The Butterfly Lady, a book by Danny M. Hoey, Jr., Wins Prestigious IndieFab Award

Danny M. Hoey, Jr.’s first novel, The Butterfly Lady, published by Flaming Giblet Press, is Foreword Review’s 2013 Bronze Winner in the Gay & Lesbian category.

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The IndieFab Awards are hosted each year by Foreword Reviews, a prestigious review magazine dedicated to discovering the latest indie books. Over 100 librarians and booksellers make up the panel of judges who select the best of the best from the contestant pool, and within each of the 62 genre categories, only 3 awards are given: gold, silver, and bronze. Prizes for the winners include cash, a celebratory conference given by American Library Association, and national recognition.

For fifteen years, Foreword Review’s IndieFab Book of the Year Awards have been calling attention to the literary achievements of the nation’s independent publishers, with the goal of recognizing the best indie works. Any indie author with a newly released, independently published novel may enter the contest—even eBooks are eligible—so obtaining an award truly signifies literary excellence. Besides simply excellence, the judges also look for how a book adds value to its genre and if the publication is of quality, which gives credit not only to the author but to the independent publisher as well.

Flaming Giblet Press and Sundress Publications would like to congratulate Danny M. Hoey, Jr. on receiving this fabulous honor. Hoey is an Ohio native currently residing in Florida and has had stories published in Women in Redzine, Mandala Journal, African Voices Magazine, Warpland, and SNReview.com. The Butterfly Lady is his first novel.

An imprint of Sundress Publications, a women-friendly publication group founded in 2000, Flaming Giblet Press specializes in prose, cross-genre, experimental, and otherwise unclassifiable texts.

Screen Shot 2014-08-14 at 7.42.09 PMYou can buy this book on Sundress’s new online store, here, and for more information about Foreword Review and the IndieFab Awards can be found at their website: http://indiefab.forewordreviews.com/.

Meet Danny M. Hoey, Our 2013 Fiction Judge for OUTSpoken

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Danny M. Hoey, author of The Butterfly Lady (Flaming Giblet Press, 2013), will be one of the Sundress Academy for the Arts’ judges for the OUTSpoken competition. His novel has achieved acclaim throughout the entire LGBT community. Hoey says he wrote The Butterfly Lady “to give Gabriel, or someone like Gabriel, a sense of humanity – to show that they are not a spectacle, but a real person.”

He goes on to explain that writing this story has not only helped himself to feel empowered to be truthful, but also encouraged his friends to write the truth and to remain truthful in their writing, “It’s helped me to not be afraid to write the truth, even the hard parts. I was afraid and then I let it go. I’m not as afraid as I was before. I can write things that matter.”

This led him to meet and work with author T.A. Noonan, who informed him of SAFTA and the OUTSpoken program. Hoey described his excitement at the opportunity to work with and judge for this organization, saying, “We need more LGBT voices. I think it is important to help the arts in any way we can because art is political. We need to give people an area to express themselves and who they are and give them an opportunity to be who they are.”

The Butterfly Lady was just named a Finalist for the Foreward Book of the Year in Gay and Lesbian Fiction.

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