Today I got some very good news I wanted to share with all the SMITTEN crew who made the anthology of women who love women poetry – – SMITTEN so incredible. SMITTEN was a finalist in the National Indie Excellence Awards! For an LGBTQ anthology of poetry this is a huge achievement and I wanted to thank everyone who was involved in SMITTEN for their incredible work! Indie Blue & Christabelle Ray & Kindra Austin for publishing SMITTEN & featuring their work in it & Mitch Green for its amazing cover. Well done everyone! BE PROUD! SMITTEN AUTHORS GROUP

It is our great pleasure to inform you that you are a Finalist in the 14th Annual National Indie Excellence® Awards. Your book embodies the standards of excellence that this award was created to celebrate. We salute your talents and our jurors truly respect each of the final works that are honored this year.

The lists of Winners and Finalists are proudly showcased on our website, please visit and click on the 14th Annual Finalists tab to see your book cover, name, and info highlighted for the world to see (click through to your website if provided). Awards are available for both download and purchase on our website including cover stickers, certificates, and medals. The 14th Annual National Indie Excellence® Awards Press Release is distributed to an array of news and media outlets and it is also on our website as a download for your use. Please share it widely–this honor should be used to promote and garner attention for your amazing product!

The entire team at the National Indie Excellence® Awards sincerely hope your participation in our contest will serve you well in your ongoing success. We thank you for your patience during this challenging year as we all deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. Sending you and yours our deepest congratulations.


Everyone at the National Indie Excellence Awards

WELL DONE to everyone involved in this project! I am ordering stickers of our achievement, if you want one, let me know and you can put it on your copy of SMITTEN and be proud of how well SMITTEN has done. Typically LGBTQ books do not succeed like this and I always knew, with the incredible writers we had in SMITTEN we’d break that glass ceiling.


Thank you to everyone involved in SMITTEN: Christine Ray. (Indie Blu(e)) Kindra Austin. (Indie Blu(e)) Mitch Green. (Designer) Avital Abraham. Didi Artier. Kim D. Bailey. Sonia Beauchamp. Henri Bensussen. Sarah Bigham. Susi Bocks. Elmear Catherine Bourke. Dani Bowes. Ruth Bowley. Cassandra Bumford. Lynne Burnett. Amie Campbell. Tara Caribou. Jennifer Carr. Laura Elizabeth Casey. Olivia Chachinsky. Teresa Chappell. Clementine. Kai Coggin. Carrie Lee Connel. Susan Conway. Selene Crosier. Emily Alica DeCicco. Katherine DeGillo. Liz DeGregorio. Grace Desmarais. Rachel M. McCayhey. Sean Heather K. McGraw. Lindz McLeod. Cristina DeSouza. Hoda Abdulqadir Essa. Melissa Fadul. Kirsten Fedorowicz. Rachel Finch. Susie Fought. Renee Furlow. Nadia G. Wandeka Gayle. Milena M. Gil. Rebecca Ruth Gould. Manda Grathwohl. Maria Gray. Maranda Greenwood. Carrie Groebner. V. Hamilton. Kim Harvey. Sophia Healy. HOKIS. Kelsey Hontz. P. M. Houghton Harjo. Tia M. Hudson. Hallelujuah R. Huston. Rachael Iikins. M. Duckett Ireland. Sarah Ito. Jessica Jacobs. Paula Jellis. Carol Jewel. Kelly Girl Johnson. Emily R. Jones. Sarah Kacala. Sarah Karowski. Nick Kay. Destiny Killan. Erin King. Crystal Kinistino. A. Lawler. Jill Lee. Aviva Lilith. Tre. L. Loadholt. Katherine Love. Carolyn Martin. Jennifer Mathews. Alexandria Moore. Charity M. Muse. Skye Myers. Nayana Nair. Jack Neece. Jesica Nordarse. Michelle Paige. Alison Palmer. Marie Prichard. Georgia Park. S. A. Quinox. Talia Rizzo. Samantha Renee. Dr. Sneha Rooh. Rachel Roth. Maranda Russell. Millie Saint James. Rebecca Sanchez. SATU. T. M. Servin. Kay Shamblin. Tan Shivers. Alexandra Short. Izabell Joraas Skoogh. Jamie L. Smith. Janis Sommers. Megha Sood. Alicia Sophia. A. Staley. Wil Staley. Alison Stone. Tekla Taylor. Shraddhanvita Tiwari. Carla Toney. Piper Michelle Townsend. Charlene Trolinder. Erin Van Vuren. Sarah Vermillion. Marvlyn Vincent. Isabel J. Wallace. Angie Waters. Milly Webster. Vanessa Rowan Whitfield. Karissa R. Whitson. C. E. Wing.

0 Replies to “SMITTEN was a Finalist in the National Indie Excellent Awards”

    1. Thanks Karen and for believing in SMITTEN and buying a copy and posting a review and your photo of you with SMITTEN those things meant a lot and really, really helped SMITTEN succeed. I really appreciate that and you.

    1. Tre, thank you for three reasons. One – for your beautiful work in SMITTEN that I know had a lot to do with its success. Two – for always supporting me and other indie writers/editors/publishers and being such a good person and such a caring person and three – for being my friend on a personal level you cheer me up and make me smile every single day and I am so grateful for you in every possible way. Thank you and well done yourself for your amazing success with PS I Love You. I could not think of a person who deserves that more than you. xo xo xo

      1. You’re most welcome. *big hugs* I’m proud of everyone’s work and astounding pieces in this anthology. It’s really incredible!

        And, thank you!

    1. Thank you so much! I am really happy for everyone involved. I put everything into that project and was so grateful that Indie Blu(e) published it – and this is terrific news for all the hard work everyone did to make this happen. Thank you so much for your support it means so much to me.

        1. Thank you SO much! I am so proud of everyone who was in this and how far we got and how well we did – because I felt everyone tried so hard and put 100 percent into this so I’m so glad it was recognized! Thank you for being so supportive always I love that about you my friend

    1. Thank you so much! I am very proud of all those who worked so hard on this. It was my dream project and I put everything into it but without those amazing artists it wouldn’t have meant a thing. Thank you for your support most of all.

    1. Thank you dearest Bob. (BTW did you get my FB invite?) I appreciate YOU because you always support authors/writers with your big heart and your good soul. I also really appreciate the review you did and your support specifically of SMITTEN – you are what gives me hope in this world.

  1. So happy to read this! It’s wonderful to see that all the hard work of everyone involved receives acknowledgment! Thank you for all your hard work on SMITTEN, Candice!! <3

  2. Reblogged this on I Write Her and commented:
    Such wonderful news about SMITTEN!! This acknowledgment of the wonderful content is powerful praise for all the contributors and everyone at Indie Blue publishing. I’m so proud to have been a part of it, and I am especially grateful that Candice took this project on to make it the success that it became. Thank you for all your hard work! <3

    1. I am so proud of you being in this also and being so supportive always and I think we all did the best we possibly could and they appreciated that! I am stoked that we got that credit because so often hard work goes unnoticed. I wanted SMITTEN to succeed and it did – I wanted this for everyone who put so much amazing work into it.

    1. Thank you dear Jaya! I feel strongly about this project and it is a proud moment for me to be the editor of this queer book that succeeded in making waves and being heard. For everyone who put so much into this it was vindication that women who love women have a voice! Thank you for your support xo

      1. I’ve missed you too! Sorry to be so scarce, Candice. (Old and new health issues.) I’ve thought of you a lot and hoping you’re staying well. Crazy times we’re living in.
        Love to you! 💕

        1. Very crazy times. Please drop me an email if you have any time, I know it’s hard but I would love to hear from you. I know I sent you a digital copy of SMITTEN but did I ever send you a hard copy? LMK and I will put one in the post to you my friend – I would like to hear more about how you are so when you have time write me xo Much love to you my friend

        1. Rats. I thought I saved the right one. I wrote you a text about 7 days ago. I was worried when I did not hear back from you. Phew I am glad you are okay. Love you sister.

          1. Awww, love you too ❤️. Same thing happened to E. He freaked a bit 😂

    1. Thank you dear Ben for your lovely and kind words. I am very glad for all the authors who contributed to this amazing anthology and proud not only of being part of this but their amazing talent. Thank you for always being so supportive to other writers I love that about your big heart

  3. Congrats dear 🙂 and congrats to all the other writers who made this book what it is 🙂
    Thanks for all your hard-work and effort dear 🙂 Really happy to hear this news 🙂
    Thank you for letting me be a part of this book 🙂

    1. Oh my goodness thank YOU for being part of it and writing so beautifully. I hope to do something similar and will definitely LYK if I do. Thank you for your work in this because I got to know you better and appreciate you more – you are a wonderful and talented human being xo MUCH LOVE TO YOU

    1. Thank you so much sweetheart! I was really, really happy for all the writers too! Thank you for always supporting us/me and for your immeasurable talent that always inspires me. xo

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