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Awards Dinner wrap up

17 May 2010

Rose Sprinkart and Kate CuthbertTracey O'Hara, Melanie Milburne, Nalini SinghThe 2nd annual Australian Romance Readers Awards were held at Cello’s Restaurant on Saturday 15 May.

The evening started at 6.30 pm with champagne on arrival.  Guests mingled with authors Tracey O’Hara, Melanie Milburne and Nalini Singh (left).

Fellow BRRAddicts members Rose Sprinkart and Kate Cuthbert (right) were glad for the chance to catch up in person.

They were soon joined by Keri Arthur, Erica Hayes, Kandy Shepherd, Cathleen Ross and Bronwyn Parry, with Lexxie Couper sneaking in a little late, as we would expect 🙂

Nalini Singh signingNalini was happy for the opportunity to sign books for her fans, using her special sparkly pens. She was also kept busy signing throughout the evening, as a majority of the 40 plus lucky door prizes were copies of her books. Judging from the cheers there were a lot of very happy prize winners. A very big thank you to all those who supplied books for prizes: Berkley, Hachette, Rosemary’s Romance Bookshop, Galaxy Bookshop and Kandy Shepherd.

Cello's RestaurantThe venue was gorgeous and the food was just lovely (although I cannot believe Pamela didn’t get any photos of any of the dishes!) We have mentioned the menu before, but it is worth recapping.

ENTREE: Caesar salad, baby cos lettuce, garlic croutons, bacon, shaved parmeson OR Roast Mediterranean Vegetable Stack on wild rocket salad with balsamic vinaigrette.

MAIN: Frenched Lamb Cutlets, roasted sweet potato mashed, wilted English baby spinach, rosemary jus OR Corn-fed Chicken Breast, rubbed with lemon and thyme, served with potato gratin, steamed asparagus spears and fine lemon hollandaise.

DESSERT: Dark Chocolate Mousse, home made, with fresh strawberries and cream AND Lemon Lime Tart, served on wild raspberry couli, Chantilly cream and mango gelato.

One of the highlights of the evening was Nalini’s speech. She enchanted us with her tale of the journey to becoming published. It is always a surprise to readers to hear that the authors they so admire have squeal-y moments of excitement when they get ‘the call’. During her introduction Nalini gave us a world-first exclusive and revealed the title for the next Guild Hunter book: Archangel’s Consort.

And of course the other highlight of the evening was the awards. Here are the details of the winners:

Lami Mentzas accepts JR Ward's trophy from Sofia Morales, Galaxy BookshopThe first award was Favourite Paranormal Romance. This was won by Lover Avenged by JR Ward. The trophy was presented by Sofia Morales, from Galaxy Bookshop, who sponsored the award; it was accepted by Lami Mentzas, who is an active member of JR’s fan club.

Nalini Singh and Lami MentzasThe Favourite Sci-Fi, Fantasy or Futuristic Romance was won by Angels’ Blood by Nalini Singh. The award was sponsored by Rosemary’s Romance Books and Temptation the Romance Bookstore. The winner of the competition to present this award was Lami Mentzas.

Cristina Lee with Paula Roe's trophyThe Favourite Short Category Romance was won by The Magnate’s Baby Promise by Paula Roe. Paula was not able to attend the dinner, but had sent a short thank you note. This award was sponsored by Harlequin Australia and presented by Cristina Lee.

Lucy Abarcia and Melanie PeakeThe Favourite Historical Romance was won by Captive of Sin by Anna Campbell.  Anna was also not able to attend the dinner, but her trophy was accepted by Melanie Peake from Harper Collins. The award was presented by Lucy Abarcia from Ever After the Romance Book Specialists who sponsored the award.

Kandy Shepherd and Mary KatsikasThe Favourite Contemporary Romance was won by Love is a Four-Legged Word by Kandy Shepherd. The trophy was presented by Mary Katsikas from Romantic Reflections, who sponsored the award.

The Favourite Erotic Romance was won by Laid Bare by Lauren Dane. Lauren was not able to be at the dinner, but had sent a few words to say: “My sincerest thank you to the ARR and her members for this very lovely honor. Laid Bare is a special book to me so I’m thrilled it was that way to you as well. Thanks also go to my editor at Berkley, Leis Pederson, my agent and friend, Laura Bradford and to all my wonderful colleagues and the readers without which I couldn’t sit around in my sweats and a ratty sweater and make up stories all day long. Thank you.”  Thank you to Romance Direct for sponsoring this award.

Nicola Pitt from Love Books and Bronwyn ParryThe Favourite Romantic Suspense award was won by Dark Country by Bronwyn Parry. The trophy was presented by Nicola Pitt from Love Books, who sponsored this award.

Pamela Diaz and Nalini SinghThe Favourite Continuing Romance Series was won by the Psy/Changeling series by Nalini Singh. This was the second award that was part of the competition for readers to win the opportunity to present the award. Pamela Diaz presented the award to Nalini.

Tony Nash from Booktopia and Melanie Peake from HarperCollinsAnd finally, Favourite Australian Romance Author for 2009 was won by Anna Campbell. The trophy was presented by Tony Nash from Booktopia and was accepted on behalf of Anna by Melanie Peake from Harper Collins.

A big thank you to all our sponsors—in particular the event sponsors HarperCollins and Booktopia—for supporting the event. We really appreciate your generosity.

There will be more pictures from the night in the next issue of the newsletter, due out in June.

The online winners of lucky door prizes are Paula Roe and Deb Klanfar. They have both won a signed copy of Archangel’s Kiss by Nalini Singh.

  1. 28 May 2010 9:51 pm

    If only more people would read this..

  2. 22 May 2010 7:37 pm

    oooh, and I even won a cool book prize! yay! (Just saw the new covers for the Guild Hunters in KMart the other day – nice and creepy :grin:)

  3. Barbara permalink
    18 May 2010 11:04 pm


    I agree with Helen ….thanks to everybody who organised it and congratulations to the winners

  4. Helen Sibbritt permalink
    18 May 2010 9:14 am

    What a fantastic night

    Huge congrats to all of the winners and also to all of the finalists

    Have Fun

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