eLite Book Awards – Silver Winner, Essay/Creative Non-Fiction

Congratulations to Mindstir Author Cameron Conaway on his Silver eLit Book Awards

ESSAY/CREATIVE NON-FICTION

Silver: Caged: Memoirs of a Cage-Fighting Poet, Cameron Conaway Threed Press/Mindstir Media

Caged: Memoirs of a Cage-Fighting Poet

Accomplished MMA fighter and award-winning writer Cameron Conaway presents in Caged the true story of a young man who overcomes a family background and his own inner torment by learning to channel his frustrations into the physical world of mixed martial arts fighting and the cerebral world of poetry and writing. It teaches the value of personal reflection, how life’s most painful moments can lead to a deeper understanding and appreciation of human nature, and just what is possible when optimism and determination combine to overcome tough odds. Caged shows how the pursuit of two seemingly disparate passions helped a struggling boy blossom into a simple man. The result is a literary and lyrical philosophical journey into the heart and mind of a modern-day warrior.

Available on Amazon https://amzn.to/2GXbfX8

2011 AWARD RESULTS

FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS (MUSIC/DANCE/CINEMA/ THEATER/PHOTOGRAPHY)

Gold: Imagine a Butterfly, Stanford Apseloff, Ohio Distinctive Publishing

POPULAR FICTION

Gold: Chasing Grace: A Novel of Odd Redemption, Carol Costello, New Horizons Library
Silver: Hubris Falls, Matthew Hiley, Matthew S, Hiley Publisher
Bronze: Lucy’s Large Lunch, Gordon Watt, Frame25PRoductions

LITERARY FICTION

Gold: Altamont Augie, Richard Barager, Interloper Press
Silver: Wounded – A Novel Beyond Love and War, Richard Graham, Maharg Press
Bronze: Promised Valley War, Ron Fritsch, Asymmetric Worlds

SHORT STORY FICTION

Gold: London Road; Linked Stories, Tessa Smith McGovern, eChook Digital Publishing
Silver: Knuckleheads, Jeff Kass, Dzanc Books
Bronze: My Date with Neanderthal Woman, David Galef, Dzanc Books

ANTHOLOGIES

Gold: The Refractive Thinker: Volume V: Strategy in Innovation, Dr. Cheryl Lentz, The Lentz Leadership Institute
Silver: Memoir, Vol.1, Multi-Author, eChook Digital Publishing
Bronze: Ready, Aim, Impact!, Multi-Author, Expert Insight Publishers

FANTASY/SCIENCE FICTION

Gold: Angels and Their Hourglasses, J.M. Surra, Quixotry Books
Silver: Spirit of Error, James Houts, Cheyenne Capital Publishing
Bronze: The Survivors, Amanda Harvard, Chafie Press, LLC

HISTORICAL FICTION

Gold: The Bow of Heaven, Book I: The Other Alexander, Andrew Levkoff
Silver: Beyond the Wood, Michael Roueche, Vesta House Publishing
Bronze: To Die a Dry Death, Diane Nelson, Pfoxmoor Publishing

HORROR

Gold: The Color of Evil, Connie Wilson, Quad City Press

MULTICULTURAL FICTION

Gold: Hubris Falls, Matthew Hiley, Matthew S. Hiley Publisher
Silver: Osaka Heat, Mary Claire Mahaney, Author House
Bronze: Red Wolf and Little Coyote: Their Trail, Bernard Albaugh, Amazon Digital Services

MYSTERY/SUSPENSE/THRILLER

Gold: Equity of Evil, Rudy Mazzocchi, Twilight Times Books
Silver: In the Shadow of Silver Lake, James Schneider, Wayward Stories
Bronze: Kage—The Shadow, A Connor Burke Martial Arts Thriller, John Donohue, YMAA Publication Center, Inc.

RELIGIOUS FICTION

Gold: Letters From A Martyred Christian, H.L. Hussmann, PBL Productions
Silver: Dream, Mark Atteberry, Palisade Publishing
Bronze: The Good Confession: A Tale for Failure and Forgiveness, James Van Yperen, Wingfold Farm

ROMANCE

Gold: Osaka Heat, Mary Claire, Mahaney, Author House
Silver: Dream, Mark Atteberry, Palisade Publishing
Bronze: The Romanian Connection, Richard Roche, Southern Georgia Freedom Press

EROTIC FICTION

Gold: Dancing in the Dark: An Anthology of Erotica, Various Authors, CreatSpace
Silver: TITANIC: The Untold Tale of Gay Passengers and Crew, Jack Fritscher, Palm Drive Publishing

EROTIC NON-FICTION

Gold: Folsom Street Blues: A Memoir of 1970s SoMa and Leatherfolk in Gay San Francisco, Jim Stewart, Palm Drive Publishing

CHILDREN’S BOOKS (7 & UNDER)

Gold: YoYo Go Spy!, Stephen Lovchyld, What’s The Fuss!
Silver: Sofia’s Dream, Land Wilson, Little Pickle Press
Bronze: Looking For Lucy, Emrys Current, Smashwords

CHILDREN’S BOOKS (ALL AGES)

Gold: Leonardo’s Secret: Clean Up Your Act!, Clarence Sheridan, Clarence M. Sheridan Publisher
Silver (Tie): A Father’s Word to His Children, Marc Clark, Tate Publishing & Enterprises
Imagine a Butterfly, Stanford Apseloff, Ohio Distinctive Publishing
Bronze: Divine Daisy:  A Transpersonal Tale, Bud McClure, Smashwords

JUVENILE/YOUNG ADULT FICTION

Gold: Somber Island, T. Lynne Tolles, Troll Publishing
Silver: Lucy Dakota: Adventures of a Modern Explorer Book 1-Rocky Mountain Beginnings, Suzie Shride, My Piece of the Puzzle, LLC
Bronze: The Survivors, Amanda Harvard, Chafie Press, LLC

ESSAY/CREATIVE NON-FICTION

Gold: Fabulous in Flats, Mary Wagner, iUniverse
Silver: Caged: Memoirs of a Cage-Fighting Poet, Cameron Conaway Threed Press/Mindstir Media
Bronze: Son of Born-Again Liberal, Gary Isaacson, Flying Fish Books

AUTOBIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR

Gold: The Red Skirt, Memoirs of an Ex Nun, Patricia Gibson, StuartRose Publishing, LLC
Silver: The Boy Behind the Gate—How His Dream of Sailing Around the World Became a Six-Year Odyssey of Adventure, Fear, Discovery, and Love, Larry Jacobson, Buoy Press
Bronze: Folsom Street Blues: A Memoir of 1970s SoMa and Leatherfolk in Gay San Francisco, Jim Stewart, Palm Drive Publishing

BIOGRAPHY

Gold: Hemingway and Gellhorn, Jerome Tuccille, WinklerMedia Publishing Group
Silver: Rider Haggard: The Great Storyteller, D. S. Higgins, Amazon Digital Services

AGING/DEATH & DYING

Gold: Open to Hope: Inspirational Stories of Healing After Loss, Dr. Gloria Horsley and Dr. Heidi Horsley, Open to Hope Foundation
Silver: Dignifying Dementia – A Caregiver’s Struggle, Brian O’Kane, Oak Tree Press
Bronze: Divine Daisy: A Transpersonal Tale, Bud McClure, Smashwords

ANIMALS/PETS

Gold: Just One More Day – A Dog Lover’s Guide to Saying Good-Bye, Geoffrey Bain, Enchanted Forest Press
Silver: Divine Daisy: A Transpersonal Tale, Bud McClure, Smashwords

BUSINESS/CAREER/SALES

Gold: Business with a Heart, Crystal Thomas, Boutique of Quality Books
Silver: 3 Off the Tee: Targeting Success Lorii, Myers Leda Publishing Corp.
Bronze: SEO 3.0 – The New Rules of Search Engine Optimization, Mike Small, Lulu Press

CURRENT EVENTS I (POLITICAL/ECONOMIC/LEGAL/MEDIA)

Gold: BAsics, from the Talks and Writings of Bob Avakian, Bob Avakian, RCP Publications
Silver: The Candidates: Based on a True Country, Matthew Hiley

CURRENT EVENTS II (SOCIAL ISSUES/PUBLIC AFFAIRS/ ECOLOGICAL/HUMANITARIAN)

Gold: Ready, Aim, Excel!, Various Authors, Expert Insights Publishing
Silver: I Heard the Sirens Scream: How Americans Responded to the 9/11 and Anthrax Attacks, Laurie Garrett, Kindle Books
Bronze: Thank You For Being Young, Andrew Lerner, National Youth Rights Association

CURRENT EVENTS III (FOREIGN AFFAIRS/MILITARY)

Gold: Palm Tree Justice, Shane Drumgold, Shane Drumgold Publisher
Silver: Spirit of Error, James Houts, Cheyenne Capital Publishing

EDUCATION/ACADEMIC/TEACHING

Gold: Basic Accounting Simplified, Gary Lesser, GSL Galactic Publishing
Silver: The Tale of Tortoise Buffett and Trader Hare, Lucas Remmerswaal, 13 Habits Publishing
Bronze: Dirty Mouth, Joseph Kravitz, Potomac House Publishing

ENVIRONMENT/ECOLOGY/NATURE

Gold: What Does It Mean To Be Green?, Rana DiOrio, Little Pickle Press

FINANCE/INVESTMENT/ECONOMICS

Gold:  Basic Accounting Simplified, Gary Lesser, GSL Galactic Publishing
Silver: The Tale of Tortoise Buffett and Trader Hare, Lucas Remmerswaal, 13 Habits Publishing

GAY/LESBIAN

Gold: Spoon and the Moon, Margaret Hultz and Marie Davis, Wickedly Sisters Publishing
Silver: Folsom Street Blues: A Memoir of 1970s SoMa and Leatherfolk in Gay San Francisco, Jim Stewart, Palm Drive Publishing
Bronze: TITANIC: The Untold Tale of Gay Passengers and Crew, Mark Hemry, Palm Drive Publishing

HEALTH/MEDICINE/NUTRITION

Gold: Food, Field to Fork: How to Grow Sustainably, Shop Wisely, Cook Nutritiously, and Eat Deliciously, Anita M. Kobuszewski, AnitaBeHealthy Publishing
Silver: Escape from Dieting, Tim Williamson, M-Power-U Life Coaching
Bronze: Motorcycle Cancer? ELF EMF radiation truth exposed for rider safety, Randall Dale, Chipkar, Randall Dale, Chipkar Publishing

HISTORY

Gold: The American Challenge, Robert Etheredge, MiraVista Press
Silver: A Short History of Wisconsin, Erika Janik, Wisconsin Historical Society Press
Bronze: Never Subdued, William F. Hook, Franklin Hook / CreateSpace

HOW-TO (CRAFTS/HOBBY/INDUSTRIAL ARTS)

Gold: Joy of Hooking (With Yarn!), Judy Taylor, Little House Rugs

HUMOR

Gold: Hubris Falls, Matthew Hiley, Matthew S. Hiley Publisher
Silver: Son of Born-Again Liberal, Gary Isaacson, Flying Fish Books
Bronze: Laughing Through Life, Connie Wilson, Quad City Press

INSPIRATIONAL/SPIRITUAL

Gold: Immersion: Live the Life God Envisioned for You, Mark McNees, CreateSpace
Silver: JOYride: How My Late Wife Loved Me Back To Life, I. J. Weinstock, DreaMasterBooks
Bronze: Energy Intelligence, Aleksandra Zaric, Mermaids Publishing

NEW AGE/MIND-BODY-SPIRIT

Gold: 10,000 Days: The Rest of Your Life, the Best of Your Life!, Thomas Hinton, Blue Carriage Publishing Company
Silver: What Does It Mean To Be Present, Rana DiOrio, Little Pickle Press
Bronze: The Sea of Sensitivity, Don Nix, iUniverse

PARENTING (CHILD CARE/FAMILY)

Gold: My Child Is Sick, Barton D. Schmitt, MD, FAAP, American Academy of Pediatrics
Silver: Building Resilience In Children and Teens, Kenneth R. Ginsburg, M.D., American Academy of Pediatrics
Bronze: Heading Home With Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality, Laura A. Jana, M.D., Jennifer Shu, M.D., American Academy of Pediatrics

POETRY

Gold: Drum Machine, Kristen Henderson, Alva Press Inc.

POPULAR CULTURE

Gold: The Candidates: Based on a True Country, Matthew Hiley, Matthew S. Hiley Publisher

PSYCHOLOGY/MENTAL HEALTH

Gold: Escape from Dieting, Tim Williamson, M-Power-U Life Coaching
Silver: The Digitally Divided Self: Relinquishing our Awareness to the Internet, Ivo Quartiroli, Silens
Bronze: Let Your True Self Shine: How to Recognize and Overcome the Barrier That Maintains Low Self-Esteem, Mercurio Cicchini, Mercurio Cicchini Publisher

REFERENCE

Gold: Biographical Encyclopedia: Chronicling the History of the Church of God Abrahamic Faith, Dawn Johnson, Word Edge
Silver: White House Words, Fiona Griffin, White House Historical Association

RELIGION (EASTERN/WESTERN)

Gold: Immersion: Live the Life God Envisioned for You, Mark McNees
Silver: Reternity, Neal Wooten, Mirror Publishing
Bronze: Biographical Encyclopedia: Chronicling the History of the Church of God Abrahamic Faith, Dawn Johnson, Word Edge

SCIENCE

Gold: I Heard the Sirens Scream: How Americans Responded to the 9/11 and Anthrax Attacks, Laurie Garrett, Kindle Books
Silver: Spirit of Error, James Houts, Cheyenne Capital Publishing

SELF HELP

Gold: Facing Violence—Preparing for the Unexpected, Rory Miller, YMAA Publication Center
Silver: Is Everyone at the Table? 18 Life Lessons in Problem-Solving, Ernest Tannis, ADR Centre (Canada) Inc.
Bronze: Let Your True Self Shine: How to Recognize and Overcome the Barrier That Maintains Low Self-Esteem, Mercurio Cicchini, Mercurio Cicchini Publisher

SEXUALITY/RELATIONSHIPS

Gold: He Said, She Said, I Said, Barbara Peters, Barbara J. Peters Publisher
Silver: Uncommon Destiny Uncommon Partner, Wisdom Mupudzi, Wisdom Unlimited International/ Xlibris
Bronze: Folsom Street Blues: A Memoir of 1970s SoMa and Leatherfolk in Gay San Francisco, Jim Stewart, Palm Drive Publishing

SPORTS/FITNESS/RECREATION

Gold: Who Da Man? The Quintessential Analysis of NBA Draft History 1947-2010, Tim Johnson, Samuel Oliver Casey Press
Silver: Diamond Redemptions: Baseball the Way It Should Have Been, Terry Walters, Terremoto Grande Publishing

TRANSPORTATION (AUTOMOTIVE/AVIATION/RAILROAD, ETC.)

Gold: Spitfire Wingman from Tennessee, Jim Haun, Stormwatch Press

TRAVEL – ESSAY

Gold: The Boy Behind the Gate—How His Dream of Sailing Around the World Became a Six-Year Odyssey of Adventure, Fear, Discovery, and Love, Larry Jacobson, Buoy Press
Silver: Bonjour 40: A Paris Travel Log (40 years. 40 days. 40 seconds.), Karen Chase

WOMEN’S ISSUES

Gold: The Foreign Language of Friends, Nadine Feldman, Book Baby
Silver: Stop Emotional Eating, Fix Food Cravings, Find Your Metabolism and More!, Beth Castle, Oxygen Mask Publishing
Bronze: Milk and Oranges, Charlene Wexler, Central Park Communications

WRITING/PUBLISHING

Gold: PUBLISHED! Viki Winterton, Expert Insights Publishing
Silver: Basic Accounting Simplified, Gary Lesser, GSL Galactic Publishing

BEST BOOK WEBSITE

Gold: Lucy Dakota: Adventures of a Modern Explorer Book 1-Rocky Mountain Beginnings, Suzie Shride, My Piece of the Puzzle, LLC
Silver: Never Subdued, William F.Hook,Franklin Hook / CreateSpace
Bronze: Antiquitas Lost: The Last of the Shamalans, Robert Smith, Medlock Publishing, LLC

BEST AUTHOR WEBSITE

Gold: Bonjour 40: A Paris Travel Log (40 years. 40 days. 40 seconds.) – Website for Author: http://karenachase.com, Karen A. Chase
Silver: Motorcycle Cancer? ELF EMF radiation truth exposed for rider safety, Randall Dale, Chipkar, Randall Dale, Chipkar Publishing

BEST BOOK TRAILER

Gold: Never Subdued, William F. Hook, Franklin Hook / CreateSpace
Silver: Bonjour 40: A Paris Travel Log (40 years. 40 days. 40 seconds.) Book Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1m9cyrlEw_c&feature=related Karen A. Chase

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