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Literary Titan Book Awards April 2020

The Literary Titan Book Awards are awarded to books that have astounded and amazed us with unique writing styles, vivid worlds, complex characters, and original ideas. These books deserve extraordinary praise and we are proud to acknowledge the hard work, dedication, and imagination of these talented authors.

Literary Titan Gold Book Award

Gold Award Winners

Suzy Spitfire and the Snake Eyes of Venus by [Joe Canzano]Giahem's Talons (The Incarn Saga Book 4) by [Katharine Wibell]Sleepwater Beat (Blue Helix Book 1) by [Kathrin Hutson]

How Dare The Birds Sing (Book One in the Love and Fate Series 1) by [Marina Osipova]Murder at First Pitch: Ball Park Mysteries: Book 1 by [Nicole Asselin]Who Are You?: First Day Of School (Fargone Book 1) by [Dr. Qooz]

Stuart Duffelmeyer and the Masters of Plagues by [Dewey B. Reynolds]THE LATECOMERS by [Rich Marcello]

The Warramunga's War by [Greg Kater]MUTUAL FUNDS: A POWERFUL INVESTMENT AVENUE FOR INDIVIDUALS by [R K Mohapatra]

Literary Titan Silver Book Award

Silver Award Winners

Requiem, Changing Times by [R. J. Parker]Lost Frequencies: The Soul Prophecies by [Caitlin Lynagh]Forging of a Knight: Knighthood’s End by [Hugo V. Negron]

Conflict on the Yangtze (The Warramunga Series Book 4) by [Greg Kater]Darrienia: A Fantasy Adventure (Forgotten Legacies Book 1) by [K.J. Simmill]

Chick lit: Remember, no matter what; Chin UP, Tits Out: A chick lit romantic comedy (Chin UP, Tits Out: A chick lit comedy series) by [Miranda Oh]

Just Finish!: Don't think you can; KNOW you can by [Sean Kachmarski, Paula Emery]The Chronicles of Pukupai by [Bijit Chakraborty]

Planet of Men (Enigma Book 2) by [David Crane]

 

Visit the Literary Titan Book Awards page to see award information and see all award winners.

 

A Climate Of The Heart

Introspection, various levels of metacognition, and a good hard look at the human mind as a whole permeate A Climate of the Heart: Only Relatedness Can Save Us by Ian Mills. From cover to cover, the author takes time to explore each and every aspect of life, our identities as human beings, and the way in which we relate to the world around us. Readers are treated to an intense examination of thoughts, feelings, interrelatedness, and reactions in our everyday lives. A Climate of the Heart: Only Relatedness Can Save Us takes readers on a journey via probing questions, astute observations, and a breakdown of the author’s every thought.

I was thoroughly impressed and, to a certain degree, overwhelmed with the level of reflection detailed by the author. There is an unmistakable level of genius conveyed with each of the chapters in Mills’s work. Readers are taken on what can only be described as a roller coaster ride into the mind of the author as they see, feel, and hear his every thought and the way in which he interprets each of them. Right out of the gate, Mills explains to his readers, in no uncertain terms, that he is about to take them deep inside his own mind—and he does that and more.

Interestingly, Mills has chosen a writing style so intricate and involved that it is hard to discern if it is more reminiscent of prose or poetry. Interspersed throughout Mills’s explanations of his innermost thoughts are seemingly poetic and poignant lines that drive home his ideas and offer a break from the prose heavy with soul-searching commentary.

As far as organization of thought is concerned, I did find the book difficult to follow overall. While Mills gives us a breathtaking glimpse into his understanding of his own thought processes, the flow of the material and the framework of the text lacks a certain level of organization. I felt, at times, as if I were listening to the thoughts as they occurred straight from the author’s mind. A virtual avalanche of ideas seemed to come tumbling upon the reader simultaneously through most parts of the work.

A Climate of the Heart: Only Relatedness Can Save Us is filled with beautiful thoughts on everything from relationships, friendships, and ethics to intricate explanations of self-examination and self-awareness. Readers seeking a book rich in introspective thought will find Ian Mills’s work a welcome read.

Pages: 326 | ISBN-10: 0975094416

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Inspirations: My Vivid Imagination Has been Transformed into Reality

Inspirations: My Vivid Imagination Has Been Transformed into Reality by [Francois, Peterson]

Inspirations: My Vivid Imagination Has been Transformed into Reality, by Peterson Francois, is a well-meaning book written by a person who has not only survived but thrived against all odds. Been through it all, as it were. Moved from an impoverished nation to one considered by most as the land of dreams and opportunities, the United States of America. With a profound understanding of how low he is in the social pyramid, he toils through pure grit, gets himself a sound education- where he achieves two university degrees and consequently climbs to the top. As he writes this book, he claims to have achieved financial freedom and self-actualization, and is on his way to clinch a PhD. This a story to inspire readers that anything conceivable is achievable.

Besides some grammatical errors I found this book to be most splendid and is an otherwise great inspirational book. I believe the intentions of Peter Francois are quite noble. Inspirations: My Vivid Imagination Has been Transformed into Reality sets up the author as a genius who intends to explain a simple scientific concept, but instead delivers a myriad of ideas. Chapter 3 stands out to me as a notable one, entitled Accepting Responsibility and Being Truthful where the author discuses American and Haitian politics. With the varied ideas and ruminations on disparate subjects I would’ve liked to have seen more cited facts in his book. The author had claimed that before Obama came to power, the American economy was completely down. Although the ideas are presented in an interesting manner, it seems more like a personal opinion than a fact, so I think more resources and quotations would have helped this otherwise genuine book.

This book has great potential, a little editing and concise ideas would make for a powerful read. Peterson Francois inspires reflection on oneself and the world in Inspirations: My Vivid Imagination Has been Transformed into Reality.

Pages: 224 | ASIN: B0792WKKWX

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The Darker Light

The Darker Light: Beyond the Gates Book 2 (Volume 2) by [McCain, Lynn]

The Darker Light by Lynn McCain finds Lily in the midst of deep dissatisfaction and restlessness. Although she has tried to forget the trials and tribulations of Arcadia, she somehow feels even more out of place in the world she belongs in now. Soon, however, she is summoned back to Arcadia by a terrible prophecy that she has to fulfill. She has to defeat a foe much more powerful than Reciful this time around. All the while facing the possibility of a tragic betrayal from the one she holds closest to her heart.

Since she has had her memories removed, she has to relearn all the tragedies of her past. Henry, Calev, and her grandfather all had been hiding dark secrets from her that haunt Lily for the rest of the story. However, she meets and befriends some fantastical new characters that assist her in the journey, like Lord Bran.

The plot of The Darker Light is fascinating because there is an inherent greyness to the characters that comes from being held helpless against a prophecy. Although Lilith is conducting horrible misdeeds, I could still feel a modicum of empathy towards her. Everyone seemed to be doing the best they could to protect themselves and fight for their loved ones.

It was also fascinating watching Arcadia unfold from Lily’s best friend, Clarice’s perspective. There was a pleasing contrast between Lily’s recognition of this fantastical place and Clarice’s wonder.  I appreciated this subtle shift in perspective that was present throughout the story. Calev, Henry, Lillith, everyone was allowed to present their own views on the situation. It made for a story with a lot of depth and intrigue.

Like the previous installment, this story had some strong Narnia resemblances: everything from the evil queen to the different anthropomorphic creatures. There were a barrage of characters being introduced every other chapter and it could get a little confusing, but the plot remained crystal clear and quick-paced. The Darker Light is perfect for anyone who is home for a few days and looking for a Narnia-esque adventure.

Pages: 298 | ASIN: B07592DFKG

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His Gift To Me

His Gift to Me: Poetic Humanities by [King, Vanessa]

Deeply personal and genuine, the poetry within His Gift to Me by Vanessa King is a poetic work of resilience, faith and familial love. Most of the poems are crafted in modernist free verse, for the poet to freely express the will to overcome struggles, powerful thoughts about the state of contemporary society, and feelings of unconditional devotion to God and her daughters.

King’s His Gift to Me speaks to readers of any era and lovers of poetry, especially those who are going through dark times such as abuse, injustice at home or society, isolation, and need a source of pious courage to help them through pain and uncertainty, especially mothers. King’s poetry is by no means passive. She believes in God but commands action from oneself too to improve life.

The messages Vanessa King communicates through her poetry are many and centralized around talking to the reader: That even if you feel that it’s impossible to pull through, with poems like “Why” she wants to remind everyone that everything is possible through perseverance, even dispelling the greatest doubts and challenges. That even when you feel rejected by everyone and life itself seems to be impossible to navigate, she gives with poems like “Come Together” stark reminders that one must always communicate to overcome all odds.

This inspiring collection is for anyone who wants to read a work of strength and love to help during dark times, don’t miss this.

Pages: 58 | ASIN: B079K4NJXK

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Dime

Dime by [Figueredo, Luis]

Dime is a remarkable legal thriller by Luis Figueredo that I found hard to put down once I started. Though there are many books, series, and even movies made about the cartel, this one is a bit different and that’s what makes it stand out.

The author sets the stage by introducing the elements of intrigue. Pierce Evangelista is a sharp lawyer hired to defend Juan Carlos because of his arrest for an alleged deal gone bad. It is then we come to know that he is a person of interest due to his association with the Carraboca cartel. The story is fast-paced as we get a close look inside the dangerous world where there are no rules, loyalty, and vicious violence. I was so enthralled that I was imagining myself a part of the team as Pierce, Shane, and their buddies try to navigate the minefield with both the cartel and the DEA after Juan.

The conversations felt very real and takes the reader deep into the story which is pretty well laid out. I just loved the turns and the twists in the story that kept me turning page after page, consuming the content gleefully. Along with an unpredictable and fast-paced theme, the story is equally engrossing. As for the climax, it will surprise everyone as I could not see it coming. A must-read for anyone who is looking for suspenseful fiction with a new twist on the narco-trafficking ecosystem. I really enjoyed this book, but if I had to pick one thing I didn’t like, I would say the length of the book was quite long and a bit daunting.

Dime is a well crafted thriller with unique insights into the criminal world, propelled by compelling legal drama, and punctuated by moments of literary fireworks.

Pages: 597 | ASIN: B083KQ7CHB

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The Mermaid’s Grandson

The Mermaid's Grandson by [Tremayne, Eleanor]

Nothing about Dakini’s existence is simple, not even her name. She grows up with little knowledge of her roots and has to make do with sketchy and terse details about her heritage from her father. There is little hope that she will ever find answers to her many questions but things take an interesting turn. Possessed with an intense desire to be a successful writer like her father, Dakini tries to do more than just report conventional stories as most journalists do. She takes an interest in the age-long art of storytelling and goes in search of the perfect story. Her search leads her to an ancient manuscript bearing an incredible tale that would change her life forever.

The Mermaid’s Grandson by Eleanor Tremayne is a work of fiction that plunges us into the world of mythical creatures: mermaids and their interactions with humans. Tremayne gives us an exquisite taste of two worlds: mermaids in water and mermaids on land, amongst humans. Sounds like something out of Disney, doesn’t it? Trust me, it’s just as thrilling. She makes her mermaids stroll through the portals of time at will (apparently, that’s one of the powers of mermaids) so we get glimpses of several eras and can appreciate the peculiarities of these times alongside the story’s plot.

While stories about mythical creatures with a greater focus on the supernatural abilities of these beings could easily captivate a younger audience, a more mature audience would look to underlying themes to better appreciate the stories. Tremayne appeals to both our sense of imagination and our thirst for meaning by crafting her story around powerful themes. One is the unfathomable power of love and how it can drive beings to points far beyond their perceived limits, cause them to damn even the gravest consequences and make the bravest sacrifices. Tremayne also turns our attention to the strength that lies in resilient women, community and togetherness. Also, by contrasting certain traits of the mermaids with human characteristics, we can further appreciate some precious instincts we’ve been gifted with and even the deficiencies we are stuck with.

I liked how Tremayne made the characters narrate their tales in the first person. It helped create some sort of realness about them, especially the mermaids. They had voices that could be heard and personalities that could be read. This took the book from being just a fantastic work of imagination to being a stimulator of strong emotions. In addition to this, the author’s knack for sprinkling literary works ranging from short poems by famous authors, to insightful quotes from notable people added extra style and spice to the book. If you are one who enjoys fiction plus fantasy, you’ll love Tremayne’s latest work.

Pages: 319 | ASIN: B084DYVYSB

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Immersed In West Africa

Immersed in West Africa: My Solo Journey Across Senegal, Mauritania, The Gambia, Guinea and Guinea Bissau (Kindle) (Travels With Terry Book 1) by [Lister, Terry]

Immersed in West Africa follows one man’s journey across many roads less traveled, giving a glimpse into a part of the world that is unfamiliar to most. Terry Lister begins his 2-month journey in Senegal, where he loops the region, exploring Gambia, Guineas Bissau and Conakry, amongst others, before ending his journey back where he began.

The beauty of Lister’s journey is that he writes in a way that made me feel like I was right there with him. Every page in this book was as if I were reading a postcard from a friend, accompanied by photos of Lister’s journey. It made for a quick read that I finished in one sitting, and his very casual style of writing meant it was easy to consume.

Before coming across this book, I was entirely unfamiliar with Lister. However, he addresses the reader as if you have a long history. Often, he reminds us of things that you ‘know’ about him, such as that he has a “thing for volcanoes… and a thing for waterfalls” and his passion for “renewable energy sources”. I am still not clear how we would already be aware of that information, but I found it charming, nonetheless.

Personal highlights include the tale of the time-consuming tea-making ceremony in Mauritania.  Once again, Lister’s casual way of accounting the story made it feel like he was recounting the memory over a beer or coffee.

With that being said, I am unsure if this is intended to be read by anyone. The title mentions immersion, and while I have no doubt that Lister achieved that on his travels, the brisk explanations made it hard for me as a reader to feel the same way. More a memoir than a guidebook, I can picture future generations of Lister’s family sitting around and reading this compelling story.

Lister’s unwavering positive attitude throughout was undeniably charming. Given the endless amount of challenges Lister faced, from customs inspectors to taxi drivers, it was hugely admirable. It’s quite hard not to imagine Lister’s smiling face as I read the words on the page.

Pages: 156 | ASIN: B07WH7JH6G

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