Aug 24, 2016
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MAYNWARINGS
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Digger Cartwright on his IRDA Winning “The Maynwarings”

I was always a fan of westerns and that genre has gone out of style.

KAI
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Derek Vasconi on Being God + How Painful Loss Inspired His Writing

The bastard child of Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84 and Stephen King’s CARRIE, KAI explores how one innocent girl becomes the target of enormous rage living inside another girl-who is seemingly from another world.

the world
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Jérôme Sabatier on his IRDA Winning “The World Heritage Sites of France”

This travel guide includes the same essential information as a traditional “paper” guide, as well as enriched Internet features: real-time information updates, hundreds of pictures, links and tips.

nickerbacker
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Terry John Barto on his IRDA Winning “Nickerbacher, the Funniest Dragon”

Once upon a time, a young dragon named Nickerbacher stood guard for Princess Gwendolyn in a tall tower because his papa told him to.

We Chose to Go
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Charles Smith on his IRDA Winning “We Chose to Go”

The story is set several decades in the future, and chronicles the story of a remarkable young woman who spends her life training for humankind’s first foray into interstellar space.

signs
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Owen Thomas on his IRDA Winning “Signs of Passing”

Signs of Passing is dedicated to the truth that it is never too late to set aside the life that no longer serves us and to start anew.

simple simon
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William Poe on his IRDA Winning “Simple Simon”

Cocaine overtook the lives of many people during the 1980s. That seemed especially true in the Hollywood gay scene, where I was something of a fixture in the bars, especially the seedy ones.

HighRoad
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David Chauner on his IRDA Winning “High Road: Chasing the Yellow Jersey”

“High Road” is a novel about the choices a professional cyclist must make when confronted by compelling temptations to break the rules in order to win the Tour de France.

TROPHY
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Cameron Stelzer on his IRDA Winning “The Trophy of Champions: Pie Rats Book 4”

The inspiration for The Trophy of Champions came from the 2012 London Olympics. I wanted to create an Olympic-style series of events with a pirate twist.

exploring
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Tyne Traverson on his IRDA Winning “Exploring Your Unplanned Pregnancy”

This book is designed to help a woman with an unplanned pregnancy thoroughly work through the decision process, using reliable resources to pursue her decision, be it motherhood, adoption or abortion.

EMERGENCE
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Donald J. Fraser on his IRDA Winning “The Emergence of One American Nation”

It is a work of history that answers a very basic question: why are we one nation, and not many? [It] is an appeal to all of us to find ways to do the same for the greater good.

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Vihang Naik Talks About His IRDA Winning “City Times and Other Poems”

I experiment with characters.

inspector
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Kristen Heimerl Talks About Her IRDA Winning Title “Inspector Dewey”

A real experience inspired me. I was crawling on the maple floor of my creaky, old home. It was 2:00 a.m., a bad guy was on the street outside, and I had left my lights on. I needed to call the police—without being witnessed.

SIGHTSEEING
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Louisa Oakley Green Talks About “Sightseeing in the Undiscovered Country”

How would you feel if your child told you she had a playmate who died years earlier in a fire? Do you think it’s possible to know who you’re going to marry from a simple handshake? If you could read the energy in a home, would it make it harder to buy your first house?

IAMED
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R.A. Akerlund on her IRDA Winning “I Am Ed”

After my sixteenth birthday, on the seventh of august 1988, I had enough of waiting to grow up. I was tall enough to pass for 18 and I already heard about a job in a supermarket stacking shelves.

the teachings
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Douglas Green on “The Teachings of Shirelle: Life Lessons from a Divine Knucklehead”

A funny, heartwarming, yet serious look at the wisdom – psychological, philosophical, and spiritual – a man learned from his ridiculous dog.

weight
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Rachel Straub Discusses “Weight Training Without Injury”

Read about the 1st place winner in the non-fiction category in the 2016 IRDA’s,

before the
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Jack Mayer on his IRDA-Winning Title, “Before the Court of Heaven”

A thriller, a poignant love story and a vivid history of a troubling and fascinating time that will especially appeal to readers who enjoy historical fiction.

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Chuck Driskell on his IRDA Winning “The Diaries”

Combining crime, revenge and international intrigue, THE DIARIES is a classic espionage thriller.

i punched
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Pamela Capone on “I Punched Myself in the Eye: Stories of self-sabotage, imperfection and perfect amazing grace”

I think it’s human nature to go through life on autopilot, watching for the flashing, Vegas marquis type of signs. But sometimes “wow!” comes in smaller wrapping, and then like a Jack-in-the-box, it pops out, and you the message.

love hurts
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Editor Tricia Reeks on “Love Hurts: A Speculative Fiction Anthology”

A collection of gut-wrenching short speculative fiction stories about love, and the pain and heartbreak that so often goes with it.

rise
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Kristian Hall on how to “Rise from Darkness”

A self-help book about what to do when you want to get out of depression, and you don’t have a clue how to go about it.

fab
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Mark Gillespie’s FAB Poses the Question: What if John Lennon Had Lived?

I’m a big Lennon and Beatles fan. I’m a fan of alternate history too, so it only makes sense that I try and save him [John Lennon] that way.

emmy
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L. Davis Munro on “Emmy Nation: Undercover Suffragette”

I was so shocked by my lack of knowledge around this period of women’s history [the suffrage movement] that I began reading as much as I possibly could about it.