Kathryn Schleich’s novel, “Salvation Station,” was named an American Book Fest 2021 American Fiction Award winner in the Mystery/Suspense category. Winners and finalists were announced in 70 genre specific categories; awards were presented for titles published in 2019-2021.

American Book Fest is an online publication providing coverage for books from mainstream and independent publishers to the world online community. American Book Fest has an active social media presence with over 134,000 current Facebook fans.

American Book Fest President and CEO Jeffrey Keen said of the awards, “The 2021 results represent a phenomenal mix of books from a wide array of publishers throughout the United States. Our success begins with the enthusiastic participation of authors and publishers and continues with our distinguished panel of industry judges who bring to the table their extensive editorial, PR, marketing, and design expertise.”

2021 American Fiction Award Winners

Adventure: Epic
Drado Speaks: Ecnahcon by Derrick Woodard
Newman Springs Publishing Inc.

Adventure: General
Chilly Winds, a Chincoteaque Intrigue by Brooks Birdwell Yeager
Koehler Books

Adventure: Historical
Hunting Teddy Roosevelt by James A. Ross
Regal House Publishing

Adventure: War & Military
Here They Come by Scott A. Porter
Koehler Books

African-American Fiction
The Recruiter by Alexander Mukte
Three to Five Publishing, LLC

Without Expiration by William R. Hincy
Whiskey-Winged Lit

Best Cover Design: Adult Fiction
All’s Fair and Other California Stories by Linda Feyder
She Writes Press

Best New Fiction
The Vines by Shelley Nolden
Freiling Publishing

Children’s Fiction
THUD! THUD! by Diana Aleksandrova
Dedoni LLC

Children’s Mind/Body/Spirit
I Am a Triathlete by Nia Obotette
Nia Obotette

Children’s Picture Book: Hardcover Fiction
I Hug You in My Heart by April Goff Brown, illustrated by Jeanne Conway
Mascot Books

Children’s Picture Book: Softcover Fiction
The Adventures of Bentley Hippo: Inspiring Children to be Patient by Argyro Graphy
BHEC Publishing

Children’s Religious
Above the Clouds: What Really Happens in Heaven During a Thunderstorm by Stephanie Barton, Carley Barton and Sue Milon
Many Seasons Press

Christian Inspirational
Close to the Soul by Mary Jo Thayer
Full Quiver Publishing

Coming of Age
To the Top of Greenfield Street by Ryan Standley
Found My Heart Publishing

Cross Genre
Sugar Birds: A Novel by Cheryl Grey Bostrom
She Writes Press

Family Saga
Fin: A Story of Love and Hope by Gamal Williams Rae
Legacy Publishing

Fantasy: Epic/High Fantasy
Divinity’s Twilight: Rebirth by Christopher Russell
Morgan James Publishing

Fantasy: General
Return to Kiluemar, Magic of the Realm Book 1 by Kimberly Marraffino
Kimberly Marraffino

Fantasy: Historical
Chains of Time by R.B. Woodstone

General Fiction
Sugar Birds: A Novel by Cheryl Grey Bostrom
She Writes Press

Graphic Novel
The Saga of Evil Monkey Man! Season One by N. Blake Seals
Monarch Comics

Historical Fiction
The Takeaway Men by Meryl Ain

The Night The Reindeer Came To Play by Maria Votto
Ingram Spark

Horror: General
Horde: Zombie Apocalypse, The Chad Halverson Series Book 6 by Bryan Cassiday
Bryan Cassiday

Horror: Supernatural/Paranormal
Ghost Town by AJ Thibault
Independently Published

Five Times Lucky by P. David Temple
Chelsea Press

Verities: A Journey by Tracks by Randy White
Bell Isle Books

Juvenile Fiction
Corky Tails: Tales of a Tailless Dog Named Sagebrush, Sagebrush and the Warm Spring Discovery by Joni Franks

The Wasteland by Harper Jameson & W.A.W. Parker
Level 4 Press

Literary Fiction
Sugar Birds: A Novel by Cheryl Grey Bostrom
She Writes Press

Poisoned Jungle by James Ballard
Koehler Books

Multicultural Fiction
Purple Lotus by Veena Rao
She Writes Press

Mystery/Suspense: Cozy Mysteries/Cozies
Cold Snap: A Viking Cat Mystery by Codi Schneider

Mystery/Suspense: General
Salvation Station by Kathryn Schleich
She Writes Press

Mystery/Suspense: Hard-Boiled/Crime
Coldwater Revenge by James Ross
Level Best Books

Mystery/Suspense: Historical
The Vines by Shelley Nolden
Freiling Publishing

Mystery/Suspense: Multicultural & Diverse
DEL RIO: A Novel by Jane Rosenthal
She Writes Press

Mystery/Suspense: Procedurals
Deliberate Duplicity: A Detective Sasha Frank Mystery by David Rohlfing
River Grove Books

Mystery/Suspense: Romantic Suspense
Sunrise in Florence by Kathleen Reid
Koehler Books

New Age
Buried But Never Forgotten: A Journey Through Earth by Elisa Chastaine
Independently Published

Blood and Silver by Vali Benson
Tellwell Talent

Poetry: Anthologies
The Goodbye Song by Karl Kristian Flores
Amazon KDP

Poetry: General
Took House by Lauren Camp
Tupelo Press

Poetry: Narrative
Visiting Hours: Poems by Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum
Stephen F. Austin University Press

Poetry: Religion
Visiting Hours: Poems by Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum
Stephen F. Austin University Press

Pre-Teen Fiction
Nutmeg Street: Egyptian Secrets by Sherrill Joseph
Acorn Publishing LLC

Religious Fiction
A Cord of Three Strands by Christy Distler
Avodah Books

Romance: Erotica
Initiative: Tales of Erotic Boldness by Emerald
Midnight Gleam Press

Romance: General
Song of the Nile by Hannah Fielding
London Wall Publishing

Romance: Historical
This Day is Ours: An Epic Tale of Romance and Revolution by Gretchen Jeannette
Independently Published

Romance: Paranormal
What the Soul Suspects: A Milford-Haven Paranormal Novella by Mara Purl
Bellekeep Books

Science Fiction: Alien/Space
The Origin of the Exiled Rogue by Sandeep Adnani

Science Fiction: General
Gravity is Heartless by Sarah Lahey
She Writes Press

Science Fiction: Parallel Universe/Alternate History
Wasting Time…A Tale of Physics, Lust and Greed, Book 2 by Mike Murphey
Acorn Publishing LLC

Science Fiction: Post-Apocalyptic
Forgive Us: A Post-Apocalyptic Survival Thriller by E.T. Gunnarsson
Bragi Press

Short Story Fiction
On Traigh Lar Beach by Dianne Ebertt Beeaff
She Writes Press

The Conman…a Baseball Odyssey by Mike Murphey
Acorn Publishing LLC

Thriller: Crime
The Fourth Rising by Martin Roy Hill
32-32 North

Thriller: General
Murder on the Metro by Jon Land
Forge Books

Thriller: Legal
DEL RIO: A Novel by Jane Rosenthal
She Writes Press

Thriller: Medical
Dark Cure: A Covid Thriller by Bradley West
Bradley Alan West

Thriller: Political
Friendship City: Hanging by a Thread by Carl H. Mitchell
Covenant Books

Thriller: Psychological
The Field of Wrongdoing by Lili St. Germain
Level 4 Press

Thriller: Religious
Save Him by William M. Hayes
Independently Published

Thriller: Techno
The Crucible of Steele by LM Whitaker
Linda M. Whitaker

Urban Fiction
The White Field by Douglas Cole
TouchPoint Press

Visionary Fiction
War Bunny by Christopher St. John
Harvest Oak Press

An Impossible Price by Davalynn Spencer
Wilson Creek Publishing

Women’s Fiction
The Exit Strategy by Lainey Cameron
The Wild Rose Press

Young Adult
Valiance by Vanessa Caraveo
Vanessa Caraveo

A complete list of the winners and finalists of 2021 American Fiction Awards are available online at American Book Fest.

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