2016 Nominations (Genre-Specific)

Congratulations to all of this year’s nominees!

For the complete list of Format-Specific Nominees, click here.


Disclaimer One: All ebooks listed below were nominated by members of the independent publishing community through ballot. Ballots were accepted from any individual involved in the publishing industry: authors, editors, small press publishers, book reviewers, librarians, retail buyers, etc.
Disclaimer Two: While we have made every effort to remove nominations for titles that did not qualify for the competition, please note that it is possible that a title slipped through. If you identify a title among the nominees that does not completely conform to our nomination guidelines, please let us know so that we can improve our review processes.
Disclaimer 3: Bards and Sages Publishing releases the list of nominees as is. While we have reviewed titles to ensure that they conform to the nomination guidelines, we make no quality judgments regarding the nominations ourselves. Listing on this page does not imply endorsement by Bards and Sages Publishing.
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Disclaimer 5: Nominees are listed in the order they were confirmed. Order does not indicate ranking.


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Best Non-Fiction

The Prepper’s Guide to Caches: How to Bury, Hide, and Stash Guns and Gear by Joe Nobody and T Pike
Torn Trousers by Andrew and Gwynn White
Take off Your Pants! by Libbie Hawker
Tears of the Silenced by Misty Elaine Griffin
Hustlers, Harlots, and Heroes by Krista D Ball

Best Fiction

The Missing Year by Belinda Frisch
Ties That Bind by Debbie White
Finding the Rainbow by Traci Borum
A Winter Wonder by Elizabeth Ann West
Secondhand Bride by Nancy Warren
Ugly by Margaret McHeyzer
Dreams of a Day Sleeper by Lucey Phillips
The Secret Life of Book Club by Heather Woodhaven
Limelight by Krista D. Ball
Ashes of Life by Erica Lucke Dean
Only the Longest Threads by Tasneem Zehra Husain

Best Children’s Book

Black Crown (White Hart Series Book 3) by Sarah Dalton
Heart of Rock by Becca Price
The Identical Boy (Tales From Between) by Matthew Stott
The Little Leprechaun Who Loved Yellow! by Sally Huss
Maddie Hatter and the Deadly Diamond by Jayne Barnard
How I Met My Pet Dragon by John E. Dorey
Travelling Seeds by Rebecca Bielawski
Tommy Black and the Staff of Light by Jack Kerr
Eliza Bluebell by A.J. York

Best Contemporary/Urban Fantasy

Dead Man by Domino Finn
Burned by Magic by Jasmine Walt
Gifted Thief by Helen Harper
Warden by Montana Ash
Teeth: The First Bite by Chele Cooke
Way of the Wolf by Mark E Cooper
Wendigo Rising by James A Hunter
Spark Rising by Kate Corcino
The Love-Haight Casefiles by Jean Rabe and Donald J. Bingle
The Two by Kay Camden
Thicker Than Blood by Annie Bellet
Heartache by Annie Bellet
Solatium by Becca Mills

Best Fantasy (High Fantasy/Sword and Sorcery)

The Dragon Prince by Patty Jansen
Journey of the Hunted by Tracy Falbe
Chaos: I Bring the Fire Part III by C. Gockel
Infinite Spring by JA Armitage
Radiance by Grace Draven
Off Leash by Daniel Potter
Hedge Witch by Simon Kewin
Vampires Don’t Sparkle by Chris Fox
Priestess of the Dragon’s Temple by Amelia Smith
The Fuller’s Apprentice by Angela Holder
Betrayal’s Price by Lisa Blackwood
The Bone Flower Queen by TL Morganfield
A Crown of Silver Stars by Douglas Milewski
City of Mages by Kyra Halland
Schemes by Krista D. Ball
The Forever Queen by Nicola S. Dorrington
Masque by W.R. Gingell

Best Historical Fiction

The Smuggler’s Gambit by Sara Whitford
Havana 1962: To the Brink of Nuclear War by Philip Gibson
The Cryptographer by Alice Wallis-Eton
The Templar’s Cross by J.R. Tomlin
The Winter King by HA Culley
The Dolan Girls by S. R. Mallery
Mercenary by David Gaughran
Apollo 8: The Longest Journey by Philip Gibson


Best Horror

The Wicked Dead by Rick Gualtieri
Wild Life by Jeff Menapace
Consuming Tales by Crimson Cloak Anthologies
Hell by Jeremiah Pierce
The Idigam Chronicle Anthology by Onyx Path Publishing
#Zombie by Al K. Line
Scarecrow by edited by Rhonda Parrish
Insylum by Z. Rider
Inhabited by Ike Hamill
Safety Lost by Richard Murray
What Our Eyes Have Witnessed by Stant Litore
Seeing Evil by Jason Parent
Mutation Z: Closing the Borders by Marilyn Peake
Dark Vanishings by Dan Padavona

Best Mystery/Suspense

A Single to Filey by Michael Murray
Snarl by Celina Grace
Raining Men and Corpses byAnne R Tan
Grave Concerns by Gwen Hunter
Jacks Are Wild by Christopher Greyson
Boston Homicide by John C. Dalglish
The Glue Guy by Dustin Stevens
The President Killed His Wife by Steve Richer
The Second Captive by Maggie James
Salvation Row by Mark Dawson
Shared Disbelief by J David Core
A Crabby Killer by Leighann Dobbs
The River Bride by Nadine Doolittle
Vegas, Lies, and Murder by Sibel Hodge
Drowning Rapunzel by Annette Gisby
The Station Thief by Geraldine Evans
The Lies We Tell by Donna White Glaser
Life’s a Witch by Amanda M. Lee
Witch Me Luck by Amanda M. Lee

Best Romance

Shine Not Burn by Elle Casey
Backstretch Baby by Bev Pettersen
The Bold Heart by Margaret Lake
The Traveller’s Daughter by Michelle Vernal
Genevieve Clare by JB Hartnett
Taken (The Djinn Wars) Christine Pope
Vestige by Liz Schulte
Sleeping with the Beast by Conner Kressley and Rebecca Hamilton
Once Upon a Rose by Laura Florand
A Rip in Time by Monique Martin
Handle With Care by Kristine Cayne
A Natural Woman by Donald Bowie
The Distainful Marquis by Edith Layton
Skye Falling by Anna Kyle
Solstice Magic & Mayhem by Stella Wilkinson

Best Thriller

Where the Memories Lie Sybil Hodge (B00W4JVJJQ)
Headhunters by Mark Dawson
Stirred by Nancy Thompson
The Living Night: Part One by Jack Conner
Wrongful Termination by Mike Farris
The Buried by Brett Battles
Dark Place to Hide by A J Waines
Yeager’s Law by Scott Bell
Revolver by Michael Patrick Hicks
Harry Starke by Blair Howard
She’s Gone by Alan Petersen

Best Science Fiction

Auto 2 by David Wailing
Beacon (Part VIII) by Jonathan C. Gillespie
The Dinosaur Four by Geoff Jones
The Fourth by Floyd Looney
Shades: The Gehenna Dilemma by Eric Dallaire
Holding Their Own X: The Toymaker by Joe Nobody
Warlord’s Wager by Gwynn White
Dark Horse by Michelle Diener
The Genehunter: The Complete Casebook by Simon Kewin
Pandora’s Brain by Calum Chace
The Turing Exception by William Hertling
The Last Escape by Bobby Adair and TW Piperbrook
Jacks Are Wild by Monique Martin
God Has Heard by James Osiris Baldwin
Servants of the Empire by Henrik Rohdin
Death Shop by George Donnelly
Ambassador 4: Coming Home by Patty Jansen
The Vintages by Andrei Cherascu
Impact by Matthew Eliot
The Eden Plague by David VanDyke
Apocalypse Austin by David VanDyke and Ryan King
The Puppeteer King by Chris Ward

Best Young Adult

Xiao Xiao and the Dragon Pearl by Joyce Chng
Serpentine by Cindy Pon
Falling of the Moon by A.E. Decker
The Ungoverned by Jaq C. Reed
The Family by Marissa Kennerson
Pippa of Lauramore by Shari L. Tapscott
Sectors by Harule Stokes
A Blurt In Time: The Tale of a Time Traveling Toilet by Steve Vernon
City of Masks by Kevin Harkness
All the Butterflies in the World by Rodney Jones
Flirting with Friends by Stella Wilkinson
Arcene: The Blue Castle by Al K. Line

To all of this year’s nominees

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