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February 1, 2016

I am officially giddy.

All Authors Certificate of Excellence, The Lost KingThe Lost King has been awarded the All Authors Certificate of Excellence.

It’s always a point of pride to be acclaimed but I am particularly thrilled about this award because of what it signifies.

When you visit the AACE Web site you’ll see that the award indicates:

  • Advocacy: At All Authors we believe in the advocacy of the Author’s Voice. There is richness in our tapestry that is well deserving of celebration!
  • Authenticity: All Authors is not impressed with works that embody “same script, different casts”. We desire those gems that sparkle amidst the grass of the overly manufactured and mediocre.
  • Creativity: There’s writing, and then there’s writing on fire—presenting material is such a way that you’re held hostage but never yearn for freedom. All Authors beam at books that not just hint at creativity but have that quality permeate each and every page.
  • Exemplified: At All Authors, we want to honor works that serve as trailblazers to a particular genre or the transcendence of genres. Those works emphatically answer the query, “What first comes to mind?”

I’m going to try to be modest about the recognition but I will say that I intended for The Lost King to be a unique fantasy story. I endeavored to transcend the typical sword-and-sorcery of the genre. The Lost King tells of one man’s struggle with very contemporary issues such as divorce, career displacement, financial ruin, and post-traumatic stress. Yet I deliberately set the tale in a larger-than-life imaginary medieval universe. The enormity of King Bewilliam’s challenges and the strength of character required to keep fighting to surmount them seemed to me so colossal as to be the stuff of legend. A contemporary setting didn’t feel grand enough to me for a story of such import.

The AACE certificate is especially meaningful to me because it was awarded by a team of book lovers, avid readers and critics who take writing seriously and are themselves superb authors.

The Lost King by Devorah FoxKing Bewilliam’s issues have taken more than one book to address. The Lost King was followed by The King’s Ransom and The King’s Redress and Book Four, The Redoubt, launches on Feb. 5, 2016.

And I have good news for those who would like to read an excellent book: The Lost King digital edition is on sale for 99¢ on and I invite you to visit King Bewilliam’s bewildering world and hope you agree with All Authors that the book deserves celebration.


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