lifetime
Thank you so much for this honor; I deeply appreciate the recognition, especially as a first time author.
The Addiction Recovery Skills Workbook
This is a wonderful honor and I am eternally grateful for the recognition, especially given this must've been quite a crowded field. Being recognized in my chosen genre with such a prestigious award by an organization as professional and reputable as the Beverly Hills Book Awards is rendered even more vital in such a crowded and competitive marketplace. All writers are looking for ways to distinguish their work from the multitude of other offerings available, ways to further position and define themselves. Being fortunate enough to have received this award makes for the perfect recipe for just that in my case and I count this recognition among the true highlights of my career.
My deepest appreciation again for your consideration and I look forward to entering both my next Caitlin Strong thriller (STRONG COLD DEAD) and my just released non-fiction title (TAKEDOWN) in next year's contest.
Strong Light Of Day
I am so overwhelmed and grateful that Inflection Point was chosen as the winner in the new non-fiction category in the 2015 Beverly Hills Book Awards contest that I am finding it difficult to know where to start this note of appreciation. On Thursday, March 24, I underwent full hip replacement surgery, the inevitable end result of a fall down the marble staircase in Grand Central Station in New York City three years before. On Saturday, as I returned from the hospital in a haze of anesthesia and pain-induced fog, this news was waiting for me! Talk about an instant upward lift!
Any author is doubtless thrilled to have their work recognized as a literary contribution to the field, but I, as a first-time author, and a wounded soldier to boot, well, I just can't explain the thrill I experienced, not to mention the shot of adrenaline to my system that was doubtless good for my healing! This is my first book award which makes the acknowledgment even that much more special for me. The connection to LA is the final special aspect of this award, as my publisher, Marcus McGee, of Pegasus Books resides there.
Once again, thank you so very much, Ellen, and The Beverly Hills Book Awards judges. I can only imagine how difficult the task of judging books must be. Lastly, I would like to congratulate all the authors, as it is an accomplishment to write (and complete) any book.
Inflection Point, War and Sacrifice in Corporate America, A Memoir
First I havent stopped screaming and dancing. What an honor to be named a Winner and Finalist. I want to thank you and your wonderful staff and judges. It will be wonderful to display my medal and place the seals on my book. I have already sent an email with your link to my publisher. I will certainly enter the contest again and will share about your contest with other authors that I know.
Thank you again for the honor of being chosen and a huge Congratulations to All Winners and Finalist.
Janet K. Shawgo
Wait for Me
Thank you so much for the Winner's Award in the New Adult Fiction category!!
Thanks so much!
Diana Y. Paul
Thank you for the award for "Meet Me Where I Am - An Alzheimer's Care Guide".
It has been an amazing journey writing the book and learning how many individuals have been helped since it was published I am near a third print and expect with the recognition winning the caregiver category of the Beverly Hills Book Award contest the book will find a larger audience, helping even more individuals who are in need of assistance with dementia care.
Mary Ann Drummond
Meet Me Where I Am - An Alzheimer's Care Guide
This is very exciting. I want to thank you, and members of your selection committee, for the honor.
KUDOS for 2015 Awards
At the outset, let me thank you personally as the President of the Beverly Hills Book Awards and the judges of this unique award, for honoring my book CLASSICS: Why we should encourage children to read them as a Winner in the Education Category at the 3rd Annual Beverly Hills International Book Awards.
It is truly an honor to receive such a prestigious award, which recognizes and celebrates excellence in book publishing. To be told that my book met the high standards that this award celebrates, was truly humbling.
As an indie author, I find that all the recognized awards, are closed to those who self-publish their books, even though we may meet and may even exceed the standards set by the traditional publishers. I never hesitate to offer my books for scrutiny at book awards, as they afford me an opportunity to expose my writings to judges who view and judge my book according to the judging criteria that each award uniquely celebrates. Yours is one such award which not only celebrates excellence in writing but also excellence in book publishing.
I have proudly downloaded the HiRes images seals, which you have offered free standards that to all award winners. The paperback version of my book, proudly displays my award seal.
Thank you once again, for doing so much for us indie authors. It will be my honor to participate in the 2016 Beverly Hills International Book Award.
With warm regards,
Received the medal today. Thank you, it is fantastic.
Warm regards and the best for the Holiday Season,
Forgive the delay in thanking your organization for the Finalist Award for African-American Fiction in 2015 for Jamaal's Journey. My wife and I have just stopped dancing the 2-step around the apartment. Now that we have 'come down' it is appropriate to give thanks to you and all those involved in this award contest. Winning it gives me not only a greater sense of self-worth, but a renewed spirit of confidence in what I love to do—create fictional stories from real life venues. I do hope that because of your award this novel reaches my target audience: African-American high school seniors who have determination and the grit to achieve success in their lives and to pass successfully through that moment we call maturity. Again, my deepest gratitude for this great honor!
It's an honor for three of my books to be selected as finalists in the 2015 Beverly Hills Book Awards. I'm truly flattered for these awards. As any indie author will tell you and as I've stated before, each book is a labor of love, and to be recognized with an award in a competition at this level is truly rewarding on a personal level. The awards are acknowledgment that all the hard work taking each novel from just an idea to a finished and marketable book was well invested. Thank you to Ellen Reid, President and CEO of the USA Regional Excellence Book Awards, and to the judges in this competition. I will accept these awards with gratitude and with recognition to those individuals to whom each book was dedicated and to the many readers who have enjoyed these books. I appreciate the continued support of my works by my readers.
April 10, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Limestone Gumption: A Brad Pope and Sisterfriends Mystery by Bryan Robinson named Foreword Reviews' 2014 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards Finalist
Watertown, Maine—Today, Cengage/Five Star Publishing is pleased to announce Limestone Gumption: A Brad Pope and Sisterfriends Mystery by Bryan Robinson has been recognized as a finalist in the 17th annual Foreword Reviews' INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards. Here is the complete list: https://indiefab.forewordreviews.com/finalists/2014/
Each year, Foreword Reviews shines a light on a select group of indie publishers, university presses, and self-published authors whose work stands out from the crowd.
In the next three months, a panel of more than 100 volunteer librarians and booksellers will determine the winners in 63 categories based on their experience with readers and patrons. 'After 17 years, our awards program has become synonymous with quality because our editors set such a high bar on the finalist round, which makes it especially tough for the judges who select the winners,' said Victoria Sutherland, publisher of Foreword Reviews. 'In every genre, our judges will find an interesting, high-quality selection of books culled from this year's entries.'
Foreword Reviews will celebrate the winners during a program at the American Library Association Annual Conference in San Francisco on Friday, June 26 at 6 p.m. at the Pop Top Stage in the exhibit hall. Everyone is welcome. The Editor's Choice Prize for Fiction, Nonfiction, and Foreword Reviews' 2014 INDIEFAB Publisher of the Year Award will also be announced during the presentation.
C.B. Norris Publicity
I’m so thrilled and grateful to be honored with your President's Choice Prize! Winning such a wonderful award is a fantastic opportunity to get my message to more people. I love doing radio shows! It’s a really great prize.
I can’t thank you enough for these awards and your appreciation of my work!
Warmly, Susan Edelman, MD
Dear Ellen and Beverly Hills Book Awards Committee,
I would like to extend my most sincere gratitude for recognizing and appreciating my work, Never in Ink, in the 2015 International Beverly Hills Book Awards:
WINNER - Mystery category
WINNER - Book Cover Design: Fiction
I am truly honored.
Respectfully, Marilyn JAX
BUGGLEPUFF NEWS FLASH:
I'm going to New York next month to see two TV/ Media companies very very very exciting! And the International Pirate Festival in the UK which has 25,000 dressed pirates from all over the world has invited me to do a book signing on their pirate ship in May and talk on stage about the Bugglepuff series and Rocky's pirate adventures - what tremendous silliness but super PR! Many thanks for your support.
I just wanted to say being named "Finalist" in the 2015 Beverly Hills International Book Awards has been great! I was interviewed by Capital Public Radio last week and the award was mentioned and that day and the days that followed my book went from being 650,000 in Amazon listing to 14,000!! Wow! When I received your email I had no idea that you were the genius mind behind these awards. You really give small publishers and tiny books with big hearts, like mine, a well needed boost. Thanks again...words can't express my appreciation.
Many thanks for the Beverly Hills Book Awards media links. Mitch at ExpertClick has been so professional and supportive and has made the whole process with press releases and bringing my award winning book and my endless passion for promoting creative writing and the joy of reading into school that much nearer.
Children's imagination and my excitement to unlock their dreams and delights through writing the Bugglepuff series and other books in the future is going to be so rewarding for both myself and children's glorious smiles and laughter.
Thank you again and still ever hopeful of 'sparkling 'the U.S. Radio stations with my unbounded enthusiasm and technicolor hurricane imagination to families, parents and grandparents. A glorious new chapter has begun and the Beverly Hills Book Awards has given me that opportunity.
Happy Spring Break
A quick word to let you know how DELIGHTED and honoured I am that 'Do You Choose Your Dog More Carefully Than Your Husband' was selected as a Finalist.
Scrolling down the 2015 list of winners – it felt a very long way down to the Relationship category – and then seeing my book and my name was one of those exciting moments that stay with you. It adds greatly to the authority of my book – and, of course, it is wonderfully validating for me, as a writer.
Many, many thanks, Annie Kaszina PhD
I am very excited to have been judged the winner of the 2015 Beverly Hills Book Awards in the Fantasy category!
Thank you again! Off to celebrate!
Author of The Castes and the OutCastes
Thanks so much for the great news! We were so excited to be a finalist for Picture books 4 to 8. Again, thanks so much we are honored.
Liv On Life Book Series Going to the Park
Yes! So thrilled!
I will be promo-ing this for quite some time! Thank you Ellen for the work you've put into this, and on behalf of all small authors - thank you, thank you and thank you again! Took a look at the competitors, and it's an honor to be amongst them!
Hoping to enter my recently-released third book into the 2016 awards - stay tuned!
A quick word to let you know how DELIGHTED and honoured I am that “Do You Choose Your Dog More Carefully Than Your Husband?” was selected as a Finalist.'
Scrolling down the 2015 list of winners it felt a very long way down to the Relationship cateegory and then seeing my book and my name was one of those excitingg moments that stay with you. It adds greatly to the authority of my book – and, of course, it is wonderfully validating for me, as a writer.
Many, many thanks, Annie Kaszina PhD
I just wanted to say THANK YOU for your personal note. This was the most personal feedback I had ever received from any of the book competitions. It certainly put my respect for this event way above the others. It was an honor to participate. Thanks again!!
Although I already had three Best Book Awards, THIS is the one I really wanted and which I feel uniquely qualified to receive! I would have been deeply sad had I not won this contest. I love the Performing Arts category!!
My life has been so enriched by being privileged to live in Bev Hls ( on the wrong side of Wilshire ) & be educated by the Bev Hls education system & the way Beverly High gave me the opportunity to design & make costumes for school productions there for 4 years…led me to the direct opportunity to have two, hit Hollywood shows to my credit while still 18. I wrote about this in my Bio.
Ellen You are to be commended for recognizing the need to create a contest whose very name is world famous for the best of everything.
There are so many references to Hollywood & Beverly Hills in my book..The story on page 293, " The New Look For Men…the 1950s' tells of when Beverly Drive was the ONLY place to shop…Rodeo Drive, still undeveloped". My favorite Chapter, "Fashions Of The Forties & Hollywood Blvd" tells of how it looked & felt in the innocent 1930,s & 40s before it fell into decay..etc.
Meanwhile, Thanks for creating this award,
Dear Ellen Reid & Beverly Hills Book Awards Team,
I am so excited! This is my first book, and now it bears the winning seal of my first award! My father asked me to write a book telling the true story of our ancestor, Titus Billings. He wanted it accurate and he wanted it interesting. Would you believe? I have worked on this project for three decades, researching and re-writing it while also rearing nine children. Needless to say, my husband all nine are almost as excited as I am. Now they will have elegant sticker seals for their copies as well.
Thank you ever so much!
Susan Billings Mitchell
Delighted winner of the Beverly Hills Best Book Cover Design and Finalist of the Best New Non-Fiction
Thank yo so much for letting us know that our book, The OPA! Way: Finding Joy & Meaning in Everyday Life & Work, is a Winner in the Self-Help: Motivational Category of the 2015 Beverly Hills International Book Awards!
To say the least, we are thrilled, honored, and truly humbled by the news! We will definitely celebrate this award and what it means for our book. It is the kind of recognition that makes being an author even more meaningful than words themselves can describe.
Again, thank you!
All the best,
Alex & Elaine
Tremendous thanks:) Beverly Hills Book Awards has sparked so much interest for my book series already. Through my twitter and Facebook it's already been favourited and created followers at the Bologna Children's Festival in Italy today. I haven't stopped promoting since Saturdays announcement.
A Hollywood Emmy winning producer and media company has contacted my New York agent today and US publishers have made strong enquiries after the awards announcement. So a thousand thanks. As much sparkling promotion as possible is a delightful recipe for the passion I have for the Bugglepuff series.
Have a magical 2015 and my sincere thanks and appreciation for helping me bring the glittering imagination of the Bugglepuffs to children in the US and abroad. My dream is to create tremendous worldwide fun for kids!
Smiles and laughter to all your team,
…I am honored and humbled by the selection of Beverly Hills Book Award Team in the selection of Freedom Road as a 2015 Awardee. The only thing I can say to demonstrate my sincerely
…THANK YOU! Ric Murphy
I am so happy to be chosen as the winner of your Beverly Hills International Book Award in the Relationships category. I'm sure this award will be a tremendous advantage in giving my book credibility. I am so grateful to you for these awards and for your appreciation of my work!
Susan Edelman, MD
Gloriously excited to see my book 'Bugglepuffs and the Magic Key' is the winner of the Preteen fiction award - wow!
I'm so excited and shall write with a sparkle in my heart and hope to impress you further next year with the second book in the series.
Many many delightful thanks, I'm smiling from ear to ear.
Happy week to all the team at the Beverly Hills Book Awards and thankyou for all your hard work.
That's great publicity, Ellen.
Today I read the press report on BHBA's website and noted that your awards are for print editions, only. And that your judges look not only at the writing, but also at other elements of a book that create excellence. I embrace that philosophy with all my being!
Books can be magical. No, they should be magical. And part of that magic is experiencing a book as a living thing.
I met artist David Condry at a social occasion where we exchanged business cards. When I looked at his website, I knew I had found my illustrator. His pictures captivated and entertained. Collaborating with David was iron sharpening iron.
Three years later, I met Nathan Fisher, my graphic designer. I told him: "When my reader opens this book, I want him or her to enter a new world and be invited to stay there." Nathan understood, and I was delighted with his creative input.
Publishing MARY MARY QUITE has been a team effort. Yes, I'm the queen bee at Busy Bee Publishing, but the only worker bees are the digital presses which produce the final product. For all the other bees in this hive are pure royalty. And I am one very blessed writer/publisher.
How satisfying it is to connect with you and all at BHBA.You understand the magic that is intrinsic to the world of printed books. I feel like I have found new friends.
Very glad to meet you.
I am so happy to be chosen as the winner of your Beverly Hills International Book Award in the Relationships category. I’m sure this award will be a tremendous advantage in giving my book credibility. I am so grateful to you for these awards and for your appreciation of my work!
Warmly, Susan Edelman, MD
WOW, thank you so much, I am thrilled and honored!!!!
This is my first novel and it was a labor of love. This means a lot! I will definitely be purchasing stickers, etc. and promoting the Beverly Hills Book Awards! My Mom, Carol Savoie, wrote the Last Cigarette and also won! WOO HOO! She COULD NOT BELIEVE IT. She's over the moon.
Thank you so much— this means a lot to me.
You do a great service for all of us independent publishers and authors.
This award humbles and inspires me to work harder to make my next book the best it can be.
With best wishes to you and your staff,
Lil L. Alexander
When I first saw the gmail alert on my computer screen, it was there for just enough time for me to briefly scan it and, of course, I thought that it was the other U.S. iNDiE BOOKS author, Patrick H. Moore's, Cicero's Dead that had won. When I opened said email and read that it was actually Boysie Blake ~ Problem Solver, me, that had won best thriller, I had to reread it several times for it to finally sink in.
As an author and publisher, when I entered our books into the Beverly Hills Book Awards I had no expectations, but hoped for the best; maybe an honorable mention. To actually win and not only that, but Cicero's Dead to be a finalist too in Crime Fiction, well, I can tell you it was a heart pounding, sweat inducing, 100% adrenalin thrill.
I'm so grateful to you and everyone of your staff that I'm now forever indebted and if there's anything I can do, ever, please let me know. Bleedin' 'ell, I'll even come over, make tea, serve crumpets and lead a sing song of "Knees up mother Brown."
Anyway, thank you so much for truly making my day, week and year thus far.
The warmest of regards,
Thank you so much for writing to me, and for the absolutely wonderful news!
I'm so honoured to be selected. You've just completely made my day!
Thanks so much for organising this important awards event.
Thank you for the information. I would say that this e-mail "made my weekend", but that would be a drastic understatement!! ...once again, THANK YOU.
KUDOS for 2014 Awards
We are so thrilled to hear from everyone...here is what they are saying...
A gift from the islands. A blessing for all the work you do and energy that you continue to pour forth into the lives of individuals, as well as community, near and afar. A part of your journey. So glad to meet your presence dearheart. Enjoy the islands.
On behalf of Jackie Chase, the author, and me, the publisher, I wish to thank you for this wonderful news. As with any author and her team, many hours of research and polishing go into the production of a worthwhile book, and it is heartwarming to know that your experts saw fit to award Jackie this honor for "Giraffe-Neck Girl" Make Friends With A Different Culture. As a travel author, she is now traveling the ocean, and will respond in person when she returns.
I will extend this deep-felt thank you on behalf the other two books for which Jackie earned your rewards. I am not sure how many other authors earned two "doubles" in a single year, but this is very humbling:
1) To earn two winner awards, the above award for children and the "100 People To Meet Before You Die" Travel to Exotic Cultures book for adults is somewhat rare.
2) To earn both awards (Winner and Finalist) in the Travel category for "100 People" and for "How to Become and Escape Artist" A Traveler's Handbook, in the adult book category, is equally exciting for us as publisher and for Jackie as author.
You are doing a wonderful service, with many hours of work on your side as well. We believe the message of world understanding in ALL of Jackie's books is critical during tense times for encouraging the respect of individuals and nations toward each other. The award process and her awards will help gain the kind of recognition Jackie deserves not only for her but for the principles for which she stands.
Her other book in the Travel category, "All Hands Working Together" Cruise for a Week: Meet 79 Cultures, puts those principles within reach of every vacationer who cruises, for cruising offers an easy opportunity for guests to interact with crewmembers who represent a culture different from their own. The imprint of Royal Caribbean International's management principles of tolerance toward others who must work as a team to please the guests is evident from the words of crew members whom Jackie interviewed. We need more stories similar to her books. They share ideas with our fellow planet dwellers that may lead to a more peaceful world.
Everything looks good, and THANK YOU ! Regardless of the outcome, it's an honor to participate - and thank you again for this great service you do for the independent author community!
I just want to say how pleased I am that my debut novel, Riders of the Tides, was a Finalist in the New Fiction category. You will see my work again next year with my second novel which is now published and with a release date in November.
Fredrick Cooper, Author
I wanted to let you know about a special homecoming week that is being planned for Brian back in his hometown just outside of New Orleans in September - sponsored by Archway Publishing, Barnes & Noble, iTunes / iBooks, and several others. The week will include:
*Book Signing at Barnes & Noble
*A special event in his honor featuring a Q&A hosted by Emmy award winning writer and producer of "The Golden Girls” - Winifred Hervey
During the homecoming week, more than 1,500 books are set to be distributed and all of them will feature the logos of the awards “Enter Miss Thang” has won to date including BHBA.
I will make sure our office keeps you updated on the coverage. BHBA was the first to honor “Enter Miss Thang,” which was a very proud milestone for Brian indeed.
"Special thanks the Beverly Hills Book Awards® Team! My first novel, SURLY BONDS, won the Military Fiction category! Thank you all for helping our dreams come true!"
~ Michael Byars Lewis
"I recently learned that my novel, Nu Logic, Rise of the Neos, was the Winner of your Beverly Hills Book Award® for 2014 in Science Fiction! I am soooooo thrilled!!! I just wanted to send a brief note of thanks to you and this year’s judges."
"Thank you very much for the notification of my award from the Beverly Hills Book Awards®, recognizing my novel My Life With Wings. I am very flattered to have received such an honor, particularly since I am new at writing fiction. Again, thanks to you and everyone at your organization for honoring my book. "
Best wishes, Hal Marcovitz
"Thank you again, Ellen.
"The text message sent garbled words which were something about winning a first place on a book but the finalist award was great as well. Belize was the best place for diving but not for finding wifi for reading email messages. I didn’t sleep the next two days wondering if I truly had won a contest for one of the four books I entered in the Beverly Hills Book Awards® contest or was the message a joke? How could wifi be down when I needed it the most? Needless to say when I found out that I won two first class awards and a finalist award I couldn’t sleep again. I wore the shock, the thrill, and the goose bumps for days as friends sensed a change in my behavior.
"Thanking you for providing me with the opportunity to enter your contest seems like such a small way to tell you how this has changed my life. We all like to have our confidence stretch a little higher. The local newspaper after talking with me, did just that with their one inch title of winning a trio of awards. The real thrill for me is seeing that gold seal every time I look at one of these books knowing that a group of judges felt like honoring me for the work I put into my books.
"You made it possible with all your hard work and patience. These awards are invaluable to me and all I can say again is I sincerely appreciate all your help."
Thank you Beverly Hills Book Awards®!It is so exciting that the books I am publishing are receiving such fabulous awards! So proud of Kim Somers Egelsee and Getting Your Life to a 10 Plus.
Looking forward to submitting more books in 2015.
Get Branded Press
Good afternoon Ellen,
"I received your e-mail this morning and everyone in our camp is thrilled beyond words!
"Please see attached press release that went out earlier.
"A lot of media focused on the gay community has already posted comments including: The Randy Report
"Several clients, friends and the publishers have also sent congratulatory tweets and Facebook messages. (Archway Publishing and Author Solutions)"
"This is such a huge honor. When I spoke to Brian with this great news, he was very moved."
Beverly Claire Davis
Enter Talking Client Relations
"I wish to express my heartfelt thanks to you and the judges of the Beverly Hills Book Awards®. I am overwhelmed to have been selected as the General Fiction winner.
"My sincerest gratitude for your time and dedication to independent authors! Again, thank you."
Maria Naccarato Callison
"I am thrilled to have been selected as a finalist in the memoir section for 2014 Beverly Hills Book Awards®. This means a lot ...
"Thank you all so much."
Jenny Hayworth author of Inside/Outside: One Woman’s Recovery from Abuse and a Religious Cult
"I'm really excited. I was even more excited when I found out you donate the books after the competition as opposed to just discarding them. That's awesome. I'm looking forward to the results. "
"Thank you Beverly Hills Book Awards®!
"It is so exciting that the books I am publishing are receiving such fabulous awards! So proud of Kim Somers Egelsee and Getting Your Life to a 10 Plus.
"Looking forward to submitting more books in 2015."
Susie Augustin, Get Branded Press
''I am very proud of winning the Beverly Hills Book Awards® 2014. This award will be very important to my literary career and to promote my novels.''
March 30, 2014
On behalf of Jackie Chase, the author, and me, the publisher, I wish to thank you for this wonderful news. As with any author and her team, many hours of research and polishing go into the production of a worthwhile book, and it is heartwarming to know that your experts saw fit to award Jackie this honor for "Giraffe-Neck Girl" Make Friends With A Different Culture. As a travel author, she is now traveling the ocean, and will respond in person when she returns.I will extend this deep-felt thank you on behalf the other two books for which Jackie earned your rewards. I am not sure how many other authors earned two "doubles" in a single year, but this is very humbling:
1) To earn two winner awards, the above award for children and the "100 People To Meet Before You Die" Travel to Exotic Cultures book for adults is somewhat rare.
2) To earn both awards (Winner and Finalist) in the Travel category for "100 People" and for "How to Become an Escape Artist" A Traveler's Handbook, in the adult book category, is equally exciting for us as publisher and for Jackie as author.You are doing a wonderful service, with many hours of work on your side as well. We believe the message of world understanding in ALL of Jackie's books is critical during tense times for encouraging the respect of inpiduals and nations toward each other. The award process and her awards will help gain the kind of recognition Jackie deserves not only for her but for the principles for which she stands. Her other book in the Travel category, "All Hands Working Together" Cruise for a Week: Meet 79 Cultures, puts those principles within reach of every vacationer who cruises, for cruising offers an easy opportunity for guests to interact with crewmembers who represent a culture different from their own. The imprint of Royal Caribbean International's management principles of tolerance toward others who must work as a team to please the guests is evident from the words of crew members whom Jackie interviewed. We need more stories similar to her books. They share ideas with our fellow planet dwellers that may lead to a more peaceful world. Sincerely,
Gordon Ralph, Publisher@AdventureTravelPress.com, Lady Lake FL 32159
414 807 5433
cc: Jackie Chase
Author YOU: Creating and Building Your Author and Book Platforms is honored, as its author is, to be included in the Winner’s Circle for the Second Annual Beverly Hills Book Awards® in the Writing/Publishing category. This is Author YOU’s fifth award received within the initial publication year—quite a feat! When we go back to print next month, we will proudly display the BHBA logo on the back cover. As I tell all the authors that I have the pleasure of working with: book awards are an important of your marketing strategy.
Dr. Judith Briles
Creating successful authors with practical publishing guidance.™
"On behalf of B. Seymour Rabinovitch, thank you very much for this recognition. It is appreciated."
Porter Book Promotions
"Thank you so much. We just ordered the stickers. Chef Gordon and I are Thrilled!"
Dear Ellen Reid,
"I am very proud to be a finalist in the category of Humor. I'd like to order a wall certificate to frame. Please let me know how to go about this. "
Sincerely, Richard Baker
"Woo hoo !!!!!"
"Thank you so much— this means a lot to me. So far, An Animal Life has been pretty well received.
"I'll keep you folks posted as we progress with the screen adaptation and book two in the series."
Sincerely, Howard Krum MS, VMD, MA
"Saw the results today and noticed that the Last Circle did not make the multicultural cut. However, I did want to thank you for the opportunity to participate. Even in your second year, the Beverly Hills Book Awards are clearly having an impact in drawing attention to the work of emerging authors in an extremely saturated market.
"I wish you all the very best in that endeavor moving forward and please pass on my thanks to the judges for taking the time to review my work."
Thank you again!
Gretchen Blickensderfer (The Last Circle)
"What a wonderful surprise to open up the email and discover my book The Nun and the Narc is a winner in in Beverly Hills Book Award® contest. Thanks so much to you and all the judges who took time to read the entries. I'm absolutely thrilled to be a winner. "
The Nun and the Narc by Catherine Castle, available at Amazon
2104 Beverly Hill Book Award Winner
Dear Ellen and Team,
"Imagine my surprise when I opened my email and received the notice of being awarded Winner in the children's religious category! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! I am so pleased and honored to be recognized in the Beverly Hills Book Award contest and I thank you for helping showcase authors of every genre.
"I am so encouraged by this award and want to thank the panel of judges and all who were involved. You've made my 2014!!!"
Si, Mama, Si, Papa
"I just wanted to say that I really appreciate being an entrant in the Beverly Hills Book Awards. Win or lose, having my book, "The 65-year-old Teenager", entered has added a substantial measure of excitement and meaning to this book, to my writing, and to my life."
"What a wonderful honor!"
Debra L. Wilde Consulting, Ltd.