Our AWARDS  of the YEAR
our annual awards (no prize, just the praise!) are chosen from 
the books that were selected as Book of the Month

Book of the Month and Year are a personal choice by Helen Hollick, 
founder of Discovering Diamonds
As I do not review many of the books submitted to Discovering Diamonds, I thought it would be an idea to set aside a shortlist of books that I personally wanted to read, and to pick a monthly choice of the one I enjoyed the most. From there, decide on one winner for Book of the Year. I must stress that these choices are entirely personal to me - there is no reflection on quality or content of those books I did not select.
     For my own enjoyment I want a book to be, above all else, entertaining. I write - novels, articles, newsletters blah blah - for a living. I am  often at my keyboard all day every day. When I read, in bed at night, I look forward to meeting new (and old!) friends and becoming engrossed in their world which is sandwiched between the covers of a book, (or in my case, on my Kindle.) When reading for pleasure I do not read to critique, make notes of typo errors, spelling or grammar mistakes, pick out anachronisms or point of view changes - if a novel is well written I often do not even notice the occasional blooper. What I want is a good story with believable characters enacting believable situations, even if these are fantasy, alternative or set in the distant past.
     Quality of writing and production are important - too many errors spoil the reading pleasure, as do typos if they occur too frequently. Anachronisms can jar, as can historical inaccuracies - but the occasional blooper can be overlooked if the story is absorbing enough to overshadow these. The better written the story, (which also means the better edited!)  the better it will read.
     The books I've read, therefore, are the ones that have been entertaining. My choices for Book of the Month were the novels that I enjoyed for the story/adventure, for that 'what happens next' need to turn the page and find out. 

Book of the Year 2018
announced 31st December
* * * Book of the Year 2017

announced 31st December

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‘The Enchanted Swans’ by Christy Nicholas
Cover Designer: Cora Graphics

Runner up Honourable Mention...

 ‘Under The Approaching Dark’ by Anna Belfrage
Cover Designer: Olly Bennett of More Visual

Discovering Diamonds would like to thank
Cathy and Tamian
for their support and enthusiasm
* * *
Avalon Graphics Cover Design
(exempt from the above)

Throughout the year Cathy Helms of Avalon Graphics, along with graphics designer, Tamian Wood, has very kindly judged our Cover of the Month (and Year) award. This has meant, however, that Cathy's historical fiction author clients have been exempt from the award - which is a shame, for Cathy and the authors, so... I asked Tamian to judge Cathy's covers for a separate  'Cover of the Year' Special Award.

Winner 2018
to be announced
* * * Winner 2017
Runner Up Honourable Mention
Amazon UK  Amazon US
Amazon CA

A huge thank you Tamian - and Cathy!

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