Congratulations RONE Nominee’s



Amanda Mariel here, talking about the prestigious RONE award from InD’tale Magazine. Several of the Embracing Romance blog authors are nominated this year and I am thrilled to be among them! Getting nominated for a RONE award is a huge deal for indie (independent) and small press authors. It is like getting a Grammy nomination.

Without further ado allow me to present the Embracing Romance RONE nominee’s!



The nominee’s from Embracing Romance are:

Week Two:

Historical Medieval/Pre Medieval

Lauren Linwood – A Knight for Kallen


Lauren Linwood – Leave Yesterday Behind

Voting runs from April 25-May1, 2016

Week three:

Contemporary Steamy

Maggie Anderson – A Night of Passion

Voting runs from May 2-8, 2016

Week four:

American Historical

Lauren Linwood – Ballad Beauty

Voting runs May 9-15, 2016

Week five:


Maggi Andersen – At the Earl’s Convenience

Victoria Vane – Breton Wolfe

Amanda Mariel – Scandalous Intentions

Maggi Andersen – Lady Faith Takes a Leap

Voting runs May 16-27, 2016

Week six:

Historical Post-Medieval

Collette Cameron – Virtue and Valor

Collette Cameron – Wagers Gone Awry

Barbara Monajem – To Kiss a Rake

Barbara Monajem – The Rake’s Irish Lady

Jessica Jefferson – Going Rogue

Voting runs May 23-29, 2016

Congratulations on your nominations fellow Embracing Romance authors!!


As a reader you may be wondering how a book gets nominated for this coveted award and how it wins. Allow me to explain. I took the following from InD’tale Magazine website:

“Each year InD’tale Magazine honors the very best books in the Indie and Small publishing industry by awarding the prestigious RONE award. To achieve this award, a book must go through the most comprehensive process in the industry today, with three distinct areas of focus.

  1. All books in each given year (January 1st – December 31st) must have been read and reviewed by our professional staff of reviewers and be given a four star rating or higher to qualify as a nominee.
  2. All nominees, with the exception of 5 star rated books which will automatically become finalists, must then be voted on by the reading public. The books with the highest number of public votes will progress on to become finalists.
  3. The finalists will then be read by a group of industry professionals consisting of editors, writers, professors etc. and be judged on a one to five scale from a specific list of requirements such as characterization, overall arc, editing etc.   Those scores will then be tallied by a professional company unrelated to InD’tale or its employees to determine the winner of the coveted RONE award, along with the honorable mentions.

All awards are announced at the annual RONE award gala event and ceremony and given the beautiful Crystal RONE award. This is a formal but extremely fun and entertaining night for all, one that truly honors all Indie and Small published authors, readers and professionals!”

The books that are nominated for this year’s RONE award have received top reviews from InD’tale’s professional staff of reviewers and are now onto step two. This is where YOU the readers come in. Each week a list of RONE nominated books in multiple categories are posted on InD’tale’s website and YOU the readers have an opportunity to go vote for your favorites.

Voting is easy and fun. You do need an account to vote but it only takes a moment to set one up and they do not spam you. Once you have an account you simply hover over the InD’Scribe/RONEs button in the top bar and a drop down list will appear. Choose the 2016 RONE awards option and a list of voting weeks will come up. Choose the current week and cast your vote. It sounds more complicated than it is and I promise you the authors will love you for voting even if you did not choose their book.

Click here to vote now

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Amanda Mariel dreams of days gone by when life moved at a slower pace. She enjoys taking pen to paper and exploring historical time periods through her imagination and the written word. When she is not writing she can be found reading, crocheting, traveling, practicing her photography skills, or spending time with her family. Amanda lives along the Lake Huron shoreline in northern Michigan with her husband and two kids. She holds a Master of Liberal Arts Degree with a concentration in literature and has a long-standing love affair with sugary junk food.

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14 Responses

  1. laurenlinwood

    Proud to be in this group of lovely ladies and terrific writers! Thanks, Amanda, for spotlighting the nominees.

  2. Debbie McCreary

    Amanda, thank you for this whole write up. From the ladies in this group who are nominated to the explanation of how a book/author is nominated for the RONE awards. Congrats to all RONE nominees from the Embracing Romance group.