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C.L. Gillmore Wins 2012 Book Award for Fiction-Romance

C. L. Gillmore pens #1 Romance in 2012 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards. Facebook fuels fires of forbidden romance; Gillmore adds the sparks!



SURPRISE, AZ, January 17, 2013 – Romance novelist C. L. Gillmore fashioned a tale that wins readers’ hearts for the thrilling love story and book awards for the literary craftsmanship. The latest award for Uncommon Bond is first place in the 2012 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards in the category of Fiction-Romance.

Uncommon Bond is the first of a two-part series about Rose and Jake, former lovers who reconnect through Facebook after nearly 40 years of separation. As you read, you float above the pages of Rose’s memories, enter the New World of the computer age and end up looking over her shoulder at the kind of love that only comes along twice in a modern lifetime: the first time in person, the second via technology.

“I am thrilled that my first novel resonates so well with the reading public and the literary community,” Gillmore said. “I debuted my flawed lovers and hoped for the best!”

Gillmore’s characters are alive and well as they get ready for their encore in A Friend Request, book two in the Rose and Jake series.

The New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards were judged by over 70 book sellers, readers, librarians, and teachers in many states. Each entry was reviewed by at least three judges. Books about New Mexico or Arizona or by a New Mexico or Arizona author or publisher were eligible. After the judging process, all books entered were donated to libraries, schools, and literacy programs.

Last year, Uncommon Bond received recognition as a Finalist in the Romance category in the Sixth Annual National Indie Excellence Awards (2011). Gillmore also took first place in the category of Poetry for Of Roots, Shoes and Rhymes, a collection of poems that also appear throughout her novel.

To contact C. L. Gillmore, email or visit The book is available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble and on the author’s website.

About the Author

C. L. Gillmore was born and raised in Muscatine, Iowa.  She was a special education teacher for 25 years and gave everything to her passion for teaching. She apparently didn’t get the memo that retirement is the time for relaxation and reflection on time well-spent in her recently completed career.  Instead, she set out to excel in her other passion: writing romance novels and poetry.  Her first novel and accompanying book of poetry have garnered prizes and high acclaim.  She is working on the sequel to Uncommon Bond, taking us on the continuing journey of haunted characters who reconnected via Facebook 40 years after the last time they kissed.  A Friend Request will tell the rest of the story for Rose and Jake in poignant poetry and prose.


First-time Author C. L. Gillmore Wins Two National Indie Excellence Awards Honors


Sixth annual Los Angeles-based contest recognizes “Of Roots, Shoes & Rhymes” in first place for poetry and “Uncommon Bond” as romance category finalist




PRLog (Press Release)Jun 27, 2012 – SURPRISE, AZ – Poet and romance novelist C. L. Gillmore crafted both a volume of poetry and a first novel worthy of high praise at the Sixth Annual National Indie Excellence Awards.

Gillmore won first place in the category of poetry for Of Roots, Shoes and Rhymes. Some of the poetry in this collection also appears in the novel Uncommon Bond, which received recognition as a finalist in the romance category. Uncommon Bond is the first of a two-part series about Rose and Jake, who marvel at the kind of love that only comes along twice in a modern lifetime: the first time in person, the second via technology.

“I write to share the emotions, hopes and dreams of my generation, the post-World War II baby boomers who watched social media take over lives.” Gillmore says. “We’re living and loving in longer life spans except we are pushing the equivalent of a magic button with each electronic message.”

Gillmore encourages others in the 50-plus age bracket to take the plunge into romance fiction. “It’s fun and provides a way to express your creativity and thoughts on relationships.” She is busy working on A Friend Request, the sequel and answering emails from readers who have also reconnected with long lost loves and friends.

Recognition from National Indie Excellence Awards puts Gillmore’s work above many other self-published books in terms of excellence in design, text and presentation. Gillmore recognizes the people whose support and encouragement contributed to her success: illustrator Kathryn Henneman; editor Mary L. Holden; book trailer production crew Jen Sawyer and Bryan Simcox; publicist Deborah L. Brown; mentor Jerry D. Simmons; and assistant Alana Roberts.

This national award is open to all English language books including small presses, university presses, independent publishers and self-published authors. Works published in 2009, 2010 and 2011 were eligible for consideration.

To contact C.L. Gillmore, email or visit For interviews, please contact Alana Roberts at 480-234-8879 or via email at

About C. L. Gillmore

C. L. Gillmore was born in Muscatine, Iowa and resides in Surprise, Arizona. She is married, with two adult children and five grandchildren. She holds a Bachelor of Education degree in both elementary and special education with endorsements in Early Childhood Education and Learning Disabilities. She recently retired after 25 years in education to devote time to writing poetry and novels.

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