Author Success - In the media, awards, reviews

Author Highlights: Awards, Reviews and In-The-News!

Each month, we’re always excited to highlight the successes of our authors! From top award nominations, to featured interviews, to rave reviews – we’re offering a huge congratulations to our authors for these terrific accomplishments!


Dr. Chelinay Gate, author of Lucky-Child: The Secret, just made it to the Prime Minister’s Book Club in Australia. A huge honor!

This compelling coming-of-age tale is the story of Lucy. Answering her dying great-grandmother’s call, Lucy is lured into the dark red heart of Australia’s Great Sandy Desert. Indigenous mother tongues Mangala and Wajarri exquisitely mimic the landscapes and evoke a feeling of timelessness that transports Lucy and the all-female search party into a Dreamtime World, where she learns to respect the Lore, Country and herself. “Like the striking of an ancient gong, I heard my name, Lucy Lucky-Child.”

Lucky-Child: The Secret also won first place in the Fiction category for the 2020 Next Generation Indie Books Awards! The book also won the grand prize in the First Novel category, and was a finalist in the Action/Adventure Category and Regional Category. 

Kathleen Boucher is a Book Excellence Awards Honoree for her self-help book Nine Ways to Empower Tweens #LifeSkills

The book follows fraternal twins Emma and Elliot who teach tweens practical life strategies that they’ve learned from their parents and teachers. These life skills include how to have more confidence when presenting in class, the importance of work ethic, a simple writing technique to help deal with anger, and more. 

Shane Sacha, author of Awakenings: A Life’s Journey, was nominated for a Foreword Reviews Indie Awards in the Self-Help Adult Non-Fiction Category!

This unique self-help book is the dramatic true tale of Jackson, immersed in the depths of hell. His life was about to be ripped apart, and if he survived, he’d never be the same. The story will change the way you think, feel and process your life, and offers rare insight into the saying “some lights can only be seen on the darkest of nights”.


Raj Arneja received a 4.6/5 star review from IndieReader for her debut novel, Love at First Sight: A Mother’s Journey to Adoption. This beautiful memoir depicts Raj’s story of becoming a mother and is a celebration of motherhood through adoption! 

“Raj Arneja’s LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT: A Mother’s Journey to Adoption is a well-written heart wrenching and captivating memoir about the journey to finding and nurturing family.” – Alicia Rudnicki for IndieReader.

You can read the full review here

Back in June, Melody Cooper’s adorable children’s book Meet Duke & Brody! received a 4/5 star review from IndieReader! The story follows new puppy pals Duke and Brody as they explore their differences and realize that they have more in common than they thought! Melody was recently interviewed by the organization and featured on the IndieReader blog, where she discussed the inspiration behind the book, why she became an author, and what advice she has for other indie authors!

“Not to give up of course. Keep plugging away. Marketing is not a sprint it’s a marathon.”

You can read the full interview here. You can read the full review here

Business savant Michael Contento’s The Bottom Line: What You Need For Success In Business, Leadership And Life received a top-notch Kirkus Review. The Bottom Line is the book that tells you how to become successful in life regardless of education level or how much you’ve messed up in the past. It helps readers develop the elemental skills of business, leadership, and life.

A likable and engagingly presented program for simplifying approaches to life.”

You can read the full review here.

Peter Gribble received a 5/5 star review from IndieReader for Threat, the first book in his magical new series The City of the Magicians. Featuring secret societies, barbarians, and an intricate game of strategies and blackmail, Threat is a fiction-lover’s dream.

“An exquisitely crafted, richly textured world of magic and mystery, with settings and mood so exceptionally well visualized that fans of science fiction and fantasy should not pass up the chance to walk inside.”

You can read the full review here.

Roger Lawrence received a 5/5 star review from IndieReader for his debut book Justice Denied: A Personal Requiem. This gripping memoir follows Lawrence’s trial for fraud; fraud that the State alleged involved hundreds of millions of dollars – a false claim.

“JUSTICE DENIED: A Personal Requiem by Roger Lawrence is both riveting and disturbing and relays the true-to-life tale about how the judicial system can steal people’s livelihoods and lives, working them over for reasons that have little, if anything, to do with serving actual justice.”

You can read the full review here


Energy healer Renu Arora was interviewed on the NamaSlay Podcast to discuss her amazing accelerated release technique and promote her book The Energy Healing Bible.

The Energy Healing Bible examines such concepts as how the subconscious communicates with us, the Law of Attraction, past and parallel lives, ghosts and other spirits, crystal therapy, inner children, Akashic Records, energy fields, guardian angels, planetary interferences and so much more.

Finance guru Doug Allan was interviewed in North Shore News to talk about the practical approach to personal finances highlighted in his new book A Fighting Chance: The High School Finance Education Everyone Deserves.

A Fighting Chance was created to address the lack of financial literacy in high school curriculums around the world, leaving young people unequipped to manage their finances as they enter the work world.

Leigh Anne Fortner was interviewed on THV11 to discuss how COVID-19 helped inspired her to write her new children’s book, The Light

This beautifully illustrated children’s book will help your child to see the goodness and beauty that surrounds us in this world while also exploring one woman’s journey through grief.

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