SHELBY – Barbara Bull, owner of Cherry Point Farm & Market in Oceana County, and author of a number of novels and non-fiction books, was named a Bronze Medalist in the 23rd Annual Independent Publisher Book Awards.

Bull was honored in the Great Lakes Best Regional Fiction category during the annual BookExpo publishing convention in New York, at an awards ceremony on May 28 at the Copacabana night club in Times Square.

Bull received the prize for her novel Still Waters, published by Cherry Point Publishing in 2018. It is the fourth in her series centering on a family with a long history at Little Point Sable on the Lake Michigan shoreline.

It was her seventh book for Cherry Point Publishing, which include Benjamin’s Gift, A Point in Time, A Point of View and the first three Katherine MacLeod books, Cloud Cottage; Gray Clouds, Blue Skye; and Whispers on the Wind, which won a Silver Medal in the 2018 Ippy Awards. Her eighth book, the fifth book in the MacLeod series, Paths to Peace, will be released in early July.

The enigmatic Uncle Gus MacLeod takes center stage in Still Waters, a tale of gangsters and bootleggers juxtaposed with the rhythms of farm life and teenage love. The Prohibition-era history of Oceana County’s Lake Michigan shoreline is interwoven in a suspenseful story that solves several mysteries for the tight-knit MacLeod clan.

The Independent Publisher Book Awards, the “Ippys,” were conceived in 1996 as a broad-based, unaffiliated awards program open to all members of the independent publishing industry. The awards are intended to bring increased recognition to the thousands of exemplary independent, university, and self-published titles produced each year, and reward those who exhibit the courage, innovation, and creativity to bring about change in the world of publishing. The contest draws over 5,000 entries, and medals go to authors and publishers from the U.S., Canada, and countries around the world.

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