I am extremely pleased – which also translates to HOLY SHITBALLS!!!! – to share that Lady Beth has been shortlisted for the Eric Hoffer Grand Prize Award. A previous finalist for the DaVinci Award 2019 and winner of the Carousel Aware Prize in 2017 – the years of slogging away on this little book have already come back tenfold. Never give up. That is all!
“As the annual judging draws to a close, the Eric Hoffer Award announces a small set of grand prize award finalists. This small list or “short list” of finalists is an honored distinction of its own and is announced publicly during the spring of each award year prior to the grand prize announcement. Below are the current and previous short-listed entries in alphabetical order by book.”
I am delighted to announce that as part of The Eric Hoffer Book Awards, LADY BETH has been nominated for the da Vinci Eye Award for Exceptional Cover Art. This is an additional distinction beneath the Eric Hoffer Award umbrella and is judged on both content and style.
The Eric Hoffer Awards honour books from small, academic, micro presses, and self-published books and is a champion for the independent voice. Winners of the Hoffer receive prizes, honours, and worldwide media exposure, as well as being covered in the US Review of Books.
Caroline E Farrell is a writer, filmmaker and blogger. Author of the novel, LADY BETH, Caroline has written and directed the short film FRAMED (2018). She has also written and co-produced the short films IN RIBBONS (2015) and ADAM (2013).
I’ve written about book reviews before, and the importance of them to authors, and I am always so grateful when someone takes the time to read and comment, so today, I just need to shout out my appreciation to Mrs Average Evaluates for this wonderful live review!
I was prompted today to remember a very special anniversary. This day last year, when I pushed LADY BETH out into the world of Indie Publishing! It’s been a truly amazing year, so time to thank every one who bought, borrowed, read, liked, praised, reviewed, awarded, stocked, shared, placed on your bookshelf, sent me photos and recommended it to others. You are THE business and I send you heaps of gratitude!
“Lady Beth is a perfectly paced page-turner of a novel which keeps the tension taut at all times. The darker side of Dublin city is perfectly judged, with well-rounded characters filling out the scenes around the titular Beth. Beth herself is a fantastic character moving seamlessly from unassuming office worker to avenging mother with an impressive lack of melodrama. Caroline has a filmic eye and the book swirls with a wonderful noir atmosphere as Beth digs deep into her past in order to build herself a future.” 746books.com
‘Just finished reading Lady Beth. What a fast-moving story, very well researched, written with a lively imagination and I personally would love to see it made into a film. That storyline has Oscar written all over it.’ Mary Malone. Reader
“If you had to be stranded on a desert island with three fictional characters, who would you choose, and why?”
I love this question, posed by book reviewer Emma Moyles on her excellent blog, BOOKS AND WINE GUMS
My reply? There’s a character in my novel, Lady Beth, called Roddy (no spoilers!) and he fascinates me, so he would have to keep me company, along with Dorian Gray, so we can discuss the pros and cons of eternal life, and Mary Poppins, because she is magic, and could dig into her carpet bag for food! You can read the full interview HERE
So, with thanks to Emma for the question, who would you choose, and why?