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Literary Titan Gold Book Award Feb 2023

Literary Titan Gold Book Award

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 writing talent of these brilliant authors.

Award Recipients

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

Literary Titan Silver Book Award February 2023

Literary Titan Silver Book Award

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 writing talent of these brilliant authors.

Award Recipients

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

The Fearless Dragon Heir

Hayley Reese Chow Author Interview

Odriel’s Heirs follows a sheltered young woman with the power of flame who has to learn to control her gift and save humans that have cast her out. What was the inspiration for the setup of your story? 

Odriel’s Heirs was my first book, so by the time I sat down to write it, I’d been thinking about the story for years. I’ve always loved chosen one stories, but I really wanted to show how the reality of a chosen one could be extremely difficult and burdensome. Honestly, I can see seeds of inspiration from so many of my favorite childhood books and TV shows sprinkled in this story: Sabriel by Garth Nix, X-men, and even Dragon Ball Z. I love the idea that Kaia has a gift that is difficult to use and, in a time of peace, made her an outcast instead of a hero. But then when she finally has a chance to become a hero like she always dreamed, it is more heart-breaking and nightmarish than she could have ever imagined.

Kaia comes into her gift as the Dragon Heir at a time when people felt it was not needed or wanted, till disaster strikes. What were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?

As a teenager, I read One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, in which Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn wrote, “A man who is warm cannot understand a man who is freezing,” and it really stuck with me. I think in times of peace, it is very difficult, if not impossible, to imagine what we would have to do or endure in times of violence or war. And, many times, I feel like rather than confront these scary or uncomfortable thoughts or possibilities, people would rather avert their gaze from reminders of those difficult truths. In the world of Okarria, Kaia is definitely one of these uncomfortable reminders, and her people spurn her for it, but I love how that doesn’t steal her desire to fulfill her role and protect those people. Although she often doesn’t feel like the fearless Dragon Heir she’s meant to be, the fact that she accepts this mantle on behalf of her people really shows her true strength and courage. 

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

One of the strongest themes in this book, and the series as a whole, is that even when we’re at rock bottom, at the end of our rope, we’re still capable of so much more than we believe. And though Odriel’s Heirs is full of danger and battles, it is the mental struggle with Kaia’s own confidence she must win if she wishes to survive. Kaia must come to terms with her shortcomings and her strengths and as such, she has to learn to have faith in both those around her and herself in order to come to her full potential. Although Odriel’s Heirs is an epic fantasy novel, Kaia’s coming-of-age underscores her every challenge, and it was so fulfilling to really watch Kaia grow from the self-conscious sheep-girl into a legendary Dragon Heir. 

Is this the first book in the series? If so, when is the next book coming out and what can your fans expect in the next story?

Yes! Odriel’s Heirs is a trilogy with stand-alone entries linked by two novellas. The first book, Odriel’s Heirs, follows the Dragon Heir. Burning Shadows, a follow-on novella, links the story to the second book, Idriel’s Children, which follows a Shadow Heir of the next generation. Then, Night of Ash, another follow-on novella, links the narrative to the final book, Time’s Orphan, which follows a Time Heir. Time’s Orphan will be released on Feb 8th 2023 and the series will be complete! It’s been such a joy to embark and complete this epic adventure, and I’m so thankful to all the readers who’ve joined me along the way! Thanks so much for reading, and I hope you enjoy Odriel’s Heirs!

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Winner of the 2020 Florida Author Project sponsored by Biblioboard and Library Journal.
5th place finalist in the 2021 Book Blogger Novel of the Year Awards.


The brave, burning with fire, harnessed the Dragon’s Rage….

As the Dragon Heir, seventeen-year-old Kaia inherited the power of flame to protect her homeland from a godlike necromancer’s undead army. But after centuries of peace, the necromancer has faded to myth, and the Dragon Heir is feared by the people. Persecuted and cast out, Kaia struggles to embrace and control her seemingly useless gift while confined to her family’s farm.

But when the necromancer’s undead terrorize the land once again, Kaia runs away to join the battle.

With the help of her childhood rival, the handsome Shadow Heir, and a snarky, cursed cat, Kaia must figure out how to control both her fire and her confidence in time to save Okarria. If she fails, she will sacrifice her family, her new friends, and the enchanting world she has only just begun to see.

And time is running out.

My Own Version Of The Legend

Jo Anne Barnes Author Interview

Time’s Daughter follows a modern-day schoolteacher who is taken back to 1875 and finds herself in the middle of a conflict between a handsome plantation owner and his greedy stepbrother. What was the inspiration for the setup of your story?

I grew up in a small parish in northeastern Louisiana that back in the day had over 100 plantations. Stories about old plantation houses and their owners fascinated me. A true story about a man who was driven out of his mind by someone he trusted captured my attention. I quit a job I loved supervising student teachers at the University of Texas at Dallas to write my own version of the legend.

Christina Forsythe is an interesting and well-developed character. What were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?

I knew she would have to be a strong woman to survive in another century. | wanted to give her a character flaw that she would overcome by the end of my book. Christina was prejudiced against mental illness because of her father’s bipolar condition. By falling in love with a man people referred to as a madman, she was able to overcome her prejudice.

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

I wanted to explore a man’s love for his daughter and how far he would go to keep her safe. Other themes include good versus evil, never giving up, and Justice.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

I’m currently working on Take Only My Love, but | have also published Sidestepping the Truth, a gentle romance novel, The thirteenth Apostle—a thriller, and two contemporary novels: Conveniently Married and Winds of Fate. |’ve co-authored two children’s books, A Horse for the Heart and Mystery of the Swamp Lights.

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Hurled into 1875, a young schoolteacher from this century finds herself living a legend she’s heard about all her life. She lands in the middle of a conflict between handsome plantation owner, Rainer Thorpe, and his greedy stepbrother. Sparks fly as Rainer tries to help Christina Forsythe find her way home.

Trials Over Tragedy

Ryan Kovacs Author Interview

Create Destruction follows a 12-year-old boy with parapsychic powers who is turned into a tool at the hands of a scientist with evil plans. What was the inspiration for the setup of your story?

The inspiration for this story was derived from attempting to have a compelling antagonist who constantly makes the protagonist and the reader think twice about things. Being that I wanted my characters to have great depth and resonating personalities, the antagonist, Dr. Larson, had to almost be stronger than the protagonist, Thomas. Hence why Dr. Larson is so assertive and authoritative despite creating a weapon more powerful than he could dream. Thomas of course being a child and having a sense of innocence that is slowly stripped away from him compels a reader to root for him even though the philosophical points are brought up by the antagonist. Thomas’s inner thoughts are meant to hopefully be the questions we sometimes ask despite being presented answers. Ultimately, I wanted readers to identify with both characters, each acting on two ends of the scale, but only one of them willing to tip it in his favor. 

What were the morals you were trying to capture while creating your characters?

For starters, I wanted Dr. Larson to embody evil in such a way that we as humans knowingly do evil things in order to discover something new. This is often disguised as curiosity and the all-consuming need to know the unknown. Dr. Larson just happened to find a way to manipulate a child and a parent desperate to help his child find his identity in an uncertain time in history. Thomas on the other hand is meant to encompass the humanity and innocence of children. As a parent, one of our main goals is to preserve that innocence as long as possible without sacrificing understanding and reality. Thomas, like so many, had to succumb to violence and torture to find his identity and purpose. Tragic as it may be, the idea of trials over tragedy is what Thomas’ father attempted to instill in him so that he could grow from his experiences. 

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

The two biggest themes I wanted to explore were control and choice. The irony is that they go hand in hand but when they are separated, they encompass two different influences. I felt these were powerful themes that resonate in our modern world, two concepts that all humans struggle with and experience throughout their entire lives. Dr. Larson being the one in control, brainwashing Thomas into believing that he no longer has a choice in his own decisions is a metaphor for the unquenchable thirst for power. All men who have power seek to have more of it and Dr. Larson creating a human bomb to use at his will is a form of control few will ever experience having. Meanwhile, Thomas constantly throughout the story appears to be stripped of his ability to chose by the overpowering control Dr. Larson has over him. While this seems to be the case, it is also meant to show that not making a choice is still choosing to do so. One can only make a choice or not make a choice by having control, symbolizing that we are all in control of our own destinies.

Where does the story go in the next book and where do you see it going in the future?

The next story in the Destruction Series is Destroy Creation and is the culmination of the consequences that fall upon Thomas from his past choices. Following a historical fiction timeline that puts Thomas at the center of the Sudan Crater, formed in 1962, he must learn to navigate life with these parapsychic powers. He crosses paths with two influential individuals who grant him perspective and love. It is not without tragedy, but the trials Thomas endures with people he grows to love shapes the conclusion of this story into a message I believe all should know and understand.

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Doctor Larson is a maniacal genius bent on harnessing the parapsychic powers of Thomas, a 12-year-old boy. Using a “thought terminating process,” Larson employs trigger words that catalyze Thomas’ abilities so he can use them for his own evil purposes. But as those powers grow, Thomas finds himself slowly stripped of choice and all self-control while treading a path of total annihilation. Will Larson succeed, or will he be forced to watch as the boy is fully consumed by his own conflagration?

The Celine Bower Story

The Celine Bower Story by Carly Brown is the gripping story of a young woman who decides to take revenge into her own hands and punish men who rape women. This crime thriller begins with Celine tracking down her target and seducing him in a bar. Her plan includes drugging him and then punishing him for his actions. Following this event, readers are then shown the series of events that lead to the initial assault on her.

There are some extremely sensitive topics faced throughout this fantasy novel, particularly those of rape, which I feel are handled well and approached in a sensitive way. Brown hooks readers into her storyline from the beginning with thrilling action. She then takes readers back in time to show how the characters end up in that situation they are in. Learning how Celine comes to have supernatural abilities that take her character to new heights is exciting, as well as watching her hone her new skills. With robust and engaging dialogue, readers are fully immersed in the story and quickly become invested in the characters’ future.

Readers get to know the characters through how the author describes their actions; for example, “John glared around at the other guys in the place as if to dare them to try and interfere.” The reader can tell this character is protective of what’s his, wants to show off to others, and is up for a fight with anyone. The reader can imagine the characters and their behavior through Brown’s descriptive talents, allowing them to feel like part of this fascinating story.

The Celine Bower Story is a riveting crime thriller with a strong woman protagonist. Bringing in an element of dark fantasy with supernatural components gives this novel a unique feel and will appeal to readers of many different genres. If you are looking for a story where the bad guys get what is coming to them, this is the thriller for you. I hope readers will see more of Celine Bower in the future.

Pages: 257 | ASIN : B093XT9B3L

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Blood Relations

A bloodthirsty and ageless alien named Eros finds himself on Earth. On his arrival, the beauty and compassion of humans make him fall in love with them. After meeting Camellia, the love of his life whom he cured of an illness, he is inspired to find a way to extend the lives of others. Eros’s venom possesses special qualities that can treat diseases, heal injuries, and cause people to fall in love. Throughout his endless existence, Eros fell in love many times, but Camellia was the one who stood out the most. Eros was not perfect; he always had a strong urge to bite women and suck their blood as his way of feeding. He had no control over it and was often referred to as a vampire.

Eros is a fascinating character and I found his abnormal actions to be intriguing. He was cold-blooded and could not stay out in the sun like a vampire, but the author imbues him with enough of a unique quality for the story to feel refreshing. Camellia is a loyal lover and the way she was completely devoted to Eros is admirable. The supporting characters are all well-rounded and have recognizable qualities that make them relatable. For example, Linda and Christine have different personalities although they work together. It seems all the women Eros meets are bound to fall for him. The author does a fantastic job of combining science fiction, fantasy, and romance into a riveting story that will feel like it can go in any direction. From Eros’s strange venom to his laboratory work, and crazy love fantasies, the story was engrossing.

The writing style of author Glenn Stevens is easy to follow, ensuring readers are always immersed in the story. The book is well written but I would have enjoyed it more if the story was a bit shorter. I would recommend Blood Relations to fans of science fiction, fantasy, and romance. The story is thrilling and captivating, and you will be glued to the pages until the end.

Pages: 507 | ASIN: B07H277BLH

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Control Over Life And Death

Ken Stark Author Interview

Miracle Man follows an average man and librarian who discovers he has a unique gift to heal people and resurrect the dead. What was the inspiration for the setup of your story?

Most of my writing pits one or more people against an outside force. I drop ordinary, everyday characters into an impossible situation and watch them squirm. With Miracle Man, I wanted the battle to be internal. I wanted to see what it would take to turn a good man into not just a bad man, but into a monster. What better way to do that than by giving him power?

By granting Elijah control over life and death, I knew it would only be a matter of time before he started to think of himself as beyond human, meaning he would have little regard for mere mortals. And by giving him the very powers that Jesus was purported to have, the contrast between good and evil couldn’t have been more stark. Plus, I got to have fun stirring up some controversy with some of Elijah’s sermons.

Did you plan the tone and direction of the novel before writing or did it come out organically as you were writing?

I always go into a story knowing the main plot points I want to hit, but I leave myself the freedom to get there in whatever way feels right at the time. I fully intended Elijah to become bad, but honestly, he surprised me with just how far he fell, and how quickly. I generally start each writing day going over what I had written the day before, and there were times when I thought that I had gone to far and should probably dial it back. On those occasions, I would remind myself that that had been my intention from the beginning, and I would let it stand. Of course, I then had to outdo myself in the next chapter, so the plunge continued.

What character did you enjoy writing for? Was there one that was more challenging to write for?

My answer to both questions is the same. Elijah Zion. Once Milton adopted the persona of Elijah Zion, he became immensely interesting. It was a joy to write scenes of him performing literal miracles while at the same time lecturing the faithful on how ridiculous it was to have faith. There was a dichotomy there that was a lot of fun to play with. I also loved those deep dives into his psyche, seeing how he could justify his actions so seemingly rationally.

The most difficult scenes to write were when he was stroking his ego by doing some pretty despicable things to his human playthings. I drew the line at harming children in any way, but those scenes were challenging to depict in an honest and realistic way.

What is the next book that you are working on, and when can your fans expect it to be out?

The next book in the Stage 3 series should be out by spring of 2023. It is called ‘Stage 3: Delta’, featuring our familiar cast of characters along with others who will have larger roles to play later on. And hopefully by the end of the year there will be a new standalone, as yet unnamed, about a man who may or may not be losing his grip on reality.

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THERE’S EVIL…. AND THEN THERE’S HIM.

Miracle Man: The Rise of an Anti-Christ by horror master Ken Stark might be the most horrifying portrayal of mankind’s inner demons ever written.

Milton Fisk was a good man, once.
Then came the day when he discovered his gift.

He can heal with a touch.
He can resurrect the dead.

Now known as Elijah Zion, Miracle Man, he is worshipped by billions. Kings and presidents bow before him. He is the most powerful man on Earth.

But it is not enough…

There was only one other man in history with Elijah’s powers, and Elijah Zion hates Him with a passion.
He will show the world the impotence of their false god.
He will open their eyes to the lies they’ve been told.
He will free the world from the teachings of the Jew.
He will snatch his victims’ souls from the light and bring them back to life, just so he can kill them again… to spite Him.

Once he has grown powerful enough, he will grab the Jew from the heavens and cast him into a body that has long since turned to dust… and it will be as if the accursed Nazarene had never existed.

He will tear down the old gods if it takes him an eternity, and from that day onward, the world will know only the name, Elijah Zion.

Milton’s best friend from boyhood and the woman he once loved are the only ones who know the truth. They have vowed to stop him, but do mere mortals stand a chance against the Miracle Man?

Healer. Killer. Blasphemer. Anti-Christ. Evil Incarnate.
Elijah Zion, Miracle Man.

Prepare for horror that will reach deep into the darkest corners of your psyche. Whether you’re a believer or not, Miracle Man will make your flesh crawl, as Ken Stark reveals the face of TRUE EVIL in this disquieting story.

*** WARNING ***
NOT for devout Christians.
NOT for the squeamish or sensitive.


ALSO by KEN STARK:

THE STAGE 3 SERIES

Stage 3: A Post-Apocalyptic Zombie Thriller
Stage 3: ALPHA
Stage 3: BRAVO
Stage 3: CHARLIE
Billy the Kid (A Stage 3 Short Story)

HORROR NOVELS
Gaia’s Game
Arcadia Falls

SHORT STORIES
Born of the Dark
Horrible Little Nasties
Jitters
Killing Joe Prince
Dead Weight
Who’s Going to Feed Johnny?
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