2023 Book Award Finalists

Page Turner Awards is delighted to announce our 2023 Book Award Finalists, shown in random order!

Please join us in congratulating these rising stars by leaving them a comment at the bottom of their finalist submission. Click 'see more' to read their submission. And you can also congratulate the writers in our forum.

Wherever you see duplicate faces, it's not a mistake, those writers are to be applauded for having more than one submission reach the finals! These authors will be in the running to win our Best Author Award or the Best Book Series Award.

Also browse through the list of Best Book Cover Finalists - these submissions are judged on the book cover, not the written submission.

Find finalists by adding a first name or surname into the search box below. Please only search by the author's name.

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E. C. Pecha for "When the Spider Strikes"
Genre: Mystery & Cozy Mystery

E. C. Pecha is an award-winning screenwriter, novelist, and all-around weirdo. She has devoured mystery books since she first learned how to read, immersing herself in the twisting plots and gasp-inducing surprises. Now, she is passionate about writing her own, including her debut novel When the

Michele E. Gwynn for "SECTION 5"
Genre: Sci-Fi

Michele E. Gwynn is an award-winning Bestselling Author and former freelance journalist from San Antonio, Texas. She has worked in newspaper and contributed online to sites like Examiner.com, Yahoo Voices, and Salon.com. She has also worked as a senior editor for FashionErotica.com, written for Film

Anne Allen for "The Inheritance"
Genre: Drama

Anne Allen lives in Devon but originates from Rugby. Finding early on in life that she loved the sea she spent most of her adult years moving from one coast to another. Her happiest time was spent in Guernsey where she lived for nearly 14 years and her books are all set on that beautiful island

Nikki Auberkett for "Prax"
Genre: Paranormal & Supernatural

Nikki Auberkett is a cultural anthropologist, developmental editor, and overall passionate storyteller. With nearly 15 years of research and exploration into global folklore and mythology, biblical archaeology, and all things weird and unusual, she weaves her research and social science expertise

A.R. Vagnetti Vagnetti for "Forgotten Storm (Storm Series Book 1) A Revised and Extended Edition"
Genre: Romance

A.R. Vagnetti is an American writer who grew up in the scalding Tucson desert. She does her best writing while camping, traveling, and on the beautiful shores of Lake Huron, where she is now blessed to spend her summers away from the Arizona heat. A.R. loves to transport readers into a fantastical

Claire Merchant for "Dangerously Captivating"
Genre: Action Adventure

Claire Merchant is an Australian author and storyteller. She is best known for her collection of fantasy, contemporary, and romance novels set in fictional South Coast. In 2019, Claire won ‘Top Female Author’ in the Fantasy and Romance categories as voted by The Authors Show.

Nikki Auberkett for "Ithandryll"
Genre: Fantasy

Nikki Auberkett is a cultural anthropologist, developmental editor, and overall passionate storyteller. With nearly 15 years of research and exploration into global folklore and mythology, biblical archaeology, and all things weird and unusual, she weaves her research and social science expertise

Matthew Corry for "Book"
Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Having grown up as the son of an English teacher, I'm no stranger to writing. I was in nine car crashes before I was fifteen, and after some serious injuries ended up quite secluded, and reading was, predictably, one of my favourite escapes - no doubt the influence of my mother. Having since taken a

Kindrie Grove for "The Messenger From Myris Dar, Book One of The Stone Guardians"
Genre: Fantasy

I am a mid-career, multi-disciplinary Canadian creative working with fantasy and animal subjects through the mediums of cast bronze, oil painting, traditional drawing and novel writing. My work is play! Inspiration drives me and I move between projects and mediums as they require attention. My

Elizabeth Winthrop Alsop Alsop for "DAUGHTER OF SPIES: Wartime Secrets, Family Lies"
Genre: Memoir

Elizabeth Winthrop Alsop is the author of over 50 works of fiction for adults and children under the pen name Elizabeth Winthrop. These include the award-winning fantasy series, The Castle in the Attic and The Battle for the Castle as well as the short story, The Golden Darters, read on the

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

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

Aharona Rosenthal for "Where the Lilacs Bloom Once Again"
Genre: Memoir

Author’s Bio – Roni (Aharona) Rosenthal, PhD, was born in Israel. Roni is the Director of Judaic Studies and a Hebrew Literature Professor at the University of Maryland. This is her third novel.

Noley Reid for "Origami Dogs"
Genre: Short Stories

Noley Reid is the author of four books: the novels Pretend We Are Lovely (Tin House Books) and In the Breeze of Passing Things (MacAdam/Cage) and the short story collection So There! (SFSU Press). Her fourth book, this collection of stories called Origami Dogs (Autumn House Press), is about women

James Wadsworth for "Archer of the Heathland Series"
Genre: Action Adventure

J.W. Elliot is a professional historian, martial artist, canoer, bow builder, knife maker, woodturner, and rock climber. He has a Ph.D. in Latin American and World History. He has lived in Idaho, Oklahoma, Brazil, Arizona, Portugal, and Massachusetts. He writes non-fiction works of history about the

Robin D'Amato D'Amato for "Don't Poke the Bear"
Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Connecticut born, Robin D’Amato moved to New York City to attend New York University, fell in love with the City, and never left. She has worked in the publishing industry as a pre-press specialist since 1984, when she was introduced to the Macintosh computer. She also spent several decades pursuing

Lauren Braden for "A Drop of Magic"
Genre: Fantasy

L.R. Braden is the bestselling author of the Magicsmith urban fantasy series, the spin-off novel Demon Riding Shotgun, and several works of short fiction. Her writing has won the Eric Hoffer Book Award for Sci-fi/Fantasy, the First Horizon Award for debut authors, the Imadjinn Award for Best Urban

Lauren Braden for "The Magicsmith"
Genre: Fantasy

L.R. Braden is the bestselling author of the Magicsmith urban fantasy series, the spin-off novel Demon Riding Shotgun, and several works of short fiction. Her writing has won the Eric Hoffer Book Award for Sci-fi/Fantasy, the First Horizon Award for debut authors, the Imadjinn Award for Best Urban

Marcia Maidana for "The Ghosts of Lewis Manor "
Genre: Paranormal & Supernatural

Marcia is the award-winning novelist of AWAKEN: SHADOWS OF A FORGOTTEN PAST and ALIVE: SHADOWS OF A LIVING PAST. Her latest novel, THE GHOSTS OF LEWIS MANOR was published in September. And THE HAUNTING OF BLACKWATER is scheduled to be released in October of 2023. Marcia was born and raised in

Marla White for "Cause for Elimination"
Genre: Mystery & Cozy Mystery

Marla White started her illustrious career as a storyteller at the age of four by drawing on the TV screen to help Winky Dink get out of mortal danger, earning her a firm spanking. Deterred by the negative feedback, she studied to be a park ranger instead until she realized it was really a TV show

Clare Bland for "The Long & S.H.O.R.T. of Coping with Covid"
Genre: Memoir

C E Bland lives in London, England with her husband and their dog. Love, fun, animals, moving house many times, and a keen interest in how things work are the defining themes of her life. These days she has lost none of her enthusiasm for living a full and well-balanced life. Before moving into a

Gina aka Angela Solomon aka Bardot for "The Life and Times of Angie Bardot"
Genre: Memoir

I found myself thrown into the singles arena when my 36-year marriage failed without any knowledge of how to navigate my way through. The many pitfalls I experienced ranged from misery to mayhem with lots of laughter in between. I learnt the thing one must never lose sight of is their sense of

Stephen Watts for "Searching for Charles: The Untold Legacy of an Immigrant's American Adventure"
Genre: Non-Fiction

The child of an Air Force family, Stephen Watts was born in West Germany. He is a direct descendant of Charles Watts. Stephen began organizing his family’s archive of genealogy files, tracing his lineage, and transcribing the Charles Watts correspondence in 1996. He has since found his family’s

Alex Thornbury for "The Bridge to Magic"
Genre: Fantasy

Alex Thornbury is an award-winning author. She grew up in Cheshire UK, and developed deep love of history and fantasy thanks to the many castles she visited as a child. Though she grew up to be an Alchemist by trade, she never stopped fantasising about other worlds, dragons and epic battles. She has

Angela Fish for "The Fractured Globe"
Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Angela Fish is a writer who specialises in intergenerational communication, women’s writing and Welsh Writing in English. She gained her MPhil in Literature at the University of Glamorgan (now the University of South Wales) in 1995 and became a principal lecturer there until 2009. From 2004 - 2009

Liesbet Collaert for "Plunge - One Woman's Pursuit of a Life Less Ordinary"
Genre: Memoir

Liesbet Collaert’s articles and photos have been published internationally. Born in Belgium, she has been a nomad since 2003 with no plans to settle anytime soon. Her love of travel, diversity, and animals is reflected in her lifestyle choices of sailing, RVing, and house and pet sitting. Liesbet

Kathleen Stone for "Hey Jude"
Genre: Romance

Kathleen has been a freelance writer since 1999 and now writes full time. Her work has appeared in Doll World Magazine, Apolloslyre.com, The Lake County Journals, Trails.com; USA Today (travel), Livestrong.com (lifestyle), Essortment, eHow, Answerbag, Examiner.com, Suite101 and YahooVoices. She is

Stella Harvey for "Nicolai's Daughters"
Genre: Historical Fiction

Stella Leventoyannis Harvey is a fiction writer whose short stories have appeared in The Literary Leanings Anthology, The New Orphic Review, Emerge Magazine and The Dalhousie Review. Her non-fiction has appeared in Pique Newsmagazine, The Question and the Globe and Mail. Signature Editions published

Dianne Beeaff for "On Traigh Lar Beach"
Genre: Short Stories

Dianne Ebertt Beeaff has been a professional writer for many years beginning in the area of magazine journalism. She has had six books published, the latest being the short story collection On Traigh Lar Beach. She lives in Tucson, Arizona with her husband, Dan.

Paresh Patel for "MAYA MYSUN & The World That Does Not Exist"
Genre: Childrens Middle Grade Books

PM Perry is an aspiring new author who lives and works in London, where he divides his time between writing, working, and spending time with his family. Surprisingly he writes both fiction and non-fiction books. ‘Maya Mysun &; the World that does not Exist' is his first novel based on a children’s

Maggie Smith for "Truth and Other Lies"
Genre: Women's Fiction

In a career that’s included work as a journalist, a psychologist, and the founder of a national art consulting company, Maggie Smith has added novelist to her resume with the publication of her debut, Truth and Other Lies, in March 2022. In addition to her writing, Maggie hosts the weekly podcast

Stella Harvey for "The Brink of Freedom"
Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Stella Leventoyannis Harvey is a fiction writer whose short stories have appeared in The Literary Leanings Anthology, The New Orphic Review, Emerge Magazine and The Dalhousie Review. Her non-fiction has appeared in Pique Newsmagazine, The Question and the Globe and Mail. Signature Editions published

Jenny Lewis for "Beginnings"
Genre: Paranormal & Supernatural

Jenny is a fantasy and romance author who lives in a city filled with dragons, woodland where the fae hang out, on an airship home to a crew of sky pirates and, sometimes, on the outskirts of Bristol in England. She believes in love at first sight and got married in a zoo. Wherever she is, there is