On Sept. 11, DartFrog Books selected "Bless the Skies" by Julie Elise Landry for distribution to independent booksellers nationwide.
DartFrog evaluates self-published books to ensure they meet the standards required by bookstores, then promotes and distributes its selected books to its network of partners.
"DartFrog's motto is 'Anyone can self-publish, but only the best can become DartFrog books.' And they've named 'Bless the Skies' a DartFrog Book of Distinction," Landry said. "Thanks to their confidence, more readers will be able to find this story."
Every book submitted to DartFrog undergoes a rigorous evaluation. Reviewers examine the book's binding, artwork, formatting, font choice, pacing, editing, and storytelling.
According to a DartFrog reviewer, "Landry's world is vivid with a clear hierarchy and system of government. Her female characters are strong, smart, and brave... The pacing is excellent—there is a lot of action and suspense to keep the reader's attention. (The main characters) complement each other well. They are on the fringes of society, and the underbelly of Landry's world is evocative."
A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Landry self-published her debut novel in November 2015. She earned a Master of Arts in English from the University of Louisiana at Monroe, and she works in communications.
"Bless the Skies" follows Laeli Tavens, a skilled thief and murderer who must rescue her little sister Elaina from a sadistic nobleman. Throughout the journey, Laeli clings to a well-crafted denial of her past, while Elaina copes with brutalities and tortures she cannot understand.
For more information or to purchase "Bless the Skies," visit blesstheskies.com.