An Award Winner: Back Side of a Blue Moon

The Boomtown Saga, Book One, has won the Beverly Hills Book Award for Southwest Historical Fiction.

It was a story that had been lurking in the back of my mind for a long time.

I was a child of the East Texas oil patch.

I was born only a decade after an old wildcatter discovered one of the great American oilfields of all time.

Everyone thought he was a fraud.

But Dad Joiner was serious.

He said, “I’m gonna find the well of the world.”

And he did.

I grew up listening to stories about the good, the bad, and the ugly – but never the indifferent – of those who dared to battle the odds and find black crude down deep in Woodbine sand.

The stories boiled in my imagination.

They bubbled.

They lingered in my mind for a long time.

At last I wrote my novel of an East Texas oil boom in the 1930s.

And I wondered, as all writers wonder about their novels, “will anyone care? Will anyone like the story?”

Someone did.

I received word this weekend that Back Side of a Blue Moon: The Boomtown Saga, Book One, has won the National Beverly Hills Book Award for Southwest Historical fiction.

As the email said, “Your book truly embodies the excellence that this award was created to celebrate, and we salute you and your fine work.

“Beverly Hills is synonymous with excellence, the best of the best. After decades in the publishing industry and listening to our colleagues talk about the ever-growing challenges when promoting books, we decided that since there were so many books being done well, we wanted to celebrate the physical book in print that has always and will always be a part of our worldwide culture.

“As you know, we started this contest to support authors and publishers in their efforts to promote their books.

“In the years ahead we look forward to seeing your books and doing what we can to help encourage the cause of authors who have the courage to put their work into the public eye. We want you to know we stand with you, we cheer you on, and we will continue to champion all who put their ideas, their creativity, and their hearts forward in the wonderful endeavor of creating books.”

So what’s an award worth?

Well, maybe it’s nothing more than the affirmation from someone more important than I who says it’s all right to sit down, spill your heart on a blank screen, and write another book.

If so, that’s enough.

Please click HERE to find Back Side of a Blue Moon on Amazon.

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