You readers may not know that starting in January and continuing through most of the first half of the year is contest season for books. In 2014, the books released in 2013 are in the contests. And winners are announced a lot of different ways. I've been blessed to have received awards with several of my books. Three books had already been finalists in contests before I was a winner.
Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico, was awarded the Will Rogers Medallion for Excellence in Western Media for Fiction.
Maggie's Journey, book one in my McKenna's Daughters series, received the Blue Ridge Christian Writers Conference Selah Award for Historical Fiction.
Mary's Blessing, book two in the series, was a Selah Award Finalist for Historical Romance.
Catherine's Pursuit, book three in the series, has already been awarded the NTRWA Carolyn Readers Choice Award for Inspirational novel.
These are exciting times for an author. But what does all this mean to a reader?
If you see a gold sticker on a book announcing an award, or read about a book receiving an award, does it make you want to read it? I'd really like to know.
Answer this question in the comments, and next Saturday, I'll choose a winner to receive a copy of Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico. Even winners in foreign countries are eligible to receive an ecopy of the book.