All About the Book

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Ylleya Fields on her IRDA Winning "Princess Cupcake Jones and the Missing Tutu"

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While looking for books to read my eldest daughter I was struck by the limited number of titles featuring African American characters. So I blended the personalities and images of my two oldest and created Princess Cupcake Jones.
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Joe Cottonwood on his IRDA Winning "99 Jobs"

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Joe repairs homes. With each job, he enters somebody's private world. Revealing a life. Or changing it. Here are 99 slices of adventure in the construction zone.
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Romy Wyllie on IRDA Winning "Loving Andrew"

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In October 1993 a devastating wildfire destroyed fifty percent of the houses in our neighborhood but left our home untouched. I thought of all the letters, photographs, and journals that I had kept with the idea of one day writing the story of bringing up a son with Down syndrome.
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Taylor Faulks on IRDA Winning "My Prison Without Bars"

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I have always been struck dumb and quite frankly amazed, by the concealed and often guarded reporting of sexual abuse...point in fact, the Penn State, Jerry Sandusky debacle that came out recently.
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Selina Fenech on her IRDA Winning "Memory's Wake"

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Memory’s Wake is a genre mash up of fantasy (magic, dragons, and fairy creatures), a modern main character, Arthurian mythology, and a pre-industrial revolution semi-Victorian era world.
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Sandra Deighan on Steamy IRDA Winner "Captured Hearts"

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"The first time he laid eyes on her, she was looking the other way."
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J. J. McKenzie on IRDA Winner "A Gender Neutral God/ess"

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I ask myself why? Why am I writing this book about a bi-gender, androgynous deity?
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Jeanette Battista on IRDA Winner "Long Black Veil"

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Devon stood at the base of the steps of the Town Hall, her shadow from the light above thrown out behind her like a cape.
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Kirt Manecke on IRDA Winning "Smile: Sell More with Amazing Customer Service"

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I do have a terrific quote from Ben Cohen of Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream at the start of my introduction: "When we give, we receive — when a business does something good for somebody, that somebody feels good about them."
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Brian Duncan on his IRDA Winning Book, "The Settler"

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It's about loves and wars in the cauldron of Southern Africa in 1890-1902, where a young Englishman and his American companion become accidental soldiers.
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Jennifer Richardson on the IRDA Winning "Americashire: A Field Guide to Marriage"

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Americashire begins with the simultaneous purchase of a Cotswold cottage and my ill-advised decision to tell my grandchild-hungry parents that I am going to try to have a baby.
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Julie Mannix von Zerneck and Kathy Hatfield on their IRDA Winner "Secret Storms"

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A pregnant, upper class nineteen-year-old Philadelphia Main Line debutante is confined, against her will, to a state mental hospital. She spends her pregnancy surrounded by the mentally challenged and the criminally insane.
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Don M. Winn on the IRDA Winning "The Knighting of Sir Kaye"

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“The Knighting of Sir Kaye” is about young Kaye Balfour and his best friend Reggie during the Middle Ages in the fictional country of Knox. Together they have adventures, deal with bullies large and small, and try to help the inexperienced young queen start getting her damaged kingdom back on its feet.
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R.S. Vern on IRDA Winner "Haee the Cat with a Crooked Tail"

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Looking can make you want. Wanting can get you thinking. If you want them to stop thinking, just give them what they want.
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Ryan Fisher on the IRDA Winning "Corporate Recruiter Tells All"

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In this book a former corporate recruiter tells you how to get the job of your dreams with the financial returns you deserve.
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Freddie Owens on IRDA Winner "Then Like the Blind Man: Orbie’s Story"

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Then Like The Blind Man: Orbie’s Story is the enthralling debut novel by Freddie Owens, which tells the story of a spirited wunderkind in the segregated South of the 1950s and the forces he must overcome to restore order in his world.
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Jackie Hennessey on IRDA Winner "How to Spread Sanity..."

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After having two children, I knew I had to write a book about motherhood, featuring humorous stories about how your life changes and address things that aren’t brought up in birthing classes or traditional parenting books.
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Anne Pfeffer on IRDA Winner "Girls Love Travis Walker"

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Several things came together to inspire this book: a chance encounter with a boy not unlike Travis, a visit to a fire station, and my desire to write a love story.

Mark Souza on IRDA Winner "Robyn's Egg"

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In a world ruled by corporations, where the population is sterile as a result of biological welfare, Moyer Winfield would try almost anything to attain a cloned baby to appease his wife and save their relationship.

Sarah Cavallaro on IRDA Winner "Dogs Have Angels Too"

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I wrote this book because I knew many women in NYC who were feeling useless because they had lost their high powered jobs due to corporate downsizing and needed to feel useful again.

A.K. Butler on IRDA Winner "The Burning of Cherry Hill"

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"Great messages woven in about personal freedom and big government. Powerful ending!" -- Sandra Poirier Diaz, President Smith Publicity