FAPA Presidents Book Awards Banner 2015

 

On Saturday night, August 8, the Florida Authors and Publishers Association (FAPA) gave out its prestigious annual President’s Awards for the best books of 2014 and the first half of 2015 by authors and publishers in Florida and throughout the United States. The event, which took place at the HILTON ORLANDO LAKE BUENA VISTA in the Walt Disney World® Resort, Lake Buena Vista,  Florida, recognized outstanding books by awarding gold and up to two silver medals in categories ranging from children’s books to adult fiction, from memoirs to self-help, from business books to e-books.

“The award winners represent some of the very best books published in by national and Florida writers and presses in the past year and a half,” said Chris Angermann, FAPA President.

The following winners were selected in the following categories by the competition’s 35 judges – 32 Florida librarians and three graphic designers.

Download the entire FAPA President's Award Press Release.

 

Children's Fiction

Lost in Boston

GOLD MEDAL WINNER

Lost in Boston, Jane R Wood; Florida Kids Press

 

 

Lost Loot
SILVER MEDAL WINNER
Lost Loot by D.G. Stern, Deborah Allison; Neptune Press

 

 

 

  

 

Liesel's Ocean Rescue

SILVER MEDAL WINNER

Liesel's Ocean Rescue by Barbara Krasner, Avi Katz; Gilhon River Press

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Children's Non-Fiction

Sea Slime

GOLD MEDAL WINNER

Sea Slime: It's Eeuwy, Gooey and Under the Sea by Ellen Prager, Shennen Bersani; Arbordale Publishing

 

 

Same is Lame

SILVER MEDAL WINNER
Same is Lame by Jimmy Vee, Mike Motz; Atlas Press

 

 

 

Pelican Pete's Backyard Adventures

SILVER MEDAL WINNER

Pelican Pete's Backyard Adventures: Nature Discoveries and Outdoor Fun by Frances Keiser, Hugh Keiser; Sagaponack Books

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Florida Young Children's Book

Eli's Balloon

GOLD MEDAL WINNER

Eli's Balloon by Candace Ruffin, Mark Wayne Adams; The Writing Cane

 

 

Goodnight Gators

SILVER MEDAL WINNER
Goodnight Gators by Patricia Baloyra; Ampersand, Inc

 

 

 

Baby Animal of Florida

SILVER MEDAL WINNER

Baby Animals of Florida by Kathleen King; South Bay Publishing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Children's Picture Book

Xs and Os for Gabby AnnGOLD MEDAL WINNER

X's and O's for Gabby Ann by Petrell Marie Ozbay, Mike Motz; Adorn, Inc.

 

Fasty FreddieGOLD MEDAL WINNER
Fast Freddy by Lee Ann Mancini, Dan Sharp; GLM Publishing

 

 

 

Laura and Grandpa Discovering Science Together

SILVER MEDAL WINNER

Laura and Grandpa: Discovering Science Together, Book 3 by Dr. Robert H Drupp, Kristina Edstrom; Simple Science Books

  

 

Lea and the Christmas Angel

SILVER MEDAL WINNER
Lea and the Christmas Angel by Brenda Sue Boulden Thompson, Kayla Lynn Olson; Middle River Press

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Florida Children's Picture Book

Sometimes I Dream

GOLD MEDAL WINNER

Sometimes I Dream by Jose Colon, Jennifer Schmucker, Making Memories Portraits; Halo International

 

 

 

Xs and Os for Gabby Ann
SILVER MEDAL WINNER
X's and O's for Gabby Ann by Petrell Marie Ozbay, Mike Motz; Adorn, Inc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

You're a Crocagator

SILVER MEDAL WINNER

You're a Crocagator by Kenny Rager, Patti Brassard Jefferson; Halo Publishing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Young Adult Fiction

An Unrequited FallGOLD MEDAL WINNER

An Unrequited Fall by Leslee Horner; CalBel Productions, LLC

 

 

 

The Sparks
SILVER MEDAL WINNER
The Sparks by Kyle Prue; Barringer Publishing

 

 

 

 

  

Freek Week SILVER MEDAL WINNER

Freek Week by Steve Burt; Steve Burt Books

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Florida Young Adult (Fiction & Non-Fiction)

The Sparks

GOLD MEDAL WINNER

The Sparks by Kyle Prue; Barringer Publishing

 

 

 

The Izzy Story
SILVER MEDAL WINNER
The Izzy Story by Ddwlem, Chalice Mitchell; Ddwlem, LLC

 

 

 

 

 

John Horse: Florida's First Freedom Fighter

SILVER MEDAL WINNER

John Horse: Florida's First Freedom Fighter by Betty Turso; CreateSpace

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

Education

Parts of Speech Parade, New York City

GOLD MEDAL WINNER

Parts of Speech Parade, New York City by Irina Gonikberg Dolinskiy, Mark Wayne Adams; Mark Wayne Adams, Inc.

 

 

The Magic Ice Cream PalaceSILVER MEDAL WINNER
The Magic Ice Cream Palace by Jose Colon, Amy Rottinger; Halo International Publishing

 

 

 

Sometimes I DreamSILVER MEDAL WINNER

Sometimes I Dream by Jose Colon, Jennifer Schmucker, Making Memories Portraits; Halo International Publishing

 

 

 

 

 

Business

Protecting Your Nest Egg GOLD MEDAL WINNER

Protecting Your Nest Egg by Page Cole

 

 

 

 

2015 Weird & Wacky Holiday Marketing Guide
SILVER MEDAL WINNER
2015 Weird & Wacky Holiday Marketing Guide by Ginger Marks; DocUmeant Publishing

 

 

The CEO and I.T. DepartmentSILVER MEDAL WINNER

The CEO and I.T. Department by Donald J Burchell; South Bay Publishing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reference

GOLD MEDAL WINNER The Little Red Writing Book, Deluxe Edition

The Little Red Writing Book, Deluxe Edition by Brandon Royal; Maven Publishing

 

 

The Weekend Book ProposalGOLD MEDAL WINNER
The Weekend Book Proposal by Ryan G Van Cleave; Writer's Digest Books

 

 

 

 

Captivate Your Readers: An Editor's Guide to Writing Compelling FictionSILVER MEDAL WINNER

Captivate Your Readers: An Editor's Guide to Writing Compelling Fiction by Jodie Renner; Cobalt Books

 

 

The Plan the Launched a Thousand BooksSILVER MEDAL WINNER
The Plan that Launched a Thousand Books by Tara R Alemany; Emerald Lake Books

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Religion

Still Wearing My Heels

GOLD MEDAL WINNER

Still Wearing My Heels by Michelle Frazzetto; Peppertree Press

 

 

 

A Taste of Chocolate for the Soul
SILVER MEDAL WINNER
A Taste of Chocolate for the Soul by Dr. Carol Kennedy; Westbow

 

 

 

 

Shiloh Unveiled

SILVER MEDAL WINNER

Shiloh Unveiled by Walter Joseph Schenck, Jr.; iUniverse, LLC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Sports & Recreation 

A Secret History of the Ollie: Vol 1: The 1970s

GOLD MEDAL WINNER

A Secret History of the Ollie: Volume 1: The 1970s by Craig B Snyder; Black Salt Press

 

  

Reeling in Time with Fish Tales

SILVER MEDAL WINNER
Reeling in Time with Fish Tales by Capt. Brian E Smith; Southern Yellow Pine Publishing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

E-Book Adult

The Big Wheel

GOLD MEDAL WINNER

The Big Wheel by Scott Archer Jones; Southern Yellow Pine Publishing

 

 

 

Immigration: Obama Must Act Now
SILVER MEDAL WINNER
Immigration: Obama Must Act Now by Leonard Birdsong; Winghurst Publications

 

 

 

 

Jupiter and Gilgamesh

SILVER MEDAL WINNER

Jupiter and Gilgamesh by Scott Archer Jones; Southern Yellow Pine Publishing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

E-Book Children

My Silly Dog Gus

GOLD MEDAL WINNER

My Silly Dog Gus by C.K. Carter, Ricardo J Rodriguez; C.K. Carter

 

 

 

 

My Pink Airplane
SILVER MEDAL WINNER
My Pink Airplane by Tracy Bryan; Tracy Bryan

 

 

  

 

Lift

SILVER MEDAL WINNER

Lift by Tracy Bryan; Tracy Bryan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Short Fiction

Now We Will Be Happy

GOLD MEDAL WINNER

Now We Will Be Happy by Amina Gautier; University of Nebraska Press

 

 

 

The Day the Mirror Cried
SILVER MEDAL WINNER
The Day the Mirror Cried by Saundra Kelley; Southern Yellow Pine Publishing

 

 

 

 

History and Mystery Oh My!

SILVER MEDAL WINNER

History and Mystery Oh My! by Sarah E Glenn; Mystery & Horror, LLC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adult Fiction: General

The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky

GOLD MEDAL WINNER

The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky by David Litwack; Evolved Publishing

 

 

  

Iron Butterfly
SILVER MEDAL WINNER
Iron Butterfly by Lisa Wainland; Twin Tree Press

 

 

 

 

 

The Lost Twin

SILVER MEDAL WINNER

Lost Twin by D.W. Harper; HayMarBooks, LLC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adult Fiction: Genre

The Farber Legacy

GOLD MEDAL WINNER

The Farber Legacy by George Encizo; CreateSpace

 

 

 

Good SamGOLD MEDAL WINNER
Good Sam by Dete Meserve; Melrose Hill Publishing

 

 

 

 

 

Iron Butterfly

SILVER MEDAL WINNER

Iron Butterfly by Lisa Wainland; Twin Tree Press

 

 

 

 

Memory HouseSILVER MEDAL WINNER
Memory House by Bette Lee Crosby; Bent Pine Publishing

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

Adult Fiction: Action/Suspense

The Care CardGOLD MEDAL WINNER

The Care Card by Darryl Bollinger; JNB Press

 

 

 

 

Shark Fin Soup SILVER MEDAL WINNER
Shark Fin Soup by Susan Klaus; Oceanview Publishing

 

 

 

Murder in Nice

SILVER MEDAL WINNER

Murder in Nice by Susan Kiernan-Lewis; San Marco Press

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adult Fiction: Historical

GOLD MEDAL WINNER Fate & Freedom

Fate & Freedom, Book 1: The Middle Passage by K.I. Knight; First Freedom Publishing

 

 

Over Here
SILVER MEDAL WINNER
Over Here by James Hockenberry; HN Books

 

 

 

 

 

Callie Kinser of Brush CreekSILVER MEDAL WINNER

Callie Kinser of Brush Creek by Ron Miller; Antebellum Press

 

 

 

Not Just Another War StorySILVER MEDAL WINNER
Not Just Another War Story by Wayne G MacDowell; DocUmeant Publishing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adult Non-Fiction

Unbroken Circles for Schools

GOLD MEDAL WINNER

Unbroken Circles for Schools by Ken Johnson; Southern Yellow Pine Publishing

 

 

Hadrian's Wall PathSILVER MEDAL WINNER
Hadrian's Wall Path by Jane V Blanchard; Jane V Blanchard

 

 

 

 

Oh My God, I'm Feeling Older and So Is My MomSILVER MEDAL WINNER

Oh My God, I'm Feeling Older and So Is My Mom by Scott Greenberg; Star Group Books

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poetry

Dinosaurs Living in My Hair

GOLD MEDAL WINNER

Dinosaurs Living in My Hair by Jayne M Rose-Vallee, Anni Matsick; Rosevalle Creations

 

 

  

Just One Scent: The Rest is God
SILVER MEDAL WINNER
Just One Scent: The Rest is God by Piero Rivolta; Bardolf & Company

 

  

 

Kinyamaswa: An Epic Poem

SILVER MEDAL WINNER

Kinyamaswa: An Epic Poem by Andreas Morgner; Apprentice House Press

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Florida Fiction for Adults

Save My Place

GOLD MEDAL WINNER

Save My Place by Olivia deBelle Byrd; Mercer University Press

 

 

 

 

The Care Card
SILVER MEDAL WINNER
The Care Card by Darryl Bollinger; JNB Press

 

 

 

Mercedes Wore BlackSILVER MEDAL WINNER

Mercedes Wore Black by Andrea Brunais; Southern Yellow Pine Publishing

 

 

 

 

Mosquito CountrySILVER MEDAL WINNER
Mosquito Country by Lucinda Waldron; Outskirts Press

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Florida Non-Fiction for Adults

Images of America:Key BiscayneGOLD MEDAL WINNER

Images of America: Key Biscayne by James Kushlan and Kirsten Hines; Arcadia Publishing

 

 

 

Shade in the Sunshine StateSILVER MEDAL WINNER
Shade in the Sunshine State by Liz Coursen; First Person Publications

 

 

 

Right Smart to SaySILVER MEDAL WINNER

Right Smart to Say by Robert H Gore, III; Middle River Press

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Biography

Women of ValorGOLD MEDAL WINNER

Women of Valor by Joanne D Gilbert, Gihon River Press

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Autobiography/Memoir

Blasted by Adversity: The Making of a Wounded WarriorGOLD MEDAL WINNER

Blasted by Adversity: The Making of a Wounded Warrior by Luke Murphy with Julie Bettinger; Inkshares, Inc

 

 

Walking to Woot: A Photographic Narrative Discovering New Dimensions for Parent/Teen Bonding

SILVER MEDAL WINNER
Walking to Wood: A Photographic Narrative Discovering New Dimensions for Parent/Teen Bonding by Jacky Chase; Adventure Travel Press

 

  

 

How We Said GoodnightSILVER MEDAL WINNER

How We Said Goodnight by Rachel Silsdorf; Bardolf & Company

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Health & Fitness

Surviving Cancer: Our Voices & Choices

GOLD MEDAL WINNER

Surviving Cancer: Our Voices & Choices by Marion Behr; WWH Press

 

 

Things I Wish I'd Known: Cancer and Kids
SILVER MEDAL WINNER
Things I Wish I'd Known: Cancer and Kids by Deborah J Cornwall; Bardolf & Company

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Home & Garden

Attracting Birds to South Florida GardensGOLD MEDAL WINNER

Attracting Birds to South Florida Gardens by James A Kushlan & Kristen Hines; University Press of Florida

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cookbook

The Air Diet: Recipes & Tips for Success in Your Allergy-free KitchenGOLD MEDAL WINNER

The Air Diet: Recipes & Tips for Success in Your Allergy-free Kitchen by Laura Merrill Godfrey; Jigsaw Living

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Political

Unbroken Circles for SchoolsGOLD MEDAL WINNER

Unbroken Circles for Schools by Ken Johnson; Southern Yellow Pine Publishing 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How To/Self-Help

Elderly Parents with All Their Marbles: A Survival Guide for the KidsGOLD MEDAL WINNER

Elderly Parents with All Their Marbles: A Survival Guide for the Kids by Pamela Carey; Barking Cat Books, Imprint of New River Press

 

 

 

 

The Plan That Launched a Thousand BooksSILVER MEDAL WINNER
The Plan that Launched a Thousand Books by Tara R Alemany; Emerald Lake Books

 

 

 

Traveling Stories: Lessons from the Journey of LifeSILVER MEDAL WINNER

Traveling Stories: Lessons from the Journey of Life by Terri Clements Dean; LifeStory Publishing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coffee Table Book

Birds of FairchildGOLD MEDAL WINNER

Birds of Fairchild by Kristen Hines, James A Kushlan Photographer; Acclaim Press

 

Walkabout Europe
SILVER MEDAL WINNER
Walkabout Europe by Cliff Roles; Bardolf & Company

 

 

Coastal Dune Lakes: Jewels of Florida's Emerald CoastSILVER MEDAL WINNER

Coastal Dune Lakes: Jewels of Florida's Emerald Coast by Nick Stoltzfus; Live Oak Production Group

 

 

 

Humor

Oh My God, I'm Feeling Older and So Is My MomGOLD MEDAL WINNER

Oh My God, I'm Feeling Older and So Is My Mom by Scott Greenberg; Star Group Books

 

 

 

Shorts on the Beach
SILVER MEDAL WINNER
Shorts for the Beach by J.M. Fisher

 

 

 

 

 

Mark Taylor's Checkered Past: S.S. Guilt Trip

SILVER MEDAL WINNER

Mark Taylor's Checkered Past: S.S. Guilt Trip by Angelina Assanti; City of Palms Publishing Co.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cover Design: Small Format

Save My Place

GOLD MEDAL WINNER

Save My Place by Olivia deBelle Byrd; Mercer University Press 

 

 

 

 

The Big Wheel

SILVER MEDAL WINNER
The Big Wheel by Scott Archer Jones; Southern Yellow Pine Publishing

 

 

  

The Lost Twin

SILVER MEDAL WINNER

The Lost Twin by D.W. Harper; HayMarBooks, LLC 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cover Design: Large Format

Fate & Freedom: Book 1: The Middle Passage

GOLD MEDAL WINNER

Fate & Freedom, Book 1: The Middle Passage by K.I. Knight; First Freedom Publishing

 

 

 

Dinosaurs Living in My Hair

SILVER MEDAL WINNER
Dinosaurs Living in My Hair by Jayne M Rose-Vallee, Anni Matsick; Rosevalle Creations

 

 

  

Flight of the Golden Harpy

SILVER MEDAL WINNER

Flight of the Golden Harpy by Susan Klaus; Tom Doherty Associate Book 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

Founder's Award

Patricia Charpentier, Writing Your Life

FOUNDER'S AWARD WINNER

Patricia Charpentier, Writing Your Life

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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