Gettysburg, Pa. (PressExposure) May 19, 2011 -- The 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards has announced that Gettysburg author Jessica James has received first place in the Best Regional Fiction category for her new Civil War novel, Noble Cause.
Released last month in Charleston, S.C., during the 150th anniversary of the Civil War commemoration events, the novel was also a Finalist in the Romance and Historical Fiction categories.
"I'm honored to receive this prestigious award for Indie authors, James said. "It's really exciting that Noble Cause is appealing to both readers of historical fiction and romance, and even more surprising, that it is being praised by men, as well as women. I think everyone relates to a good, old-fashioned love story that stresses high moral values and solid principles like honor and duty."
Lauded for its ability to evoke intense emotion, Noble Cause presents the passionate debate of The War Between the States in an epic tale of love and adventure. The novel has received high praise from Civil War historians and authors, and continues to garner favorable reviews in both the historical and romantic fiction genres.
James' first novel Shades of Gray was a multi-award winner and resulted in her being featured in the book "50 Great Writers You Should be Reading," released in 2010.
The Book Review Journal said in its review. "You cannot leave this book unchanged in your understanding of the souls of the Civil War, while RT Magazine said, "James' novel is a moving account of two people who are drawn into an untenable conflict and find love, despite their opposing beliefs."
James has been written about in the Washington Post and does frequent book signings in Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania.
The Next Generation Indie Book Awards is the largest Not-for-Profit book awards program for independent authors and publishers.
For more information visit http://www.jessicajamesbooks.com.