(Bloomington, Minn.) – “Susan is with us tonight,” said Steven Nelson of Calmar, Iowa, as he posed for a photo with the nine close friends and family members who traveled with him to Minnesota for the Midwest Book Awards earlier this month.

A Dead Woman’s Mirror, a novel his late wife, Susan, wrote before she died of complications from diabetes in early 2011, was named a finalist for the Midwest Book Award in the Fiction: Romance category of the Midwest Book Awards. Winners were named during a gala ceremony at the Bloomington Center for the Arts in Bloomington, Minn., a suburb of Minneapolis, the evening of May 9, 2012.

The Midwest Book Awards recognize independently published books for their creativity in content and execution, overall quality and their unique contribution to its subject area.  The program is sponsored by the Midwest Independent Publishers Association.

Set in St. Paul, Minnesota, A Dead Woman’s Mirror tells the story of Linnie Willis, a young woman with a special gift. She has the ability to see and hear dead people. The ghost that presents itself to her in the story is the spirit of Abigail Dahlquist. She wants the world to know what happened to her three youngest children, who disappeared without a trace in 1860.

“Linnie is the only one who can help her, but it’s not going to be easy,” explained Steven. “The book takes a lot of twists and turns as readers get to know the characters. This is a story that will really appeal to fans of a good mystery.”

A Dead Woman’s Mirror is available for purchase at select bookstores, or can be found online at www.RocketDogBooks.com. RocketDog Books will soon release another title Susan Nelson had written before she passed away. Zoo Girl is scheduled for release in the fall of 2012.