Summer Indie Book Awards Nominations,


I have been nominated for an indie book award for The Annals of Bobian.  I’m super-excited and hope you’ll all vote, whether you vote for me or any of the other nominees. However, not to rest on my laurels, you should go vote to nominate your favorite indie books here as well.

If you’re interested in reading The Annals of Bobian and haven’t, leave a comment here. I’ll choose one person from the comments to win a free book. I’m still waffling between e-book and paperback– which is better than pancaking.

Finally, here is the official post from Metamorph Publishing concerning the awards and nominations.

2016 Summer Indie Book Awards!
The cold of winter is setting in, at least for those of us in the northern Hemisphere of the world. But we at Metamorph Publishing aren’t letting that get us down! We’re already looking forward to a sizzling summer, and we’re here to announce our first annual Indie Book Awards! You heard that right, a summer book awards! The event officially begins on January 1st of each year, and nominations will be accepted through midnight CST on August 31st each year. Voting will begin on September 1st and end on September 10th each year.
“What’s the big deal,” you ask? “There are all kinds of contests out there.” And you’re right, there are hundreds, probably thousands of book awards. But many of them are only for unpublished authors, or authors who only write in certain narrow genres, or for authors who have never published before in a particular genre. Plus, there are plenty of them that charge an entry fee, some of which are prohibitive to authors who publish independently, without the backing of a large and powerful publishing house.
So, we’re hoping to do something different with the Summer Indie Book Awards! Entry is free, and nominations will be accepted from any indie or small-press author, regardless of their current published or non-published state, or what genre they write in. We are accepting donations of print or e-books, author swag or novelty items (bookmarks, pens, keychains, etc.), but donation is not required for nomination. We’re taking nominations from authors as well as from readers, and authors can nominate their own books; we only ask that authors who do so also nominate a fellow indie author. Nominations can be made using this form, while donations can be made here.
Feel free to join up with the event on Facebook at
and like the official Facebook page of the Summer Indie Book Awards at
You can also sign up for the newsletter at so you can stay up to date with all the latest news!
In the pinned post of the Facebook event, you’ll find these links, along with links to a Google Drive folder where you can look and see who’s already been nominated! And any author who is nominated will have access to an official contest nominee badge, that they can use on their book covers or any promotional media, if they so desire.
Winners in each genre will receive a prize (hopefully we’ll get enough donations for this), beginning with the 1st place winners. If we get enough prizes donated, we’ll go next to 2nd place winners, and then to 3rd place. Regardless of the prizes, winners will get a high-quality winner badge, stating their place and the genre of the book. These will be of high enough resolution for authors to use on their print books, if they want to!
But it’s not only the winners that will benefit from the Summer Indie Book Awards! All nominated authors will have the potential to reach hundreds, if not more, of new readers (readers often have a preferred genre, and while they’re voting for their favorite author, will come across others they may not have tried yet), and reach a huge new audience through the social media forums! And best of all, it’s meant to have fun, to reach out and network with other authors, potentially forming long-lasting relationships. And readers will benefit from having a wealth of new books in front of them, as well as a vast amount of new stories to immerse themselves in.
Though we’re using Facebook and other social media as a platform to reach more authors and readers, none of these social media outlets are affiliated with the awards. They are hosted strictly by Metamorph Publishing.
For more information, please visit Metamorph Publishing .


A to Z Blogging Challenge: Q

A to Z Blogging Challenge: Quirks

A to Z Blogging Challenge: Q

So, I finally missed a post yesterday. Considering my usual track record (and the heavy workout my eyes got over the weekend), I’m happy that I waited until pee… er, P, to miss one. Consistency isn’t one of my strong suits.

That brings me to today’s post: quirks. Whether it’s as a Writer or as a Character, quirks matter. They’re what makes a person unique.

There are quirks that make a character fun and there are quirks that make a character annoying. I try to keep my characters right on the edge, like Next Door Neighbor Kid in The Annals of Bobian:

Then Next Door Neighbor Kid showed up.

Next Door Neighbor Kid was three or four or some other young age that The Bobian didn’t really remember and didn’t at all understand. Next Door Neighbor Kid was annoying in a way that made The Bobian want to practice acts of violence that would get him grounded. Next Door Neighbor Kid idolized The Bobian and followed him around whenever The Bobian didn’t find a way to stop him.

The sandbox was technically part of the community play area, so he couldn’t tell Next Door Neighbor Kid not to play there. Or he could, but it wouldn’t do any good.

“Hey!” Next Door Neighbor Kid always started his sentences with ‘hey’. He also used a lot of exclamation points in his sentences. The Bobian could almost see the punctuation in the air. “Hey, I’m going to play with you, okay?” Next Door Neighbor Kid also ended every sentence with ‘okay’, which was not okay with The Bobian. It was annoying.

The Bobian chose not to answer. If he didn’t answer, maybe Next Door Neighbor Kid would go away. It had never happened before, but he was a firm believer in the power of positive thought. Also, he couldn’t remember Next Door Neighbor Kid’s name, so he didn’t really know what to call him.

“I’m going to play with you, okay? I like playing with people. Hey, but you’re really dirty. Did you know you’re really dirty? I’m going to play with you, but my mommy said to not get dirty, so I’m going to play over here, okay?” Next Door Neighbor Kid settled in a few feet away. “Hey, this works for playing together, okay?”

The Bobian didn’t answer. He was building an ice cream cake out of dirt. This took artistry and concentration. Mostly, it took lots of trying, because the dirt didn’t want to stick together. It was still hot and very dry. He mounded it into shape until it stayed, then carefully patted it down. When he had a mostly-flat surface, he wrote “Happy Summer, Bobian” on the top. Perfect.

“Hey, that’s pretty cool.” Next Door Neighbor Kid was right next to him in spite of promising that dirt would be enough to keep him away. “Hey, that looks like I could eat it. You don’t mind if I try to eat it, right? I’m going to eat it, okay?”

The Bobian looked at Next Door Neighbor Kid, then he looked at the cake. He considered his options. He could say no. Next Door Neighbor Kid would throw a huge fit and run home to tattle. The Bobian would get in trouble for making Next Door Neighbor Kid throw a fit, even if he did the right thing.

On the other hand, he could let Next Door Neighbor Kid try the dirt cake. He would eat it. He would probably spit it out. Maybe he wouldn’t tell his mom that The Bobian had shared it with him because he wanted The Bobian to be his friend. As an added bonus, The Bobian would get Next Door Neighbor Kid all dirty and maybe his mother wouldn’t like him being all dirty. Then the sandbox would be a safe haven for The Bobian for the rest of the summer.

The Bobian stood up and took a step back, motioning to the cake. Next Door Neighbor Kid squealed in annoying pleasure and practically threw himself at the cake, scooping up a huge handful that wrecked the word “happy”. Next Door Neighbor Kid shoved the huge handful in his mouth and, after considerable effort, swallowed it down. The Bobian grudgingly liked him a little better for that.

As a Writer, I try to stay a little more on the side of The Bobian than Next Door Neighbor Kid. I want to be quirky enough that you have to see what I’ve been up to, but not so quirky that you go play in dirt to try to keep me away. That’s really how all Writers and Characters should be: like an itch you have to scratch, but comfortable enough that you don’t just get out the lotion to solve the whole thing.

What quirks make you (or your favorite Characters) unique?