On June 3rd, 2012, the winners of the first annual IndieReader Discovery Awards (IRDAs) were announced at BookExpo America (BEA), a major trade show in New York City. “The Seventh Soul” by M.L. Harveland won in the Paranormal category.
IndieReader (www.indiereader.com), the essential consumer guide to indie-published books and the people who write them, launched the IRDAs to help worthy indie authors get the attention of top indie professionals, with the goal of reaching more readers. Noted Amy Edelman, founder of IR, “The books that won the IRDAs this year are not just great indie books; they are great books, period. We hope that our efforts via the IRDAs ensure that they receive attention from the people who matter most: potential readers.”
Judges for the awards included notable publishers, agents, publicists, reviewers, authors, bloggers, and producers. In USA Today’s “Happy Ever After” blog, IndieReader reviewer Keri English writes, “This tale of chilling suspense takes the reader on a voyage through the macabre and will keep the pages turning and lights on as you read into the night. Definitely a stunning start to a series, Harveland begins with the unknown, develops characters and plot smoothly, and leaves us wanting more. ‘The Seventh Soul’ is paranormal suspense at its creepiest.” (http://books.usatoday.com/happyeverafter)
“The Seventh Soul” focuses on seventeen-year-old Lenora Kelly, who moves to Cambridge, England with her father and soon discovers that not only is her new apartment haunted with a sinister entity, but that she also has powerful psychic abilities. She joins the secretive Cambridge Society for the Paranormal, who try to help save her from the life-threatening entity. The investigation darkens as it explores the entity’s chilling past, into the early 1900s and the life of a young orphan turned murderer. Lenora’s outlook is bleak as she grapples with her abilities, newfound love, and her own mortality.
M.L. Harveland is a member of the Independent Author’s Network. Visit her page at: http://www.independentauthornetwork.com/ml-harveland.html