Accidental Ambition, Novel Co-Authored by Former Florida State Senator Robert McKnight, Honored by 2010 Premier Book Awards

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Published by Infinity Publishing, novel garners second place award in Mystery/Thriller/Suspense/Horror category

Infinity Publishing (, a pioneer in self-publishing, today announced that one of its novels, Accidental Ambition, was selected for the Second Place Award in the 2010 Premier Book Awards.

The book was co-authored by Rhett DeVane, an accomplished fiction novelist, and Robert W. McKnight, a former State Senator in Florida. Their debut collaboration novel was recognized in the Mystery/Thriller/Suspense/Horror category.

The Premier Book Awards recognize books of outstanding merit by independent publishers and small presses, with awards handed out in seven categories of fiction and five categories of non-fiction. The goal of the awards is to recognize authors and publishers for superior achievements in their chosen genre, and to assure readers that a book chosen to receive a Premier Book Award is truly of outstanding merit and well worth adding to their libraries.

"Rhett and I had the idea for a political thriller set in Florida, but when our literary agent approached the major publishing houses we were greeted with a lot of non-committal responses," recalled McKnight. "We decided to talk to some of the non-traditional, print on demand publishers, and were impressed with how Infinity Publishing identified with our publishing goals and our novel. These folks can make decisions on the spot."

In addition to his two political books -- an acclaimed memoir and Accidental Ambition - Sen. McKnight is a weekly political commentator on ABC TV News/WTXL 27HD in Tallahassee, and has provided political commentary to the Miami Herald, St. Petersburg Times, Gannett News, and the New York Times.

Accidental Ambition centers around the series of events that occur when sex, scandal, international intrigue and murder rock an important national senate race. When incumbent Republican Brad Silver dies in a mysterious plane crash, the campaign goes from hectic to just plain weird. Brad's beautiful Hispanic wife gets plugged in for the Republicans, and a hard-living former Governor fights it out with alcoholic former state senator Joel Orr for the Democrats. The control of the balance of power in Congress hinges on the outcome of the election.

"Only the right combination of experience and talent could create a book such as Accidental Ambition," wrote reviewers Dr. James M. Denham and Dr. John Santosuosso, of the Center for Florida History at Florida Southern College. "Former Florida State Senator Robert McKnight and southern fiction writer Rhett DeVane have teamed up to skillfully provide the necessary ingredients for this fast-paced novel that often reveals how the game of politics is actually played… the authors have come up with a unique blend of state, national, and even international political intrigue, along with strong doses of action and suspense that should keep readers hurrying to the next page to see what will happen now."

For more information about Accidental Ambition, or to order a copy of the book for just $18.95, go to

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Founded in 1997, Infinity Publishing's industry leading, author-originated book publishing model puts authors in control of their books. Infinity's authors retain all rights, earn royalties paid monthly, and benefit from an extensive distribution network that is backed up by Infinity's liberal bookstore return policy. The company's unique on demand book publishing system is designed to support all authors with a story to tell, who have ever thought about writing a book, or who have been on an endless journey to find an agent or publisher. For more information, please go to


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