18829-ebk-gp-1My debut novel just won Grand Prize in the 2016 Writer’s Digest Self-Published e-Book Awards.

The Black Lens beat out more than 600 other books in this national contest, which “spotlights today’s self-published works and honors self-published authors.” The Grand Prize includes cash and:

This is now the second contest that The Black Lens has placed in; after people cast more than 7,000 votes for 60 different nominees, I became a top-four finalist in December for The Liberator Awards.

That award highlights Ohio’s leading abolitionists of modern slavery. A survivor of sex trafficking nominated me and The Black Lens novel for this unique honor in October under the “Ohio” and “Individual” category. The final winners will be determined on Jan. 15, so stay tuned.