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Hi All,

I am counting down the days until I go to my first ever Epicon, this year held in Las Vegas, NV. I'm particularly excited because this year, two of my Kindle books are finalists: High Risk in the mystery/thriller category and Orientation in the GLBT category. For those of you who don't know, the Eppies are given out annually by EPIC (the Electronically Published Internet Connection) to recognize outstanding achievement in e-publishing. Wish me luck!

And if you want to know a bit more about my nominated books, here's a little taste:
High Risk
Her Secret Life...

Beth Walsh seems like such a demure housewife. Taking care of her attorney husband and doing volunteer work, the young woman is someone you'd meet at a church social. But Beth has a secret life. While her husband works, Beth slides into what she calls her "slut clothes" and goes on the prowl. She becomes a completely different woman, wanton and uninhibited, with dozens of handsome strangers. Until she meets the one blindingly gorgeous stranger who will make her more than sorry for her secrets and lies…

Abbott Lowery is every woman's dream: handsome, muscular, with intense blue eyes that contrast with his thick black hair. Women want him. Men want him. But Abbott is deeply damaged, and inside lurks a monster just waiting to be released. When Beth Walsh pursues him, it pushes a deeply-buried rage to the fore and he becomes determined to punish her.

Beth meeting Abbott lights the fuse on a bomb. Its explosion leads to a tale of terror and desperation so intense it will sear everyone who knows them. High Risk is a story of secrets, tainted histories, murder, kidnapping, and an ending so brutal and shocking readers will be left breathless.

Purchase High Risk

Orientation
Christmas, 1983: A young man, Robert, tends to his soul mate, Keith, who is dying from AIDS. Robert tries valiantly to make this a special Christmas for his lover, but loses the fight late Christmas night.

Christmas, 2007: Robert ventures out late Christmas night and finds a young girl about to fling herself into the unforgiving waters of Lake Michigan. He rescues her, and the two form a bond forged from an odd feeling they share of familiarity, and even love. Neither understands it, since Jess is a lesbian and Robert has never been attracted to women. But there's more...Jess begins having strange dreams, reliving key moments she couldn't know about in Keith and Robert's life and courtship. Robert and Jess begin to wonder if their inexplicable feelings might be rooted in something much more mystical than a savior/victim relationship.

As the two move toward and pull away from each other, Ethan, Robert's younger lover, plots the unthinkable. His crystal meth-addled mind becomes convinced there's only one way to save himself, and that is through Robert's destruction. Christmas 2007 spirals downward to a shattering climax in which both love and lives hang in the balance.

There's a murder attempt...salvation...redemption...

And a new love is born.


Purchase Orientation.
 

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Congratulations on the nomination, Rick! Good luck and I hope you win. Report back and let us know what the event is like.

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Congrats on the nominations. I hope you win!

I must've missed your thread about Orientation (if there was one), but I downloaded a sample last night and got immediately hooked. I'm about to 1-click.

I'll definitely get around to reading the High Risk sample too.
 

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I'd also like to recommend Rick's book, A Face Without A Heart:



It's a modern retelling of the The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. Very good....

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I just saw the list of EPPIE winners and Rick Reed's High Risk was a winner!
Congratulations, Rick!!
 

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Rick is traveling but I wanted to share this message that he posted on a mailing list I am on:



Hi All,

I just wanted to share my good news with all of you. Last night at the EPPIE Awards in Las Vegas, my reincarnation love story, ORIENTATION, won the award for best GLBT novel of 2008. I was shocked, honored, and thrilled (in that order), as I was up against some very stiff competition.

And it was great validation for me to win for a story that was definitely not your run-of-the-mill book.

Just wanted to share. Hope you all are having a wonderful weekend (and remembered to spring ahead). I need to pack up and get ready for my flight back to Seattle this a.m.

Rick


Congratulations to you, Rick! What an honor!

Here's a link to the book:

 
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