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
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C. L. Gillmore, Author and Poet
C. L. Gillmore, Author and Poet
June 27, 2012 - PRLog -- 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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