Top Idaho Author and Book Awards 2013

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It was a full house at Beside Bardenay for the 2013 Top Idaho Author and Book Awards. I chatted with authors I knew, met new authors, and even caught up with one of my junior high English teachers. This elegant evening included delicious food, cocktails, inspirational speeches, and a barrage of flashes from the cameras of proud spouses, family members, and friends.

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I shared this magical celebration with my mom and husband. Believe me, they took their fair share of photos. My husband even embarrassed me a bit by repeatedly shouting, “Whoo-hoo!” when I received my award.

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I was relieved when the professional photographer took over and started shooting group photos 🙂 Congrats to the 2013 winners of the Top Idaho Author and Book Awards!

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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

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.

I am the featured IAC author today!

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AJ received a B.A. in Journalism and Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of Oregon. Her first children’s picture book, Mama’s Purse, has won local and national awards. She lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, two children, and a Weimaraner named Charlie Blue.

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63 Thunderclap Supporters!

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I’m over half way to my goal of 100 supporters to launch my Thunderclap campaign on November 4th! Thank you for your support!

My campaign: AJ Irving spent her childhood in Boise, Idaho, catching grasshoppers and writing stories. Her biggest dream in the whole world was to be a writer. AJ’s first children’s picture book has won five awards. Mama’s Purse is a rhyming story about a mother and child who interact with animals and fun objects in a magical purse. Her goal as an author is to encourage children to develop a lifelong love for books and to inspire young minds to use their mighty imaginations. With your help, AJ will be able to publish her second children’s book: Millie Lou’s Moo Juice.

How it works: Follow this link (http://thndr.it/H08ku2 ) and click on the support with facebook and/or twitter buttons. If I can get 100 supporters by November 4th, my campaign will launch and be visible to thousands of people.

Thank you for helping me reach my dream to publish my second children’s book!

Read today and every day to come because reading is so much fun!

Best wishes,

AJ

Mama’s Purse Blog Tour Book Review

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What’s in your purse? Bandages and bananas? What’s in my purse? Bandages maybe, but even bananas would be rare for mine. Yet I find my kids going through it all the time. Your kids will have much more fun discovering what is in this Mama’s Purse! Full of fun, adventure, and rhyming words! It’s just as much fun to read as it is for them to listen and see the pictures! There are so many fun surprises you will never guess what is next!

Mama’s Purse by AJ Irving is a cute little book that takes readers on a fun adventure of discovering what is in Mama’s purse. Our kids really enjoyed the fun illustrations and the unpredictable surprises that came with each page! I love the use of rhyming in Mama’s Purse. Between the rhyming and great illustrations we really enjoy Mama’s Purse! Our kids love pointing out the different things as I read them. They think Mama’s Purse is so fun and silly! Mama’s Purse is definitely a fun, family-friendly book!

Click here to read more! http://peaofsweetness.com/mamas-purse/

Mama’s Purse Blog Tour Book Review

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Mama’s Purse celebrates a soaring and vivid imagination. Author A.J. Irving takes the reader on a magical ride inside of Mama’s Purse where you will find more than just breath mints, pens, tissue, and band-aids (not that those items are in MY purse! *ahem*). As you turn each page, you will discover something wilder and wackier each time. From bassoons and goons to a plane and chow mein there are plenty of opportunities for young children to expand their minds and vocabulary.

Along with the wildly creative animals, food, actions, objects, and concepts in the book come some bright, colourful, computer-generated illustrations. I think young children would really be drawn to the images and could spend considerable time perusing them.

The book features rhyming verse and for the most part, the rhyming is really good, but there are a few spots that perhaps lack some cadence. This becomes more noticeable when you try to read it out loud to children and you stumble over words trying to keep the rhythm going. Overall though, it’s very well done.

My Bottom Line: Overall, this is a creative and fun book to read to young children. It also opens up a discussion to stretch children’s imagination by asking “What would you find in YOUR Mama’s Purse?” The wackier, the better! This is a sweet little picture book that I think young children (aged 2 to 5) would enjoy reading with their parents (especially with Mama!)

Click here to read more! http://motherdaughterbookreviews.com/blog-tour-and-book-review-mamas-purse-by-a-j-irving/

Mama’s Purse Blog Tour Book Review

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100_4317Mama’s Purse, written by AJ Irving and illustrated by Rick Thomson is a charming little book that will be sure to delight young readers. Written in rhyme, each page reveals a silly combination of things that you can find in a mama’s purse, from a caboose made of juice to a goat with an orange goatee. So cute!

We love books at our house. For our younger kids we especially love ones that foster creativity, make us giggle and get asked to be read again and again. Mama’s Purse is such a book. My 6 year old son really liked this book and wanted to read it over and over again. With the exception of a few longer words, he was also able to read much of it alone once he had heard it a few times. Bonus! The bright, colorful and imaginative illustrations capture younger children’s interest are just plain fun to look at. I would encourage you to pick up a copy to share with the children in your life!

Click here to read more! http://familyfaithandfridays.blogspot.com/2013/06/mamas-purse-book-review.html

More Awards!

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pdba_headerMama’s Purse wins 1st place in Picture Books – 5 & Younger and 1st place for Best Cover Design in the 2013 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards!

http://www.fivestarpublications.com/bookcontest/book-award-winners.html#2013pdbawin

Awards!

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9780983924906This is such an exciting time of year because it is award season in the publishing world. Mama’s Purse is up for several awards. So far Mama’s Purse has won a Mom’s Choice Award, Top 5 Idaho Book, and Top 10 Idaho Author.

Good luck to all the indie authors!

Stay tuned for award updates and upcoming book signing events!

Mama’s Purse Awards

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Mom’s Choice Awards® (MCA)

The Mom’s Choice Awards® (MCA) evaluates products and services created for children and families. The program is globally recognized for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. The organization is based in the United States and has reviewed thousands of entries from more than 18 countries.

A Mark Of Distinction / A Trusted Resource
Around the world, parents, educators, retailers and members of the media look for the MCA mother-and-child Honoring Excellence seal of approval when selecting quality products and services for children and families.

Our Esteemed Panel Of Judges
An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others.

TOP 10 Fiction Author! Awarded by Idaho Book Extravaganza

The Top Idaho Author and Book Awards honor Idaho’s best books and most talented authors. Top 10 Authors Award – A prestigious award given to authors who have published a book in the last three years, this award honors 10 outstanding nonfiction writers and 10 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.

TOP 5 Book! Awarded by Idaho Book Extravaganza

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.