When I started the awards last year, it was a bit of a "tongue in cheek" dig at the plethora of Awards being handed out and the incessant "humble" fawning of the recipients, but I'm pleased to say that cynical view didn't last too long.
What I quickly realised was that these Awards aren't actually about selecting the best book in a category, or indeed the best book of the year. The whole idea that you can compare and evaluate different books across genres and somehow come up with a winner is to my mind NONSENSICAL!
NO! The Grunter Awards are not about feteing individual authors and their works. What they are actually about is a CELEBRATION OF THE DIVERSITY AND IMMENSE TALENT THAT ARE INDIE AUTHORS.
That's why I did them again this year and that's why I'll keep doing them in the future. I am passionate about the depth of talent that resides in the Indie Author Community and I want the rest of the world to see, understand and believe that Indie authors are the equal and in many cases the better of anything in the legacy published world.
Having read legacy published authors almost all my life, the past two years of reading exclusively Indie has taught me one thing - The variety, the freshness, the unique voice that Indie Authors bring to their creations is what makes their works so exciting and so different from the traditionally published material.
What these awards are meant to do is to celebrate ALL indie authors. I would much rather read a Petken, a Fry, a Midwood, or a Fischer, than a Ludlum, a Clancy, a Cussler, or even a Follett. You never know what to expect in an Indie Book and that's what makes them so damn exciting. If they want to break the "rules", they break the rules. If they want to flout tradition and poke the borax, they do it.
1/ Anthologies/Collections: Oddscapes and Quirkitudes by May J Panayi
2/ Children's Books: Princess Matilda's Miracle by Suzie Jay
3/ Dystopian/Science Fiction: Cosega Search by Brandt Legg
4/ Erotica: Big Flipping Deal by Ian Saul Whitcomb
5/ Fantasy: The Serpent of the Shangrove by C. N. Lesley
6/ Historical Fiction - The Seven Year Dress by Paulette Mahurin
7/ Humour: John Sharpe No. 1,348 by Riley J Froude
8/ Mystery/Mayhem: The Brodsky Affair by Ken Fry
9/ NonFiction/Memoirs: Squirting Milk at Chameleons by Simon Fenton
10/ Romance/Adventure: The Seasons of Our Love by Angela Gascoigne
11/ Young Adult: Rhuna: Keeper of Wisdom by Barbara Underwood
I was totally torn between three very different books that I absolutely adored this year and, to be honest, I couldn't decide. The three books were; Cosega Search, The Seven Year Dress and The Brodsky Affair.
I ummed and aaahed and changed my mind numerous times, but in the end, I had to ask myself which book made the biggest emotional impact on me personally. There wasn't a competition there. One book stood head and shoulders above the others when it came to hitting me right where it hurt and in the end the Supreme Grunter for 2016 will go to that book.
Every one of these books I've mentioned this year was superb and as a reader, I have been truly blessed by the quality and depth of talent I have been exposed to this past year. I am sure that will continue into 2017.
BY PAULETTE MAHURIN
You have not only made me a better author, by showing me the way, you have filled my world with colour, vibrancy, and excitement that only a great read can do.
I am proud to call myself one of you - AN INDIE AUTHOR!
MARAMING, MARAMING SALAMAT PO!
EMBRACE THE OPPORTUNITIES LIFE PRESENTS TO YOU AND ALWAYS, ALWAYS FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS!
HAVE A GREAT LIFE AND SPREAD THE LOVE!
CHANGING THE WORLD – ONE READER AT A TIME