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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.

 

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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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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The Fields: Our Journey through Medicine, Mission, Life, and Faith

The Fields: Our Journey through Medicine, Mission, Life, and Faith by [Dang, Manh]

Without positivity in this life, one is bound to be completely stumped and unable to keep going. There is so much darkness and sadness around. Amidst all of that though, there is also light and stories of triumph. It is important to concentrate more on these stories of light so that the darkness does not consume us. It is important to remember that the grace of God is always by our sides regardless of current status or position.

In The Fields: Our Journey through Medicine, Mission, Life, and Faith Manh Dang tells stories of his experiences as an oncologist. He is has been at the forefront of darkness for a long time. His faith and positivity despite his experiences are astounding. You can feel the light come forth as you read this book. This book will you teach how to appreciate your position. How to remain positive and hopeful when things are dark and thick.

This book has been written from the heart. The good doctor’s faith and compassion are evident from his choice of words and tone of writing. He writes with so much conviction and concern for the reader. The writer seems like someone you would feel comfortable talking to about your own life without the fear of judgment or condescension. The writer’s qualities that shine through make reading this book that much more important.

The language used in this book stands out. It is not that the vocabulary is complex. It is not that the writer has employed a lot of flair. It is just the brilliant way he has crafted his statements. His mastery of the language and how to manipulate it is exceptional. He seems like the kind of storyteller whose narrations anyone would enjoy. To think that the book is made up of Facebook posts makes it even more astounding.

The Fields is like a soft tender touch. It is reassuring and calming. It is exactly what you need without knowing if you even want it. This book is like an ember floating through the air on a dark night guiding your path. His descriptions and explanations are so vivid that all the intended emotions are triggered.

The point here is to be uplifting to anyone who reads. The Fields is an excellent read especially during a pandemic such as Corona. The writer is just the right amount of sunny in bleak times. He understands that sometimes the darkness can get to you. This is a good book to read and share with friends. It would make for a wonderful book of the week for a club. There is so much to talk about and discuss.

Pages: 372 | ASIN: B081G9Q36C

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A Kingdom at War

Katharine E. Wibell Author Interview

Katharine E. Wibell Author Interview

Giahem’s Talons finds the kingdom of Elysia invaded and Lluava trying to correct her past mistakes which led to the kingdoms demise. Now on the fourth book in your series, do you still plan the novels starting point or do the previous novels dictate where the story picks up?

The answer depends on the specific book in the series. The first novel was intended to be a stand-alone book. Yet, when I realized that this was going to be a four-book series, I developed the major plotlines of all three sequels at the same time. Though certain subplots and twists revealed themselves to me during the writing process, the end of each novel dictated where the next book would begin.

The emotional turmoil that Lluava feels throughout the story is palpable and deep. How were you able to capture and convey her complex emotions?

I always wanted to make Lluava a character in which her morals become more and more muddied as she navigates through a kingdom at war. Since I believe that war is devastating and destructive in more than just physical ways, my main character needed to have her innocence stripped slowly away. The decisions she must make have no good answer, and her hard choices cause the emotional turmoil which you referenced. The burden on her shoulders grows to monstrous proportions. In the end, Lluava is not the heroine that we would have wanted, but she is the one that the kingdom of Elysia needs in order to survive.

This novel is exceptionally well written. Is there a scene in the novel that stands out to you for being relatively difficult?

There is a battle along the walls of the capital in which Lluava and her followers struggle to reach sanctuary. This scene was harder than normal for me to write because I wanted to convey the sheer randomness and luck that goes hand in hand with the madness and chaos of war. I wanted the reader to glimpse some of the moments occurring simultaneously as Lluava is fighting her own opponents. There is no way for her to aid or save her comrades. Good people do not survive simply because they are good. Heroic acts do not always succeed. Friendly fire is not unusual. And the fear of death can undermine the best intentions. Although some of these topics are better represented later on in the book, the sheer pandemonium of this particular scene challenged both me and my style of writing.

What can readers expect in book five of The Incarn Saga?

Unfortunately, this is it. Giahem’s Talons is the final book in The Incarn Saga series. It was sad for me to say goodbye to all the characters that I had grown to love and care for, but it was time to let them go and live their lives beyond the final pages of the book. I am happy to announce that I am working on two very different series simultaneously. One will be a young adult adventure fantasy, while the other is a novella series for adults that deals with Norse mythology. I hope my readers, whatever their age, will be pleased with the new works that are being developed for them.

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Giahem's Talons (The Incarn Saga Book 4) by [Wibell, Katharine]

According to legend, when the world was young, Giahem, King of the Gods, realized that the pantheon was on the verge of self-destruction due to his own actions. To protect his favorite child, he hid the infant and gave her a false name in the hope that she would survive—a name that would forever be associated with the young goddess: Issaura.

Now, the capital has fallen to the Outlanders, the king has been overthrown, and the Raiders have entered the kingdom of Elysia in full force. Eighteen-year-old Lluava must flee in order to survive. After all the losses she has endured, the battles she has fought and won to no avail, she must face the worst fact of all: that she alone is responsible for the kingdom’s demise. Will she ever be able to rectify her wrongs?

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