Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Literary Awards - they can soothe the writer's soul...

Once in a while it's nice to stop and take stock in your accolades. When I feel down about my books or sales, I remind myself that at some point in time, someone liked them enough to suggest they were worthy of awards, LOL! And you know you can't sell books all the time like Dean Koontz or James Patterson, so it's good to pat yourself on the back once in a while. Just don't let it go to your head!

Here's the current list of bigger awards that my children (er..books) have earned.

DOUBLE FORTÉ - 2012 ForeWord BOTYA, FINALIST, Mystery. 

What's DOUBLE FORTÉ about? - Gus LeGarde’s life essentially ended four years ago, when his beloved wife leapt to her death. Today, Gus lavishes love on his family, trying to bury the pain. But trouble arrives when his arrogant son-in-law’s business partner goes missing, and Gus’s innocent friend
is set up to take the fall.

TREMOLO: CRY OF THE LOON – 2013 Eric Hoffer Book Awards: Grand Prize Short List; Honorable Mention in 2013 Eric Hoffer Legacy Fiction; 2011 Global eBook Award Finalist in Historical Fiction Contemporary; 2011 Preditors & Editors Readers Choice Award – 2nd place, Mystery; 2008 Yolanda Renée's Top Ten Books; MYSHELF Top Ten Reads 2008 

TREMOLO Logline: When eleven-year-old Gus LeGarde sees a girl fleeing an attacker in the dark Maine woods, he and his friends spend the rest of the summer hunting for her on horseback and in their rowboat, only to face the wrath of the nastiest villain ever to haunt the Belgrade Lakes.

FOR THE BIRDS – 2011 ForeWord Book Awards, FINALIST in Mystery; Carolyn Howard-Johnson's Top 10 Reads for 2012

What's FOR THE BIRDS about? Treasure. Secrets. A 50-year-old unsolved bank heist. See Marcella run for her life across the rugged Adirondack Mountains. 

ESSENTIALLY YOURS – 2013 EPIC Book Awards, FINALIST in Suspense; 2013 Eric Hoffer Da Vinci Eye Award Finalist

EY review blurb: "Aaron Paul Lazar’s novel Essentially Yours will keep you feverishly turning pages not only to find out what happens next, but to bathe in the sensuality of his vivid descriptions that draw you into his story and keep you there through all the excitement and fear and romance." Joan Hall Hovey, author of The Abduction of Mary Rose.


HEALEY'S CAVE – 2012 EPIC Book Awards WINNER Best Paranormal; 2011 Eric Hoffer Book Award, WINNER Best Book in Commercial Fiction; Finalist for Allbooks Review Editor's Choice 2011; Winner of Carolyn Howard Johnson's 9th Annual Noble (not Noble!) Prize for Literature 2011; Finalists for Global EBook Awards. 

A bit about HEALEY'S CAVE: When Sam Moore discovers a peculiar green marble in his garden, it links him to his vanished little brother and thrusts him back in time, where he battles a faceless serial killer to untangle the maddening mystery and stop the murder of his beloved grandson.

You can see them all at http://www.lazarbooks.com/

If you prefer to listen to books, you can hear them all (including free samples) here.

Thanks for letting me do a little self-validation today, and remember, if you love to write, Write Like the Wind!

- Aaron

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