The INDEPENDENT PRESS AWARD recognized Time Benders and the Two Promises, Book II in the category of Science Fiction as a distinguished favorite.

ST. CHARLES, IL, April 30, 2021 /24-7PressRelease/ — The competition is judged by experts from different aspects of the book industry, including publishers, writers, editors, book cover designers and professional copywriters. Selected award winners and distinguished favorites are based on overall excellence.

Time Benders and the Two Promises is a science fiction novel set in the 1970’s. In this second book in the series, the full impact of what Joe has done sinks in, angering Deb and Ken, and causing Ken to pronounce the end of trips in the time machine. Later, when Deb learns about Mr. Brewster’s history, she and Joe defy Ken and take the machine to Las Vegas, 1958 to keep Mrs. Brewster from a certain accident. Bolstered by the success of this trip, Deb decides recklessly to try to undo what Joe had done in his solo trip n the machine, returning to Cambridge to stop Joe. The unknown forces of the universe and energy are working against their efforts to be in the same space and time and Deb barely makes it back alive!

All of this creates a rift between Deb and her best friend Mary, because of the spiritual questions of whether one should try to change fate, until she finally understands. When Mary learns she may face a terrible future and major illness, she convinces the Fitzgerald siblings to use the machine to go forward in time to discover her fate. Through all of this, the siblings commit to two major promises about the machine, and their parents. Underpinning all of their adventures, they wrestling with their faith, the questions presented by the time travel and the fact that their trips continue to wreak havoc on their memories.

This heartwarming story packs a punch of history, faith, and science sprinkled with kindness through these relatable teens.

In 2021, the INDEPENDENT PRESS AWARD had entries worldwide. Participating authors and publishers reside in countries such as Australia, Canada, India, Ireland, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and others. In addition, books submitted included writers located in U.S. cities such as Atlanta to Santa Fe; Chicago to New York; from Boise to Honolulu, and others.

“We congratulate this year’s 2021 winners and distinguished favorites in the annual INDEPENDENT PRESS AWARD. The quality and quantity of excellent independently published books hit a record. Independents recognized are thriving around the world. We are so proud to announce these key titles representing global independent publishing,” said awards sponsor Gabrielle Olczak.

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