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D.M. Pulley Named Grand Prize Winner of the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award

D.M. Pulley, author of the mystery novel The Dead Key, receives a $50,000 advance and publishing contract with Amazon Publishing

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul. 21, 2014-- (NASDAQ:AMZN)—Amazon customers have chosen D.M. Pulley of Shaker Heights, OH, as the Grand Prize winner of the seventh annual Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest for her mystery novel The Dead Key. The Dead Key is expected to be released in early 2015 by Thomas & Mercer—an imprint of Amazon Publishing—and Pulley will receive a $50,000 advance and publishing contract.

Pulley, who owns an engineering consulting business in Cleveland, was inspired to write The Dead Key after an on-the-job discovery of an underground vault that contained unclaimed, unopened safe deposit boxes. In her novel, two women, separated by twenty years, each find themselves wrapped up in a sordid secret involving an abandoned bank. The book is now available for pre-order in print and Kindle formats on at

The remaining four category winners, Flora Solomon (General Fiction, A Pledge of Silence), Norma Darcy (Romance, The Bluestocking and the Rake), Chuck Grossart (Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror, The Mengele Effect) and Carrie Anne Noble (Young Adult Fiction, The Mermaid’s Sister—previously titled: Seashell, Stork and Apple Tree) each received publishing contracts from Amazon Publishing with a $15,000 advance. Their books will also be released in print and Kindle formats in early 2015 and can be pre-ordered on Amazon.

The Dead Key is an atmospheric and richly detailed mystery featuring two spunky heroines separated by two decades but both embroiled in a dangerous secret involving an abandoned bank,” said Terry Goodman, Senior Editor, Lake Union Publishing. “It’s a real page-turner and we’re not surprised that Amazon customers chose it for the Grand Prize.”

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CreateSpace, an Amazon company, includes a community to keep authors who entered the ABNA contest up-to-date on every stage of the contest. For the complete Official Rules for the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award and more information, please visit


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