"Night of the Chupacabra" Wins Honors at NIEA

The National Indie Excellence Awards has credited "Night of the Chupacabra" by Michael Hebler as Best Novel in the category of Horror for 2014.
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NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. - June 2, 2014 - PRLog -- The National Indie Excellence Awards (NIEA), established in 2007, announced its 2014 list of winners in conjunction with this year’s BookExpo America event in New York City.  Amongst categories that range from Action-Adventure to Women’s Issues, Michael Hebler was awarded Best Horror for Book I in his Chupacabra Series, “Night of the Chupacabra.”

Night of the Chupacabra Synopsis:  There is a creature that lurks in the vast open deserts of the west.  It can only survive on blood and, although it prefers to prey on the weak and young, it will slaughter anyone or anything, once provoked.  It is unnatural, deceptive, and difficult to kill.  Word about the existence of this elusive beast has not spread since anyone who has crossed paths with it did not live long enough to tell of their account.

In the Chupacabra Series, a vampire-like, cryptozoological creature (which literally translates to “goat-sucker”) takes a supporting role to a cast of memorable characters who struggle to survive while finding their place in developing America.   Currently slated for six books, the Chupacabra Series echoes strong family themes and the sacrifices required for that nature of love; and while some characters do survive through multiple novels, each volume will host a different protagonist to lead the reader through its harrowing journey.

According to a release on this year’s competition, “Founder Ellen Reid, President & CEO of the National Indie Excellence Awards, announced the 2014 winners and finalists in categories that saw the greatest competition yet in an initiative that celebrates the best of books in print – which includes, covers, interior layouts, titles in self-published or indie published books. The winners and finalists represent a diverse group of first-time authors and seasoned authors, major self-publishing groups as well as first-time publishing efforts.”

“This year the expert team of publishing insiders who serve as judges of the NIEA, were challenged because of the quality of entries. I would have to say this was the fiercest competition we’ve seen. It’s a new day in publishing in 2014,” said Reid.


Author:          Michael Hebler
Style:          Series
Theme:          Dark Fiction / Horror / Western
Length:          300 pages (print) / 68,000 words
Binding:         Perfect bound & digital (.mobi, .epub, .pdf )
Retail:          $16.95 (print) / $2.99 (e-book)


Prior to becoming an award-winning author of his dark fiction Chupacabra Series, Michael was a full-time international film publicist who had worked on multiple titles for Walt Disney, Pixar, Lionsgate, Lakeshore Entertainment, Warner Bros., and Summit Entertainment. Born in the early 1970's in Los Angeles County to a salesman and a homemaker, Michael dreamed of following his passions for entertainment and storytelling by becoming an actor. It was while studying theatre arts at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California, did he realize his penchant for stories were better suited on the page rather than the stage. However, creating tales with suspense, laughter, and heart is not Michael's only love. Hebler also enjoys volunteering in his local community for Meals on Wheels, as well as aid in the capture/spay/neuter/release feral program.

To date, Michael's publications include “Night of the Chupacabra” and “Curse of the Chupacabra” (Books I & II of six in the Chupacabra Series) as well as his first publication, “The Night After Christmas”, a holiday picture book for believers of any age.

In 2014, Hebler will release two additional titles: “Legend of the Chupacabra” (Chupacabra Series, #3) on July 29, and “The Ghost of Christmas Past,” a spiritual novella placing the Spirit in the center of its own afterlife, and life, while aiding a woman's complicated past, on October 7.

Website:        www.michaelhebler.com
Facebook:      The Chupacabra Series
Twitter:          mhebler

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