Better than success

October 21, 2014 at 8:42 am

Last week I experienced the thrill of receiving an award for my debut novel, The Heir.

theheir_cover silver award small Along with a number of other books, The Heir won the silver award in the YA science fiction category from Literary Classics. It was exciting to see my book on their website with a silver foil on the front, indicating the prize I had received.

However, what made it even more exciting for me was that other authors also published by Wombat Books received the silver award in other categories as well. LD Taylor received one for her novel, Motive Games, in the faith-based young adult category. Kayleen West’s picture book, Without Me?, received the award in the preschooler picture book category. And Lizbeth Klein recieved it for her book, Firelight of Heaven, in the YA fantasy fiction category. It was more fun achieving something like this knowing that I could share it with friends of mine. That was better than simply receiving congratulations for myself, although that was still great. This way I could share the excitement with others in a greater way than I otherwise would have experienced.

If you haven’t seen any of the books these ladies have written, please check them out at the Wombat Books’ website:

Here’s the press released from Literary Classics. It lists all the winners in different categories.



Literary Classics Announces Youth Media Top Book Award Recipients


SOUTH DAKOTA – Literary Classics announced its 2014 selection of top books for children and young adults today. Award recipients were selected from entries received from around the globe. The Literary Classics selection committee is proud to recognize the following titles in children’s and young adult literature which exemplify the criteria set forth by the Literary Classics Awards committee.


A list of the 2014 recipients follows:



Enchanted Page Book Award for the most distinguished children’s storybook – Scratch and Old Mouse, written by Kathryn England and illustrated by Kimberly Soderberg – Character Publishing


Eloquent Quill Book Award for one work of extraordinary youth fiction – Strange Metamorphosis, by P.C.R. Monk – Bloomtree Press


Lumen Award for Literary Excellence honoring the most notable work of youth nonfiction – The Men Who Made the Yankees, by W. Nikola-Lisa – Gyroscope Books


Words on Wings Book Award for the most remarkable young adult fiction work – Dew Angels, by Melanie Schwapp – Independent



Best Illustrator – Morton Munson Built a Mansion, written and illustrated by Jeff Busch – Bongo Books

Best First Picture Book – Scratch and Old Mouse, Kathryn England – Character Publishing

Best First Chapter Book – Annie the Scientist, Daniel Johnson – Character Publishing

Best First Novel – ​Unveiling the Wizard’s Shroud, Eric Price – Muse It Up Publishing

Best Children’s Picture Book Series – Shelly’s Adventures (Shelly Goes to the Zoo, Shelly’s Outdoor Adventure), written by Kentrell Martin and illustrated by Marc Rodriguez – Shelly’s Adventures, L.L.C.

Best Chapter Book Series – 1950s Adventure Series by C.A. Hartnell (Scary Spring, Sinister Summer, Ferocious Fall, Wild Winter) – Hawk Prints Publishing



General Infant / Preschooler GOLD – Benjamin Jay was a Bully, Emma Glover – Guardian Angel Publishing

General Infant / Preschooler SILVER – I Like Pink, by Vivian Zabel – 4RV Publishing

Picture Book / Preschooler GOLD – Even Poop Has a Purpose, Uncle Paul – PerBook Publishing L.L.C.

Picture Book / Preschooler SILVER – Without Me?, Kayleen West – Wombat Books

General Early Reader GOLD – Deputy Dorkface, How Trutherton Got its Honesty Back, Kevin D Janison – Stephens Press

General Early Reader SILVER – A Creepy Nothingness Came Crawling, Gideon Maxim – Dot and Odd Press

Picture Book Early Reader GOLD – Odie the Stray Kitten, Kristen Mott – Author House

Picture Book Early Reader SILVER – CougaMongaMingaMan, Nancy Scalabroni – Mascot Books



Fiction Chapter Book GOLD – Benton Believes, Kimberly Bugbee, M.S. – Character Publishing

Fiction Chapter Book SILVER – The Mysterious Mandolin, Aneta Cruz – Independent

Fantasy Pre-Teen GOLD – The Magician’s Doll, M.L. Roble – Independent

Fantasy Pre-Teen SILVER – Karmack, J.C. Whyte – Muse It Up Publishing

Mystery Pre-Teen GOLD – A Secret in Time, HY Hanna – Wisheart Press

Mystery Pre-Teen SILVER – The Charelton Locket, Ann Morgan Taylor – XLibris

Fiction Pre-Teen GOLD – Glimpse, Steven Whibley – Steven Whibley Books

Fiction Pre-Teen SILVER – Sons of the Sphinx, Cheryl Carpinello – Beyond Today Educator

Health /Self Esteem GOLD – Kaylee, the “What if?” Game, Christine Dzidrums – Creative Media

Health /Self Esteem SILVER – Not a Doctor Logan’s Divorce Book, Sydney Salter – Character Publishing



Fiction YA GOLD – ​Alchemy’s Daughter, Mary A. Osborne – Lake Street Press

Fiction YA SILVER – Sway, Jennifer Gibson – Black Opal Books

General Young Adult GOLD – Curse of the Crystal Kuatzin, Jan H. Landsberg – CreateSpace

General Young Adult SILVER – My Name is Rapunzel, ​K.C. Hilton – CreateSpace

Fantasy Fiction YA GOLD – Strange Metamorphosis, P.C.R. Monk – CreateSpace

Fantasy Fiction YA SILVER – Firelight of Heaven, Lizbeth Klein – Wombat Books

Science Fiction YA GOLD – Protostar, Braxton A. Cosby – Winter Goose Publishing

Science Fiction YA SILVER – ​The Heir, Lynne Stringer – Wombat Books

Faith Based Young Adult GOLD – The King, Lorilyn Roberts – CreateSpace

Faith Based Young Adult SILVER – Motive Games, L.D. Taylor – Wombat Books

Historical Fiction GOLD – Alchemy’s Daughter, Mary A. Osborne – Lake Street Press

Historical Fiction SILVER – My Name is Luke, Jim Ruddle – Amika Press

NonFiction YA GOLD – The Men Who Made the Yankees, W. Nikola-Lisa – Gyroscope Books

NonFiction YA SILVER – Once Upon a Road Trip, Angela N. Blount – Artifice Press



Rhyme Book – ​If Chocolate Were Purple, Jen Barton – Flickerfawn

Self Esteem Preschool – Alex and the Rabbit, Monica Dumont – Independent

Gender Specific Picture Book – My Brother Is My Best Friend, Nicole Weaver – Guardian Angel Publishing

Interactive Book – Bubble Tubbie, Epiphany Schwarz – Black Catapult Publishing

Faith Based Early Reader – Sì Mama, Sì Papa, Nancy Scalabroni – Mascot Books

Holiday Book – The Santa Spy, Patrick Bates – Character Publishing

Educational Book – Cockroach Invasion, Dr. Sherry L. Meinberg – Archway Publishing

Environmental Issues – Cycle, Jay Amberg – Amika Press

Guide Book – What Do They Want from Me?, Kristina Kumar – Character Publishing

Gender Specific Young Adult – Hometown Heroines, Betty Boltè – ePublishing Works

Inspirational / Visionary – The Undecided, Robin Donaruma – ​Sunbury Press

Cultural Issues – Dew Angels, Melanie Schwapp – Independent


Literary Classics, an organization dedicated to furthering excellence in literature, takes great pride in its role to help promote classic literature which appeals to youth, while educating and encouraging positive values in the impressionable young minds of future generations. Judging is based upon the criteria set forth by Literary Classics’ highly selective awards committee which honors books promoting character, vision, creativity and learning, through content which possesses key elements found in well-crafted literature.


The Literary Classics judging committee consists of experts with backgrounds in publishing, writing, editing, design, illustration, and book reviewing.   To learn more about Literary Classics, visit their website at


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