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Meet Your 2012 IRDA Winners and Read Their Books!

Today at Book Expo America (BEA), a trade show taking place in New York City, Darcie Chan, New York Times bestselling indie author of “The Mill River Recluse” and Amy Edelman, founder of IndieReader, announced the winners of the first annual “IndieReader Discovery Awards”.

The judges on the IRDA panel included top people in all areas of the publishing industry, in concert with IndieReader’s trusty reviewers. Judging was based on the quality of writing and the originality of the story. There was a first, second and third place winner in each of the fiction and non-fiction categories, in addition to winners in various sub-categories, indicating that each book has received at least a 4-5 star review (out of 5 stars).

Without further ado, IndieReaders, meet this year’s winners!

First Place
Whole Latte Life
by Joanne DeMaio

Popular Fiction
A satisfying exploration of mid-life crisis, female friendship, grief, possibility and renewal. Demaio has penned a heartfelt portrait of two friends at the crossroads of their lives.
Second Place
One Blood
by Qwantu Amaru

Resurrecting an ancient curse that trails back to his ancestor, Luc Lafitte, Governor Randy Lafitte is responsible for the death of his father, which is just the beginning of his murderous tendencies. This is one horror tale that is the result of meticulous drafting and editing, as well as an awesome debut novel from a master of the craft.

Third Place
The Golden Ball
by Katelyn Sinclair

A delightful retelling of a well-known fairy tale that relays a moral point without being dramatically preachy for children who are still young enough to want a fairy tale picture book—one with charming illustrations such as this—but are just on the brink of being ready to tackle a chapter book.
First Place
The Intentional Networker
by Patti DeNucci

This handbook contains step-by-step exercises and activities suitable for those new to networking practices, or for experienced networkers who need a refresher course. Perfect for assessing goals and chock-full of strategies and tips for self-improvement.
Second Place
Comfortably Unaware
by Dr. Richard A Oppenlander

Comfortably Unaware maintains that our food choices are depleting our planet’s resources because “the major cause of biodiversity loss on our planet is from the livestock we raise for food and from overfishing of our oceans,” and calls for the consumer to be aware of the brainwashing by the media and become more educated on how to make choices that will save our planet.
Third Place/Tie
Grieving a Soulmate
by Robert Orfali

Candid and often heart-wrenching, part diary and part self-help book, designed to inform, guide and prepare the reader through the dying process, death of and grieving of a loved one, based on author Robert Orfali’s own experience of losing his soulmate Jeri after a ten-year battle with cancer.
Third Place/Tie
Death with Dignity
by Robert Orfali

Aging, Death & Dying
Robert Orfali’s passionate and persuasive argument for legalized physician-assisted dying, based on personal opinion and experience and extensive research into the debates and issues revolving around this controversial issue.
Blow Me
by Lennie Ross Sales
FantasyDarkmageby M.L. Spencer
Gay/Lesbian/Bi/Trans Fiction
Father Tierney Stumbles
by John Shekleton
Historical Fiction

The Woman at the Well
by Ann Chamberlin

The Archer Prism, reflecting Sir John Harington

by Will Coe

The Girl Who Fished with a Worm
by Harry Groome

Red, Right, Return by June Sherwin
Fun in the Yellow Pages by Bobbi Groover
Literary Fiction/Tie

In Leah’s Wake
by Terri Giuliano Long



The Angry Woman Suite

by Lee Fullbright

Mystery/Suspense/Thriller – Tie


Sleeper’s Run
by Henry Mosquera

The Scorpion’s Nest
by Nate Granzow

View from the Edge

by Michael Kasenow


The Seventh Soul
by MariLou Harveland
Popular Fiction

The Tourist Trail
by John Yunker
Jennifer’s Garden
by Dianne Venetta
Science Fiction

by Aaron Safronoff
Short Stories

Sometimes the Sun Does Shine There
by Herb Schultz
Young Adult/Tie

Pandora’s Key
by Nancy Fischer
Young Adult/Tie

by S. R. Johannes
American Studies

Oh, Beautiful
by John Paul Godges

Life in a Jar
by Jack Mayer

They Cooked the Books
by Patrick Edwards
Maria’s Duck Tales
by Maria Daddino

Successfully Surviving a Brain Injury
by Garry Prowe

by Pete Hetherington

EcoChi: Designing the Human Experience
by Debra Duneier

Mirror Talk
by Barbara Alfaro
Psychology/Mental Health

The Digitally Divided Self
by Ivo Quartiroli

The Way Things Work in Life
by Basimah Khulusi
Fast Times in Palestine
by Pamela Olson
Travel/Honorable Mention
Pines Picks: A Kid’s Guide to the Best Things to Eat and Drink in New York City
by David D. Pines

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