LAKELAND, Fla. -- JPX Media Group, in Los Angles, has announced Gary D. Conrad's book, The Lhasa Trilogy, as the winner in both the New Age Fiction and Visionary Fiction categories of The 2012 International Book Awards. Conrad is a native of Oklahoma, as is the book's publisher. More than 300 winners and finalists were announced on May 23 in more than 100 categories covering print, ebooks and audio books. The Lhasa Trilogy is the heartwarming story of how the life of an Oklahoma man becomes inexplicably intertwined with that of a Tibetan monk. Together the unlikely pair, joined by fate, embark on a journey across space and time to push aside the veil that conceals the hidden secrets of death. The book is set in rural, Depression-era Oklahoma, WWII Iwo Jima, post-WWII Japan, as well as Tibet, India and present-day Oklahoma. The Lhasa Trilogy is Conrad's debut work of fiction and reaches its official publication date on June 1. He and his wife, Sheridan, visited both Tibet and Japan to research details for the book. "It is my fondest hope," Conrad said, "that The Lhasa Trilogy will increase awareness of the cultural genocide taking place in Tibet at the hands of the Chinese, and that it can be a catalyst for change." Conrad was born in Tulsa and raised in Oklahoma City. His parents are Don and Sue Conrad, of Oklahoma City. His undergraduate education was completed at Oklahoma State University, he received his M.D. from the University of Oklahoma, and since 1978 has been a practitioner of emergency medicine. He lives in Edmond and works in Midwest City. Conrad's publisher, Betty Wright, says: “The Lhasa Trilogy is truly a fascinating work of fiction. We are thrilled but not surprised by the two wins. "As fellow Oklahomans, we discovered a meeting of like minds, and Gary is now at work writing his second book for Rainbow.” Copies of The Lhasa Trilogy, published in both jacketed hardcover and trade softcover, are available locally from Full Circle Bookstore in Oklahoma City and Best of Books in Edmond. It also is available as ebooks at Amazon.com and BarnesAndNoble.com. A complete list of the winners and finalists of The 2012 International Book Awards are available online at http://www.InternationalBookAwards.com. Rainbow Books Inc. is a 34-year-old Florida independent publisher of visionary, historical and mystery fiction, and self-help/how-to nonfiction. It was founded by Ponca City natives Bill and Betty Wright.