The awards are in for Jubilee’s Journey and…

The awards are in for Jubilee’s Journey and…

Jubilee’s Journey FPA President’s Book Award WINNERFAPA-Awards Decal-Gold


Awards for Jubilee’s Journey: Finalist International Book Awards, Indie Book of the Day 2014, Finalist Royal Palm
Literary Award

When tragedy strikes a West Virginia coal mining family, two children start out on a trek that they hope will lead them to a new life. Before a day passes, the children are separated and the boy is caught up in a robbery not of his making. If his sister can find him, she may be able to save him. The problem is she’s only seven years old, and who’s going to believe a kid?

Jubilee’s Journey, Book Two in the Wyattsville Series, is the story of discovering lost family and finding love that reconnects readers with Ethan Allen and the other heart-warming characters of SPARE CHANGE.


Previously Loved Treasures FPA President’s Book Award WINNERFAPA-Awards Decal-Silver

 FROM A USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR Bette Lee Crosby comes a heartwarming mystery that is rich with imagination and magic.

In Previously Loved Treasures, Book Two of The Serendipity Series, recently widowed Ida Sweetwater finds the granddaughter she never knew she had and turns a group of haphazard strangers into family.

Struggling to make ends meet, Ida turns her cozy home into a boarding house and goes in search of used furniture. This quest leads to the Previously Loved Treasures shop and Peter Pennington, a delightfully strange proprietor who anticipates people’s needs. In addition to bargains, Peter hands out sage advice. When a pocket watch belonging to one of the residents goes missing for a second time he warns of danger–but will Ida’s granddaughter listen and will she heed his advice?

This is a story that resonates with Crosby’s heartwarming albeit quirky characters and the joy of a pay-it-forward philosophy.

FPA President’s Book Award Medalist and currently a Finalist in the Royal Palm Literary Award, Previously Loved Treasures appears to be following in the footsteps of The Twelfth Child, Book One in the Serendipity Series.

My books are on the left, so grab your copy today!



L to R: Chris Angerman, FPA President, Author Bette Lee Crosby, Richard F. Crosby, Presdient Bent Pine Publishing

L to R: Chris Angerman, FPA President, Author Bette Lee Crosby, Richard F. Crosby, Presdient Bent Pine Publishing

Some birthday’s are fun and some are super fun…this one was super fun for me. It just so happens that the Florida Publisher’s Association held their Annual Award Banquet on my birthday and because it was my birthday, they gave me two Silver Medal Awards…ha ha, not so.

Yes, I did go home with two awards but it was for my books not my birthday.

I am delighted to announce that Cupid'sChristmasShadedCupid’s Christmas won the President’s Book Award Silver Medal for General Fiction…

WhatMattersMostShadedAnd What Matters Most won the Silver Medal for Florida Fiction.  For those unfamiliar with how these competitions work it is a point scoring system and only books that achieve a seventy point plus rating can qualify as a finalist. The winner is determined by highest point score from among finalists. The Judges are Librarians, Educators and Publishing Professionals.

Winning such prestigious awards is something I am extremely proud of and I have been fortunate that the over the past three years The Florida Publishers Association has honored me with five such medals. Two Gold and Three Silver. And…in the two previous years, it wasn’t even my birthday.

FPA President’s Book Awards

WhatMattersMostShadedI am delighted to announce that What Matters Most is a Finalist in the Florida Publisher’s Association Book Award Competition. The Awards banquet will be held in Daytona on October 19th…until then there will be a whole lot of waiting.

This fun story about one woman’s uprooting herself from the life she knows in New Jersey for a move to Florida is a Finalist in the category of Florida Fiction for Adults.

WOW What a September to Remember!

WOW What a September to Remember!

WOW What a September to Remember!

So many wonderful things happened in September it’s almost hard to know where to start…but I’ll start by saying it’s my birthday month and with so many readers adding Spare Change to their TBR list, Bent Pine Publishing decided to help me celebrate by giving those readers not one, but two FREE days of downloading SPARE CHANGE to their Kindle. It turned out to be the biggest and best party ever! 42,778 people came and downloaded the book from Amazon.  I was awed by the turnout and many of those that downloaded the book came back a few days later and posted glowing reviews. These great reviews and word of mouth recommendations pushed Spare Change into Amazon’s top 200 for a few days and now it has settled comfortably, rocking back and forth between the #1 and #2 rank for Historical Mysteries.

Could I ask for more? Well…many of those who read Spare Change indicated in their review that they intended to seek out my other work, and they have. The ratings have increased for THE TWELFTH CHILD, CRACKS IN THE SIDEWALK and even the newbie CUPID’S CHRISTMAS.

But Wait, there’s more…On September 29th, at the Florida Publisher’s Association Award Banquet, LIFE IN THE LAND OF IS received the President’s Book Award Gold Medal for a Memoir and SPARE CHANGE received a Silver Medal for Adult Fiction.  Unlike the Academy Awards, there were no acceptance speeches, but if there were, this is what I would say…

From the bottom of my heart I thank the reviewers who made time to read this little known book and then give of their time to post reviews. I also thank the handful of fans and followers who believed in me from the start, who began reading my books, laughing in all the right places, and sharing the stories with their friends. The Goodreads Gals in the Sisterhood of the Traveling Book and Novel Ladies have been an awesome source of support and encouragement, not only to me, but to so many Indie Authors. And I thank so many of the other Indie Authors  who have given me counsel and advice, listened to my tales of woe and shared in the glee of my success, I am very fortunate to have found such wonderful friends in what can often be a very competitive business. Since there were no acceptance speeches, I never got the chance to say these things, but somehow I think these people already know how I feel.



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 competitive.

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.