Award-Winning Novelist Takes Home Double Honors in Literary Awards Competition

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Author Miguel Lopez de Leon is the recipient of awards for two of his young adult fantasy novels in the 2017-2018 Reader Views Literary Awards.

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Miguel Lopez de Leon

...dynamic characters, well-built cities inside a fascinating world, and an intriguing storyline that pushes your imagination to the limits...

Author Miguel Lopez de Leon made his debut into the world of middle-grade and young adult fantasy in 2014 with his award-winning “Galadria” series. Now, his two latest books, “The Light Dweller,” and “The Covens of Elmeeria,” join the winner’s circle with honors from the 2017-2018 Reader Views Reviewer’s Choice Awards. Covering such relevant issues in his stories like bullying, acceptance, loneliness, the importance of family, and self-discovery, it’s no wonder young readers easily relate to the messages so current in the world today.

“The Light Dweller,” winning Second Place overall in the Fantasy category, is about 12-year-old Ben, who discovers a hidden world far below the Earth’s surface, and must help its inhabitants save the only light source available or risk being plunged into darkness forever. Accolades are pouring in from an impressive fan base, and it’s not only the young adult crowd touting praise about “The Light Dweller.” Sheri Hoyte, managing editor of Reader Views says, “With dynamic characters, well-built cities inside a fascinating world, and an intriguing storyline that pushes your imagination to the limits, “The Light Dweller” by Miguel Lopez de Leon is a thrilling fantasy I recommend for all ages.”

“The Covens of Elmeeria” received Second Place in the overall Young Adult Category. In the kingdom of Elmeeria, witches are hated and scorned. But when enemy soldiers take the king and queen hostage, crown princess Nia must convince a coven of witches outside the kingdom to help her overtake the soldiers to save her family. The catch? Nia is harboring the dark secret that she is a witch and risks losing the love of her people if her secret is exposed. Readers and reviewers are raving about “The Covens of Elmeeria,” with SPR Review calling it, “A book that takes high fantasy to new heights with powerful, fluid writing and some spectacular drama... It is a magical work with a compelling protagonist who endures countless hardships and must face the darkness within herself to find the light in unexpected places.” The recognition for “The Covens of Elmeeria” doesn’t stop there, it was also most recently featured in the Sept. 15, 2017 issue of Booklist Magazine, a publication of the American Library Association.

Reader Views reviews thousands of books each year. Its Annual Literary Awards recognize the very best of these up-and-coming authors.

About the Author

Miguel Lopez de Leon lives in Los Angeles. He writes young-adult and middle-grade fantasy novels. His debut novel “Galadria: Peter Huddleston & The Rites of Passage” was chosen by Kirkus Reviews as one of the "Best Books of 2014."

Before becoming a novelist, Miguel started out as a short-story writer. Over 30 of his short stories were chosen for publication, and have appeared in various magazines and collections. One of Miguel's short stories, “A Working Professional,” won first place in Writer's Digest Magazine's "Your Story #24" writing contest, and beat out over 550 other international submissions.

"The Light Dweller" (ISBN 9780692888582, Galadria Worldwide 2017) and “The Covens of Elmeeria” (ISBN 9780692832837, Galadria Worldwide 2017) are available on Amazon in paperback and on Kindle. For more information visit and connect with him on Twitter and Facebook. Publicity contact is Review copies available to the media upon request.

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