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ARR Awards: finalists announced

16 January 2012

Voting has opened today for the 2011 Australian Romance Readers Awards. Below are the finalists in each of the nine categories. ARRA members can now vote for their favourite in each category. Voting will close on 29 January.

Winners will be announced at the Awards Dinner on 11 February 2012.

Favourite paranormal romance for 2011 (proudly sponsored by Galaxy Bookshop)

  • Big Bad Beast / Shelly Laurenston
  • Dragon Bound / Thea Harrison
  • Dreams of a Dark Warrior / Kresley Cole
  • Fate’s Edge / Ilona Andrews
  • Goblin King / Shona Husk
  • Kiss of Snow / Nalini Singh
  • Lover Unleashed / JR Ward
  • Nightfall / Ellen Connor
  • The Guardian / Sherrilyn Kenyon
  • Three Wishes / Jenny Schwartz

Favourite sci-fi, urban fantasy or futuristic romance for 2011 (proudly sponsored by Carina Press)

  • Archangel’s Blade / Nalini Singh
  • Archangel’s Consort / Nalini Singh
  • Blood Bound / Rachel Vincent
  • Blood Cursed / Erica Hayes
  • Born of Shadows / Sherrilyn Kenyon
  • Death Magic / Eileen Wilks
  • Magic Slays / Ilona Andrews
  • River Marked / Patricia Briggs
  • Shadow Kin / MJ Scott
  • Shadowfever / Karen Marie Moning

Favourite short category romance for 2011 (proudly sponsored by Harlequin Enterprises Australia)

  • Colorado Cowboy / CC Coburn
  • Girl in the Bedouin Tent / Annie West
  • Molly Cooper’s Dream Date / Barbara Hannay
  • Prince of Scandal / Annie West
  • Promoted to Wife? / Paula Roe
  • Rapunzel in New York / Nikki Logan
  • Sex, Lies and Mistletoe / Tawny Weber
  • The Man Behind the Badge / Sharon Archer
  • The Man She Loves to Hate / Kelly Hunter
  • With This Fling … / Kelly Hunter

Favourite historical romance for 2011 (proudly sponsored by Rosemary’s Romance Books and  Temptation the Romance Bookstore)

  • A Little Deception / Beverley Eikli
  • Cloudy With a Chance of Marriage / Kieran Kramer
  • Heiress in Love / Christina Brooke
  • How the Marquess was Won / Julie Anne Long
  • Midnight’s Wild Passion / Anna Campbell
  • Never Love a Highlander / Maya Banks
  • Salt Bride / Lucinda Brant
  • The Many Sins of Lord Cameron / Jennifer Ashley
  • Unveiled / Courtney Milan
  • Viscount Breckenridge to the Rescue / Stephanie Laurens

Favourite contemporary romance for 2011 (proudly sponsored by Romantic Reflections)

  • A Lot Like Love / Julie James
  • Any Man of Mine / Rachel Gibson
  • Boomerang Bride / Fiona Lowe
  • Claudia’s Big Break / Lisa Heidke
  • Cop’s Passion / Angela Verdenius
  • North Star / Karly Lane
  • One Perfect Night / Rachael Johns
  • Promises / Cathyrn Hein
  • The Castaway Bride / Kandy Shepherd
  • The Next Always / Nora Roberts

Favourite erotic romance for 2011 (proudly sponsored by Romance Direct)

  • Agent / Lexxie Couper
  • All of You / Rhian Cahill
  • Bunny and the Bear / Eve Langlais
  • Endless Lust / Lexxie Couper
  • Guilty as Sin / Denise Rossetti
  • Love, Lust and Lies / Cathleen Ross
  • See You In My Dreams / Jess Dee
  • The Lone Warrior / Denise Rossetti
  • The Surrender of Lacy Morgan / Suzanne Ferrell
  • Triple Dare / Lexxie Couper

Favourite romantic suspense for 2011

  • Beyond Fear / Jaye Ford
  • Breaking Point / Pamela Clare
  • Breaking the Rules / Suzanne Brockmann
  • Chasing Fire / Nora Roberts
  • Deadly Little Lies / Jeanne Adams
  • New York to Dallas / JD Robb
  • Shattered Sky / Helene Young
  • Treachery in Death / JD Robb
  • Viper’s Kiss / Shannon Curtis
  • With No Remorse / Cindy Gerard

Favourite continuing romance series for 2011

  • Gena Showalter / Lords of the Underworld
  • Ilona Andrews / Kate Daniels series
  • JD Robb / In Death series
  • Karen Marie Moning / Fever series
  • Kresley Cole / Immortals After Dark
  • Nalini Singh / Guild Hunters
  • Nalini Singh / Psy/Changeling series
  • Rhian Cahill / Coyote Hunger series
  • Sherrilyn Kenyon / The League
  • Thea Harrison / Elder Races

Favourite Australian romance author of 2011 (proudly sponsored by Booktopia)

  • Angela Verdenius
  • Anna Campbell
  • Annie West
  • Christina Brooke
  • Helene Young
  • Kelly Hunter
  • Lexxie Couper
  • Nikki Logan
  • Paula Roe
  • Stephanie Laurens

Awards dinner proudly brought to you by Booktopia

  1. aimskye permalink
    29 January 2012 5:16 pm

    Congratulations to all the finalists. I can’t wait to see who the winners are and catch up with everyone at dinner.


  2. 25 January 2012 8:59 pm

    I’ve just returned from 10 days camping in country SA (out of internet contact) so am very late with this. Wow! What a great honour to be included with some of my favourite authors! Thank you so much to everyone who voted, organised and who have since congratulated me.

    Looking forward to catching up with you at the dinner. I’m looking forward to a great night out while hubby looks after the kids!

  3. 20 January 2012 7:57 am

    Thank you very much for this incredible honor! I’m so touched. Someday I hope to get to Australia and meet you all! Until then, know that I cherish the long-distance connection we share through my stories and wish you all lots of love and laughter!!!


    Kieran :>)

  4. 19 January 2012 1:32 pm

    I’m very late dropping by as I’ve been trying to finish a writing my book (any excuse!). I wanted to say congratulations to the many wonderful authors I see on the lists – some great names and terrific books there. Also – a huge thank you to those readers who added me to the nomination list! I’m absolutely thrilled with the nominations. Colour me chuffed! Thank you.

  5. daisyrose permalink
    17 January 2012 11:23 pm

    Congrats to all of you.
    I agree with Nikki that it would be wonderful to be able to download them to my ereader. Great way to see some more books to read as well as the ones that I have already enjoyed.

  6. 17 January 2012 9:30 am

    Wow! Thank you so much. I’m blown away and so tickled to be nominated, and with such amazing authors!!

  7. 17 January 2012 5:47 am

    Congratulations to all! What a great line-up of talent!

  8. 17 January 2012 2:55 am

    Congratulations to all the finalists!

  9. 17 January 2012 1:18 am

    Congrats to all the finalists and a BIG thank you to the readers and ARRA who make this possible. I’m thrilled to be in such awesome company! Best wishes to all.

  10. 17 January 2012 1:04 am

    Good golly molly. 🙂 Huge huge congrats to all the nominees and a big squeezy hug to all the readers out there. Thank you so much. Good luck everyone. And don’t forget your bling on the night 🙂

  11. 17 January 2012 12:25 am

    Like EVE I’m totally gobsmacked and honoured to have made this list. Huge thanks to ARRA and whoever nominated me and good luck to all the other extremely talented finalists 🙂

  12. 16 January 2012 11:59 pm

    I am in shock that I made a finalist list and wanted to say thank you. I’d like to also wish all the finalists good luck. I am in wicked company. And as for the readers who made this possible, may all your stories have a HEA that make you smile 🙂

  13. 16 January 2012 8:55 pm

    Congratulations to all the finalists … will be a great night when we find out who the winners are


  14. 16 January 2012 4:21 pm

    Congrats to all the finalists and to ARRA for all the behind scenes work to organise this! Looking forward to catching up with everyone at the dinner in Feb 🙂

  15. 16 January 2012 3:21 pm

    Congratulations to all the amazing finalists,
    Best of luck for the awards night,

  16. 16 January 2012 2:53 pm

    What a brilliant line up 🙂 Congrats to all the finalists!!

    A extra special “squee” to my gorgeous CP Rachael Johns – yeah you!

  17. 16 January 2012 1:29 pm

    Wow, what esteemed company, and what a fantastic reading list for anyone looking for a quality overview of the year in Romance. How awesome would it be to be able to just press click and fill your ereader with them all.

    ARRA, you’re doing a great job, thanks to everyone who voted for Rapunzel (*sigh* still love poor Nathan) and for me. A suprise and an honour.

    Now I’m visualising Anna Campbell, Paula Roe and myself in a three-way cage fight to the death (or at least to the pub)… 🙂

    • 16 January 2012 2:54 pm

      Hey Nikki – I’d like to see the 3-way cage fight to the death 😉

      BTW – congrats on your nominations 🙂 well done!

  18. 16 January 2012 12:36 pm

    Congratulations to all the finalists. What a great list of books this year. And thank you to ARRA for running the awards and to everyone who voted – especially the people who voted for MEEEEEE! LOL!

  19. 16 January 2012 9:40 am

    Congrats Ladies – a fine line up of finalists. Good luck to you all.

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