Kindle Book Award for local writer
WEXFORD author Carmel Harrington is the winner of the 2013 Kindle Book Awards, taking her into the company of JK Rowling and EL James.
Her novel 'Beyond Grace's Rainbow' competed against 262 titles over the year and won more than 1,000 votes.
Previous winners include JK Rowling's 'The Casual Vacancy' and EL James' 'Fifty Shades of Grey'.
The Book Awards have been run by 'not for profit' publisher Acclaimed Books Limited, since 2008 and during 2013, over 20,600 voters around the world have shown their appreciation by voting for books in the competition.
'It has been an incredible way to end what has been a truly amazing year,' said Carmel, who lives in Curracloe.
''Beyond Grace's Rainbow' has really connected with readers internationally and this award now makes a total of four awards that Grace's story has now won! I keep pinching myself because I can't quite believe it's true!"
Managing Director of The Book Awards, Peter Lihou offered a personal message of congratulations to Carmel.
'2013 has been an epic year for The Book Awards and I'm simply delighted that such a worthy title has made it to the winning post. Most of the nominated books enjoy warm support but for 'Beyond Grace's Rainbow' the enthusiasm has reached boiling point. It takes a very special book to get so many people to go online and vote in such numbers and also to leave so many positive and flattering comments. Carmel Harrington is a very worthy winner!'
The Book Awards are the only international awards that are open to all titles distributed in Kindle or Printed formats by Amazon.com sites around the world. Dubbed The 'People's Book Awards, it attracts large numbers of visitors to the awards site.