Indie Author’s Debut Novel Receives a Warmer Literary Welcome through Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews

Indie Author’s Debut Novel Receives a Warmer Literary Welcome through Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews Indie Author’s Debut Novel Receives a Warmer Literary Welcome through Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews Indie Author’s Debut Novel Receives a Warmer Literary Welcome through Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews

NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES – On November 15th, 2017, Love Changes by Eartha Watts Hicks was named 2017 winner of the Readers’ Favorite Silver Medal in Urban Fiction. The Annual Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Contest received submissions from thousands of contestants from over a dozen countries, ranging from the first-time, self-published authors, like Ms. Watts Hicks, to New York Times bestsellers like J.A. Jance, James Rollins, and #1 best-selling author Daniel Silva, as well as celebrity authors like Jim Carrey (Bruce Almighty), Henry Winkler (Happy Days), and Eriq La Salle (E.R., Coming to America).

Love Changes was initially released in May of 2013. Within a month of publication, the debut novel was nominated for and claimed the Just R.E.A.D. Literary Award in Fiction from the NYCHA Branch of the NAACP. The author and title were later featured in the 2014 Congressional Black Caucus. Eartha Watts Hicks, who wrote and independently published the novel on what she describes as ‘a shoe-string budget,’ submitted the novel for consideration and an honest review from the Readers’ Favorite review team, with the hopes of reviving sales.

Readers’ Favorite is one of the largest book review and award contest sites on the Internet. They have earned the respect of renowned publishers like Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Harper Collins, and have received the “Best Websites for Authors” and “Honoring Excellence” awards from the Association of Independent Authors. They are also fully accredited by the BBB (A+ rating), which is a rarity among Book Review and Book Award Contest companies. And while other review companies can charge exorbitant fees, Reader’s Favorite offers their book review service free of charge, costing authors simply their time, the price of the printed copy, shipping, and handling.

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Eartha says, “My book took over 10 years to research, write, revise, obtain licensing, and finally publish. But books don’t sell themselves. Since granting Love Changes their five-star review, Readers’ Favorite has given me almost instant credibility and has even continued to be a tremendous help in spreading the word about my novel to readers who’ve never heard of me. They’ve even gone as far as sending me their award seal for my book cover. And their site is wonderful! I’m ecstatic!”

“Love Changes follows the story of Mia Love and her heartaches, exploring her emotional growth, and the ultimate choice she has to make between chasing love and embracing her heart’s deepest desire, a story that reminded me so much of the characters in Paolo Coelho’s novels,” says Divine Zape, reviewer at Readers’ Favorite who’d granted the author a 5-star review for the work.

“Mia stops her college education so she can work and support her live-in boyfriend, Spider. She is head over boots in love with the guy, who works for a simple record label, even if no one sees any reason why she should want to marry him. But then she becomes pregnant and her life revolves around Spider and her newborn baby, but will Spider make the ultimate decision to marry her when he catches a break in the music industry? Over time, Mia and Spider have many arguments on the subject of marriage. But things get even more complicated when a third party comes onto the scene, Romell, who, in the guise of a good friend, gets a whole lot of benefits. Watch this stunning drama as Mia navigates her choices, torn between what others want her to do and what she believes could create her ultimate happiness.”

“Eartha Watts-Hicks’ novel presents a drama that takes place in everyday life. As I read through this story, I couldn’t help but think about how we make important choices about who to marry and how to live our lives. Love and pain are featured as powerful themes and the reader will be interested to find out how these themes are interwoven with family secrets and lies, building a plot that is both gripping and utterly entertaining. Love Changes is a story that will delight and inform readers, a page-turner.”

—Divine Zape, reviewer at Readers’ Favorite

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About the Author

Eartha Watts-Hicks is the founder of Earthatone Publishing and Earthatone Books. She is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), and the legendary Harlem Writers Guild. A fiction fellow of the Hurston/Wright Foundation, Center for Black Literature and North Country Institute and Retreat for Writers of Color, Eartha’s writing advice has been featured in The Writer’s Guide to 2013. In June of 2013, she received the Just R.E.A.D. “Game Changer” Award in the fiction category from the NYCHA branch of the NAACP and was named New York City literacy ambassador. She was a featured author in the 2014 Congressional Black Caucus and now facilitates public readings, as well as leads writing, self-publishing, and publicity workshops for the New York Public Library, The National Writers Union, and The New York City Parks Department. Eartha is currently a New York City resident and NYFA affiliated artist, serving as editor-in-chief at Harlem World Magazine.


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