Past Winners


Top Pick Winner: “The Wild One” by Janet Gover

2016 Top Place Finishers

1st Place The Truth About Hope by Kate James
2nd Place The Bull Rider’s Son by Cathy McDavid
3rd Place Cowboy of Interest by Carla Cassidy

1st Place Our Now and Forever by Terri Osburn
2nd Place This Heart of Mine by Brenda Novak
2nd Place Backstretch Baby by Bev Pettersen
3rd Place The CEO Buys In by Nancy Herkness

1st Place The Wild One by Janet Gover
2nd Place Tiffany Girl by Deeanne Gist
3rd Place The Happy Hour Choir by Sally Kilpatrick

1st Place Price of Honor by Radclyffe
2nd Place The Secret Sister by Brenda Novak
3rd Place Edge of Danger by Katie Reus

1st Place The Last Marine by Cara Crescent
2nd Place Blood, Pain, and Pleasure by Nadine Mutas
3rd Place His Witch to Keep by Zoe Forward

1st Place Whispers at Court by Blythe Gifford
2nd Place Under a Falling Star by Caroline Fyffe
3rd Place The Lady Hellion by Joanna Shupe

1st Place Dance of Grace by Stacy Monson
2nd Place The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest by Melanie Dickerson
3rd Place A Dream for Love by Lisa Belcastro

1st Place The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson
2nd Place Marny: Feyguard by Anthea Sharp
3rd Place Illusion by Lea Nolan

1st Place Curing Doctor Vincent by Renea Mason
2nd Place Wrapped in Flame by Caitlyn Willows
3rd Place Dragon’s Melody by Ophelia Bell

1st Place Hanover House by Brenda Novak
2nd Place Take the Money and Run by Amanda Weaver
3rd Place Lily and the Laird by Genevieve Dowd
3rd Place Seducing Susan by Alexis Lusonne Montgomery


Top Pick Winner: “The Place I Belong” by Nancy Herkness


1st Place  – A Texas Holiday Miracle by Linda Warren

2nd Place – Christmas Justice by Robin Perini

3rd Place – The Promise of Rain by Rula Sinara


1st Place – The Place I Belong by Nancy Herkness

2nd Place – Secret Lives by Ann Alexandra

3rd Place – Clear as Glass by Lynn Kellan


1st Place – My Sort-of, Kind-of Hero by Emily Harper

2nd Place – A Scandalous Husband by Bev Peterson

3rd Place – Veiled Intentions by Eileen Carr


1st Place – Cold Light of Day by Toni Anderson

2nd Place – LUSH by Beth Yarnall

3rd Place – Justice for Abby by Cate Beauman


1st Place – Fair Play by Deeanne Gist

2nd Place – Where the Horses Run by Kaki Warner

3rd Place – Mistress of Melody by Anthea Lawson


1st Place – Wicked Flames by Sharon Kay

2nd Place – That Magic Touch by Donna Marie Rogers

3rd Place – Wolf in Gucci Loafers by Tara Lain


1st Place – Firewall by DiAnn Mills

2nd Place – The Widow’s Suitor by Rose Ross-Zediker

3rd Place – Shenandoah Dreams by Lisa Belcastro


1st Place – Royal by Anthea Sharp

2nd Place – A Brand New Address by Kathleen Rowland

3rd Place –  Innocent by Callie James


1st Place – Sliding Into Home by Anne Lange

2nd Place – Hers to Own by Anne Lange

3rd Place – Funny Girl by Kate Baum

NOVELLA Two 1st Place winners

1st Place – Once Upon a Ring by Kate Moore

1st Place – Shimmy for Me by DeAnna Cameron

2nd Place – The Big One by Louisa Bacio

3rd Place –  Night Angel by Lisa Kessler


Top Pick Winner: “Sweet Madness” by Heather Snow

Contemporary Series Romance

1st Place       Texas Family by Linda Warren

2nd Place      Staying at Joe’s by Kathy Altman

3rd Place       A Texas Child by Linda Warren

Contemporary Single Title Romance

1st Place       Gentle on my Mind by Susan Fox

2nd Place      Country Roads by Nancy Herkness

3rd Place       She Likes It Rough by GVR Corcillo

Romantic Suspense & Mystery w/Romantic Elements

1st Place       Seduced By His Target by Gail Barrett

2nd Place      The Way You Love Me by Janis Lee Thereault

3rd Place       Fatal Exposure by Gail Barrett

Inspirational Romance

1st Place       Perfectly Matched by Maggie Brendan

2nd Place      Into The Whirlwind by Elizabeth Camden

3rd Place       Wedding on the Rocks by Rose Ross Zediker

Young Adult

1st Place       Starstruck by Brenda Hiatt

2nd Place      No Horse Wanted by Shannon Kennedy

3rd Place       Crushing by Elena Dillon


1st Place       Rosalyn’s Ring by Alina K. Field

2nd Place      A Dance with Death by Louisa Bacio

3rd Place       Love You So Hard by Tara Lain

3rd Place       My GIRLFRIEND is a Con Artist by R. N. Crane

Historical & Regency Romance

1st Place       Sweet Madness by Heather Snow

2nd Place      It Happened At The Fair by Deeanne Gist

3rd Place       The Hunter by Monica McCarty

Paranormal / Time Travel / Fantasy / Futuristic Romance

1st Place       Prodigal Son by Debra Mullins

2nd Place      Fire of the Dragon by Lori Dillon

3rd Place       The Five Deaths of Roxanne Love by Erin Quinn

3rd Place       Waiting For Magic by Susan Squires

Erotic Romance

1st  Place      The Plus One Chronicles by Jennifer Lyon

2nd Place      Dare to be Dirty by Savanna Fox

3rd Place       F.A.S.T. Balls by Tara Lain


Top Pick Winner:  “Sea Change” by Karen White

Contemporary Series Romance 

1st Place:         Nanny for the Millionaire’s Twins by Susan Meier

2nd Place:        Tomas: Cowboy Homecoming by Linda Warren

3rd Place:         The Rodeo Man’s Daughter by Barbara White Daille

Contemporary Single Title Romance

1st Place:         The Dirty Girls Book Club by Savanna Fox

2nd Place:        The Fireman Who Loved Me by Jennifer Bernard

3rd Place:         Thoroughbreds and Trailer Trash by Bev Pettersen

Mainstream w/ Romantic Elements & Women’s Fiction

1st Place:         Sea Change by Karen White

2nd Place:        The Unfinished Garden by Barbara Claypole White

3rd Place:         One Good Friend Deserves Another by Lisa Verge Higgins

Romantic Suspense & Mystery w/ Romantic Elements

1st Place:         In Rides Trouble by Julie Ann Walker

2nd Place:        Repossessed by Sandy Parks

3rd Place:         Hell on Wheels by Julie Ann Walker

 Paranormal/Time Travel/Fantasy/Futuristic Romance

1st Place:         Do You Believe in Magic? by Susan Squires

2nd Place:        He’s a Magic Man by Susan Squires

3rd Place:         Tangled Web by Crista McHugh

Historical and Regency

1st Place:         A Taste for Scandal by Erin Knightley

2nd Place:        Sweet Deception by Heather Snow

3rd Place:         Sweet Enemy by Heather Snow

Young Adult

1st Place:         Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols

2nd Place:        Courtship and Curses by Marissa Doyle

3rd Place:         Feyland: The Bright Court by Anthea Sharp


1st Place:         A Light in the Window by Julie Lessman

2nd Place:        A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado, California by Keli Gwyn

3rd Place:         Danger in Plain Sight by Marta Perry


1st Place:         Worth the Risk by Robin Bielman

2nd Place:        Night Thief by Lisa Kessler

3rd Place:         Yours at Midnight by Robin Bielman


Top Pick Winner:  “The Chief” by Monica McCarty

 Romantic Suspense/Mystery with Romantic Elements –

  • Brenda Novak – Killer Heat  WINNER!
  • Roxanne St. Claire – Edge of Sight
  • Brenda Novak – Body Heat Double finalist!

Category Romance –

  • Linda Warren – Skylar’s Outlaw WINNER!
  • Helen Brenna – The Moon That Night
  • Heidi Betts – Inheriting His Christmas Baby Double finalist!

Category Spicy –

  • Susan Lyons w/a Susan Fox – Love, Unexpectedly WINNER!
  • Sandra Hyatt – His Bride for the Taking
  • Susan Lyons – Sex on the Slopes –Double finalist!

Inspirational –

  • Deeanne Gist – Maid to Match WINNER!
  • Maureen Lang  – Whisper on the Wind
  • Charlotte Lobb w/a Charlotte Carter  – Montana Hearts

Category Suspense –

  • HelenKay Dimon – Night Moves WINNER!
  • Lisa Childs Theeuwes w/a Lisa Childs – Mystery Lover
  • Jennifer Morey – The Librarians Secret Scandal

Paranormal/Time Travel/Fantasy –

  • Susan Squires – A Twist in Time WINNER!
  • Jesse Peterson – Married With Zombies
  • Susan Squires – Mists of Time Double finalist!

Mainstream with Romantic Elements –

  • Karen White – On Folly Beach WINNER!
  • Shirley Ann Howard – Tales From Home
  • Wendy Wax Adler w/a Wendy Wax – Magnolia Wednesdays

Historical/Regency –

  • Monica McCarty – The Chief  WINNER!
  • Eve Ortega w/a Tessa Dare – Three Nights with a Scoundrel
  • Jacquelyn Goforth w/a Jackie Ivie – A Knight In White Satin

Single Title –

  • Heidi Betts – Knock Me for a Loop WINNER!
  • Amey Lamore w/a Laura Moore – Remember Me
  • Christie Craig – Shut Up and Kiss Me

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