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Daily Herald recognizes Signs in the Dark by Susan Miura

Signs in the Dark by Susan Miura is a young adult thriller, unlike Miura’s previous two books, Healer and Shards of Light that were released by Vinspire Publishing.

The Daily Herald provides some must-read information about the book as well as a some insight from the author that will make you want to read this book even more.

Hispanic and Deaf high school students from Schaumburg and Hersey High Schools provided insight on the main characters, and Wisconsin Big Cat Rescue served as the inspiration for the story’s fictional wildlife sanctuary.

You can read the article in its entirety here. And you buy a copy of Signs in the Dark here.

Have You Seen the Book Video for Shards of Light by Susan Miura?

Shards of Light is in the second in the Healer series by Susan Miura. It’s a story of a gifted teen with the ability to heal others who discovers a dark secret at the convent where she’s been sent to learn more about her gift.

“With its different characters and their special focuses and its gentle exploration of a young woman’s life in flux, Shards of Light is a beautifully evocative story that stands well alone while enhancing a series. It invites readers to reflect long after Shilo’s journey through faith and secrets comes to an end.” – D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review


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Additions to Healer Cover

We’ve added the awards to the already beautiful cover of Healer by Susan Miura to celebrate the book’s accomplishments!  The sequel to Healer, Shards of Light, releases on August 31st!

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Susan Miura Is Coming to Barnes and Noble

Susan Miura, author of Healer and its upcoming sequel, Shards of Light, will be at the Barnes and Noble in SchaumburgShardsofLight 500x750, IL on September 14th and at the Bloomingdale, IL Barnes and Noble on October 13th. She’ll be signing copies of her books and would love to meet any readers in the area!

To learn more about Susan’s appearances (she has a tentative signing at Books-a-Million in Spring Hill, Tennessee in November) or Susan, visit her website at http://www.susanmiura.com.


Meet Susan Miura on July 17th

Susan Miura, author of Healer and its upcoming sequel, Shards of Light, will be presenting a writing workshop for kids and a separate workshop for adults on July 17th. The event will be held at the Elk Grove Village Library located at 1001 Wellington Avenue, Elk Grove Village, IL.

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Book Cover Reveal: Shards of Light by Susan Miura

Shards of Light, the second book in Susan Miura’s Healer series, will release on August 30th, but you can see the cover now! Let us know what you think!

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Meet the Author of Healer— Susan Miura

Mark your calendars! Susan Miura, author of the inspirational young adult series, Healer, is presenting and appearing at the following where she’ll also be signing books!  Visit her schedule at her website for complete details!
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April 4 – Presentation: “A Taste of the Smoky Mountains,” Lake Geneva Library in Lake Geneva, WI.
April 13 – Workshop: “Nail that Pitch: How to Talk to Agents and Editors” at the Schaumburg Township Library, Schaumburg IL. This is part of the “Inside Writing and Publishing” series of workshops that takes place each Spring in the Chicago suburbs.
June 1 – Authorfest: Literati Festival featuring Italian-American authors at Casa Italia, Stone Park, IL. Book signing and presentation.

Attention Authors: Upcoming Conferences and Writing Contests

Our author, Susan Miura, was gracious enough to put together this list of upcoming conferences and writing contests for fellow authors. This took a lot of work, and we’re thankful she shared it with our authors so we’re sharing it with you!

Healer 500x750By the way, if you’re interested in compelling, young adult fiction, pick up a copy of Susan’s book, Healer. It’s the first in a series, and the sequel’s coming this summer!

A Sampling of 2019 Conferences and Contests

(Some Christian, some not. NOT all-inclusive & not endorsed by ACFW-Chicago)


ACFW Conference, Sept. 26-29, San Antonio, TX


Write to Publish, June 19-22, Wheaton, IL


Blue Ridge Mountains Writers Conference, May 19-23, Ridgecrest, NC (near Asheville)


Colorado Christian Writers Conference, May 15-18, Estes Park, CO


Mt. Hermon Writers Conference, April 12-16


Romance Writers of American (RWA), July 24-27, New York, NY


Mystery Writers of America (MWA), List of various mystery conferences and events: mwany.org/conferences-festivals/

Society of Childrens Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI), 2019 conference is SOLD OUT   https://www.scbwi.org/events/20th-annual-scbwi-winter-conference-in-new-york-ny19/



ACFW’s Carol Award –Finalists announced June 28. Winners announced at conference banquet on Sept. 28, San Antonio. Deadline: March 1. – acfw.com/carol/

Serious Writer, Book of the Year – seriouswriter.com/contests/

Comprehensive list of book award contestshttp://www.goodreads.com/award

SCBWI’s Golden Kite – Opens in October. Deadline: Dec. 1 – http://www.scbwi.org/awards/golden-kite-award/

The Wishing Shelf  http://www.thewsa.co.uk/

Goodreads: List of numerous book award contests –  goodreads.com/award

Christy Awards – Submission Period: March 1-31 – ecpa.org/page/christy_submissions

Publisher’s Weekly Booklife Prize – Indie authors

Moonbeam (childrens books and YA) – March 24-Aug. 10 with an earlybird discount – moonbeamawards.com/38/guidelines

Christian Book Award from ECPA (an association of Christian publishers) –  Submission Period:

Sept. 1-30.  ecpa.org/page/cba_1_overview

Chanticleer Chatelaine Awards – chantireviews.com/contests. Deadlines vary, depending on contest entered.

Reader’s Favorite Book Awards – Deadline: April 1. – readersfavorite.com/annual-book-award-contest.htm

Selah Awards (Blue Ridge Mtn. Christian Writer’s Conference): Opens Jan. 5. Deadline: April 1.

Story Monsters Royal Dragonfly – Deadline: Oct. 1.

Illumination Book Awards – Deadline: in December.

Best Book Awards (sponsored by American Book Fest).

Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards

Fiction and nonfiction writers who have recently published a book that “contributes to our understanding of racism and our appreciation of the rich diversity of human cultures” are eligible for this award, which offers $10,000 cash as well media and publicity opportunities.

Submissions must be published in the prior year.

Deadline: Annual submission window is Sept. 1 through Dec. 31.

St. Francis College Literary Prize

This biannual prize honors mid-career writers who have recently published their third, fourth or fifth work of fiction. The winner receives $50,000 but must be able to appear at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, NY to deliver a talk on their work and teach a mini-workshop in fiction to St. Francis students. Deadline: Biannually; the deadline for work published between June 2017 and May 2019 has not yet been announced.

Young Lions Fiction Award

This $10,000 award recognizes “young authors,” which the rules define as any author aged 35 or younger. Submit any novel or short story published or scheduled to be published in the calendar year. Works must be written for adults; children’s or YA pieces are ineligible.

Deadline: Annually in the fall (most recently in August or September). Deadline for 2019 TBA.


This boutique publishing firm offers a $300 cash prize to its contest winner. Submit a novel of 20,000 words or more in any fiction genre (no fanfic, short stories or poetry) and if it’s selected, Inkitt will award you $300 in cash, special promotion on its contest winners list, as well as eligibility for future publishing deals. Inkitt runs contests regularly, so be sure to check back often. Deadline: See individual contest pages.

W.Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction

If you’re a war buff, this competition is for you. It awards $5,000 to the best piece of fiction set during a period when the U.S. was at war (war may either be the main plot of the piece or simply provide the setting). Submissions may be adult or YA novels.

Deadline: Annually on December 1.


Genesis – ACFW

Manuscripts must be complete in order to enter Genesis.

FEES: $35 per entry for current ACFW members, $95 per entry for non-members. You may choose to join ACFW at the time of entrance in order to receive the member entry fee rate.

  • Multiple entries require multiple entry fees. Can not enter one manuscript into multiple categories. Deadline: March 15.

Romance Writers of American (RWA)

Mystery Writers of American (MWA) https://mysterywriters.org/about-mwa/st-martins/

Society of Childrens Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)

Serious Writer, Writer of the Yearwww.seriouswriter.com/contests/

53-Word Story Contest – Prize: Publication, a free book from Press 53

Sponsor: Prime Number Magazine

Description: Each month Prime Number Magazine invites writers to submit a 53-word story based on a prompt. Deadline: Frequent contests

Helen Sheehan Book Prize – Manuscripts

Drue Heinz Literature Prize

You can win $15,000 and publication by the University of Pittsburgh Press with this prize, awarded for a collection of short fiction. You may submit an unpublished manuscript of short stories, two or more novellas or a combination of novellas and short stories. Your total word count should be between 150 and 300 typed pages. Deadline: Annual submissions must be postmarked between May 1 through June 30.

Tony Hillerman Prize

Presented by St. Martin’s Press and WORDHARVEST, this prize awards the best first mystery novel set in the Southwest with $10,000 and publication by St. Martin’s Press. Open to professional or non-professional writers who have not yet had a mystery published, and there are specific guidelines for the structure of your story: “Murder or another serious crime or crimes must be at the heart of the story, with emphasis on the solution rather than the details of the crime.” Deadline: TBD



Two Authors Speaking At Upcoming One-Day Conference

Two of our authors, Susan Miura, who wrote Healer, and Carmela Martino, who wrote Playing by Heart, will be speaking at the ACFW Chicago Write-to-Success one-day conference on November 3, and both authors will offer their books for sale afterward.

Susan’s talk will cover how to talk to editors and agents which will include preparing for, conducting, and following-up an in-person pitch while Carmela will share techniques for creating composite characters, researching setting details, and mining memories for story ideas.

For full details, including times and other guest speakers, go to the ACFW Chicago site.