How to Knock a Bravebird from Her Perch wins a gold medal in the IPPY Awards!

I am officially an award winning author. It’s been about two weeks and so far my life hasn’t changed. Maybe it’s the third week that does it? 😉


About the novel—

In the wake of her father’s sudden death Pecan marries the up-and-coming boxing sensation Ricky Morrow. When she begins to doubt that desperate decision she finds herself on the receiving end of Ricky’s violent temper. Scared for her life, she hunkers down in this marriage of convenience as the babies and fists keep coming. Will the abuse ever stop? Will Pecan and her girls live happily ever after?

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About the Award Experience—

How to Knock a Bravebird from Her Perch won the gold for Multicultural Fiction. When I found out the news I was stunned to say the least, which didn’t stop me from screaming and running through the apartment like a chicken with its head cut off! It was a wonderful moment that I will cherish forever. The prize for this award isn’t monetary but exposure. So, keep an eye out for How to Knock a Bravebird from Her Perch in Publisher’s Weekly and on Shelf Awareness. In the meantime, here’s a little visual…


before-after-ippyAbout the Award—

The “IPPY” Awards were conceived as a broad-based, unaffiliated awards program open to all members of the independent publishing industry, and are open to authors and publishers worldwide who produce books written in English and intended for the North American market.

They define “independent” as:

  1. Independently owned and operated
  2. Operated by a foundation or university
  3. Long-time independents that became incorporated but operate autonomously and publish fewer than 50 titles a year.

They offer awards for:

  • Over 70 subject categories in National awards
  • Regional awards for the United States, Canada, and Australia and New Zealand
  • E-Book Awards with fiction, non-fiction, children’s and regional categories

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