A fine example of writing & a BOTYA finalist (x2)

A fine example of writing & a BOTYA finalist (x2)

April 11th, 2012

ForeWord Reviews announced the 2011 Book of the Year Awards list of finalists the other week. Representing more than 700 publishers, the finalists were selected from 1200 entries in 60 genre categories. These books are examples of independent publishing at its finest.

Hassie Calhoun: A Las Vegas Novel of Innocence by Pamela Cory is a finalist for the 2011 Book of the Year Awards in two categories: Fiction-Romance and Fiction-General.

In Pamela Cory’s debut novel, lovely and talented Hassie Calhoun arrives in Las Vegas to make it as a singer. Her beauty immediately opens doors at the Sands Hotel, but that same beauty draws her into a dangerous relationship with her brooding lover, Jake, and attracts the attention of the powerful Frank Sinatra. With her innocence and identity on the line, the road to stardom puts Hassie in several compromising situations. Cory offers a deceptively sophisticated look into the life of an ambitious young woman during the era of the Rat Pack, whose very passions impede her dreams in a way that many women could secretly relate to.

This is Pamela Cory’s first novel and is also the first of a trilogy. Cory was born in Charlotte, NC, graduated college Summa Cum Laude with a degree in music, and spent 15 years as a cabaret singer, model and voice coach in the Southeastern U.S. Hassie is deeply rooted in the author’s own struggles and ultimately reflects her love of music and her strong ties to the entertainment industry. She is married to architect Steven Miller and divides her time between New York City and Dubai, UAE.

Hassie Calhoun: A Las Vegas Novel of Innocence received rave reviews from ForeWord, Publishers Weekly, The Nevada Review, and more, plus placed as a finalist in several other national book awards. Hassie Calhoun is available through all major vendors, wholesalers, and can be found at your local independent store.

ForeWord Reviews‘ Book of the Year Awards program was established to help publishers shine an additional spotlight on their best titles and bring increased attention to librarians and booksellers of the literary and graphic achievements of independent publishers and their authors. Award winners are chosen by librarians and booksellers who are on the front lines, working everyday with patrons and customers. Winners will be announced at the ALA Annual Conference June 21-26 in Anaheim, CA.

ForeWord is the only review trade journal devoted exclusively to books from independent houses.

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