eFestival of Words Finalists Announced!

eFestival of Words Virtual Book Fair: August 23-25th 2013
eFestival of Words Virtual Book Fair: August 23-25th 2013

The eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook Awards is a peer-nomination program designed to recognize the wonderful talent in the independent publishing community. We processed over five hundred ballots for the 2013 program. Ballots were submitted by authors, editors, designers, librarians, book reviewers, and small press publishers. All individuals completing ballots were prohibited from self-nomination. The full list of nominees was announced in May, 2013.


Our volunteer staff then went through the hundreds of nominations to narrow down the lists to the finalists. In most cases, we attempted to narrow the results to five to seven per category, but in some cases tie votes required that we expand the finalists for certain categories that had dozens of nominees.


The winners will be announced during the eFestival of Words Virtual Book Fair, scheduled for August 23-25th. To vote for the winners, register for free at the eFestival of Words and go to the Awards Hall to vote for your favorites. Voting begins July 1, 2013!

How to Vote


1. You must be registered at the eFestival of Words to vote. Registration is free. Please note, after you hit “Submit” your registration is complete. You don’t have to do anything with the ad that shows up after you click “Submit.” Some people think this is part of the registration process. It isn’t. The ads help pay for the site so feel free to check them out if you like, but you are not required to do anything with them. It’s just the way the forum is set up.


2. Once you are registered, go the Awards Hall.


3. Each category has a separate thread in the Awards Hall where readers can discuss the finalists. Click on the category you want to vote in, and then enter your vote!


4. Please note, only one vote per member. Multiple accounts for purposes of voting prohibited.

2013 Finalist Seal
2013 Finalist Seal

Format-Specific Awards

Best Anthology


Romance in the Rain (Six Seattle Novellas) by Kristine Cayne, Charlotte Russell, Marianne Stillings, Dawn Kravagna, Sherri Shaw, Clare Tisdale

A Spirited Season (Holiday Tales with a Paranormal Flair) by Karen Cantwell, Misha Crews, and Laura Lucas

The Eclective: The Apocalypse Collection by Heather Marie Adkins, Emma Jameson, P.J. Jones,

M. Edward McNally, Alan Nayes, R.G Porter, Tara West

Let it Snow! Season’s Readings for a Super-Cool Yule by Red Tash, Jack Wallen, Jessica McHugh, Axel Howerton, Tim Tash, Mercedes Yardley, Claudia Lefeve, Marian Allen, Connie Roberts-Huth, and T. Lee Harris

Griots: A Sword and Soul Anthology edited by Milton Davis and Charles R Saunders

Dark Light (The Dark Light Series) edited by S.J. Davis

Hot Mess: Speculative Fiction About Climate Change edited by Rachel Lynn Brody

Best Audiobook

(Awarded to the Narrator)


A Modern Witch by Debora Geary (Narrator: Martha Harmon Pardee)

The Cold Beneath by Tonia Brown (Narrator: Chris Barnes)

I, Zombie by Hugh Howey (Narrator: Paula Christensen, et all)

Codename: Dancer by Amanda Brice (Narrator: R. E. Chambliss)

Witches of Bourbon Street by Deanna Chase (Narrator: Traci Odom)

BADWATER by Toni Dwiggins (Narrator: Christine Padovan)

Watchers: Culloden! By William Miekle (Narrator: C. S. Perryess)

Best Digital Magazine, Journal, or ezine


eFiction Magazine

Front Row Lit

Black Gate Magazine

Dark Moon Digest

Clarksworld Magazine

Deimos eZine

Kasma Magazine

Best Graphic Novel/Illustrated Novel


Escape From Hat by Adam Kline (Brian Taylor, Illustrator)

Nimpentoad by Henry Herz, John Herz, Harrison Herz (Sean Eddingfield and Bill Maus, Illustrators)

Magical Journeys of Friendship and Adventure by Kris Bitar (Kristeen Hayden, Illustrator)

Genome: the Graphic Novel by Andrew Glasgow (JM Schichtel, Illustrator)

Saltwater Witch (Comic #3) by Chris Howard (Chris Howard, Illustrator)

The Prince’s Day Out by Monica La Porta (Monica La Porta, Illustrator)

The Stereotypical Freaks by Howard Shapiro

Best Novel


Finding Claire Fletcher by Lisa Regan

I Hope You Find Me by Trish Marie Dawson

Spirit of Lost Angels by Liza Perrat

Fast Movin’ Train by Pam Howes

Cosette’s Tribe by Leah Griffith

Death of a Supermodel by Christine DeMaio-Rice

Girl Blue by Alan Nayes

The End of Boys by Peter Brown Hoffmeister

I Have a Secret by Cheryl Bradshaw

Love Comes Later by Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar

Speculation by Edmund Jorgensen

Pretty in Black (Pretty in Black Series) by Rae Hachton

Best Novella


Driving Me Nuts! by PJ Jones

Nobility by Reb MacRath

Wedding Dresses and Spurs by T. D. Jones

Cause & Effect by Heather Marie Adkins

Darkness Falls (Delirium Novella Series) by Allan Leverone

The Devil You Say (a Paul Mallory thriller) by Stephen C. Spencer

Blood of Vipers by Michael Wallace


Best Poetry Collection


Home by Uvi Poznansky

DISCOVERY – An Anthology of Poetry by Kenna McKinnon

A Poet’s Journey: Emotions by Marta Moran Bishop

I Wrote This For You by pleasefindthis

Paintings and Poems by Lyndon Pugh

The Heart of It All by Johnathan Jones
365 Haikus by J.R. MacLean

Best Short Story


Relationship Status by David Wailing

Balloon Wishes by Regina Puckett

Twenty-Four Hours by Sherrie Henry

They Say You Can Stop Yourself Breathing by Jack Urquhart

Tarnished Halo by Kayden McLeod

The House by Heather Marie Adkins

Lovers and Madmen by Melissa F. Miller

The Whiskey Bottle in the Wall by Kathleen Valentine (from the Short story collection of the same title)

Best Short Story Collection


Royal Schemes: A Comedy Collection by Krista D. Ball

If I Had My Way by Lena Sledge

Storm Damage by John A. A. Logan

Cage Life by Karin Cox

Storm Chaser Shorts by Mark R Hunter

Meet Cute at the End of the World by Dalya Moon

Catholic Guilt and the Joy of Hating Men by Reagan Wolfrom

Genre-Specific Awards

Best DIY/Self-Help


Quit Your Day Job, A Guide for the Self Published Author by H.P. Mallory

Let’s Get Digital: How To Self-Publish, And Why You Should by David Gaughran

The Bullying Epidemic by Kathleen Patel

Don’t Quit While You’re Ahead by Cynthia MacGregor

My Alien Self: My Journey Back to Me by Amanda Green

Guitar Mastery Simplified by Erich Andreas

The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression by Becca Puglisi

A Gluten Free Taste of Turkey (Gluten Free/Wheat Free Cookbook No 1) by Sibel Hodge

Best Non-Fiction (General)


Oh Myyy! (There Goes The Internet) by George Takei

 What Kings Ate and Wizards Drank by Krista D. Ball

Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks and Other Creeps  by Joe Bruno

Happier Than A Billionaire: The Sequel by Nadine Hays Pisani

Broken Pieces by Rachel Thompson

Tilli’s Story: My Thoughts Are Free by Lorna Collier and Tilli Schultze

The Accidental Caregiver by Gregor Collins

Best Non-Fiction (Religion/Spirituality)


Seeing, Knowing, Being by John Greer

Everybody’s Little Book of Everyday Prayers by Cynthia MacGregor

My Emily by Matt Patterson

God: An Unauthorized Biography by Kelly Ryan Harriger

Can You Hear Me Now? by Annie O’Sullivan

Outrageous Openness: Letting the Divine Take the Lead by Tosha Silver

Ama-Deus by Elizabeth Cosmos

Best General Fiction (Mainstream Fiction)


The Brevity of Roses by Linda Cassidy Lewis

Cause & Effect by Heather Marie Adkins

Fake Kate by David Wailing

Whistling Woman (Appalachian Journey) by CC Tillery

Cosette’s Tribe by Leah Griffith

Secondhand Shoes (Lila’s Journey) by Shelly Arkon

Spare Change by Bette Lee Crosby

The Bollywood Breakup Agency by Naina Gupta

Best Action/Adventure


The Red Rooster by Michael Wallace

Tear In Time by Christopher David Petersen

The Sable City (The Norothian Cycle) by M. Edward McNally

Curse of the Ice Dragon by Tara West

The Anvil of the Craftsman (Jon’s Trilogy) by Dale Amidei

There is No Otherwise by Ardin Lalui

That Bear Ate My Pants! by Tony James Slater

Best Chick Lit/Women’s Literature


When Horses Had Wings by Diana Estill

You Wish… by Terry Tyler

Aunt Sally & More by Flick Merauld

The Pollyanna Plan by Talli Roland

Fall of The Misanthrope by Louise Wise

Finding Emma by Steena Holmes

A Different Witch by Debora Geary

Best Children’s Book


Escape from Hat by Adam Kline

Nimpentoad by Henry Herz, John Herz, Harrison Herz

Bad-off Boris and The Cupcake Cave-In by Scott Mallory

The Girl Who Remembered Horses by Linda Benson

It’s a Catastrophe by Sibel Hodge

How to Slay a Dragon by Bill Allen

Kendra Kandlestar and the Crack in Kazah by Lee Edward Fodi

Best Erotica


Mastered by Desire by Meg Harris

New Year’s Eve by Lady O

Under His Command by Kristine Cayne

Billionaire Bad Boys Club by Emma Holly

Wicked Sinners (The Sinners Series) by Charity Parkerson

Aphrodite’s Hunt by Jennifer Blackstream

Fifty Shades of Grey Tentacles by Anita Dobs

Best Fantasy/Urban Fantasy


The Prison of Angels by David Dalglish

A Charming Crime by Tonya Kappes

The Mercenary by Johanna Rae

The Sable City by M Edward McNally

Troll or Derby by Red Tash

The Man With the Green Suitcase by Dee Doanes

The Griffin Cryer by Julia Hughes

Free Souls by Susan Kaye Quinn

The Broken Pieces by David Dalglish

Best Historical Fiction


A Pledge of Silence by Flora J. Solomon

Tristan Michel: Bloodline of Passion by Caddy Rowland

The Sekhmet Bed by L.M. Ironside

Spirit of Lost Angels by Liza Perrat

Tributary by Barbara K. Richardson

A Storm Hits Valparaiso by David Gaughran

Milligan and the Samurai Rebels by Simon Alexander Collier

Fragments by Monique Martin

Best Horror


I, Zombie by Hugh Howey

The Well by Peter Labrow

Eerie by Blake and Jordan Crouch

The Puppet Maker’s Bones by Alisa Tangredi

Wishbone by Brooklyn Hudson

The Haunting Season by Michelle Muto

What Hides Within by Jason Parent

Best Literary Fiction


Tollesbury Time Forever by Stuart Ayris

Drawing Breath by Laurie Boris

Broken Pieces by Rachel Thompson

Only the Truth by Pat Brown

A Mouth Full of Ashes by Andrew Biss

Falling Under by Danielle Younge Ullman

Don’t Wait for Me by Dan Kolbet

Whistling Woman by CC Tillery

Best Mystery/Suspense


A Shared Confidence by William Topek

 Beautiful Girls by Gary S. Griffin

Accomplished In Detection by Dara England

Sempre by J.M. Darhower

Depraved Heart: A Novel by Kathleen Valentine

Currents of Vengeance by Arleen Alleman

Death of a Supermodel by Christine DeMaio-Rice

The Thief who Stole Midnight by Christiana Miller

Best Romance


Cupid’s Christmas by Bette Lee Crosby

Hearts and Arrows by Kristine Cayne, Ann Madden-Walsh, David G. Pierce, Cecilia Peartree, Lexi Revellian, Talli Roland, David Wailing, and Lou Wellman

Moving on -a Prairie Romance by Annette Bower

Cancelled by Elizabeth Ann West

Love Comes Later by Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar

Return of the Runaway Bride by Donna Fasano

The Kissing Coach by Mimi Strong

The Last Single Girl by Caitie Quinn

Best Science Fiction


Genesis Earth by Joe Vasicek

 Intentional Dissonance by pleasefindthis

Second Shift – Order by Hugh Howey

Vanquished by Vivi Anna

Sullivan’s War by Michael K. Rose

Road to Hell by Krista D Ball

Best Thriller


The Ninth District by Douglas Dorow

Reunion by Jeff Bennington

Velvet Rain by David C. Cassidy

Blood Land by R. S. Guthrie

The Book of Paul by Richard Long

The Dogs of Mexico by John J. Asher

Inadvertent Disclosure by Melissa F Miller

Blue Murder by Emma Jameson

I Have a Secret by Cheryl Bradshaw

Murder Caribbean-Style by Diane Rapp

Best Young Adult


Dragontamer’s Daughters by Kenton Kilgore

The Kiss Off by Sarah Billington

Forever Me by Thomas Amo

The Temple by Heather Marie Adkins

That Boy by Jillian Dodd

Seeds of Discovery by Breeana Puttroff

Don’t Fear the Reaper by Michelle Muto

Saving Mars by Cindy Swanson


Awards for Production

Best Cover Art


There is No Otherwise by Ardin Lalui (Art by Adrin Lalui)

Catholic Guilt and the Joy of Hating Men by Reagan Wolfrom (Art by Christine Ko)

Stranger in Town by Cheryl Bradshaw (Art by Reese Rante)

Awakening (The Naturals) by Madeline Freeman (Art by Tara West)

The Hunted: Book Two of Fracture, The Secret Enemy Saga by Virginia McKevitt (Art by Char Marie Adles)

Dead is the New Black by Christine DeMaio-Rice

The White Tree by Ed Robertson

Best Editing


The Anvil of the Craftsman (Jon’s Trilogy) by Dale Amidei

A Nomadic Witch by Deborah Geary

Windswept Hearts by Robynn Gabel

Death of a Supermodel by Christine DeMaio-Rice (Red Adept Editing)

David by Amber Jerome-Norgarrd (Dionne Lister, Editor)

When Horses Had Wings by Diana Estill

Intentional Dissonance by pleasefindthis

Special Awards

The “I’ve Been Shyamalaned” Award for Best Twist


Dying to Forget (The Station) by Trish Marie Dawson

Fake Kate by David Wailing

Inquilus by Felicity Lennie

Meet Me by Azure Boone

The Judas Line by Mark Everett Stone

The Wind from Miilark by M. Edward McNally

Murder Takes Time by Giacomo Giammatteo

The Harvey Award for the Book We Most Want to See Made into a Movie


I, Zombie by Hugh Howey

Depraved Heart by Kathleen Valentine

Spare Change by Bette Lee Crosby

Blue Murder by Emma Jameson

Fledgling by Natasha Brown

I Hope You Find Me by Trish Marie Dawson

Inanimate Objects by Kendra Saunders

Tributary by Barbara K. Richardson

Best Hero/Heroine

Claire Fletcher (Finding Claire Fletcher by Lisa Regan)

Riley (All Hallow’s Moon by S.M. Reine)

Sam Fields (An Eye for Danger by Christine Fairchild)

Kate Wakefield (Ice Blue by Emma Jameson)

Kal Hakala (Things to Do in Denver When You’re Un-dead by Mark Everett Stone)

Ethan (Spare Change by Bette Lee Crosby)

Stephanie Chalice (Our Honored Dead by Lawrence Kelter)

Wren (A Ripple in Time by Julia Hughes)


Best Villain

Vivian Carmichael (Deadly Obsession by Kristine Cayne)

Muhammad Qasim Al-Khafji (The Anvil of the Craftsman by Dale Amidei)

The General (The Ninth District by Douglas Dorow)

Benjamin (Ring Fenced by Zach Abrams)

Sothum (Speculation by Edmund Jorgensen)

Paul (The Book of Paul by Richard Long)

John Deskata (The Wind from Miilark by M. Edward McNally)


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