The 2012 Indie Book Awards were announced recently, and we at Awesome Indies were thrilled to learn that a couple of our favorite picks here at the site were also recognized in the awards. Pavarti K. Tyler, now a reviewer here at AI, was the winner of the General Fiction/Under 80K words category with her novel, SHADOW ON THE WALL, SandStorm Chronicles #1, which is a featured AI pick in the category of Magical Realism. Emlyn Chand won in the Best Multi-Cultural category for her novel, FARSIGHTED, featured here in AI’s YA — Urban/Paranormal Fantasy category.
Tyler’s SHADOW ON THE WALL was just released in April of this year, and is already garnering critical praise. The novel tells the story of Recai Osman, a Turkish Muslim working to overcome his own demons as he searches for the strength to answer Allah’s call in the quest to become “The Sandstorm” — a Superhero whose mission is to affect change in his home city of Elih and beyond.
Chand’s immensely popular FARSIGHTED was published in October of 2011, and consistently ranks in the top fifty in its categories in the Amazon bestsellers’ listings. It tells the story of Alex Kosmitoras, a blind high school student who befriends Simmi, the new girl in town hailing all the way from India. Her arrival just happens to coincide with Alex’s sudden ability to see into the future.
We at Awesome Indies wish both authors our heartiest congratulations for their well-deserved wins. Be sure to check out both Pavarti and Emlyn’s novels, and peruse our site to find other quality indie reads in a multitude of genres!