St. Lucian Born Writer is Book of the Year Award Finalist

St. Lucian Born Writer, Valeriana Bandeh (Blasse) is 2011 Book of the Year Award Finalist
ForeWord Reviews is pleased to announce the 2011 Book of the Year Awards list of finalists. Representing more than 700 publishers, the finalists were selected from 1200 entries in 60 genre categories. These books are examples of independent publishing at its finest.

Valeriana Bandeh (Blasse)

… Betrothed-The Gambia Story is a finalist for the 2011 Book of the Year Awards in the Romance Fiction category.
The novel captures the life of an African girl who flees her country in search of a career and love. The story is etched on a canvas of scenic landscapes from Africa to the volcanic springs of St. Lucia. Valeriana Bandeh believes in the richness of culture and captures it in her writing. The novel was published by Canada’s Friesen Press.
ForeWord Reviews’ Book of the Year Awards program was established to help publishers shine an additional spotlight on their best titles and bring increased attention to librarians and booksellers of the literary and graphic achievements of independent publishers and their authors. Award winners are chosen by librarians and booksellers who are on the front lines, working everyday with patrons and customers.
ForeWord is the only review trade journal devoted exclusively to books from independent houses.
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