DRAGONY RISING: 2023 IPA Distinguished Favorite

DRAGONY RISING, the fifth Frank Nagler Mystery has been named a Distinguished Favorite in the 2023 Independent Press awards.

In 2023, the INDEPENDENT PRESS AWARD had entries worldwide.  Authors and publishers from countries such as Australia, Canada, Germany, India, Japan, Norway, Scotland, and South Africa, participated.

Books submitted included writers based in cities such as Atlanta to Los Angeles; London to Nova Scotia; from Cape Town to Mumbai; from Albuquerque to New York City as well as others.

“We are proud to announce the winners and distinguished favorites in our annual 2023 INDEPENDENT PRESS AWARD.  This year included an array of quality and diverse independent books,” Olczak said. “Independent publishing is pushing on every corner of the earth with great content.  We are thrilled to be highlighting key titles representing global independent publishing.” said awards sponsor Gabrielle Olczak.


DRAGONY RISING was also awarded First place for Mysteries in the 2022 Royal Dragonfly Indie Book Awards. And named a NOTABLE 100  Indie Book in the 2022 Shelf Unbound book awards.

DRAGONY RISING asks the question: What happens when Ironton, N.J. Detective Frank Nagler discovers that the explosion that levels part of downtown is not the worst this to happen?

The story, told at page-turning pace with hairpin turns and revelations, delves deeply into the history of the old manufacturing city and forces Nagler to examine the history of his own family.

Reviewers say:

The author is an exceptional writer – inventive with words, fresh with his storyline, and in presenting a variety of characters to love and hate.
I find myself bored easily with most of the new books erupting daily, but Michael Stephen Daigle knows what he is doing and is up to the task. His stories capture me, entertain and challenge me, and leave me wanting just one more of his books each time I finish one.

This was such a thrill! A great detective story that made me not want to put the book down!

If you’ve ever found yourself browsing the thriller section on a bit of a book binge I can relate to you. I got sold on this book purely based off the cover and a couple paragraphs of the description. After I inhaled this book over the weekend I realized I made an error jumping into the 5th book of the series (by accident) – No regrets!

Available at Book and Puppet, downtown Easton, Pa.

Find it online at:

Dragony: Amazon.com: Dragony Rising: A Frank Nagler Novel – Book 5: 9781944653231: Daigle, Michael Stephen: Books

Dragony Rising: A Frank Nagler Novel – Book 5 by Michael Stephen Daigle, Paperback | Barnes & Noble® (barnesandnoble.com)

About michaelstephendaigle

I have been writing most of my life. I am the author of the award-winning Frank Nagler Mystery series. "The Swamps of Jersey (2014); "A Game Called Dead" (2016) -- a Runner-Up in the 2016 Shelf Unbound Indie Author Contest; and "The Weight of Living" (2017) -- First Place winner for Mysteries in the Royal Dragonfly Book Awards Contest.
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