Keep your fingerd crossed!

One way to publicize a new book is to submit it to competitions. I did that with my first book, Shorter’s Way, and won an Independent Publisher Award for Best Regional Fiction.


I’ve submitted Crossing the Moss Line and as part of their judging process I received the following Critic’s Report from The BookLife Prize in Fiction:


“In this novel, set on Ibo Island during the early 1940’s, readers are reminded that “good comes from bad” as a variety of characters make decisions that have unintended consequences. Well-developed and slightly shady characters bring the action to life in a skillfully crafted tale. Hawthorne has evidently researched Southern folklore, making this an authentic and enjoyable story.”


Here’s my score:

Plot/Idea: 9

Originality: 7

Prose: 8

Character/Execution: 10

Overall: 8.50


I hope that means I’m in the running for bigger and better things. Keep your fingers crossed.

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