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The Beads of Lapis Lazuli Receives the 2010 Best Book of the Year Award from Outskirts Press

Doris Kenney Marcotte’s novel -- part mystery and part psychological drama -- has been voted the Best Book of the Year for 2010 by voters in the first Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Awards, winning a Grand Prize of $1,500.

Denver, CO, May 11, 2011 --( Outskirts Press, the fastest growing self-publishing and book marketing company, announced today that Doris Kenney Marcotte has won the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award for her novel, The Beads of Lapis Lazuli. Marcotte’s fiction work was voted the top honor for 2010 from the three finalists selected from of the most recent Colorado Independent Publishers Association EVVY award winners. Author Marcotte will receive the $1,500 Grand Prize from Outskirts Press as well as wide recognition through social networks, a widely distributed press release and an upcoming feature story in Outskirts Press’ popular newsletter.

Marcotte’s win is all the more impressive because The Beads of Lapis Lazuli is a work of fiction -- perhaps the most competitive category in publishing award categories. Her novel mixes history, obsession and the paranormal, bridging both time and space, and is about seeking truth, taking control of one’s life and discovering the unknown strength within each of us.

More than a thousand readers at agreed: The Beads of Lapis Lazuli is worthy of the top honors.

Marcotte has studied the Minoan civilization for decades and has done research at the Athens National Museum, the Heraklion Archeological Museum on Crete and the British Museum in London, among others. “What a joy ride,” Ms. Marcotte said when notified of the news. “It's still hard to believe my little book has been so well received!” Marcotte currently lives in River House in New Richmond, Ohio, and Hilltop House in Wyoming, Ohio, and she is the author of two novels.

“What an accomplishment,” stated Brent Sampson, President and CEO of Outskirts Press. “Doris has demonstrated the possibilities that exist when a talented and tenacious writer sets her mind on a goal. Her book is a product of excellence --- a finely woven story with rich characters encompassed within a package brimming with production values: professional copyediting, a gorgeous custom cover, an enhanced interior, cover scribing and more.”

Besides receiving the $1,500 Grand Prize, author Marcotte will now reap the benefits of extensive promotion of her novel by Outskirts Press. A feature story that covers her inspiration to write the book, her own writing process and her personal story will be widely distributed throughout the social networks; and her story will also be featured in the May 15th Outskirts Press newsletter. Congratulations, Doris.

Entries for this year’s Best Book of the Year Award are being accepted at

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