TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN, May 12, 2023 - On Thursday, the Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY Awards) announced that Taylor Thomas Smythe’s latest book, Goldie: A Magic City Wonders Novel, was named winner of the gold medal in the Southeast - Best Regional Fiction category.
Started in 1997, the IPPY Awards exist to “honor the year's best independently published titles from around the world. The awards are intended to bring increased recognition to the thousands of exemplary independent, university, and self-published books released each year.” The awards are open to authors and publishers worldwide.
Goldie was released in November 2022. The inaugural installment in the Magic City Wonders series is set in 1980s Miami and follows the story of a young diner waitress named Donna Locke, whose life is turned upside-down when she develops an unusual and mysterious power to turn objects to gold. The second book in the young adult science-fiction series, The Dream Team, will open for preorders in late summer 2023.
This latest honor marks the fourth formal awards recognition for Smythe’s written work. This March, Goldie was announced as the recipient of a silver medal in the Florida Book Awards. In 2021, the first installment in his seven-book Kingdom of Florida middle-grade fantasy series--The Golden Alligator—was chosen as the winner of a silver medal in the Florida Authors and Publishers Association President's Book Awards and as a finalist in the National Indie Excellence Awards. The Kingdom of Florida series, which draws inspiration from such classics as The Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter, and L. Frank Baum’s Oz books, follows the journey of a group of South Florida children as they discover a magical parallel world ruled by an evil prince.
To order Goldie: A Magic City Wonders Novel, visit www.magiccitywonders.com. More information on Smythe’s award-winning Kingdom of Florida series can be found at www.kingdomofflorida.com.
New novel The Dream Team, sequel to Taylor Thomas Smythe’s award-winning Goldie, officially announced
WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA, May 9, 2023 - Author Taylor Thomas Smythe revealed the title for the second installment in his award-winning Miami-based, 1980s-set Magic City Wonders book series. Along with the announcement about the book’s title, Smythe indicated that preorders for the novel will open in late summer 2023.
The officially cryptic synopsis for The Dream Team reads as follows: “A woman determined to find her lost love joins a daring team of misfits on a series of dangerous heists. Their target: Dreams.”
The first installment in the series, entitled Goldie: A Magic City Wonders Novel, follows the story of a young diner waitress and aspiring singer named Donna Locke, whose life is turned upside-down when she develops an unusual and mysterious power to turn objects to gold. Earlier this year, the Florida Book Awards announced that Goldie was named winner of the silver medal in the Young Adult Literature category. The series is published under the Lamplight Universe imprint.
To order Goldie: A Magic City Wonders Novel or to stay informed of news on The Dream Team, visit www.magiccitywonders.com. More information on Smythe’s award-winning Kingdom of Florida series can be found at www.kingdomofflorida.com.
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