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Science-Fiction Novel "Hegira" Wins Medalist Honors in New Apple Independent Book Awards

Dayton, OH, April 21, 2018 --( "Hegira" by Jim Cronin was chosen as Medalist Winner in the Science-Fiction category of the New Apple Book Awards for Excellence in Independent Publishing.

Book Synopsis
His home world is dead; the victim of a supernova, but this does not stop Karm from attempting to save the Brin, his extinct species. Rescued by an alien race from a derelict spacecraft as a vial of DNA, then cloned, Karm must travel back in time, convince a small team of co-conspirators to join him in his quest, and outmaneuver a power hungry monarch and his fanatic brother, leader of The Faith, both absolutely committed to opposing him.

All of Karm’s plans rest on the untested and controversial cloning theories of the young geneticist Dr. Jontar Rocker, and the abilities of his bodyguard, personal assistant, and surrogate niece, Maripa. Will their combined efforts be enough to overcome the power of the monarchy and the planet’s most influential religion? Will Karm’s secrets destroy the trust of his companions and ruin his campaign to save the Brin?

About the Author
Author Jim Cronin worked for thirty five years as a middle school science teacher, but is now semi-retired, working part-time as an educator/performer at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. He has been married for thirty seven years to the love of his life, Diane. Together, they raised two incredible sons, and now have three incredible grandchildren to spoil rotten. Hegira is the result of a life-long love of science fiction stories and how they can tell us about ourselves, strengths and weaknesses alike, in a relatively non-threatening manner. Jim has always been a dreamer and an optimist about our future.

About the New Apple Book Awards
The Annual New Apple Book Awards for Excellence in Independent Publishing was established to honor the creative achievements of the unsung self-published books fighting for their place among the more than one million books released annually. Any English language book published within the last three years, currently available for sale by an independent author or small press that met the Awards' guidelines was eligible for entry. One book was chosen in each category as the Medalist Winner receiving the highest honors. In addition, the judges were permitted to choose up to three Official Selections for category distinction. A complete list of winners can be found at

Contact Information
"Hegira" is available in E-Book format as well as Paperback on Amazon. To find out more about the New Apple Book Awards, visit

Author: Jim Cronin
Publishing House: Solstice Publishing
ISBN: 978-1625262448
Author's website:
Twitter: @authorjimcronin

Jim Cronin is available for public appearances, signings, interviews and blog tours. Contact the author at

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