2022 Book Award Shortlist

Page Turner Awards is delighted to announce our 2022 Book Award Shortlist!

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Julie Carrick Dalton for "Waiting for the Night Song"
Genre: Suspense & Thriller

Julie Carrick Dalton’s debut novel WAITING FOR THE NIGHT SONG was named to Most Anticipated 2021 book by CNN, Newsweek, USA Today, Parade, Buzzfeed, and others, and was an Amazon Editor’s Pick for Best Books of the Month. As a journalist, Julie has published more than a thousand articles in

Junia Wonders for "Have You Ever Wondered What You Will Be?"
Genre: Childrens Picture Books

Junia Wonders is the author of the seasonal bestseller The Roll-Away Pumpkin, which has been translated into six languages. Five of her picture books, namely, The Roll-Away Pumpkin, Zachary and the Great Potato Catastrophe, The Night the Monsters Came, Have You Ever Wondered What You Will Be?, and I

Michael Pronko for "Tokyo Zangyo"
Genre: Mystery & Cozy Mystery

Michael Pronko is a Tokyo-based writer of murder, memoir and music. He’s published four novels in the Detective Hiroshi series, and three books of short writings about Tokyo life. Michael grew up in Kansas City, studied philosophy at Brown University, and then traveled for years, teaching in Beijing

Tom Joyce for "The Missing Peace"
Genre: Action Adventure

Tom Joyce will neither confirm nor deny having any association with persons, living or dead, that have worked for intelligence gathering agencies, in the United States or abroad, in any capacity. He can, however, confirm that he has spent time in Northern Afghanistan and most of the other places

Tom Joyce for "The Missing Peace"
Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Tom Joyce will neither confirm nor deny having any association with persons, living or dead, that have worked for intelligence gathering agencies, in the United States or abroad, in any capacity. He can, however, confirm that he has spent time in Northern Afghanistan and most of the other places

Elise Fender for "The Last Text You Sent"
Genre: Young Adult

Elise has a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Miami, and a Masters of Education from Harvard University. Elise lives in Nashville with her husband, three small humans, and one small dog. She enjoys hot baths, cold margaritas, and good books. The Last Text You Sent is her debut novel.

Susan L Combs for "Pancakes for Roger: A Mentorship Guide for Slaying Dragons"
Genre: Non-Fiction

Susan L. Combs is President of Combs & Company, a full-service insurance brokerage firm based in New York City. Susan started the company at twenty-six years old with a drive to “Do more, better.” This internal mantra has resulted in numerous successes and firsts, like being named the youngest

Amanda Quisenberry for "The Accidental Virgin"
Genre: Memoir

A lifelong Illinoisan, Amanda cherishes her Midwestern roots, and has deep passion for sports, film, and politics. She earned a BA in journalism from Loyola University Chicago, and currently resides in Champaign where she continues to write and blog. Amanda’s debut memoir, "The Accidental Virgin,"

Tamra Ryan for "The Third Law"
Genre: Non-Fiction

Tamra Ryan is the CEO of Women's Bean Project, a social enterprise that provides transitional employment, while operating a food manufacturing business, to women attempting to break the cycle of chronic unemployment and poverty. Tamra is a former partner and board member for Social Venture Partners

Jodie Smith for "Bayou Cresting: The Wanting Women of Huet Pointe"
Genre: Anthology & Compilations

Award-winning author and Mobile Literary Festival founder Jodie Cain Smith spent her childhood exploring the shores of Mobile Bay. She is a graduate of the University of South Alabama and Northern Michigan University because earning a degree on both the southern and northern border happened by

Helen Matthews for "The Girl in the Van"
Genre: Suspense & Thriller

Helen Matthews writes page-turning psychological suspense novels and is fascinated by the darker side of human nature and how a life can change in an instant. Her novel The Girl in the Van, published by Darkstroke Books, won the suspense and thriller genre in the 2022 Pageturner Awards. Other novels

Walt Larimore for "At First Light: A True World War II Story of a Hero, His Bravery, and an Amazing Horse"
Genre: Non-Fiction

Walt Larimore is a best-selling author who resides in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. He has written or co-written 41 books and over 1200 articles in dozens of publications. As an author, his books have garnered a number of American awards and his international writing awards include Page Turner

Meredith Wargo for "DAWGS: A True Story of Lost Animals and the Kids Who Rescued Them"
Genre: Non-Fiction

Meredith Wargo is an award-winning author and advocate for animals. The recipient of four Maxwell Medallions from the Dog Writers of Association of America, she has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Although a native Texan, Meredith currently lives in southern

for "The Box in the Closet"
Genre: Memoir

Jayne Doxtater was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba and currently resides in the West Kootenay region of British Columbia, Canada. A business owner and esthetician of 40 years, she is now semi-retired and loves spending time outdoors. A self-proclaimed tree hugger and chocolate lover, Jayne is

Susana Imaginário for "Wyrd Gods"
Genre: Fantasy

Susana Imaginário lives in Ireland with her husband and their extremely spoiled dog. Her work combines mythology with science fiction, fantasy and psychology in a strange way.