Countdown to Action! receives award

FTL Publications Thunderbirds™ Novel “Countdown to Action!” Scores Finalist Honor in the 5th Annual National “Best Books” Awards

Minnetonka, MN –, the premiere online magazine and review website for mainstream and independent publishing houses, announced the winners and finalists of THE NATIONAL “BEST BOOKS” 2008 AWARDS (NBBA) on October 20, 2008. Among the finalists in the Fiction and Literature: Young Adult Fiction category is Countdown to Action! a Thunderbirds™ novel, based on the 1960s television series, published by FTL Publications.

Joan Marie Verba, FTL’s Publisher, and author of Countdown to Action!, says of the award, “I’m thrilled to have received this recognition for my first Thunderbirds™ novel. It’s a tribute to the beloved characters of the show that the novel did so well.”

Jeff Keen, President and CEO of, said this year’s contest yielded an unprecedented number of entries. Keen says of the awards, now in their fifth year, “The 2008 results represent a phenomenal mix of books from a wide array of publishers throughout the United States.”

Winners and finalists traversed the publishing landscape: Simon & Schuster, Tarcher/Penguin, HarperCollins, Hyperion, St. Martin’s Press, McGraw-Hill, John Wiley & Sons and hundreds of independent titles contributed to this year’s outstanding NBBA competition. Keen adds, “NBBA’s success begins with the enthusiastic participation of authors and publishers and continues with our distinguished panel of industry judges who bring to the table their extensive editorial, PR, marketing, and design expertise.”

A complete list of the winners and finalists of the National “Best Books” 2008 Awards are available online at

FTL Publications is a multiple award-winning science fiction, fantasy, and mystery publishing house founded in 1993. This independent publisher obtained the only license ever issued in the U.S., and the only current license in the world, to create original novels based on the series, issued by Granada Ventures in London.

Countdown to Action! is the latest release from FTL Publications. Action Alert!, the next novel in the Thunderbirds™ series, has a scheduled release date of November 2008.

Thunderbirds TM & © 1964, 1999 and 2008 ITC Entertainment Group Limited. ‘Thunderbirds’ is a Gerry Anderson Production. Licensed by Granada Ventures Ltd. All rights reserved.

Posted by Publisher at 10/20/2008 2:07 PM

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