The Change Series – YA Fiction author scoops up SIXTH award nomination in first year!

Well, if you had told me a year ago when I published the first title in my YA fiction series, Change of Chaos, that I would receive four awards and nominations for another two, I probably would have laughed and thought you were being sweet!

Yet this is exactly what has happened to date! (Note – If you’d like to see which awards I have won already, just visit the ‘Praise for JJ’s Books‘ page on my website. Feeling a bit like a proud mother hen!)

But what has prompted this post in particular is being notified that I am a finalist for the Wishing Shelf Book Awards 2018!

FINALIST-medal2018-colour2 Awards

And it’s no easy feat either, I know by now, to get to a finalist stage – you have to get through the slush pile, the long list, the short list and then you get to be a finalist! With a long list of other talented people.

I’ll be looking forward to seeing in early April 2019 if I made the cut to the winners circle (bronze, silver and gold awards) for this one, but if not, it’s still great to be nominee AND I’ll have some books from the finalists list that I can also recommend to my YA readers!

(Actually, I find out in April 2019 about two awards – this one, and the USA Chanticleer Book Awards in late April.)

Details about the award below:


Below is a list of the 2018 FINALISTS in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. The children’s books were read and judged by children in 8 UK primary and secondary schools, the adult books by 2 Reading Groups, 1 in London and 1 in Stockholm. The books were marked according to EDITING, THEME, STYLE, COVER and, in the case of many of the children’s books, ILLUSTRATIONS. Every book that was awarded over 30/40 is a finalist.

The WINNERS will be announced on April 1st, 2019.

Category 4 Books for Teenagers
Amaskan’s War, Raven Oak
Audio Distortion: Replay, Riley Morgan
Beyond The Screen Door, Julia Diana Robertson
Blade’s Edge, Virginia McClain
Cecilia, Sandra L. Rostirolla
Chains Carried on Wings, Marina Ermakova
Change of Chaos, Jacinta Jade
Daughter of Magic, Karen Eisenbrey
Driven to the Hilt: The Deepest Cut, D G Lamb
Dust 2: A New World Order, S E Smith
Firstworld (Broomriders in Space Book 1), Paul E. Horsman
Fury Frayed, Melissa Haag
Going Green, Heather S. Ransom
Heimdallr, Book 6 in The Chronicles of Guiamo Durmius Stolo, Marshall Best
Heir of Ra: Blood of Ra Book One, M. Sasinowski
Hexborn, A M Manay
I Am Me, Kai Strand
Ibic, Book 7 in The Chronicles of Guiamo Durmius Stolo, Marshall Best
Infiltrators: The Wall Series, Book 2, Alison Ingleby
Jack Gregson & The Forgotten Portal, Peter Wilson
Karina, E.B. Mann
One Life, Luke Green
Owl Eyes: A Fairy Tale, Molly Lazer
Paradise Girl, Phill Featherstone
Pirate’s Wager, Kathrese McKee
Revolt: Book Four of the Resistance Series, Tracy Lawson
Snowsisters, Tom Wilinsky & Jen Sternick
Spell Tracker (Light Mage Series Book 1), Alex C Vick
Survival, Rachel Watts
The Belief in Angels: Jules, J. Dylan Yates
The Chief’s Runaway Bride, Bijou Li
The Devil’s Poetry, Louise Cole
The Iron Citadel (The Darkwolf Saga Book 2), Mitch Reinhardt
The Leaving Year, Pam McGaffin
The Supernormal Legacy: Dormant, LeeAnn McLennan
Twelfth-Night Cake & the Rosings Ghost, Robin Elizabeth Kobayashi
Twenty-Nine, Nancy Pennick

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