It is a genuine pleasure and privilege to announce that one of my reviewed books, by a new and aspiring author in the world of YA fantasy writing, has won a prestigious and national award in the USA, with his debut book.
The ‘Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards’ is an annual event, now in its sixth year, designed to bring increased recognition to exemplary children’s books and their creators, and to support childhood literacy and life-long reading. Awards are given in categories covering the full range of subjects, styles and age groups that children’s books are written and published in today.
The contest is designed to honour the year’s best children’s books, authors and illustrators. The 2012 Moonbeam Awards program is open to authors, illustrators, and publishers of children’s books written in English or Spanish and intended for the North American market. All 2011 and 2012 copyrights and releases are eligible.
The judging panel includes experts from the fields of editing, design, reviewing, bookselling and library.
Gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded in each category. Gold, silver and bronze award seals will be available to all in their appropriate award levels. Each winning book receives a medal, a personalized certificate, and 20 sample seals.
Awards for 2012, will be presented during the third annual Traverse City Children’s Book Festival in early November, in Traverse City, Michigan.
‘Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards’
“Celebrating youthful curiosity, discovery and learning through books and reading”
THE WINNING AUTHOR … Pre-teen fiction – fantasy
Richard Due, knew from an early age that he enjoyed story-telling, although he never set out to write YA fantasy, with his initial decision being to write science fiction noir, and science fiction short stories.
He first imagined the Moon Realm while telling bedtime tales to his children and once the idea for the series entered his head, he had no choice but to get it into print, although he is eternally grateful that it didn’t demand to be written in first person, because he is the first to confess that he just doesn’t have the skills to write epic fantasy in first person.
‘The Moon Coin’, the first episode in ‘The Moon Realm’ series, did not come easily and with some major reworking of the storyline necessary before Richard was happy with the adventure and its outcome, some six years had past from inception to publication.
Following some difficult encounters with various publishers and editors, Richard took the brave step of setting up his own small press and self publishing ‘The Moon Coin’ as an ebook. He now has the distinction of being the founder of ‘Gibbering Gnome Press’, a division of Ingenius Inventions Run Amok, Ink.
Richard currently hails from Southern Maryland, a state in the Mid-Atlantic region of the US, where he is also the co-owner of ‘Second Looks Books’
‘The Moon Coin’ has now successfully transitioned into print, with the second episode of the series ‘Dragondain’, flowing much more easily for Richard and already available as a Kindle edition, with the print edition well on its way to publication.
THE WINNING BOOK … ‘The Moon Coin’
For Lily and Jasper Winter, the Moon Realm began with a single secret bedtime tale. As the children grew older, Uncle Ebb enthralled them with thrilling tales of the Dragondain riding horse-sized, catlike Rinn; mysterious tales of peerin-wielding lunamancers manipulating the magic that lies just beneath the surface of reality; exciting tales of flying dragons, swimming merfolk, stomping giants, and troublesome faeries. But as the magic of their childhood faded, so too did the tales. Eventually, they were just . . . good stories.
Or were they?
Now, nine years after it all began, Uncle Ebb is missing.
Lily and Jasper search for clues, but their uncle’s mansion is full of distractions. A Tesla generator thrums in the basement. Prismatic electrimals flit around walls resembling underwater reefs. Then a most unexpected friend comes to their aid, leading them to a hidden room where they find a mysterious coin—the moon coin. Before the night is out, Lily is transported to the real Moon Realm. But the moons are in trouble. The Rinn of Barreth are under siege, and the lunamancers of Dain are beset by the very dragons they once loved. Most horrifying of all, the moon Darwyth has fallen to a villain named Wrengfoul, whose creeping evil now threatens to overshadow all the Realm.
Are Lily and Jasper too late to save the Moon Realm, or will they have enough time to write an ending of their own?
Congratulations on your well deserved success, Richard!!
My thoughts about ‘The Moon Coin’ can be read here.