“She is an excellent storyteller, and this is a very worthwhile read.”Judge, 27th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards
Yesterday I received two emails that blew me away. One said my first mystery, The Loggerhead Murders, had advanced to round two in the 2019 Writer’s Digest Self Published eBook Awards contest. The second email revealed that Stolen, the third book in my Canal Tales Series, had scored highly and received an excellent review for genre fiction in the 27th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Award competition. I almost cried!
Here are Stolen’s scores on a scale of 1-5 with 1 meaning “needs improvement” and 5 meaning “outstanding”:
Structure, Organization, and Pacing: 5
Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar: 4
Plot and Story Appeal: 5
Production Quality and Cover Design: 4
Character Appeal and Development: 5
Voice and Writing Style: 5
And here is the judge’s commentary:
Stolen is a close-up look at the harrowing lives of those who helped run the Underground Railroad. It follows young Tess as she assists escaped slaves to safety to make amends for what she perceives as a catastrophic personal failure. As the story progresses, we learn that the friend – August – that she was unable to save and assumed dead, is alive. Tess is determined to help August and others escape the evil of the slave trade.
Georgia Ann Mullen has obviously done her research for this historical fiction, and brings the world of nineteenth-century Kentucky to life. She explores the political and religious climate of the times with skill, and highlights the heroism of those individuals and organizations who worked to defend the precious lives of African slaves treated as cattle. It’s difficult to read the details of such a gruesome reality, but they are an important reminder for our contemporary times.
While the front matter states that this book is third in a series, the author does a good job of making it readable as a stand-alone. There were no moments of ambiguity brought on by reference to previous plotlines that were essential to follow this installment of the series. She is an excellent storyteller, and this is a very worthwhile read.
Judge, 27th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards