Irish Author Paul Reid One of Four Novelist To Be Published by AmazonEncore

We may still consider Amazon one of the leading online retailers, but today’s announcement from their Seattle headquarters reinforces the status and development of Amazon as a publisher in their own right. Four novels will be published this spring by Amazon’s own imprint, AmazonEncore, and all of them were entries in the 2009 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.
The four novels are:
A Cruel Harvest, by Paul Reid
(Published, April 2010)
Page from a Tennessee Journal, by Francine Thomas Howard
(Published, March 2010)
Greyhound, by Steffan Piper
(Published, March 2010)
Crossing, by Andrew Fukuda
(Published, May 2010)
The Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest is co-sponsored by, CreateSpace, their print on demand service, and Penguin Group (USA). The four novels are the first original manuscripts to be published through AmazonEncore. It has been a very positive and encouraging program for Amazon to instigate. Something I’d like to see a great deal more of from the e-tailer, and I do suspect AmazonEncore will grow. Amazon may at times come in for criticism on these pages, but I think credit must be due where it is fully deserved. Without Amazon, one wonders if self-publishing authors would have nearly as big a platform to success.
I am personally delighted to see one of the books is from Irish author Paul Reid from Cork with his novel, A Cruel Harvest. A Cruel Harvest tells the epic tale of two young lovers who are separated in a pirate raid on their Irish fishing village and forced to face terrible danger at the hands of tyrants in order to be reunited. The novel is set in 1790 and stretches from the windswept coast of Ireland to the sun-baked hills of Morocco.
Francine Thomas Howard Page from a Tennessee Journal is based on a well-guarded family secret. Her debut novel is about the lives of two Southern farming families—one white, one black—and their interconnected lives set in racially oppressive Tennessee a century ago. The San Francisco Bay Area-based author left her career in paediatric occupational therapy to pursue her first love: writing. Her novel will be published in March 2010.
Steffan Piper’s Greyhound is set in the early 1980’s, and tells the story of 12-year-old Sebastien Ranes, who travels 2,000 miles across America on a Greyhound bus, chronicling the lessons he learns and people he meets along the way. Piper, based in Los Angeles, had previously self-published one novel and three books of poetry. Greyhound will be published in March 2010.
Andrew Fukuda’s Crossing is a debut novel exploring the Asian-American immigrant experience in modern-day America, and exposes the day-to-day cruelty of life in high schools. The book was inspired by the author’s time spent working with immigrant teenagers in Manhattan’s Chinatown. The half-Chinese, half-Japanese Fukuda lives on Long Island, New York. Crossing will be published in May 2010.
All four published books from AmazonEncore will be available in print format on as well as wireless digital downloads from the Kindle Store. For more information on AmazonEncore and upcoming titles, visit

“Now in its third year, the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest brings in many worthy manuscripts. We’ve identified these four manuscripts as examples of authors whose work we think deserves a larger audience, and we’re excited to help these authors find their readers.”

Jeff Belle, Vice President, Books

About AmazonEncore
Announced in May 2009, AmazonEncore is a program which identifies exceptional books and emerging authors using information on, such as customer reviews and sales data. Amazon then works with the authors to introduce or re-introduce their books to readers through marketing and distribution into multiple channels and formats, such as the Amazon Books Store, Amazon Kindle Store,, and national and independent bookstores via third-party wholesalers.
Galleys of these titles are available for media and can be obtained by e-mailing

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