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"Deftly written, [Hawvermale's] debut is full of appealing characters and moments that sparkle with tenderness."
- Publisher's Weekly

"The Tongue Merchant reads like a bestseller . . . a fast-paced, witty mystery with wonderful multilayered characters and a whopper of a climax. Lance Hawvermale has crafted a gem that was a pleasure to read. Get ready to become a Hawvermale fan!"
- Johnny Quarles, bestselling author of Fool's Gold

"Hawvermale expertly weaves complex characters and secrets, luring you from one chapter to the next. His prose is at the same time smooth and riveting, and his detective will stay with you even after you've closed the back cover."
- Jean Rabe, author of the Finest series from Tor books

"Hawvermale, balancing suspense with character study, includes enough pauses between the adrenaline-pumping scenes to give his leads the time they need to grow."
- Kirkus Reviews

"[Hawvermale] pushes the envelope, taking the commonplace theme of women?s friendships into dangerous territory and dramatizing what women can do not just to help themselves, but also to bring justice to others."
- Booklist

"Hawvermale creates dynamic three-dimensional characters you care about. Then he propels them--and you--through sheer hell at relentless hurricane velocity."
- Ken Rand, author of Pax Dakota


Fugitive Shoes was named one of the University of Oklahoma's 2007 "Books That Inspire."

2008 Oklahoma Writers Federation (OWFI)
1st Place - Best Book of Poetry
1st Place - Poetry, Unrhymed Short
2nd Place - Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror Short Story
3rd Place - Poetry, Unrhymed Long
3rd Place - Mystery Novel
3rd Place - Contemporary Romance Novel
Hon. Mention - Western Novel
Hon. Mention - Poetry, Rhymed Short

2007 Oklahoma Writers Federation
1st Place - Mainstream Novel
1st Place - Essay
1st Place - Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror Novel
2nd Place - Young Adult Short Story
3rd Place - Nostalgia Prose
Hon. Mention - Romance Novel
Hon. Mention - Inspirational Prose
Hon. Mention - Poetry, Unrhymed Short

2006 Oklahoma Writers Federation
1st Place - Poetry Book
1st Place - Poetry, Rhymed Short
1st Place - Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror Short Story
2nd Place - Western Novel
3rd Place - Mainstream Novel
Hon. Mention - Short-Short Story
Hon. Mention - Nostalgia Prose

2005 Oklahoma Writers Federation
1st Place - Feature Article
1st Place ? Poetry, Unrhymed Long
2nd Place - Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror Short Story
3rd Place - Romance Novel
3rd Place - Mystery Novel