First author Cassie Sanchez wins another award for her fantasy, “Chasing the Darkness.”

Albuquerque, NM, March 09, 2022 –(– Cassie Sanchez receives national recognition through Independent Press Award®

The Independent Press Award recognized Cassie Sanchez’s Chasing the Darkness in the Fantasy category as a Distinguished Favorite.

The competition is judged by experts from different aspects of the book industry, including publishers, writers, editors, book cover designers and professional editors. Selected IPA Award Winners and Distinguished Favorites are based on overall excellence.

Chasing the Darkness, Cassie Sanchez, Fantasy

Pain is unavoidable. Suffering is a choice.

Azrael, the angel of death, knows pain. The deaths of his mother and sister, along with his harsh experiences in the Watch Guard at the age of twelve, brutally transformed him into the most feared assassin in all of Pandaren. Azrael’s role as a hunter requires him to seek out those with magic, called Spectrals, which he is happy to do. The hunt allows him to pursue his true goal: revenge on the Spectral Fire that changed the course of his life.

Azrael’s obsession with revenge and power led him to undergo an experimental procedure that gives him magic, but when this procedure has unexpected and dangerous side effects, he becomes a liability to hunters and the guard. .
Saved by the people he’s sworn to eliminate, Azrael finds himself questioning everything he once believed as years of secrets and lies come to light. His very nature is challenged as he battles unfamiliar emotions and navigates relationships that contradict a killer’s heart.

Can the angel of death have a conscience? Can Azrael?

In 2022, the Independent Press Prize had entries worldwide. Authors and publishers from countries such as Australia, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Jordan, Puerto Rico and Switzerland participated.

Books submitted included writers based in cities such as Anchorage to Memphis; from Berkeley to Philadelphia; Calgary to Sydney; from Albuquerque to New York; from Princeton to Santa Monica as well as others.

“We are proud to announce the winners and distinguished favorites of our 2022 annual Independent Press Awards. This year included a range of quality and diverse independent books,” Olczak said. “It’s crystal clear that independent publishing is pushing to every corner of the earth with great content. We’re excited to highlight key titles representing global independent publishing.” said awards sponsor Gabrielle Olczak.

Contact: Cassie Sanchez/ (505)220-4511/ [email protected]

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