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Military Novel "Once In A Blue Year" Wins Medalist Honors in New Apple Independent Book Awards

"Once in a Blue Year" by Michael D. Durkota chosen as solo Medalist Winner in the "Military" category of the 2015 New Apple Book Awards for Excellence in Independent Publishing.

Dayton, OH, August 30, 2016

Once in a Blue Year by Michael D. Durkota chosen as solo Medalist Winner in the "Military" category of the 2015 New Apple Book Awards for Excellence in Independent Publishing.

Book Synopsis
Once in a Blue Year begins during the first days of the Gulf War, with two navy barracks roommates remaining onshore as their submarine leaves without them. Unraveling through different points of view in both present action and flashbacks, the story follows Dan, who is conflicted about receiving a medical discharge, and Trevor, who is seething with anger over the incident that forced him to miss his deployment. With nowhere else to go, Dan moves into the home of his friends Nathan and Heather and their young son, James. Meanwhile, Trevor is furious with Nathan, who has managed to volunteer to go to battle in Trevor’s place. But Trevor’s hotheaded temperament has finally caught up to him, and regardless of his skill as a true naval warrior, he’s suddenly been ordered to “stay in.” In Nathan’s absence, Dan is charged with looking after Heather and James as he rebuilds his life, while Trevor struggles with his anger and intimacy issues in his relationship with girlfriend Tara. But before they can move forward, they must both come to terms with the fateful event at sea that changed their lives forever.

About the Author
Michael D. Durkota, a former submariner in the U.S. Navy, holds a master of fine arts degree in fiction from the University of Pittsburgh. His debut novel, Once in a Blue Year, follows two friends during the Persian Gulf War as they struggle with their navy service, adulthood, and relationships. Durkota lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with his wife. He is currently working on his second novel.

About the New Apple Book Awards
The Annual New Apple Book Awards for Excellence in Independent Publishing was established to honor the creative achievements of the unsung books fighting for their place within the digital publishing world. Any English language book published within the last three years, currently available for sale by an independent author or small press that met the Awards' guidelines was eligible for entry. One book was chosen in each category as the Medalist Winner receiving the highest honors. In addition, the judges were permitted to choose up to three Official Selections for category distinction.

Contact Information
Once in a Blue Year is available in paperback and e-book and can be purchased at Amazon. To find out more about the New Apple Book Awards, visit http://NewAppleBookAwards.com

ONCE IN A BLUE YEAR
Author: Michael D. Durkota
Publishing House: Rogue13 Publications
ASIN: B00VAQVNTK
Amazon: http://getBook.at/BlueYear
Author website: http://www.durkota.net
Twitter: @durk13
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/mddurkota
Michael Durkota is available for public appearances, signings, interviews and blog tours. Contact the author at michael@durkota.net

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Once in a Blue Year

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