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Congratulations to Libby Atwater

We’d like to offer our congratulations to Libby Atwater whose memoir What Lies Within recently placed first in the Royal Dragonfly Book Awards in their Biography/Memoir category. Due to our interest in Libby, we are including here her publisher’s release. Well done, Libby! Interviews with Libby ran earlier. Click here for the first and here for the second.

What Lies Within Wins Royal Dragonfly Book Award

CHANDLER, AZ (November 2014)—The judges of the Royal Dragonfly Book Awards contest, which recognizes excellence in literature, have spoken. What Lies Within by Libby J. Atwater won First Place in the Biography/Memoir category.

“Winning any place in the Royal Dragonfly Contest is a huge honor because in order to maintain the integrity of the Dragonfly Book Awards, a minimum score is required before a First or Second place or Honorable Mention will be awarded to the entrant—even if it is the sole entry in a category,” explains Linda Radke, president of Five Star Publications, the sponsor of the Dragonfly Book Awards. “Competition is steep, too, because there is no publication date limit as long as the book is still in print.”

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What Lies Within is a tale of adoption, love, loss, hope, and resilience set in the 1950s and `60s. It retails for $18.00 and can be purchased at these locations: Bank of Books in Ventura, California; The Museum of Ventura County; and at Chaucer’s Books in Santa Barbara, California. An e-version of the book are available through Amazon at What Lies Within.

For a complete list of winners including all first and second place and honorable mention recipients, visit and click on “Winners.”

The next Royal Dragonfly Book Awards contest is already underway. Submissions postmarked August 1, 2015 or earlier are eligible for the Early Bird reward: a free e-copy of The Economical Guide to Self-Publishing or Promote Like a Pro: Small Budget, Big Show written by Radke. Final deadline for submissions is October 1, 2015. The Early Bird deadline for the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards Contest, which recognizes outstanding children’s literature, is March 1, 2014. May 1, 2014 is the final deadline. For complete rules and submission forms for either contest, visit and click on the contest of choice.

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