Congratulations to the Winners of the 2018 New England Readers’ Choice Awards!

Please join the New England Chapter of Romance Writers of America® in congratulating the winners of this year’s New England Readers’ Choice Awards!

 

CONTEMPORARY – LONG

1st place: Shelly Alexander, It’s In His Arms (Red River Valley #4)

2nd place: Rose Grey*, Waiting for You (Durrell Brothers #1)

3rd place: Maria K. Alexander, Awaken My Heart (Tangled Hearts #3) and Jo McNally, She’s Far from Hollywood

 

CONTEMPORARY – SHORT

1st place: Jen Doyle*, Holiday House Call (Calling It series)

2nd place: Kate James, Home to Stay (San Diego K-9 Unit #4)

3rd place: Angela Quarles, Earning It

 

EROTIC ROMANCE

1st place: Kilby Blades, Snapdragon

2nd place: Marie Johnston, Unmistaken Identity

3rd place: Karen Stivali, Moment of Fate (Moments in Time #5)

 

HISTORICAL ROMANCE

1st place: Patricia Barletta*, Moon Shadow (Book #2 Auriano Curse series)

2nd place: Abigail Dane, The Viscount and the Valet

3rd place (tie): Lisa Berne, The Laird Takes a Bride (The Penhallow Dynasty #2) and Michelle Sinclair, Never Kiss a Highlander

 

NOVELLA

1st place: Miranda Liasson, Can’t Miss Christmas (Mirror Lake Christmas series)

2nd place: Nancy Herkness, Second To None (Second Glances series)

3rd place: Maria K. Alexander, Believe In My Heart (Tangled Hearts #4)

 

PARANORMAL/FANTASY/SCIFI/TIME TRAVEL

1st place: Nadine Mutas, To Enthrall the Demon Lord (Love and Magic #4)

2nd place: Gabi Stevens, Mystic

3rd place: Saharra K. Sandhu, Fire in Ice: Tale of the Dragon Rider

 

ROMANCE WITH RELIGIOUS/SPIRITUAL ELEMENTS

1st place: Dana R. Lynn, Plain Target (Amish Country Justice #1)

2nd place: Dana R. Lynn, Amish Christmas Abduction (Amish Country Justice #3)

3rd place: Karen Foley, A Hummingbird Christmas (Glacier Creek #1)

 

ROMANTIC SUSPENSE

1st place: Abbie Roads, Saving Mercy (Fatal Truth #1)

2nd place: Sarah Andre, Capturing the Queen

3rd place: Katie Reus, Resurrection (Redemption Harbor #1)

 

SHORT STORY

1st place: Gina Conkle, To Steal a Viking Bride

2nd place: Sionna Fox*, Etudes, in Symphony Amore: Erotic Stories of Love and Music

3rd place (tie): Jean C. Joachim, The House-Sitter’s Christmas and Madame de Boudoir, King of the Sea

 

YOUNG ADULT

1st place: Ann Gallagher, Having Her Back

2nd place: Meg Kassel, Black Bird of the Gallows

3rd place: C. C. Hunter, The Mortician’s Daughter

 

GRAND PRIZE ($250 certificate from Barclay Publicity)

Dana R. Lynn, Plain Target (Amish Country Justice #1)

 

* denotes a NECRWA member

Congratulations to 2018 New England Readers’ Choice Finalists!

Please join the New England Chapter of Romance Writers of America® in congratulating the finalists in the 2018 New England Readers’ Choice contest! At the Let Your Imagination Take Flight Conference Awards Luncheon on Saturday, April 29, 2018 we will be announcing winners in each category, as well as the winner of our Grand Prize: a $250 gift certificate from Barclay Publicity!

ROMANCE SHORT STORY

Madame de Boudoir, King of the Sea

Gina Conkle, To Steal a Viking Bride

Sionna Fox*, Etudes, in Symphony Amore: Erotic Stories of Love and Music

ROMANCE NOVELLA

Maria K. Alexander, Believe In My Heart (Tangled Hearts #4)

Nancy Herkness, Second To None (Second Glances series)

Jean C. Joachim, The House-Sitter’s Christmas

Miranda Liasson, Can’t Miss Christmas (Mirror Lake Christmas series)

EROTIC ROMANCE

Kilby Blades, Snapdragon

Marie Johnston, Unmistaken Identity

Karen Stivali, Moment of Fate (Moments in Time #5)

HISTORICAL ROMANCE

Patricia Barletta*, Moon Shadow (Book #2 Auriano Curse series)

Lisa Berne, The Laird Takes a Bride (The Penhallow Dynasty #2)

Abigail Dane, The Viscount and the Valet

Michelle Sinclair, Never Kiss a Highlander

ROMANCE WITH RELIGIOUS/SPIRITUAL ELEMENTS

Karen Foley, A Hummingbird Christmas (Glacier Creek #1)

Dana R. Lynn, Amish Christmas Abduction (Amish Country Justice #3)

Dana R. Lynn, Plain Target (Amish Country Justice #1)

PARANORMAL/FANTASY/SCIFI/TIME TRAVEL ROMANCE

Nadine Mutas, To Enthrall the Demon Lord (Love and Magic #4)

Saharra K. Sandhu, Fire in Ice: Tale of the Dragon Rider

Gabi Stevens, Mystic

ROMANTIC SUSPENSE

Sarah Andre, Capturing the Queen

Katie Reus, Resurrection (Redemption Harbor #1)

Abbie Roads, Saving Mercy (Fatal Truth #1)

YOUNG ADULT ROMANCE

Ann Gallagher, Having Her Back

C.C. Hunter, The Mortician’s Daughter

Meg Kassel, Black Bird of the Gallows

SHORT CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

Jen Doyle*, Holiday House Call (Calling It series)

Kate James, Home to Stay (San Diego K-9 Unit #4)

Angela Quarles, Earning It

LONG CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

Shelly Alexander, It’s In His Arms (Red River Valley #4)

Maria K. Alexander, Awaken My Heart (Tangled Hearts #3)

Rose Grey*, Waiting for You (Durrell Brothers #1)

Jo McNally, She’s Far from Hollywood

 

* denotes a NECRWA member

2018 New England Reader’s Choice contest is open for submissions!

The 2018 New England Readers’ Choice contest is now open for submissions!

The New England Readers’ Choice contest for published authors recognizes excellence in published romance fiction. Our contest is one of the few judged exclusively by fans: librarians, booksellers, and devoted romance readers.

This year, the grand-prize winner of the New England Readers’ Choice contest will receive a Publicity Package or an Author Coaching package (winner’s choice) worth $250! The first, second, and third place winners in each category will receive a web badge, as well as a printed award certificate. Winners will be announced on the NECRWA website, in RWR, on NECRWA’s social media accounts, and at the Let Your Imagination Take Flight conference, to be held April 27-28, 2018.

Visit the NECRWA web site contest page at http://necrwa.org/blog1/contests/ for more information, including how to enter. Questions? Contact [email protected]

Warm Congratulations to the 2017 New England Readers’ Choice Winners!

NECRWA would like to congratulate the 2017 New England Readers’ Choice contest winners, who were announced at the Let Your Imagination Take Flight Conference awards luncheon on April 8, 2017. And the winners are…

SHORT CONTEMPORARY

First place: Anna DePalo, Second Chance with the CEO

Second place: Barbara Wallace, Winter Wedding for the Prince

Third place (three-way tie): Peggy Jaeger, A Kiss Under the Christmas Lights, Robin Perini, San Antonio Secret, and Barbara Wallace, Christmas Baby for the Princess

LONG CONTEMPORARY

First place: Babette deJongh, Angel Falls

Second place (tie): Melynda Price, Beneath the Surface and Melynda Price, Fighting for Control

Third place: Rissa Brahm, Catching Preeya

ROMANCE WITH RELIGIOUS or SPIRITUAL ELEMENTS

First place: Olivia Rae, Redemption

Second place: Laurel Blount, A Family for the Farmer and Dana R. Lynn, Interrupted Lullaby

Third place: Kat Brookes, His Holiday Matchmaker

ROMANTIC SUSPENSE

First place (tie): Tamra Lassiter, Guiding Fate and Tara Wyatt, Necessary Risk

Second place: Robin Perini, Forgotten Secrets

Third place (tie): Cate Beauman, Deceiving Bella and Katie Reus, Love Thy Enemy

HISTORICAL

First place: Loretta Chase, Dukes Prefer Blondes

Second place: Megan Frampton, One-Eyed Dukes Are Wild

Third place (tie): Linda Broday, To Love a Texas Ranger and Nicole Elizabeth Kelleher, Wild Lavender

EROTIC

First place: Laura Baumbach, The Dark Side

Second place: Shana Figueroa, Vengeance

Third place: Christina James, Operation Persuade Me

PARANORMAL

First place: Nadine Mutas, Blood, Breath, and Desire

Second place: Marissa Doyle, Skin Deep

Third place: Michelle Miles, In the Tower of the Wizard King

NOVELLA

First place: Tessa Gray, My Dearest Chloe

Second place (tie): Jessica Linden, Bodyguard and Debra Jess, A Secret Rose

Third place: Katie Reus, Merry Christmas, Baby

 

Thank you to our entrants and our judges for helping make our contest great!

Congratulations to 2017 New England Readers’ Choice Finalists!

NECRWA is pleased to announce the finalists in the 2017 New England Readers’ Choice contest! Winners will be announced at the Let Your Imagination Take Flight Conference Awards Luncheon on Saturday, April 8, 2017.

 

LONG CONTEMPORARY

Rissa Brahm, Catching Preeya

Babette deJongh, Angel Falls

Melynda Price, Beneath the Surface

Melynda Price, Fighting for Control

 

HISTORICAL

Linda Broday, To Love a Texas Ranger

Loretta Chase, Dukes Prefer Blondes

Megan Frampton, One-Eyed Dukes Are Wild

Nicole Elizabeth Kelleher, Wild Lavender

 

ROMANCE WITH RELIGIOUS or SPIRITUAL ELEMENTS

Laurel Blount, A Family for the Farmer

Kat Brookes, His Holiday Matchmaker

Dana R. Lynn, Interrupted Lullaby

Olivia Rae, Redemption

 

ROMANTIC SUSPENSE

Cate Beauman, Deceiving Bella

Tamra Lassiter, Guiding Fate

Robin Perini, Forgotten Secrets

Katie Reus, Love Thy Enemy

Tara Wyatt, Necessary Risk

 

PARANORMAL

Marissa Doyle, Skin Deep

Michelle Miles, In the Tower of the Wizard King

Nadine Mutas, Blood, Breath, and Desire

 

SHORT CONTEMPORARY

Anna DePalo, Second Chance with the CEO

Peggy Jaeger, A Kiss Under the Christmas Lights

Robin Perini, San Antonio Secret

Barbara Wallace, Christmas Baby for the Princess

Barbara Wallace, Winter Wedding for the Prince

 

EROTIC

Laura Baumbach, The Dark Side

Shana Figueroa, Vengeance

Christina James, Operation Persuade Me

 

NOVELLA

Tessa Gray, My Dearest Chloe

Jessica Linden, Bodyguard

Debra Jess, A Secret Rose

Katie Reus, Merry Christmas, Baby

 

Congratulations to all of the finalists!

2016 New England Readers’ Choice Award Winners

EROTIC 

First Place Tie: Lauren Smith – The Gilded Cage

First Place Tie: Lauren Smith – The Gilded Cuff

Second Place:  VL Locey: Clean Sweep                                               

Third Place Tie: Christina James – Desire Me

Third Place Tie: Renea Mason – Cursing Doctor Vincent

 

SHORT CONTEMPORARY

First Place: Tanya Michaels – Falling for the Sheriff

Second Place: Heidi Hormel – The Surgeon and the Cowgirl

Third Place: Kathy Lyons – The Player Next Door

 

1st BOOK

First Place: Katrina Snow – Forbidden

Second Place: Joanna Shupe – The Courtesan Duchess

Third Place Tie:Brooke Newton – Letting Myself Go

Third Place Tie:Nancy Raven Smith – Land Sharks: a Swindle in Sumatra

 

LONG CONTEMPORARY

First Place: Nancy Herkness – The CEO Buys In

Second Place: Cathryn Parry, The Secret Garden

Third Place Tie: Lauren Gallagher – The Saint’s Wife

Third Place Tie: Holly Jacobs – Carry Her Heart

 

ROMANTIC SUSPENSE

Leslie Jones – Night Hush

Second Place: Marta Perry – Where Secrets Sleep

Third Place: Cate Beauman – Reagan’s Redemption

 

NOVELLA

First Place: Crista McHugh – Tell Me True

Second Place: Tanya Michaels – New Year’s Resolution: Just a Fling

Third Place Tie: Karen Rock – Winter Wedding Bells: The Kiss

Third Place Tie: Marie Tuhart – Red Club Temptation

 

HISTORICAL

First Place: Joanna Shupe – The Lady Hellion

Second Place: Meg Hennessy – A Pirate’s Command

Third Place Tie: Anna Campbell – A Scoundrel by Moonlight

Third Place Tie: LR Olson – A Dangerous Temptation

 

PARANORMAL

First Place:  Angela Quarles – Must Love Chainmail

Second Place: Allie Marie – Teardrops of the Innocent: The White Diamond Story

Third Place Tie: Angela Quarles – Steam Me Up, Rawley

Third Place Tie: Katrina Snow – Forbidden

Congratulations to 2016 New England Readers’ Choice Finalists

Winners will be announced at the Let Your Imagination Take Flight Conference Awards Breakfast

EROTIC                                                             

Christina James – Desire Me

VL Locey – Clean Sweep

Renea Mason – Cursing Doctor Vincent

Lauren Smith – The Gilded Cage

Lauren Smith – The Gilded Cuff

 

SHORT CONTEMPORARY

Heidi Hormel – The Surgeon and the Cowgirl

Tanya Michaels – Falling for the Sheriff

Kathy Lyons – The Player Next Door

 

1st BOOK

Brooke Newton – Letting Myself Go

Joanna Shupe – The Courtesan Duchess

Nancy Raven Smith – Land Sharks: a Swindle in Sumatra

Katrina Snow – Forbidden

 

LONG CONTEMPORARY

Lauren Gallagher – The Saint’s Wife

Nancy Herkness – The CEO Buys In

Holly Jacobs – Carry Her Heart

Cathryn Parry – The Secret Garden

 

ROMANTIC SUSPENSE

Cate Beauman – Reagan’s Redemption

Leslie Jones – Night Hush

Marta Perry – Where Secrets Sleep

 

NOVELLA

Tanya Michaels – New Year’s Resolution: Just a Fling

Crista McHugh – Tell Me True

Karen Rock – Winter Wedding Bells: The Kiss

Marie Tuhart – Red Club Temptation

 

HISTORICAL

Anna Campbell – A Scoundrel by Moonlight

Meg Hennessy – A Pirate’s Command

LR Olson – A Dangerous Temptation

Joanna Shupe – The Lady Hellion

 

PARANORMAL

Allie Marie – Teardrops of the Innocent: The White Diamond Story

Angela Quarles – Steam Me Up, Rawley

Angela Quarles – Must Love Chainmail

Katrina Snow – Forbidden

May 17 – The Art of Novella Writing with Caroline Linden

We all love novels, rich with complex characters and plot twists. But novels take a long time to write, and–let’s face it–not all the stories in our heads are 400 pages long. With the advent of digital publishing and the ease of self-publishing, there has never been a better time to write novellas and short stories. Even better, they can be fun to write!

Caroline Linden was born a reader, not a writer. She earned a math degree from Harvard University and wrote computer code before discovering that writing fiction was far more fun. Eleven years, fifteen books, three Red Sox championships, and one dog later, she has never been happier with her decision. Her books have won the NEC-RWA Reader’s Choice Beanpot Award, the Daphne du Maurier Award, NJRW’s Golden Leaf award, and RWA’s RITA Award.

Congratulations to our New England Readers’ Choice Winners and Finalists

Erotic Romance – Kate Baum for Funny Girl

2nd Place – Mia Gabriel for Lord Savage

3rd Place – Anna Jeffrey for The Cattleman and Teresa Noelle Robers for Out of Control

 

Futuristic, Fantasy Paranormal or Time Travel – Lauren Smith for Shadows of Stormclyffe Hall

2nd Place – Lisa Belcastro for Shenandoah Dreams

3rd Place – Stephanie Feagan for Crazy for You

 

Best First Book – Patience Griffin for To Scotland with Live

2nd Place – Janie Crouch for Primal Instinct

3rd Place – Maria Imbalzano for Unchained Memories

 

Romantic Suspense – Toni Anderson for A Cold Dark Place

2nd Place – Tiffany Snow for In His Shadow

3rd Place – Dana Marton for Forced Disappearance

 

Short Contemporary – Emily Harper for My Sort-of, Kind-of Hero

2nd Place – Jean Joachim for To Love or Not to Love and Amanda Renee for Blame it on the Rodeo

3rd Place – Leigh Duncan for Second Chance Family

 

Long Contemporary – Kim Sanders for The Ex Lottery

2nd Place – Nancy Herkness for The Place I Belong and Terri Osburn for More to Give

3rd Place – Patience Griffin for To Scotland with Love and Sophie Moss for The Wind Chime Cafe

 

Historical – Darlene Marshall for The Pirate’s Secret Baby

2nd Place – Isabella Bradford for A Wicked Pursuit and Megan Frampton for The Duke’s Guide to Correct Behavior

3rd Place – Lauren Smith for Wicked Designs

Congratulations to our Readers’ Choice Finalists

Winners will be announced at our Let Your Imagination Take Flight Awards Breakfast on April 25.

 

Erotic

Kate Baum, Funny Girl

Mia Gabriel, Lord Savage

Anna Jeffrey, The Cattleman

Teresa Noelle Roberts, Out of Control

 

Paranormal

Lisa Belcastro, Shenandoah Dreams

Stephanie Feagan, Crazy for You

Lauren Smith, Shadows of Stormclyffe Hall

 

First Book

Janie Crouch, Primal Instinct

Patience Griffin, To Scotland with Love

Maria Imbalzano, Unchained Memories

 

Romantic Suspense

Toni Anderson, A Cold Dark Place

Dana Marton, Forced Disappearance

Tiffany Snow, In His Shadow

 

Short Contemporary

Leigh Duncan, Second Chance Family

Emily Harper, My Sort-of, Kind-of Love

Jean Joachim, To Love or Not to Love

Amanda Renee, Blame it on the Rodeo

 

Long Contemporary

Patience Griffin, To Scotland with Love

Nancy Herkness, The Place I Belong

Sophie Moss, The Wind Chime Cafe  

Terri Osburn, More to Give

Kim Sanders, The Ex-Lottery

 

Historical

Isabella Bradford, A Wicked Pursuit

Megan Frampton, The Duke’s Guide to Correct Behavior

Darlene Marshall, The Pirate’s Secret Baby

Lauren Smith, Wicked Designs