Hopi Tea by New Mexico author Kent Jacobs Wins Silver for Best Regional Fiction from the IPPYs!

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - April 11, 2019 - PRLog -- PenPower Book Marketing Services and Sunstone Press are pleased to announce New Mexico author Kent F. Jacobs' recent novel, Hopi Tea, a Murder Mystery, has won the highly coveted Silver Award in the West-Mountain – Best Regional Fiction category from the Independent Publisher's Book Awards (known as the IPPYs.) Award-winning author Michael McGarrity says of Hopi Tea: Jacobs delivers a story with a rapid-fire pace that mixes murder, mystery, and interesting tidbits of New Mexico history that is sure to entertain.

The IPPY Awards reward those who exhibit the courage, innovation, and creativity to bring about change in the world of publishing. Independent spirit and expertise comes from publishers of all sizes and budgets and books are judged with that in mind. Gold, silver and bronze medals are awarded to winners in national subject categories, regional categories, and e-book categories. Winners are celebrated at a ceremony on the eve of BookExpo in New York City.

"It's such an honor to receive this recognition," says Jacobs. "The IPPY Awards are highly regarded in the industry and they celebrate independent authors and publishers worldwide … so this is worldwide recognition and I'm deeply appreciative" he continues.

Jacobs' inspiration for the book began out of a deep curiosity about Native American rituals. For several years, he lived with Native Americans, serving as a physician. His patients were from numerous tribes in northwestern New Mexico, including Hopi, Zuni, Laguna, Navajo and Apache. He inquired about their various rituals, including the purification and scalp dances. The stories he was told are confirmed by the exhaustive writings of Frank Waters, Book of the Hopi, as well as articles from the 47th Annual Report of the Bureau of American Ethnology of the Smithsonian. Jacobs holds the Native American in highest esteem, and respectfully asks the readers of his book to accept depicted rituals as a composite of the available (and rare) descriptions.

Physician and arts advocate Kent Jacobs is a graduate of Northwestern University College of Medicine with a specialty post-graduate diploma from the University of Colorado College of Medicine. His interest in writing began during his early years as a full-time academician. He is also the author of The Turned Fieldand Zuni Stew, both from Sunstone Press. He lives with his wife, painter Sallie Ritter, in southern New Mexico. They received the New Mexico Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts in 2014, the state's highest award in the arts.

Hopi Tea is available for purchase from your favorite independent bookstore through IndieBound, wholesale from Ingram and in eBook and traditional print on Amazon. For more information about Kent Jacobs, please visit his website at http://kentfjacobs.com/.

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