By Ken Stern 

Ashley Sweeney’s ‘Answer Creek’ wins gold medal


Shelter Bay author Ashley Sweeney was awarded a gold medal for “Answer Creek” by the 2021 Next Generation Indie Book Awards for best second novel June 1. It is her third gold medal for this historical fiction, published last year, which has also won the 2021 Independent Publishers Association award for best regional fiction and the 2020 Arizona Authors Association Literary Award.

“Answer Creek” re-imagines the 1848 Donner Party’s trek from Missouri west on the Oregon-California Trail. Her 19-year-old heroine, Ada Weeks, survives the journey, best known for some real-life members...

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