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Next Generation Indie Book Awards has awarded 2019 Finalist Medals to A Dolphin and a Pilot in two categories -- Inspirational Fiction and Humor/Comedy.

May 15, 2019

Readers' Favorite Book Reviews awarded Reaper's Lament a glowing review and a Five Star Award today. Reviewer Divine Zape wrote, "The narrative is lyrical, evocative of the thrill of flying ..." and "... will have the reader turning eagerly from one story to the next." The reviewer added, "The descriptions are powerful and vivid, ... deftly exploring the themes of life and death.

May 13, 2019

The Non Fiction Authors Association today awarded a Gold Winner Award to Reaper's Lament.  One critic wrote, "A well written book that held my attention from beginning to end." Another wrote, "Reaper's Lament is an amazing read! I couldn't put it down!"

March 11, 2019

Outskirts Press today announced publication of Steven Lane Smith's latest book -- Reaper's Lament, an anthology of aviation stories by pilots who should be dead. Scores of encounters with the Grim Reaper are told by fighter pilots, airline pilots, bush pilots, private pilots, instructors, and air traffic controllers. The book also contains third-person accounts of brushes with death by famous aces, including Eddie Rickenbacker, Sir Douglas Bader, Jack Broughton, Robin Olds, and Steve Ritchie.

October 16, 2018

A Dolphin and a Pilot has received an Honorable Mention Award in the competition for the best novel of 2017 at the San Francisco Book Festival. Smith's whimsical epic tale previously was selected as runner-up for Best Humorous Novel of 2017 by Reviewers Choice Awards and received an Honorable Mention Award at the New England Book Festival.

May 28, 2018

A Dolphin and a Pilot has received an Honorable Mention Award in judging for the best novel of 2017 at the New England Book Festival. Smith's book previously finished second in the competition for Best Humorous Novel of 2017 by Reviewers Choice Awards.

April 30, 2018

A Dolphin and a Pilot has been named runner-up for Best Humorous Novel of 2017 by Reviewers Choice Awards. Steven Lane Smith’s latest novel has received several positive reviews and is in consideration for best novel of 2017 at the New England Book Festival and the San Francisco Book Festival.

October 26, 2017

Kirkus Reviews, America's leading book review magazine, has published a glowing book review of A Dolphin and a Pilot, Steven Lane Smith's latest novel. Kirkus calls the lighthearted drama "an ocean tale that's brimming with excitement, hilarity, and exuberant characters."

July 31, 2017

Steven Lane Smith's seldom-ponderous, always fast-moving comedy Fair Share has been selected as one of ten finalists for the IndieFab 2016 Book of the Year Award. This marks two years in a row Smith has received this distinction; Salvation at Rio Feo was named a finalist for the 2015 Book of the Year.

June 6, 2017

Producer Richard Akel, President of Four Stars International, has optioned a script titled Drone Assassin 2 from screenwriter Steven Lane Smith. Richard is collaborating with foreign producers on the project. This is Steve's second optioned screenplay in two years.

March 17, 2017

Today Steven Lane Smith received a 2016 Reviewers Choice Award for Humor for his novel Fair Share. This is the third year in a row that Smith has received the award. Fair Share is the tale of Dan Downey's star-crossed trip across America in pursuit of forgiveness and love in the company of rascals Codwell Gutterman and El Brujo.

August 16, 2016

Published today, Steven Lane Smith’s novel Fair Share is a lament for all the guilt we should not bear.  Protagonist Dan Downey bravely seeks forgiveness and love on a purgatory-like road trip from Houston to Oregon despite being relentlessly hounded by Codwell Gutterman and El Brujo.

August 6, 2016

More than 25 English and Irish authors attended Steven Lane Smith’s lecture “How to Write Your Novel or Memoir” at King House, Boyle, County Roscommon, Ireland today. Smith is the recipient of the Reviewers Choice Award for Humor three years in a row. His novel Salvation at Rio Feo was selected as a 2015 IndieFab Book of the Year Finalist. (Image copyright by speedfighter at 123RF.COM)

July 29, 2016

Steven Lane Smith's parody of big-time basketball -- Salvation at Rio Feo -- has been selected as one of ten finalists for the IndieFab 2015 Book of the Year Award. Reviewers have connected with naively ambitious Tommy Gunn in his quest to be "good enough."

May 5, 2016

2015 Reviewers Choice Award for Humor has been awarded to Steven Lane Smith for his novel Salvation at Rio Feo. This action-packed account of Tommy Gunn's crusade to be "good enough" also has been selected as a 2015 IndieFab Book of the Year Finalist.

September 15, 2015

Steven Lane Smith’s novel Salvation at Rio Feo was released for distribution today. Breaking all conventions of gambling, Tommy Gunn is bribed by rival bookies to win and to lose a national championship game.  Tommy steals all the money and, in a desperate bid for fame, gambles everything by also stealing a coach's identity to lead a basketball team made up of acrobats, wrestlers, and an eight-foot giant sought by every college in America. 

October 5, 2015

Producer Richard Akel, President of Four Stars International, has optioned a script titled Drone Assassin from screenwriter Steven Lane Smith. Steve wrote the techno-thriller based on his experience as an Air Force fighter pilot. He has retained Lt. Col. Ian Milne, (USAF, Retired), as a technical consultant.

March 15, 2015

Steven Lane Smith’s coming-of-age novel Caledonia Switch has been chosen as the Best Humorous Novel of 2014 by Reviewers Choice Awards. In this comical and moving account of growing up in Post-Puritan New England, protagonist John Wesley Hardin -- caring, obsessive, over-confident, and fearless -- day-trades his way to riches to save his father's floundering hardware store.

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