I’d like to invite you to celebrate with author Barbara Spencer!
Here’s Barbara to tell us more!
I am incredibly excited to announce that I have been recognied as a Book Excellence Award Finalist for my book, The Year the Swans Came in the Romance Category.
Founded in Toronto, Ontario, the Book Excellence Awards is an international book awards competition dedicated to recognising both independent and traditionally published authors and publishers for excellence in writing, design and overall market appeal.
For me, it has proved a worthwhile experience. An earlier book, Broken, was also entered and sales in Canada were the unexpected result. But with Swans, there was a dilemma. There was a fantasy category but I always think of fantasy as set in some far-distant world in which everything is very different from what we have come to call ‘normal’. Unfortunately, there wasn’t a magical realism category, which is set in our world but with a twist. This is a pity because the genre has, in the last five or so years, acquired a huge following, with books such as The Miniaturist, The Toy Makers by Robert Dinsdale, and The Watchmaker of Filigree Street – a category into which ‘The Year the Swans Came’ slips with ease.
I have read all of the above and love them…
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