The Diamond Book Awards
I just got the news: An Honest House is a finalist for the Diamond Book Award!
I am humbled and thrilled at the very same time. Hooray!
Thank you, Kevin Cooper, for offering this wonderful award to authors and for including me in the short list. Kevin is a UK author, musician and book reviewer who does much to highlight the work of authors from around the world.
Congrats to my fellow finalists. It’s a privilege to be in your company.
Here’s the notification I got from Kevin:
The Top Five Nominations for The Diamond Book Award
I can’t believe we’ve got there already folks! All the reviews for the first year of the Diamond Book Awards are complete. There were twenty-five submissions, but only twelve were accepted. Selecting the top five from those twelve was a gruelling exercise; far harder than I imagined it would be. From the five I’ve chosen, it must be said… All of them hold equal weight for the DBA.
In no particular order, here are the final five nominations with links to each review:
The Improbable Journeys of Billy Battles by Ronald E Yates
Lemon Girl by Jyoti Arora
An Honest House by Cynthia Reyes
The Fantastic Travels of William and the Monarch Butterfly by Christina Steiner
Wings of Mayhem by Sue Coletta
The Diamond Book Award is a tough award to win. All have done incredibly well to get this far. It is now up to the judging panel to decide who the award will go out to. For more information on the Diamond Book Awards please visit: The Diamond Book Awards
The Diamond Book Award winner will be announced in next month’s newsletter. Good luck guys!
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Congratulations, Cynthia! Well done!
Woo, Woo! Way to go Cynthia. 🙂
Thank you, Brad.
You’re most welcome. Your books are wonderful.
As it should be 🙂 Well, in my opinion.
Lemon Girl is a good and powerful story too. Not read the other three. But I did like her strong storyline.
Thank you very much. I’ve been checking out the other finalists. An impressive bunch!
I think the interesting aspect is the diversity and international range of authors. Looking forward to seeing this award increase its reach in future years. I think the fact that Kev has set high standards makes it well worth aspiring to.
CONGRATS!!! I’ll keep my fingers crossed that you win!
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Thank you, Jacquie!
Congratulations Cynthia! So well deserved!
Thank you, K!
Congratulations on reaching the shortlist Cynthia. That’s brilliant news and I’m sending you my very best wishes for the final judging next month.
Thanks very much, Gillian.
Thank you, Madame Poet! (Hereby signalling to my blogger friends that they should check out your beautiful, heartfelt poetry.
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Thank you, Cynthia for doing a wnderful post highlighting the five finalists for the Diamond Book Awards! Check it out folks!
You are welcome, Kev. And thanks again.
It’s very kind of you to highlight all of the finalists, Cynthia… Much appreciated by all involved… Myself and the panel. 😊
I’m glad to, Kev. An impressive group, indeed.
Kudos..well deserved indeed
How marvellous! Well done, Cynthia. 🙂
Thank you, Sarah!
Congratulations, Cynthia. Having read your books, I can see why you’ve been chosen. 🙂
Blessings ~ Wendy
It’s so lovely of you to say that. Thank you, Wendy, for your support, as always.
It is wonderful. Thank you.
That is tremendous news! Best of luck! 😊
Thank you. It is a tremendous surprise, and much appreciated.
Congratulations, Cynthia, on making the short list and best of luck!
Thanks very much!
Cynthia, this is fantastic! What a validation of all your hard work. Congratulations,
It is a big honour and I am most grateful. Thank you for your kind comment, Amy.
Thanks for sharing your wonderful news! Congratulations, Cynthia!
Thank you, Jill!
Good luck with the award!
Way to go, Cynthia!
Thanks, Diane. I’m so grateful.
Congratulation, Cynthia and the other four nominees. Woohoo. 🙂
Thank you. I’m in good company, indeed.
It is exciting! Thanks for your comment.
Congratulations! I am so happy for you!
I know you are, and I thank you for it.
Congratulations, Cynthia. This is fabulous for you. I hope you win it.
How kind. Thank you!
I am happy for you.
How lovely of you to say so. Thank you.
You are very welcome.
Huge congrats to you, Cynthia. What a wonderful honour! So happy with you!
Absolutely wonderful news! Well done Cynthia!
It is wonderful news. Thank you, Clare.
Well done, well deserved! Woot!
Thank you for saying so!
Thank you, fellow author Christoph!
Amazing news Cynthia – congratulations!
It really was amazing news, Mary. Thank you.
Congratulations my dear…….well deserved….Continue to let your LIGHT shine.
Thank you very much! Sic luceat lux.
Well done Cynthia – congratulations!!!
Thank you, Dianne!
This is cool! What a thrill you must’ve gotten to receive word of this!
It’s such a thrill, Kerry. And totally unexpected.
Congratulations Cynthia. Fingers crossed for the final judging. 🙂
How thrilling! and well deserved. Congratulations Cynthia.
Luv & Hugs,
Merci beaucoup, Jessica!
Congrats, congrats! Yes, fingers crossed.
So how will you go about your day with fingers crossed, eh? (mischievous smile goes here…) Thank you, Laurie.
Oh well done! Clever you and very well deserved.
That’s wonderful, Cynthia! Fingers crossed here too.
Congratulations! How kind to acknowledge the other finalists too! Good luck!
Thank you. The other finalists are also well worth checking out. Kevin’s critiques are certainly not brutal, but he calls it as he sees it. So when he gives five stars and says a book’s great, I’m immediately intrigued. His standards are high. I really feel honoured.
Congratulations, well-deserved I’m sure!
Thank you, Jason.
Congratulations, Cynthia and other finalists!
Thank you, Lavinia!
Fabulous Cynthia .. How exciting! Well done ..😃
It is fabulous and exciting! Thanks, Julie.
I googled your book and read the first page and I was so excited! You pulled me in right away!!! (Mentioned)The Secret Garden was one of my favorite books as a young girl and the Bible was and still is a daily read. I have been looking for a new author! So happy for, and proud of you! Congratulations! Jen
The Good Home is the one I googled by the way :)))
Congratulations Cynthia!! You deserve the accolade. Best wishes to you, lovely lady. XX
Fingers and toes crossed in this corner of the globe for you!
How exciting. Certainly will be hard to wait for the decisions. Fingers crossed here, too
Thank you, Phil! Wishing you a great week.
I know I’ve already commented on this post, Cynthia, but I wanted to let you know that in honor of your new book coming out I thought it might be nice to introduce a new reader to your previous book. It’s always nice to let them start at the beginning :-). So, I am donating a copy of A Good Home to my local library for its book sale. Plenty of my friends know about your writing but perhaps this way, one of the many lovely readers in my small community will have a chance to be introduced to your writing. Just a small tribute to a lovely lady :-).
That is so thoughtful of you, Kay, and an honour to my book indeed! Thank you very much. As you know, I love local libraries and am an unofficial ambassador for them. One of humankind’s greatest inventions, the public library. I’ve spent a lot of time there and now it delights me to know that my books are in a number of libraries in Canada, the US and other countries. Hooray! Thanks again, Kay.
Oh yes! That’s great news, well done and best of British … or should it be Canadian 😉
Given my family background, it may be both!
Many congratulations Cynthia and good luck!
Thanks, Andrea. I’ll be cheering you on one of these days when your new book is a finalist for an award too!
Congratulations, Cynthia. You know I’m rooting for you!!
I know you are. Thank you!
I’m so far behind in my reading of posts I am starting at the furthest dates….fingers crossed this worked out well for you and what an honor!! Congratulations!
Congratulations on a nomination that’s well deserved!