Supporting Your Author Friend

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Laura Best

This post could have been written by my family and friends. It’s all about how to support your authorly friends out there, and since my friends and family have been awesome enough to support me through the publication of two books I wanted to let others in on their tips for supporting an author friend. (I bet most of them didn’t even know they had such tips!) Through the years my friends and family have come up with some ingenious ways to put the word about my books “out there.” I thought I would share these with everyone else out there who would like to know ways to support a certain author but are a bit uncertain about how to do that. Believe me there are plenty of ways, and my friends have done a super, stupendous job.

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Idaho: Rodeo Ropers, Inventors, Astronauts, Authors and So Much More . . .

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As a native Idahoan there are two things I get tired of hearing about from outsiders:

  1. Potatoes.
  2. Smurf turf.

Yes, Idaho produces a lot of potatoes. Yes, the Boise State football field is blue. But there are so many things that make Idaho a wonderful place to live besides potatoes and BSU football. We have amazing hot springs, bike trails, camping, fishing, hiking, skiing, hunting, whitewater rafting and kayaking.

Kayakers from all over the world compete in the North Fork Championship.

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North Fork of the Payette River near Banks, Idaho.

  Fun facts about Idaho:

  • Idaho is the 13th largest state in the U.S.
  • 63% of Idaho is public land
  • Idaho produces 72 types of precious and semi-precious stones
  • Idaho has 3,100 miles of rivers (more than any other state)
  • Idaho has the longest gondola in North America (Silver Mountain in Kellogg, Idaho).
  • The first alpine chairlift was used in Sun Valley, Idaho
  • At 212 feet, Shoshone Falls are higher than Niagara Falls
  • The deepest river gorge in North America is Hells Canyon (7,900 feet deep)
  • The Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness area is the largest in the lower 48 states (2.3 million acres of backcountry)

*To learn more fun facts about Idaho visit: inidaho.com

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Famous folks who have called the Gem State home:

  • Barbara Morgan: NASA Astronaut
  • Joe Albertson: founder of Albertsons grocery store chain
  • J.R. Simplot: founder of Simplot (one of the largest privately-owned companies in the world)
  • Sacajawea: Shoshone Indian guide and interpreter for explorers Lewis and Clark
  • Gutzom Borglum: sculptor of Mount Rushmore National Memorial
  • Philo T. Farnsworth: invented the cathode-ray tube that would later lead to television
  • Gene Harris: jazz pianist
  • Paul Revere & the Raiders: band
  • Built to Spill: band
  • Lana Turner: film and television actress who starred in over 50 films
  • Aaron Paul: actor best known for role in Breaking Bad
  • William Petersen: actor best known for role in CSI Las Vegas
  • Dan O’Brien: Olympic gold medalist and world champion decathlete
  • Kristin Armstrong: Olympic gold medalist bicycle racer
  • Picabo Street: Olympic gold medalist alpine ski racer
  • Jerry Kramer: NFL player
  • Shea McClellin: NFL player
  • Harmon Killebrew: MLB player inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Larry Jackson: MLB pitcher
  • Dee Pickett: Pro Rodeo Champion
  • Ezra Pound: poet and critic in the early modernist movement
  • Edgar Rice Burroughs: author of Tarzan of the Apes
  • Vardis Fisher: author of Children of God, Tale of Valor, and Mountain Man
  • Ernest Hemingway: author of numerous short stories and novels, including Farewell to Arms, The Sun Also Rises, and For Whom the Bell Tolls

*To learn about more famous Idahoans check out visitidaho.org.

One of my favorite things about writing this post was learning about Idaho authors. I had never heard of Edgar Rice Burroughs or Vardis Fisher. So let’s talk more about authors and books! This is a book blog after all. I am pleased to introduce a variety of books written by Idaho authors.

Art:

Beginning Watercolor Painting: Learn Easy, Fun, Creative Watercolor Painting by Marilee Donivan

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Kandu and the Magic Meadow: A Color Mixing Story by Marilee Donivan

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Joshua Tree: 30 Paintings by Mark W. McGinnis

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Ponderosa Pines: 24 Paintings by Mark W. McGinnis

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Poplar Leaf Study: Version One: 24 Paintings by Mark W. McGinnis

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Snake River Basin: 72 Paintings by Mark W. McGinnis

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Children’s:

A Conversation with Shakespeare by Diane Bilyeu

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An Orange for You: A Child’s Book of Awareness by Mark W. McGinnis

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Artie the Sleepy Bat by Michelle Netten

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Big Little by Leslie Patricelli

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Binky by Leslie Patricelli

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Blankie by Leslie Patricelli

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Buddhist Animal Wisdom Stories, Volume 1 by Mark W. McGinnis

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Fa La La by Leslie Patricelli

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Huggy Kissy by Leslie Patricelli

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Grandma, Does My Moon Shine Over Your House? by Jane Freund and Mary Hansen Freund

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Mama’s Purse by AJ Irving

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Mooser on the Loose by Jane Freund

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Morgan’s Walk by Bonnie Kloster

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No No Yes Yes by Leslie Patricelli

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P is for Potato: An Idaho Alphabet (Discover America State by State) by Stan Steiner

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Potty by Patricelli

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Ruby Lee and the Very Big Deal by Nancy Buffington

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Simon the Slow Penguin by Michelle Netten

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Teddy the Unready Tyrannosaurus Rex by Michelle Netten

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The Christmas Tin by Sheila Eismann and Ali F. Putz

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The Girl Who Had a Big Adventure: Cancer, Chemo & Cupcakes by: Stacia Mers and Jane Freund

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Then the Twins Came by Sharon Rose Anderson

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Tubby by Leslie Patricelli

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Viku and the Elephant by Debu Majumdar

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Viku to the Rescue: A Story from the Forests of India by Debu Majumdar

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Viku and the Ivory Thieves: A Story from the Forests of India by Debu Majumdar

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Wily Riley The Coyote Conqueror by Jane Freund

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Yummy Yucky by Leslie Patricelli

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Christian Fiction:

A Promise Kept by Robin Lee Hatcher

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Beyond the Shadows by Robin Lee Hatcher

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Love Without End (A King’s Meadow Romance Book 1) by Robin Lee Hatcher

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Whenever You Come Around (A King’s Meadow Romance Book 2) by Robin Lee Hatcher

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Shield of faith (Cady Miller series) (Volume 1) by Danney Clark

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Shield of Honor (The Cady Miller Series) (Volume 2) by Danney Clark

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Shield of Justice (Cady Miller Series Book 3) by Danney Clark

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Sovereign Ground (Breaking Bonds Book 1) by Hilarey Johnson

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Sunday’s Promise (A New Day book 1) by Janice Hildreth

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Monday’s New Beginning (A New Day book 2) by Janice Hildreth

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Tuesday’s Child (A New Day Book 3) by Janice Hildreth

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The Heart’s Pursuit by Robin Lee Hatcher

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Winds of Freedom by Rebecca Carey Lyles

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Winds of Wyoming by Rebecca Carey Lyles

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Cooking:

Comfort Food Gets a Vegan Makeover by Jill Skeem

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Fantasy/Sci-Fi:

Broken Things: A Dystopian Thriller by G.S. Wright

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Cheyenne: A Timeless Series Novel (Book 1) by Lisa L. Wiedmeier

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Promises: A Timeless Series Novel (Book 2) by Lisa L. Wiedmeier

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Daylight: A Timeless Series Novel (Book 3) by Lisa L. Wiedmeier

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Awakening: A Timeless Series Novel (Book 4) by Lisa L. Wiedmeier

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Against the Dawn: A Shaede Assassin Novel by Amanda Bonilla

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Blood Before Sunrise: A Shaede Assassin Novel by Amanda Bonilla

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Crave the Darkness: A Shaede Assassin Novel by Amanda Bonilla

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Death Storm: A Dark Fantasy Zombie Apocalypse (Hungry Gods Book 1) by G.S. Wright

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Death’s Reach (Hungry Gods Book 2) by G.S. Wright

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Echoes of Savanna by Lucinda Moebius

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Empire of Shadows by Miriam Forster

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Feeder (Chroncles of the Soul Eaters Vol. 1) by Lucinda Moebius

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Indigo Traveler by Merri Halma

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Raven’s Song: A Haven Novel by :Lucinda Moebius

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Shaedes of Gray: A Shaede Assassin Novel by Amanda Bonilla

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Fiction:

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

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Down in the River by Ryan Blacketter

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Evel Knievel Jumps the Snake River Canyon: And Other Stories Close to Home by Kelly Jones

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Faraway Places by Tom Spanbauer

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Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

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Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson

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I Loved You More by Tom Spanbauer

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Lila by Marilynne Robinson

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Sewing Shut My Eyes by Lance Olsen

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The Laughing Monsters by Denis Johnson

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The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall

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Train Dreams by Denis Johnson

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Tree of Smoke by Denis Johnson

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Volt by Alan Heathcock

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Guides/Outdoor Recreation:

Idaho for the Curious: A Guide by Cort Conley

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Idaho Off the Beaten Path, 8th: A Guide to Unique Places by Julie Fanselow

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The Day Hiker’s Guide to Stanley, Idaho Scott Marchant

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The Day Hiker’s Guide to Sun Valley & Ketchum by Scott Marchant

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The Hiker’s Guide: Greater Boise by Scott Marchant

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The Hiker’s Guide to McCall & Cascade by Scott Marchant

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The Middle Fork: A Guide by Cort Conley

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Historical Fiction:

Cocos Island Treasure: You Can Still Find Pirate Booty If You Know Where to Look! by Stanley McShane

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Desiderata (Karolus Chronicles Book 1) by Judy Ferro

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Agnes (Karolus Chronicles Book 2) by Judy Ferro

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Flight of the Earls: An Heirs of Ireland Novel by Michael K. Reynolds

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Lies: Ann Putnam Jr.’s Recounting of the Salem Witch Trials by Oliver Dahl

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Railroad Redemption by Wynette I. Mellen

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Soldier of Rome: The Legionary (The Artorian Chronicles Book 1) by James Mace

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Soldier of Rome: The Sacrovir Revolt (The Artorian Chronicles Book 2) by James Mace

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Soldier of Rome: Heir to Rebellion (The Artorian Chronicles Book 3) by James Mace

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Sons of the Sea A Tale of the Old Grimsby Fishermen by Stanley McShane

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The Dark Lady by Dawn Chandler

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The Last Confederate Battle by John J Cline

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The Woman Who Heard Color by Kelly Jones

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Historical nonfiction:

American Indian Tribes of Idaho by Robert D. Bolen

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Blackfeet Raiders Nomads of the North by Robert Bolen

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Smoke Signals & Wagon Tracks by Robert D. Bolen

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The Horse Indians by Robert Bolen

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The Lakota Sioux Indians by Robert D. Bolen

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The Snake People by Robert D. Bolen

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Treasure Valley’s Electric Railway by Barbara Perry Bauer & Elizabeth Jacox

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War Chief Paulina by Robert D. Bolen

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Humor:

Drinking with Dead Women Writers by Elaine Ambrose and AK Turner

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Drinking with Dead Drunks by Elaine Ambrose and AK Turner

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This Little Piggy Went to the Liquor Store by AK Turner

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Mommy Had a Little Flask by AK Turner

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Hair of the Corn Dog by AK Turner

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Gold Pans and Iron Skillets by Carol M Green

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Midlife Cabernet: Life, Love & Laughter After Fifty by Elaine Ambrose

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Milk Cans and Quilt Blocks by Carol M Green

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Never Sniff A Gift Fish by Patrick F. McManus

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The Grasshopper Trap by Patrick F. McManus

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They Shoot Canoes, Don’t They? by Patrick F. McManus

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Horror:

Spilling Blood Bundle (Episodes 1-4 of the Vampire Horror Thriller) (Spilling Blood Season) by G.S. Wright

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Spilling Blood (Episode 5) by G.S. Wright

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Inspiration/Self-Help:

18 Stepping Stones to Transforming Grief: Find the Courage to Transform Any Tragedy by Laurie and Biff Boggs

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Best Friend Worst Enemy: Overcoming Self-Sabotage in Your Life by Jane Freund

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Codependency: The “Normie” User Guide – How the Non-Addict learns to Love the Addict when Love Hurts by Rochelle Cunningham

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Free My Heart of Grief to Love by Sandra Moore Bernsen

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Life Transitions by Carl Lovell

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Med Free Bipolar by Aspen L Morrow

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Menopause Sucks: What to Do When Hot Flashes and Hormones Make You and Everyone Else Miserable by Joanne Kimes & Elaine Abrose

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The Secrets Behind the Eyes by JoEllen Claypool

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Watson’s Way by Joel Lund

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Memoir/Biography:

A Realist’s Guide to Being a Pastor’s Wife by JoEllen Claypool

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Broke, Hungry & Happy by Rae Ann Norell

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Crash Landing Into a Field of Outhouses by Rochelle Cunningham and Kenneth A. Bauer

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Crystal Clean: A Mother’s Struggle With Meth Addiction and Recovery by Kimberly Wollenburg

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Eggshells and Elephants – My Cancer Journey Thus Far by Jane Freund

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Hitting Fear Head On by Laurie and Biff Boggs

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Into the Horizon: A Lifelong Obsession with Motorcycles by Lance Gines

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Life is a Circus Run By a Platypus by Allison Hawn

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On the Dark Side of the Moon: A Journey to Recovery by Mike Medberry

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Sherman by Elaine Sturm

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Soul Sale: A Rude Awakening by Americus Dotter

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Throwing the Bones by Jeannine Antoniou

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Traplines: Coming Home to Sawtooth Valley by John Rember

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Walked Away 1: From Mormon Truth to Real Grace by R.L. Fogg

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Middle Grade:

Mysteries in Our National Parks: Deadly Waters: A Mystery in Everglades National Park by Gloria Skurzynski

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Mysteries in Our National Parks: Over the Edge: A Mystery in Grand Canyon National Park by Gloria Skurzynski

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Mysteries in Our National Parks: The Hunted: A Mystery in Glacier National Park by Gloria Skurzynski

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A Million Ways Home by Dianna Dorisi Winget

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A Sliver of Sun by Dianna Dorisi Winget

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A Smidgen of Sky by Dianna Dorisi Winget

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Prisoner 88 by Leah Pileggi

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The Dreamers: A Story of Sam Kullen by Oliver Dahl

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The Nightmarers: Another Story of Sam Kullen (The Dreamers) by Oliver Dahl

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Mystery/Thriller:

A Darkly Hidden Truth (The Monastery Murders) by Donna Fletcher Crow

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A Very Private Grave (The Monastery Murders) by Donna Fletcher Crow

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An Unholy Communion (The Monastery Murders) by Donna Fletcher Crow

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BREAKING STEELE: A Sarah Steele Legal Thriller (Sarah Steele series Book 1) by Aaron Patterson

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TWISTING STEELE: A Sarah Steele Legal Thriller (Sarah Steele series Book 2) by Aaron Patterson

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MELTING STEELE: A Sarah Steele Legal Thriller (Sarah Steele series Book 3) by Aaron Patterson

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Confession: Samuel Elijah Johnson Series by Troy Lambert

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Death by Autopsy: A Toni Day Mystery by Jane Bennett Munro

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Grievous Bodily Harm: A Toni Day Mystery by Jane Bennett Munro

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Too Much Blood: A Toni Day Mystery by Jane Bennett Munro

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Murder Under the Microscope by Jane Bennett Munro

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Dreams, Ghosts and Tractors by Jeanette S. Andersen

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If Cooks Could Kill: An Angie Amalfi Mystery by Joanne Pence

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Two Cooks A-Killing: An Angie Amalfi Mystery by Joanne Pence

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Red Hot Murder: An Angie Amalfi Mystery by Joanne Pence

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Courting Disaster: An Angie Amalfi Mystery by Joanne Pence

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Bell, Cook, and Candle: An Angie Amalfi Mystery by Joanne Pence

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Into the Darkness: A Ridge Falls Story by Marlie Harris and Troy Lambert

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Lost and Found in Prague by Kelly Jones

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Mustard’s Last Stand by Kathy McIntosh

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Notorious (The Nate Richards Mystery Series Book 1) by Ray Ellis

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Dead List (The Nate Richards Mystery Series Book 2) by Ray Ellis

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One O’Clock Hustle: A Rebecca Mayfield Mystery (Rebecca Mayfield Mysteries Book 1) by Joanne Pence

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Two O’Clock Heist: A Rebecca Mayfield Mystery (The Rebecca Mayfield Mysteries Book 2)

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Redemption by Troy Lambert

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Shadow of Reality (An Elizabeth and Richard Mystery Book 1) by Donna Fletcher Crow

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A Midsummer Eve’s Nightmare (An Elizabeth and Richard Mystery Book 2) by Donna Fletcher Crow

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A Jane Austen Encounter (An Elizabeth and Richard Mystery Book 3) by Donna Fletcher Crow

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Stray Ally by Troy Lambert

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Temptation by Troy Lambert

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The Lost Madonna by Kelly Jones

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Who R U Really? by Margo Kelly

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Non-Fiction:

100+ Tips for Overcoming Self-Sabotage in YOUR Life! – A Freundship Tips Book by Jane Freund

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Ahead of the Flaming Front: A Life on Fire by Jerry Mathes 

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 Amor and Exile: True Stories of Love Across America’s Borders by Nathaniel Hoffman

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Be Your Own Hero: Senior Living Decisions Simplified by Catherine L. Owens

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Bound for the Backcountry by Richard H Holm

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Discovery The Common Sense Weight Solution by Jacklyn Shue Brown

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Fever and Guts: A Symphony by Jerry Mathes

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Fractured: America’s Broken Health Care System and What We Must Do to Heal It by Ted Epperly MD

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From the Ganges to the Snake River by Debu Majumdar

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Hanged – A History of Idaho’s Executions by Kathy Deinhardt Hill

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Idaho Beer: From Grain to Glass in the Gem State (American Palate) by Steven J. Koonce

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Idaho Wine Country by Alan Minskoff

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Making Livable Places: Transportation, Preservation and the Limits of Growth by Todd Shallat

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The Blue Doorknob: The Artistic Life of Cornelia Hart Farrer by Rita Branham Rodriguez

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The Crucial Voice of the People, Past and Present: Education’s Missing Ingredient by Victoria M. Young

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The Editor’s Eye: A Practical Guide to Transforming Your Book from Good to Great by Stacy Ennis

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Spirits of the Salmon River by Kathy Deinhardt Hill

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Stalked by a Mountain Lion: Fear, Fact, And The Uncertain Future Of Cougars In America by Jo Deurbrouck

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With Our Good Will by Doug Copsey

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Write Well Publish Right by Lucinda Moebius

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Paranormal:

Strange: Unexplained Tales from Idaho and Beyond by Catmarie Wilson

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Photography:

Idaho Impressions by Mark Lisk

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Idaho: Portrait of a State by Mark Lisk

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Poetry:

A Batch of Pancakes: Poems Prose and Wisdoms by Thomas Logan

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American Amnesiac by Diane Raptosh

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Anatomy of Melancholy and Other Poems by Robert Wrigley

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Earthly Meditations: New and Selected Poems by Robert Wrigley

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The Journal West by Jerry Mathes

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Stranger in Town: New & Selected Poems by Ron McFarland

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Through the Trees: The poetic end to a toxic relationship by Nina C. Palmer

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Religious Non-Fiction:

A Woman of Substance by Sheila Eismann

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Dear God, He’s Home by Janet Thompson

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Dear God, They Say It’s Cancer by Janet Thompson

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Dear God, Why Can’t I Have a Baby by Janet Thompson

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Freedom Is Your Destiny by Daniel Eismann

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It’s a God Thing by Larry Baker with Becky Lyles

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Praying For Your Prodigal Daughter: Hope, Help and Encouragement for Hurting Parents by Janet Thompson

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The Fine Art of Female Friendships by Jane Freund

thefineart

The Ultimate Survival Guide For Youth Ministers: Maintaining Boundaries in Youth Ministry by Joel Lund

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On a Wing and a Prayer by Becky Lyles

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Stirrings of the Spirit by Sheila Eismann

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Romance:

A Place to Land by Mary Vine

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Maya’s Gold by Mary Vine

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Steampunk:

Apocalypse Witch by G.S. Wright

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Young Adult:

Boundless (Unearthly) by Cynthia Hand

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City of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster

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Fan Art by Sarah Tregay

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Gift of the Phoenix by Donna Cook

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Inherit Midnight by Kate Kae Myers

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Love and Leftovers by Sarah Tregay

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Of Pirates and Werewolves (Book 1) by Isaiah Silkwood

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Temple of Kahrnahrgx by Joel Lund

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The Boy Who Returned from the Sea by Clay Morgan

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The Boy Who Spoke Dog by Clay Morgan

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The Kissing List: Stories by Stephanie Reents

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The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand

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The Vanishing Game by Kate Kae Myers

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Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

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Mama’s Purse Wins First Place at the Top Idaho Author and Book Awards

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I am incredibly honored that my children’s picture book Mama’s Purse won first place in the Best Children’s Book category at the Top Idaho Author and Books Awards hosted by the Idaho Book Extravaganza. This is the sixth award Mama’s Purse has won!

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Top Idaho Author and Book Awards Reception
November 21, 2013
5:30 – 8:00
Beside Bardenay (612 Grove St., 83702)

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The Top Idaho Author and Book Awards reception honors Idaho’s best books and most talented authors. Don’t miss this opportunity to network, celebrate local talent, and support the Idaho writing community!

The awards reception is open to the public and will take place on November 21 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Beside Bardenay (612 Grove St., 83702). There will be live music by Boise musician Yvonne Rousseau, and event co-director Stacy Ennis will MC this must-attend event. Appetizers will be provided, and drinks will be available to purchase.

Get your tickets: http://idahoawards.eventbrite.com/

Questions? Contact: idahobookawards@gmail.com

2013 Top Idaho Author and Book Awards Winners

Top 10 Idaho Books – Nonfiction
Nathan Barry, Authority
Dale Dixon, Sweating Bullets
Angela Young, Spoiled Milk
Catherine Owens, Be Your Own Hero
Michele de Reus, Daring to Choose
Jill Skeem, Comfort Food Gets a Vegan Makeover
A. K. Turner, This Little Piggy Went to the Liquor Store
Whit Mitchell, Working in Sync
Walt Hampton, Journeys on the Edge
Bob Faw, Energize

Top 10 Idaho Books – Fiction
Judith McConnell Steele, The Angel of Esperança
Joanne Pence, Ancient Echoes
Donna Cook, Gift of the Phoenix
Jack Patterson, Triple Cross
Russell Elkins, Sparks the Matchmaker
Joel Lund, The Temple of Kahrnahrgx
Kathy McIntosh, Mustard’s Last Stand
Kristine McCord, The Santa Society
Angela Ruth Strong, Lighten Up
Rebecca Carey Lyles, Winds of Freedom
Honorable Mention: Oliver Dahl, The Dreamers

Best New Idaho Author – Nonfiction
1st Place: Nathan Barry, Authority
2nd Place: Dale Dixon, Sweating Bullets
3rd Place: Angela Young, Spoiled Milk
Honorable Mentions: Jill Skeem, Comfort Food Gets a Vegan Makeover; Catherine Owens, Be Your Own Hero; Kurt Koontz, One Million Steps

Best New Idaho Author – Fiction
1st Place: Donna Cook, Gift of the Phoenix
2nd Place: B. D. Riehl, The Earth Is Full
3rd Place: Kathy McIntosh, Mustard’s Last Stand

Best Children’s Book:
1st Place: A.J. Irving, Mama’s Purse
2nd Place: Mike Sanders, Jabbers

Best Interior Design – Nonfiction
1st Place: Angela Young, Spoiled Milk, designed by Shiloh Schroeder, Fusion Creative Works
2nd Place: Catherine Owens, Be Your Own Hero, designed by Shiloh Schroeder, Fusion Creative Works
3rd Place: Whit Mitchell, Working in Sync, designed by Nick Zelinger, NZ Graphics
Honorable Mention: Jill Skeem, Comfort Food Gets a Vegan Makeover, designed by Jason Lugo

Best Interior Design – Fiction
1st Place: Judith McConnell Steele, The Angel of Esperança, designed by Sarah Tregay
2nd Place: Joel Lund, The Temple of Kahrnahrgx, designed by Shiloh Schroeder, Fusion Creative Works
3rd Place: B. D. Riehl, The Earth Is Full, designed by Mike Sloane; Russell Elkins, Sparks the Matchmaker, designed by Russell Elkins
Honorable Mention: Donna Cook, Gift of the Phoenix, designed by Donna Cook

Best Cover Design – Nonfiction
1st Place: Angela Young, Spoiled Milk, designed by Cari Campbell Design
2nd Place: Catherine Owens, Be Your Own Hero, designed by Cari Campbell Design
3rd Place: Dale Dixon, Sweating Bullets, designed by Cari Campbell Design
Honorable Mention: Cynthia Fackrell, Gravity’s Embrace, designed by Cari Campbell Design

Best Cover Design – Fiction
1st Place: Judith McConnell Steele, The Angel of Esperança, designed by Sarah Tregay
2nd Place: Elaine Ambrose and A. K. Turner, Drinking with Dead Women Writers, designed by Ward Hooper
3rd Place: B. D. Riehl, The Earth Is Full, designed by Mike Sloane
Honorable Mention: Donna Cook, Gift of the Phoenix, designed by Kevin McCain

The Top Idaho Author and Book Awards honor Idaho’s best books and most talented authors and are based on five categories: Top 10 Books, Best New Author, Best Children’s Book (middle-grade and picture books), Best Cover Design, and Best Interior Design. Awards are open to Idaho residents, or authors whose books have been published through an Idaho publishing company, who have released titles in the last three years.

Award Categories

Fiction and nonfiction entries will be judged by separate panels. Some categories will be awarded to both nonfiction and fiction. For example, ten Top 10 Books Awards will be awarded to nonfiction authors, and ten Top 10 Books Awards will be awarded to fiction authors. Categories are also included on entry form.

Top 10 Books (Nonfiction/Fiction) – Awarded to select books of exceptional quality in any nonfiction and fiction genre, criteria for this award includes: quality of content and design; success of book, including other national, regional, and local awards received; and what makes the title unique in its genre. To be considered, authors must fill out an entry form and send copies of the title (book must have been published in the last three years).

Best New Author (Nonfiction/Fiction) (ranked 1st, 2nd, 3rd) – A prestigious award given to new authors who have published a first book in the last year, this award honors three outstanding nonfiction writers and three outstanding fiction writers. Criteria for this award includes: quality and expertise of author, including writing skill, expertise in subject area, and the strength of his or her bio/resume; success rate of book(s); other national, regional, or local awards received; and the quality/production of the book submitted. To be considered, authors must fill out an entry form and send copies of the debut title (first book must have been published between Sept. 1, 2012, and Sept. 9, 2013).

Best Children’s Book (Fiction) (ranked 1st, 2nd, 3rd) – A first of its kind in Idaho, this award recognizes three exceptional children’s middle-grade and picture books. Criteria for this award includes: quality of writing and illustrations; success of book, including other national, regional, and local awards received; and what makes the title unique in its genre. To be considered, authors must fill out an entry form and send copies of the title (book must have been published in the last three years).

Best Cover Design (Nonfiction/Fiction) (ranked 1st, 2nd, 3rd) – Honoring books that have outstanding cover design, criteria for this award includes: aesthetic quality, uniqueness, and strength of title/subtitle. To be considered, authors must fill out an entry form and send copies of the title (book must have been published in the last three years).

Best Interior Design (Nonfiction/Fiction) (ranked 1st, 2nd, 3rd) – An award based on exceptional interior design, the criteria for this award includes: aesthetic quality, including typography and illustrations/graphic elements.

Local Author Signing at Hyde Park Books

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THIS SATURDAY! Idaho authors will be signing books at Hyde Park Books from 10-3. There are many subjects and genres to choose from by all sorts of folks! Come meet local authors who will sign their books for you AND you can support the local economy! There will also be light refreshments, including Mediterranean Hummus from Jill Skeem’s book Comfort Food Gets a Vegan Makeover.
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Authors who will be present are as follows:

10 AM to Noon

*Cherie Buckner-Webb
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*Jane Freund
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*Janice Hildreth
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*AJ Irving
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*Joel Lund
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*Jill Skeem
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*Jeannine Smith
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1 PM to 3 PM

*Americus Dottier
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*Merri Halma
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*Laurie Kuntz
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*L.D. Webb
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Books by other local authors will be available. SO COME ON DOWN to meet local authors and enjoy Mediterranean Hummus!
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