Delightfully exciting news – just got the word today, Cracks in the Sidewalk is a finalist in the Florida Publisher’s 2011 President’s Book Awards. The winner will be announced at an awards banquet in Sarasota on November 5th. I’m especially honored because the book is entered in the Adult Fiction Category, which includes mysteries and romance novels and is extremely┬ácompetitive.

A lot going on right now – I’ve also got an unpublished manuscript that is a finalist in the Florida Writer’s Association Royal Palm Literary Awards, the winners of that competition will also be announced at an awards banquet held in Orlando on October 22nd.

Keeping my fingers crossed.

About the author

Bette Lee Crosby

USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby's books are "Well-crafted storytelling populated by memorable characters caught up in equally memorable circumstances." - Midwest Book Review The Seattle Post Intelligencer says Crosby's writing is, "A quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about important things in life and madcap adventures." Samantha from Reader's Favorite raves, "Crosby writes the type of book you can't stop thinking about long after you put it down." "Storytelling is in my blood," Crosby laughingly admits, "My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write." It is the wit and wisdom of that Southern Mama Crosby brings to her works of fiction; the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away. Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. She has since gone on to win nineteen awards for her work; these include: TheRoyal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal, Reader's Favorite Award Gold Medal, and the Reviewer's Choice Award.

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