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.

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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

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

Harker Jones for "Until September"
Genre: LGBT

Harker Jones holds a degree in written communication and literature from Eastern Michigan University. He has written two novels (including the Amazon #1 best-seller “Until September”) and seven screenplays. His short thriller “Cole & Colette” won the Get It Made Short-Form Screenplay Competition and

James Wadsworth for "The Ark Project: The Clone Paradox"
Genre: Sci-Fi

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

Rita Baid for "39 Plus One"
Genre: Romance

Ragh Bir’s family arrived in the UK in the early 1960’s. Born in the Summer of Love, in Slough, Berkshire, she found growing up in a family with a strict Indian father challenging to her free-spirited nature. Her Indian upbringing was neither traditional, nor, contemporary, and she found herself

Ralph Jones for "Welcome to Winkdale"
Genre: Comedy & Humour

I write comedy and journalism, and have been published in places like The New Yorker, The Guardian, and Sunday Times Magazine. I have written two books - Welcome to Winkdale and How to Skim a Stone - and my comedy has been shortlisted for awards like the Writers' Guild Award and the BBC Writer's

Adam Saint for "The Transfer Problem"
Genre: Suspense & Thriller

Adam Saint is a leading legal expert who advises banks and governments on artificial intelligence and bitcoin. He combines this with work as a mathematician – his contributions to medical statistics have been published in The Lancet and other journals – and also compiles cryptic crosswords for the

David Pugh for "Whizz Zero to Hero"
Genre: True Stories

David Pugh lives in Portishead near Bristol, he has kept 'Newfies' or 'Newfs' (as they are affectionately called) for more than 25 years. As a founder member of Newfoundfriends charity, he has, together with a magnificent team of humans and dogs, continued to raise funds totaling over £1.5 million

James Wadsworth for "Heirs of Anarwyn: Torn"
Genre: Fantasy

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

Nikki Broadwell for "Burning Night"
Genre: Women's Fiction

I grew up an army brat, traveling a lot! I guess those landscapes rubbed off because they are all in my head now and even more so after all the traveling I've done on my own. From stone temples, caves in Spain filled with cave art, to standing stones in Scotland, to Cappadocia in Turkey, they all

Jody Norman for "New Trails"
Genre: Fantasy

I'm a Westerner by heritage, raised in Tucson, and I've lived in Colorado, Georgia, and now New Mexico. I'm a sustainability writer, consultant, college instructor. I teach a class in the Sustainability Minor at the University of Colorado Denver, and I'm currently revising the sequel to my first

Lauren Braden for "Chaos Song"
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

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