Local Author Finalist for President’s Book Award 2020

Ann (A.J.) Park


In just a few more days, the Florida Authors and Publishers Association will be announcing the results of their prestigious annual President’s Book Award Contest. I’m so excited to be one of the finalists. It’s a great honor just to make the top three. But gold, silver or bronze—? I’ll just have to wait and see.

My family and I have lived in Pleasant View for twelve years, and we love this area. Our friends and neighbors are wonderful, and everyone has been very supportive as I’ve dived into this new venture. I truly appreciate everyone who’s read and reviewed my book, as well as so many who have offered encouragement. Thanks!

Writing and publishing books has been my dream for over thirty years. It’s been a goal that I kept working toward no matter what else happened in my life. It’s been a long road, and I’ve had to learn each step as I go. But my itch to keep writing is always there. I want to create stories that capture the imagination, stories that are fun, adventurous, and exciting; a journey that readers can enjoy taking, over and over again.

I worked with Tara Alemany of Emerald Lake Books in Connecticut, and she and her team did an amazing job helping me get War’s Ending ready for publication. Brian Halley of Bookcreatives.com designed the cover. I love his work.

Just to tell you a little about the story…

Enthralling YA fantasy novel

A courageous noblewoman. A mysterious stranger. A war that may destroy them both…

As the king’s niece, Shalyrie can’t wait to explore her kingdom’s colonies with her uncle. But when she’s badly injured in a savage raid and abducted by mysterious masked horsemen, she’s stunned when her captors heal her wounds. As she adjusts her preconceptions, a terrifying attempt on her life reveals that her own people are trying to kill her.

Kalleck expects to die fighting a hopeless war like his father before him. While he helps Shalyrie piece together clues behind the assassination attempt, her very presence escalates tension between the kingdom and the colony. With time running out, Kalleck knows he must act quickly to prevent innocent bloodshed, yet Shalyrie might be the only one who can end the war.

Can two enemies join forces to put an end to a devastating war?

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I read this book in 4 days. I would have called in sick to my primary job of being a mom if I could have, and it would have taken less time to finish it. I laughed, I cried, and my heart raced during the intense parts. Seriously, such a good book!! I have my favorite books that are like a good movie to me, I read them once or twice a year. This book made the list. Can’t wait for the next book A. J. Park writes. -Melissa Spelts

War’s Ending by A.J. Park is a well-written novel that will delight fans of fantasy, with a powerful plot, an exciting setting, and memorable characters. -Readers’ Favorite, 5-star review

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