A passionate gardener and wildlife enthusiast, Maria’s extensive native and natural garden, certified as a wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation, as well as a Monarch WayStation by Monarch Watch, has been on display in several East End garden tours.
Darcie Chan, New York Times bestselling indie author of The Mill River Recluse and Amy Edelman, founder of IndieReader.com, announced the winners of the first annual “IndieReader Discovery Awards” on June 3, 2012, at Book Expo America (BEA), a trade show taking place in New York City.
The judges on the IRDA panel included top people in all areas of the publishing industry, in concert with IndieReader’
Maria’s Duck Tales: Wildlife Stories From My Garden has earned eight more awards and has been nominated for two eBook awards. It has also been named a Finalist in three categories in the Readers Favorite Book Awards making it a candidate in September for a gold, silver or bronze medal in each category:
National Indie Excellence Book Awards Winner (Nature 2012)
International Book Awards Finalist (Animals/Pets:
International Book Awards Finalist (E-Book Autobiography/
Green Book Festival Runner-Up (Animals 2012)
Los Angeles Book Festival First Honorable Mention (Non-Fiction 2012)
San Francisco Book Festival First Honorable Mention (Non-Fiction 2012)
Beach Book Festival Honorable Mention (Non-Fiction 2012)
Global eBook Awards Nomination (Animals/ Pets 2012)
Global eBook Awards Nomination (Best eBook Trailer 2012)
Readers Favorite Book Award Finalist (Animals 2012)
Readers Favorite Book Award Finalist (Humor 2012)
Readers Favorite Book Award Finalist (General Non-Fiction 2012)
Maria writes a weekly community column, "From Fourth Neck," for the Western Edition of The Southampton Press. Her essays have appeared in The Press Box in both the Eastern and Western Editions of The Southampton Press, as well as in The Press of Manorville and Moriches. Her wildlife stories have also appeared in the South Shore Monthly, the Great South Bay Magazine and In the Eyes of the Wild: An Anthology of Wildlife Poetry and Short Stories.
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