|Posted on June 16, 2012 at 3:55 PM|
Two Authors from the Blue Mustang Press Catalog, Robin Stratton and Michael C. Keith, were Named Finalists in the 2012 National Indie Excellence Awards in California.
Boston, MA — The Sixth Annual National Indie Excellence Awards recognized On Air by Robin Stratton in the category of Fiction and And Through the Trembling Air by Michael Keith in the category of Short Stories as Finalists for the 2012 award.
This national award, based in Los Angeles, is open to all English language books including small presses, university presses, independent publishers and self-published authors. Works published in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 were eligible for consideration at this year’s awards.
The competition is judged by independent experts from all aspects of the independent book industry, including publishers, writers, editors, book cover designers and professional copywriters. The panel selects award winners and finalists based on overall excellence of presentation.
On Air is a novel that tells the tale of once-popular radio DJ. During the 1980s Eric Storm was Boston’s hottest radio personality, but 20 years later he’s a full-grown beagle heavier, divorced, and out of work. Complicating matters is Ma, whose sudden deterioration frightens him. For his whole life she has loved him, shouted at him, praised him, criticized him, and driven him completely nuts, and he has done the same to her; a comfortable set of dynamics that has worked fine for almost fifty years. Unprepared for his new role as caregiver, he responds by becoming obsessed with a sexy young street musician who's probably way out of his league. Then Ma slips into a coma, and the diary she kept years ago reveals a shocking truth about the father he never met. Robin Stratton’s ability to tell Eric’s story is so strong that it leaves one wondering exactly how fictional Eric is.
And Through the Trembling Air is a collection of speculative fiction short stories. The author tells a multitude of fantastic tales designed to stick with the reader long after the story ends. A child is declared dead but her parents believe otherwise, a teenage boy is hunted for his precious body parts, a professor violates his own code of ethics for fame, an abandoned house wreaks havoc on a neighborhood family, an incinerated reptile mentors a human being, a deceased mother confronts her son to right a wrong, an elderly couple scheme to cheat the grim reaper, and a widow struggles with the weeping photograph of a girl whose death she has witnessed. These are a few of the unusual themes in this strange and compelling collection of stories by the consummate storyteller Michael Keith.
“We appreciate you, we applaud you and thank you for your great work. You are contributing to make independent publishing a great sector in the literary community,” said Ellen Reid, President of the National Indie Excellence Book Awards.
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