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Announcing the 2014 ABNA Grand Prize Winner

Congratulations to D.M. Pulley, Grand Prize Winner of the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award for Mystery & Thriller Novel The Dead Key.

2014 Breakthrough Novel Award Winner: The Dead Key

The Dead Key

Congratulations to D.M. Pulley, winner of the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award for her mystery & thriller novel The Dead Key. In The Dead Key it’s 1998, and for years the old First Bank of Cleveland has sat abandoned, perfectly preserved, its secrets only speculated on by the outside world.

Twenty years before, amid strange staff disappearances and allegations of fraud, panicked investors sold Cleveland’s largest bank in the middle of the night, locking out customers and employees, and thwarting a looming federal investigation. In the confusion that followed, the keys to the vault’s safe-deposit boxes were lost.


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Meet the 2014 ABNA Finalists
Flora J. Solomon
A Pledge of Silence
Flora J. Solomon

Flora Solomon relocated from Michigan’s winter wonderland to the beautiful North Carolina coast, where, between visits from her children and grandchildren, she enjoys a hard-won tennis match and an occasional round of golf. Her debut novel, A Pledge of Silence, is set during World War II and captures the experience of American military nurses held as prisoners of war.

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D.M. Pulley
The Dead Key
D.M. Pulley

D.M. Pulley is a professional engineer from Shaker Heights, Ohio, who specializes in rehabbing historic structures as well as conducting forensic investigations of building failures. Pulley’s structural survey of an abandoned building in Cleveland formed the basis for The Dead Key.

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Norma Darcy
The Bluestocking and the Rake
Norma Darcy

Norma Darcy is a web designer by trade who has been writing all her life, more seriously in the last decade. Filled with more book ideas than she has time to put to paper, she writes many genres, from modern-day thrillers to Regency romances. The Bluestocking and the Rake gives a nod and wink to the early novels of Georgette Heyer that established the Regency romance genre and exhibit a spirit of fun Darcy wishes were more common in contemporary romances. Darcy lives in Canterbury, Kent, in Great Britain.

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Chuck Grossart
The Mengele Effect
Chuck Grossart

Originally from the Denver area, Lieutenant Colonel Chuck Grossart retired from the United States Air Force after serving his country for twenty years as a missile launch officer, space operator, and strike planner. Now settled with his family outside Omaha, Nebraska, he continues to serve as a strategic plans analyst for the Department of the Air Force. Grossart holds a BA in political science from the University of Northern Colorado, and a master’s degree in human resource management from Lesley University. His first novel, The Coming, was a quarterfinalist in the 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (ABNA) contest. In addition to being a 2014 ABNA finalist, The Mengele Effect, his second novel, was selected as a winner in the 2013 Audio-ON Aspiring Author Contest. Grossart is a member of the Nebraska Writers Guild and the Nebraska Writers Workshop.

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Carrie Anne Noble
The Mermaid’s Sister (Previously titled: Seashell, Stork and Apple Tree)
Carrie Anne Noble

Carrie Anne Noble is a former staff writer for a Pennsylvania newspaper and a graduate of the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild apprenticeship program. A member of Kingdom Writers, she also eagerly participates in National Novel Writing Month each November and meets bimonthly with other NaNoWriMo writers in her area. Besides making stuff up, she enjoys reading, sewing, cheering on fellow writers, spending time with her family, and attempting to garden. The Mermaid’s Sister was inspired by the author’s relationship with her own dear sister, Kate.

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