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2012 Award of Excellence Finalists Announced

2012 Award of Excellence Finalists


Colorado Romance Writers is pleased to announce the following Award of Excellence finalists!

Winners will be revealed at the CRW Mini-Conference event held on May 5, 2012 in Denver, Colorado.


Short Contemporary

The Daddy Catch  ~  Lee Duncan

Harlequin, Laura Barth


Terms of Surrender ~ Leslie Kelly

Harlequin, Brenda Chin

A Family for the Rugged Rancher  ~  Donna Alward

Harlequin, Sally Williamson


How a Cowboy Stole Her Heart  ~  Donna Alward

Harlequin, Sally Williamson


Welcome Home, Bobby Winslow  ~  Christyne Butilier

Harlequin, Charles Griemsman



Long Contemporary

Christmas in Cold Creek ~  Rae Anne Thayne

Harlequin, Gail Chasan


The Executive’s Decision  ~  Bernadette Marie

Five Prince Publishing, Susan Lohrer


The Cost of Silence  ~  Kathleen O’Brien

Harlequin, Wanda Ottwell


Promise to a Boy  ~  Mary Brady

Harlequin, Kathryn Lye


Winning Over the Rancher  ~  Mary Brady

Harlequin, Kathryn Lye



Single Title

Believe in Me  ~  Laura Moore

Ballantine Books, Kate Collins


Silver Sparks  ~  Starr Ambrose

Simon & Shuester, Abby Zidle


Between Sinners and Saints  ~  Marie Sexton

Amber Quill Press, EJ Gilmer


Some Like Them Rich  ~  Shirley Hailstone

Kensington, Selena James


The Vampire Next Door ~  Ashlyn Chase

Sourcebooks, Deb Werksmen



Romantic Suspense

Cold Touch  ~  Leslie Parrish

NAL/Signet, Laura Cifelli


Deadly Sins  ~  Kylie Brant

Berkley, Cindy Hwang


Deadly Dreams  ~  Kylie Brand

Berkley, Cindy Hwang


Mind Over Matter  ~  SJ Clarke

Muse It Up Publishing, Susan Davis


If You Hear Her  ~  Shiloh Walker

Random House, Kate Collins


Erotic Romance

Rafe’s Redemption  ~  Jennifer Jakes

Trish Owens, The Wild Rose Press

Blood Wicked  ~  Sharon Page

Audrey La Fehr, Kensington

Bastian  ~  Elizabeth Amber

Audrey La Fehr, Kensington

The Harlot  ~  Saskia Walker

Susan Swinwood, Harlequin

His Warrior Bride  ~  Lara Santiago

Amanda Hilton, Siren Publishing


Paranormal/Time Travel/Fantasy/Futuristic

Dark Sins and Desert Sands  ~  Stephanie Draven

Tara Gavin, Harlequin Nocturne

Bound by Blood  ~  Amanda Ashley

Alicia Condon, Zebra

 Song of Oestand  ~  Marie Sexton

Total E-bound

The Last Warrior  ~  Susan Grant

Tracy Martin, HQN

Beyond Magic  ~  Lizzie T. Leaf

Kris Jacen, Passion In Print Press


Mainstream with Romantic Elements

One for the Road  ~  Lynne Marshall

Wild Rose Press, Ally Otomeir


Tales Out of the Psych Office  ~  Shirley Ann Howard

Stone Garden, Tracy Fabre


True Surrender  ~  Tracey Cramer-Kelly

Twiggle T Productions


The Daddy Spell  ~  Josie Malone

Siren Book Strand, Diana DeBalko


Strangers on Montagu Street ~ Karen White

New American Library, Cindy Hwang



Belonging ~  Robin Lee Hatcher

Zondervan-Sue Brower & Leslie Peterson


Vanish in Plaine Sight  ~  Marta Perry

Harlequin, Emily Ohanjanans


Attracted by Fire  ~  DiAnn Mills

Tyndale, Karen Watson


The Doctor’s Lady  ~  Jody Hedlund

Bethany House Publisher, Dave Long


Hearts Key ~  Marianne Evans

Pelican Book Group, Nicola Martinez


Heartbreak Creek  ~  Kaki Warner

Berkley Sensation, Wendy McCurdy


Knight Everlasting  ~  Jackie Ivie

Kensington, Audrey Lafehr


In the Barrister’s Chambers  ~  Tina Gabrielle

Kensington, Audrey Lafehr


The Guardian  ~  Margaret Mallory

Grand Central Publishing, Alex Logan


Engaged in Sin  ~  Edith Ellen Bruce

Random House, Shauna Summers


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