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Your 2012 Royal Palm Literary Award Finalists

October 2, 2012

When the big event happens on October 20, these people will be the ones competing to take home the hardware. Becoming a finalist is an honor in itself, and we wanted to give them a moment in the sun for this great accomplishment. Please accept our virtual applause with great pride in work well done.

Millie Richmond Anderson, Hildy
Laura Andrews, Drowning
Laura Andrews, Eddie’s Tale Of Sarah Phelps
Randy Austin, Dark Side of The Mirror
Jessica E. Baker, Pisces
Susan Bartlett, Lights Out
Susan Bartlett, The Money Room
Monika Becker, Ursula and her Father
Monika Becker, The Premonition
George Bernstein, Trapped
George Bernstein, A Third Time To Die
Leona DeRosa Bodie, 8 Tips To Selling More Books
Leona DeRosa Bodie, The Old Man and The Moonlit Sea
Jeff Boyle, Nam World
Jeff Boyle, Euro Sky Hop
Daniella Brooks, Greedy
Lisa Buie-Collard, Evangeline’s Miracle
Frank Coombs, A Message to Santa Fe
Charles A Cornell, Tiger Paw
Christine Coward, Stone Perfect
Bette Lee Crosby, Life in the Land of IS
Laurance Davis, Outpost Earth
Harriet C. DeVane, The Suicide Supper Club
Caryn DeVincenti, Not Quite A Christmas Carol
Victor DiGenti, A Flutter of Wings
Arthur Doweyko, P’sall Senji
Arthur Doweyko, Cherry Creek
Dianne Neral Ell, At Long Last … Love
Dianne Neral Ell, A Night In Mexico
Dianne Neral Ell, Last Man Standing
Jan Evans, Missing Henry Hawk
Jan Evans, One last time
Jan Evans, Pierre
Robert Farsky, A Summer’s Night
Donna S. Fernandez, Petal Fists
Alice R. Friedman, Hobo
Amber Garr, Distorted Reflections
Amber Garr, A Leap of Faith
Amber Garr, Promises
Carolyn Gold, Taps
Jennifer Dunn Grannis, Indigo
Raymond Gustavson, In the Hands of the Wolf
Raymond Gustavson, A Thirst for War
Dennis Havlin, The Three Lives of Larry Seigel
Dennis Havlin, The Bully Route Home
Dennis Havlin, Francis’ Flowers
Jack L. Hayes, Baseball’s Finest Moments
Allen Hood, Marker 277
Darrell House, The King of Fish
Cass D. Howell, Forty Years and Forty Fathoms
Bradette Jepsen, Eternal Symphony
Bradette Jepsen, Solitary
Beda Kantarjian, Palladium Nights
Linda Kelley, The Rules of Lying
Joan King, Danny Boy
Bruce H. Kubec, The Gift
Philip L. Levin, Andrew Comes Home
Joan Levy, To the Top
Joan Levy, Snowball
Joanne Lewis, The Lantern
Joanne Lewis, Make Your Own Luck
Laura Pelner McCarthy, Restoration
Mark McWaters, Rosabelle, believe
Mark McWaters, Tattoo
Ann Meier, Never Bet Your Future on a Guy Called Weasel
Will Merrill, Ordinary People: Extraordinary Heroes
Diane Mutolo, The Road Back
Joan North, Mike’s Bad Day
Joan North, Listening to Silence
Carla Norton, The Edge of Normal
Ken Pelham, Place of Fear
Tricia Pimental, Slippery Slopes
Lucille Ponte, Bridles of Poseidon
Lucille Ponte, Deadly Sacrifices
Roger Poppen, Jesus or Juju
Mary Kay Pyles, Rise and Shine Rosie
Patricia Ruffino, Space Junkie
Kathy Ryan, You Have to Say the Words
Maria Sadowski, Kidnapped
Barbara Samuels, On the Tip of My Ear
Barbara Samuels, Quibbles ‘n Bits
Mary Lois Sanders, T-Patrol
Paige L. Scott, 100 Needles
Mike Scott, Blood on the Patch
Elaine Senecal, Right In Sight
Carol Sipes, An Angel Torched My Homework and Other Lies
Claire M. Sloan, Then You Can See the Sky
Phyllis E Smallman, An Accidental Death
Phyllis E Smallman, Jack Daniels And Tea
Richard Newell Smith, The Hitman’s Lover
Richard Newell Smith, Grind His Bones
Richard Newell Smith, Sitka Annie
Kimberly Marie Smith, Shedim: The Secret of Gems
Laurie Solheim, Judas Kisses
Jeffrey Stark, The Florence Factor
Betsy Stoutmorrill, Losing the Wind
Betsy Stoutmorrill, Ashes of the one true story
M.R. Street, Suki Saluki: Horse Farm Hero
M.R. Street, Seasons of the Fox
Linda B. Sturgeon, Lady of the House
Gayle Swift, Rectangle Jangle
Gayle Swift, Ovals High, Ovals Low, Where Did the Ovals Go?
Gayle Swift, Triangle Traces
Gayle Swift, Dragonella’s Striped Umbrella at the Playground
Gayle Swift, Dial Tone
Gayle Swift, Crucible
Robert J. Taylor, Hardship Post
Robin Thomas, The Plan
Robin Thomas, Change
Robin Thomas, To the Sea I Go
Linda Ullin, Maggie
Linda Ullin, The Coffee Break
William C. Walker, The French Teacher
William C. Walker, The Cold Season
Judy Weber, Arguing with E.B.B.
James Weis, The Rug
John J. White, Nisei
John J. White, A Shadow The Length Of A Lifetime
John J. White, Beneath The Wintry Sky

  1. October 2, 2012 6:33 pm

    Thanks for posting. Scratching my head at why “(UP)” is inserted in my name.

  2. Chris Hamilton permalink
    October 2, 2012 7:26 pm

    Oops. Fixed.

  3. October 2, 2012 8:53 pm

    Thank you for posting this! Now I can put it out there in the universe! Excited doesn’t even begin to describe how I’m feeling!

  4. October 2, 2012 8:54 pm

    Reblogged this on and commented:
    Take a look! Evangeline’s Miracle is on the list!! Wish me luck!

  5. October 2, 2012 11:45 pm

    Congrats to all. I’ll miss the FWA again this year! Hugs to all.

  6. October 8, 2012 11:26 am

    Chris, Joan Levy (co-coordinator of our Seminole Writers Group) wonders if this is a mistake. She has been notified of only one finalist, “To The Top.” You also list “Snowball” as a finalist. Is this correct? Beda

  7. Lyn Hill permalink
    October 9, 2012 9:13 am

    Congratulations to each finalist and to the wisdom to publish the names of the deserving competitors.

  8. Janice Ligenza permalink
    October 10, 2012 10:32 pm

    I love seeing my friend Mike’s name there on the list of finalists ! I am wishing him and all listed the best of luck ! Thank you for posting….they all deserve virtual applause !!

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