Fredericksburg, VA (PressExposure) February 25, 2009 -- Secrets by the Sea a novel by author Mary Montague Sikes has been nominated in the fiction category for the 12th Annual Library of Virginia Literary Awards. Sikes received notification by letter from Gregg Kimball, Director of Publications and Educational Services at the Library.
A mystery/suspense novel with gothic elements, Secrets by the Sea is set on the Caribbean island of Antigua. Dana Sinclair is stunned to learn of the murder of her grandfather and heads to the island to seek clues to what happened. A diary, mysterious tunnels, a secret love affair and much more lead Dana into danger and more unanswered questions.
âReading this book is like being at the movies,â Darlene Lees, a reader from South Carolina, wrote. âYou can't help but get immersed in the plot and will feel as if you are actually hearing the crashing of the waves and walking through the mist right along with the characters.â
Secrets by the Sea is the third book in the âPassenger to Paradiseâ series created by Oak Tree Press of Taylorville, Illinois for Sikesâ books, all of which feature exotic settings. Sikes is currently completing work on Stranger in My Heart, a novel set in Trinidad and the Grenadines that is based on real adventures the author experienced several years ago during a visit to the islands. Sikes is planning a June launch event in Virginia for her new book.
âThe purpose of the Literary Awards is to honor Virginia authors, their publishers, and their literary contributions,â Kimball wrote in his letter to Sikes.
Each fall, the Library of Virginia hosts the annual Virginia Literary Award attracting authors, publishers, and readers. Winners in fiction, non-fiction, and poetry categories will each receive an award of $3500 and a crystal book. A date has not been announced for this yearâs awards event.
To learn more about Secrets by the Sea, visit http://www.marymontaguesikes.com. Sikesâ books are available online from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, http://www.oaktreebooks.com and at fine bookstores everywhere.
Sikes is a native of Fredericksburg and a graduate of Mary Washington College.