2020 Results Human Relations Indie Book Awards

Director’s Choice Awards

2020 Human Relations Grief Awareness Book of the Year- My Backyard Garden A Memoir of How Love Conquers Grief byDebra Hester (Outskirts Press)

2020 Human Relations Gay Awareness Book of the Year- Our Gay History in Fifty States by Zaylore Stout (Wise Ink)  

2020 Human Relations Life Adjustment Book of the Year – Breast Cancer Meets Mindfulness: Surrendering to Life by Cheryl Wilfong (Heart Path Press)

Human Relations Issues Categories                                                                                                                

Cultural & Diversity Human Relations Indie Book                                                                                                 

Gold Winner- Wasted Salt by Sarah Houssayni (Austin Macauley Publishers)

Historical Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner Our Gay History in Fifty States by Zaylore Stout (Wise Ink)

Leadership Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner -Leadership with a Servant’s Heart by Kevin Wayne Johnson (Writing for the Lord Ministries)                                                                                                                            

Inspirational Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner  Happily Ever MAYBE by Sharon A. DeNofa (Independently Published)

Self-Help Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner (Tie) Lighter Living Declutter. Organize. Simplify by Lisa J. Shultz (High Country Publications)

Gold Winner (Tie) Explore Yourself with 100+ Keys by Veera S. Surampudi (Penman Books)

Silver Winner Con Artist Dating Your Judgment Free Guide to Preventing and Recovering From Relationship Scams by Millie Osborne, M.D. (Millie Osborne)

Bronze Winner (Tie) Cross of a Different Kind: Cancer & Christian Spirituality by Anthony Maranise (Eternal Insight Press)

Bronze Winner (Tie) Your Entryway into the Entertainment Industry: A Career Planning Guide for Anyone Willing to Work for it-Yes, You! by Beverly McLeod Iseghohi (Bene Publishing)

Workplace Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner (Tie) The EQ Intervention Shaping a Self-Aware Generation Through Social and Emotional Learning by Adam L. Saenz, Ph.D. (Greenleaf Book Group)

Gold Winner (Tie) What Were They Thinking? Avoid Behaviors and Attitudes That Can Ruin A Job Interview by Janice R. Jenkins (Lulu Press)

Informational Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner Your Entryway into the Entertainment Industry: A Career Planning Guide for Anyone Willing to Work for it-Yes, You! by Beverly McLeod Iseghohi (Bene Publishing)

Human Relations Memoir Categories

Motivational Memoir Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner My Backyard Garden A Memoir of How Love Conquers Grief by Debra Hester (Outskirts Press)

Health Memoir Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner Breast Cancer Meets Mindfulness: Surrendering to Life by Cheryl Wilfong (Heart Path Press)

Human Relations Family Issues Indie Categories

Family Challenges Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner Tell Me A Story, Nana by Trossine Benal Smith (Independent Publisher/Amazon.Com)

Silver Winner- Wasted Salt by Sarah Houssayni (Austin Macauley Publishers)

General Human Relations Categories

Life Challenges Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner (Tie) Con Artist Dating Your Judgment Free Guide to Preventing and Recovering From Relationship Scams by Millie Osborne, M.D. (Millie Osborne)

Gold Winner (Tie) Cross of a Different Kind: Cancer & Christian Spirituality by Anthony Maranise (Eternal Insight Press)

Silver Winner Breast Cancer Meets Mindfulness: Surrendering to Life by Cheryl Wilfong (Heart Path Press)

Bronze Winner- Wasted Salt by Sarah Houssayni (Austin Macauley Publishers)

Personal Determination Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner If the Girl Never Learns: Poems by Sue William Silverman (Brick Mantel Books)

Silver Winner Happily Ever MAYBE by Sharon A. DeNofa (Independently Published)

Special Needs Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner Nonverbal by Peggy Moffitt Earnest (Self Published/KDP)

Aging Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner (Tie) A Delightful Little Book on Aging by Stephanie Raffelock (She Writes Press)

Gold Winner (Tie) Alzheimer’s Quick Tips for Caregivers (Vol. 1) Living with a Wild Raccoon by Lisa A. Santiago (Outskirts Press)

Silver Winner Lighter Living Declutter. Organize. Simplify by Lisa J. Shultz (High Country Publications)

Spiritual Focus Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner The Gift of Mulligans: Sometimes All You Need is a Second Chance by Dave Morris (The Power of Mulligans LLC)

Silver Winner Cross of a Different Kind: Cancer & Christian Spirituality by Anthony Maranise (Eternal Insight Press)

Bronze Winner Breast Cancer Meets Mindfulness: Surrendering to Life by Cheryl Wilfong (Heart Path Press)

Children’s Human Relations Indie Book Categories

Early Childhood Human Relations Children’s Indie Book

Gold Winner Let’s Build the Best Park Ever by Brenda and Melanie McNair (Self Published Brenda and Melanie McNair)

School Age Human Relations Children’s Indie Book

Gold Winner The Barnyard Buddies Meet a Newcomer by Julie Penshorn (Growing Communities of Peace: Smart Tools for Life)

Silver Winner A Christmas Carol (With Christmas Carol Sheet Music) by Norman Whaler (Beneath Another Sky Books)

Bronze Winner Let’s Build the Best Park Ever by Brenda and Melanie McNair (Self Published Brenda and Melanie McNair)

Pre-Teen & Teen Human Relations Children’s Indie Book

Gold Winner Nonverbal by Peggy Moffitt Earnest (Self Published/KDP)

Cultural Human Relations Children’s Indie Book

Gold Winner Oink and Gobble and the Men in Black by Norman Whaler (Beneath Another Sky Books)

Family Human Relations Children’s Indie Book

Gold Winner Festeva’s Holiday Cheer by Molly McCluskey-Shipman (Lift Bridge Publishing)

Silver Winner Let’s Build the Best Park Ever by Brenda and Melanie McNair (Self Published Brenda and Melanie McNair)

Special Needs & Health Human Relations Children’s Indie Book

Gold Winner Let’s Build the Best Park Ever by Brenda and Melanie McNair (Self Published Brenda and Melanie McNair)

Fiction Categories (Over 120 Pages)

Contemporary Realistic Fiction Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner (Tie)  Little Hometown, America by CG Fewston (Amazon LLC)

Gold Winner (Tie) Mortal Conspiracy by Nole C. Scidmore M.D. (Independently Published)

Life Changes Realistic Fiction Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner Happily Ever MAYBE by Sharon A. DeNofa (Independently Published)

Poetry Book Categories

Personal Challenge Poetry Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner If the Girl Never Learns: Poems by Sue William Silverman (Brick Mantel Books)

Silver Winner The Ocean Cannot Be Blue by Kirsten Hampton (Turning Point)

Diversity Poetry Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner  The Ocean Cannot Be Blue by Kirsten Hampton (Turning Point)

Realistic Poetry Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner Secondary Cicatrices by Lynne Goldsmith (Middle Creek Publishing)

Silver Winner If the Girl Never Learns: Poems by Sue William Silverman (Brick Mantel Books)

Arts Book Categories

Human Expression in the Arts Indie Book

Gold Winner The Traveling Toddler Coloring Book by JD Boumah (Self Published)

2019 Results Human Relations Indie Book Awards

Director’s Choice Awards

2019 Human Relations Grief Awareness Book of the Year- Finding Hope in the Darkness of Grief Spiritual Insights Expressed Through Art, Poetry and Prose by Diamante Lavendar (Balboa Press)

2019 Human Relations Cultural Awareness Book of the Year- Confessions of a Barefaced Woman by Allison Joseph (Red Hen Press)

2019 Human Relations AIDS Awareness Book of the Year- A Memoir Before They Left Us by Rosemary Ann Davis (Old Road Publishing/Ingram Spark)

2019 Human Relations Life Adjustment Book of the Year – Thriving Through Transition Self-Care for Parents of Transgender Children by Denise O’Doherty (Self-Published)

 Human Relations Issues Categories

Cultural & Diversity Human Relations Indie  Book                                                                                                                                      

Gold Winner Thriving Through Transition Self-Care for Parents of Transgender Children by Denise O’Doherty (Self-Published)

Inspirational Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner Finding Hope in the Darkness of Grief Spiritual Insights Expressed Through Art, Poetry and Prose by Diamante Lavendar (Balboa Press)

Silver Winner Who Am I? Conversations with the Universal You by Joseph S. Shook (Affinity Books)

Self-Help Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner Thriving Through Transition Self-Care for Parents of Transgender Children by Denise O’Doherty (Self-Published)

Silver Winner Who Am I? Conversations with the Universal You by Joseph S. Shook (Affinity Books)

Informational Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner Disappearing Dads by Dwight E. DeRamus Jr. (Trey Nickel Publishing)

 Human Relations Memoir Categories

 Personal Relationship Memoir Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner A Memoir Before They Left Us by Rosemary Ann Davis (Old Road Publishing/Ingram Spark)

Silver Winner A Long Awakening to Grace A Memoir of Loss and Discovery by Linda A. Marshall (Emerging Press)

Bronze Winner Amsterdam Exposed An American Journey into the Red Light District by David Wienir (De Wallen Press)

 Human Relations Family Issues Indie Categories

Family Challenges Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner Thriving Through Transition Self-Care for Parents of Transgender Children by Denise O’Doherty (Self-Published)

Silver Winner Disappearing Dads by Dwight E. DeRamus Jr. (Trey Nickel Publishing)

General Human Relations Categories

 Travel Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner Amsterdam Exposed An American Journey into the Red Light District by David Wienir (De Wallen Press)

 Life Challenges Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner Thriving Through Transition Self-Care for Parents of Transgender Children by Denise O’Doherty (Self-Published)

Silver Winner Finding Hope in the Darkness of Grief Spiritual Insights Expressed Through Art, Poetry and Prose by Diamante Lavendar (Balboa Press)

Personal Determination Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner Who Am I? Conversations with the Universal You by Joseph S. Shook (Affinity Books)

Recovery Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner The Gift of Recovery 52 Mindful Ways to Live Joyfully Beyond Addiction by Rebecca E. Williams & Julie S. Kraft (New Harbinger)

Spiritual Focus Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner Finding Hope in the Darkness of Grief Spiritual Insights Expressed Through Art, Poetry and Prose by Diamante Lavendar (Balboa Press)

Silver Winner Disappearing Dads by Dwight E. DeRamus Jr. (Trey Nickel Publishing)

Bronze Winner Who Am I? Conversations with the Universal You by Joseph S. Shook (Affinity Books)

 Children’s Human Relations Indie Book Categories

Early Childhood Human Relations Children’s Indie Book

Gold Winner  The Traveling Toddler: Goes to Monaco by JD Boumah (Traveling Toddler International-

Self Published)

Poetry Book Categories

Personal Challenge Poetry Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner Finding Hope in the Darkness of Grief Spiritual Insights Expressed Through Art, Poetry and Prose by Diamante Lavendar (Balboa Press)

Diversity Poetry Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner Confessions of a Barefaced Woman by Allison Joseph (Red Hen Press)

Arts Book Categories

Human Expression in the Arts Indie Book

Gold Winner Finding Hope in the Darkness of Grief Spiritual Insights Expressed Through Art, Poetry and Prose by Diamante Lavendar (Balboa Press)

Coffee Table Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner Finding Hope in the Darkness of Grief Spiritual Insights Expressed Through Art, Poetry and Prose by Diamante Lavendar (Balboa Press)

2018 Human Relations Indie Book Award Results

Director’s Choice Awards

2018 Human Relations Impact Book of the Year – Your Invisible Toolbox The Technological Ups and Interpersonal Downs of the Millennial Generation by Rowena Crosbie and Deborah Rinner (Business Publications Corporation)

2018 Human Relations Peace Book of the Year- I Can See Peace by Julie Penshorn (Growing Communities for Peace: Smart Tools for Life)

2018 Human Relations Compassion Book of the Year- Only A Shadow by Janet Richards (Westbow Press) 

2018 Human Relations Addiction Awareness Book of the Year- Ripcord Recovery…my message in a bottle for addicts caught in the relapse death spiral by T. T. Sawyer (T.T. Sawyer-CreateSpace)

2018 Human Relations Courage Book of the Year – Rethinking Possible: A Memoir of Resilience by Rebecca Faye Smith Galli (She Writes Press)

2018 Human Relations AIDS Awareness Book of the Year- Truth be bold-Serenading Life & Death in the Age of AIDS by Julene Tripp Weaver (Finishing Line Press)

2018 Human Relations Life Experiences Book of the Year –  It Just So Happens Poems to be Read Aloud by Greer Gurland (Finishing Line Press)

2018 Human Relations Life Adjustment Book of the Year – Dare to be the Change by Annella Metoyer (Sojourn Publishing)

 Human Relations Issues Categories

Cultural & Diversity Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner Call Me Phaedra The Life and Times of Movement Lawyer Fay Stender by Lisa Pearlman (Regent Press)

Silver Winner Dare to be the Change by Annella Metoyer (Sojourn Publishing)

Bronze Winner Mandate of Heaven by Brett Russell Andrews (Self Published)

Leadership Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner Unlock Your Business Voice: How to Speak as Well as You Think by Simon de Cintra (Rethink Press)

Silver Winner Your Invisible Toolbox The Technological Ups and Interpersonal Downs of the Millennial Generation by Rowena Crosbie and Deborah Rinner (Business Publications Corporation)

Problem Solving Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner Not Prey: Facing the 7 People-Dangers for Young Ladies Book 1 by Marcy Shoberg (MKS Publishers)

Reflection Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner One Sip at a Time: A Memoir by Rita Grisman & Loralynn Mears (Toasted Marshmellow)

Silver Winner It Just So Happens Poems to be Read Aloud by Greer Gurland (Finishing Line Press)

Bronze Winner Your Invisible Toolbox The Technological Ups and Interpersonal Downs of the Millennial Generation by Rowena Crosbie and Deborah Rinner (Business Publications Corporation)

Inspirational Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner (Tie) God Promised Me Wings To Fly There is Life after Suicide by Janet Grillo (Self Published)

Gold Winner (Tie) Maja & Me: My Journey with My Lesbian Daughter by Mary Rose Knutson (Paddle Press)

Silver Winner God’s Light by Rick Scarnati (Infinity Press)

Bronze Winner (Tie) A Stroke of Love by Darlene Chissom (Authorhouse)

Bronze Winner (Tie) Your Invisible Toolbox The Technological Ups and Interpersonal Downs of the Millennial Generation by Rowena Crosbie and Deborah Rinner (Business Publications Corporation)

Honorable Mention Saved for a Reason: One Woman’s Journey Way Beyond Cancer by Celia Ann Rooney (Celia Ann Rooney)

Honorable Mention It Just So Happens Poems to be Read Aloud by Greer Gurland (Finishing Line Press)

Honorable Mention Rethinking Possible: A Memoir of Resilience by Rebecca Faye Smith Galli (She Writes Press)

Honorable Mention Ripcord Recovery…my message in a bottle for addicts caught in the relapse death spiral by T. T. Sawyer (T.T. Sawyer-CreateSpace)

Honorable Mention Happily Ever Not by Sharon A. DeNofa (CreateSpace)

Honorable Mention Only A Shadow by Janet Richards (Westbow Press) 

Self-Help Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner Rhinestones on my Flip Flops by Jane Jenkins Herlong (Faith Words Hachette Book Group)

Silver Winner 8 Ways to Happiness from Wherever You Are by Dr. Marissa Pei (Morgan James Publisher)

Workplace Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner Your Invisible Toolbox The Technological Ups and Interpersonal Downs of the Millennial Generation by Rowena Crosbie and Deborah Rinner (Business Publications Corporation)

Humor Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner Beginning with Xs and Os: The Evolution of the Alphabet by Etta Zasloff (Stillwater River Publications for Skunk Hill Press)

Motivational Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner 8 Ways to Happiness from Wherever You Are by Dr. Marissa Pei (Morgan James Publisher)

Human Relations Memoir Categories

Adventure Memoir Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner Ripcord Recovery…my message in a bottle for addicts caught in the relapse death spiral by T. T. Sawyer (T.T. Sawyer-CreateSpace)

Travel Memoir Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner Mandate of Heaven by Brett Russell Andrews (Self Published)

Health Memoir Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner (Tied) Saved for a Reason: One Woman’s Journey Way Beyond Cancer by Celia Ann Rooney (Celia Ann Rooney)

Gold Winner (Tied) Only A Shadow by Janet Richards (Westbow Press) 

Silver Winner A Chicken in the Wind & How He Grew Stories from an ADHD Dad by Frank South (Rattlesnake Publishing/Self)

Bronze Winner Laura’s List by Michael McCord (Page Publishing)

Relationship Memoir Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner (Tie) From Liberty to Magnolia by Janice S. Ellis (Christian Faith Publishing)

Gold Winner (Tie) The Fire Within A Journey of Adversity, Resilience and Triumph by  Janet M. Smith (Janet M. Smith-Publisher)

Silver Winner Maja & Me: My Journey with My Lesbian Daughter by Mary Rose Knutson (Paddle Press)

Bronze Winner (Tie) Soul Explosion by Rick Scarnati (Infinity Publishing)

Bronze Winner (Tie) Rethinking Possible: A Memoir of Resilience by Rebecca Faye Smith Galli (She Writes Press)

Honorable Mention Never to Late: From Wannabe to Wife at 62 by B. Lynn Goodwin (Koehler Books)

Honorable Mention A Chicken in the Wind & How He Grew Stories from an ADHD Dad by Frank South (Rattlesnake Publishing/Self)

Honorable Mention Only A Shadow by Janet Richards (Westbow Press) 

Human Relations Family Issues Indie Categories

Family Journey Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner The Buddha at My Table: How I Found Peace in Betrayal and Divorce by Tammy Letherer (She Writes Press)

Silver Winner Maja & Me: My Journey with My Lesbian Daughter by Mary Rose Knutson (Paddle Press)

Aging Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner Never to Late: From Wannabe to Wife at 62 by B. Lynn Goodwin (Koehler Books)

Couple Communication Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner Single Wife, Single Life by Danielle Antoinette Brasfield (Get Write Published)

Family Challenges Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner A Chicken in the Wind & How He Grew  Stories from an ADHD Dad by Frank South (Rattlesnake Publishing/Self)

Silver Winner Laura’s List by Michael McCord (Page Publishing)

General Human Relations Categories

Collection of Human Relations Indie Short Stories or Essays

Gold Winner The Long Passages Paths of Self-Discovery by Paul Winder (CreateSpace)

Medical Issues Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner (Tie) A Stroke of Love by Darlene Chissom (Authorhouse)

Gold Winner (Tie) Laura’s List by Michael McCord (Page Publishing)

Silver Winner Truth be bold-Serenading Life & Death in the Age of AIDS by Julene Tripp Weaver (Finishing Line Press)

Bronze Winner Ripcord Recovery…my message in a bottle for addicts caught in the relapse death spiral by T. T. Sawyer (T.T. Sawyer-CreateSpace)

Life Challenges Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner  (Tie) Dare to be the Change by Annella Metoyer (Sojourn Publishing)

Gold Winner (Tie) The Calling: Unleash Your True Self by Priya Kumar (Books That Inspire)

Silver Winner (Tie) Rethinking Possible: A Memoir of Resilience by Rebecca Faye Smith Galli (She Writes Press)

Silver Winner (Tie) Truth be bold-Serenading Life & Death in the Age of AIDS by Julene Tripp Weaver (Finishing Line Press)

Bronze Winner Murder on the Precipice by Penny Goetjen (Secret Harbor Press)

Honorable Mention Laura’s List by Michael McCord (Page Publishing)

Honorable Mention Happily Ever Not by Sharon A. DeNofa (CreateSpace)

Honorable Mention Only A Shadow by Janet Richards (Westbow Press)

Honorable Mention God Promised Me Wings To Fly There is Life after Suicide by Janet Grillo (Self Published)

Honorable Mention Damaged Innocence by Tojon’ Montae’ (iUniverse)

Honorable Mention Medina 2 by Jullian Smallwood (Self-Published)

Special Needs Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner Rethinking Possible: A Memoir of Resilience by Rebecca Faye Smith Galli (She Writes Press)

Silver Winner Seany Shoe Hands Ready Set Go by Sean Grasso (TruHero Comics & Novels/Sean Grasso)

Recovery Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner Ripcord Recovery…my message in a bottle for addicts caught in the relapse death spiral by T. T. Sawyer (T.T. Sawyer-CreateSpace)

Children’s Human Relations Indie Book Categories

Early Childhood Human Relations Children’s Indie Book

Gold Winner Narnee’s Knees by Wendy Butler (In House Publishing)

Silver Winner The Barnyard Buddies Stop for Peace by Julie Penshorn (Growing Communities for Peace: Smart Tools for Life)

Bronze Winner My Mommy Prays by Yvanna Bright (Bright House Publishing)

School Age Human Relations Children’s Indie Book

Gold Winner How the Ariana Crickets Got Their Chirp Back by Lovie R. Smith (Clovercroft Publishing/Ingram)

Silver Winner (Tie) The Tiny Tree by Norman Whaler (Beneath Another Sky Books)

Silver Winner (Tie) Defeat Bullies and Bad-Guys by Marcy Shoberg (MKS Publishers)

Bronze Winner I Can See Peace by Julie Penshorn (Growing Communities for Peace: Smart Tools for Life)

Honorable Mention Little Turnip and the Case of “I Don’t Know Whys” by Danielle Antoinette Brasfield (Get Write Publishing)

Honorable Mention The Barnyard Buddies Stop for Peace by Julie Penshorn (Growing Communities for Peace: Smart Tools for Life)

Honorable Mention Beginning with Xs and Os: The Evolution of the Alphabet by Etta Zasloff (Stillwater River Publications for Skunk Hill Press)

Pre-Teen &Teen Human Relations Children’s Indie Book

Gold Winner If Roses Were Blue by Debbie Jenae (Inspired 101)

Silver Winner The Barnyard Buddies Stop for Peace by Julie Penshorn (Growing Communities for Peace: Smart Tools for Life)

Cultural Human Relations Children’s Indie Book

Gold Winner Am I Black or Am I White? by Norman Whaler (Beneath Another Sky Books)

Silver Winner I Can See Peace by Julie Penshorn (Growing Communities for Peace: Smart Tools for Life)

Bronze Winner How the Ariana Crickets Got Their Chirp Back by Lovie R. Smith (Clovercroft Publishing/Ingram)

Family Human Relations Children’s Indie Book

Gold Winner (Tie) My Mommy Prays by Yvanna Bright (Bright House Publishing)

Gold Winner (Tie)The Barnyard Buddies Stop for Peace by Julie Penshorn (Growing Communities for Peace: Smart Tools for Life)

Silver Winner I Can See Peace by Julie Penshorn (Growing Communities for Peace: Smart Tools for Life)

Bronze Winner Beginning with Xs and Os: The Evolution of the Alphabet by Etta Zasloff (Stillwater River Publications for Skunk Hill Press)

Health Human Relations Children’s Indie Book

Gold Winner I Can See Peace by Julie Penshorn (Growing Communities for Peace: Smart Tools for Life)

Special Needs Human Relations Children’s Indie Book

Gold Winner The Adventures of Team Super Tubie by Kristin Meyer (Beaver’s Pond Press)

Short Fiction Category

Realistic Short Fiction Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner Tiny Tim and the Ghost of Ebenezer Scrooge: The Sequel to A Christmas Carol by Norman Whaler (Beneath Another Sky Books)

Silver Winner Hearts Connected by Linda M. Polkowski (Southern Owl Publications)

Fiction Categories

Multicultural Realistic Fiction Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner Rosa by Barbara De La Cuesta (Brain Mill Press)

Silver Winner Trespassers Will by Robert Cone` (CreateSpace/LuLu)

Bronze Winner Wacky Woody Waters by Tamy Tame Me Hopkins (Independent-Amazon)

Contemporary Realistic Fiction Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner (Tie) Murder on the Precipice by Penny Goetjen (Secret Harbor Press)

Gold Winner  (Tie) A Town Called Redemption by Jodi Gardner Bremer (Xulon Press)

Silver Winner I Need; I Want by Bill Liggins (Self Published)

Bronze Winner (Tie)  Damaged Innocence by Tojon’ Montae’ (iUniverse)

Bronze Winner (Tie)  Hearts Connected by Linda M. Polkowski (Southern Owl Publications)

Historical Realistic Fiction Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner Eden by Linda Naseem (Create Space)

Life Changes Realistic Fiction Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner (Tie) The Ways of Autumn by William Graney (Self-Published)

Gold Winner (Tie) Happily Ever Not by Sharon A. DeNofa (CreateSpace)

Silver Winner  A Town Called Redemption by Jodi Gardner Bremer (Xulon Press)

Bronze Winner Medina 2 by Jullian Smallwood (Self-Published)

Poetry Book Categories

Motivational Poetry Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner How I Learned to be White by Tricia Knoll (Antrim House)

Silver Winner It Just So Happens Poems to be Read Aloud by Greer Gurland (Finishing Line Press)

Personal Challenge Poetry Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner Truth be bold-Serenading Life & Death in the Age of AIDS by Julene Tripp Weaver (Finishing Line Press)

Wisdom Poetry Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner (Tie)Traveling Through Glass by Lisa Harris (Cayuga Lake Books)

Gold Winner (Tie) It Just So Happens Poems to be Read Aloud by Greer Gurland (Finishing Line Press)

Silver Winner Haiku To Nurse By by Melanie S. Lewis (Self-Published)

Humorous Poetry Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner Haiku To Nurse By by Melanie S. Lewis (Self-Published)

 2017 Human Relations Indie Book Awards Results

Director’s Choice Awards

Human Relations Impact Book of the Year - How Autism is Reshaping Special Education: The Unbundling of IDEA by John M. McLaughlin & Mark K. Claypool (Rowman & Littlefield)

Outstanding Addiction Awareness Book - The Hero in Heroin: A Mother and Son’s Journey on Both Sides of the Veil by Mindy Miralia (Balboa Press)

Outstanding Adoption Awareness Book - A Life-Changing Journey through Adoption, Adversity, and a Reading Disability by T.A. McMullin (Gathering Courage Media)

Outstanding Life Adjustment Book - Falling Together: How to Find Balance, Joy, and Meaningful Change When Your Life Seems to be Falling Apart by Donna Wilk Cardillo (She Writes Press)

Outstanding Abuse Awareness Book -Spice Secret: A Cautionary Diary by Billie Holladay Skelley (Goldminds Publishing)

Human Relations Issues Categories

Cultural & Diversity Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner (Tie) The Earth Breaks in Colors by Patti Davis (Padaro Press)

Gold Winner (Tie) Homestead Girl: The View from Here by Chantelle Pence (Copper River Press)

Silver Winner The Wonder Girls: Changing Our World by Paola Gianturco & Alex Sangster

(powerHouse Books)

Historical Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner The Forest Dames by Ada Okere Agbasimalo (AuthorHouse)

Leadership Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner Wonder Girls: Changing Our World by Paola Gianturco & Alex Sangster (powerhouse Books)

Problem Solving Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner How Autism is Reshaping Special Education: The Unbundling of IDEA by John M. McLaughlin & Mark K. Claypool (Rowman & Littlefield)

Reflection Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner Love Struggles: A Return to Self by Romeo J. Ballayan (Love Struggles Books)

Silver Winner Lost in the Reflecting Pool by Diane Pomerantz (She Writes Press)

Bronze Winner When Reality Bites: When Denial Helps & What to do when it Hurts by Holly Parker (Hazelden)

Memoir Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner (Tie) Lost in the Reflecting Pool by Diane Pomerantz (She Writes Press)

Gold Winner (Tie) Going to Wings: A Memoir by Sandra Worsham (Third Lung Press)

Silver Winner The Road to Anywhere but Here by Carol Newman (CreateSpace)

Bronze Winner 4AM by Joreen Sykes (Self Published-Joreen Y. Sykes)

Honorable Mention Becky Jane: Memoir of an Incredible Life by Nick Delmedico (Halfabook.com)

Honorable Mention The Blue Chameleon: The Life Story of a Supercop by Det. Daril Cinquanta (Waldorf Publishing)

Inspirational Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner Gathering Courage: A Life-Changing Journey through Adoption, Adversity, and a Reading Disability by T.A. McMullin (Gathering Courage Media)

Silver Winner The Hero in Heroin: A Mother and Son’s Journey on Both Sides of the Veil by Mindy Miralia (Balboa Press)

Bronze Winner Forever in Bloom: Five Simple Steps to Ultimate Success and Happiness by Mark Devro (Distant Thunder Press)

Self-Help & Wellness Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner How to Meditate and Why by Mara M. Zimmerman (Balboa Press)

Silver Winner Falling Together: How to Find Balance, Joy, and Meaningful Change When Your Life Seems to be Falling Apart by Donna Wilk Cardillo (She Writes Press)

Bronze Winner  When Reality Bites: When Denial Helps & What to do when it Hurts by Holly Parker (Hazelden)

Honorable Mention Forever in Bloom: Five Simple Steps to Ultimate Success and Happiness by Mark Devro (Distant Thunder Press)

Honorable Mention Love Struggles: A Return to Self by Romeo J. Ballayan (Love Struggles Books)

Honorable Mention Healing Without Hurting by Jennifer Giustra-Kozek (Changing Lives Press-FAL Enterprises)

Workplace Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner Agile Scrum: Your Quick Start Guide with Step-by-Step Instructions by Scott M. Graffius (CreateSpace)

Motivational Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner Forever in Bloom: Five Simple Steps to Ultimate Success and Happiness by Mark Devro (Distant Thunder Press)

Silver Winner Falling Together: How to Find Balance, Joy, and Meaningful Change when Your Life Seems to be Falling Apart by Donna Cardillo (She Writes Press)

Bronze Winner Love Struggles: A Return to Self by Romeo J. Ballayan (Love Struggles Books)

Informational Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner When Reality Bites: When Denial Helps & What to do when it Hurts by Holly Parker (Hazelden)

Silver Winner Healing Without Hurting by Jennifer Giustra-Kozek (Changing Lives Press-FAL Enterprises)

Bronze Winner Pans, Cans and Automobiles: A Comprehensive Reference Guide for Helping Students with PANDAS and PANS by Jamie Candelaria Greene (First Edition Design Publishing)

Educational Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner How Autism is Reshaping Special Education: The Unbundling of IDEA by John M. McLaughlin & Mark K. Claypool (Rowman & Littlefield)

General Human Relations Categories

Collection of Human Relations Short Stories or Essays

Gold Winner 12 Random Words / 12 Palabras al Azar by Fabiana Elisa Martinez (Talk-Active)

Silver Winner An Ordinary Day-Kids with Rare Genetic Disorders by Karen Haberberg (powerhouse Books)

Bronze Winner Love Struggles: A Return to Self by Romeo J. Ballayan (Love Struggles Books)

Medical Issues Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner Healing Without Hurting by Jennifer Giustra-Kozek (Changing Lives Press-FAL Enterprises)

Silver Winner Pans, Cans and Automobiles: A Comprehensive Reference Guide for Helping Students with PANDAS and PANS by Jamie Candelaria Greene (First Edition Design Publishing)

Life Challenges Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner (Tie) Falling Together: How to Find Balance, Joy, and Meaningful Change when Your Life Seems to be Falling Apart by Donna Cardillo (She Writes Press)

Gold Winner (Tie) A Bridge Named Susan by Sharon Chase Hoseley (XLibris)

Silver Winner Wonder Girls: Changing Our World by Paola Gianturco & Alex Sangster (powerhouse Books)

Bronze Winner (Tie) Gathering Courage: A Life-Changing Journey through Adoption, Adversity, and a Reading Disability by T.A. McMullin (Gathering Courage Media)

Bronze Winner (Tie) Lost in the Reflecting Pool by Diane Pomerantz (She Writes Press)

Honorable Mention A Fictitious Life by Clay N. Sauls (The Piscatiqua Press)

Honorable Mention The Hero in Heroin: A Mother and Son’s Journey on Both Sides of the Veil by Mindy Miralia (Balboa Press)

Life Journey Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner (Tie) The Blue Chameleon: The Life Story of a Supercop by Det. Daril Cinquanta (Waldorf Publishing)

Gold Winner (Tie) Becky Jane: Memoir of an Incredible Life by Nick Delmedico (Halfabook.com)

Silver Winner Falling Together: How to Find Balance, Joy, and Meaningful Change when Your Life Seems to be Falling Apart by Donna Cardillo (She Writes Press)

Bronze Winner (Tie) Sun Rises in the Night by Mahesh Thakkar (Osho Univ.)

Bronze Winner (Tie) Gathering Courage: A Life-Changing Journey through Adoption, Adversity, and a Reading Disability by T.A. McMullin (Gathering Courage Media)

Honorable Mention A Chance to Say Goodbye: Reflections on Losing a Parent by Lisa J. Shultz (High Country Publications)

Honorable Mention When Reality Bites: When Denial Helps & What to do when it Hurts by Holly Parker (Hazelden)

Honorable Mention The Life That Got Away by Clay N. Sauls (Book Publishers Network)

Honorable Mention Grip of the Hawk by Brenda Schaeffer (Balboa Press)

Special Needs Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner (Tie) Pans, Cans and Automobiles: A Comprehensive Reference Guide for Helping Students with PANDAS and PANS by Jamie Candelaria Greene (First Edition Design Publishing)

Gold Winner (Tie) Living a Happy Life with a Special Needs Child by Robin Williams Evans (CreateSpace)

Silver Winner Healing Without Hurting by Jennifer Giustra-Kozek (Changing Lives Press-FAL Enterprises)

Bronze Winner How Autism is Reshaping Special Education: The Unbundling of IDEA by John M. McLaughlin & Mark K. Claypool (Rowman & Littlefield)

Family Social Problems Indie Book

Gold Winner The Hero in Heroin: A Mother and Son’s Journey on Both Sides of the Veil by Mindy Miralia (Balboa Press)

Aging Family Indie Book

Gold Winner A Chance to Say Goodbye: Reflections on Losing a Parent by Lisa J. Shultz (High Country Publications)

Marriage Relationship Indie Book

Gold Winner Lost in the Reflecting Pool by Diane Pomerantz (She Writes Press)

Family Challenges Indie Book

Gold Winner An Ordinary Day-Kids with Rare Genetic Disorders by Karen Haberberg (powerhouse Books)

Silver Winner The Hero in Heroin: A Mother and Son’s Journey on Both Sides of the Veil by Mindy Miralia (Balboa Press)

Early Childhood Human Relations Children’s Indie Book

Gold Winner Curious Michael and His Mysterious Baby Sister by Mosina Jordan (Self-Published)

Silver Winner Nothando’s Journey by Jill Apperson Manly (JabuKids)

School Age Human Relations Children’s Indie Book

Gold Winner Diesel The Body Guard: No Bullies Allowed by Cindy L. Shirley (Self Published)

Pre-Teen/Teen Human Relations Children’s Indie Book

Gold Winner Convictions by Judith Silverthorne (Coteau Books)

Silver Winner My Lonely Room by John A. Vikara (Black Rose Writing)

Bronze Winner Spice Secret: A Cautionary Diary by Billie Holladay Skelley (Goldminds Publishing)

Cultural Human Relations Children’s Indie Book

Gold Winner Nothando’s Journey by Jill Apperson Manly (Jabu Kids)

Family Human Relations Children’s Indie Book

Gold Winner When Parents Divorce by Kimberly King (Kimberly King Books)

Health Human Relations Children’s Indie Book

Gold Winner Finding Your Fit by Kimberly & Gabby King (Koehler Books)

Special Needs Human Relations Children’s Indie Book

Gold Winner No One Needed to Know by D.G. Driver (CreateSpace -Schoolwide, Inc.)

Fiction Categories

Contemporary Realistic Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner Nothing by Linda Naseem (CreateSpace)

Silver Winner Waves of Destiny by Ada Okere Agbasimalo (AuthorHouse)

Historical Realistic Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner Cotton Club Princess by Karla Diggs (Waldorf Publishing)

Life Passage Realistic Human Relations Fiction Book

Gold Winner Grip of the Hawk by Brenda Schaeffer (Balboa Press)

Silver Winner Mountain Time & the Legend of La Societe de la Frontiere Ouverte (Self Published)

Life Changes Realistic Human Relations Fiction Book

Gold Winner The Life That Got Away by Clay N. Sauls (Book Publishers Network)

Silver Winner A Fictitious Life by Clay N. Sauls (The Piscatiqua Press)

Motivational Indie Poetry Book

Gold Winner Poetry and Ponderings: A Journey of Abuse and Healing Through Poetry by Diamante Lavendar (Written Dreams Publishing)

Personal Challenge Indie Poetry Book

Gold Winner The Body’s Alphabet by Ann Tweedy (Headmistress Press)

Silver Winner Poetry and Ponderings: A Journey of Abuse and Healing Through Poetry by Diamante Lavendar (Written Dreams Publishing)

2016 Human Relations Indie Book Awards Categories & Results

Children’s Book Categories

School Age Human Relations Children’s Indie Book

Gold Winner- The Incredible Cam Man by Natalie Chase (Belle Isle Books)

Pre-Teen/Teen Human Relations Children’s Indie Book

Gold Winner- Seeing Jesus by Phillip T. Stephens (Too Bright Girls Publications)

Family Human Relations Children’s Indie Book

Gold Winner (Tie)-Everybody Cooks! STEM Facts and Recipes for Family Cooperation and Healthier Eating by Renee Heiss (Entelechy Education)

Gold Winner (Tie)- B at Home: Emma Moves Again by Valerie Besanceney (Summertime Publishing)

Silver Winner- Emma’s Dilemma by Molly McCluskey-Shipman (Goldmines Publishing)

Bronze Winner (Tie)- The Incredible Cam Man by Natalie Chase (Belle Isle Books)

Bronze Winner (Tie)- Seeing Jesus by Phillip T. Stephens (Too Bright Girls Publications)

Health Human Relations Children’s Indie Book

Gold Winner- Guardian of Dreams by Wendy Torrel (White Tulip Publishing)

Silver Winner- The Incredible Cam Man by Natalie Chase (Belle Isle Books)

Self-Esteem Human Relations Children’s Indie Book

Gold Winner- Seeing Jesus by Phillip T. Stephens (Too Bright Girls Publications)

Fiction Category

Realistic Human Relations Fiction Book

Gold Winner (Tie)- Fowl Play: A Novel in Three Acts by Steven Leigh Morris (Padaro Press)

Gold Winner (Tie)- Autism Goes to School by Sharon A. Mitchell (Self-Published)

Silver Winner- Breaking the Silence by Diamante Lavendar (DL Productions/CreateSpace)

Bronze Winner- Beside the Music by BJ Knapp (Self-Published)

Poetry Book Categories

Diversity Poetry Indie Book

Gold Winner- The Book of Emergencies by Rosemarie Dombrowski (Five Oaks Press)

Personal Challenge Indie Poetry Book

Gold Winner- The Book of Emergencies by Rosemarie Dombrowski (Five Oaks Press)

Human Relations Issues Indie Categories

Family Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner (Tie)- I’d Rather Wear Pajamas by Chelsea Walker Flagg (CreateSpace)

Gold Winner (Tie)- Graceful Last Chapters: Helping Seniors Who Need More Care by Cynthia Neher Martindale (BookBaby.com)

Silver Winner- The Olive Picker by Kathyrn Brettell (Self-Published)

Bronze Winner- Everybody Cooks! STEM Facts and Recipes for Family Cooperation and Healthier Eating by Renee Heiss (Entelechy Education)

Historical Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner- The Spirit of Villarosa: A Father’s Extraordinary Adventures; A Son’s Challenge As Told by Horace Dade Ashton, Marc Ashton and Libby J. Atwater (Two Harbors Press)

Problem Solving Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner- How to Advocate Successfully for Your Child: What Every Parent Should Know About Special Education Law by Greer Gurland (CreateSpace)

Silver Winner- Fighting for Freedom in America by Clyde Dee (Outskirts Press)

Inspirational Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner (Tie)- The Olive Picker by Kathyrn Brettell (Self-Published)

Gold Winner (Tie)- Fighting for Freedom in America by Clyde Dee (Outskirts Press)

Silver Winner- Scarred: A Journey of Restoration by Jan Levine (Levine Publishing)

Bronze Winner- How to Advocate Successfully for Your Child: What Every Parent Should Know About Special Education Law by Greer Gurland (CreateSpace)

Self Reflection/Memoir Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner (Tie)- Scarred: A Journey of Restoration by Jan Levine (Levine Publishing)

Gold Winner (Tie)- What Lies Within by Libby J. Atwater (Choose Your Words)

Silver Winner- I’d Rather Wear Pajamas by Chelsea Walker Flagg (CreateSpace)

Bronze Winner (Tie)- The Olive Picker by Kathyrn Brettell (Self-Published)

Bronze Winner (Tie)- Fighting for Freedom in America by Clyde Dee (Outskirts Press)

Honorable Mention- The Spirit of Villarosa: A Father’s Extraordinary Adventures; A Son’s Challenge As Told by Horace Dade Ashton, Marc Ashton and Libby J. Atwater (Two Harbors Press)

Self-Help & Wellness Human Relations Indie Book

Gold Winner (Tie)- Awaken Your Greater Health: How Energy Medicine Opens the Way to Healing by Healing by Heidi DuPree (CreateSpace)

Gold Winner (Tie)- Golden Words: The A to Z Toolkit for Changing Your Life One Word at a Time by Sally Stone (Wisdom Heart)

Silver Winner- The Other Medicine that Really Works: How Energy Medicine Can Help You Heal in Body, Mind and Spirit by Heidi DuPree (CreateSpace)

Bronze Winner- How to Advocate Successfully for Your Child: What Every Parent Should Know About Special Education Law by Greer Gurland (CreateSpace)

Director’s Choice Award Winners

Outstanding Human Relations Adoption Awareness Indie Book

Emma’s Dilemma by Molly McCluskey-Shipman (Goldmines Publishing)

Outstanding Human Relations Aging Indie Book

Graceful Last Chapters: Helping Seniors Who Need More Care by Cynthia Neher Martindale (BookBaby.com)

Outstanding Human Relations Advocacy Indie Book

How to Advocate Successfully for Your Child: What Every Parent Should Know About Special Education Law by Greer Gurland (CreateSpace)

Outstanding Human Relations Life Adjustment Indie Book

Fighting for Freedom in America by Clyde Dee (Outskirts Press)

Outstanding Human Relations Courage Indie Book

Breaking the Silence by Diamante Lavendar (DL Productions/CreateSpace)

Outstanding Human Relations Life Experience Indie Book

Beside the Music by BJ Knapp (Self-Published)

Outstanding Human Relations Healing Indie Book

The Other Medicine that Really Works: How Energy Medicine Can Help You Heal in Body, Mind and Spirit by Heidi DuPree (CreateSpace)