For Immediate Release:
July 26, 2020
SOUTH CAROLINA AUTHOR IS FINALIST IN BIG AWARDS CONTEST
—Paul Barra’s Westfarrow Island Selected For International Competition

Columbia, South Carolina——Paul A. Barra’s thriller Westfarrow Island is a finalist in Killer Nashville’s 2020 Silver Falchion Award competition. The 266-page hardcover was released recently by The Permanent Press, an independent publisher renowned for its commitment to excellence.

Killer Nashville is recognized as a leading organization for mystery, thriller and suspense writing worldwide. At its core are an annual international conference, a website drawing over twenty thousand visitors per month, and a newsletter with over six thousand opt-in subscribers. Publishers Weekly, the international news magazine of book publishing and bookselling published continuously since 1872, says Killer Nashville plays “an essential role in defining which books become bestsellers [throughout] the nation’s book culture.”

Since 2008, the Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Awards have recognized the best books and stories from the previous year told through various media utilizing the elements of mystery, thriller, and/or suspense. Judges are professional writers, book reviewers, librarians, academics, and—in specialized cases—specific industry peers.

Of Westfarrow Island, Publishers Weekly says, “The relentless action in the dual story lines keeps the reader engrossed. Barra offers it all: murder, smuggling, chase scenes, romance, and international intrigue.”

“I have been working through this virus quarantine alone; recognition of my work is welcome indeed,” Barra says. “The Silver Falchion is a prestigious award among mystery writers, so I am especially pleased to be short-listed for it. I hope it fuels interest in my next manuscript, which is ready to go.”

The 2020 Silver Falchion Award winners and runners-up will be announced by August 22, 2020. Normally this is done at the annual conference. However, the event has been canceled this year due to the Covid 19 pandemic.

A separate Readers Choice award is open to public voting at KillerNashville.com. Simply follow the Awards link to choose your favorite finalist: 2020 Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Readers’ Choice Award

Buy your copy of Westfarrow Island here.

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