Icing on the Cake

April is my month; my birth month. It is always special to me. But this one was extra special. I not only celebrated the big seven zero with a some fanfare, but also was the guest author at another Zoom book club (more about that in my next blog). In addition, this was the month I published my memoir a year ago on April 2nd. But on this April 15th I was given a belated birthday gift – or the icing on the cake. No, I didn’t get a big tax refund. Instead, I opened an email and read my name, sixth down, on this list. Read below.

A compass logo for the Journey Awards

The Journey Book Awards recognize emerging new talent and outstanding works in the genre of Narrative Non-Fiction and Memoir. The Journey Book  Awards is a genre division of Chanticleer International Book Awards and Novel Competitions (CIBAs).

Chanticleer International Book Awards is looking for the best books for our Journey Awards featuring true stories about survival, overcoming issues, trauma, and threatening life events,  along with turbulent personal journeys.

These titles have moved forward in the judging rounds from the 2020 Journey Book Awards LONG LIST to the 2020 SHORT LIST and now have progressed to the 2020 SEMI-FINALISTS. The Semi-Finalists’ works will compete for the Finalists positions. 

The following works have advanced in the 2020 Journey Book Awards for Narrative Non-Fiction

  • Karen Keilt – The Parrot’s Perch 
  • Susan E Casey – Rock On: Mining for Joy in the Deep River of Sibling Grief
  • Laila Tarraf – Strong Like Water: Lessons Learned from Leading with Love
  • Ashley Conner and Cierra Camper – Memoirs of Michael: The Hurricane Project
  • Patricia Eagle – Being Mean–A Memoir of Sexual Abuse and Survival
  • Susan E. Greisen – In Search of Pink Flamingos: A Woman’s Quest for Forgiveness & Unconditional Love
  • Mendek Rubin & Myra Goodman – Quest for Eternal Sunshine
  • Janice Morgan – Suspended Sentence
  • Marianne Ingheim – Out of Love: Finding Your Way Back to Self-Compassion
  • Sharon Dukett – No Rules
  • Judy Gaman – Love, Life, and Lucille
  • David Crow – The Pale-Faced Lie: A True Story
  • Christine Nicolette-Gonzalez – My Mother’s Curse: A Journey Beyond Childhood Trauma
  • Scott Hunter – And the Monkey Lets Go: Memoirs Through Illusion and Doubt
  • Mary Charity Kruger Stein – Fatherless, Fearless, Female: A Memoir
  • Ilene English – Hippie Chick
  • Barbara Clarke – The Red Kitchen 
  • Amy Byer Shainman – Resurrection Lily: The BRCA Gene, Hereditary Cancer & Lifesaving Whispers from the Grandmother I Never Knew
  • Tamra McAnally Bolton – A Blessed Life: One World War II Seabee’s Story
  • Steve Mariotti – Goodbye Homeboy
  • Steve Rochinski – A Man of His Time: Secrets from a Halfway World
  • Barbara Clarke – The Red Kitchen
  • Tiffani Goff – Loving Tiara
  • Kathleen Pooler – Just the Way He Walked: A Mother’s Story of Healing and Hope
  • Isaac Alexis M.D. – The Seductive Pink Crystal
  • Renee Hodges – Saving Bobby: Heroes and Heroin in One Small Community
  • Ted Neill – Two Years of Wonder
  • Deborah Burns – Saturday’s Child
  • Stefanie Naumann – How Languages Saved Me: A Polish Story of Survival
  • Lydia Ola Taiwo – A Broken Childhood: How To Overcome Abuse: A Recovery Guide
  • Lilly A Gwilliam – Generations of Motherhood: A Changing Story
  • Marilea C. Rabasa – Stepping Stones: A Memoir of Addiction, Loss, and Transformation
  • Christine Ristaino – All the Silent Spaces

These titles are in the running for the Finalists of the 2020 Journey Book Awards for Narrative Non-Fiction. 

The Semi-Finalists’ works will compete for the First Place Winner positions, and then all will be recognized in the evenings at VCAC21 April 22-24th from 6-8 p.m. PST.

The First Place Category Winners, along with the CIBA Division Grand Prize winners, will be selected from the 23 CIBA divisions Finalists. We will announce the 1st Place Category Winners and Grand Prize Division Winners the CIBAs Ceremonies June 5th, 2021 virtually (Free) and LIVE at the luxurious Hotel Bellwether in Bellingham, Wash.


This is a birthday month I won’t soon forget. I thank so many of you for the wonderful birthday wishes.

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