Archive for the ‘Awards’ Category

NFPA Names Maria Bostian 2020 Educator of the Year!

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Ambassador International congratulates Maria Bostian of the Kannapolis Fire Department who has been selected as the NFPA 2020 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year. Bostian has 21 years of experience delivering fire and life safety to her community through presentations to varied audiences, a robust Fire Prevention Week campaign, and an ongoing social media initiative.

Maria is also the author of Firefighters’ Busy Day! released by Ambassador International in 2016. Fire safety education is essential for children, and Firefighters’ Busy Day! presents a fun, interactive resource book to teach children about the responsibilities of firefighters!

In her upcoming series, the Fraidy Brady series, Maria has written resources to give educators, parents, caregivers, and those working with children an opportunity to start genuine conversations with the young children in their lives. The first book Fraidy Brady and the First Field Trip, set to release August 4, 2020, is an opportunity to introduce stranger safety and awareness in a gentle manner. Book two, Fraidy Brady and the Fire Station, is a resource to  introduce firefighters, true heroes in their community, to young children.

Read the National Fire Protection Association announcement HERE.

The Heart Changer Winner of Silver Award

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Illumination Book Awards recognizes The Heart Changer by Jarm Del Boccio in its Seventh Annual Illumination Book Awards {2020} as silver award medalist in the juvenile/young adult fiction category.

Feeling sorry for the children in the Bible who had no name and no back story but important roles, debut author Jarm Del Boccio tried to answer these questions for inquisitive minds while also sparking a love for Scripture in her  middle grade fiction The Heart Changer (Ambassador International, April 26, 2019, $12.99).

In The Heart Changer, Miriam has been wrenched from the only home she has ever known. But that’s mild compared to being taken and employed by the wife of her captor. How can she possibly live in this strange household and be content? Not even this Hebrew girl could guess the far reaching influence of her presence.The Heart Changer

This middle grade biblical fiction addresses the angst and homesickness a young refugee experiences in a foreign land where all seems lost.

The Illumination Book Awards, hosted by Jenkins Group, are designed to honor and bring increased recognition to the year’s best new titles written and published with a Christian worldview.

Learn more about The Heart Changer and Jarm Del Boccio HERE.

Our book is a Selah Awards finalist!

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Blood Moon Redemption

Ambassador International’s book Blood Moon Redemption by Judy DuCharme, published in October 2018, has finaled in the Selah Award for mystery/suspense fiction. These prestigious awards are given out for a variety of genres by the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference each year.

We’re thrilled to be a part of bringing our readers quality Christian fiction that magnifies Jesus while promoting His gospel through the written word.

Congratulations, Judy!

Three Ambassador Books Announced as Grace Awards Finalists

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The reader-driven literary award, Grace Awards, calls itself “the little engine that could” of Christian fiction awards. The Grace Awards is now in its eighth year. Learn more about the Grace Awards HERE.

We are excited {and honored} to announce that the following three Ambassador’s 2017 releases are finalists in the 2018 Grace Awards:

WOMEN’S FICTION/GENERAL FICTION:

Where the Sky Meets the Sand by Chris Loehmer Kincaid

Where the Sky Meets the Sand

The story of Jenny Neumeyer and Ole, a homeless boy she befriends while she and her husband are on vacation in Kenya. As she comes to terms with a secret in her past, two missionaries to Africa discover discover Ole and are determined to lead him home. Along the way, they realize that the boy is not the only one who is lost.

Learn more about Chris Loehmer Kincaid and Where the Sky Meets the Sand HERE.

ACTION-ADVENTURE/WESTERN/EPIC FICTION

The Reliant by Dr. Patrick Johnston

The Reliant

When the dollar collapses, widespread rioting and looting threaten the peace of a family in Zanesville, Ohio. Eight children tragically lose their parents in the chaos. The oldest, 19-year-old lovesick Sophie, is forced to care for her defenseless and hungry siblings in a stretch of woods surrounded by lawless anarchy. Their father has been killed, and their mother and Adam, Sophie’s fiancé, have gone missing. Running out of food and facing threats from encroaching marauders, they are tempted to doubt God’s love.

Learn more about Dr. Johnston and The Reliant HERE.

YOUNG ADULT:

Mission of a Lifetime by Priscilla J. Krahn

Mission of a Lifetime

A missing airplane . . . Hostile tribes . . . Mysterious kidnappings . . . Responsibility falls upon twenty-one-year-old William Rodriguez when his missionary parents disappear in the hostile jungles of Colombia. Willie knows that he has to go find them, but what will it cost him? When Willie finds himself in the midst of a drug smuggling ring, difficult decisions are thrust upon him. Can he escape his captors before his family is killed? Can he find forgiveness in his heart for the very people who ruined his life or will it only bring back more painful memories? Will he be able to survive the mission of a lifetime?

Learn more about Priscilla J. Krahn and Mission of a Lifetime HERE.

Winners to be announced in June.

Tales of a Cosmic Possum Selected as Fall 2017 Okra Pick

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Congratulations to Sheila Ingle, author of Tales of a Cosmic Possum for being selected as a SIBA Fall 2017 Okra Pick!

What is an Okra Pick? “Okra Picks are a dozen fresh titles chosen each season that SIBA Indie Bookstores want to handsell. These books should be southern in nature but can cover any genre, not just fiction. Southern readers love their writers, and we want to be at the forefront of bringing them a strong selection of southern titles not to be missed each season.” – Southern Independent Booksellers Association

 

Tales of a Cosmic Possum shares the the long-forgotten stories of eight hard working Appalachian women. Ingle brings these stories to life as she paints vivid pictures of the mill families who loved one another and shared their Southern Appalachian hospitality despite having to work long hours to keep food on the table and shelter over their heads.

Okra Pick

Murder for the Time Being Won Finalist Award

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Readers’ Favorite recognizes Murder for the Time Being by Joanie Bruce in its annual international book award contest.

Ambassador International is proud to announce that Murder for the Time Being by Joanie Bruce won the Readers’ Favorite Finalist Award in the Christian – Fiction category.

Readers' Favorite Book Award Finalist

The Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Contest featured thousands of contestants from over a dozen countries, ranging from new independent authors to NYT best-sellers and celebrities.

Readers’ Favorite is one of the largest book review and award contest sites on the Internet. They have earned the respect of renowned publishers like Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Harper Collins, and have received the “Best Websites for Authors” and “Honoring Excellence” awards from the Association of Independent Authors. They are also fully accredited by the BBB (A+ rating), which is a rarity among Book Review and Book Award Contest companies.

We receive thousands of entries from all over the world. Because of these large submission numbers, we are able to break down our contest into 140+ genres, and each genre is judged separately, ensuring that books only compete against books of their same genre for a fairer and more accurate competition. We receive submissions from independent authors, small publishers, and publishing giants such as Random House, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster, with contestants that range from the first-time, self-published author to New York Times bestsellers like J.A. Jance, James Rollins, and #1 best-selling author Daniel Silva, as well as celebrity authors like Jim Carrey (Bruce Almighty), Henry Winkler (Happy Days), and Eriq La Salle (E.R., Coming to America).

“When the right books are picked as winners we pay attention. We will be spreading the word about Readers’ Favorite.” –Karen A., Editor for Penguin Random House