Alert! Andrew Salomon’s novel, Tokoloshe Song, which was previously shortlisted for the Terry Pratchett Anywhere But Here, Anywhen But Now First Novel Prize under the working title Lun, has made it to the quarter finals of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2013 in the category Science Fiction / Fantasy / Horror.
The other categories are General Fiction, Mystery & Thriller, Romance, and Young Adult. Four First Prize winners and one Grand Prize winner will be chosen. All the winners will be given publishing contracts, with the First Prize winners receiving a $15 000 advance and the Grand Prize winner pocketing $50 000.
The 25 semifinalists will be announced on 16 April and the 5 finalists will be made known on 21 May. Amazon customers will then be able to vote for their favourite books from 21- 29 May and on 15 June the winners will be announced.
In the meantime, excerpts from the books in the quarter finals can be downloaded for free on your Kindle, so get a taste of Tokoloshe Song today! Here is the blurb for the book:
Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Entry – this eBook is a sample of the first 3,000-5,000 words; it is not a download of the full book. Tokoloshes weren’t supposed to exist. Not for real. Until recently these feared, knee-high and intelligent creatures could only be found in African mythology, or in nightmares. But when Richard Nevis befriends a brave one named Lun at a tokoloshe rescue shelter in Cape Town, his hard-won simple life becomes complicated very fast – complicated enough to turn fatal. One day Richard is happily restoring vintage boats and trying to forget a dreadful blind date involving inflatable sumo suits, and the next he and Lun find themselves pursued by assassins while trying to open and protect an ancient metal box containing a coveted secret.