SEATTLE & (BUSINESS WIRE) – Jun. 16, 2013 – (NASDAQ:AMZN) – The votes are in and Amazon customers have chosen Rysa Walker of Cary, N.C. as the Grand Prize winner of the sixth annual Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest for her young adult novel Timebound. The award was announced this evening during a ceremony at the Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle. Timebound will be released October 22, 2013 by Skyscape-an imprint of Amazon Children's Publishing-and Walker will receive a publishing contract with a $50,000 advance.
Walker's Timebound was inspired by her love of history and science fiction and explores how the choices we make affect our future. In the novel, 17-year-old Kate learns that she's inherited a genetic license to time travel when her grandmother shares a strange blue medallion, an even stranger tale about future historians, and the unshakeable conviction that the fate of half the planet lies in Kate's hands. The book is now available for pre-order in print and Kindle formats on Amazon.com at www.amazon.com/abna.
The remaining four category winners, Ken Moraff (General Fiction, It Happened in Wisconsin), Jo Chumas (Mystery/Thriller, The Hidden), Evelyn Pryce (Romance, A Man Above Reproach) and J. Lincoln Fenn (Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror, POE), each received publishing contracts from Amazon Publishing with a $15,000 advance. Their books will also be released in print and Kindle formats in the fall and can be pre-ordered on Amazon.
"Rysa's novel is one of those up-til-dawn reads that you just can't put down, so it's no surprise Amazon customers gave her this award," said Daphne Durham, Editor-in-Chief, Amazon Publishing. "We are looking forward to sharing all of the 2013 ABNA winners' books with readers this fall."
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The 2013 ABNA contest was hosted by CreateSpace, an Amazon company, which includes a community to keep authors who entered up-to-date on every stage of the contest. For the complete Official Rules for the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award and more information, please visit www.amazon.com/abna.
Now in its fifth year, the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest is an international contest co-sponsored by Amazon.com, Penguin Group (USA) and CreateSpace. For the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest Official Rules, to view the winning excerpts and reviews, or pre-order the novels, please visit www.amazon.com/abna.
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