Saturday, March 14, 2015

2015 BigAl's Books and Pals Readers' Choice Awards



In the twelve months ending February 28th, 2015, BigAl and the Pals will have received over 3,000 review requests and published more than 300 new book reviews. From those, we chose the books we felt stood out from the pack as exceptional examples of Indie (self-published and small press) writing and divided them into fourteen categories.

For the next two weeks (until midnight Mountain time on March 28th) you'll have the chance to vote on your favorite books to pick a winner in each of the fourteen categories. We're also having a giveaway with the following prizes:

  • Grand Prize: $75 Amazon Gift Card (Your choice of Amazon.com or Amazon UK)
  • First Prize: Your choice of any 15 of the nominated books gifted to you in Kindle format.
  • Second Prize: A complete collection of all the books written by those of BigAl’s Pals who are authors, plus two books where BigAl was a contributing author, each gifted to you in Kindle format. (Full list below.)
  • Third Prize: Your choice of any 4 of the nominated books gifted to you in Kindle format.
  • Fourth Prize: Your choice of any 3 of the books on the “Pal’s Books” list below.

For each category you vote in you'll receive one entry in the giveaway raffle. You'll also note there are many other ways to enter the giveaway including visiting the social media sites of Books and Pals and some of the Pals. (Feel free to like the page while you’re there.)

Since many of these books may be unfamiliar, you can find our review of any of them using the search box at the top right. For the next several days our posts will be focused on these awards, with at least one post each day spotlighting the nominees in the various categories with an occasional new review thrown in.

Might we suggest that if you aren't familiar with the nominated books, now would be a great time to sample those in your favorite categories using Amazon's "Look Inside" feature, and please encourage all your book loving friends to drop by and participate.

Award winners will be announced on a special post on 4/1/2015.

Pal's Books

Keith Nixon:





Pete Barber:




Michael Thal:





BigAl (as a contributing author):



Rafflecopter Hints

If you aren't familiar with the Rafflecopter application/form, here are a few quick hints. 

First, If you see a sign-in page below, you'll have to either sign-on using your Facebook login or by giving a name and email address by clicking the appropriate button. No, we won't use your email address or any information gathered to start spamming you. The Rafflecopter application picks winners for the giveaway randomly and provides us with the email address for the winners. Otherwise we'd have no way to reach the winners to award the prizes. It also helps to limit a person voting more than once. (If it is discovered someone voted multiple times their votes and giveaway entries will be invalidated.)

Second, you'll see fourteen boxes with down arrows and the verbiage "Your vote in the ________ category". Click the down arrow, make your choice, then click enter.

Third, as I mentioned above, there are other ways you can get additional entries to the giveaway, which are each of the boxes with down arrows below the voting boxes. Click the down arrow on each of these and it instructs you on what to do for each.


I’ve heard that Rafflecoptor sometimes doesn’t play nice with older versions of Internet Explorer. If you use IE and experience issues getting it to work, using a different browser (possibly at work or on your smartphone) might be the answer. (Upgrading your browser would be an even better idea as these old versions of IE have issues with many websites.)

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35 comments:

Vicki said...

Congratulations to all the nominees!

?wazithinkin said...

Congratulations to all the nominees and good luck!

Sandra Hutchison said...

Oh, sweet! It's an honor to be in such good company.

Lyn Horner said...

Thrilling news! I'm honored and delighted to see Rescuing Lara nominated in the romance category. Thank you Big Al and ?wazithinkin!

Author said...

Many thanks for the totally unexpected nomination in the paranormal category. I'm chuffed to bits that 'The Shadows Call' has been deemed worthy. Thanks to you all at Big Al's.

Barbara Silkstone said...

Thank you so very much for the surprise nomination for Vulgarian Vamp in the humor category. I am so excited!

Dan Danser said...

Thanks for the nomination for The God Particle in the Sci-Fi category - I'm over the moon. Good luck to all nominees!

Tim W. Jackson said...

Cheers for the unexpected nomination in the short story category. Best of luck to everyone!

Vm Gautier said...

Thanks for the nomination, and for all you do for indie books!

Emelle Gamble said...

Thrilled and humbled that MOLLY HARPER is included in your ChikLit/Women's Fiction nomination list, Big Al. Your reviews are always helpful to readers and authors, and I am sure I speak for both groups in saying thank you for all you do for us!

ceblain said...

I was asked to check into this page to vote for a few authors that I enjoyed recently, and I was so thrilled to find not only Sibel Hodge but also Emelle Gamble on the list for Molly Harper. I feel that I can only vote at this time for those books that I have read, but will try to get in another if possible. I am wishing Sybil and Emelle the best of luck in this contest.

Cynthia Blain

ceblain said...

Good luck to Emelle Gamble, Sibel Hodge, and other authors nominated.

Effrosyni Moschoudi said...

Congrats and good luck to all the nominees! Rooting especially for all my enoveler friends :)

Kate said...

Thanks for the nomination! So exciting!

Alan Jones said...

Surprised and delighted that BLUE WICKED was nominated. Thanks.

Karen Wojcik Berner said...

So wonderful to see A GROOVY KIND OF LOVE nominated. Thanks so much!

Helen Smith said...

Thrilled to see Purple, Silver, Olive, Orange nominated in the short story category. Thank you!

Sibel Hodge said...

Thanks so much for the nomination for The See-Through Leopard in the YA Category! What an honour.

Super congrats to all the books nominated! :) xx

Sibel Hodge said...

Thanks so much CEBlain! So kind of you, sweetie :) xx

Martin Stanley said...

It's an honour to be nominated, particularly in a category with such strong opposition.

Susan Stuckey said...

I'm honored that my story Stormhawk's Warning was included. Thank you and thank you also for this amazing review service B&P provides for authors.

Terri Patillo said...

Congrats to all nominees! Best of success to you!

Melody Gonser said...

Congratulations, congratulations, congratulations. To all the nominated author's and their great books.
Good luck.

Linda Moffitt said...

Are there links to these groups of books to look at them before voting so we don't have to look them up 1 by 1 I only found the group of books in the 1st vote the childrens ones

BooksAndPals said...

If I understand your question, Linda, then we've run posts for Mystery and Science fiction as well as the children's books thus far. (You can find them by clicking home at the top and scrolling down, or looking for the blog archive area on the rightwhere you'll see links to each of those.) The rest of this week and the first half of next we'll being running spotlight posts for the remaining categories.

Unknown said...

Wow! I am pleasantly surprised and honored to find my book Ghosts of A.R.C.A.D.I.A nominated in the science fiction category! Thank you so much for reading and supporting indie authors :)
-Ramsey

rob-johnson said...

Many thanks for including HEADS YOU LOSE in the humour (I'm a Brit :-)) category and best of luck to all the nominees.

Rob Johnson

Laurie Boris said...

Thank you for the nomination for Playing Charlie Cool, and congratulations to the other nominees!

Kelly Stone Gamble said...

Thank you so much! I am thrilled that They Call Me Crazy is nominated.

Lynne Cantwell said...

Thanks so much for the nomination for SCORCHED EARTH! I'm so pleased to be included with so many other great authors. Good luck to all!

Greta .Burroughs said...

Congrats and good luck to all the nominees.

Judi Moore said...

Sorry to be dim: there seems to be a buzz about the awards (great!) and I'm getting nominations through daily - but the closing date was back in January. What's going on?

Judi Moore said...

Oh that was dim! American dates!! I geddit now.

BooksAndPals said...

Yes, Judi, guilty. :)

New House Girl said...

What a surprise and honor! Thank you big Al's Books and Pals for this nomination of my book, Evolution of a Wine Drinker, for Best Humor Book! Also, congratulations to all the other nominees. I'm among good company! --Alicia Bien