Now this was a surprise!

Readers’ Favorite Gold medal

I never win anything, well hardly ever, and it says something for my determined and optimistic nature that I keep entering things – like book award contests. So it was a huge surprise when a friend e-mailed me this morning to say Touching the Wire had won a GOLD medal in the Readers’ Favorite 2019 Book Awards.

It’s a hard book to read, the content graphic and harrowing, since it’s a story about the Holocaust, and readers either love it or hate it, so I wasn’t expecting an award. It’s particularly welcome as Readers’ Favorite isn’t a contest based on votes by friends and friends of friends, but is judged by a respected panel of judges and awarded points. Touching the Wire accrued enough points to be awarded gold – a high honour indeed.

There’s an award ceremony in Miami, to which I am invited, but living in the UK, feeling passionate about the ecological harm of flying, and being an introvert, I shall stay firmly on home soil.

I have ordered my gold medal and shall bask in the temporary glory of being able to call myself an ‘award-winning author’. Wow… never thought it would happen to me, and I dare say it wouldn’t have done but for the undying support and encouragement of my friends and family. Thank you, all. A contemporary mystery wrapped up in an unspeakable truth. One woman’s search for the truth her grandfather couldn’t tell.

8 thoughts on “Now this was a surprise!

  1. I wasn’t in the least surprised. I loved that story from the first draft, and read many more over the years.
    The change came when you did some serious research on the holocaust, I wasn’t privy to all of it, and for that I’m eternally grateful. What you did include was harrowing.


    1. Thank you, Sarah. You had faith in the book and encouraged me all the way. Without that, I doubt it would have been published. It certainly went through many drafts, titles, and incarnations before it got there.

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  2. Congratulations on your win! I bought it and am loving it. (I just had to see who beat me out. I won the Silver Medal for When We Were Brave.)


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