Chart-Topping Gay Novel Wins 1st Place in ForeWord Magazine Book Awards

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Nick Nolan's popular crossover novel, Strings Attached, continues to garner industry and reader recognition with a page-turning story about one hopeless boy's struggle to become a 'real man.'

The newest rising star in the genre of Gay Fiction -- author Nick Nolan -- received extensive industry praise on June 1, 2007 at BookExpo America in New York City. ForeWord Magazine, the industry leader in recognition of excellence from independently published authors, graciously awarded Nolan's debut novel Strings Attached with the Gold 2006 BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD for Gay/Lesbian Fiction.

Now considered one of the freshest voices in Gay Fiction, Nolan's clever reworking of the classic tale Pinocchio has been sweeping book charts and receiving critical acclaim since hitting the shelves last summer. "I'm thrilled that Jeremy's wish to become a 'real man' resonates with a broad spectrum of readers," says Nolan about his protagonist's struggle. "In one week I received three incredible emails -- one from an eighteen-year-old boy, another from a retired male nurse, and a third from a female librarian -- all saying how each loved the story, but for different reasons."

Set in a posh beachside locale, Strings Attached is the story of a poverty-stricken teenager who must adapt to cataclysmic life changes, while denying his own desires and figuring out what it means to be a 'real man'. In addition, Nolan wove into the story a murder-mystery, alcoholism, and characters with secret identities -- as well as hidden agendas. Undoubtedly, his ability to traverse boundaries of age, gender and sexual preference has led to widespread support and recognition of his work. His sharp interpretation of what -- for better or worse -- truly binds people, and the ensuing attachments that become forged, is at the heart of this creative novel. In praise of this, a recent review in the Philadelphia Gay News read: "Strings Attached is the literary equivalent of a prime-time soap opera ... readers will have no trouble turning the pages of this engrossing novel…an easy book to get sucked into."

Strings Attached maintains a 5-Star overall Customer Review rating on Amazon.com, where it has been in the Top 10 in 'Gay Fiction' for over thirteen weeks and running; it is in the top 5 in overall sales from BookSurge Publishing -- out of over 10,000 titles -- and spent several weeks in the #2 position on their charts.

Nick Nolan was a featured author for BookSurge Publishing at BookExpo America this year, and will be speaking at an Independent Publisher Author's Panel at the West Hollywood Bookfair this September. He lives with his partner of twenty years in Los Angeles, where he earned a B.A. in Psychology, and directed a residential treatment program for homeless and mentally disturbed gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender adolescents. He is busy writing the sequel to his highly-acclaimed debut novel. For more information, visit http://www.nick-nolan.com.

Strings Attached (ISBN 978-1419628894, BookSurge Publishing, 2006) can be purchased from Amazon.com, and through other local and online bookstores. Review copies available upon request. Publicity contact: http://www.readerviews.com, Irene Watson, Managing Editor.

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