Awards, News, and Events

A big congratulations to Dr. Frances Schoonmaker for winning the 2022 Young Adult Book Competition at London Book Festival for The Black Alabaster Box! What incredible new!

Frances Schoonmaker’s The Last Crystal was awarded Honorable Mention for Young Adult Fiction by BookFest. Congratulations, Dr. Schoonmaker!

Congratulations to Dr. Frances Schoonmaker who won the The Maincrest Media Award for excellence in young fiction; Outstanding Creative Awards, 1st place in Young Adult/Teen Fiction for The Last Crystal, Book 3! Dr. Schooner also won 2nd place in Historical Fiction! Congratulations, Dr. Schoonmaker!

Patti Callahan, author of Unclaimed Soul, was featured in San Diego Magazine. Click here to read more about Patti and her book.


Mike Metzler’s book, My Two Journeys in Cancer World, was featured on Head and Neck Cancer Alliance’s website. Read his story here.

Ayesha F. Hamid’s story was featured at Chesntut Hill College’s Alumi News. Check out the article here.

May 29, 2020

Auctus Author, Ayesha F. Hamid, was recently interviewed by Curtis Smith for Small Press Reviews. Click here to read Ayesha’s interview.

May 16, 2020

Frances Schoonmaker‘s book, THE RED ABALONE SHELL (BOOK 2, THE LAST CRYSTAL TRILOGY), was given a glowing review at Kirkus Review Review. Kirkus Review calls The Red Abalone Shell “an engrossing fantasy and a thoughtful coming-of-age tale.” Read More at Kirkus Review here.

May 2, 2020


THE LAST CRYSTAL, BOOK 3 of the trilogy won the 2019 Agatha Award for the Best Middlegrade/Young Adult Mystery book.

Congratulations to Dr. Frances Schoonmaker for this prestigious award!

The Last Crystal completes the trilogy by talented author, Dr. Frances Schoonmaker. The Last Crystal has recently been nominated for an Agatha Award. Congrats, Dr. Schoonmaker!

“The Last Crystal” is an intriguing mixture of time travel, magic, mysteries inside mysteries, historical fiction, adventure, survival skills, the spirit world, and good old-fashioned values—Joyce Patterson, Retired Education Specialist, Denver, Colorado

FEBRUARY, 2020 Events

Rosemont College’s MFA program has graciously invited Auctus Author Ayesha F. Hamid at their February, 2020 reading. Join Ayesha as she reads from her memoir, The Borderland Between Worlds. Reading will take place at Rosemont College’s Main Hall on February 10th, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.