Best Book of 2010: The Beads of Lapis Lazuli

The best book of 2010, according to Outskirts Press, is a mystery novel mixing history and obsession with a liberal dose of the paranormal. The self-published work of author Doris Marcotte, The Beads of Lapis Lazuli was selected from among the three Colorado Independent Publishers Association EWY award winner to take home the top honor and the $1,500 Grand Prize from Outskirt Press.

“What a joy ride,” Marcotte enthused upon learning of her win. “It’s still hard to believe my little book has been so well-received!”

Prior to picking up her pen to write The Beads of Lapis Lazuli, Marcotte had studied the Minoan civilization for decades. Her extensive research and passion for the ancient civilization took her to the Athens National Museum, the British Museum in London and the Heraklion Archeological Museum on the island of Crete.

Lapis Lazuli beads
Beads made of lapis lazuli

That The Beads of Lapis Lazuli is a work of fiction, perhaps the most competitive genre among publishing award categories, makes Marcotte’s victory even sweeter and more impressive. Besides the $1,500 Grand Prize, The Beads of Lapis Lazuli will also be extensively promoted by Outskirts Press, one of the world’s fastest growing self-publishing and book marketing companies.

“What an accomplishment,” said 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.”

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