I have to be honest: when I started writing the Gideon Hawke Series it never occurred to me I might win an award. Imagine my surprise when this happened! On Saturday I had the great honor of receiving the Kansas Notable Book Award for my novel A Nest of Hornets.
That was an incredible experience…but it was not the best experience this weekend.
On Friday I had the opportunity to speak to the 7th and 8th Graders at Chase Middle School in Topeka, Kansas. We discussed authorship, the American Revolution, and what “all men are created equal” means today.
When I started writing the series I did hope that I might in some small way be able to enhance young people’s understanding of the Revolution and what it means. The visit to Chase was a remarkable opportunity to do just that. Even better, I had a young lady approach me after one of the sessions and share her aspiration to be a writer; I was able to give her a bit of encouragement and advice.
I will probably never win a Pulitzer Prize or bust into the New York Times Best Seller List; but that’s just fine. If success means having a positive impact on a younger generation, I’m already been there! Now the challenge is to keep up the momentum!
Voting has opened for Metamorph Publishing’s Summer Indie Book Awards and Gideon Hawke needs your vote!
Please vote for A Nest of Hornets at the link below, and remember that each person can vote once every day during the voting window of September 1st through September 11th, 2017.
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A Nest of Hornets was just selected for the 2017 Kansas Notable Book Award!
Every year the Kansas State Library selects fifteen books which “highlight Kansas people, places, and events” as Kansas Notable Books.
As a Kansas-based author I submitted A Nest of Hornets, and I literally had a jaw-dropping moment a few days ago when I received the notification that it was selected!
The awardees will be recognized at the 2017 Kansas Book Festival on September 9th, 2017 at the State Capitol in Topeka. I have been invited to be one of the presenting authors at the Festival, which needless to say is a tremendous honor! In addition to speaking about A Nest of Hornets, I will do a book signing, have the opportunity to meet some amazing authors and readers, will likely pick up a great book or three, and will definitely partake of the fare offered by some of the many food vendors!
Many thanks to my family, friends, readers, and fellow authors who encouraged me and made this honor possible!
Now, I feel as though I need to step up my game! Given the success of the Gideon Hake Series thus far, I must ensure that Gideon Hawke #4, A Constant Thunder, does not disappoint!
2017 Kansas Notable Book Awardees: https://kslib.info/1318/2017-Notable-Books.
2017 Kansas Book Festival: http://www.kansasbookfestival.com/
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