The House’s Money Awarded Finalist Medal


“The House’s Money is an exciting, riveting read for your general fiction collection – highly recommended.”

  • The Midwest Book Review


The House’s Money made the winner list:

  • Northern California Publishers & Authors Award winner 2013
  • Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist 2013



“A plot-twisting journey through the hidden world of banking, water rights, greed and murder… It is hard to determine which is more terrifying – the body count or the banking practices.”

– Wendy Schultz, Mountain Democrat


Liquid Gold made the winner list:

  • Next Generation Indie Book Awards first place winner 2014
A Gala Awards Ceremony was held at the famed landmark Plaza Hotel in New York City in May.

The Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group has named the best indie books of 2013.  I was thrilled to be notified that The House's Money was awarded a Finalist Medal in the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.  It's an honor to be recognized as one of the Winners and Finalists.

medals-closeupThe Next Generation Indie Book Awards is known as the 'Sundance' of the independent publishing world and has become the largest Not-for-Profit book awards program in the world.

"Authors and publishers who compete in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards are serious about promoting their books," says Catherine Goulet, Chair of the awards program.  "They aim to stand out from the crowd of millions of books in print."

This is a professionally run competition, anchored by judges recognized for their publishing expertise. The 2013 judges included expert editors (many having worked with major publishing houses including Simon & Schuster, Harper Collins, Penguin Books, Putnan, New Bantam Books, and Dell Publishing) and designers, marketing gurus, book buyers, literary agents, book reviewers, publishing executives, writing professors, successful published authors, and other leaders in the industry.

Indie Awards PosterThe Next Generation Indie Book Awards honors and recognizes the most talented authors following in the footsteps of James Joyce, Upton Sinclair, Anais Nin, Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, W.E.B. DuBois, e.e. Cummings, and Virginia Woolf, all of whom were originally independently published.



Midwest Book Review

Midwest book reviews graphicI’m excited to have just received an announcement from Midwest Book Review in Oregon, Wisconsin that the February 2013 issue of the online book review magazine “Small Press Bookwatch” features “The House’s Money.” This is cool as Midwest Book Review is a nationally-recognized reviewer of book titles and receives numerous book submissions each year for review with only a select few making the cut for a feature review.

The review reads as follows:

Life’s ambition is always a rough and difficult endeavor. “The House’s Money” is a novel from Owen Sullivan as he presents a story of ambition following young Matt Whiteside as he deals with his rising career and is entranced in a romance with another real estate rising star, Stephanie. Their romance is whirl wind as the drive for money encompasses both and the bubble they built on may soon burst. “The House’s Money” is an exciting and riveting read for general fiction collections, highly recommended.

This review has also been posted with the Cengage Learning, Gale interactive CD-ROM series “Book Review Index,” which is published four times yearly for academic, corporate, and public library systems.

Additionally, this review will be archived on Midwest Book Review website for he next five years at

Mountain Democrat Book Review

Greed and a Bad Economy Knock on the Door

by Wendy Shultz
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Volume 161 • Issue 141

In the vein of John Grisham's "The Firm" Whiteside becomes aware of colleagues undercutting him, conspiracies of greed and a deteriorating housing economy that threatens his dreams and those of the people he loves.

In his first book, Sullivan explores the world of mortgage-backed securities, a world of greed, power and status that Sullivan has seen from his career as a real estate developer.

"In 2005 and 2006, I had five or six projects in the works, but the banks pulled the rug out from under me," said Sullivan. "I had some rental homes and tried to do a short sale with them, but the bank kept losing my paperwork and the whole thing went on and on. I thought, if I'm in the business and have this much trouble, what would it be like for the average homeowner? Things with banks were in such a mess that I thought this was a story a lot of people would have interest in."

With time on his hands and a front row seat at the mortgage meltdown, Sullivan wrote "The House's Money."

"The whole mess started and ended with Wall Street, so I used a trader as the main character. Banks were panicking, hiring a whole bunch of people and not giving them much training to handle things. They had a script to read when people called and no decision making ability, but they could call you and pester you to death. I wanted to give people a peek behind the scenes in my book," Sullivan said.