Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Author G. J. Berger’s 'South Of Burnt Rocks, West Of The Moon’ Wins San Diego Book Award For Best Historical Fiction Novel Of 2012

G. J. Berger's debut historical fiction novel, 'South Of Burnt Rocks', offers the stirring tale of the Iberian Celtic clan as it battles the Roman Empire

G. J. Berger's recent historical fiction release, 'South Of Burnt Rocks, West Of The Moon', has won the 2013 San Diego Book Awards for Published Historical Fiction of 2012.

"The San Diego Book Awards," Berger stated, "its many editors and writers, have established the most sought-after and respected author recognition event in California. Entering its 20th year, the SDBA has honored both well-known and up and coming writers across many genres, including recent winners J. K. Rowling and Susan Vreeland. To be included, first as finalist and then as a winner in the category of published historical novels for all of 2012, is at once humbling and inspiring."

Founded in 1994, the San Diego Book Awards Association honors the best published books and unpublished manuscripts by San Diego County residents each year. The organization is a volunteer organization dedicated to enriching the literary community of the nation’s third largest county.

"South Of Burnt Rocks" has received glowing reviews from a number of reviewers. Kirkus Reviews stated, "Smartly written, the novel moves quickly....The simple yet powerful narrative relies on a commanding cast of characters,... Berger beautifully crafts them as more than one-dimensional warriors....Berger also builds an elaborate world full of small details that add depth and historical context."

Awesome Indies posted a review that stated in part, "Written with an engrossing breadth of detail about the Celts and the Romans, with a sympathetic slant towards the people on both sides of the conflict, and with a depth of knowledge that he imparts effortlessly to the reader, G J Berger has written a compelling story of adventure, fortitude, revenge and love.  The main characters stand out against a supporting cast of well-drawn minor characters.  Pacing is superb, driving the reader onwards."

As a writer, G. J. Berger hopes to transport readers to places and times available nowhere else. 'South Of Burnt Rocks, West Of The Moon' is built upon and around the seldom heard tales of Celtic fighting women.

The storyline of the book brings ancient times alive while offering a tribute to Celtic fighting women, select warriors seldom mentioned in historical fiction books. Berger attempts to bring this story, half-lost in the mists of history, to modern readers of historical fiction.

G.J. Berger is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below or by email at gjberger@hotmail.com. 'South Of Burnt Rocks, West Of The Moon' is available at Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble and Kobo Books and most bookstores. More information, including a recent Authors Show interview, is available at his website at http://www.gjberger.com.

About G. J. Berger:

When G. J. was eight, his mom told him the story of Hannibal crossing the Alps with elephants and a great army. He asked her what happened to Hannibal after that. Mom didn’t know, but he was hooked, had to find out, had to write about it.

G. J. spent much of his young life on the road and at sea, even working as a crew member on a tramp steamer. Wherever his travels took him, old walls, canals, even storage holes deep in the ground, made him wonder about how they got there, about the people who built them, how they lived and got along.

The result is this and two other novels-to-be wherein the places, the history, even some of the ‘Burnt Rocks’ characters do and did exist.

When not writing, G. J. tries to roam around the places he writes about, likes to sit and soak up the times back then and bring them to modern life in his stories. G. J. is convinced that for all the changes in last 2000 years, people loved and hated, suffered and rejoiced, destroyed and built in the same ways then as they do today.

G. J. lives in San Diego with his favorite grammarian and English Professor.


G. J. Berger