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Local author wins award for novel highlighting human trafficking


Former Free Lance-Star editorial page writer and current columnist Linda J. White was honored this weekend for her novel, “Seeds of Evidence,” which addresses the issue of human trafficking.

White, whose book was published by Abingdon Press, received a HOLT Medallion, recognizing the novel as the “Best Book by a Virginia Author.” She also received an award of merit in the Romantic Suspense category by the Virginia Romance Writers.

White also wrote “Words of Conviction,” released earlier this year, and is the author of “Bloody Point.”

The HOLT Medallion is awarded by Virginia Romance Writers and was named for the group’s first elected president, Cynthia Holt. The acronym stands for Honoring Outstanding Literary Talent.

In its news release, Abingdon Press describes “Seeds of Evidence” as follows.

“Not like your typical inspirational novel, Seeds of Evidence tackles one of the toughest issues appearing in the headlines today: human trafficking. The novel follows FBI Agent Kit McGovern and D.C. cop David O’Connor as they investigate a young boy’s murder with only the smallest of clues—tomato seeds and acorns found in the boy’s pockets. Kit traces the plant DNA to a huge farm where the horrors of trafficking are revealed and the investigation becomes a fight for both mercy and justice.”

Free Lance-Star NIE Coordinator Colleen Beirne reviewed “Words of Conviction” earlier this year.

Winners of the 19th Annual HOLT Medallion competition were announced at the Virginia Romance Writers meeting on Saturday. White was notified on Sunday.

“I am so honored to receive the prestigious Holt Medallion for Seeds of Evidence,” White said in a statement to Abingdon. “The book is near to my heart for its setting—my grandparents’ home in Chincoteague, Virginia—and its theme of human trafficking. I’m grateful to the Virginia Romance Writers for the recognition and the opportunity to bring more attention to this critical issue through a romantic thriller.”

“Linda J. White is a stellar new voice in romantic suspense,” Ramona Richards, Senior Acquisitions Editor for Abingdon Fiction, said through Abingdon. “We’re honored to have her on our fiction list and thrilled that the Holt Medallion judges have recognized her with not one but two honors. She has a long and distinguished career ahead.”



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