Exciting news about Emily, Gone!

Exciting news about Emily, Gone!


I am thrilled to announce that Emily, Gone has reached #1 in Southern Fiction on Amazon! In addition to that fabulous news, Emily, Gone is also currently in first place in the nomination rounds of the goodreads choice awards! You can help by voting and by sharing this fantastic news with your friends!

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A missing child sets the lives of three women on a collision course in this powerful and compelling novel by USA Today bestselling author Bette Lee Crosby.


When a music festival rolls through the sleepy town of Hesterville, Georgia, the Dixon family’s lives are forever changed. On the final night, a storm muffles the sound of the blaring music, and Rachel tucks her baby into bed before falling into a deep sleep. So deep, she doesn’t hear the kitchen door opening. When she and her husband wake up in the morning, the crib is empty. Emily is gone.

Vicki Robart is one of the thousands at the festival, but she’s not feeling the music. She’s feeling the emptiness over the loss of her own baby several months before. When she leaves the festival and is faced with an opportunity to fill that void, she is driven to an act of desperation that will forever bind the lives of three women.

When the truth of what actually happened that fateful night is finally exposed, shattering the lives they’ve built, will they be able to pick up the pieces to put their families back together again

Emily, Gone is a compelling story of loss, love, and forgiveness. Can a wronged mother overcome grief? Will justice be demanded for terrible deeds? Emily, Gone, as told by masterful storyteller Bette Lee Crosby, will make you rethink what it means to forgive—and to rejoice in the power of healing hearts.” —Grace Greene, bestselling author of The Memory of Butterflies

Emily, Gone by Bette Lee Crosby is a book whose story will stay with you long after you’ve finished the last page. It is the haunting unfolding of a mother’s love for her child and the complications and heartache that follow when a child disappears. Ms. Crosby’s style of storytelling is compelling, encouraging you to linger on each page as the voices of the characters speak to you. A must-read!” —Judith Keim, bestselling author of the Beach House Hotel Series

“In Emily, Gone Bette Lee Crosby weaves a tale that combines gut-wrenching loss, the bonds of family love on many levels, and compassionate forgiveness, to deliver a compelling narrative that lodges deeply in the hearts of readers. This is storytelling at its finest.” —Patricia Sands, author of the Love in Provence Series

Award number THREE for The Summer of New Beginnings

Award number THREE for The Summer of New Beginnings

Award number THREE for The Summer of New Beginnings

THE SUMMER OF NEW BEGINNINGS took First Place for Women’s Fiction and was a Runner-Up for Book of the Year at the Royal Palm Literary Awards. This award is sponsored by the Florida’s Writers Association. RPLA recognizes extraordinary writing in 27 genre-categories for adults and 5 for youth. Categories include fiction and nonfiction, short works and book-length, and poetry, stage plays, and “general catch-all” submissions.

The Summer of New Beginnings is a WINNER!

The Summer of New Beginnings is a WINNER!

The Summer of New Beginnings has racked up two awards: The Reader’s Favorite Gold Medal and the FAPA Silver Medal.

The Reader’s Favorite Award is sponsored by Reader’s Favorite Book Reviews who receives submissions from independent authors, small publishers, and publishing giants such as Random House, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster, with contestants that range from the first-time, self-published author to New York Times bestsellers like J.A. Jance, James Rollins, and #1 best-selling author Daniel Silva, as well as celebrity authors like Jim Carrey (Bruce Almighty), Jonathan Frakes (Star Trek) and Henry Winkler (Happy Days).

The Florida Authors and Publishers Association hosts an annual FAPA Book Awards to recognize book publishing excellence and creativity in design, content, and production.

Baby Girl wins International Book Award!

Baby Girl wins International Book Award!


Mainstream & Independent Titles Score Top Honors in the 8th Annual International Book Awards

HarperCollins, Palgrave Macmillan, John Wiley & Sons, Tor/Forge, Rowman & Littlefield, American Cancer Society, Zondervan and hundreds of national and international Independent Houses contribute to this year’s Outstanding Competition!

LOS ANGELES – AmericanBookFest.com announced the winners and finalists of THE 2017 INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS (IBA) on May 22, 2017. Over 300 winners and finalists were announced in over 80 categories. Awards were presented for titles published in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Jeffrey Keen, President and CEO of American Book Fest, said this year’s contest yielded over 1,500 entries from authors and publishers around the world, which were then narrowed down to the final results.

Fiction: Chick Lit/Women’s Lit

Baby Girl by Bette Lee Crosby
Bent Pine Publishing

Thank you to the hosts of the International Book Awards. I’m so thrilled to have my novel Baby Girl win this award.
A Huffington Post “Best of 2016” novel based on one young woman’s journey to motherhood and happiness…

When Cheryl Ann leaves home she can almost see a rosy future stretched out in front of her… then she is forced to make a choice she didn’t expect. The man in her life makes it clear: pick me or pick your baby,he says. Suddenly she finds herself at a crossroads. Cheryl makes a decision that changes her life forever and sets up a chain of events leading to more heartache than she dreamed possible.

Baby Girl is a mother’s story. It’s about the greatest sacrifice a mother can make when she wants the best for her child. It’s about falling in and out of love, of losing and finding one’s self. It’s a family saga that tells of the perilous journey from passionate young love to happy true love and the joy of discovering the difference.

Awards for Baby Girl: 2016 Next Generation Book Award Winner, Huffington Post 2016 Best Chick Lit, Readers Favorite Gold Medal Winner, Wind Dancer Films Finalist

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Silver Threads wins 2017 INDIE Next Generation Book Award

Silver Threads wins 2017 INDIE Next Generation Book Award

Silver Threads won the 2017 INDIE Next Generation Book Award for Chick Lit. The Next Generation Indie Book Awards is the largest Not-for-Profit book awards program for indie authors and independent publishers. In its twelfth year of operation, the Next Generation Indie Book Awards was established to recognize and honor the most exceptional independently published books in over 70 different categories, for the year, and is presented by Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group (www.IBPPG.com ) in cooperation with Marilyn Allen of Allen O’Shea Literary Agency.