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The Angel & the Brown-eyed Boy Won Four National Awards!

The Angel & the Brown-eyed Boy

The Angel & the Brown-eyed Boy - This is the book's original cover. We've put a new cover on it, but the text is exactly the same. The version with this cover is no longer available. Links below take you to the new version.

HAVE YOU HEARD OF THE ANGEL & THE BROWN-EYED BOY?  This sci-fi thriller with a heart caused a stir when it came out. Now it’s got a new look, two sequels and a boxed set to go with it. 


WAA-HOO! The results from the Best Books of 2011 contest (sponsored by USA Book News) are in! The Angel & the Brown-eyed Boy is an:

  • AWARD WINNER the “Fiction: New Age” category of the Best Books of 2011 Awards . 
  • The Angel is also a FINALIST in the “Fiction: Fantasy/Sci-Fi” category.

The Angel & the Brown-eyed Boy has now won four national awards:

1.  2011 IPPY (Independent Press) Awards Gold Medal in Visionary Fiction: The Angel & the Brown-eyed Boy The oldest and largest contest for independent presses. Almost 4,000 books were entered in the IPPYs this year.

2.  2011 National Indie Excellence Award Winner in Visionary Fiction: The Angel & the Brown-eyed Boy The Indie Excellence Award looks for a book’s overall excellence. Content, cover design, interior and exterior, and everything that goes into the production of a book are evaluated.

And the new wins noted above:

3.  Best Books of 2011 sponsored by USA Book News: The Angel & the Brown-eyed Boy is an AWARD WINNER in the “Fiction: New Age” category.

4.  Best Books of 2011 sponsored by USA Book News: The Angel is also a FINALIST in the “Fiction: Fantasy/Sci-Fi” category.


Red Adept Reviews gave it FIVE STARS OVERALL.

The Midwest Book Review gave it FIVE STARS!

Check out its Amazon Reviews, too. (Links from here down take you to the Amazon page of the new version.)

If you like Fantasy, Sci-fi, Visionary Fiction or just a good, engaging read, check out The Angel. You won’t be disappointed.

The Angel & the Brown-Eyed Boy - Dedicated to David Oddstad

UPDATE TO APRIL, 2015: Not only is The Angel & the Brown-Eyed Boy an incredibly inventive book with a message and a heart, two sequels are available. Find out what happens after the world blows up.


Available now:

Lady Grace and the War for a New World

Lady Grace & the War for a New World, Earth’s End 2 brings The Angel’s characters back together and puts them in another struggle for existence. This time, they’re fighting against the elements and a degenerate society which the nuclear war has spawned.


The Headman & the Assassin

The Headman & the Assassin is The Angels second sequel. The Headman, is a love story involving two characters from The Angel over a span of more than 30 years. It sizzles.


Earth's End Trilogy

You can also take in the Earth’s End Trilogy in one enormous ebook: The Earth’s End Trilogy.

The Angel & the Brown-eyed Boy Wins a 2011 IPPY Award Gold Medal!

The Angel & the Brown-eyed Boy

A future world only heartbeats from our own

Author Sandy Nathan has just won the the 2011 IPPY (Independent Publisher) GOLD MEDAL FOR VISIONARY FICTION for her sci-fi /fantasy / visionary fiction novel, The Angel & the Brown-eyed Boy. The IPPY Award Contest is one of the largest and oldest competitions for independent presses––in fact, it may be the oldest and largest.

Sandy says, “Winning this award feels very good. It marks almost four years of work by myself and my publishing team at Vilasa Press. I want to thank my content editor, Melanie Rigney; my book designer, Lewis Agell; Kathy Grow for copy editing and proofreading assistance; and Kathryn Agrell for writing the cover copy. Many thanks also to my husband, Barry Nathan for keeping Vilasa Press organized and moving forward.”

This is the fourteenth national award Sandy Nathan has won with her four books. She has won two Silver Nautilus Awards, and a Bronze and Silver IPPY Award in previous contests. She was a Benjamin Franklin Award Finalist, and has won several Indie Excellence and Best Book (USA Book News) Awards. “It feels good every time. A pat on the back for work well done.”

The Angel is the first book of Tales from Earth’s End, a series of books about people literally at the end of the earth. In the case of The Angel, that “end” was a nuclear holocaust coming the next day. Later books explore new definitions for earth’s extremity.

The award came at a particularly difficult time. The day before being notified of her win, Ms. Nathan’s horse, Tecolote, had to be euthanized. “I have been grieving deeply the last few weeks. My horse’s heart was failing and  the veterinarians couldn’t stop it. When I lost that beautiful buckskin horse, I thought my heart would fail. Here’s his story, Tecolote: The Little Horse That Could. Teco’s story has already won a the 2011 Silver Nautilus Award for Children’s Nonfiction (grades 1-6) in its own right.

“The day after we put him down, I won a national award! I guess that God’s just telling me that it’s not over until it’s over. And that happiness and sadness can exist together.

“If you haven’t read The Angel & the Brown-eyed Boy, I invite you to do so. It’s available in a number of formats.”

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Here’s some information about The Angel & the Brown-eyed Boy, if the book is new to you:

The Angel & the Brown-eyed Boy is Sandy Nathan’s new science fiction/fantasy novel. Of the special genre of books and films that include 1984, A Brave New World, and The Prisoner Series,  The Angel takes the reader to a dark future world that’s not so different from our own. In the late 22nd century, people are continually watched, disappearing off the streets and from their homes. A shadowy but all-powerful government calls the shots; war rages while the authorities proclaim the Great Peace.

All is not bad in this fictional realm, for the angelic extraterrestrial, Eliana, appears on the streets on New York City on a mission to save her planet.  As radiant and pure as the world around her is tarnished, Eliana must find the Golden Boy. He turns out to be Jeremy Edgarton, a tech genius on a planet where technology is outlawed, a revolutionary, and the FBI’s most wanted. They find themselves caught up in an explosive adventure when Jeremy decodes new transmissions and discovers that a nuclear holocaust will take place the next morning.

The themes of The Angel read like pure sci-fi, but author Sandy Nathan explains, “I’m a former economist. While the love story between Jeremy and Eliana enchants, the back-story––the hideous world around them––is the product of my economist’s mind interacting with current events. We’re in the worst economic melt-down since the 1930’s, with no end in sight. Some events in  The Angel are based directly upon history. For instance, Germany’s economic distress during the Great Depression is one factor contributing to the rise of Adolf Hitler. Could a totalitarian government arise from our current conditions? Maybe.  The Angel’s world is just a heartbeat from our own. In writing  The Angel, I wanted to entertain my readers and challenge them to discover solutions.”

So the book has a vision, a powerful vision, and a dark vision. And it’s also got a love story that will melt your heart. The sequel is well into production. Something to look forward to.

All the best,
Sandy Nathan



Ridin’ high!

Sandy Nathan’s book, Numenon, wins the 2009 Nautilus Silver Award!

Numenon, by Sandy Nathan, is a Nautilus Book Awards Silver Winner!

Numenon, by Sandy Nathan, is a Nautilus Book Awards Silver Winner!

When I was notified that Numenon had won the 2009 Nautilus Silver Award, I had one of those ‘boo-hoo’ moments, overwhelmed with joy and gratitude. In my article How to Win a Book Contest, I lay out all the steps winning requires. What I don’t say is the moment you submit your entry, the matter is out of your hands. Nothing guarantees that your book will win.

The best-prepared book has to fend for itself against authors and publishers who also want to win and who have done all that they can do to create strong entries. The judging I have done this year shows a very tough field––the recession hasn’t lowered the quality of Indie and other books one iota.

So the butterflies begin their dance as the countdown begins. Most book contests announce their finalists right about now; their winners usually awarded at the end of May, often at Book Expo America.

Being notified that I have won a 2009 Nautilus Silver Award with my book, Numenon, means that I join the ranks of Deepak Chopra, M.D., Barbara Kingsolver, Thich Nnat Hanh, Jean Houston, PhD., Eckhart Tolle, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. All are Nautilus Award winners. Joining the company of these amazing people moves me to tears.

What  thrills me is what the Nautilus Awards are about.  My writing and my life are directed toward making this planet a better place. I was a social activist back in the 1960s; my ardor has not dampened one bit over the years. I still feel we aren’t here to take up space and shop at the Mall. When I discovred the Nautilus Awards, I felt like I’ve found a spiritual home.

The Nautilus Award was established to find and reward distinguished literary contributions to spiritual growth, conscious living, high-level wellness, green values, responsible leadership and positive social change as well as to the worlds of art, creativity and inspirational reading for children, teens and young adults.

The Nautilus Awards are dedicated to “changing the world one book at a time.” Books are judged in a three-tier system using a carefully prepared list of notable characteristics. The judging process is laborious and long, carried out by three teams of highly qualified reviewers. They have successful careers in the book industry as well as the vision to pick out books that offer new options for a better world. Each book is evaluated by at least two judges. Silver winners are selected from each category by the readers in Team #2, and these winning titles are then passed along to the third team where the Gold winners are chosen. Two judges must agree on each Silver winner – and consensus is required for the Gold Winners.

Sandy Nathan, “one happy author!”


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