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How Good Is That?


Something good just happened! Received word this morning that one of my novels has been chosen as a finalist for an award.

The Maidstone Conspiracy is among five other novels selected to be finalists in the “Fiction-Contemporary” category in an international competition.

The contest is run by McGrath House, the same publisher sponsoring Limitless, the anthology that’s raising funds for the AMAR Foundation to help families get re-established after the wars in the Middle East. McGrathHouse Finalist

As I remember it, authors whose stories were chosen for Limitless were invited to enter a novel-length work in UK-based McGrath’s annual book awards without charge. It was their way of thanking the authors for contributing our stories for free. Hey, it’s a good cause.

Quite frankly, I’d forgotten all about the offer to enter the competition, so it came as a pleasant surprise to wake up learning that The Maidstone Conspiracy was a finalist. Sweet!

Now comes the pitch:

Winners will be chosen by the public. That is, while a panel of judges selected the short lists of five finalists in each of nine categories, McGrath House has decided to ask the reading public to choose the winners. That means people from around the world will be voting for their favorite author/novel.

Cover Design-Maidstone Conspiracy

So, I’m inviting your support. You can click on the link below and scroll down to the “Fiction–Contemporary” category and then click on The Maidstone Conspiracy. If by any chance you’ve also read any of the other finalist novels, well then why not vote for them too? Here’s the link: Finalist Voting Link

Many thanks in advance for your support.

By the way, the print version of Limitless has just been released and is available on Amazon. Here’s the link: http://viewbook.at/limitless.  I ordered it today. It’s looking like the ebook version could be released sooner than the planned Oct. 31 release date.

Even though the print version was only released on Friday, it has already reached #85 on Amazon’s bestseller list for anthologies. LIMITLESS CoverNot bad, considering Amazon has more than six million books on offer. Not sure how many of them are anthologies, but my guess it would be in the thousands.

Think you’ll agree, it’s always a delight to share good news… especially your own. (Chuckle!)

Have a fabulous day!

6 comments on “How Good Is That?

  1. jenowenby
    September 18, 2017

    Congrats!!! I voted for you. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • James Osborne
      September 18, 2017

      Thank you very much Jen! Much appreciated. BTW – got your new book. Can’t wait to read it. Preoccupied finishing my new novel… one of these days!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Andy McKell
    September 18, 2017

    Well done at getting into the finals and good luck with the next stage. I just voted.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Betty Ann
    September 19, 2017

    Congratulations Jim. Good luck. I am certain that each and every one of your faithful followers will be sure to cast a positive vote!! ❤


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