I received the following in my email generated in response to my submission of Flashback To The Dragon in the 21st Annual Writer’s Digest Annual Self-Published Book Awards. The response encourages me to keep going when my own resolve, which is usually very positive and upbeat, falters or wanes. Thank you Judge 17, Writer’s Digest 21st Annual Self-Published Book Awards!

Entry Title: Flashback To The Dragon
Author: Terri L. Powers
Judge Number: 17
Entry Category: Genre Fiction

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Structure and Organization: 4
Grammar: 5
Production Quality and Cover Design: 4
Plot (if applicable): 5
Character Development (if applicable): 5

Judges Commentary*:
Flashback to the Dragon by Terri L. Powers
This book had a very intriguing situation! I thought the “connection” between the dead women was quite different, their “Marilyn Monroe” appearance, which to me was a provocative way to present the theme of sexual predation. The way you overlaid a “psychic” story on top of the murder plot was interesting. They really linked up and brought the main characters into contact. I liked seeing the rather cynical detective have to deal with this new information!

The cover was quite evocative. The black and red were quite contemporary, and the emblem of the dragon as a hand tattoo added a bit of menace.
Good work! That was a smart idea to add an excerpt from the next book in the series at the end of this book.

*Commentary may be quoted as: “Judge, Writer’s Digest 21st Annual Self-Published Book Awards”

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