Bahamian Author Wins International Book Award

By Fay Knowles

Bestselling Bahamian author Tanya R. Taylor is the Silver Medal Winner of Readers’ Favorite 2019 International Book Awards in the Young Adult – Paranormal division for her popular, spine-tingling tale “Cornelius”!
Ms. Taylor says: “According to Readers’ Favorite website, this year’s contest was the largest one ever! I will be travelling to the award ceremony in Miami in November to receive my award. This is indeed an honour. And a Bahamian has done it!”
Readers’ Favorite is “the fastest growing book review and award contest site on the Internet.” They state: “We have earned the respect of renowned publishers such as Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Harper Collins, and have received the ‘Best Websites for Authors’ and ‘Honoring Excellence’ awards from the Association of Independent Authors. We are also very proud to be fully accredited by the BBB (A+ rating), which is a rarity among Book Review and Book Award Contest companies.”

Readers’ Favorite say they receive thousands of entries from all over the world: “We receive submissions from independent authors, small publishers, and publishing giants such as Random House, Harper Collins and Simon & Schuster, with contestants that range from the first-time, self-published author to New York Times bestsellers like J.A. Jance, James Rollins, and #1 best-selling author Daniel Silva, as well as celebrity authors like Jim Carrey (Bruce Almighty), Jonathan Frakes (Star Trek) and Henry Winkler (Happy Days).”
Cornelius was the first book in Tanya R. Taylor’s gripping Cornelius Saga Series and is an Amazon #1 Best-seller in Teen & Young Adult Multigenerational Family Fiction. Cornelius appeared on the top 100 Paid Bestsellers’ lists along with Stephen King and Dean Koontz and is listed in the Catholic Board of Education’s Summer Reading List for grades 10, 11 & 12.
Ms. Taylor dedicated Cornelius to her former high school English and Literature teacher at Aquinas College, Mrs. Shona M. Knowles. She says in her Acknowledgements: “Mrs. Knowles recognized in me what I didn’t quite see in myself at the time. She saw raw, creative talent and encouraged me to utilize my writing skills. Now, because of her encouragement and selfless contribution, I am able to put the word ‘Author’ next to my name and thus, make my loved ones proud. I am also grateful for the fact that my work and name will continue to live on long after I have passed on.”
‘Til Death Do Us Part, The Cornelius Saga Book 13, will be released next month and will be available for pre-order.
Ms. Taylor also has an exciting new mystery series. She will release “Blind Escape”, Book 2 in her Lucille Pfiffer Mystery Series, on September 19th. The book is available for pre-order at
“Lucille Pfiffer sees, but not with her eyes. She lives with her beloved dog Vanilla (‘Nilla’ for short) in a cozy neighborhood that is quite ‘active’ due to what occurred in the distant past. Though totally blind, she plays an integral role in helping to solve pressing and puzzling mysteries, one right after the other, which, without her, might remain unsolved.”
In Blind Escape, “The town of Chadsworth has a new headache on its hand…a puzzling murder for blind Lucille Pfiffer to solve. Will the mystery be unraveled in record time or will the stealthy killer or killers find their way to Lucille’s doorstep? Vanilla, once again claims her role as ‘protector’. But Lucille is majorly concerned – not just for her own safety, but for that of her cherished pet.”
“Blind Sight”, Book 1 in the series, became Amazon’s #1 Hot New Release in its category the very first day after it was made available to pre-order! And BLIND ESCAPE, with hundreds of pre-orders, has followed suit.
Ms. Taylor says: “A USA Today author asked me what’s my secret. I told her that God is totally responsible for this.”
Amazon Reviewer Deby says in her Amazon 5 Star review of “Blind Sight”: “What a Quirky Fun Read! – Ms. Taylor has a hit on her hands with this new series. Just love the blind lady that can ‘see’. Add in the boarders, the friends, and a ghost or two and you can’t go wrong by reading this page turning whodunit. Loved it!”
The author says: “Blind Justice, the third book in my Lucille Pfiffer Mystery series is currently in the works and this one is also going to be a fun, suspenseful and humorous read for all of you Cozy Mystery fans.”
Tanya R. Taylor writes in various genres including Paranormal Romance, Fantasy, Thrillers, Science-fiction, Mystery and Suspense. She is the author of several #1 bestsellers across the various Amazon Stores. All of her books have made Amazon Kindle’s Top 100 Paid Bestsellers’ List in several categories. Her book “10 Minutes Before Sleeping” was #34, sharing the top 100 paid Best Sellers list in African American Mystery Thriller and Suspense Fiction with several of James Patterson’s books.
For more information about Tanya R. Taylor’s books go to her Amazon author page at Her website is

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