Back to New Apple Press Release Archives

For immediate release

Novel "Taming The Telomeres, A Thriller" Wins New Apple Book Award For Excellence In Independent Publishing

"Taming the Telomeres, A Thriller" by R.N. Shapiro chosen as Medalist Winner in the E-Book Mystery / Thriller category of the 2015 New Apple Book Awards for Excellence in Independent Publishing.


Dayton, OH, September 5, 2016

Taming the Telomeres, A Thriller by R.N. Shapiro chosen as Medalist Winner in the E-Book Mystery / Thriller category of the 2015 New Apple Book Awards for Excellence in Independent Publishing.

Book Synopsis
A survivor. A soulmate. A secret, affecting telomeres--the protective tip of the human chromosome that controls cell life. And death.
High school senior Amanda Michaels suffers amnesia with regard to everything before the jet crash. She loses her parents and her memory in the aftermath, but miraculously survives. While recovering, Amanda strikes up a whirlwind romance with a young hospital volunteer, but only recalls a haunting series of flashbacks of her near death experiences (NDE’s). Her uncle, high profile DC trial attorney Andy Michaels represents her and many victims against Hemispheres Airways.  Once Amanda learns she may possess biological secrets that competing intelligence agencies will kill for, she has no idea who to trust, unwittingly caught up in a web of biological espionage. Amanda’s personal roller coaster ride explores romance, heartbreak, depression, persistence and ultimate redemption. The fast paced story moves between Middleburg, Virginia horse farms, Washington, DC, New York city and points between. A series of stunning twists unwind along the path to the unforeseen climax.

About the Author
R.N. (Rick) Shapiro is an international Book contest Gold Award winning author, prolific inventor of folding consumer wheeled products, and a practicing trial attorney. Taming the Telomeres (TTT) captured the top, gold award in the 2015 Readers' Favorite international book award contest for best fiction thriller, Silver medalist suspense/thriller (eLit Award 2016), Medalist in the 2015 New Apple Literary awards for ebook mystery/thriller, and was awarded two silver medals in the FAPA 2016 book contest (mystery, suspense/thriller). TTT has been called "a spellbinding page turner" by Bloomberg Businessweek. The author researched "Taming" for nearly three years before completing the manuscript, drawing from his experiences as a trial attorney and as a Capitol Hill staff assistant before law school. Rick resided in the Washington, D.C. area during college and law school, and explored Middleburg, Virginia, Georgetown, and several of the geographical areas that appear in Taming the Telomeres. He received his college degree from the University of Maryland, served as staff assistant to a U.S. Congressman, and graduated from George Mason University School of Law. He practices law with Shapiro, Appleton & Duffan law firm. He currently resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

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
Taming the Telomeres, A Thriller is available in Paperback, eBook and Audiobook on Amazon. To find out more about the New Apple Book Awards, visit

Author: R.N. Shapiro
Publishing House: Challedon Publishing
ISBN: 978-1503160996
Author website:
Twitter: @tamingtelomeres
R.N. Shapiro is available for public appearances, signings, interviews and blog tours. Contact the author at

New Apple Contact Information
New Apple Literary Services

Taming the Telomeres, A Thriller