Western Story Wins International Book Award
“It’s really my grandfather’s story,” says co-author Karl Beckstrand. “My grandfather grew up exploring the Sierra Nevada Mountains on horseback a hundred years ago. He used that setting for his mystery--set in the Nevada silver rush,” Beckstrand said.
After his grandfather passed away in 1992, Beckstrand inherited the manuscript. “My challenge was to tighten his story and develop the characters while preserving the action, suspense and earthy vernacular.”
Beckstrand, who grew up in San Jose, California, has won other literary awards, but this one is special. “It kind of validates my grandfather’s vision — gives him a nod — even beyond the grave.” The thriller also was named a finalist for the Laramie Award and garnered Literary Classics’ seal of approval.
“It’s getting great reviews online as well,” Beckstrand said. “The main character is an outcast, half-Mexican, raised by American Indians. But he’s fearless and loyal to his friends and family.” In addition to a tough, dark hero, there’s a gutsy heroine who is unintimidated in the worst kinds of opposition. Beckstrand’s stories usually have characters of color and surprises at the end.
Bestselling author Beckstrand heads Premio Publishing & Gozo Books, which produces multicultural books for educators, libraries, and families. His fifteenth book may be found at PremioBooks.com and via major booksellers and distributors. The e-book will be temporarily free on Kindle and other platforms through Nov. 25. tinyurl.com/js6g6tj.
Beckstrand will present on publishing Tues., Nov. 1 at 6:30 p.m. in the Weber County Library 2039 W. 4000 South, Roy, Utah and Sat., Nov. 5 from 1 – 4 p.m. at the Viridian Center 8030 S. 1825 West, West Jordan, Utah. Book trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CzbQKuLVr8
Premio Publishing & Gozo Books has been delighting readers since 2004. Our award-winning YA fiction, e-book mysteries, Spanish & bilingual kid’s books (with ESL/ELL/ELA pronunciation guide), short stories, wordless books, nonfiction/biographies, activity STEM books (astronomy, language, zoology, cookbook), and picture book app feature diverse characters in funny, engaging, vivid color. Nationally lauded (Kirkus Reviews, ForeWord Reviews, Horn Book blog, School Library Journal) our educational children’s books capture attention and create repeat readers. Not about ethnic or racial diversity, they simply feature black, white, Asian, Hispanic, American Indian, and mixed-race characters—with family values like courage, sharing, and loyalty. Find our clean multicultural books via: Amazon/Kindle, Baker & Taylor/Follett, Barnes & Noble, Biblioboard, Brodart, EBSCO, Flipkart, Gardners, iBooks, Ingram, Inktera, Kobo, Library Direct, Mackin, OverDrive, Quality, SCRIBD, txtr, and Premiobooks.com (FREE online books); a gift of laughter, learning & family fun for ages two and up. www.facebook.com/PremioBooks
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