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Readers' Favorite 5-Star Award Winner

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FWA Royal Palm Literary Award Winner
John's Silencing Sharks is a winner of the 2016 Royal Palm Literary Award for Young Adult Novels and Readers' Favorite Five-Star Award for young adult fantasy. In this book, deaf and bullied, thirteen-year-old Peter discovers he can talk to sharks. And he must put this unique skill to use to rescue them from extinction while saving his blackmailed dad. The book will be available in Paperback, Kindle, and Audiobook now.

Five-Star Reviews:
"John Hope crafted a brilliant story in Silencing Sharks....This story is a fresh, clever take on feeling like an outsider and learning to accept oneself. Silencing Sharks is an easy paced read that would make it an excellent choice for younger readers."
- Michelle Mollohan

"What a GREAT book! I absolutely loved it! The story was unique...writing is so descriptive I could see the scenes, feel the emotions of the characters."
- Bonnie P.

"Peter is an incredibly curious thirteen year old who is very passionate about swimming... He faces an abundance of limitations due to his disability, and as a reader who is hearing, I was given a new perspective in how someone who was born deaf assimilates to various everyday situations and encounters."
- Jill Baker

"I can't praise this book enough. Not only does this feature a young deaf protagonist - which is so unbelievably rare and beautiful to read - but it promotes wildlife conservation and teaches children and teens that they can be advocates for themselves and for their beliefs, no matter the obstacles in their way."
- Talia Wong

"The whole story was fascinating for me and I admit, I teared up a few times...Be prepared to smile, laugh, get angry, tear up and find some peace. For me, this book brought all of the emotions out."
- Shani K.


FWA Royal Palm Literary Award Winner

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Eric Hoffer Award Finalist

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Readers' Favorite 5-Star Award Winner
John's No Good is the recipient of the 2013 Royal Palm Literary Award for middle grade fiction novels, Readers' Favorite Five-Star Award for young adult historical fiction, and the 2015 Eric Hoffer Category Finalist. In this historical-based novel, twelve-year-old Johnny "No Good" gains a new brother, formal orphan Josh, and is tested how to be a true friend when he learns a hidden truth of Josh's past. This book is available from Amazon in Paperback, Kindle, and Audiobook.

Five-Star Reviews:
"I was captivated by this book. It's beautifully written, powerful and intense..."
- Jack Magnus

"...excellently written with emotion and empathy and it is a story that will stay with this reviewer for some time."
- Jane Finch

"...a story every young person should read. No Good will... leave you feeling like you've gained a new perspective on your own life."
- Marta Tandori

"...thrilling, amusing, and heartbreaking, often on the same page or even within the same paragraph."
- Rich Follett

"...masterfully written, engaging, and fun from beginning to end."
- Lorena Sanqui


Readers' Favorite 5-Star Award Winner
John's Colby in the Crosshairs is the recipient of the Readers' Favorite Five-Star Award for young adult and social issues novels. After Colby's estranged father returns to his white trash home, the nine-year-old struggles to survive a promiscuous neighborhood mother, money sharks, and an uncontrollable autistic older brother while discovering the true cost of living and brotherhood.

Recommended for Young Adults, 9th grade and older, based on the sensitive subject matter. Excellent book for high school students to discuss social taboos and difficult family issues, including child abuse, gun control, and gender identity. This book is available from Amazon in Paperback, Kindle, and Audiobook.

Five-Star Readers' Favorite book review:
"Starkly beautiful... an awesome job of getting you inside Colby's head. The little boy is charming and we can easily empathize with him."
- Danielle DeVor

Readers' Favorite 5-Star Award Winner

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FWA Royal Palm Literary Award Winner
John's Pankyland is the recipient of the Readers' Favorite Five-Star Award for young adult action novels and a 2016 Royal Palm Literary Award winner. When a pair of neighboring, rival families visit a Florida theme park on Panky's eleventh birthday, he is forced to team up with his nemesis Benji to find younger brother Craig before their parents find out they lost him. This book is available from Amazon in Paperback, Kindle, and Audiobook.

Five-Star Readers' Favorite book review:
"...surprisingly good adventure story, ideal for children and young adults alike... plenty of twists and turns that will hold the reader to the story and plenty of action, right from the first page."
- Anne-Marie Reynolds

Reader Reviews:
"Great fun for a middle school book. My nephew will love it. Cute and fast-paced, it will hold their attention right to the end."
- Aubrey Wynne

"I really liked Pankyland, especially how you never know when the suspense, action, and suprises will stop."
- Nathaniel (11 years old)

"[My son] used to hate reading until the Pankyland books...it was all he could talk about..."
- Cynthia O'Neill


FWA Royal Palm Literary Award Winner

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Indie Excellence Award Winner

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Readers' Favorite Award Finalist
John's The Frozen Floppies is the recipient of the 2013 Royal Palm Literary Award for children's picture books, the 2015 Indie Exellence Award for children picture books cover design, and the 2015 Readers' Favorite Award Finalist for children's picture books. In this fantastic tale, a freezing storm turns some of the Floppyland residents into flopcicles. The Floppies must work together to overcome the impregnable floppy lines to save their fellow Floppies. This book, illustrated by the award-winning Illustrator Mark Wayne Adams, is available here.

Reader reviews:
"There are so many floppy things in this adorable book: floppy, heart-shaped flip-flops with an F on the sole, flop-winged birds, floppy Popsicles, even mailboxes that flop about for Floppy Joe and Floppy Sue. The message of the story is that everyone may be different, but when we embrace those differences together."
- Shannon Capone Kirk

"I really enjoyed the uniqueness of this children's story. Other's may have a different way about them, but that doesn't make them 'right', 'wrong', 'better', or 'worse'."
- B Brown

"...the three floppy groups to work together to help the third group which has become frozen floppysicles. Learning to work together is a lesson we can all use, and the illustrations that come along with that lesson, make it even more enjoyable."
- Aileen Stewart


FWA Royal Palm Literary Award Semi-Finalist
John's story The Leg is a semi-finalist of the 2017 Royal Palm Literary Award for flash fiction. In this story, after returning home from an Afghanistan deployment, a newly crippled father fears his prostetic leg will frighten his six-year-old boy. But when they meet at the airport, his son has a surprise.

FWA Royal Palm Literary Award Semi-Finalist
John's story Free the Elephant is a semi-finalist of the 2017 Royal Palm Literary Award for short stories. In this story, seven-year-old Abby pines for Daddy to tell her stories, which he keeps bottled while working a job he hates.

DreadFest Nanofiction 1st Place Winner
John's story Snakes is a winner of the 2017 DreadFest Nanofiction Award. In this 100-word story, the fear of snakes is taken to the next level when a camping mishap takes an unexpected turn.

FWA Royal Palm Literary Award Winner
John's story Words is a winner of the 2016 Royal Palm Literary Award for creative nonfiction. In this story, John shares an intimate moment of his life when he witnessed a peer 8-year-old boy die in a car accident. This story has been published in a collection of other true stories of people grappling with personal loss, entitled Lost Dreams.

FWA Royal Palm Literary Award Winner
John's short story Daddy Was Santa is a winner of the 2016 Royal Palm Literary Award for short stories. In this story, Christopher discovers a secret: Daddy's Santa. But reality stops Christopher from having what he desires most. This story is available in Kindle format, as well as in paperback and Kindle as part of John's Shorts Volume 2.

FWA Royal Palm Literary Award Winner
John's short story Two Milers is a winner of the 2016 Royal Palm Literary Award for short stories. In this story, underdog distance runner, nicknamed Turtle, fights for his last chance to not disappoint his hero and mentor, older brother Devon, in his final two mile track meet. This story is available in Kindle format, as well as in paperback and Kindle as part of John's Shorts Volume 2.

FWA Royal Palm Literary Award Winner
John's short story The Madison Project is a winner of the 2015 Royal Palm Literary Award for short stories. In this story, when Carter travels to a deceased scientist's isolated laboratory, he uncovers a secret experimental project that goes deeper than he ever imagined. Story is available in Kindle format, as well as in paperback and Kindle as part of John's Shorts Volume 1.

FWA Royal Palm Literary Award Semi-Finalist
John's short story Dylan is a semi-finalist of the 2015 Royal Palm Literary Award for short stories. In this story, tragedy leads eight-year-old Dylan into foster care of a turbulent family until he decides to do something about it. Story is available in Kindle format, as well as in paperback and Kindle as part of John's Shorts Volume 2.

FWA Royal Palm Literary Award Finalist
John's short story Scaling is a finalist of the 2015 Royal Palm Literary Award for short stories. In this story, faced with scaling a fish his older brother caught, 11-year-old Patrick grapples with manning up after no longer having a father in his life. Story is available in Kindle format, as well as in paperback and Kindle as part of John's Shorts Volume 2.

FWA Royal Palm Literary Award Finalist
John's short story The Drive is a finalist of the 2015 Royal Palm Literary Award for short stories. In this story, a middle-aged man attempts to drive to his grandfather's funeral but takes an unbelievable journey instead. Story is available as part of the Florida Writers Association's Collection, Volume 7, as well as in paperback and Kindle as part of John's Shorts Volume 2.

FWA Royal Palm Literary Award Finalist
John's short story Autumn is a finalist of the 2015 Royal Palm Literary Award for short stories. In this story, teenager Marshall overcomes his fears and befriends a head-strong girl at the airport who's in need of a friend herself. Story is available in Kindle format, as well as in paperback and Kindle as part of John's Shorts Volume 2.

FWA Royal Palm Literary Award Finalist
John's short story The Divide is a finalist of the 2015 Royal Palm Literary Award for short stories. In this story, a hidden gate leads twelve-year-old Conner down a domino path of worsening circumstances and places him at the center of a possible war. Story is available in Kindle format, as well as in paperback and Kindle as part of John's Shorts Volume 1.

FWA Royal Palm Literary Award Finalist
John's 104-word flash fiction Thunder Crashes is a finalist of the 2015 Royal Palm Literary Award for flash fiction. In this story, a boy's encounter with a stranger under the shelter of a tree changes his life forever. Story is available in paperback and Kindle as part of John's Shorts Volume 2.

Royal Palm Literary Award Winner
John's short story Beating Cats is a winner of the 2014 Royal Palm Literary Award for short stories. In this story, a teenage crush for a boy sends Kat on a downward spiral as she wrestles with the loss of her baby brother. Story is available in Kindle format.

Royal Palm Literary Award Winner
John's short story The Dance is a winner of the 2014 Royal Palm Literary Award for short stories. In this story, five-year-old David yearns to be at a high school dance like his hero, his older brother, but eventually finds something better. Story is available in Kindle format, as well as in paperback and Kindle as part of John's Shorts Volume 1.

Royal Palm Literary Award Finalist
John's short story Echo is a finalist of the 2014 Royal Palm Literary Award for short stories. In this story, a dad and his search-and-rescue dog Echo look for traces of his lost teenage daughter, with whom he's emotionally lost contact. Story is available in Kindle format, as well as in paperback and Kindle as part of John's Shorts Volume 1.

Royal Palm Literary Award Finalist
John's short story Teenagehood is a finalist of the 2013 Royal Palm Literary Award for short stories. In this story, a disenchanted father rediscovers the joys of parenthood by helping his teenage son overcome his fears of meeting a girl he likes. Story is available in Kindle format, as well as in paperback and Kindle as part of John's Shorts Volume 1.

L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future
Honorable Mention
John's short story Absolute Power is the Honorable Mention recipient of the 2013 L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future writing contest. In this story, twelve searching souls seek to learn from a mysterous witch, the source of absolute power, but can they survive to discover the truth? Story is available in Kindle format, as well as in paperback and Kindle as part of John's Shorts Volume 1.

CrossTIME Science Fiction
Honorable Mention
John's short story White Walls is the Honorable Mention recipient of the 2005 CrossTIME Science Fiction writing contest. In this story, a man slaved to a machine that forces him to compose stories in order to reach the creative object, struggles to break free. Story is available in Kindle format, as well as in paperback and Kindle as part of John's Shorts Volume 1.

CrossTIME Science Fiction
Honorable Mention
John's short story Living in Illusions is the Honorable Mention recipient of the 2004 CrossTIME Science Fiction writing contest. In this story, a man realizes the pleasant memories of his deceased father far out way the truth of how he was in life. Story is available in Kindle format, as well as in paperback and Kindle as part of John's Shorts Volume 1.

CrossTIME Science Fiction
Honorable Mention
John's short story Young at Heart is the Honorable Mention recipient of the 2003 CrossTIME Science Fiction writing contest. In this story, Thomas Smith finds his hard life has yet to stifle the child still alive in his heart. This story is available from the CrossTIME Science Fiction Anthology, Vol. II.