Author Darlene Ellison Scores Gold 2009 IPPY Award for Predator Next Door

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Independently Published Book Garners National Recognition in True Crime Category

A first-time author with a compelling personal story and a desire to help children, Darlene Ellison has landed a Gold 2009 National Independent Publisher Book Award in the True Crime category for her recently published book, The Predator Next Door: Detect, Protect and Recover from Betrayal.

Known as the IPPYs, the awards recognize outstanding books created by members of the independent publishing industry. According to organizers "The IPPY Awards reward those who exhibit the courage, innovation, and creativity to bring about change in the world of publishing."

Ellison will receive her first-place award May 29 in New York City at a gala during BookExpo America, the publishing industry's premiere annual trade event. More than 4,000 books were entered in the contest, which bestows awards to independently published books in sixty-five categories.

Ellison led a charmed life as a mother, philanthropist, psychologist and businesswoman. Then, in a single day, that life came crashing down when her ex-husband was arrested as a pedophile in an FBI sting operation. Her riveting story is detailed in the book, where Ellison also leads readers through her Betrayal Recovery journey of spiritual and emotional exercises and activities. In addition, The Predator Next Door is a guide to detection and protection of predators for concerned parents. It is also a book for anyone who has ever felt the shame, humiliation or guilt that all betrayal brings its victims, whether that betrayal is infidelity, lies, theft and or something else. Each chapter ends in specific, practical exercises that Ellison used during her own journey of betrayal recovery.

"When I first created the concept for my book, traditional publishing companies seemed interested," Ellison said. "But they only wanted to focus on one aspect of the story - the true crime portion, the self-help strategies or the methods for detecting predators. But I didn't want to separate these elements. Only by telling the complete story and providing readers with the Journey Steps would I truly help those who have experienced betrayal."

Rather than change her focus, Ellison launched her own publishing house, HTA Books, and produced the book.

"I'm thrilled to bring home an IPPY Award, which proves we've created a high-quality product and a book that can really help others," Ellison said. "This re-energizes our efforts to reach out and help those in the community working to overcome predators and the after-effects of betrayal."

The Predator Next Door is available for a list price of $14.95 at and To request a review copy or to arrange an interview, please contact Lesley Hensell at 817-797-0910 or lesley(at)promotesuccesspr(dot)com.

To arrange for Darlene Ellison to speak to your group, contact darlene(at)darleneellison(dot)com. Photos and media materials are available at (If the link doesn't work, cut and paste into your browser)

About the IPPY Awards
The 13th annual Independent Publisher Book Awards is presented by Jenkins Group and their book marketing webzine, Independent Publisher Online, headquartered in Traverse City, Michigan. The awards are intended to bring increased recognition to the thousands of exemplary independent, university, and self-published titles published each year. Since the inaugural contest in 1996, over 3,000 books have received "IPPY" Awards, and all the recognition, credibility, and increased sales that a book award can bring.

IPPY are open to authors and publishers worldwide who produce books written in English and intended for the North American market. "Independent" is defined as 1) independently owned and operated; 2) operated by a foundation or university; or 3) longtime independents that became incorporated but operate autonomously and publish fewer than 50 titles a year. More information can be found at


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