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Next Generation Indie Book Awards Press Release

Shifts by Tucson resident Wayne Hammer has been named by the Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group as one of the best indie books of 2016.

Wayne Hammer’s science fiction thriller Shifts is category winner in the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, the world’s largest not-for-profit book awards program for independent publishers and self-published authors.

The awards are judged by leaders of the indie book publishing industry, including many coming from long-standing careers with major publishing houses, to identify books that deserve to reach a wide audience.

“Our awards program is known as the ‘Sundance’ of the book publishing world,” says Catherine Goulet, Chair of the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards program. “Authors and publishers who compete in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards are serious about promoting their books,” adds Goulet. “They aim to stand out from the crowd of millions of books in print.”

In an article at titled “If it’s cool, creative, and different, it’s indie,” journalist Catherine Andrews wrote: “The term ‘indie’ traditionally refers to independent art – music, film, literature or anything that fits under the broad banner of culture – created outside of the mainstream and without corporate financing.”

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The awards were presented on May 11 in a ceremony at Chicago’s Newberry Library.

To help Indie authors and publishers reach a wider audience, the winning books in the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards will be reviewed by New York literary agent Marilyn Allen of Allen O’Shea Literary Agency or one of Ms. Allen’s co-agents for possible representation in areas such as distribution, foreign rights, film rights, and other rights.

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The Beverly Hills International Book Awards recently announced the their winners for 2015-2016.

In the science fiction category, Shifts took First Prize.

Ellen Reid, President & CEO of Beverly Hills Book Awards, writes:

“Your book truly embodies the excellence that this award was created to  celebrate, and we salute you and your fine work. The lists of winners and finalists are also highlighted on our website.  Be sure to go to and see your name and book cover among those of the other proud winners and finalists. The entire team at the Beverly Hills Book Awards sincerely hope your participation in our contest will serve you well in creating the success your book deserves.  You have our warmest congratulations.”Book Awards Label

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readingshifts2The Foreword Clarion review is in – Five Stars

Here’s what Claire Foster had to say about Shifts:

“In Michael Duchesne’s world, nothing is immediately as it seems, which delivers some excellent plot twists and keeps the reader turning pages.”

“Hammer is not skimpy on the detail, and the combination of snappy dialogue and lush landscape is unforced, natural and compelling.”

“The reader has no trouble keeping pace with the characters as they venture into the jungle. these woods are described with a lovely clarity—again, an excellent balance of landscape and character—and such fine detail that the reader feels the mountain breeze coming out of the pages.”

Shifts is a fun, smart, and highly engaging novel.”