Colleen’s Book Reviews – The 2016 BOOK AWARDS


I have been reviewing books for a couple of years now but never had the time or opportunity to do an annual awards post. 2016 has been filled with so much to be thankful for that I decided to recognize some of the books and authors whose writing made an impact on me, with the hopes that someone else will read these same books. It is a way that I can pay forward some of the enjoyment that I have received and recognize some outstanding Indy authors.

First, I must share that at the drafting of this post, I have read and reviewed a total of 63 books in 2016. That in itself is quite a feat! If you are looking for last minute Christmas Gifts, this is the place to SHOP!

Here’s how I chose the winners of my 2016 Annual Book Awards:

I selected the front-runners from my 5-star reviews. In my estimation, these are the books and authors who had the most impact on me. I do not say this lightly. Many of these authors have a way with words, and they have transported me to magical places. This is the true essence of why we write – not only to entertain but to be remembered in the hearts of our readers. Message received!

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I have created an award photo for each of the categories. If you would like a copy of the image to use as a widget on your blog, feel free to copy or contact me, and I will email you a copy. Also, I have included the link to Amazon (where the books can be purchased) and also to my review so you can get an idea what the book is about. Click the author’s name to visit their blog.

Please check out the books and reviews. Your support means much to these authors.

Catching Feathers in the Wind, by Diane Hall

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Yellow Hair, by Andrew Joyce

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Book Bites, by Uvi Poznansky, et al

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Which Half David, by Mark W. Sasse

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The Iron Pendulum, by Eloise De Sousa

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Pearseus – Schism, by Nicholas Rossis

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Genteel Secrets, by S. R. Mallery

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Angel Messages: A Wing & a Prayer, by Annette Rochelle Aben

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Hashes & Bashes, by P. J. Colando

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Beginnings – Escaping Psychiatry Prequel, by Olga Nunez Miret

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A Merry Mountain Christmas, by P. C. Zick

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Thank you for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed the awards and the books!

See you next year! <3

About Colleen M. Chesebro

Colleen M. Chesebro is an American Novelist & Poet who loves writing paranormal fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre fiction, syllabic poetry, and creative nonfiction. She loves all things magical which may mean that she could be experiencing her second childhood—or not. That part of her life hasn’t been fully decided yet. A few years ago, a mystical experience led her to renew her passion for writing and storytelling. These days she resides in the fantasy realm of the Faery Writer where she writes the magical poetry and stories that the fairy nymphs whisper to her in her dreams. Colleen won the “Little and Laugh” Flash Fiction Contest sponsored by the Carrot Ranch Literary Community on November 2017, and in 2018, she won first place for the “Twisted Travel” category. Colleen lives in Arizona with her husband. When she is not writing, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband. She also loves gardening, reading, and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art. Learn more about Colleen on
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  1. What an honor, thank you so much, dear Colleen! <3

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  3. Congratulations to all the winners!

  4. Wonderful of you to honor fellow authors in this way, Colleen! Shared across my pages. Merry Christmas, my friend 🙂 xx

  5. Congratulations to all those winning Colleen’s award!! Colleen, 63 books this year–impressive. And there are two more weeks to go!

  6. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Colleen Chesebro with her first annual book awards and there are some familiar names in their to be congratulated including Olga Nunez Miret, Annette Rochelle Aben, Nicholas Rossis and Andrew Joyce. Congratulations and well deserved. Great job Colleen

  7. You have been hard at work, Colleen. Bravo for your time and energy.
    Have a wonderful Christmas and a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year. <3 🙂

  8. Terrific Colleen. I have to agree with all your choices. Wonderful books.

  9. Fantastic Colleen. Especially thrilled for Olga and Annette. <3

  10. A fantastic list of books. I have re-blogged this on

  11. Reblogged this on Robbie's inspiration and commented:
    If you like to read you should have a look at these amazing books and authors.

  12. Fantastic – some great books in there. Congratulations to all! <3

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  14. Congrats to all of your winners, Colleen. Wishing you the best in 2017. Hugs.

    • Many hugs to you, Teagan. We are going to ROCK 2017! We got new books coming out. I wish you much luck this year. I won’t give up on getting you out West! 💖😉🌟

      • That is such a kind thing to say Colleen. I’ve been trying (or rather failing) at getting there for five years now. I begin to wonder if I *should* keep trying or find someplace else to look. (Staying here is not an affordable option when retirement comes.) But enough of those thoughts. 2016 is actually ending on some encouraging notes. 😀 Good things, even if small in the scheme of things.
        Re the books, YES!!! <3 Congrats again on getting yours ready to charge out of the gates! I plan to book-ize another of my blog serials within the next few months. Merry mega hugs.

        • Yes! That is great news. I saw a couple more that I am excited to see you compile. Now, seriously… I think you would love Colorado Springs. It’s kind of wild and wonderful with sweeping prairies that lead up to Pike’s Peak and the mountains. The best summer in the world is found here and it is affordable. It is a place for you to consider. Besides, it would be nice to have you in a happier place. <3

          • I’ve never heard the first bad thing about Colorado Springs. My only objection is the snow! o_O But if I found a good job there, I would definitely go. I look all over the country, trying to be open… although there are a lot of places I would not go. I appreciate your encouragement. More hugs

          • You know last year we were bombed with snow. This year, we’ve gotten a total of 5 inches. Denver has gotten much more than we have. All we can do is keep our fingers crossed. <3

  15. Some fabulous winners there Colleen 😉

  16. Reblogged this on 2sheepinthecity's Blog and commented:
    So exciting to read Colleen’s Review for Book Bites! Check out her blog for lots of great reading.

  17. Colleen thank you so much!

  18. Congratulations to all of these amazing writers!!!

  19. Thanks for including Book Bites: Love in Times of War in your favorites list, Colleen! I see many great books for my reading list 🙂
    Happy holidays!

  20. Thank for choosing our Book Bites Collection, Colleen!!! Happy Holidays :O)

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  22. You mad some great choices. Merry Christmas.

  23. Thanks so much, Colleen! How weird! I get notifications of your posts but didn’t get one for this one! You’re a star! And thanks so much for making my year end in an upbeat note!

    • You are so welcome, Olga. I think I tagged Just Olga, hoping you would see the link. I see the next books are out in your series. I will have to slip those in my TBR pile. Well deserved my friend! ❤

      • Thanks, Colleen. I don’t update Just Olga (it reshares automatically but use authortranslatorolga these days). Escaping Psychiatry is the first one I published, but the next book is out later this week. I know you have plenty to read but let me know if you fancy a copy of either.

        • Oh, darn. I’m sorry Olga for choosing the wrong blog. I’m just glad that you saw it all. Oh, yes. I would love to continue the series. Let me know when you would like a copy of The Heart Stone Chronicles. I’m still tinkering with CreateSpace and my paragraph spacing issues. LOL! <3

  24. What a lovely idea Colleen, some well deserving authors to shout out about. Well done. 🙂

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  27. Reblogged this on Thoughts by Mello-Elo and commented:
    Words can’t describe how proud I am to be nominated for an award from Colleen Chesebro. Please check out the links to all the authors – there is a book, just to your taste, waiting to be devoured!

  28. Colleen, thank you so much for the award. I feel you deserve the biggest award for taking the time to review all our books and for all the advice and friendship shown to the writers and bloggers around the world. You are a wonderful lady and I wish you all the success in the launch of your book next year. Thank you. 💗

    • Thank you for your kind comments, Eloise. I love being part of our community of writers and bloggers. It is a great pleasure to pay back all the help I have received. Many hugs to you my friend. Happy New Year! <3

  29. Thank you so much, Colleen! I’ve been off the Internet merry-go-round for the holidays and so I missed this wonderful recognition! It means so much to me that you loved A Merry Mountain Christmas. It’s one of my favorites. I hope your holidays were lovely.

  30. Reblogged this on P.C. Zick – Author/Editor and commented:
    I’ve been out of touch during the holidays while I recharged my batteries so I missed this. If you want some new books for the new year, here are some great recommendations. Happy New Year to you all. May 2017 be peaceful and prosperous.

  31. A belated (on here but not on social media!), but truly heartfelt thanks for not only paying me such a great honor for my GENTEEL SECRETS, but for taking the time to do this for all of us authors! ❤️

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