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2012 Awards: winners

4 March 2013

The winners of the 2012 Australian Romance Readers Awards were announced on Saturday 3 March in Brisbane. We started the announcements off with our new Members’ Choice awards:

  • Best First Meeting Between Couple: the runner-up was Taming the Tycoon by Amy Andrews, and the winner was Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed by Anna Campbell.
  • Best Love Scene: the runner-up was Bride by Mistake by Anne Gracie, and the winner was Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed by Anna Campbell.
  • Favourite Cover: the runner-up was Blood Kin by MJ Scott, and the winner was Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed by Anna Campbell.

In the main categories the winners were:

The Favourite Paranormal Romance for 2012 is Dead, Actually by Kaz Delaney. Thank you to Galaxy Bookshop for once again sponsoring this award. The award was presented by Allison Rogers from Galaxy and, at Kaz’s request, was accepted on her behalf by Paula Roe.

The Favourite Sci-Fi, Fantasy or Futuristic Romance 2012 is Alliance Forged by Kylie Griffin. This year this award was sponsored by Choc Lit. Choc Lit ran a competition to select a reader to present this award. Sonya Foster presented on behalf of Choc Lit and the award was accepted by Anna Campbell on behalf of Kylie.

The Favourite Short Category Romance is Cracking the Dating Code by Kelly Hunter. The award was sponsored by Harlequin Australia and presented by Haylee Nash.

The Favourite Historical Romance is Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed by Anna Campbell. The award was presented by Shona Husk and Rachael Johns on behalf of the sponsor Carina Press.

The Favourite Contemporary Romance is Jilted by Rachael Johns.

The Favourite Erotic Romance is Bared to You by Sylvia Day. This award was sponsored by eXtasy Books and announced by Tina Haveman.

The Favourite Romantic Suspense is Dead Heat by Bronwyn Parry. The award was presented by Nicola Pitt from Love Books, who sponsored this award.

The Favourite Continuing Romance Series is once again the Psy-Changeling series by Nalini Singh. This award was sponsored by Harlequin Australia and presented by Haylee Nash.

The Favourite Australian Romance Author 2012 is Anna Campbell. This award was presented by John Purcell on behalf of the sponsor Booktopia.

Thank you to everyone who came along to the dinner and made it such a success, and particular thanks to all our sponsors. Congratulations to all the winners!

Kaz Delaney_Dead Actually Kylie Griffin_Alliance Forged Kelly Hunter_Cracking the Dating Code Anna Campbell_Seven Nights in Rogue's Bed Rachael Johns_Jilted Sylvia Day_Bared to You Bronwyn Parry_Dead Heat Nalini Singh_Tangle of Need

  1. 8 March 2013 8:07 pm

    Congrats to all, and very well deserved!!!

  2. 8 March 2013 10:16 am

    Congratulations to all these winners. It was a joy to be there with you and to see so many RWA members and friends do so well! And for those who don’t know her, you might think it’s hard to stay gracious after winning five awards, but Anna Campbell managed it. I feel priveleged to know so many of these women and know how nice and deserving they are personally as well as for their writing!

  3. 5 March 2013 3:10 pm

    Reblogged this on Avon Romance Australia and commented:
    Wow! Congratulations to all the winners – and a special congratulations to Anna Campbell, favourite Australian Romance Author of 2012!

  4. 5 March 2013 3:04 pm

    I’d like to wish the winners and nominess a huge congratulations. I wish I could have been there. Great news, and some great authors. 🙂

  5. aimskye permalink
    5 March 2013 1:58 pm

    Huge congrats to all the nominees and winners. It was a great night can’t wait for the next one.


  6. helensibbritt permalink
    5 March 2013 10:51 am

    Huge congrats to all of the winners and nominees it was a great night

    Have Fun

  7. 5 March 2013 9:01 am

    Another fantastic convention. Huge thanks to the organizers for giving us all such a fun filled weekend. Plus many fan moments gazing at three of my favorite historical romance authors – Cathy Maxwell, Anne Gracie, Anna Campbell – Sigh!

    Congratulations to everyone who was a finalist and special shout outs to all the winners.

    As for Anna Campbell, what can we say? Her books are adored by so many Australian readers and such a genuinely lovely person that she deserves every accolade. Including scooping the prize pool!

    Can’t wait for the next convention.

  8. 4 March 2013 10:51 pm

    Congratulations to all the winners! And congratulations to the ARRA organisers who did a fabulous job running such a wonderful event. Look forward to the next one 🙂

  9. 4 March 2013 6:25 pm

    Congratulations to the winners! I have Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed on my TBR pile so I’m looking forward to it even more, now.

  10. 4 March 2013 2:49 pm

    Reblogged this on Kaz Delaney and commented:
    Here they are – the official list!

  11. 4 March 2013 2:42 pm

    It broke my heart being unable to be up in Brisbane with you all – but I was there in spirit. Winning this award was the most amazing buzz, and for many personal reasons couldn’t have come at a better time. My heartfelt thanks to ARRA – you are such an impressive, sexy organisation. What you do for authors and readers is nothing short of amazing. Thank you to all the people who work so hard to make you look so slick and polished – and thank you for this precious award.

    My sincere thanks also to Galaxy books for sponsoring this award. Thank you, thank you!

    My thanks also to mate Paula Roe who accepted the award – and in such horrid circumstances. I believe she was wearing ugly shoes (her opinion). I hope you recover from that trauma P!

    And if I’d been able to make a speech, I would have thanked also, my fabulous publishers Allen & Unwin – particularly Anna McFarlane and Rachael Donovan – and most especially my brilliant agent Jacinta Di Mase who’s been with me all the way.

    Thank you again.

  12. 4 March 2013 12:07 pm

    Congratulations to all the winners! Was lovely to meet so many of you at the ARRC convention.

  13. Louise permalink
    4 March 2013 10:59 am

    A huge Congratulations to all the winners and all finalists!!!! 🙂

  14. 4 March 2013 9:34 am

    What a fantastic line up – congrats to all the winners, well done!!!

    And calling out an extra special woo hoo to my gorgeous CP and friend, Rachael!!!!!

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