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    IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards (2020)

    Category #52:  “Best New Voice: Nonfiction” Judge’s remarks regarding: Alone in the Darkness, In Search of Hope    “An appealing and engaging voice that draws a reader in to hear more and more of these unique life experiences. Well written, conversational, warm, and sensitive. There’s a powerful flow to the writing that carries a reader along and moves one to keep turning pages. The voice is open, honest, and conveys how emotional selected episodes were, yet it maintain a steadiness and avoids histrionics. Instead of telling us, the author shows us, and that enhances reader engagement in the process. This book should have significant appeal to a range of audiences.…

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    Writer’s Digest Book Awards Review

    As a first time author, I was hesitant to submit my book for consideration in the 27th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards. Although I did not receive a award, I was pleasantly surprised to receive a 5 star review in all categories. Please read on for the judge’s evaluation and comments about my book.   Entry Title: Alone in the Darkness, In Search of Hope Author: Valerie Dziengiel Judge Number: 28 Entry Category: Inspirational Books are evaluated on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 meaning “needs improvement” and 5 meaning “outstanding”.   Structure, Organization, and Pacing: 5 Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar: 5 Production Quality and Cover Design:…

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