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March 12, 2014

Author nominated for Global eBook Award

Retired Central College professor Lee Joanne Collins’s novel Too Much Left Unsaid is nominated for a Global eBook Award.

Between 1917 and 1969 enormous changes shook America. In her debut novel, Pella resident and retired Central College professor Lee Collins wove history and fiction to explore how ordinary people can be affected by events happening in history. By the 1960s times were changing so quickly that politics, civil rights, women’s empowerment, and new ways of seeing the world threw old ways to the wind. On July 21, 1969, Neil Armstrong took his “one small step for mankind.” Armstrong’s moonwalk was the catalyst for fictional Mattie Connors to look back on her life as an Ohio housewife and tell her story. Choices abound, some better than others, and some not at all welcome.

This historical novel follows several generations in war and peace, joy and sorrow, family destiny rising and falling, losses and reunions, fidelity and betrayal. Anyone who lived through the turbulent times will relate to how the transformation in worldview opened options and shook society.

Collins’s eBook was nominated for the Global Ebook Award. The Global Ebook Awards honor will bring attention to the future of book publishing: Ebooks. Now in its fourth year, the Awards are in 72 specific categories. They are open to all publishers large and small so that a winner is the best in its category not just the best of small or regionally-published ebooks. Most ebooks are also available as printed books as well.

Dr. Lee Joanne Collins is a retired professor of education who grew up in Chicago and Pittsburgh, finished high school in Maryland, went to the College of Wooster in Ohio, University of Pittsburgh and Rutgers University. She taught in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, New York, New Jersey, Illinois, and Iowa and in every grade, kindergarten through college. She is retired from Central College in Pella, Iowa, where she now lives. She can be reached through her email or through her website

Too Much Left Unsaid is available in paperback. and ebook format through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and at independent bookstores including The Next Chapter in Knoxville, Beaverdale Books in Des Moines and Iowa Books in Iowa City.

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