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  • Pete

Updated: Jun 19, 2023

I’m excited to announce that A Surprising Ally, book 2 in The Scars of Hiraeth epic fantasy series, is published and live on Amazon!


I hear this would make a great gift for all family and friends this holiday season, so I hope you'll check it out!


As authors, we rely heavily on reviews for our book to reach more readers, so please leave a review. Thanks for your support!



Book cover for A Surprising Ally, book 2 in The Scars of Hiraeth fantasy series by indie author Peter Mooren


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Updated: Jun 19, 2023

July 19th, 2022 – Speak Up Talk Radio announced the winners of the recent FIREBIRD BOOK AWARDS contest.


One of the winning entries was from FLORIDA author PETER MOOREN whose book titled THE RETURN OF ABADDON won in the FANTASY, MAGICAL REALISM, and METAPHYSICAL FANTASY CATEGORIES.

Speak Up Talk Radio Firebird Book Award Winner seal

Authors and publishers from around the world submitted their work to the International Firebird Book Awards. Two judges from a select panel of 23 judges read each book in its entirety and independently scored each entry. All judges commit to a set of standardized criteria that evaluates the quality of the writing as well as production aspects. Only entries with the highest of scores were awarded the coveted Firebird.


Patricia J. Rullo, founder of the Firebird Book Awards, says, “the number of important entries this quarter exceeded our expectations. This increase allowed us to send even more pillowcases and other handmade gifts to the homeless shelters. The Firebird Book Awards adds a charitable twist that allows the author’s entry fee to be tax-deductible. In return, we personally make and send handmade fun and colorful pillowcases to women and children in homeless shelters via Enchanted Makeovers, a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization. In this way, authors get notoriety for their work while helping to transform homeless shelters into bright and happy homes. It is a rewarding venture for everyone.”


Pat adds, “our judging panel grew this quarter and includes a diverse group who represent a cross section of ages, cultural heritage, race, religion, gender, and experience. At Speak Up Talk Radio, our mission is to offer authors a welcome place to promote themselves and their books via book awards, podcast awards, radio interviews, audiobook production, voiceover marketing tools, and podcasting services, including our BOOMBANGOHMYGOSHWOW podcast where authors share short but helpful tips with fellow authors.”


The Firebird Book Awards run quarterly contests so authors can receive recognition on a timely basis. Authors from all genres, mainstream, independent, and self-published are welcome. For additional winning authors, titles, and entry information:


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  • Pete

Updated: Jun 19, 2023


Photo of indie author Peter Mooren working on A Surprising Ally, Book 2 in The Scars of Hiraeth fantasy series

Working on book 2 (A Surprising Ally) in my Scars of Hiraeth magical fantasy series. I fell behind on my writing goals for the month of May, but I've finally picked up the pace again. Hoping to get back on track over the next month, so I can be ready for an October release.

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