Ninie Hammon’s Blog for Writers

Five Days in May wins Mom’s Choice Award

Posted: August 13, 2014, 8:48AM

May I have a drum roll, please? A little louder…building …. louder… now a final Boom!

And in the silence that follows, a small voice says: …uh…did I tell you guys that my inspirational suspense novel Five Days in May JUST WON A 2014 MOM’S CHOICE AWARD!

See me bust out in the Ninie Happy Dance—sort of a gangnam style meets Napoleon Dynamite…on hot tar…barefoot…drunk.


The award is granted in both both silver and gold medallions, kind of like the Olympics—and I didn’t even have to sing the National Anthem! The information they sent me says “Mom’s Choice Award honorees have been featured on Good Morning America, Oprah, The View, Fox & Friends, Discovery Channel and C-SPAN.” I’ve been sitting by the phone, but so far, it hasn’t rung.

Ok, I’ll stop clowning around. A Mom’s Choice Award is the real deal. I’m excited and I wanted to share the good news with my friends–and the (inappropriate?) humor helps take the sting out tooting my own horn.

I’m sure you’ve seen the blue Mom’s Choice Award seal on all manner of things for years—books, fiction and non-fiction, for children and adults, games—even toys. I entered my book in the award competition because I respect what the organization stands for and I knew its reputation would make a statement to potential readers about the nature and quality of my book.


“The Mom’s Choice Awards® (MCA) is globally recognized for establishing the benchmark of excellence in fami
ly-friendly media, products and services. Thousands of award entries from more than 40 countries are evaluated by a panel of judges bound by a strict code of ethics and the evaluation process uses a propriety methodology in which entries are scored on a number of elements including entertainment value, originality, and overall quality. Judges are looking for fiction and non-fiction books that help families grow emotionally and spiritually; are morally sound and promote good will; and are inspirational and uplifting.”


The bottom line is that the Mom’s Choice Award seal on my book assures readers that it’s clean—no profanity—adult entertainment. The seal does NOT mean that the book is devoid of character and personality, squishy-pure pablum. If it were a movie, Five Days in May would be rated at least PG13 for adult themes and situations. My young teen grandsons are not allowed to read it. People suffer and die in Five Days in May. But there are spiritual themes that lift the book above the basic “good clean story.”

Five Days in May is about four people, four death plots, five days and a killer tornado.


A twister’s coming. A big one, a monster F5–a mile wide and eight miles tall.
The writhing finger of death hurls across the prairie toward Graham, Oklahoma, one Friday afternoon in May, 1963, on a collision course with the lives of 4 people—each of whom has already planned a personal rendezvous with death in some other form that day.
In Jonas Cunningham’s mind, what he’s planning isn’t murder. The handful of little white pills that will free his precious Maggie from the fog of Alzheimer’s is a gift, a final act of unconditional love.
Jonas’s 16-year-old granddaughter, Joy, isn’t planning “murder” either. She’s pregnant and sees only one way to keep from shaming her family. Secrets like that are hard to keep though, in a small town.
Joy’s father, Rev. Mac MacIntosh has lost his wife and his faith and on Friday, he plans to commit professional suicide—not just leave his church, but abandon his call to ministry.
Princess has an appointment with the Reaper on Friday, too, one she’s been staring down for 14 years. At 5 o’clock, the state of Oklahoma will strap her into an electric chair called Sizzlin’ Suzie and turn on the juice.
But as the strange, psychic death row inmate meets daily with the minister during the final 5 days of her life, everything in both their lives begins to change. Princess knows—about Mac’s life and family. And sees—the Big Ugly coming to eat up the world. She sees other terrible things, too, and is determined to carry to her grave an incredible secret about the little sister she confessed to beheading a decade ago.
When the savage tornado roars with a sound like gravel in a blender into their small prairie town on that May Friday, all 4 of the people who’d penciled in “death” on their calendars actually do confront eternity.
But none of them comes to the crossroads of life and death by the path they’d planned or leaves with the result they expected.

Shortly after Five Days in May was published, Publisher’s Weekly, the “book industry Bible,” provided the book a starred review under the headline “A Great, Gripping Read.” The review said “Five Days in May has a well-woven storyline and wonderfully rich characters. It’s a fine story about love and sacrifice that will hook readers to the end.”


So there you have it. Social media makes it possible to share life with your friends—both the sadness and the triumphs. I share humor here every day. I’ve shared sadness, too, sometimes. So I hope you’ll rejoice with me over this accomplishment. I’m glad I entered the competition and VERY pleased that I won.

The last time I won anything was in a cake walk in 7th grade. I got the grand prize award—the pineapple upside down cake with cherries on top. And I have to tell you, if I had to choose which award I’d rather have in my hand right this minute, I …

(Sorry…it’s that inappropriate humor thing again.)


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