Hillsborough, New Jersey (PRWEB) May 24, 2014
The Independent Publishers Association has awarded a 2014 IPPY Bronze Medal in Regional Fiction to Tiffany Blues: A Martini Munrow Mystery by author J.C. Vogard. The IPPY Awards will be presented on May 28th, in New York City, just before the opening of BookExpo America.
Launched in 1996 and conducted each year to honor the year's best independently published books, the “IPPY” Awards recognize merit in a broad range of subjects and reward authors and publishers who “take chances and break new ground.” The Independent Publisher Book Awards are the world’s largest international and regional book awards competition. This year’s competition drew over 5,500 entries from authors and publishers in all 50 U.S. states, nine Canadian provinces, and 32 countries overseas.
Upon winning the Bronze IPPY Award, the authors, Joanne Vogel and Christina Ward, who write pseudonymously as J.C. Vogard, shared, “We write humorous mysteries, a rare breed and we are self-published. Tiffany Blues, the first in the Martini Munrow Mystery Series, was a risk for us and the response from our readers has been exciting. It brings us great joy to know we’ve brought a smile into their lives. It is a thrill and an honor that the Independent Publisher Book Awards has recognized us with this award.”
Joanne Vogel has a Master’s Degree from Rutgers University and had a career in natural resources. When she’s not writing mysteries, she spends her time creating environmental education workshops and native wildflower gardens.
Christina Ward received her degree from Douglass College of Rutgers University in Sociology and Psychology. She is retired from a career in Public Administration, and has been an Energy Psychology practitioner, Reiki Master Teacher, astrologer, and Feng Shui consultant for many years. In addition to writing mysteries, she also creates and officiates unique and meaningful wedding ceremonies.