CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Contest announced that ”Yesterday Calling” by Wyoming author Steven W. Horn won the Honorable Mention Award in the Fiction – Mystery – General category.

The Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Contest featured thousands of contestants from over a dozen countries, ranging from new independent authors to NYT best-sellers and celebrities. Learn more at

The author plans to attend the Readers’ Favorite ceremony in Miami, Florida to accept the award in November and while there participate in the largest book fair in the nation, the Miami Book Fair International, where his book will be displayed.

Readers’ Favorite is one of the largest book review and award contest sites on the Internet. They have earned the respect of renowned publishers like Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Harper Collins, and have received the “Best Websites for Authors” and “Honoring Excellence” awards from the Association of Independent Authors. They are also fully accredited by the BBB (A+ rating), which is a rarity among Book Review and Book Award Contest companies.

The contest receives thousands of entries from all over the world. Because of these large submission numbers, the contest is broken down into 140+ genres, and each genre is judged separately, ensuring that books only compete against books of their same genre for a fairer and more accurate competition. The contest receives submissions from independent authors, small publishers, and publishing giants such as Random House, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster, with contestants that range from the first-time, self-published author to New York Times bestsellers like J.A. Jance, James Rollins, and #1 best-selling author Daniel Silva, as well as celebrity authors like Jim Carrey (Bruce Almighty), Henry Winkler (Happy Days), and Eriq La Salle (E.R., Coming to America).

Yesterday Calling is the fifth book of Horn’s Sam Dawson Mystery Series and was released on June 9. As with many of the Sam Dawson Mysteries, the setting of the new novel is southeast Wyoming. Yesterday Calling incorporates Cheyenne and Laramie, as well as Berthoud and Boulder along Colorado’s Front Range.

The novels in the Sam Dawson Mystery Series have all received numerous awards and acclaim in the various mystery categories, including Independent Book Publishers Association’s Benjamin Franklin Gold Award, Eric Hoffer Award Category Finalist, and New York City Big Book Award’s Distinguished Favorite as well as the much coveted “starred review” from Publishers Weekly.

The series features Wyoming-based photographer Sam Dawson whose unnerving knack for stumbling upon trouble leads him to uncover dark secrets, lost graves, espionage and even mass murder. With his trusty hound at his side, Sam must reluctantly abandon his favorite Wyoming fishing haunts to unravel the truth to keep himself, friends and family out of harm’s way.

In the fifth book of the series, Yesterday Calling, a dangerously unpredictable psychopath bent on revenge victimizes Sam and his daughter for choices Sam made decades earlier in this edge-of-your-seat thriller. The past and present collide as author Horn adds another riveting chapter to his award-winning Sam Dawson Mystery Series. But nothing is as it seems in Yesterday Calling.

Horn draws upon an eclectic array of career experiences in crafting his stories. In Wyoming, Horn was the Dean of the College of Agriculture and a professor at the University of Wyoming. Retiring in 2009, Dr. Horn is now Professor Emeritus and lives near Cheyenne, Wyoming.

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