iUniverse author M.L. Becker won two awards for her book, Iron O’Brian, at the recent IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards. Congratulations!
The IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards™ are administered by the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) with help from over 150 book publishing professionals including librarians, bookstore owners, reviewers, designers, publicity managers, and editors.
Iron O’Brian was the Gold Winner for “Fiction: Historical” and was also the Silver Winner in the “Fiction: Romance” category. (See more winners at http://www.ibpa-online.org/news/335541/29th-Annual-IBPA-Benjamin-Franklin-Award-Winners.htm#rom).
About the Book
It is 1862 and nineteen-year-old Cassie O’Brian has been traveling for three days on a train to reach a camp surrounded by a scorched wasteland. Cassie, who hastily joined the army when her fiancé died at Bull Run, is ill-equipped for her new life as a Civil War nurse. But no one cares about her past as she is quickly ushered off the train and thrown into the horrors of war. Now all Cassie has to do is survive in a harsh reality comprised of mostly men.
Cassie somehow muddles through her heartbreak by nursing soldiers back to health and staying numb—the only way she thinks she can continue living. As her adventures take her into bloody battles, the black market, and to a man who will eventually heal her broken heart, Cassie becomes braver, resilient, and determined to endure in an unforgiving world. But as the war ends and she travels to Washington City to start anew, Cassie soon realizes that nothing in her past has prepared her for the challenges of being an outspoken Yankee feminist.
Iron O’Brian is the historical tale of death and rebirth as a Civil War nurse journeys from the darkness of grief to the horrors of battlefield and beyond as she learns about love—and most of all—herself.
About the IBPA
Founded in 1983 to support independent publishers nationwide, the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) leads and serves the independent publishing community through advocacy, education, and tools for success. With over 3,100 members, IBPA is the largest publishing association in the U.S. Its vision is a world where every independent publisher has the tools and knowledge needed to professionally engage in all aspects of the publishing industry. For more information, visit ibpa-online.org.