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You’ve heard of the Academy Awards. The Emmys, Tonys, and Golden Globes. But you may not have heard of The Biggest Bow Wow of them all:

The Kimber Awards.

What? You haven’t heard of this prestigious honor? Maybe that’s cuz I, Kimber, just made it up. 

Well, okay. Mom helped. A little. She lobbied for “World’s Most Super Duper, Seriously Splendid, Extra Excellent, Terrifically Talented, Genuine Genius-y, and All-Around Awesome Author Awards.”

I nixed that. After all. Someone has to be the adult in the room. (Well, okay again. It was mostly me. But Mom helped a bit.)

Where was I? Oh yeah. The Kimber Awards. …

Our Highest Award

The Kimber Award is our highest award. It’s reserved for authors who are four paws above the average kennel. They’re not only wonderfully talent authors. They also:

  • Go the extra mile to reach out.
  • Engage.
  • Like and Comment.
  • Share links.
  • Ask questions.
  • Send us those email thingies.
  • Let us know when new books are coming out.
  • Follow up.
  • Say thank you.

These authors actually read and follow our submission guidelines. (You wouldn’t believe how many people don’t, Toots.)


Yep. Authors who make the cut for a Kimber Award are rare. But they’re good. (Maybe not quite as good as a New York Steak. But let’s not get picky here, okay?)

So, Mom and I wanted to let you know which authors made the Kimber cut for all-around awesomeness. These seven authors qualify as some of our favorite folks on the planet. (Author photos from respective web sites. Links to books reviewed are included as applicable.)

Our 2022 Kimber Award Winners (in no particular order):

USA Today Bestselling Author Mary AlfordMary Alford: “High octane faith” writer and USA Today best-selling author. Author of Among the Innocent.


carolyn112719LR.jpgCarolyn DiPasquale: Author of Reckless Grace, a heartbreaking memoir about her daughter, who had not one but three, serious mental disorders.

Raena Rood: Author of heart-pounding faith-flavored dystopian fiction ripped from the headlines. Like the Subversive and the Reverence trilogies.



Linda and Leia.

Linda Ulleseit: Has penned some of the finest historical fiction around. Also has one really cool doggie, Leia. Check out our review of Linda’s latest, The River Remembers.

Wendy @ The Bashful Bookworm: Wendy is a book blogger par excellence. She can always be counted upon to provide insightful comments and an encouraging word. Be sure to drop by her blog. You’ll be glad you did.


Cathay O. Reta, author of “Keep Walking: Your Heart Will Catch Up.”

Cathay O. Reta: Author of Keep Walking, Your Heart Will Catch Up: A Camino de Santiago Journey.

Your “one-stop shopping” destination for inspiration and insight.

Rick Rogers: Challenge, adventure, and loads of laughter all skillfully rolled into Rick’s ever-engaging memoir, Walking Home: Common Sense and Other Misadventures on the Pacific Crest Trail.


Do you have a bookish nominee in mind for the next installment of The Kimber Awards? Tell us who and why in the comments. Must be an exceptional author or book blogger whose work fits our Submission Guidelines. (We reserve the right to decline any nominee, without explanation. So no guarantees. But we’re open to suggestions through December 31, 2022.)

13 thoughts on “The KIMBER AWARDS 2.0

  1. The KIMBER AWARD!! I’m humbled and honored. You’re my favorite book blogger/reviewer and your ratings and recommendations are the best. No offense intended just one guy’s opinion, Wendy!

    Hmm. Looking through the nominees, I’m glad you don’t have a ‘dorkiest author pic’ award. Not everyone loves a winner, you know. Hoping you have a great Thanksgiving and that lots of turkey finds its way to the dog bowl.

    • Our pleasure, Rick! Glad you enjoyed the post. We loved your book, as you know, and talk up it every chance we get! Kimber: Lots of turkey in this girl’s dog bowl. Yum!

      Thanks for reading and for taking the time to comment! Have a great holiday weekend!

  2. What a lovely surprise!! Kimber, you’re my absolute favorite and I’m honored to be among the 2022 Kimber Award recipients! Thank you, thank you, thank you! 🙂 –Raena

  3. A Kimber Award!! I am thrilled and almost without words. Thank you. Once again, you’ve boosted my confidence and my motivation to write, and I am grateful.

  4. Oh wow! Thanks so much for the honor! A Kimber Award is the highest honor I’ve ever had! Thank you, Kimber. But, your mom deserves a Kimber award too!

    • You’re welcome Wendy! Keep up the good work! (“I’ll make sure Mom gets extra chocolate. Cuz Yours Truly can’t have any.” – Kimber.)

  5. Eowyn, this is quite an honor considering your high standards for writing. Thank you very much!

  6. Pingback: I Got a Kimber Award! - Cathay O. Reta

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