Announcing the CLFA Book of the Year 2017!

After a month of voting that was open to the public, the fans have spoken. …

CLFA is pleased and proud to announce the winner of the 2017 Book of the Year. Congratulations!


The First Place Winner is Peter Grant’s post-civil war western, Brings the Lightning (The Ames Archives Book 1).

When the Civil War ends, where can a former Confederate soldier go to escape the long memories of neighbors who supported the winning side? Where can Johnny Reb go when he can’t go home?

He can go out West, where the land is hard, where there is danger on every side, and where no one cares for whom you fought – only how well you can do it.

Walt Ames, a former cavalryman with the First Virginia, is headed West with little more than a rifle, a revolver, and a pocket full of looted Yankee gold. But in his way stand bushwhackers, bluecoats, con men, and the ever-restless Indians. And perhaps most dangerous of all, even more dangerous than the cruel and unforgiving land, is the temptation of the woman whose face he can’t forget.

When you can’t go home again – go West!

To be eligible to win CLFA Book of the Year 2017, books had to be fiction of any genre and of novel length (50k words or more), initially published in any form (print, digital, or audio) during the calendar year 2016. Books were indie, traditional, or anything-in-between publication.

A list of the ten finalists can be viewed here, and CLFA recommends all of them as excellent reads. Below are the top three winners. (Click on any image to read more and shop.)




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