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2013 ARR Awards: finalists announced

6 January 2014

Award trophiesVoting has opened today for the 2013 Australian Romance Readers Awards. Below are the finalists in each of the nine categories, as well as finalists in our three special Members’ Choice categories. ARRA members can now vote for their favourite in each category. (The voting link has been sent to all members via email.) Voting will close on 5 March.

Winners will be announced at the Awards Dinner to be held on 22 March 2014 at Cello’s Restaurant in Sydney. If you haven’t booked your ticket for the dinner, here’s the booking link.

Here are the finalists. Congratulations everyone!

Favourite Paranormal Romance – proudly sponsored by Galaxy Bookshop

  • A Warlord’s Lady by Nicola E Sheridan
  • Fish Out of Water by Ros Baxter
  • Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh
  • Iron Kin by MJ Scott
  • Kinked by Thea Harrison
  • Redemption by Erica Hayes
  • Secret Reflection by Jennifer Brassel
  • The Outcast Prince by Shona Husk
  • The S.E.R.A. Files Vol 1 by CT Green
  • Wolf with Benefits by Shelly Laurenston

Favourite Sci Fi, Fantasy or Futuristic Romance – proudly sponsored by Steam eReads 

  • Alien, Mine by Sandra Harris
  • Allegiance Sworn by Kylie Griffin
  • Chaos Bound by Rebekah Turner
  • Demon Chained by Erica Hayes
  • Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs
  • Heart of Iron by Bec McMaster
  • Hindsight by Sarah Belle
  • Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews
  • The Blood She Betrayed by Cheryse Durrant
  • White Christmas by Ros Baxter

Favourite Short Category Romance – proudly sponsored by Harlequin Australia

  • Driving Her Crazy by Amy Andrews
  • Girl Least Likely to Marry by Amy Andrews
  • Imprisoned by a Vow by Annie West
  • Miracle in Bellaroo Creek by Barbara Hannay
  • The Love Deception by Jennifer St George
  • The One that Got Away by Kelly Hunter
  • The Pregnancy Plot by Paula Roe
  • The Redemption of Rico D’Angelo by Michelle Douglas
  • What Love Sounds Like by Alissa Callen
  • What the Bride Didn’t Know by Kelly Hunter

Favourite Historical Romance – proudly sponsored by Bronwen Evans 

  • A Rake’s Midnight Kiss by Anna Campbell
  • It Happened One Midnight by Julie Anne Long
  • Letter From a Rake by Sasha Cottman
  • London’s Last True Scoundrel by Christina Brooke
  • The Autumn Bride by Anne Gracie
  • The Border Laird’s Bride by Allison Butler
  • The Greatest Lover Ever by Christina Brooke
  • The Persuasion of Miss Jane Brody by Isabella Hargreaves
  • The Reluctant Bride by Beverley Eikli
  • Untamed by Anna Cowan

Favourite Contemporary Romance – proudly sponsored by Escape Publishing

  • A Basic Renovation by Sandra Antonelli
  • Beneath Outback Skies by Alissa Callen
  • Breathless by Dakota Harrison
  • Exhale by Dakota Harrison
  • Heartland by Cathryn Hein
  • Holding Out for a Hero by Amy Andrews
  • Lick by Kylie Scott
  • Outback Dreams by Rachael Johns
  • The House on Burra Burra Lane by Jennie Jones
  • The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Favourite Erotic Romance – proudly sponsored by eXtasy Books

  • Betrayed by Christina Phillips
  • Emily’s Cowboy by Donna Gallagher
  • Her Savage Scot by Christina Phillips
  • Rhythm of My Heart by Jess Dee
  • Sarah’s Soldier by Donna Gallagher
  • Skin by Kylie Scott
  • Tainted by Christina Phillips
  • The Secret Diary of Lady Catherine Bexley by Viveka Portman
  • The Yearning by Kate Belle
  • Uncommon Passion by Anne Calhoun

Favourite Romantic Suspense – proudly sponsored by Imogene Nix

  • Burnt by Karly Lane
  • Calculated in Death by JD Robb
  • Darkening Skies by Bronwyn Parry
  • For Her Eyes Only by Shannon Curtis
  • Half Moon Bay by Helene Young
  • Lost in Kakadu by Kendall Talbot
  • Outback Fear by Suzanne Brandyn
  • Shadow Woman by Linda Howard
  • Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts
  • Wild Justice by Kelley Armstrong

Favourite Continuing Romance Series – proudly sponsored by Harlequin Australia

  • Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones
  • Guild Hunter series by Nalini Singh
  • Half-Light City series by MJ Scott
  • Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews
  • League of Love series by Donna Gallagher
  • London Steampunk series by Bec McMaster
  • Mercy’s Angels series by Kirsty Dallas
  • Psy/Changeling series by Nalini Singh
  • Sons of Sin series by Anna Campbell
  • The Westruthers series by Christina Brooke

Favourite Australian Romance Author 2013 – proudly sponsored by Booktopia

  • Amy Andrews
  • Anna Campbell
  • Anne Gracie
  • Cathryn Hein
  • Christina Brooke
  • Donna Gallagher
  • Helene Young
  • Kelly Hunter
  • Kylie Scott
  • Rachael Johns

And the finalists for the Members’ Choice categories are …

Favourite Cover from a romance published in 2013

  • Allegiance Sworn by Kylie Griffin (Berkley)
  • Archangel’s Legion by Nalini Singh (Jove)
  • Half Moon Bay by Helene Young (Penguin)
  • Heart of Iron by Bec McMaster (Sourcebooks)
  • Iron Kin by MJ Scott (Roc)
  • Lick by Kylie Scott (Momentum)
  • Lost in Kakadu by Kendall Talbot (Escape Publishing)
  • My Lady Quicksilver by Bec McMaster (Sourcebooks)

The Sexiest Hero from a romance published in 2013

  • Adrian ‘Trig’ Sinclair from What the Bride Didn’t Know by Kelly Hunter
  • Alex Kristidis from Mistaken Identity by Alyssa J Montgomery
  • Curran from Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews
  • Daniel ‘Monty’ Montgomery from Outback Dreams by Rachael Johns
  • Gareth Andrews from Emily’s Cowboy by Donna Gallagher
  • Jake Prince from Holding Out for a Hero by Amy Andrews
  • Logan Black from The One that Got Away by Kelly Hunter
  • Reyes Farrow from Fifth Grave Past the Light by Darynda Jones
  • Sir Richard Harmsworth from A Rake’s Midnight Kiss by Anna Campbell
  • Tait Cavanaugh from Beneath Outback Skies by Alissa Callen
  • Will Carver from Heart of Iron by Bec McMaster

Favourite New Romance Author for 2013

  • Anna Cowan
  • Dakota Harrison
  • Victoria Purman
  • Kirsty Dallas
  • Alissa Callen
  • Sandra Harris
  • Sandra Antonelli
  • Sasha Cottman
  • Juliet Madison
  • Kendall Talbot

(Here’s what the nominees for Favourite Cover look like…)

 

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24 Comments
  1. 14 January 2014 5:54 pm

    Thank you so much to the ARRA committee and to everyone who voted for The Reluctant Bride. I’m very excited to be amongst a line-up of such wonderful authors. Good luck to everyone!

  2. 10 January 2014 5:10 pm

    Awesome, ladies! Very well deserved!

  3. 8 January 2014 1:39 pm

    Thrilled and awed to be on the list! Thanks ARRA committee and ARRA members for voting. Congratulations to all finalists.Looking forward to celebrating Australian romance at the awards dinner.

    Alyssa

  4. 7 January 2014 7:35 pm

    Thanks so much to the ARRA committee for your tireless efforts and thanks to the ARRA members for voting. Congratulations and good luck to all the finalists. I’m honoured and thrilled to have my book nominated. Best wishes:)

  5. 7 January 2014 2:05 pm

    Thanks all those who voted, am totally gobsmacked to see Secret Reflection up there with all those wonderful books!!!!

  6. 7 January 2014 12:41 pm

    Wow. I’m so humbled and overwhelmed to have been nominated. THANK YOU ARRA and thank you to the committee for your amazing dedication in organising this event. Congratulations to all the finalists. It’s a line-up of brilliant books and authors. Well done, everyone!

  7. 7 January 2014 11:50 am

    Congratulations everyone …. How do you choose????

  8. 7 January 2014 8:22 am

    Thank you to ARRA and the readers! I’m so honoured (and stunned) to be nominated alongside such talent? Good Luck to us all!

    Sandra

  9. 6 January 2014 8:11 pm

    Thank you so much to ARRA and to the readers who nominated Outback Fear. It is truly an honour, and something that has come as a delightful surprise. Congratulations also to the line up of finalists. So many talented authors. Until March, Suzanne 🙂

  10. 6 January 2014 2:26 pm

    Thank you ARRA volunteers for organising these awards and congratulations to all who have been nominated. What a selection, how to vote??? Am a bit stunned to see The Yearning up there with such a great lineup. Good luck to everyone and will be doing some reading before voting. X

    • 6 January 2014 2:55 pm

      Thanks so much ARRA and to everyone who nominated:) Am so honoured to see my name and wish all the other fabulous finalists all the very very best. The awards night will be such a wonderful event!

  11. 6 January 2014 1:43 pm

    A huge thank you to everyone who voted and for all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes to make these awards such a success! I’m absolutely stoked to be among the finalists this year. Thank you!

  12. 6 January 2014 12:49 pm

    Wonderful to be a finalist in Best New Romance Author, thanks so much!

  13. 6 January 2014 12:26 pm

    Very inspired and honoured to see my name up there! Thank you. Best of luck to everyone!

  14. 6 January 2014 12:05 pm

    An awesome group of authors and books nominated – I kept ticking off the ones I’d read and enjoyed. There were so many!

    Thank you to ARRA & readers for nominating so many wonderful stories and people. It’s a thrill to be included among them. 🙂

  15. 6 January 2014 11:46 am

    Congrats everyone!!

  16. 6 January 2014 11:46 am

    Thank you to ARRA for hosting the awards and all that you do! Very excited by the nominations and wishing everyone else the best of luck – what a great bunch of talented Australian authors nominated!

  17. 6 January 2014 10:11 am

    I’m thrilled and amazed to see my name up there. Thank you.

  18. 6 January 2014 10:05 am

    I’m a little beside myself this morning after seeing my name! Thanks a million ARRA members… this is such a thrill. Congrats to everyone else – I think we should all do a collective happy dance this morning!

  19. Louise permalink
    6 January 2014 9:51 am

    What a line up of talented authors! Congratulations everyone!

  20. 6 January 2014 8:57 am

    Congratulations to all the talented authors in these lists.

  21. 6 January 2014 8:48 am

    Well done everyone!

  22. 6 January 2014 8:23 am

    Wow, fabulous list this year! Congratulations to all the mega talented nominees and thank you to ARRA for including me in their number! This is always such a hoot every year! Love seeing the choices in every category.

  23. helensibbritt permalink
    6 January 2014 7:06 am

    Huge congrats to everyone :0

    And thank you to the committee for all the hard work putting them together

    Have Fun
    Helen

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