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Volume 26, Number 6 — June 2019

Bristol Native's Book is Indie Awards Finalist

"Under a Copper Moon" is one of 10 finalists in the Historical Fiction category of the 2008 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

June 12, 2008

"Under a Copper Moon" by Bristol, Va. native Greg Lilly has been named one of the 10 finalists in the Historical Fiction category of the 2008 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, according to C. Goulet, awards administrator.

Set in 1894, the novel tells the story of Inez, a young woman who finds herself alone and hopeless after her mother dies, who discovers adventure in a newspaper ad. She arrives in the town of Jerome in the Arizona Territory as a mail-order bride for a miner. Through circumstances that twist, turn, and buckle, Inez discovers another side of the town: elegant parlor houses, the mysterious Navajo Onalee, Mr. Zhen and his Chinese laundry girls, the town's handsome sheriff, and a new best friend Pearl who fancies striped stockings and a sip or two of wine. "Under a Copper Moon" is published by Cherokee McGhee.

The Indie Book Awards were established to recognize and honor the most exceptional independently published books for the year and is presented by the Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group in cooperation with Marilyn Allen of Allen O'Shea Literary Agency. Additionally, "Under a Copper Moon" will be listed as a Finalist in the 2008 Next Generation Indie Book Awards catalog which will be distributed at Book Expo America in Los Angeles.

Indie Book Awards is open to all independent publishers based in the United States, Canada, or internationally who have a book written in English.

"I'm honored the novel won this award," Lilly says. "Just as independent film and music have blazed a trail for innovation and originality in overly commercialized industries, independent publishers deliver creative and well-written stories that the big houses in New York overlook in their pursuit of fast-selling celebrity books."

Lilly is also the author of "Devil's Bridge" and "Fingering the Family Jewels — A Derek Mason Mystery." "Under a Copper Moon" is available at local bookstores and from on-line retailers such as For more information, visit the author's website at

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