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“THE PRESTIGIOUS READERS’
FAVORITE INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS CEREMONY PROOVES ONCE AGAIN THAT HAPPY
ENDINGS DO EXIST”
by YANINA VELEZ, FIU
November 23, 2013
Debra Gaynor along with James Ventrillo and award winning authors.
---Having grown exponentially over the past 5 years, Readers
Favorite International Book Awards Ceremony welcomed over 250 authors and guest
speakers from the literary community in Miami on November 23rd for
what concluded to be a night of success. Coinciding with the 30th
Anniversary of Miami Book Fair International, Readers’ Favorite International
Book Awards continues to be one of the largest award ceremonies for authors
“I’m honored to be surrounded by so many talented minds. Our
goal has always been to encourage people to write, read and to believe they can
fulfill their dreams,” said Readers Favorite Founder and CEO Debra Gaynor who
opened up the ceremony thanking and congratulating all the authors and guests
present for their outstanding work. “Readers Favorite continues to be the
fastest growing book review and award contest site on the Internet,” said
Debra. “We continue to provide free reviews to all, from first-time authors to
professional authors such as James Patterson and Nicholas Sparks.”
Debra Gaynor preceded the ceremony by interviewing inspirational
celebrity speakers who nonetheless have been gold medal awards winners or
“Characters speak to me anytime any day. You must let
inspiration flow. One advice that has helped me along the way is to let your
creative voice be heard. Don’t let it get corrupted by outside voices, stay
true to your voice,” said Dete Meserve, president of Wind Dancer films.
The contest recognizes 100 different genres which categorize
the thousands of submitted publications. Each submission competes against those
within its genre and each is awarded on four different levels; Gold, Silver,
Bronze and Honorable Mention. Submitting authors range from independent authors
and small publishers to industry giants like HarperCollins and Simon &
interviewed celebrity guest speaker Eriq La Salle, renowned TV and film actor,
director and producer- best known to worldwide audiences for his portrayal of
Dr.Peter Benton on the hit TV show E.R, his role next to Eddie Murphy in
"Coming to America" and Robin Williams in "One Hour Photo,"
and now a gold medal award winning author for his book “Law of Depravity.” This
intense debut novel will have you pondering the fine line between right and
wrong, between sanity and insanity. Expect to have your world shaken when you
read “Laws of Depravity,” said book reviewer Lee Ashford.
"Most movies are not as good as the books. There is something that is lost in translation. Because of my background as an actor and director my concept is to write in a more cinematic way and create something that hasn't been done yet," said Eriq La Salle when asked on his debut as an author.
Eriq La Salle and Yanina Velez
Another award winning author
and illustrator who I had the pleasure of interviewing was Mark Wayne Adams,
former Disney Artist. "Jilli, That's Silly!: A Story About Being A Girl", authored by Christa Carpenter and illustrated by Mark Wayne Adams received a gold medal award. "The first drawing I ever did when I was a kid was MICKEY MOUSE," tells Mark. Mark worked for Sea World Disney for over 6 years as a director and manager. He then applied his business skills and opened his Illustration Company. "Then later on because I had management experience I realized I was maintaining the entire publishing project so from that point forward I decided to create my own label."
Mark Wayne Adams as
he illustrates a guest in the audience into a cartoon drawing.
Mark has illustrated over 32 children's books, published 12 and is currently working on 4 books. Mark is the award-winning illustrator and publisher of
Christa's series and the Best Fairy Books series ("The Belly Button
Fairy," "The Fart Fairy," "The Knot Fairy," and
"The Sock Fairy.") "Christa and I are currently working on out 5th book from our fairies book series," said Mark. Their new fairy already named the "Freckle fairy" will be released in 2014.
Renowned publishers such as Random House, Penguin and Harper
Collins continue to rave about Readers’ Favorite. The company received awards
including Best Websites for Authors and Honoring Excellence from the
Association of Independent Authors (AIA). Having earned such high honors and respect
from publishers and readers around the world, Readers Favorite has recently
also gained the attention of the film production industry and Hollywood.
Speaking about Hollywood, a Southern California television
and radio personality, Manny Pacheco, who has worked on the Daytime
Emmy-nominated In Studio on KCOP, NBC's Santa Barbara, and on KRLA, KFI, and
KBIG is now an award-winning author for the second time. Manny received a Gold Medal from Readers’ Favorite in the
Non Fiction: Music and Entertainment category for “Son of Forgotten Hollywood
“I’ am very much honored and grateful to receive this award,”
said Manny who is currently working on his third book in the FH series. Pacheco’s
book series have been added to prestigious locations as the libraries of the
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, American Film Institute, Screen
Actors Guild Foundation, and Writers Guild Foundation; and Hollywood Heritage
Museum among others.
Interview with award winning author Manny Pacheco.
“Pacheco’s style is straightforward, unflinching
and devoid of romance. In a world obsessed with fame and the bright lights of
‘show business,’ seeing these often troubled creative personalities without the
smoke and mirrors of Hollywood glamour opens a new world for lovers of the
cinema.This ‘Who’s Who’ of Hollywood’s character
actors is a must-read for all serious fans of American cinema,” said Rich
Follett book reviewer for Readers’ Favorite.
Other talented award winners include Australian storyteller, Pamela
McCagh author of “Sleep never comes for those that did not reach the other side.”
Pamela inherited the gift to connect with the spiritual world from her mother
and in her books she tells the stories of the spirits whom she connects with.
“Each story will teach you about life. If you want to become a listener of the
spiritual world you must meditate,’’ said Pam.
Lance Johnson, author of “What Foreigners Need To Know About
America From A to Z”received a gold
medal award for this wonderful book about American culture, people, government,
business, language and more. After reading Lance Johnson’s book I can say it
was very well written and very informative. The outstanding delivery of topics
on different people and cultures helps us to better understand the world we
live in and each other to build a better place for all.
Lori Costew author of Sherpa's Adventures: Saving The Future is a great reductive book for kids who do not like to read. "I have two children and bullying is such a big issue. But kids don't want to read about bullying, they want to read a fun, adventurous story that will entertain and teach them at the same time," said Lori.
Sheri Fink is a number one best-selling, award-winning
children’s author, the creator of “The Whimsical World of Sheri Fink”
children’s brand, and an international speaker. Sherry was very happy to
receive two gold medal awards for her books “The little rose” and “The little
Gnome”. Her books inspire and delight children while planting the seeds of
self-esteem that can have lifelong benefit. "Exploring the Garden with the
Little Rose," written by Sheri Fink and illustrated by Mary Erikson Washam
is a great book for teaching the alphabet.
Sheri’s stories are enchanting and heartwarming.
If you enjoy a good political thriller Steve Piacente's book "Bootlicker" is the choice for you. "There is so much attention given to detail and the scene is so perfectly set that I found myself immersed into this setting and unable to put the book down," said book reviewer Martina Svyantek.
Copies of each author’s award winning books were available
for sale at the Readers’ Favorite booth at the Miami Book Fair International
throughout the weekend. Favorites’ Readers donates all profits from sales and
remaining books to St.Jude Childrens Hospital, Meals on Wheels, Kids in Need
and the Adult Literacy League. They make donations of many of the books they
review to these charities every year to bring comfort to those in need. To see more
of the award winning book reviews you can visit www.readersfavorite.com
The entire team from Readers’ Favorite did an excellent job
thorough the award ceremony. I hope to see more authors next year and be part
of another ceremony filled with magic celebrating the literacy community.
Pamela McCagh and Miami Publicist, Caitlin
Gold medal award winner Lance Johnson for his
book “What Foreigners Need to Know About America From A to Z.”
Two gold medal award winner-children’s book
author Sheri Fink.
Steven Piacente, author of the award winning
Manny Pacheco receives gold medal for his second
book “Son of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History.”