Durham, NC, April 30, 2014 — The Independent Book Publisher’s Association Benjamin Franklin Awards, regarded as one of the highest national honors for independent publishers, has named A Sinner in Paradise by Deborah Hining (Light Messages Publishing, August 2013) as finalist for Best Cover Design – Fiction. The book, which was Ms. Hining’s debut novel, is in the running for a gold medal given at an awards ceremony on May 28 at the NYU Kimmel Center's Rosenthal Pavilion in New York, NY.

            “As a growing publisher working with emerging authors, this honor is especially meaningful to us,” commented Elizabeth Turnbull, Light Messages Publishing Senior Editor. “There is stiff competition in the book industry, and it’s gratifying to know that we are putting our creative resources to good use. It has been a magical experience to watch Deborah’s book develop from a rough manuscript to a polished novel receiving national recognition.”

A Sinner in Paradiseis also a finalist for the Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Award in Romance. The winner will be announced during the American Library Association Annual Conference in Las Vegas on Friday, June 27 at 6 p.m.

About Deborah Hining: Deborah Hining believes that life is pretty much perfect as long as it holds a sense of destiny.  Her destiny has led her to be many things: wife, mother, and grandmother, and also actress, award-winning playwright, theatrical director, college instructor, and Certified Financial Planner (or as she calls it, "Financial Fairy Godmother").  Now she is a farmer and author. Deborah lives with her family at Corinne's Orchard, a farm in Durham County, North Carolina.

About Light Messages Publishing: We were founded in 1998 by a group of authors who believed that there had to be a better model than vanity or self-publishing for emerging authors. Today, Light Messages is an innovative, full-service general trade publisher located in Durham, NC.

About Independent Book Publisher’s Association: IBPA is a not-for-profit membership association serving and leading the independent publishing community through advocacy, education, and tools for success. With nearly 3,000 members, IBPA is the largest publishing trade association in the U.S.

For more information please contact: Elizabeth Turnbull, Senior Editor, Light Messages Publishing, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 919-886-5498. Print quality images are available upon request.

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