MELT by Selene Castrovilla named a Foreword Reviews' 2014 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards Finalist
05/20/2015

Last Syllable Books is pleased to announce MELT has been recognized as a finalist in the 17th annual Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards.

Online PR News – 20-May-2015 – Island Park, NY – Last Syllable Books is pleased to announce MELT, our first release, has been recognized as a finalist in the 17th annual Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards.

Each year, Foreword Reviews shines a light on a select group of indie publishers, university presses, and self-published authors whose work stands out from the crowd.

A panel of more than 100 volunteer librarians and booksellers will determine the winners in 63 categories based on their experience with readers and patrons.

“After 17 years, our awards program has become synonymous with quality because our editors set such a high bar on the finalist round, which makes it especially tough for the judges who select the winners,” said Victoria Sutherland, publisher of Foreword Reviews. “In every genre, our judges will find an interesting, high-quality selection of books culled from this year’s entries.”

Last Syllable Books is proud to have published a work of literature —distinct, compelling and provocative. We have set out to produce well-written, appealing books which will leave readers thinking.

In addition to this honor, MELT has won the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators’ SPARK AWARD. MELT is being awarded an Independent Publishers’ IPPY Bronze Medal for YA Literature, as well as another major prize to be revealed at Book Expo America. MELT is also the Eric Hoffer Book Award First-Runner Up in Young Adult fiction, and a finalist for the da Vinci Eye Award for cover art.

Foreword Reviews will celebrate the winners during a program at the American Library Association Annual Conference in San Francisco on Friday, June 26 at 6 p.m. at the Pop Top Stage in the exhibit hall. Everyone is welcome. The Editor’s Choice Prize for Fiction, Nonfiction, and Foreword Reviews' 2014 INDIEFAB Publisher of the Year Award will also be announced during the presentation.

Selene Castrovilla will be signing copies of MELT at BEA, BookCon, BooksNJ, ALAAC & UtopYA.

Based on true events, MELT is both a chilling tale of abuse, and a timeless romance. MELT will hit you like a punch in the face, and also seep through the cracks in your soul.

Melt is a brutal love story, set against the backdrop of The Wizard of Oz. Sixteen year old “good girl” Dorothy just blew into the small town of Highland Park – where the social headquarters is Munchkinland (Dunkin’ Donuts.) There, she meets Joey – a “bad boy” who tells no one about the catastrophic domestic violence he witnesses at home. Can these two lovers survive peer pressure, Joey’s reputation, and his alcoholism? And then there’s his family’s secret – about to be unleashed.

Told in dual first person, Joey’s words are scattered on the page – reflecting his broken state. Dorothy is the voice of reason – until something so shattering happens that she, too, may lose her grip. Can their love endure, or will it melt away?

About us: Last Syllable Books is an upstart publisher committed to bringing you compelling literature you can't put down! Our next release , LET'S NOT, AND SAY WE DID, will be available this summer.

About Selene: Selene Castrovilla is the award-winning author of multiple narrative nonfiction picture books and young adult novels. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School and a BA in English from New York University. She lives on Long Island with her two sons and too many cats.

About Foreword: Foreword Magazine, Inc is media company featuring a FOLIO: award winning quarterly print magazine Foreword Reviews and a website devoted to independently published books. In the magazine, they feature reviews of the best 160 new titles from independent publishers, university presses, and noteworthy self-published authors. Their website features daily updates: reviews along with in-depth coverage and analysis of independent publishing from a team of more than 100 reviewers, journalists, and bloggers. The print magazine is available at most Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million newsstands or by subscription.
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