• Author M.L.Ruscsak

    Author of the "Lite and Darke" Series
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​As an author I have the privilege to become one of the first to have their works made into a Cine-book. However I need your votes to see this dream become a reality . 
​How can you help?
​Click the link and vote. That simple. If it gets to 1000 votes then it will be published in this new E-book format. 
​ https://cine-books.com/projects/melisa-9fd7c/the-new-reign-a-lite-and-darke-novel 

Thank you for entering the 2018 IPPY Awards!

Greetings and thank you for supporting the IPPY Awards and the independent publishing movement! We hope this means you recognize the promotional value of entering the "World’s Largest Book Awards Contest." We’re constantly trying to make it the "world’s best" book awards contest, so if you have any suggestions on how we can make it a better experience, please let us know.

This is the last update prior to the results announcement. Again, thanks for your participation. We truly appreciate it.

Judging is nearly complete! And, wow, what an exciting couple of months we've spent with your amazing books. It's never easy making the tough judging decisions, but it's always exciting and always an honor to bring some much-deserved recognition to your excellent books!

Tomorrow is the big day -- at about 4pm eastern time we will send another announcement like this one, but include live links to the results pages: one page for the 83 general categories; one for the regional and ebook categories; and a third for the Outstanding Book of the Year categories. These pages will not go live until this Thursday, to give us time to make edits and add cover images -- and then our official announcement will go out to all IPPY Awards entrants and IndependentPublisher.com subscribers that afternoon. So, it will be important to search the results pages and find any medal-winning books you entered and check them for correct spelling and wording. 

Best of luck to all, and stand by until 4pm eastern time tomorrow!

We hope that by announcing the results this week will give you some time for arranging your schedule if you choose to attend the award ceremony. We hold the ceremony during BookExpo America because so many of you already plan to be there at that time, but anyone who wins a medal is certainly welcome. Also, we understand how expensive travel and lodging can be, so we don't pressure you to be there at all. That's why we mail packets to those who can't attend. You don't have to be present to win!

News Flash! The 2018 award ceremony will be especially notable for including the presentation of the 5000th medal awarded during IPPY’s 22-year history. We'll choose one of this year's entrants at random, and you'll receive a package that includes 5,000 IPPY seals, a spot on the floor at BookExpo America in Combined Book Exhibit’s booth, and a customized display plaque. The winner will also get two of Jenkins Group’s marketing services: Review Direct, a newsletter that reaches librarians, booksellers, and book reviewers; and a press release targeting pertinent media contacts sent through the Media Direct program. Finally, IPPY gala sponsor Media Connect will provide a one-hour consultation with one of their book publicity experts.

Plus, the event returns to the bright lights of Times Square and the legendary Copacabana night club, a spectacular new venue that is the perfect place to gather and celebrate independent publishing greatness!

About the Awards

On Tuesday, May 29, 2018, from 6-9 pm, we'll present the 22nd Annual IPPY Awards ceremony in New York’s Time Square, at the legendary Copacabana night club. All medal-winning books get two tickets for free, with extra guest tickets available for $75 each. We'll supply more details as the event gets closer, but we're excited about holding our second big event at this new venue. 

Stay tuned for the next update, and please let me know if you’d like any additional contacts added to the update list. 

Thank you for your participation and best of luck!

About the Awards

Each year since 1996, the Independent Publisher Book Awards competition has identified a reading list of progressive, thought-provoking books, the kind that can touch lives, advance careers, and stretch our imaginations. With the tag line, "Recognizing Excellence in Independent Publishing," the IPPY Awards showcase the best books from throughout North America and the English-speaking world. Launched as the first unaffiliated awards program open exclusively to independent, university, and self-published titles, the awards are presented each spring at a gala ceremony during the BookExpo America convention in New York. Winners receive gold, silver and bronze medals and foil seals for their book covers. 

The IPPY Awards are presented by publishing services firm Jenkins Group of Traverse City, Michigan and IndependentPublisher.com, "the online voice of independent publishing."

Life has hills and valleys, but is how you handle those low times that will lead you to overcome the mountains in your life.

About the Author


Born In 1982, a native to Lorain Ohio, Melisa grew up living with her grandparents Frances and James Lasure. She attended Clearview High School as well as Lorain County J.V.S. While in J.V.S she attended the Culinary Arts program graduating in 2001.

In 2003 she welcomed the addition of her daughter Chyenne. Who inspired her to start to put her dreams to paper. A story she wrote after her daughter's birth, although not published, became the stepping stone to everything else she would eventually write.

In 2011 near tragedy struck as Melisa's health began to decline. By summer of 2011 she would need to use a cane to get around. Suffering a stroke she required a craniotomy where she suffered her second stroke. Leaving her with a partial impairment of her speech, and weakness on her right side.  After surgery she would need to learn not only to walk again, but speak as well as recognize the alphabet. 

By 2016 with the encouragement of family Melisa would begin to pen the first draft in what would become the  "Lite and Darke" series.