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NYT bestselling author Tosca Lee’s “Firstborn”
wins Realm Makers 2018 Book of the Year

July 20, 2018, St. Louis, MO —  New York Times bestselling author Tosca Lee’s second novel in the House of Bathory duology, Firstborn (the sequel to Lee’s bestseller, The Progeny), has won Realm Makers 2018 Book of the Year. It also took home the supernatural category win.

The Progeny released May 2016 to outstanding reviews calling it “irresistible” (Publishers Weekly), “suspenseful” and “entertaining” (Booklist) with a jaw-dropping ending that had early readers clamoring for the sequel before The Progeny even released.

Called “The Queen of psychological twists” by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Steena Holmes, Lee has previously been best known for her historical novels (including 2014 ECPA Fiction Book of the Year winner Iscariot and 2015 finalist The Legend of Sheba) and evocative prose. While Lee’s trademark research remains in evidence, the House of Bathory duology, with its high octane pacing, represents a new direction for the author—one enthusiastically embraced by readers and Hollywood, both. The books are currently in development as a dramatic television series by Radar Pictures and Ed Burns’ Marlboro Road Gang, as first reported by Deadline Hollywood:

Filled with adrenaline, romance, and reversals, the duology is the story of Audra Ellison who, in a bid to protect a powerful secret, has elected to erase the last two years of her memory and start over until she’s found and forced to go on the run—a journey that takes her to the underground corridors of Europe she’s tried to leave in her past.

Realm Makers is an organization committed to fostering excellence in the speculative (sci-fi/fantasy) arts for authors, filmmakers, artists and artisans of faith. The annual conference was held this weekend at the Sheraton Westport Chalet in St. Louis, MO where it will be held again in 2019.

For a list of all the winners, please visit:

Praise for the House of Bathory books:

“Irresistible…” – Publishers Weekly

“Tosca Lee is a masterful storyteller who has created a rich and engaging tale of adventure, mystery, and loyalty in the face of perpetual betrayal, which kept me on edge from the first page until the last.” – Jobie Hughes, #1 New York Times best-selling author

“Tosca puts the thrill into thriller. Be warned: once you start this book, it’s impossible to put down!” – Maria V. Snyder, New York Times bestselling author

“An exciting thrill ride from the first page until the last…a fascinating meld of fact and speculative fiction.”  —Romantic Times

Tosca Lee is the award-winning, New York Times, CBA, and IndieBound bestselling author of Iscariot, The Legend of Sheba, Demon: A Memoir; Havah: The Story of Eve; and Forbidden: The Books of Mortalsseries with New York Times bestselling author Ted Dekker. A lifelong world adventure traveler, Tosca lives with her husband and four children in Nebraska. Her upcoming pandemic thriller, The Line Between, releases January 2019. To learn more about Tosca, visit

The Progeny
by Tosca Lee
Howard Books, a division of Simon & Schuster: Trade paper, $15.99
ISBN: 9781501139253

By Tosca Lee
Howard Books, a division of Simon & Schuster: Trade paper, $15.99
ISBN: 9781501125942

Contact: Mickey Mikkelson, Publicist,  403.464.6925