October 20, 2012

Celebrating Success and Friendship!

The Royal Palm Literary Awards for 2012 are now in the books and I am proud to say I have a group of fellow Word Weavers who have done some pretty awesome things.

I’ll Start by tooting my own horn…Life in the Land of IS, the Amazing Story of Lani Deauville, the World’s Longest Living Quadriplegic was a First Place Winner in the category of Memoir. I only wish Lani could have been there to see it, I know she was smiling down from Heaven or whatever happy hunting ground she now resides in – knowing Lani, it is a place with lots of trees and animals.

But there’s more, so much more…in all the Palm City Word Weavers won a total of 15 awards. Seven for entries in the

The First Kaye Coppersmith Award went to our fearless leader Leona Bodie

FWA Wheels Anthology and eight RPLAs. Carol Anderson was the Big Wheel Winner.

Our very own Gayle Swift took home three Royal Palm Literary Awards, which was a record even for Weavers! Other Winners included Amber Garr and Barbara Samuels.  But we started the evening off in gala fashion with our own Leona Bodie, leader of the Palm City Group, receiving the first Kaye Coppersmith Commemorative Award

Oh and did I mention there was great food and wine…lots of wine!

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 Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript.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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