The Castle is up for a RONE Award: Here’s how you can help!

My suspense novel The Castle has been nominated for a 2022 RONE Award, an annual competition sponsored by InD’tale Magazine that honors the best books in the Indie and Small publishing industry.

The second round of voting depends on the reading public: you guys. If you feel so inclined, I’d be delighted if you could cast a vote for The Castle. If the novel moves on, the next round of judging involves a group of industry professionals including editors, writers, and professors.

Here’s what you need to do, if you want to participate: You must register at in order to vote. Once you register, you will be required to click the verification link sent to you via email. Then, decide if The Castle is worthy of your vote.

Voting is open all next week, between April 11-17.

Thank you for your consideration.

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Ancient ruins, haunted memories, and a ruthless criminal combine with a touch of mystic presence in this taut mystery about a crime we all must address.


Anne Montgomery

Contemporary Women’s Fiction/Suspense

TouchPoint Press

September 13, 2021

Maggie, a National Park Ranger of Native American descent, is back at The Castle—a six-hundred-year-old pueblo carved into a limestone cliff in Arizona’s Verde Valley. Maggie, who suffers from depression, has been through several traumas: the gang rape she suffered while in the Coast Guard, the sudden death of her ten-year-old son, and a suicide attempt.

One evening, she chases a young Native American boy through the park and gasps as he climbs the face of The Castle cliff and disappears into the pueblo. When searchers find no child, Maggie’s friends believe she’s suffering from depression-induced hallucinations.

Maggie has several men in her life. The baker, newcomer Jim Casey, who always greets her with a warm smile and pink boxes filled with sweet delicacies. Brett Collins, a scuba diver who is doing scientific studies in Montezuma Well, a dangerous cylindrical depression that houses strange creatures found nowhere else on Earth. Dave, an amiable waiter with whom she’s had a one-night stand, and her new boss Glen.

One of these men is a serial rapist and Maggie is his next target. In a thrilling and terrifying denouement, Maggie faces her rapist and conquers her worst fears once and for all.


Midwest Book Reviews

A deftly written and riveting read from cover to cover, “The Castle” effectively showcases author Anne Montgomery’s genuine mastery of the Romantic Suspense genre.” 

Sara Steven

Chik Lit Central

“A slow burn thriller, mixed in with a touch of mystical realism…A true five-star experience!”

SaraRose Auburn

Writing & Reviews

“A beautifully considered, sumptuous novel from a skilled storyteller.”

Tonya Mathenia

InD’tale Magazine

Ms. Montgomery manipulates uncomfortable subjects and dark suspense into a gripping tale with hints of romance and humor carefully guiding readers on an informative journey of survival and self-discovery.

Anu Menon

Thought is Free Book Blog

“Soul-stirring. A brilliant book…Truly a masterpiece.”

Katherine Hayward Pérez

Just Katherine Blog

“I was gripped from start to end.”

Margaret Millmore


“Ms. Montgomery has an almost magical talent to draw the reader into the worlds she creates through her words. Her characters are interesting, vulnerable and strong. While describing the locations in which her books are set, she weaves history with vivid images, immersing the reader in a hard-to-put-down story full of history, beauty and mystery.”


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