Awards & Recognitions


Published November 11, 2018


Total To Date: Eight-time finalist in six contests (3 national, 3 Colorado) and award winner in two (one national, one Colorado).

  • Kirkus Best Books of 2018. (One of only 100 self-published books included in the Best Books list.)

  • Kirkus Starred Review 2018. (See Reviews Page for full review. Kirkus produces approximately 10,000 annual book reviews and only about 750 receive a Starred Review.)

  • WINNER, BRONZE, Foreword Magazine’s Indies Best Book of the Year Awards for  War & Military History. (The book beat four other category finalists from university presses.)

  • FINALIST, TWO CATEGORIES, 13th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards (NIEA) for 1. History: General, and 2. History: USA.

  • FINALIST, Colorado Book Awards for History (the only one of the three history finalists that was self published).

  • WINNER, Colorado Authors League for Nonfiction Historical (one of four). 

  • FINALIST, Eric Hoffer Book Awards, the Da Vinci Eye Competition for excellence in book cover design.

  • FINALIST, TWO CATEGORIES, Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA) for 1. History, and 2. Front Cover and/or Interior Design (not told which). Winners announced August 17, 2019.



Published October 2014

  • 2018 Writer’s Digest Book Awards, Honorable Mention, Nonfiction/Reference Book Category. (There were 2,300 entries in the 2018 competition in all categories.)

  • Kirkus’ Best Books of 2014 & Kirkus Starred Review (Of the 10,000 annual reviews Kirkus does, only about 750 receive a Starred Review.)

  • Finalist, history, 2014 Foreword Reviews’ Indie Book of the Year, March 2015 (There were 9 finalists in this category and most of them were from university presses.)

  • Finalist, general nonfiction, 67th annual Colorado Authors League Writing Awards, May 2015.

  • Colorado Independent Publishers Association EVVY Awards, Award-winner in History, Cover, and Interior Design.

  • Starred Review, Blue Ink Reviews, June 2015. (See Reviews Page for full review.)