It has been quite a year for our Religious Fiction novel Blessed by Sherry Robinson, which we released June 24, 2019. Out of the gates, her second novel, Blessed, received a 5 out of 5 Clarion Review from Foreward Reviews, which was followed by a Foreword Reviews featured interview on their website. Later in the year, we had the pleasure of announcing Blessed had been named a winner in the 21st annual Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards.

The INDIES recognize the best books published in 2019 from small, indie, and university presses, as well as self-published authors.

Over 2,100 entries were submitted in 55 categories, with Foreword’s editors choosing approximately 9 finalists per genre. Those finalists were then mailed to individual librarians and booksellers charged with picking the Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Honorable Mention winners.

Blessed was a finalist for Book of the Year in General Fiction (Adult), and a Bronze Medal Winner for Book of the Year in Religious Fiction (Adult).

Now, we are thrilled to announce Blessed  has been named a Finalist in the Fiction: Religious category of the 2020 International Book Awards. This year’s contest yielded over 2,000 entries from authors and publishers around the world, which were then narrowed down to the final results.

Finally, we must tell you to stay on the lookout for more details about our next collaborations with Robinson, including a re-release of her first novel, as well as a sequel based on one of the characters in the first.

“I’m honored to be named a finalist for religious fiction by the International Book Awards. Blessed is a book close to my heart, so it has been a joy over the past year to see it in print, to share it with people at book fairs and libraries, and to see it recognized by the International Book Awards as well as Foreword INDIES and Foreword Clarion Reviews,” Robinson said.

“I’m excited for the upcoming re-release of my first novel, including a foreword and reading guide, as well as a sequel involving one of the characters in that first novel. The sequel will allow me to explore what happens to one of the most controversial characters in the book.” she further noted.

You can purchase copies of Blessed and access an excerpt, and the reading group guide here on smpbooks.com.

Blessed, an award-winning novel, by Sherry Robinson (Shadelandhouse Modern Press 2019)