Three Books Nominated for the Midwest Book Awards!

Can you tell we are in the height of contest season? That seems to be all I talk about here anymore. That will change, I promise. But not today.

I’m over the moon because THREE of my books are finalists in the Midwest Book Awards. What’s more, Daughter of Destiny and Camelot’s Queen are two of the three finalists in the fantasy category! Been Searching for You is a finalist in the romance category.

We will find out who wins on May 12.

Two Award Wins – No April Fools Joke

I have two happy announcements that are no joke!

I found out this morning that Been Searching for You took third place over all categories in the Lyra Awards for Fiction!

Tonight at the Chanticleer Author’s Conference, Camelot’s Queen took home first in category in the Ozma Awards for Fantasy.

Needless to say, it’s been a great day!

Double Finalist in Wishing Shelf Book Awards

image1Just a quick note to let you know Daughter of Destiny and Camelot’s Queen are both finalists for the Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards in the adult fiction category. We will know final results around April 1. I’m excited about this one because it’s a contest run by another author and the judges are reading groups in London and Stockholm. Awards determined by readers are extra cool because they are the people I am trying to reach and the reason I started writing in the first place! And I’m excited that this is an international audience!

Madame Presidentess Awarded Indie B.R.A.G. Medallion

brag-medallionI am super excited to announce that Madame Presidentess has been awarded the Indie B.R.A.G. medallion for excellence in independent fiction. Camelot’s Queen was given this honor last year.

The B.R.A.G. medallion is one of a handful of honors that attempts to distinguish the best of independently  published books in an effort to help readers weed through the glut of books and showcase the professionalism and excellence of certain works. It differs from programs like Library Journal’s SELF-e program in that it is not run by a particular organization within the publishing field, but rather by readers.

Camelot’s Queen – Ozma Award Finalist

ozma-awards-2015I’m so happy to announce that Camelot’s Queen (Guinevere’s Tale Book 2), is a finalist in the Ozma Awards for Fantasy, Magic, Steampunk, Fairytale, Swords & Sorcery Fiction! This award is through Chanticleer Reviews. The next level of award, First in Category is supposed to be announced later this month. The Grand Prize of each category and Book of the Year will be announced at the Chanticleer Awards banquet on April 1, which I will be attending.

The previous book in the series, Daughter of Destiny, won Book of the Year in this competition last year. I’m seriously hoping to make it two years in a row!

All My Books are Now SELF-e Select picks from Library Journal

Self-E Badge BlueI just found out that all of my books are now SELF-e Select picks from Library Journal! (We’ve known about Daughter of Destiny since January, but the others are news to me as of this morning!)

Library Journal‘s curated SELF-e Select module is a nationwide module available on BiblioBoard Library at any local library subscribed to BiblioBoard and participating in the SELF-e program. This means my books will be available to libraries across the country (and possibly across the world because there are several other countries that use SELF-e) to purchase. So go tell your local library you want to see my books on your shelves! They take patron requests very seriously, so if you don’t see it in your catalog, don’t be afraid to ask.

Missouri readers, we have an even better chance of seeing it because all of my books are now “highlighted selections” throughout the state. But please request them if you want to see them in your library. This is especially important in St. Louis County as they are still reticent about purchasing indie books. The more people who request my books, the more likely they are take us seriously.

Camelot’s Queen Now Available in Audiobook

Camelot's Queen Audiobook IIAt long last, I’m pleased to tell you that Camelot’s Queen is available on audio book! Narrated by Serena Scott Thomas, who also narrated Daughter of Destiny, this book covers Guinevere’s life as Arthur’s wife and queen of Camelot.

At the moment it is available on Amazon and Audible. iTunes usually takes a few months to approve books, so I’ll post that link when it becomes available.

Here are the buy links:

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Happy listening!

July E-book Sale at Smashwords

My books are on sale in July at Smashwords. Use the promo code on the book pages to get sale price. See all my books at https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/NicoleEvelinaAuthor or click on the image below.

Smashwords July Sale

My Books Available in Stores & On New Site

I’m happy to say that if you live in LA or near Bellingham, Washington, you can now purchase my books from two physical book stores!

rippedboddiceThe Ripped Bodice – Los Angeles, CA
You may remember that I was a proud Kickstarter backer for the opening of this romance-only bookstore. (I sponsored a shelf.) Now, they are selling Daughter of Destiny, Camelot’s Queen, Been Searching for You and Madame Presidentess (once it’s published), both in-store and online. 

Village Books – Bellingham, WA
A perk of being one of the top five bestsellers at the Chanticleer Author’s Conference is that Daughter of Destiny and Camelot’s Queen are now for sale in their store. Been Searching for You and Madame Presidentess (pre-order) are available on their website.

Books by the Bay

Ireadbooks.com
This is a new site by the folks behind Serious Reading. Daughter of Destiny and Been Searching for You are available for free on this site. Yes, you read that right. You can download them for free and I get paid for every download. I will eventually add my other books as well.

More to Come, and You Can Help!
As soon as I get some time to talk with my local indie book store owners, you’ll be seeing my books on shelves here in St. Louis and hopefully Chicago as well. I’ve also been told of a book store in Glastonbury, England that is interested; I need to follow up on that one. Not bad for an indie author who just published her first book on January 1!

Are there book stores in your area you’d like to see carry my books? If so, let me know. You asking them is always a big help, but if I know where you like to shop, I will contact them as well. Together, we can get books on shelves all over the world!