Monday, March 21, 2011

The Woodcutter by Kate Danley Wins Garcia Prize for Best Fiction Novel

Mystery Book Awards

The winners of the 2010 Reader Views Literary Awards were recently announced for writers who self-published or had their books published by a subsidy publisher, small press, university press, or independent book publisher intended for the North American reading audience. We've updated our website with the winners and runners-up in the Mystery/Suspense category, but wanted to recognize here the winner of the Garcia Prize for Best Fiction Book of the Year: The Woodcutter, the debut fantasy suspense novel by Kate Danley.

In The Woodcutter, Cinderella is dead and one of Odin's hellhounds has gone rogue. The Woodcutter, protector of peace between the Twelve Kingdoms of Man and the Realm of Faerie, is charged with finding the beast and returning him to the Wild Hunt. Unfortunately, it seems the forces of evil have other plans.

Leaving his beloved wife and the comforts of his quiet home, the Woodcutter shoulders his ax and begins a journey to set things right. Instead, he finds a pixie dust trade raging out of control and a power hungry Wicked Queen who will stop at nothing to take over the world. The lives of Snow White, Rapunzel, and Little Red Riding Hood are at stake in this dark, fairytale mash-up—and the Woodcutter is the only one who can help them.

It is a race against time as the Woodcutter travels east of the sun and west of the moon, up beanstalks and down to the bowels of the earth to unravel a mystery that can only be described as Grimm.

Irene Watson, Managing Editor of Reader Views commented, "In The Woodcutter, Kate Danley skillfully weaves her story around well-known fairy tales, bringing in characters that readers can relate to. Through her adept writing, she conveys fantasy and mystery, making this book a definite page-turner."


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