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Literary Titan Book Awards March 2021

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.

Gold Award Winners

Silver Award Winners

Trust vs Lust… a biography by Ian D. Niall

Intrepid Spirit by David Tunno

 

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

 

Trials and Tribulations Being Born Again

Trials and Tribulations of Being Born Again, documents the journey of being a born again Christian and finding a true relationship with God. I found this to be a very truthful and relatable account of one’s relationship with God but also with the church. I think something this story does successfully is warn others about pastors that might not actually have other’s best interest at heart. The author details how at a low point in his marriage with his wife, they went to their pastor but found the pastor to be unhelpful and rather contradicting the word of God. These few chapters in which he discusses how his pastor was trying to tear him down and how it made the situation with his wife worse, really broke my heart. In my experience, and personal belief, pastors are meant to guide the congregation closer to God and provide help and wisdom. That being said, they themselves are not above any other human because of their status within the church. Reading Brown’s experience with his pastor really brought to light how not every person in that position means well, but rather they see it as a position where one can take advantage.

I really appreciated the honesty that Dionne Brown provided with this heartfelt memoir as I think others would shy from the truth. Our faith isn’t always linear but we must always trust the direction He is taking us in, and I think Brown perfectly exemplifies that in his memoir. I really enjoyed reading Dionne Brown’s own experience with becoming a born-again Christian but also his insights on how he views a relationship between a person and the Lord. I definitely think that Brown provided some useful tips on what to be aware of when talking to those in the congregation.

I would recommend Trials and Tribulations of Being Born Again to anyone who enjoys reading about a motivational journey into becoming a born-again Christian but especially to readers who are looking for an inspirational story that follows an uplifting spiritual journey.

Pages: 68 | ISBN: 1977227937

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The Early Years

The Early Years by [G. Carrington, Rachel]

The Early Years: A Memoir (Matters of the Heart Book One) by Rachel G. Carrington is an autobiography that tells the story of a young girl who was born in Kentucky in 1930. Rachel Gaylord is the oldest of eleven children, and she leaves home at seventeen. This book is a collection of short stories about her growing up and life as a young adult getting married and starting a family. These stories were taken from her journal entries that were written throughout her lifetime, beginning in her teenage years.

The Early Years is a heartfelt story of young love. Brad Carrington had an interesting story to tell Rachel after he walked her home from church, and it kept me wanting to read more. I enjoyed the descriptions of daily rural life in the 1940s, such as cooking on a woodstove, gardening, canning, and laundry, which were reminiscent of stories I have heard from my own grandparents about their experiences living on a farm. I could picture scenes similar to old family photographs I’ve viewed. Some of the stories in this book were of separate unrelated incidents, but most of the stories connect to others in a related chain of events. Many of the stories were humorous, including the wedding night chivaree.

This a touching memoir that explores a young couples relationships, and shares the high and lows one woman experiences. While I enjoyed the story, I sometimes had trouble connecting things because some events were not in chronological order. There are many interesting people that come into Rachel’s life, I thought it would be helpful if the author included a family tree to make it easier for me to connect all the people. Many of the scenes are delightfully detailed, but since this is a true story I had a desire to see what these people and places actually looked like and I would have really liked to have seen some photographs. 

I desperately wanted to continue reading Rachel’s story to find out what happened after she and Brad moved their family to northern Kentucky. This is where Book Two, Dreams Born; Dream Fulfilled, picks up Rachel Gaylord Carrington’s life story. The Early Years: A Memoir is an absorbing and emotional memoir that readers will surely enjoy.

Pages: 248 | ASIN: B08TQKHQPC

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Around the world in 65 years

Author Biku Ghosh shares a detailed account of amazing life lived over six decades and reaching all corners of the globe. Biku Ghosh beautifully describes cities and landscapes. Ranging from ancient cities to modern landscapes such as New York. Amazing architectural descriptions are a fantastic feature in this book, whether it be the Leaning Tower of Pisa, or the Empire State Building or the ‘quirky’ and ‘tacky’ hotels in Las Vegas. He vividly describes many natural settings such as the “copper colored Colorado River,” African deserts, and the Niagara Falls. Biku Ghosh briefly describes his work, but mainly focuses on the sights, food and people he encounters. 

As one of Biku Ghosh’s interests is mountain climbing his climbs feature throughout the memoir. Some of the climbs described include: the Himalayas, the highest peak in the British Isles and Mt Kilimanjaro. He describes his joy when reaching the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro. Eventually we hear of Ghosh’s climb to the Everest Base Camp. He writes a detailed description of the trip, split into the various stages and mountain heights. Aside from mountain climbing he also describes completing a safari in Africa, raising money for a Breast Cancer charity, scuba dives in Sorrento and the Great Barrier Reef, paragliding and skydiving in New Zealand! There are also photographs throughout the memoir, adding color and bringing life to the story.

The author’s mode of transportation is also a feature of this book. Ghosh describes the type of transport he takes in each journey, from public trains in India, electric buses in Paraguay to taxis in New York. Airplanes of various sizes from large long haul planes to a 12 seater plane to traverse the Grand Canyon. Bus rides vary from local buses, to 45km trips through forests and canyons. All of this really gives you a front seat view of the entire trip, not just the highlights.

As well as his transport and activity details, mouth-watering meals are a constant in this story: dosa, samosas, yoghurt, roti, Ethiopian coffee and popcorn, boiled shrimp, French Onion soup, almond pastries and numerous servings of ice cream to name but a few! The inclusion of food and meals adds to the depth and authenticity of the memoir.

The memoir is organized in chronological order, which makes it very easy to follow. At the beginning the sentence structure is quite long and cumbersome, however as the memoirs progress the writing becomes more natural and easier to read.

Around the World in Sixty-Five Years is an extensive memoir filled with vivid visual descriptions of exotic locations. The travel is extensive, and the anecdotes are always interesting, as are the activities, food, animals and people described. This is an engrossing memoir that will show you how much beauty there is in the world, and inspire you to travel.

Pages: 512 | ASIN: B08P7LQ9JS

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Seven Principles for Super-Effective Leadership

Seven Principles for Super-Effective Leadership : Creative Strategies and Tactics to become the best Christian Boss (The Diamond Soul Character Book 2) by [George Vasilca]

Few things get my attention like the subject of leadership. Being a professional soldier for over twenty years so much of my career was based on acquiring a leadership foundation and developing it throughout the years. The Army prides itself on creating leaders of quality, whether they end their service in retirement or go on to attain the highest office in the land. So when I had the opportunity to read Seven Principles for Super-Effective Leadership I got a little tingly.

The author presents his case with clarity and a well developed thought process, making it easy for those who have had no prior training in the matter. Then he goes an extra step and ties in basic Christian principles for good measure, thus ensuring a leader of moral and spiritual quality if you choose to follow this discipline.

The religious aspect was new for me, but it read well. He flows from one subject to the next, laying out a plan of action while introducing the most important tenets of leadership on a basic level. It might be easy to dismiss the book entirely, as a hefty portion of the population does not consider itself religious, but the strength of his conviction shines through the book with the strength to at least open minds.

Seven Principles for Super-Effective Leadership is also part of George Vasilca’s Diamond Character series that is intended to produce well balanced people of character. This was a great book and a great starting point for anyone willing to become more than what they are.

I recommend Seven Principles for Super-Effective Leadership to novice AND experienced leaders. As everyone who has ever been successful in being in charge of others knows, you can never stop learning, adapting, and adjusting your delivery.

Pages: 302 | ASIN: B08MDMD3NB

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Journey Beyond The Words

Mary LaForge
Mary LaForge Author Interview

ESCAPED is a thought-provoking book that explores cosmically unanswered questions and provides a unique perspective of reality. Why was this an important book for you to write?

I sometimes write my thoughts down and then discard them. However, I didn’t realize that one journal entry about one spiritual insight would be important enough to make into something else. Yet this piece almost immediately commanded me to expand on that one thought because it brought up questions I wanted answers to. I must have had a lot of questions because I kept writing until a big revelation about my own flaw, to use a loaded word, shouted out at me from the page. Once I calmed down I realized I wasn’t the only one with this flaw, and perhaps I should share the insight with others.

What were some ideas that were important for you to explore in this book?

The framework I chose to use includes concepts from Nikola Tesla, a few quotations, a sprinkling of scripture, and personal experiences as examples to guide the reader along my internal timeline, like traveling together on a road trip. The purpose of the structure is to allow readers, as much as is possible, to “experience” my internal journey beyond the words. I was also interested in finding a pattern to the unusual phenomena I encountered along my spiritual journey that became like puzzle pieces fitting together as I explored. The freedom aspect occurred, in a very palpable way, only after having got to the end of writing, and could not have been anticipated ahead of time.

What do you hope is one thing readers take away from your book?

That journaling about your own structure, and not following my framework, in whatever form that takes, is life-altering, life-affirming, and an honest, worthy pursuit.

Do you plan to write other books on this same topic?

No. My role now is to attempt to live the ideas that I wrote about, in a conscious way. The point of publishing and sharing ESC is to show how journaling helps others, by journaling themselves, with my book as an inspiration, not as a how-to. For instance, one reader said “I even felt inspired to write a parody song, and applied to get it copyrighted.” Pretty cool, right? Recently I began writing one-shot fiction stories in a metaphysical style that incorporate the ideas in ESC, and I may publish a collection next year. A few have already been published on Reedsy. Also, ESC (the condensed version of my title) is being translated to Italian this Summer.

Author Links: GoodReads | Reedsy | Website

ESCAPED shines a light on cosmically unanswered questions, and offers a perspective that outlines phases of reality from birth to deaths. ESCAPED is written with flowing words, without fluff, and with insights about the nature of reality that you can adopt and apply simply by journaling.


Upon the death of her paternal grandmother when Mary LaForge was 7 years old, Mary walked into a house of worship all by herself and was not recognized by anyone. That sent Mary on a lifelong journey seeking God in traditional and non-traditional disciplines. Finally, letting go of the search, Mary dove inward to find her own unique truth.

Woo Ae Yi – Author Interview

Woo Ae Yi Author Interview

Profiles of KAD Relations with the Black Community helps readers understand how KAD can be a bridge in the Black Lives Matter movement. Why was this an important book for you to write?

I wrote the answer to that within the book itself, but essentially I didn’t feel that there was anything like it in existence, and I thought there should be.

What were some ideas that were important for you to convey in this book?

The role that Korean adoptees play in anti-racism.

What is a common misconception you feel people have about Korean adoptees (KAD)?

That they’re “not Asian enough.”

What is one thing you hope readers take away from your book?

The importance of practicing anti-racism and the importance of getting adoption-based and/or race-based trauma included in the DSM V.

Author Links: Website | Facebook | GoodReads

Korean adoptees (KADs) can be a bridge to the Black Lives Matter movement. The Black Lives Matter movement is intended to highlight that in the US Government and in its criminal justice system, Black lives are valued less than white lives. Even though Black Lives Matter is about the Black community, Yi Woo Ae, a Korean adoptee, establishes that our lives are connected as minorities, and even intertwined. KADs, being both white adjacent and Asian, can talk with whites, Asians, and others in a way that supports the movement.


This book is divided into three parts: profiles, background history, and a how-to. Korean adoptee, Yi Woo Ae, also added a call to action. She first points out how the relationship between Blacks and Korean adoptees is better than what we see in the media, if it’s in the media at all. The author advocates for the inclusion of adoption-based and race-based trauma into the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). She shares the importance of acknowledging that trauma, as defined in the DSM, is not currently all-inclusive. Whether we believe we chose our present life or not, we are the bridge between worlds. As a Korean adoptee (or Asian adoptee), we can support the Black Lives Matter movement.

Downtime To Ponder My Guilt

Author Interview
Ian D. Niall Author Interview

Trust vs Lust is a riveting autobiography that takes readers through the ups and downs of your life. Why was this an important book for you to write?

The novel was a purely cathartic exercise for me, as I go through the Covid-19 hiatus 6000 kilometres from my wife and step-daughter and have so much depression-cum-downtime to ponder my guilt.

I appreciated the candid nature with which you told your story. What were some ideas that were important for you to convey in your book?

Most important to me, was to inwardly apologise for my hurtful approach to relationships and to understand how much influence my experiences as a naval cadet had to do with my sins.

It was also incredibly important for me to highlight the cruelty and humiliation that so many of us suffered, all whilst with the complete knowledge and acceptance of the Australian Naval Hierarchy.

What is one thing you hope readers take away from your story?

If the readers are to take only one thought process from my book, it is to view everybody in the world as your equal until proven otherwise. Grudges are a weight around your neck to hinder your progress through to a happy ending.

When will the book be published and where will it be available?

This is the $1,000,000 question. Is it good enough to publish, and where would an expert such as yourself, advise that I begin?

Trust vs. Lust Book Review

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