National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2017
National Excellence in Romance Fiction Awards Winners!

Contemporary Romance
Home Free by Claire McEwen
Editor: Karen Reid
Agent: Jill Marsal




Paranormal, Fantasy or SciFi Romance
The Beacon by Cara Crescent
Editor: Theodora Bryant




Historical/Regency Romance
Susana and the Scot by Sabrina York
Editor: Monique Patterson 
Agent: Nicole Resciniti




Romantic Suspense

Primal Instinct by Tara Wyatt
Editor: Alex Logan




Inspirational Romance

Castles in the Clouds by Myra Johnson
Editor: Ericka McIntyre 
Agent: Natasha Kern




Best First Book

1462 South Broadway by KC Decker





Congratulations to the finalist in the
National Excellence in Romance Fiction Awards!

Contemporary Romance
1462 South Broadway by KC Decker
Then He Kissed Me by Laura Trentham

Paranormal, Fantasy or SciFi Romance
Skin Deep by Marissa Doyle
The Haunting of Hotel LaBelle by Sharon Buchbinder

Historical/Regency Romance
The Bluebird by Kristy McCaffrey
The Trouble With Tigers by Kimberly Keyes

Romantic Suspense
Cold Hearted by Toni Anderson
Take a Chance on Me by Virginia Kelly

Inspirational Romance
A Changed Agent by Tracey Lyons
Blindsided by Katy Lee

Best First Book
Angel Falls by Babette de Jongh
Pas de Deux by Wynter S.K. 


2016 Winners & Finalists

Contemporary Series Romance
Winner: Rebecca Hunter for Stockholm Diaries, Caroline
Janie Crouch for Untraceable (Omega Sector)
Kate James for When the Right One Comes Along

Contemporary Single Title Romance
Winner: Penny Watson for A Taste of Heaven
Debby Grahl for Rue Toulouse
Bev Pettersen for Backstretch Baby 

Erotic Romance
Winner: Christina James for Operation: Desire Me (Operation Series Book 3)
Betsy Anne for A Love We Deserve (True Love)(Volume 2)
LaQuette for Power Privilege & Pleasure: Queens of Kings (Book 4)

Paranormal and Futuristic
Winner: Debra Jess for Blood Surfer: A Thunder City Novel, Book 1 *
Lisa Kessler for Ice Moon
Katrina Snow for Forbidden

Historical/Regency Romance
Winner: Terri Brisbin for Stolen by the Highlander
Georgie Lee for A Debt Paid in Marriage (The Business of Marriage)
Madeline Martin for Possession of a Highlander *

Inspirational Romance
Winner: Stacy Monson for Dance of Grace (Chain of Lakes Book 2)
Stacy Monson for Shattered Image (Chain of Lakes)(Volume 1)
Tina Radcliffe for Safe in the Fireman’s Arms

Novel with Romantic Elements
Winner: Deeanne Gist for Tiffany Girl: A Novel
Linda Lucretia Shuler for Hidden Shadows
Kate Parker for The Conspiring Woman (A Victorian Bookshop Mystery)(Volume 4)

Winner: Anthea Lawson for A Duke for Midwinter: A Victorian Christmas Novella
Kerri Carpenter for Kissing Mr. Wrong (Wrong Man)
Cheryl Yeko for Eyes of a Hero (Hero Series Book 2)

Romantic Suspense
Winner: Lena Diaz for EXIT Strategy: An EXIT Inc. Thriller *
Stanalei Fletcher for Dead Reckoning (Northstar Security Series)
Leslie Jones for Bait: Duty & Honor Book Two

Young Adult Romance
Winner: Jessica Ruddick for Letting Go
Kate Bridges for When I find Her
Anthea Sharp for Marny: Feyguard Book 3

Best First Book
Winner: Katrina Snow for Forbidden
Debra Jess for Blood Surfer: A Thunder City Novel, Book 1 *
Stacy Monson for Shattered Image (Chain of Lakes Book 1)


* Indicates member of FCRW.

2015 Winners & Finalists

Contemporary Series

Winner: A League of Her Own by Karen Rock
Finalists: Primal Instinct by Janie Crouch
Stalked by Beverly Long

Single Title

Winner: Just One Thing by Holly Jacobs
Finalists: Abstract Love by Samantha Christy
Unleashed by Rachel Lacey


Winner: The Gift by Margaret Mallory
Finalists: Night Angel by Lisa Kessler
A Pony for Christmas by Bev Petterson

Erotic Romance

Winner: Hers to Own by Anne Lange
Finalists: Tempting Meredith by Samantha Ann King
Cowboys Never Fold by Lexi Post

Romantic Suspense

Winner: Cold Pursuit by Toni Anderson
Finalists: A Cold Dark Place by Toni Anderson
Saving Sophie by Cate Beauman


Winner: What a Duke Dares by Anna Campbell
Finalists: The Unexpected Duchess by Valerie Bowman
Must Love Dukes by Elizabeth Michels

Romantic Elements

Winner: Fair Play by Deeanne Gist
Finalists: A Tide Too High by Carole Brungar
Amber Light by Virginia McCullough


Winner: Spark Rising by Kate Corcino
Finalists:  Wicked Flames by Sharon Kay
Overload Flux by Carol Van Natta

Young Adult

Winner: Innocent by Callie James
Finalists: This Is Your Afterlife by Vanessa Barneveld
Student Bodyguard for Hire by Callie James

Best First Book

Winner: Must Love Dukes by Elizabeth Michels
Finalists: A Tide Too High by Carole Brungar
Unleashed by Rachel Lacey



2014 Winners & Finalists

Contemporary Series

WINNER A Kiss to Die For by Gail Barrett, Harlequin Romantic Suspense, editor Susan Litman, agent Pam Hopkins

**The Cradle Conspiracy by Robin Perini, Harlequin Intrigue, editor Allison Lyons, agent Jill Marsal

**Undercover Texas by Robin Perini, Harlequin Intrigue, editor Rachel Burkot, agent Jill Marsal


Contemporary Single Title

WINNER Country Roads by Nancy Herkness, Montlake Romance, editors JoVon Sotak and Kelli Martin, agent Jane Dystel

**Leave the Lights On by Karen Stivali, Samhain

Southern Fried Blues by Jamie Farrell, editor Jamie Farrell


Erotic Romance

WINNER The Naughty Never Die by L.L. Kellogg, LK Books, editor Gwynlyn MacKenzie

All Fired Up by Nikki Dee Houston, Etopia Press, editor Matt Dale

Emily’s Cowboy by Donna Gallagher, Totally Bound Publishing, editor Amy Parker


Historical Romance

WINNER Sweet Madness by Heather Snow, NAL Signet Eclipse, editor Danielle Perez, agent Barbara Poelle

A Rake’s Midnight Kiss by Anna Campbell, Grand Central, editor Amy Pierpont, agent Nancy Yost

*Secrets of a Runaway Bride by Valerie Bowman, St. Martin’s Press, editor Holly Ingraham, agent Kevan Lyons


Inspirational Romance

WINNER *The Outlaw’s Redemption by Renee Ryan, Harlequin Love Inspired Historical, editor Melissa Endlich

A Melody for James by Hallee Bridgeman, Olivia Kimbrell Press

Threads of Love by Andrea Boeshaar, Charisma House Realms, editor Debbie Marrie, agent Steve Laube


Novel with Romantic Elements

WINNER It Happened at the Fair by Deeanne Gist, Simon and Schuster/Howard, editor Beth Adams, agent Will LoTurco

The Typewriter Girl by Alison Atlee, Simon and Schuster Gallery, editor Abby Zidle, agent Emmanuelle Morgen

White Lies by Emily Harper, Emily Harper, editor Emily Ferko



WINNER Pleasure Palace by Kelli Scott, Ellora’s Cave, editor Kelli Collins

**Decadence by Karen Stivali, Ellora’s Cave/Moderne, editor Jillian Bell

The Christmas Crossing by Bev Pettersen, Debra Holland, editor Debra Holland


Romantic Suspense

WINNER Deadly Bonds by Anne Marie Becker, Carina Press, editor Deborah Nemeth, agent Jill Marsal

*Ashes, Ashes, They All Fall Dead by Lena Diaz, HarperCollins Avon Impulse, editor Chelsey Emmelhainz, agent Nalini Akolekar

**Redemption for Liars by Elizabeth Janette, Soul Mate Publishing, editor Cheryl Yeko


Paranormal and Futuristic Romance

WINNER Escape From Zulaire by Veronica Scott, Veronica Scott

**Feeling Lucky by Kathy Bryson, Soul Mate Publishing, editor Debbie Gilbert

*The Cursed by Alyssa Day, Berkley, editor Cindy Hwang, agent Jim McCarthy


Young Adult Romance

WINNER Starstruck by Brenda Hiatt, Brenda Hiatt, editor Chuck McDaniel

Compliance by Maureen McGowan, Amazon Publishing/Skyscape, editors Lindsay Guzzardo and Margery Cuyler, agent Charlie Olsen

Spark by Anthea Sharp, Anthea Sharp


Best First Book

WINNER **Feeling Lucky by Kathy Bryson, Soul Mate Publishing, editor Debbie Gilbert

**Redemption for Liars by Elizabeth Janette, Soul Mate Publishing, editor Cheryl Yeko

Symphony of Light and Winter by Renea Mason, Etopia Press, editor Kyle Lewis


* FCRW Member

** Double Finalist




Best First Book

Winner        Blood Marriage by Regina Richards
Finalist        A Bride Opens a Shop in El Dorado, California by Keli Gwyn
Finalist        Secrets of a Wedding Night by Valerie Bowman*

Contemporary Series Romance

Winner        Finding Her Son by Robin Perini
Finalist         Rancher’s Son by Leigh Duncan
Finalist         No Hero by Mallory Kane

Contemporary Single Title Romance

Winner        Hot Under Pressure by Louisa Edwards
Finalist         Planning for Love by Christie Barth
Finalist         More Than A Kiss by Stacy Joy Netzel

Romantic Suspense

Winner        For Better or Hearse by Ann Yost
Finalist         Avenging Angel by Anne Marie Becker
Finalist         Simon Says Die by Lena Diaz*

Novel with Romantic Elements

Winner        Christmas on Mimosa Lane by Anne DeStefano
Finalist         The Third Scroll by Dana Martin
Finalist         Too Close for Comfort by Lynne Marshall

Historical/Regency Romance

Winner        Secrets of a Wedding Night by Valerie Bowman* 
Finalist         The Casanova Code by Donna MacMeans
Finalist         His Mistletoe Bride by Vanessa Kelly*

Paranormal and Futuristic Romance

Winner         Tempted by Blood by Laurie London
Finalist          Heart of Atlantis by Alyssa Day*
Finalist          The Reluctant Amazon by Sandy James

Romance Novella

Winner        Those Violet Eyes by Vonnie Davis
Finalist         A Tale of Two Djinns by Mina Khan
Finalist         Assassin’s Touch by Laurie London

Inspirational Romance

Winner         A Bride Opens a Shop in El Dorado, California by Keli Gwyn
Finalist          Love of a Lifetime by Carol Voss
Finalist          Wisdom Tree by Mary Manners

Young Adult Romance

Winner         Savage Cinderella by PJ Sharon
Finalist          Waning Moon by PJ Sharon
Finalist          Ashes of Twilight by Kassy Tayler

Erotic Romance

Winner         Hair of the Dog by Kelli Scott
Finalist          Frat Boy & Toppy by Anne Tenino
Finalist          Hers for the Holidays by Samantha Hunter


* indicates FCRW member