Sarah and One Chance win book award!

Sarah and One Chance have won their first award: a SILVER MEDAL in Juvenile Fiction, age 7-12 category by the Florida Authors & Publishers Association, Inc.! We attended the FAPA Awards Banquet in Orlando. Thank you to everyone who has supported us through this journey, we are so excited!

“Each year, the FAPA President’s Book Awards program recognizes book publishing excellence and creativity in design, content, and production for North American authors and publishers. Librarians, book industry professionals, and educators from Florida and other states will judge content, theme, layout, and cover design elements. For 2018, eligible books could be entered in forty-three categories, with only 2 categories for Juvenile readers Age 7-12.
FAPA awards gold, silver, and bronze medals to finalists in each category.”  Category 21. Fiction: Juvenile Age 7-12 

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Sarah and One Chance featured in the Tampa Bay Times

Sarah Frank is a rising sophomore at Blake High School and now a published author. [Courtesy of Jen Bravo]

One ruby-red, spiral-bound notebook. One vivid imagination.

In the hands of a fifth grader, these seem like perfect tools for idle time. And for Sarah Frank, they proved to be just that — a creative outlet. While squirreled away in her bedroom, she embarked on writing a “story” about orphans and magic, escalating adventures and time travel, never intending to share her writings with anyone.

Then she added a, “purple Sharpie” to the mix. And everything changed.

“Somewhere in the middle — maybe just after I ended a chapter with a character saying, ‘We only have one chance’ — I realized I liked the sound of those last two words and I decided to make One Chance the title,” said Sarah, now a rising sophomore at Blake High School. “Once I wrote the title in this thick purple Sharpie (which definitely didn’t match the ruby red) on the cover, it started to feel real.

“It was at that point that I knew I wanted to take it to the next level and publish it — to share my story and my characters with the world.”

More than four years after that epiphany, Sarah peddles her first novel, One Chance, published last November by BeaLu Books.

While working on a 10-book series — the next installment will be Two Secrets — Sarah is accepting accolades. [Read more…]

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Sarah & One Chance’s Book Award featured on Bay News 9!

Sarah was interviewed  about her Florida Authors & Publishers BOOK AWARD by Dalia Dangerfield on Bay News 9!
You can buy One Chance on Amazon, Barnes & Noble or get a signed copy at the publisher’s site Bealubooks.com  In the Tampa Bay area, you buy copies in person and online at Inkwood Books.

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