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Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Finalist, Foreword Book of the Year Awards

Foreword Reviews' 
2015 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award Finalist 
Literary (Adult Fiction)

Maze of Blood

Maze of Blood is my third university press novel, 
and my third finalist ranking with the Foreword 
Book of the Year Awards for independent publishing. 
Glimmerglass and A Death at the White Camellia Orphanage
were also finalists, and the latter won the Silver 
Award in fiction.

Foreword Reviews' 2015 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award Finalist
Marly Youmans
  Mercer University Press     

Publication Date
 Sep 1, 2015
Retail price
Foreword rating: 
Reviewed by
Clarissa Goldsmith   Review Date  November 27, 2015
Simultaneously poetic and economic, this is a layered and complex exploration of human existence and the experiences that mold a person. Maze of Blood reads almost like a poem. Marly Youmans’s language is sweeping and grandiose and renders the character of Conall Weaver in broad, even harsh...
For clips from other reviews, go here.

Congratulations to the other finalists in literary fiction--Barbara Stark-Nemon, Peter Grandbois, Caitlin Hicks, Lindsey Drager, Vanessa Blakeslee, Paula Closson Buck, Ben Nadler, Kathy Giuffre, Suzanne Heagy,  Lorraine M. Lopez, Shann Ray, Coleen Kearon, Stacy Barton, Barbara Roether, Elizabeth Harris, and Brian Kindall. Best of luck to their books!


  1. Congratulations! (But no one can be surprised.)

    1. I am surprised by everything, off in my little corner of the upstate wilderness! Thank you, Tim. Much appreciated.

    2. Are you self-deleted or do you have another new site?

    3. Gremlins and technical difficulties intruded, but all is restored and well.

    4. Hah, I thought that you must have gone for an entirely new enterprise!

  2. i'm certainly not surprised, up here in the northwest woods; even the bears look up when your name is mentioned! 6 words for a hat alluded to mooses taking alarm...

    1. Hahaha! Mudpuddle, you are very amusing; I should like to see the bears look up. And I wouldn't mind a bit if they would be readers.

  3. Terrific! Let's hope it leads to lots more readers! Maze is a great book and deserves the attention.

    1. Thank you for the wish and compliment, Scott. It is sweet to have both!

  4. Replies
    1. Thanks, Marja-Leena. How funny--I was just looking at your latest images.


Alas, I must once again remind large numbers of Chinese salesmen and other worldwide peddlers that if they fall into the Gulf of Spam, they will be eaten by roaming Balrogs. The rest of you, lovers of grace, poetry, and horses (nod to Yeats--you do not have to be fond of horses), feel free to leave fascinating missives and curious arguments.