Happy News

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!





Filed under A Good Home, International Book Awards, The Diamond Book Awards

116 responses to “Happy News

  1. Congratulations, Cynthia! Well done!

  2. Woo, Woo! Way to go Cynthia. 🙂

  3. 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.

    Deserved, Cynthia.

  4. CONGRATS!!! I’ll keep my fingers crossed that you win!

    Love, Jacquie

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  5. Congratulations Cynthia! So well deserved!

  6. 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.

  7. Kev

    Reblogged this on KC Books & Music and commented:
    Thank you, Cynthia for doing a wnderful post highlighting the five finalists for the Diamond Book Awards! Check it out folks!

  8. Kev

    It’s very kind of you to highlight all of the finalists, Cynthia… Much appreciated by all involved… Myself and the panel. 😊

  9. How marvellous! Well done, Cynthia. 🙂

  10. Congratulations, Cynthia. Having read your books, I can see why you’ve been chosen. 🙂
    Blessings ~ Wendy

  11. Heartafire

    That’s wonderful!

  12. That is tremendous news! Best of luck! 😊

  13. Congratulations, Cynthia, on making the short list and best of luck!

  14. Cynthia, this is fantastic! What a validation of all your hard work. Congratulations,

  15. Thanks for sharing your wonderful news! Congratulations, Cynthia!

  16. Congratulation, Cynthia and the other four nominees. Woohoo. 🙂

  17. Congratulations! I am so happy for you!

  18. Congratulations, Cynthia. This is fabulous for you. I hope you win it.

  19. Huge congrats to you, Cynthia. What a wonderful honour! So happy with you!

  20. Absolutely wonderful news! Well done Cynthia!

  21. Franca

    Well done, well deserved! Woot!

  22. Amazing news Cynthia – congratulations!

  23. Jaquelyn

    Congratulations my dear…….well deserved….Continue to let your LIGHT shine.

  24. Well done Cynthia – congratulations!!!

  25. This is cool! What a thrill you must’ve gotten to receive word of this!

  26. Congratulations Cynthia. Fingers crossed for the final judging. 🙂

  27. Jessica Charnock

    How thrilling! and well deserved. Congratulations Cynthia.
    Luv & Hugs,
    Jessica 💕

  28. Laurie Graves

    Congrats, congrats! Yes, fingers crossed.

  29. Oh well done! Clever you and very well deserved.

  30. Margaret Mair

    That’s wonderful, Cynthia! Fingers crossed here too.

  31. 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.

  32. Congratulations, well-deserved I’m sure!

  33. Congratulations, Cynthia and other finalists!

  34. Fabulous Cynthia .. How exciting! Well done ..😃

  35. 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

  36. Congratulations Cynthia!! You deserve the accolade. Best wishes to you, lovely lady. XX

  37. Fingers and toes crossed in this corner of the globe for you!

  38. How exciting. Certainly will be hard to wait for the decisions. Fingers crossed here, too

  39. 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.

  40. Oh yes! That’s great news, well done and best of British … or should it be Canadian 😉



  41. Many congratulations Cynthia and good luck!

  42. Congratulations, Cynthia. You know I’m rooting for you!!

  43. 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!

  44. Congratulations on a nomination that’s well deserved!

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