A while back, I had the honor of being invited by Vincent Salera to be on the panel of judges for the 2015 World’s Best Story book contest. It was down to the top ten finalists and I was a little stressed about having to read so many books in such a short time – I can spend weeks on a single book! – but my worry proved to be unfounded. These were all great books, and I found myself plowing through them with the maniacal glee of a hungry hound at an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet.
My fellow judges included Warren Adler, author of the blockbuster novel – and movie – The War of the Roses, multiple award winning author, Samreen Ahsan, Critically acclaimed award-winning author and producer, Brooke Burgess, award-winning President of FriesenPress, Tammara Kennelly, award-winning author and reporter, Victor Malarek, and author/editor at FriesenPress, Rhonda Hayter. So I was in some pretty good company.
Today, the winner was chosen, and I would like to congratulate JW Lawson, for taking first place with Mummy’s Little Angel. This book riveted me and I recommend it to readers who enjoy thrills, mystery, and contemporary chillers of the best kind.
Also, thank you to everyone at World’s Best Story, for the opportunity to be part of this. I also highly recommend the other titles that made it into the finals.
SACRED MOUNTAIN by Paige Robbins
SHATTERED by Jeannie Palmer
SHE NEVER GOT TO SAY GOODBYE by Ica Iova
CLONES DRONES by RC and JP Carter
HAVEN by Katherine Bogle
WRATH OF GOD by Kylen Coetzee
THERMALS by Cleigh Currie
IMAGINARY FRIEND by Kristina Garlick
THE MAN WHO SET FIRE TO THE BIBLE by Carl Daoust
These were all damned good books and I enjoyed every minute of every one of them.
Here’s a little more about the winner, Mummy’s Little Angel:
Joanne didn’t believe that her life could become worse than it already was. She had lost everybody and everything she had loved. She was alone. Surely she had suffered enough? The press had called her identical twins psychopaths. Her Maggie. Her Annie. But she still loved them, even though one of them had killed her husband, Jeff. Joanne believed that his murder had been an accident. How could one of her girls be a murderer? She knew them better than anybody else. They were good girls really. She just had to prove it. The brutal murder of her god-daughter Laura had never been solved. Items had been missing when Laura’s remains had been discovered: clues that could lead to the capture of her killer. One of them was Laura’s doll … the doll that Joanne later discovered in her home. Joanne is facing the most horrific dilemma of her life. Has the wrong woman been imprisoned? Could her child have used such brutality against her best friend? Or could both women be innocent after all? She needs to find somebody for her daughter to confide in; somebody she will trust. She needs a miracle. There is only one person who can help. He is compassionate and caring, with an amazing ability to gain the trust of the most difficult patients. He is Joanne’s only hope. He is Jonathan Davies.
Congratulations, JW Lawson!