In the twelve months ending February 28th, 2013, BigAl and the Pals received over 1,400 books to consider for review. Almost 300 of them were selected, read, and reviewed. From those we chose the books we felt stood out from the pack as exceptional examples of Indie writing (self-published and small press) and divided them into twelve categories.
For two weeks readers were asked to vote for their favorite nominees. Just shy of 1,000 readers cast votes. The winners and nominees will be featured on a special Readers' Choice page for the next year. (Look for the page to appear in the index on the top right of the page in the next few days.)
In conjunction with this we also had a giveaway with three prizes. First prize was a $50 Amazon gift card. Second prize was to have any six nominated books gifted in a Kindle format. Third prize was three books gifted in a Kindle format, each written by one of BigAl's Pals, Allah's Revenge by Pete Barber, The Fix by Keith Nixon, and Strangers are Friends You Just Haven't Killed Yet by Ryan Bracha. Winners have been notified and you'll be able to see the list of winners on the voting page within a day or two.
Congratulations to the winners as well as the nominees.
And now (finally) the winners.
Thought I Knew You
Adventures of the Tooth Fairy: The Wobbler!
S. de la Perrelle
Humor and Satire
The Sparrow Conundrum
A Lighter Shade of Gray
Dissolute Kinship: A 9/11 Road Trip
Before Her Eyes
Her Fake Romance
Short Story Collection/Anthology
Lessons IV: The Dead Carnival and Other Morbid Drabbles
Deeds of Mercy