133 AUTHORS JOIN THE FIREBIRD BOOK AWARD CIRCLE OF WINNERS
October 2021 – Speak Up Talk Radio announced the winners of 2021’s third quarter FIREBIRD BOOK AWARDS contest.
One of the winning entries was from Montana author Torn MacAlester whose book titled Thunder Moon Tussle won in the Science Fiction category.
Authors and publishers from around the world submitted their work to the Firebird Book Awards. Two judges from a select panel of 17 judges read each book in its entirety and independently scored each entry. All judges committed to a set of standardized criteria that evaluates the quality of the writing as well as production aspects. Only entries with the highest of scores were awarded the coveted Firebird.
Patricia J. Rullo, founder of the Firebird Book Awards, says, “ we received nearly double the amount of entries this quarter and we recruited more qualified judges from the publishing and writing world. Our judging panel includes a diverse group who represent a cross section of ages, cultural heritage, race, religion, gender, and experience. At Speak Up Talk Radio, our mission is to offer authors a welcome place to promote themselves and their books via book awards, radio interviews, audiobook production, voiceover marketing tools, and podcasting services. We love to support those who dare to share their innermost thoughts with the world. Just one sentence in one book can very well make a difference in a reader’s life. I can’t think of anything better than that.”
Pat adds, “We’ve included a charitable component to our awards by making all entry fees tax-deductible to the author. In return, we personally make and send handmade fun and colorful pillowcases to women and children in homeless shelters via Enchanted Makeovers, a 501©3 tax-exempt organization. All entry fees fund this project. In this way, authors get notoriety for their work while helping to transform homeless shelters into bright and happy homes. It is a rewarding venture for everyone.”
The Firebird Book Awards run quarterly contests so authors can receive recognition on a timely basis. Authors from all genres, mainstream, independent, and self-published are welcome. For additional winning authors, titles, and entry information:
My novel Thunder Moon Tussle is available in kindle unlimited, kindle, and paperback on amazon.com.
Nils Carmike, a fallen from grace astronaut turned smuggler, forges a new life on the lunar frontier. Harassed by the strikingly beautiful and demanding Deputy Miller, he is faced with fines and conflict, resulting in a tumultuous relationship and ultimatum he can’t refuse. Running for their life they struggle against their pasts, hoping to outsmart the common faceless enemy and forced to focus on the only rule that matters: survive!
Cover graphic by Shannan Albright
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The key background event of the storyline that includes Thunder Moon Tussle is the eruption of the Yellowstone super-volcano. This eruption forms the basis for the calendar where the year of the eruption is designated Y+0.
The Yellowstone eruption plays into some of the motivation or emotional state of the characters. It serves as a focal point event where almost everyone relates to it. It has the same affect as the attack on Pearl Harbor or 9/11 had on their respective generations. I recall a lot of the older generations when I was young referring to the attack on Pearl Harbor as a turning point in many of their lives. I’ve also noticed that many of my peers refer to 9/11 the same way. It may be we are living through another such event with the Covid-19 pandemic.
In this case, you can find references to the Yellowstone super-volcano eruption throughout Thunder Moon Tussle. Nils Carmike and Deputy Miller both refer to Yellowstone as a pivotal event. In his the review of Thunder Moon Tussle, Nathaniel Owolabi makes note of this.
I try to set each of my stories or vignettes on this timeline, though there are some exceptions. The vignette Cold Contact is not on the timeline. The short story Morgan’s Road is on the timeline to indicate the year in which Nils Carmike tells the story for the first time. The timeline presented will continuously update with vignettes that give a taste of the background without providing spoilers for any one story.