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My Friend Carrie Anne Noble Has published an AWARD winning Young Adult Fiction Novel! And I JUST made my purchase! HOORAY!!!!!!! Here's some details about Carrie's Book and the award it won!
2014 Winner — Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award — Young Adult Fiction There is no cure for being who you truly are... In a cottage high atop Llanfair Mountain, sixteen-year-old Clara lives with her sister, Maren, and guardian Auntie. By day, they gather herbs for Auntie’s healing potions. By night, Auntie spins tales of faraway lands and wicked fairies. Clara’s favorite story tells of three orphan infants—Clara, who was brought to Auntie by a stork; Maren, who arrived in a seashell; and their best friend, O’Neill, who was found beneath an apple tree. One day, Clara discovers shimmering scales just beneath her sister’s skin. She realizes that Maren is becoming a mermaid—and knows that no mermaid can survive on land. Desperate to save her, Clara and O’Neill place the mermaid-girl in their gypsy wagon and set out for the sea. But no road is straight, and the trio encounters trouble around every bend. Ensnared by an evil troupe of traveling performers, Clara and O’Neill must find a way to save themselves and the ever-weakening mermaid. And always, in the back of her mind, Clara wonders, if my sister is a mermaid, then what am I? From Publishers Weekly
Set in 1870 on and around Llanfair Mountain, Pennsylvania, this delightful fantasy novel introduces the reader to Clara and Maren, sisters adopted around the same time by a woman (“Auntie”) known throughout the village for her cures. Maren came to Auntie in a conch shell, while Clara arrived via stork. Now, at sixteen, Maren is slowly turning into a mermaid, her fingers webbing and scales appearing on her sides. Clara wants Auntie to cure Maren, but that is not an option. Auntie responds, “There is no cure for being who you truly are.” As time passes, Maren’s body transforms more rapidly; it becomes obvious that it is time for Maren to be taken to the sea or she will die. Clara and a very close family friend, O’Neill, who also happens to be the object of desire of both sisters, decide to take Maren themselves. The story follows their adventure to the sea and the unexpected perils they face on the journey as their caravan burns down and they are “rescued” and then held captive by a group of traveling performers. This novel is widely appealing: there are elements of fantasy, romance, and adventure throughout. The book is a page-turner; the story pulls the reader in and the dynamic characters and plot twists keep interest levels high. The author’s writing style is very descriptive, helping the reader truly visualize the sights, sounds, tastes, and adventures of the characters. A must read.
"The Mermaid’s Sister is a lyrical and enchanting debut with enough adventure, magic, and heart to fill an ocean.” —Gwenda Bond, author of Girl on a Wire What is the Contest timeline and process?
Registrations and submissions for Entry into the Contest will be accepted from February 16, 2014, through March 2, 2014, or until 10,000 eligible entries have been accepted. Amazon-selected editors will choose up to 2,000 top Entries (by reviewing pitch statements for Valid Entries) which will be announced at on or about March 18, 2014. Amazon-selected editors and Amazon Vine Reviewers will then read 3,000-word to 5,000-word Excerpts from each of the remaining 2,000 Entries to narrow the field to up to 500 Quarter-Finalists, who will be announced on or about April 14, 2014. Publishers Weekly editors will then read the Quarter-Finalists' full Manuscripts to rate and review them based on the following Judging Criteria: originality of idea, plot, prose/writing style, character development, and overall strength of submission. On or about June 13, 2014, the Publishers Weekly reviews of the Quarter-Finalists' Manuscripts will be posted within each entrant's CreateSpace account; and then the top 25 Semi-Finalists will be announced at Publishers Weekly reviews of the Semi-Finalists' Manuscripts may be posted on A panel of qualified judges selected by Amazon Publishing editors will then read each Semi-Finalist's Manuscript and accompanying review and, using the Judging Criteria, will select one Finalist in each category to be announced on or about July 8, 2014. Amazon customers will then select the Grand Prize Winner who will be announced on or about July 21, 2014. Please see the Contest Rules for more details. 2014 competition[edit]
In January 2014, Amazon announced the details of the 2014 competition. The contest opened to submissions on Sunday, February 16, 2014 and the entry period closed at the end of the day on March 2, 2014. Authors were able to submit work in one of five categories: general fiction, mystery/thriller, romance, science fiction/fantasy/horror, and young adult fiction. Amazon Publishing announced the entries moving on to the second round of the 2014 competition on March 18, 2014. Approximately 20% of 10,000 entries moved on to the second round, 400 in each of the five categories. On April 16, 2014, Amazon Publishing announced the top 100 entries in each of the five categories, and thus 500 total entries advanced to the Quarter-Finals. Reviewers from Publishers Weekly will now choose five entries in each of the five categories (25 total) to advance to the Semi-Finals.[17] A finalist will be chosen from each of the five categories. Of those five finalists, one Grand Prize winner will receive a negotiable Amazon Publishing contract and a $50,000 advance, while each of the other four finalists will receive a non-negotiable Amazon Publishing contract and a $15,000 advance.[18] The finalists are: [19] General Fiction
A Pledge of Silence by Flora J. Solomon
The Dead Key by D.M. Pulley
The Bluestocking and the Rake by Norma Darcy
Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror
The Mengele Effect (renamed to The Gemini Effect) by Chuck Grossart
Young Adult Fiction
Seashell, Stork and Apple Tree (renamed to The Mermaid's Sister) by Carrie Anne Noble
On July 21, 2014, it was announced that The Dead Key by D.M. Pulley won the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award for 2014.[20] Contest Judging Process[edit]
After the initial submission period is over, the contest is made up of five rounds: Round One: Each contestant must submit a short pitch about their novel, with selected Amazon editors judging the pitch on its quality, strength and originality. The editors will select up to 1,000 pitches from each category to progress to the second round.
Round Two: Excerpts from each novel will be read, reviewed and rated by Amazon editors and top reviewers. They will be judged on a scale of one (poor) to five (excellent) based on the excerpt's overall strength, prose, style, plot, hook and the originality of the excerpt. 250 novels will be selected from both categories to progress to the quarter finals.
Quarter Finals: The entrants progressing to this category will have both their excerpts as well as the reviews from round two posted on Amazon for reading and reviewing. However, the judging for this category is done by Publishers Weekly reviewers who will select the top 50 entries from each category to progress to the semi-finals.
Semi-Finals: At this round the top 50 entries will be judged by a panel of judges selected by the publishing company Penguin, who will choose the top 3 entries for each category to progress to the finals.
Finalist Period: During this round the top excerpts for each category will be posted on the main ABNA page with links for the Amazon customer to vote for their chosen entry. Each contestant will also receive a review from a celebrity panel consisting of "at least one well-known author, one agent, and one editor." [2] The winner of the contest will be announced at an awards ceremony held in the city of Amazon's choosing.