2016 Finalists

Congratulations to all of this year’s finalists!

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:The finalists were selected by a team of volunteers. Volunteers reviewed available information on each title, read excerpts, reviews, and visited author and/or publisher websites in order to complete the very difficult task of getting each category down to five to seven finalists. While appearing on this list means that the volunteers felt these selections were the best representatives in their categories,the list should not be construed as endorsement by Bards and Sages Publishing.
Disclaimer 3: Links below are affiliate links. In most cases, links will direct to Amazon.com. In the few cases where an ebook is not available at Amazon.com we link to the retail outlet the ebook is available.
Disclaimer 4: Finalists are listed in the order they were confirmed. Order does not indicate ranking.

Author of the Year

C. Gockel
Stant Litore
Rebecca Hamilton
Hugh Howey
Krista Ball
Phoenix Sullivan
David Gaughran

Small Press of the Year

Crimson Tree Publishing
Red Adept Publishing
Untreed Reads
World Weaver Press
Tyche Books

Best Anthology Nominees

Night Market: An Anthology, Taipei Writers Group
Twists in Time: A Time Travel Anthology, Crimson Tree Publishing
The Furry Future, Fred Patten, editor
Consuming Tales, Crimson Cloak Publishing
The Firestorm Chronicle Anthology, Matthew McFarland, editor
The Bard’s Tale: Stories & Recipes from The Black Dragon Inn, Daniel Myers, editor
Crime and Punishment: A Speculative Fiction Anthology, Lucas Bale, editor

Best Novel

Everybody Lies by Julia Hughes
Finding the Rainbow by Traci Borum
The Villa in Italy by Elizabeth Edmondson
Stirred by Nancy Thompson
Mercenary by David Gaughran
The Second Captive by Maggie James
Masque by W.R. Gingell

Best Novella

Nala’s Story by Mark Gardner
Yakuza Territory by Milo James Fowler
“Wicked Women” from Wicked Women and Other Stories by Sally Walker Brinkmann
“The Haunting of the Lordly Lion” from The Bard’s Tale: Stories and Recipes from the Dragon Inn by Ed Greenwood
Rose Boy by Michael-Scott Earle
Nanodaemons by George Saoulidis
Blackwater Lake by Maggie James

Best Short Story

“Abode” from New Horizons by Patty Jansen
Escape by Mark Gardner
1000 Yards by Mark Dawson
Glitch: A Short Story by Hugh Howey
“Sauce for the Goose” from The Bard’s Tale: Stories and Recipes from the Black Dragon Inn by Brian Pettera
“Knight’s Day Off” from Interlude: Stories from Tranquility by Krista D. Ball
“Bushimi: The Cat that Wanted to be an Art Critic” from Something Nicer by Andrew Lawston

Best Short Story Collection

The Necromouser and Other Magical Cats by Mary E Lowd
Once Upon A Dragon by Tabitha Ormiston-Smith
Coyote Cal: Tales from the Weird West by Milo James Fowler
Sewing Can Be Dangerous and Other Small Threads by S. R. Mallery
Something Nicer by Andrew Lawston
Dawn Falcon: A Fantasy Collection by J.J. Green
New Horizons by Patty Jansen

Best Poetry Collection

Silk She Is by Daniel E. Tanzo
Haiku Pennsylvania Perspective by Janice McLaughlin
Seeds of Love by Iris Oh
365 Days of Poetry by CM Simpson
Meraki by Andrea Michelle
Bukowski’s Ghost: Poems for Old Souls in New Bodies by Jackson Dean Chase
Grace: Poetry of Affection and Seduction by William F. DeVault

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

Ties That Bind by Debbie White
Finding the Rainbow by Traci Borum
A Winter Wonder by Elizabeth Ann West
Secondhand Bride by Nancy Warren
The Secret Life of Book Club by Heather Woodhaven
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
Maddie Hatter and the Deadly Diamond by Jayne Barnard
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

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
The Two by Kay Camden
Thicker Than Blood by Annie Bellet
Solatium by Becca Mills

Best Fantasy (High Fantasy/Sword and Sorcery)

The Dragon Prince by Patty Jansen
Hedge Witch by Simon Kewin
The Fuller’s Apprentice by Angela Holder
The Bone Flower Queen by TL Morganfield
A Crown of Silver Stars by Douglas Milewski
City of Mages by Kyra Halland
Masque by W.R. Gingell

Best Historical Fiction

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
Hell by Jeremiah Pierce
Insylum by Z. Rider
Safety Lost by Richard Murray
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
Raining Men and Corpses by Anne R Tan
Jacks Are Wild by Christopher Greyson
Boston Homicide by John C. Dalglish
A Crabby Killer by Leighann Dobbs
Vegas, Lies, and Murder by Sibel Hodge
Life’s a Witch by Amanda M. Lee

Best Romance

Shine Not Burn by Elle Casey
The Bold Heart by Margaret Lake
Taken (The Djinn Wars) Christine Pope
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

Best Thriller

Headhunters by Mark Dawson
Stirred by Nancy Thompson
Wrongful Termination by Mike Farris
The Buried by Brett Battles
Yeager’s Law by Scott Bell
Revolver by Michael Patrick Hicks
She’s Gone by Alan Petersen

Best Science Fiction

Beacon (Part VIII) by Jonathan C. Gillespie
Shades: The Gehenna Dilemma by Eric Dallaire
Dark Horse by Michelle Diener
The Genehunter: The Complete Casebook by Simon Kewin
Jacks Are Wild by Monique Martin
God Has Heard by James Osiris Baldwin
The Eden Plague by David VanDyke

Best Young Adult

Xiao Xiao and the Dragon Pearl by Joyce Chng
Serpentine by Cindy Pon
Falling of the Moon by A.E. Decker
Pippa of Lauramore by Shari L. Tapscott
Sectors by Harule Stokes
City of Masks by Kevin Harkness
Flirting with Friends by Stella Wilkinson

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