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YouWriteOn Book of the Year 2013 << Back Book of the Year Award Winners 2013

Many congratulations to the YouWriteOn Book of The Year Award Winners 2013 - displayed below with book excerpts to view. 2013 Overall Winner 'A Kill in the Morning' by Graeme Shimmin joins the previous YouWriteOn book award winners who have achieved mainstream publishing successes. Graeme will be published in 2014 by Transworld, publisher of authors such as Terry Pratchett and Dan Brown.

Graeme sends the following thanks to his youwriteon reviewers for their feedback: “I did find the YouWriteOn process useful and changed the first few chapters quite substantially based on the feedback I received. It was also a big morale boost when I won the Book of the Month. If you want to get published, your first draft is just one step in the process; the next is getting feedback and really listening it. I found YouWriteOn to be the best critique website and I improved the opening chapters of my novel substantially based on the reviews I received. YouWriteOn helped me get published, no question.”

Winners & Finalists who have developed their novels on youwriteon have achieved book deals with world leading publishers as a result - including Penguin, Random House, Orion, Harper Collins, Hodder & Stoughton and Little Brown.

The YouWriteOn Book Awards 2013

1. Overall Winner  A Kill in the Morning  Author : Graeme Shimmin    Read Opening Chapters

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Read Feed: "I don’t like killing, but I’m good at it. Murder isn't so bad from a distance, just shapes in my sight. Close up work though, the garrotte around the neck, the knife in the heart, it’s not for me. Too much empathy, that’s my problem. Usually. But not today. Today is different. "

Genre : Novel, Thriller

An alternate history espionage thriller set in the fifties, during a cold war between Britain and Nazi Germany. Driven by revenge, a rogue British agent attempts to assassinate notorious Nazi leader Reinhard Heydrich, but, on reaching Heydrich’s lair, everything he thinks he knows about the world is brought into question.

2. Title : The Grape's Joy
Author : Patrick Hilyer    Genre : Mystery, Novel, General Fiction

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Read Feed: "I wondered, as I often did in my darker moments, when the third death would strike. These things always come in threes, like the chimes of the angelus that rang clearly over the empty valley to announce midday."

Jeanne Valeix is the owner of a struggling winery in Saint-Emilion. A handful of people will change her life completely. But not all her visitors are who they claim to be. All she needs to do is find out who's telling the truth, rescue her business and solve a murder.

3. Title : French Train Author : Pat Dobie    Genre : Historical, Literary Fiction, Novel

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Read Feed: "“It’s the visa stamps,” Ferguson said. “Look. Here’s my name.” He pointed with a smudged and trembling finger. The light was not dim after all. Now that his eyes had adjusted he could see the individual hairs on the backs of the agent’s hands and the ridges on his thumbnails."

Alec Ferguson desperately needs a fresh start, and he's got one: an assignment to cover the 1889 Paris International Exhibition. Things go wrong, however, when Ferguson meets an old friend and becomes embroiled with the ruthless and amoral Thomas Edison in a race to patent the world’s first motion-picture camera.

4. Title : To Butcher: To Bleed  
Author : R. J. Brown    Genre : Crime, Historical, Mystery, Novel

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Read Feed: "My aunt knew better than anyone that once a man discovers a few unexpected gems within a whore’s mind he can’t wait to get inside her knickers to find out what might be lurking up there too."

It's 1888 and a British government agent is slaughtering women in London's East End. His aim? To implicate Irish leader, Parnell, in horrific Fenian crimes. Prostitute, Rosa Moran, is at the centre of the intrigue, fighting to preserve Ireland’s hopes of Home Rule as well as her own life.

5. Title : Becoming Jack
Author : Jonathan Skinner   Genre : Novel, General Fiction

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Read Feed: "Jack would be a neurosurgeon or a bullion dealer, dating models called Trixie or Selina. Or living off goat meat in the desert while disabling nuclear missiles. Or splashing around in a frogsuit tracking Russian submarines. Jack certainly wouldn't be ironing his underpants. Or living in Dulwich."

Bored with his mediocre existence and dismal prospects, Roger Broadbent decides he no longer wants to be Roger Broadbent. But is it possible to wipe out all traces of his current life and metamorphose into somebody else? Inspiring role models are thin on the ground. Until Roger remembers Jack…

Teenage Fiction / Children’s Fiction  Winners for 2013 are:

1. Title : Jacob Groat & the Ghosts of Warehouse 33
Author : Mike Hanson

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Read Feed: "At 8:27 he panics. They haven’t tracked it down. It’s still on the loose. He can feel his room closing in on him and is suddenly aware of his breathing, and his heartbeat. "

Twelve year old Jacob Groat has waited a long time to begin his education at Warehouse 33. Unfortunately, his first year of guardian angel training is not quite going to plan

Author : Bill Scott

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Read Feed: " It's not every day someone dies in Mr. Sample's sixth period physics class. I guess if Freddie Johnson were telling this story, she'd say, "It's not every day you kill your best friend in the Samp's sixth period physics class." "

Electrocuted in sixth period physics lab, sixteen-year-old Margaret Ethel is given two options — go to Heaven or return to Earth to save the girl who killed her.

3. Title : Jack Par(r)
Author : David Llewellyn

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Read Feed: "I knew it! Matt had set Tikka up. He’d probably stolen the squid this morning and... And I bet he’d tried to colour it in at break, to make it look like a vampire squid. That would explain the black marks. Only Matt would be dumb enough to try to colour in a squid."

Jack is adrift in the middle of everywhere. When you are bright enough to ask the questions but not so clever to understand the answers, the world can be a difficult place. And as everyone knows, the world is just a metaphor for school.

4. Title : NUMBERED   
Author : Bill Scott

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Read Feed: " I was happy to get on my bike and go, but nervous about seeing Mom and Dad. I knew they were going to be numbered. It seemed like everybody was and I was the only one that could see it. "

Deranged teenager or prophet? Jacob is hearing voices and seeing numbers. The numbers could be the key to catching a killer or they could get Jacob locked away for life.

5. Title : Earth Child
Author : Tony Groom

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Read Feed: "Our planet is beset by a cataclysmic disaster. One in a million 4 year olds survives their first years on their own. Those numbers reduce, year on year until they mature, until they find a way to exist, to stay alive. They must all survive. As far as they know, they 'are' the human race."

Imagine a world with no adults. Imagine a world where no one is above the age of twelve. Four children find each other and become companions. They strike out on the biggest and only adventure of their short and turbulent lives.

Examples of Previous Book of the Year Award Winners' success stories.

The Legacy, YouWriteOn Book of the Year 2009. Discovered on youwriteon by Orion after being highly rated by members. Orion published the novel by Katherine Webb and it became an Amazon top 3 bestseller in 2010. Voted the winner of the Channel 4 TV Book Club's 2010 Summer Reads.

Katherine Webb, “It's taken ten years and seven completed novels, but, thanks to YouWriteOn, I I have just signed a two book deal with Orion! The Legacy received tremendous support from all those who read and reviewed it on YouWriteOn .. A huge thank you to everyone who commented.”

Caligula by Douglas Jackson, achieved a six-figure book deal with Random House after developing on

Doug Jackson: ", for example, I just stumbled on when I hadn't a clue about where to go next with the book. They gave me the breakthrough and taught me how to take criticism. It's as if a switch has been flipped. I know that I'll write from now on .. Then that took me to the next step, and if anyone knows anything about historical fiction, it's Sarah O'Keefe at Orion. I remember when she told me I needed to rework the book that I wasn't sure if I could do it, but I knew that if I could it would take me to a completely different level as a writer."

YouWriteOn Book of the Year Award winner Bufflehead Sisters by Patricia J. DeLois. Published by in 2007, the novel went on to become a bestseller in the author's home state of Maine and was named the best novel of the year by a leading newspaper there, ahead of a former Pulitzer prize winner. The novel was then taken on and published by Penguin as a result.

YouWriteOn Book of the Year Winner 2010 The Apothecary's Daughter by Charlotte Betts. Discovered on by the literary agent for bestselling series The Princess Diaries after she browsed the bestseller charts, the novel is published in 2012 by Little Brown, publisher of books such as The Twilight series.

Charlotte Betts: "The Apothecary's Daughter will be published summer 2012. This is the realisation of a dream for me and I will always be grateful to YouWriteOn and its members, not only for the valuable feedback but for the opportunity to allow my work to be displayed and then discovered. Thank you to everyone who helped me to improve my writing."

YouWriteOn Book Award Winner The Afrika Reich by Guy Saville, our first book award winner, achieved publishing success in 2012 with Hodder, publishers of authors such as Stephen King. Guy's novel has been described as 'Fatherland for an action movie age' (Daily Telegraph) and 'A thoroughly enjoyable and compelling read' (Sun ).

YouWriteOn Children's Book of The Year Winner The Third Pig Detective Agency by Bob Burke. After developing his story on, Bob was published by by leading publisher Harper Collins, and received the Ellis Dillion Award at the Bisto Book Awards, which has previously recognised authors such as Artemis Fowl author Eoin Colfer.

The Judging This year's Book of the Year Awards 2013 saw many exceptional novel openings and short stories. Each of the winners and finalists carried their readers along with the unique worlds they created to be rated the highest rated stories on YouWriteOn from the entries for 2012. It was a very hard choice to decide between the stories, and the site's personal judging choice, but what each story has in common, whether a winner or finalist, is that they were each entries to the YouWriteOn BestSellers Chart, voted there by their peers.

Equally, we believe there were many highly rated stories that did not make the BestSeller Chart but which we believe will find success too. We thank every member for their contributions. What makes the site is the contributions and constructive feedback from members to help develop their writing and other members work which gives some great stories to be enjoyed both by site readers, and also to enter the wider world of literature for all readers to enjoy.

An extremely big thank you to all our new writer members who uploaded their chapters for feedback during the qualifying year of 2012 and exchanged constructive reviews. Thank you to all our literary professionals as well, who provided free professional critiques each month for YouWriteOn's highest rated members, including editors from leading publishers Random House and Orion. - Publish your book as a high quality paperback.

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