Some of my readers will already have seen the news on social media, but I’m thrilled to announce that Fury’s Kiss won the 2016 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize! I was in Toronto last week for the award reception, and it was amazing. I got to meet the Kobo Writing Life team (the self-publishing side of things), and they were so supportive and friendly, I feel like I’ve known them forever! The hospitality they showed me was incredible and I encourage all my readers to purchase from them if you like to read ebooks. You don’t need their specific e-reader, as you can download the Kobo app in various browsers on various devices. Kobo is a huge supporter of indie authors – many writing contests won’t allow self-published authors to even enter!
Here’s what judge Lynsay Sands, author of the bestselling Argeneau Vampires series, had to say about Fury’s Kiss:
“Nicola R. White’s Fury’s Kiss: New England Furies Book 1 was a welcome surprise. The idea behind the story was definitely original and Ms. White is a natural storyteller. Her writing flows smoothly, quickly drawing the reader into the world she’s created, and then keeps them there with high doses of action, suspense, and of course romance. The characters, though, are where Ms. White truly shines. Her female lead is strong but still relatable. However, her secondary characters really added to the story, giving it depth and personality. This story is definitely a winner.”
Since the winners of the prize were announced, Fury’s Kiss has shot up the bestseller lists at Kobo and I am humbled by the number of people who are reading my books. I’ve even been outselling Stephen King! He is one of my favourite authors, so that is a very big deal to me. As a result of winning the prize, lots of exciting new opportunities and possibilities have been coming my way, so stay tuned for news about new projects and new releases.
Finally, I want to say congratulations to the other winners and the other authors who were shortlisted, especially the romance authors. Their books all look amazing and I can’t wait to check them out!