PAST WINNERS, MAXY AWARDS

2017

  • Children’s – YA

Winner: Perfectly Precious Poohlicious by Mary Jackson
“The illustrations, the tenderness of the story, and the music all mix together for a beautiful children’s read.” –Maxy Awards
Runner-Up: My Lonely Room by John A. Vikara
“Indulge yourself by feeling what’s it like to grow up in the 50s. A perfectly painted YA novel.” –Maxy Awards

  • Fiction

Winner: Women Within by Anne Leigh Parrish
“Stand up women everywhere! Fantastic and inspirational.” –Maxy Awards
Runner-Up: Difficult Lies by Christopher T. Werkman
“A life-changing story that digs deep into the psychological, and tells us that through all trials and tribulations, there’s a chance for a positive outlook.” –Maxy Awards

  • Horror

Winner: Memoirs of Murder by Brad A. Braddock
“Revisit an old classic! A fresh perspective on Zombie horror.” –Maxy Awards
Runner-Up: Tasted: The Lady Graves by Michael Bommer
“Not just another vampire novel! The ultimate internal conflict of doing good or spreading evil.” –Maxy Awards

  • Literary

Winner: The Garrington Garden by Benjamin Lederer
“Author Benjamin Lederer’s writing relates to the reader, and carries an impactful message.” –Maxy Awards
Runner-Up: When I Was Seven by Mary Ellen Bramwell
“Simply delightful! An intelligent view through a young boy’s eyes, triumph and twists.” –Maxy Awards

  • Mystery – Detective

Winner: Bailey’s Law by Meg Lelvis
“A true mystery for any reader, with enough clues to stay thoroughly engaged, but not enough leads to solve the brilliant ending!” –Maxy Awards
Runner-Up: Compelled by Inge-Lise Goss
“This is what a murder story should be. Bonus, a supernatural element.” –Maxy Awards

  • Non-Fiction

Winner: You’ll Do Anything For Him by Dr. Maureen E. Hosier & Berta Hosier Conger
“Eye-opening, satisfying, enlightening. A very well written and precise look at relationships and how we sacrifice our own feelings for the mutual benefit.” –Maxy Awards
Runner-Up: My Brother’s Keeper by Wendy Mac Ewan Kroger
“A testament on what we can endure, and the challenges we can overcome when out of other options. A compelling read.” –Maxy Awards 

  • SciFi – Fantasy

Winner: Tegen Justice by Inge-Lise Goss
“Action anyone? It never ends in Goss’s sci-fi crime thriller, every page is worth reading.” –Maxy Awards
Runner-Up: The Emblem Throne by Jeffrey L. Kohanek
“An excellent fantasy series with unforgettable heroes and witty magic.” –Maxy Awards

  • Suspense – Thriller

Winner: The Ice Maiden by B.D. Smith
“The best mystery-thriller of 2017, hands down!” –Maxy Awards
Runner-Up: Beleaguered Truth by William P. Messenger
“Book two in an intense thriller series with strong political characters and an underlying impact.” –Maxy Awards
 


2016

  • Children’s – YA

Winner: The Whispering of Trees by C.Y. Bourgeois
“The Whispering of Trees would make an authentic addition to the 100 young adult books to read in a lifetime.” –Maxy Awards
Runner-Up: One Creepy Street: The Spider on the Web by Lee Jordan
“The illustrations bring safety and awareness to full light in this colorful children’s educational book.” –Maxy Awards

  • Fiction

Winner: The Prayer Rug by H.M. Hymas
“A triumphant mirroring of how international conflict between Middle East countries and the U.S. can very much affect those lives closest to war and run deep.” –Maxy Awards
Runner-Up: HoneyLee’s Girl by G.K. Wuori
“Rich characters revolving around murder, and a web well spun by strong writing.” –Maxy Awards

  • Horror

Winner: A Fractured Conjuring by Martin Reaves
“Exactly what horror should be… frightful, eerie, and unpredictable!” –Maxy Awards
Runner-Up: The Devil’s Vial by Byron Brumbaugh
“A challenging feast for the authors’ characters and their own moral agendas, making for an absorbing read.” –Maxy Awards

  • Literary

Winner: Wild Raspberries by Connie Chappell
“Chappell does a wondrous job allowing her words speak for her characters, immersing the reader in scenes where dialogue would have typically done the trick.” –Maxy Awards
Runner-Up: The Art of Nauga Farming by Pat Grieco
“The Art of Nauga Farming is a rare presentation filled with continuous laughter and a welcome addition amidst so many serious books.” –Maxy Awards

  • Mystery – Detective

Winner: Yearning by R.C. Knipstein
“A fierce mystery with detective work that reminds one of James Lee Burke novels.” –Maxy Awards
Runner-Up: Murder in the Shade of Crimson by R. Sonja Lecotte
“A murder-mystery that grabs and grips, the attention of the reader, of course!” –Maxy Awards

  • Non-Fiction

Winner: Pleasant Valley Lost by Joseph J. Swope
“A tragic memoir, yet surprisingly witty and humorous. Certain to bring back memories and cause reflection.” –Maxy Awards
Runner-Up: Nazis and Nudists by David Haldane
“Haldane showcases his writing skills in retelling poor decisions and questionable judgment, which only enhances a great read!” –Maxy Awards 

  • SciFi – Fantasy

Winner: The Gopher and The Erstwhile Wizard by J.L. Rallios
“A pleasant and quirky read, where the dialogue between gopher and wizard is priceless. The characters are lovable and unforgettable.” –Maxy Awards
Runner-Up: Wayne’s Angel by Ron W. Mumford
“Stimulating and suspenseful. It’s time for Mumford to write another.” –Maxy Awards

  • Suspense – Thriller

Winner: Banished Threads by Kaylin McFarren
“A beautifully written love story with so much more. One of the best of the year, and a series worth diving into!” –Maxy Awards
Runner-Up: Cisco Bandits by Inge-Lise Goss
“Cisco Bandits is full of action, taking undercover work to greater heights and keeping the reader guessing a storyline lurking around every corner.” –Maxy Awards