What do authors G. J. Berger and J. K. Rowling have in common besides abbreviated names? They each have two San Diego Book Award Association awards for novels.
Yet again we have a winner. This is our fourth year and G.J. Berger's 'Four Nails' has won the 2016-17 San Diego Historical Fiction Award.

Check out the excellent review of 'Four Nails' herehttps://beforethesecondsleep.wordpress.com/2018/05/27/book-review-four-nails/

And this review:

FOUR NAILS is many things, all of them topnotch. It is a warp-speed backward jump in time to the Punic Wars, as glimpsed from the unique perspective of a young Hindu mahout (elephant trainer) swept up into Hannibal’s army just in time for the trans-Alpine attack on the Italian peninsula. It is a love story, a couple of them, actually, both unconventional—between a boy and his magnificent war elephant and also for the unattainable and untouchable girl who comes along for the ride of a lifetime. And “Four Nails” is a tender coming-of-age odyssey set against the barbaric tides of history, with indelible vignettes of a Syrian slave caravan that reminded me of Kipling’s “Kim.” Berger’s wonderful story also reminded of the recent award-winning film, “Lion,” another epic tale of a lost Indian boy trying find his way back home.

Very kind piece of PR for p.d.r. lindsay from fellow author Antony Millen at https://antonymillen.com/2016/12/15/weekend-name-drop-p-d-r-lindsay/

Congratulations to Writer's Choice writer, G.J. Berger, because his newest novel, 'Four Nails' has just been awarded the Bragg Medallion. A worthy winner and as the panel said 'A cracking good read.'

Writer's Choice is a writers' publishing cooperative which acts like a traditional publisher for its members. Novels are selected or rejected by the group and the whole group work hard beta reading and editing each novel until it is ready for its final edit by a professional editor. This includes professional proofreading, professional cover and interior design work and finally the novel is published by the author as a POD paperback and ebook with the Writer's Choice quality fiction seal.

In our first year our very first published novel won the San Diego Historical Fiction Award. Our second published novel rocketed up the Amazon top 100 best-selling historical novels list and sat there, selling an amazing number of books. Our third published novel had already earned short listed places in two unpublished novel competitions.

In our second year our novels were short listed in the Amazon novel competition, the M M Bennetts Historical Fiction Award, the Wishing Shelf Independent fiction award, and the Historical Novel Society Independent Novel award.

Our third year has been as successful, Bragg Medallion, excellent reviews, and reader raves. Members work hard to produce quality fiction and Writer's Choice can celebrate that as an independent co-operative group of writers it is living up to its promise of quality fiction.

Over half way through our fourth year and we have a prize winner, 'Four Nails' and 'Bittersweet' is entered in two competitions. 2017 is another good year.

Our writers can be found at:


G.J. Berger South of Burnt Rocks

p.d.r. lindsay's Jacob's Justice

p.d.r. lindsay's Tizzie

p.d.r. lindsay's Bittersweet