Littlest Death: A Labyrinth of Souls novel by Eric Witchey was awarded the silver medal in the Fantasy category last week by the Independent Publishers Book Awards. Of course, we always knew the book was great, so it’s nice to have that validated by an established, nationwide award like the IPPY.
Here’s a bit about the award: Launched in 1996 and conducted each year to honor the year’s best independently published books, the “IPPY” Awards recognize merit in a broad range of subjects and reward authors and publishers who “take chances and break new ground.” Small presses, university presses, and self-publishing services give experimental and entrepreneurial authors a platform to share their stories, impart wisdom, and speak out against ignorance and prejudice.
According to the guidelines “Judging will be based on quality of content, originality, design, and production with an emphasis on innovation and social relevance.” So, yeah Here at SSP, we’re popping the champagne and doing the conga line around the office (and by we, I mean me and my four cats). Congratulations, Eric, and thank you for trusting SSP with your creation!
Here’s the link to the 2018 list of winners: http://www.ippyawards.com
And here’s a link to the all places you can buy Littlest Death online! Books2Read Universal Link
What readers on Amazon are saying about Littlest Death, currently rated 5 out of 5 Stars.
“I was utterly wowed, charmed, and delighted”
“well written, humorous and imaginative”
“Beautifully written. A touching story that brought laughter and tears.”
One human soul and a little respect isn’t too much to ask for, but both are hard to get if you’ve only been a death for a thousand years.
Littlest Death yearns for the respect given to grim reapers who bring human souls from Overworld into Underworld. She works hard at the jobs she’s given. Really hard! No other death gathers in MILLIONS of souls at time like she does. Okay, they are just the souls of fungi, bacteria, and single-celled critters like amoebas, but—MILLIONS! If she could bring in just one human soul, the other deaths would stop looking down on her. Desperate to become a real death, frustrated by humans, and hounded by a Hell Puppy, she sets out to spy on the most accomplished death in the history of dying, Oldest Death. Her actions threaten the eternal flow of souls between life and death, and by the time she understands the damage she’s done, it may be too late to save herself and the souls she has hurt.