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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Military Writers Society of America Announces 2009 Book Award Nominees

Nominees for the Military Society of America Book Awards for 2009 were announced by MWSA president Joyce Faulkner, founder Bill McDonald, lead reviewer Rob Ballister, award-winning author, Richard Lowry, and Veterans Radio host Dale Throneberry at on August 29, 2009. The winners in each category will be announced on at 9am EST on September 12.

The nominees for the 2009 Book Awards are listed here in no particular order. For more information on these fine books, go to

For an Anthology.
Home of the Brave by Jeffery Hess
By Dammit, We’re Marines! by Gail Chatfield
Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Salutes the Military by Andrew Lubin, et. al.

For a Children's Book:
The Elementary Adventures of Jones, JEEP, Buck & Blue, Jones, Books 1-4 by Sandra Miller Linhart
Memories of Me by L.M. Romagnoli
You and Your Military Hero by Sara Jensen-Fritz, Paula Jones-Johnson, Thea L. Zitzow
If I had a Daddy by Mary M. Sullivan

For Fiction:
The Take-Us by John Raymond Takacs
The Sandman by David Lucero
Child Finder by Michael Angley
Honor Defended by D. H. Brown

For Historical Fiction:
Hollywood Buzz: A Pucci Lewis Mystery by Margit Liesche
True Colors by Erin Rainwater
The Final Salute by Kathleen M. Rodgers
Virginia's War by Jack Woodville London

For a Memoir:
Embedded: A Marine Corps Advisor Inside the Iraqi Army by Wesley Gray
The Lady Gangster, A Sailor’s Memoir by Del Staecker
Cat Lo, A Memoir of Invincible Youth by Virgil Erwin
Immeasurable Spirit: Lessons of a Wounded Warrior by Latoya Lucas

For a Music CD:
Goin Home by James Jellerson

For Non-fiction:
Sacred Ground by Tom Ruck
The Ether Zone, US Army Special Forces Detachment B-52 by Raymond Morris
Fire in the Night: Creative Essays from an Iraq War Vet by Lee Kelley
A Vietnam Trilogy by Raymond Monsour Scurfield

For Poetry:
Tears for Mother Earth by Jim Greenwald
Poems of Passion & Songs for the Soul by James Randy Jellerson
Sugar, Zeroes, and Lemon Drops by Jim Greenwald

For Reference:
Strike from the Sea by Tommy H. Thomason
USAF Prototype Jet Fighters by Dennis R. Jenkins and Tony R. Landis
The Book of War by Dwight Jon Zimmerman
America's Film Vault by Phillip W. Stewart

For a Spiritual Book:
God in the Foxhole by Charles W. Sasser
Battlefields & Blessings: Stories of Faith and Courage from World War II by Larkin Spivey
Bible Promises for Soldiers by J. M. Barnes
I Will Never Give Up on God Again by Derek W. Clark

MWSA is an association of more than eight-hundred authors, poets and artists drawn together by the common bond of military service. Most members are active duty military, retirees or military veterans. A few are civilians who have chosen to honor our military through their writing or their art. Their only core principle is a love of the men and women who defend this nation, and a deeply personal understanding of their sacrifice and dedication.

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1 comment:

  1. I am author David Lucero and I wish to extend my congratulations to author John Raymond Takacs for winning the Gold Medal for Fiction in this year's 2009 Book Awards, and Michael Angley for winning the Silver Medal for Fiction, and D.H. Brown for 2nd Runner-Up.

    I am honored to have placed 1st Runner-Up for Fiction for my novel THE SANDMAN. It has been my lifelong dream of being a published author and to have people read my book. This event has only encouraged me to continue pursuing my dream.

    Once again, I congratulate the authors in all categories and look forward to reading their books.

    Keep on writing!

    David Lucero



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