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2014 Golden Quill Contest Finalists

(Note: All Finalists are listed in alphabetical order by author’s last name.)

Best First Book:
The Typewriter Girl by Alison Atlee
Temptation by Kathryn Barrett
Wish Me Tomorrow by Karen Rock

Category Series:
The Rebound Guy by Fiona Harper
Home to the Cowboy by Amanda Renee
Wish Me Tomorrow by Karen Rock
The Trouble with Mistletoe by Jennifer Snow
Bending the Rules by Margaret Watson

Star Crossed
by Jennifer Echols
Country Roads
by Nancy Herkness
Just for the Summer
by Jenna Rutland

His to Command
by Opal Carew

Fantasy/Sci Fi:
The Dark Huntsman:
A Fantasy Romance of the Black Court by Jessica Aspen
A Soul for Vengeance
by Crista McHugh

It Happened at the Fair by
Deeanne Gist
Laird of Ballanclaire
by Jackie Ivie
The Hunter
by Monica McCarty
The Letter
by Sandra Owens
The Training of a Marquess
by Sandra Owens
Sweet Madness
by Heather Snow

Shenandoah Crossings
by Lisa Belcastro
Shenandoah Nights
by Lisa Belcastro
It Happened at the Fair
by Deeanne Gist
Marriage By Arrangement
by Anne Greene
Mending the Doctor’s Heart
by Tina Radcliffe
Undercover Cowboy
by Laura Scott

Soul Thief
by Anne Hope
Eight Tiny Flames
by Crista McHugh

Paranormal/Urban Fantasy:
Rapture’s Edge
by J.T. Geissinger
Midnight’s Captive
by Donna Grant
Soul Chase
by Anne Hope
Soul Deep
by Anne Hope
Dancer of the Nile
by Veronica Scott

Romantic Suspense:
A Kiss to Die For
by Gail Barrett
Seduced by His Target
by Gail Barrett
Waiting for Wren
by Cate Beauman
Hard As It Gets
by Laura Kaye
Home by Dark
by Marta Perry

Sweet Traditional:
The Cattleman’s Ready-Made Family
by Michelle Douglas
The Redemption of Rico D’Angelo
by Michelle Douglas
Mail-Order Brides of the West: Evie
by Caroline Fyffe
Wish Me Tomorrow
by Karen Rock

Young Adult:
Diary of a Teenage Fairy Godmother by Kathleen Baldwin
Dirty Little Secret by Jennifer Echols

2013 Winners

golden quill winners

(Note: All Finalists are listed in alphabetical order by author’s last name.)

Best First Book Winner:
The Unfinished Garden by Barbara Claypole White

Compulsively Mr. Darcy
by Nina Benneton
Out of the Ashes
by Lori Dillon
Sweet Enemy
by Heather Snow

Erotic/Hot/Sexy Winner:
Hidden Paradise by Janet Mullany

  • Finalists:
    The Theory of Attraction by Delphine Dryden
    Blood Fire by Sharon Page
    No Risk Refused by Cara Summers

Historical Winner:
Highland Surrender by Tracy Brogan

  • Finalists:
    Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed by Anna Campbell
    A Lady’s Revenge by Tracey Devlyn
    The Warrior (The Return of the Highlanders) by Margaret Mallory
    The Recruit by Monica McCarty

Inspirational Winner:
To Whisper Her Name: A Belle Meade Plantation Novel by Tamera Alexander

  • Finalists:
    A Promise for Miriam by Vannetta Chapman
    The Fairest Beauty
    by Melanie Dickerson
    The Irish Healer
    by Nancy Herriman
    The Homesteader’s Sweetheart
    by Lacy Williams

Inspirational Romantic Suspense Winner:
Material Witness by Vannetta Chapman

  • Finalists:
    A Perfect Square by Vannetta Chapman
    Standing Guard
    by Valerie Hansen
    The Chase
    by DiAnn Mills
    by Dani Pettrey

Long Contemporary Winner:
The Woman He Knows by Margaret Watson

  • Finalists:
    A Soldier’s Secret by Linda Style
    A Safe Place
    by Margaret Watson

Mainstream/Single Title Winner:
Crazy Little Thing by Tracy Brogan

  • Finalists:
    Christmas on Mimosa Lane by Anna DeStefano
    Take Me Home by Nancy Herkness
    Rules of the Game by Sandy James
    When Snow Falls by Brenda Novak

Novella Winner:
Christmas at Oakhurst Manor by Joanna Fulford

  • Finalists:
    Little Red Riding Wolf by Jessica Aspen
    A Lady’s Lesson in Seduction by Barbara Monejam
    To Rescue or Ravish by Barbara Monejam
    The Unrepentant Rake by Barbara Monejam

Paranormal/Fantasy/Sci Fi/Futuristic Winner:
The Lord of Illusion by Kathryne Kennedy

  • Finalists:
    Pack of Lies by Kimila Bowling
    Soul Bound by Anne Hope
    Warrior Reborn by Melissa Mayhue
    Noah’s Ark: Chronicles of Kassouk Prequel by Vijaya Schartz

Regency Historical Winner:
Sweet Enemy by Heather Snow

  • Finalists:
    Ridiculous by D.L. Carter
    Unbuttoning Miss Hardwick by Deb Marlowe

Romantic Suspense Winner:
For Better or Hearse by Ann Yost

  • Finalists:
    Stowaway by Becky Barker
    Never Coming Home by Evonne Wareham

Short Contemporary Winner:
What Happens in Vegas by Kimberly Lang

  • Finalists:
    On the Verge of I Do by Heidi Betts
    Rancher’s Son by Leigh Duncan
    Once a Good Girl by Wendy S. Marcus
    Tomas: Cowboy Homecoming by Linda Warren

Traditional Winner:
Sunny Days for Sam by Jennifer Shirk

  • Finalists:
    The Man Who Saw Her Beauty by Michelle Douglas
    Single Dad’s Holiday Wedding by Patricia Thayer
2012 Winners

golden quill winners

Best First Book: Beautiful Disaster - Laura Spinella
Erotic/Hot/Sexy: His Seductive Spy - Lara Santiago
Historical: Midnight's Wild Passion - Anna Campbell
Inspirational: The Doctor's Lady - Jody Hedlund
Inspirational - Romantic Suspense: Attracted to Fire - DiAnn Mills
Long Contemporary: Flashback - Gayle Wilson
Novella: Small Town Christmas (Christmas Gifts) - Gail Gaymer Martin
Paranormal/Sci-Fi/Fantasy: The Lady of the Storm - Kathryne Kennedy
Regency: A Gentleman Never Tells - Amelia Grey
Romantic Suspense: Inside - Brenda Novak
Short Contemporary: Her Innocence, His Conquest - Jules Bennett
Single Title: Believe In Me - Laura Moore
Traditional: Love On The Line - Deeanne Gist

2011 Winners

Golden Quill Winners

Best First Book: Stone Kissed - Keri Stevens
Erotic: Bliss - Opal Carew
Fantasy, Science Fiction, Futuristic: The Fire Lord’s Lover - Kathryne Kennedy
Historical: The Hawk - Monica McCarty
Hot, Sexy, Sensuous: Under Wraps - Joanne Rock

Inspirational: Within My Heart- Tamera Alexander
Inspirational Romantic Suspense: Beguiled - Deeanne Gist
Long Contemporary: A One-Of-A-Kind Family - Holly Jacobs
Novella: “Saving Brie” Twice the Temptation- Cara Summers
Paranormal/Time Travel: Dangerous Highlander- Donna Grant
Regency: The Guise of a Gentleman- Donna Hatch
Romantic Suspense: Deadly Intent - Kylie Brant
Short Contemporary: About A Baby- Ann Yost
Single Title/Mainstream: The First Love Cookie Club - Lori Wilde
Traditional: Instant Family - Elisabeth Rose

Best First Book Finalists

Love ‘em or Leave ‘em - Angie Stanton
Quicksilver - Joy Spraycar
Stone Kissed - Keri Stevens
Summer Iris - M. Kate Quinn
The Healer’s Apprentice - Melanie Dickerson

Erotic Finalists

Bliss - Opal Carew
Pleasure Bound - Opal Carew
Sex On The Beach - Susan Lyons
The Moon, The Madness, and The Magic - Eliza March
Unbridled and Undone - Elle Saint James

Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Futuristic Finalists

Black Jaguar: Chronicles of Kassouk - Vijaya Schartz
Captured - Julia Rachel Barrett
Luminous Nights - Michele Hart
Queen in Exile - Donna Hatch
The Fire Lord’s Lover - Kathryne Kennedy

Historical Finalists

Crimson Sky - Gretchen Craig
Knight of Passion - Margaret Mallory
The Captive - Joanne Rock
The Hawk - Monica McCarty
The Laird’s Captive Wife - Joanna Fulford

Hot, Sexy, Sensuous Finalists

Dane, The Lord of Satyr - Elizabeth Amber
Led Into Temptation - Cara Summers
Love, Unexpectedly - Susan Lyons
Taken Beyond Temptation - Cara Summers
Under Wraps - Joanne Rock

Inspirational Finalists

A Woman Called Sage - DiAnn Mills
Maid to Match - Deeanne Gist
Prairie Courtship - Dorothy Clark
Whisper on the Wind - Maureen Lang
Within My Heart - Tamera Alexander

Inspirational Romantic Suspense

Beguiled - Deeanne Gist
End Game - Roxanne Rustand
Fatal Burn - Roxanne Rustand
Murder in Plain Sight - Marta Perry
Secret Agent Father - Laura Iding

Long Contemporary Finalists

A Child Changes Everything - Ruth MacLean
A One-Of-A-Kind Family - Holly Jacobs
Can’t Stand the Heat - Margaret Watson
Life Rewritten - Margaret Watson
Skylar’s Outlaw - Linda Warren

Novella Finalists

Faery’s Bargain - Madeleine Drake
“Dangerous Admirer” My Deadly Valentine - Valerie Hansen
Notorius Eliza - Barbara Monajem
“Saving Brie” Twice the Temptation - Cara Summers
“Tattoos and Mistletoe” The Naughty List - Susan Lyons

Paranormal/Time Travel Finalists

Dangerous Highlander - Donna Grant
Haunting Warrior - Erin Quinn
Tastes of Love & Evil - Barbara Monajem
The Mists of Time - Susan Squires
Unchained:The Dark Forgotten - Sharon Ashwood

Regency Finalists

A Hellion in Her Bed - Sabrina Jeffries
An Earl To Enchant - Amelia Grey
My Reckless Surrender - Anna Campbell
The Guise of a Gentleman - Donna Hatch
The Truth About Lord Stoneville - Sabrina Jeffries

Romantic Suspense Finalists

Broken - Shiloh Walker
Cold Sight - Leslie Parrish
Deadly Intent - Kylie Brant
Edge Of Sight - Roxanne St. Claire
Killer Heat - Brenda Novak

Short Contemporary Finalists

About A Baby - Ann Yost
His, Hers, and … Theirs? - Judy Duarte
Inheriting His Secret Christmas Baby - Heidi Betts
Royal Holiday Baby - Leanne Banks
The Officer’s Girl - Leigh Duncan

Single Title/Mainstream Finalists

Never Too Hot - Bella Andre
Remember Me - Laura Moore
The Bite Before Christmas - Heidi Betts
The First Love Cookie Club - Lori Wilde
The True Love Quilting Club - Lori Wilde

Traditional Finalists

Her Lone Cowboy - Donna Alward
Instant Family - Elisabeth Rose
The Lionhearted Cowboy Returns - Patricia Thayer
The Nurse Who Saved Christmas - Janice Lynn
The Tangled Web - Elisabeth Rose

2010 Winners

Best First Book

C. C. Coburn
Colorado Christmas


Mackenzie McKade
Take Me Again

Fantasy, Science Fiction, Futuristic

Kathryne Kennedy
Enchanting The Beast


Anna Campbell
Captive Of Sin

Hot, Sexy, Sensuous

Cara Summers
Christmas Male


Deeanne Gist
A Bride In The Bargain

Long Contemporary

Holly Jacobs
Unexpected Gifts


Jennifer Morey
Kiss Me On Christmas/Blackout At Christmas

Paranormal/Time Travel

Sharon Ashwood
Ravenous: The Dark Forgotten


Anna Campbell
Tempt The Devil

Romantic Suspense

Kylie Brant
Waking The Dead

Short Contemporary

Lisa Childs
Once A Hero

Single Title/Mainstream

Susan Mallery
Under Her Skin


Fiona Harper
Blind Date Baby

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