Two Benjamin Franklin Medal Winners That Belong on Your Bookshelf

Light Messages is excited to announce that two titles received medals during the 2020 Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) Benjamin Franklin Awards. 

During this week's "The Shelter-in-Place" IBPA B20200413 200803 23034enjamin Franklin Awards ceremony, Light Messages brought home one gold and one silver medal among approximately 1,800 nominees in nearly 50 categories.

USA TODAY bestselling author Amalie Jahn won gold for her contemporary YA novel, The Next to Last Mistake. Shannon Hitchcock, author of The Ballad of Jessie Pearl, Ruby Lee & Me, and One True Way, praised this book for its "heartwarming story about the power of female friendships." Ann Rose, author of Road to Eugenica and Breakout, says, “Amalie Jahn will break your heart and heal it again with her book, The Next to Last Mistake.” Amalie previously was awarded the Literary Classics Seal of Approval and the Readers' Favorite Gold Medal for her debut novel, The Clay Lion.

Our silver award-winning book this year, Lethal Savage, belongs to USA TODAY bestselling author Dave Edlund's Peter Savage Novels. The Peter Savage series has been praised by industry-leading authors, including James Rollins, Jon Land, and K.J. Howe. New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Steve Berry lauded the Peter Savage series as "required reading for any thriller aficionado," and USA TODAY bestselling author of the Caitlin Strong series, Jon Land, said, "Edlund is right at home with his bestselling brethren, Brad Thor and Brad Taylor."

We invite you to take a closer look at these titles.

The Next to Last Mistake

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Gold Medal: Teen Fiction (13-18 Years)

"The Next to Last Mistake is a poignant and sweet story of love, loss, discovery, and the enduring bonds of friendship." –Foreword Reviews

Tess is forced out of her comfort zone when her father’s reenlisting in the Army moves her across the country into a world she knows nothing about.

Tess Goodwin’s life in rural Iowa is sheltered and uncomplicated. Although she chooses to spend most of her free time playing chess with her best friend Zander, the farm-boy from next door, her skills as a bovine midwife and tractor mechanic ensure that she fits in with the other kids at West Hancock High. But when her veteran father reenlists in the Army, moving her family halfway across the country to North Carolina, Tess is forced out of her comfort zone into a world she knows nothing about.

When Leonetta Jackson is assigned as her mentor, she becomes Tess’s unexpected guide through the winding labyrinth of cultural disparities between them, sparking a tentative friendship and challenging Tess to confront her reluctant nature. As the pieces move across the board of her upended life, will Tess find the acceptance she so desperately desires?

Watch Amalie Jahn's acceptance speech for The Next to Last Mistake's Gold Medal.

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Lethal Savage

Silver Medal: General Fiction

"This compulsively readable thriller boasts a whiplash pace, a topical plot, and nonstop action. Edlund fans won’t be disappointed." –Publishers Weekly

Two men, one driven to the edge of sanity by heart-breaking losses, the other craving revenge, conspire to reshape America in an unprecedented bioterrorism attack.

When young men on the Warm Springs Reservation in Central Oregon are stricken with an unidentified disease that leaves them sterile, Peter Savage is called to aid in the investigation.

With the inquiry gaining momentum, Peter is kidnapped by hardened mercenaries. In the remote high desert of Oregon, Peter finds himself face to face with a demon from his past—an adversary who has seemingly risen from the grave.

As the minutes count down to a biological holocaust, Peter presents the only chance to save an unwitting civilian population. With his trusted canine companion Diesel by his side, along with a former-assassin-turned-ally, Peter must gamble far more than his own life … and the odds have never been so long.

Watch the acceptance speech for Lethal Savage's Silver Medal.

If You Pick Up These Titles...

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Thank you for celebrating this great accomplishment and these fantastic authors with us!

>> For more information about Amalie and The Next to Last Mistakeclick here.

>> For more information about Dave and Lethal Savage, click here.

Both Amalie and Dave are available for guest posts, interviews, and video calls with book clubs, bookstores, and conferences. If you have any additional questions about these authors or their titles, please don't hesitate to contact their publicist, Rebecca Schriner, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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