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Clemenceau’s Daughters Takes Honorable Mention at Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards


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Reader’s Favorite recognizes “Clemenceau’s Daughters” in its annual international book award contest.

The Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Contest featured thousands of contestants from over a dozen countries, ranging from new independent authors to NYT best-sellers and celebrities.

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.

We receive thousands of entries from all over the world. Because of these large submission numbers, we are able to break down our contest into 140+ genres, and each genre is judged separately, ensuring that books only compete against books of their same genre for a fairer and more accurate competition. We receive submissions from independent authors, small publishers, and publishing giants such as Random House, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster, with contestants that range from the first-time, self-published author 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).

“When the right books are picked as winners we pay attention. We will be spreading the word about Readers’ Favorite.”–Karen A., Editor for Penguin Random House

Readers’ Favorite is proud to announce that “Clemenceau’s Daughters” by Rocky Porch Moore won the Honorable Mention in the Fiction – General category.

You can learn more about Rocky Porch Moore and “Clemenceau’s Daughters” at where you can read reviews and the author’s biography, as well as connect with the author directly or through their website and social media pages.

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Louisville, KY 40202

Fan Fare: S***t folks say at book signings

Rocky Porch Moore and Mullen Dale autograph their novels at a recent signing event.

Book signings are a great way for the public to meet authors and for authors to interact with their adoring (or not so adoring) public.  Below you’ll find some of my “favorite” quips, comments, and questions from folks who’ve come either by choice or happenstance to my book booth.

  • “So, can I get this book online?”  or better: “Is your book on Kindle?”  Well, of course.  But I’m the author right here, right now, set up to actually sell my books in person, so, you know, I can make a living.  I even brought bookmarks and snacks!  I can autograph your copy for you, and who knows?  It might actually be worth something to you if …a).  I become the next Harper Lee or E.L. James  b).  the book becomes an Oscar-nominated film or made-for-TV special  c).  I get hit by a bus and achieve posthumous acclaim.
  • “Is this the ONLY thing you’ve written?”  Cue Harper Lee.  I have serious reservations about Go Set a Watchman.  I naturally lean toward the snarky side,  so I have to “smile and wave” on this little gem as I silently ask the fine patron how many novels he/she has drafted, revised, queried, edited, revamped, published, marketed, and hauled over cripple creation all while teaching full-time, coaching, and raising four children.  How fortunate that my sophomore novel is now in its final birth-throes.  Woo hoo!
  • “I have a story.  Will your publisher take me since he took you?”  I just ignore the backdoor insult, gender bias, and assumption that publishing a novel is akin to obtaining a library card and head straight for their story.   I’ll ask a couple of questions to determine (almost invariably) that their novel exists either entirely in their heads or has enough actual written content to fill 3 and a half post-it notes.
  • “Wow!  You wrote this book? How exciting!”  Sounds promising, as the patron cracks the spines on at least 3 of the novels and may even actually read the blurb on back.  Meanwhile, she’s pocketing bookmarks and hitting the snacks/candy.  She smiles her congratulations on such an impressive feat and walks away.
  • “Is your book any good?”  I’ve gotten better at this zinger since my little project has won multiple awards (a little clout really builds confidence), but I started with stuff like “I sure hope so”, ” I like it okay,” and “I’m planning on sending it to Oprah”.


Many folks, of course, are gracious and encouraging at book signings.  It’s great to be an author!

Bubbles, Bubbly, and Books

One of the fun parts of this whole writing she-bang is participating in author appearances.  I get to talk about my work, schmooze with other folks crazy enough to pursue the written word, sign autographs for starstruck patrons (well, every now and then somebody makes out like writing a book is a big deal), and sometimes get perks like free wine!

This weekend I visited My Favorite Books in beautiful Tallahassee, Florida along with other authors from Southern Yellow Pine Publishing for a winey/cheesy/champagne-rific celebration.  The folks at My Favorite Books were more than gracious, and it’s a great bookstore.  You can check them out at  I recommend you stop by if you’re in Tallahassee.  There are plenty of neat things to see and do in the vicinity, including a Trader Joe’s and Island Wing Company.    We ate after the shindig at Island Wings.  I had the Tiki Torch Wings.  If you like ’em hot, these will put sweat on your forehead and tears in your eyes!

It’s four hours of nothing but interstate between home and Tallahassee.  The most exciting part of the drive was flipping through radio stations and finding some 80s pop.  I alternated that with classical…when I go classical, I’m really getting stir crazy.  I did make a pit stop at the Chautaugua Vineyard & Winery because I’ve always wanted to stop when we’re driving through the area, but the timing’s never right.  I picked up my summer wine supply and made a fantastic discovery!  I love reading historical fiction, especially stories set in the Regency period.  A common motif involves women sneaking nips of port.  Well, I bought some port at the winery and I can totally see why.  That stuff is delicious!

I almost stopped on the way home to explore a bonsai tree nursery  I’ve had my eye on for years, but by the time I had driven that far I was like a horse turned to barn with my heart set on home.  Maybe next time…unless I’m out of port!

Be sure to check out the eclectic books by my SYP friends.  If you like crime fiction, go with William Mark.  Zelle Andrews and Pat Stanford will tug at your heartstrings in totally different ways.  Michael Kinnett has your regional history fix and, of course, you know mine is good for a scare.  If you’ll click on “Buy Clemenceau’s Daughters” up on the search bar, you can go directly to the SYP site and find these authors of whom I’m proud to call my friends.

Alabama Book Festival 2017


I had a great time on a gorgeous day meeting cartoon characters, costumed authors, and droves of folks strolling the aisles at the festival.  Four different venues featured a variety of author readings, workshops, and activities.  We were fortunate to have a booth just steps away from the main speaking area and the shortcut to the food court, so there was plenty of foot traffic our way.

It was tough smelling that fine BBQ from the food truck all day.  I could not resist the roasted corn and enjoyed a piping hot ear!  They also had a gourmet popsicle truck.  I couldn’t resist that, either.

The highlight of the day (aside from schmoozing up to Clifford the Big Red Dog) was getting to visit with my son, who attends a nearby college.  He brought chicken fingers!  Things slowed down considerably once game time arrived.  The annual University of Alabama A-Day game was Saturday as well.

Here’s the official info for you:


Southern Yellow Pine Publishing appeared at the Alabama Book Festival April 22, 2017, bringing along 3 authors:  Pat Stanford, Ken Johnson, and me.  Visit to purchase  books.  Use Rocky’s Buy Clemenceau’s Daughters button above for a direct link where you’ll be able to find all three of these books.

Pat Stanford:  Fixing Boo-Boo, an emotional look at the trials and triumphs of a family caring for a loved one suffering from traumatic brain injury.  (creative nonfiction)

Ken Johnson:  Unbroken Circles for Schools, a comprehensive plan for restorative justice (education)

Rocky Porch Moore:  Clemenceau’s Daughters,  winner of  3 FAPA President’s Awards for horror, general fiction, and literary fiction- a southern gothic romp across generations where the sins of the mothers cling to the daughters. (fiction)




Rocky’s Calendar

Rocky is pleased to speak at area book clubs and civic meetings.  During the school year (August-May), Rocky is available for late afternoon or evening book clubs/meetings.  Summertime is more flexible!  Contact Rocky at to schedule a visit.



21-22:  FAPA Board of Directors Retreat  Lake Placid, FL


18:  Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards Ceremony  Miami, FL


3, 4, 5, 6, 7:  St. George Island Writers’ Retreat  St. George Island, FL



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Clemenceau’s Daughters Wins Multiple Awards


Lake Buena Vista FL—On  August 5, the Florida Authors & Publishers Association (FAPA) gave out its prestigious annual President’s Awards for outstanding books by authors and publishers in Florida and throughout the United States.  FAPA recognized books in forty-seven categories.

Clemenceau’s Daughters, Rocky Porch Moore’s southern-flavored horror novel, won medals for excellence in three categories:  GOLD in Adult Fiction-Horror; SILVER in Adult Fiction-Contemporary/Literary;  and SILVER in Adult Fiction-General.

“The 2016 award winners exemplify excellence in publishing both regionally and nationally.  The awards continue to command the attention of industry professionals and readers, ” said Terri Gerrell, FAPA President.

The competition employed sixty-five judges from across the United States including librarians, educators, and publishing professionals.  All recipients of a FAPA President’s Book Award will have the opportunity to have their book displayed at BookExpo America 2017, the #1 book event for the book industry in the US.  BookExpo America 2017 will be in New York City May 31-June 2, 2017.

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