Previous Years' Finalists and Winners of the New England Readers' Choice/Beanpot Contest

2018 New England Readers' Choice Award Finalists and Winners:


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


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


1st place: Kilby Blades, Snapdragon
2nd place: Marie Johnston, Unmistaken Identity
3rd place: Karen Stivali, Moment of Fate (Moments in Time #5)


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


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)


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


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)


1st place: Abbie Roads, Saving Mercy (Fatal Truth #1)
2nd place: Sarah Andre, Capturing the Queen
3rd place: Katie Reus, Resurrection (Redemption Harbor #1)


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


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)

2017 New England Readers' Choice Award Finalists and Winners:

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 (tie): 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

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

First place: Laura Baumbach, The Dark Side
Second place: Shana Figueroa, Vengeance
Third place: Christina James, Operation Persuade Me

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

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

2016 New England Readers’ Choice Awards Finalists and Winners:

First Place (tie): Lauren Smith, The Gilded Cage and Lauren Smith, The Gilded Cuff
Second Place: V. L. Locey, Clean Sweep
Third Place (tie): **Christina James, Desire Me and Renea Mason, Curing 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

First Book
First Place: Katrina Snow, Forbidden
Second Place: Joanna Shupe, The Courtesan Duchess
Third Place (tie): Brooke Newton, Letting Myself Go and 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 and Holly Jacobs, Carry Her Heart

Romantic Suspense
First Place: Leslie Jones, Night Hush
Second Place: Marta Perry, Where Secrets Sleep
Third Place: Cate Beauman, Reagan’s Redemption

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 and Marie Tuhart, Red Club Temptation

First Place: Joanna Shupe, The Lady Hellion
Second Place: Meg Hennessy, A Pirate’s Command
Third Place (tie): Anna Campbell, A Scoundrel by Moonlight and LR Olson, A Dangerous Temptation

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 and Katrina Snow, Forbidden

2015 New England Readers’ Choice Awards Finalists and Winners:

First Place: Kate Baum, Funny Girl
Second Place: Mia Gabriel, Lord Savage
Third Place (tie): Anna Jeffrey, The Cattleman and Teresa Noelle Roberts, Out of Control

First Place: Lauren Smith, Shadows of Stormclyffe Hall
Second Place: Stephanie Feagan, Crazy for You
Third Place: Lisa Belcastro, Shenandoah Dreams

First Book
First Place: Patience Griffin, To Scotland with Love
Second Place: Janie Crouch, Primal Instinct
Third Place: Maria Imbalzano, Unchained Memories

Romantic Suspense
First Place: Toni Anderson, A Cold Dark Place
Second Place: Tiffany Snow, In His Shadow
Third Place: Dana Marton, Forced Disappearance

Short Contemporary
First Place: Emily Harper, My Sort-of, Kind-of Love
Second Place (tie): Jean Joachim, To Love or Not to Love and Amanda Renee, Blame it on the Rodeo
Third Place: Leigh Duncan, Second Chance Family

Long Contemporary
First Place: Kim Sanders, The Ex-Lottery
Second Place (tie): Terri Osburn, More to Give and Nancy Herkness, The Place I Belong
Third Place (tie): Patience Griffin, To Scotland with Love and Sophie Moss, The Wind Chime Cafe

First Place: Darlene Marshall, The Pirate’s Secret Baby
Second Place (tie): Isabella Bradford, A Wicked Pursuit and Megan Frampton, The Duke’s Guide to Correct Behavior
Third Place: Lauren Smith, Wicked Designs

2014 Bean Pot Finalists and Winners:

First Place: Bev Pettersen, Studs and Stilettos
Second Place: Elle Saint James, Unbridled Temptation
Third Place: Siri Caldwell, Earth Angel

Romantic Suspense:
First Place: Laura Kaye, Hard as It Gets
Second Place: Colette Ballard, Running on Empty
Third Place: Robin Perini, Behind the Lies

First Place: Jeanne Lin, The Lotus Palace
Second Place: Caroline Linden, Love & Other Scandals
Third Place: Margaret Mallory, The Chieftain

Futuristic, Fantasy, Paranormal & Time Travel:

First Place: Lisa Belcastro, Shenandoah Nights
Second Place: Lisa Belcastro, Shenandoah Crossings
Third Place: Anthea Sharp, Spark (Feyguard Book 1)

2013 Bean Pot Finalists and Winners:

First Place: Radclyffe, Crossroads
Second Place: Elise K Ackers, The Man Plan
Third Place: Laura Kaye, One Night with a Hero

Romantic Suspense
First Place: Marie Force, Fatal Deception
Second Place: Casey Clifford, An Island No More
Third Place: Radclyffe, Oath of Honor

First Place: Michelle Marcos, Lessons in Loving a Laird
Second Place: Heather Snow, Sweet Deception
Third Place: Margaret Mallory, The Warrior

Erotic Romance
First Place: Karen Stivali, Marry Me
Second Place: Elle Saint James, Unbridled and Unsaddled
Third Place: Lauren Gallagher, Who’s Your Daddy?

Futuristic; Fantasy; Paranormal or Time Travel
First Place: Cristy Gibson, Tangled Web
Second Place: Kaylea Cross, Darkest Caress
Third Place: Sara Humphreys, Untamed

Mainstream with Romantic Elements
First Place: Anna Lee Huber, The Anatomist’s Wife
Second Place: Mary Ellis, Living in Harmony
Third Place: Barbara Claypole White, The Unfinished Garden

Young Adult
First Place: Katie McGarry, Pushing the Limits
Second Place: ** Marissa Doyle, Courtship and Curses
Third Place: Chloe Jacobs, Greta and the Goblin King

2012 Bean Pot Finalists and Winners:

Short Contemporary
1st Place: **Barbara Wallace, The Heart of a Hero
2nd Place: Barbara White Daille, A Rancher’s Pride
3rd Place: Leigh Duncan, The Daddy Catch

1st Place: **Diane Amos, Promise Me Forever
2nd Place: Tina Gabrielle, In the Barrister’s Chambers
3rd Place: Ann Lethbridge, More Than a Mistress

Romantic Suspense
1st Place: ** Marie Force, Fatal Consequences
2nd Place: Kaylea Cross, Deadly Descent
3rd Place: Jannifer Hoffman, Edge of Daybreak

1st Place: L.A. Witt, The Closer You Get
2nd Place: Tina Donahue, Take Me Away
3rd Place: Elizabeth Amber, Bastian, The Lords of Satyr

Futuristic/Fantasy/Paranormal/Time Travel
1st Place: Lara Nance, Memories of Murder
2nd Place: Ann Hinnenkamp, Dyad Love
3rd Place: ** Karenna Colcroft, Salad on the Side

1st Place: Valerie Hansen, Nightwatch
2nd Place: Deeanne Gist, Love on the Line
3rd Place: Merrillee Whren, Hometown Dad

Mainstream with Romantic Elements
1st Place: Lisa Verge-Higgins, The Proper Care and Maintenance of Friendship
2nd Place: Kristen Painter, Blood Rights
3rd Place: Char Chaffin, Promises to Keep

1st Place: Dena de Paulo, Painted with Pleasure
2nd Place (tie): Kelli Scott, Drive-In and Kelli Scott, Stormy Wedding
3rd Place: ** Caroline Linden, I Love the Earl

Young Adult
1st Place: C. C. Hunter, Awake at Dawn
2nd Place: Jennifer Echols, Love Story
3rd Place: ** Shirley Ann Howard, Tales Out of the Psych Office

2011 Bean Pot Finalists and Winners:

Short Contemporary
1st Place: Kimberly Lang, Boardroom Rivals, Bedroom Fireworks!
2nd Place: Gail Barrett, The Royal Affair
3rd Place: Anna DePalo, His Black Sheep Bride

1st Place: Caroline Linden**, You Only Love Once
2nd Place: Valerie Hansen, The Doctor’s New Found Family
3rd Place: Miranda Neville, The Wild Marquis

1st Place: AC Katt, Shattered Glass
2nd Place: Kimberly Gardner, Bound To Please
3rd Place: Sloan Parker, Breathe

Future/Time Travel/Paranormal
1st Place: Susan Squires, The Mists of Time
2nd Place: Stephanie Draven, Poisoned Kisses
3rd Place: Barbara Monejem, Sunrise In A Garden of Love and Evil

Romantic Suspense
1st Place: Meg Benjamin, Be My Baby
2nd Place: Brenda Novak, White Heat
3rd Place: K.M. Daughters, All’s Fair In Love and Law

1st Place: Anne Greene, Masquerade Marriage
2nd Place: Linda Windsor, Healer
3rd Place: Marta Perry, Anna’s Return

Mainstream with Romantic Elements
1st Place: Laura Moore**, Remember Me
2nd Place: Barbara Freethy, On Shadow Beach
3rd Place: Barbara Freethy, In Shelter Cove

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