Eppie Finalists Announced

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Film has Cannes and the Oscars. The stage has the Tonys and television has the Emmys. The Eppies recognize outstanding achievement in e-publishing.

Finalists for the 2005 Eppie Awards, the premier awards in e-publishing, were announced by EPIC, the Electronically Published Internet Connection. The Eppie Awards have been given annually since 2000 to recognize outstanding achievement in e-publishing.

"Film has Cannes and the Oscars. The stage has the Tonys and television has the Emmys," said Micqui Miller, Vice President of EPIC. "We're still a fledging industry, but in ten years, when PDAs are an accepted part of everyone's life like cell phones and e-mail, you'll see our Eppies right up there with Oscar and Tony. I've garnered some prestigious awards and critical praise for my writing over the years, but none I cherish more than finaling in last year's Eppies. Our peers are our toughest critics, so their acclaim means the most."

Finalists were selected from 457 entries in 19 categories — a significant number of entries for a five-year-old competition in a young industry. The judging was done by Eppie members, all published authors or publishing professionals. The finalists will be sent to another panel for final judging.

Jane Bierce, EPIC's president, said, "What can I say that hasn't been said before? The Eppies spotlight excellence in electronic publishing, in moving the art of popular fiction forward into new dimensions of creativity. They are open to a wide range of electronic authors, not just EPIC members. Each year the strikingly forward-looking awards grow in esteem in the publishing world."

The winners in each category will be announced and awards presented at a gala ceremony at EPIC's annual convention aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California, March 10-13, 2005. Finalists receive official certificates, and winners receive trophies.

According to the head of Epic's Publisher Coalition, Karen Syed, "When a publishing company steps into the electronic arena, EPIC is a must. The Eppie Awards offer those publishers an opportunity to showcase their best titles and gain accolades and credibility in a highly competitive industry."

The finalists are:

Action/Adventure:

Larry Rochelle - Cracked Crystals

Kally Jo Surbeck - For the Love Of... Book One Luck of the Irish

Anthology:

Nick Aires (ed.) Terri J. Barczak, Michael Bracken, Rebecca Bradley, Richard Bray, Ralan Conley, Frank Fradella, Neil Gaiman, John Heeder, Erin Hoffman, Matthew Hughes, Murray Leeder, Chris McMahon, Nicole R. Murphy, Richard Parks, Jack Rice, James Richey (ed.), Bruce Holland Rogers, Stephen D. Rogers, Tracey Schelmetic, Stephen M. Wilson, Breanna Wojcik, E.G. -- Fantasy Readers Wanted Apply Within

Judith B. Glad, J.A. Clarke, Maureen Mackey, Rubylee Schneider, Jewel Stone, Mary Taffs - Northwest Tales of the Season

Diana Laurence - Soulful Sex: Erotic Tales of Fantasy and Romance

Daniel J. Reitz, Sr. (ed.) Nick Aires, Nick Andreychuk, June Avila, Michele R. Bardsley, Margaret L. Carter, Lawrence Crossett, Frances Evlin, Sharon K. Garner, Robert L. Hecker, Linda Hope Lee, Carrie S. Masek, L.B. Milano, Carolyn Russell,Terry Sheils, Eolake Stobblehouse, Jeff Strand, C.J. Winters -Beyond the Mundane: Unravelings

Childrens:

Charlott Babb, Jim Johnson, KG McAbee, Richard C. Meehan, Diane Thompson, Steve Thompson - The Thing in the Tub

Terri Branson - Brother Dragon

Contemporary Romance:

Ellen Fisher - Isn't It Romantic?

Jan Janssen - Loving Ben

Barbara McMahon - Crazy About You

Rian Monaire - Those Hills

Shelby Reed - The Fifth Favor

Nancy Ann Rose - Broken Promises

Melissa Schroeder - The Hired Hand

Sally Sorenson - All's Faire

Erotica/Erotic Romance:

Denise A. Agnew - Primordial

Annalise - Venus Rising

Joey W. Hill - Natural Law

Diana Hunter - Table for Four

Jacqueline Meadows - Something Wicked

Jacqueline Meadows - Something Wanton

Tawny Taylor - Wet and Wilde

Fantasy:

Elizabeth K Burton - Shadow of the Scorpion: Book 2 of the Everdark Wars

Elaine Corvidae - The Crow Queen

Isabo Kelly - Destiny's Seduction

D. Lee - The Last White Knight

Gloria Oliver - Vassal of El

Historical:

Arline Chase - Killraven

Lydia Hawke - Firetrail

Debra A Kemp - The House of Pendragon I: The Firebrand

Jennifer Macaire - Angels on Crusade

Max Overton - The Golden King

Dusty Rhodes - Death Rides a Pale Horse

Historical Romance:

Patricia Harrison - Lord Compton's Folly

Susanne Marie Knight - The Contrary Contessa

Carolyn Lampman - Wild Honey

Sarah McCarty - Promises Linger

Horror:

David C Burton - Hell Cop

Lawrence Crossett - Reach of the Claw

LB Milano - Illusion of Memory

Inspirational:

Penelope Marzec - Heaven's Blue

Ginny McBlain - Faith, Hope and Charity

Mystery:

Beth Amos - Vicarious Liver

Murdoch Hughes - Murder in La Paz

JB Scully - Evil to the Max

Terry Sheils - Rara Ibis

Louise Titchener - Gun Shy

Non-fiction:

Joan Bramsch - Teach Me, I'm Yours

Margaret Carter - Different Blood: The Vampire as Alien

Tee Morris (ed.) and Valerie Griswold-Ford (ed.) - The Fantasy Writer's Companion

Sandra K. Shirah - How to Start and Run a Profitable Home-Based

Transcription Business

Lori Soard - Become a Secondhand Store Owner

Poetry:

Barri Bryan - Chapter and Verse

Brenna Lyons - Collected Writings of Brenna Lyons: Poetry Book One

Larry Rochelle - Siren Sorcery: Magic in the Night

Romance (Fantasy, Paranormal, Sci-Fi, Futuristic):

Ellen Fisher - Never Love a Stranger

Shelly Laurentson - Pack Challenge

Shelly Laurentson - To Challenge a Dragon

Brenna Lyons - Renegade's Run

Janet Miller - Promises to Keep

Shelley Munro - Talking Dogs, Aliens, and Purple People Eaters

Shiloh Walker - Touch of Gypsy Fire

Romantic Suspence:

Elaine Charton - Pandora's Justice

Jodi Lynn Copeland - Sons of Solaris: Aries

Lynne Connolly - Harley Street

Robin Matheson - Keeping Faith

Catherine Snodgrass - Dreams

Gini Wilson - Deceptions

Science Fiction:

Sharon Lee and Steven Miller - Balance of Trade

Nina M Osier - Rough Rider

Nina M Osier - Regs

Nina M Osier - Matushka

Peter W. Prellwitz - Horizons

Peter W. Prellwitz - The Science of Magic

Single Title, Mainstream:

Barri Bryan - A Long Shadow

Judy Lawn - Progressions

Michael LaRocca - Who Moved My Rice?

Karen Wiesner - Waiting For An Eclipse

Thrillers:

Pauline Baird Jones - A Dangerous Dance

Stephen LaFevers - Dreams of April Ten

Monet Michaels and Janet Ferran - Blind-Sided

Young Adult:

Lynne Hansen and Sally Bosco - AltDeath.com

Lynne Hansen - Heritage of Horror Book 2: The Change

RD Larson - Momma Tried to Raise a Lady

Allan Serafino - Seven Words for Sand

The Eppies also sponsor an award for favorite cover art called the Quasar. The finalists chosen from eight categories will be receiving a certificate and medallion, to be presented at the EPPIES ceremony at EPICon 2005.

The finalists in the 2005 Quasar Awards are:

Fantasy Category

"Once In A Blue Moon"

Artist: Nathalie Moore

Historical Category

"Death Rides A Pale Horse"

Artist: Holly Smith

Horror Category

"Skull Moon"

Artist: Trace Edward Zaber

Mainstream Category

"Dreams"

Artist: Trace Edward Zaber

Mystery Category

"Pithed: An Andy Farmer Mystery"

Artist: Stacey L. King

Romance Category

"Wild Women"

Artist: Mary Z. Wolf

Sci-Fi Category

"Beyond the Mundane: Flights of Mind"

Artists: Regina Brytowski and Stacey L. King

Young Adult and Children's Category

"The Thing in the Tub and Other Poems"

Artist: Jim Johnson

You can find more these fine ebooks and their publishers at epic's website.

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