Skip to content

2014 ARR Awards: finalists announced

5 January 2015

Voting has opened today for the 2014 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 14 February.

Winners will be announced at the Awards Dinner to be held on 7 March 2015 as part of the Australian Romance Readers Convention.

Here are the finalists. Congratulations everyone!

Favourite Paranormal Romance

  • 12 Daves of Christmas by Juliet Madison
  • Called by Fire by Delwyn Jenkins
  • Dark Moon by Leisl Leighton
  • Haunted Ever After by Juliet Madison
  • Shadow Hunter by Mel Teshco
  • Shield of Winter by Nalini Singh
  • Smash by Susan Child
  • The Curse by Jennifer Brassel
  • This is Your Afterlife by Vanessa Barneveld
  • To Love a King by Shona Husk

Favourite Sci Fi, Fantasy or Futuristic Romance

  • Fire Kin by MJ Scott
  • Forged by Desire by Bec McMaster
  • Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews
  • Mine to Keep by Denise Rossetti
  • Night Broken by Patricia Briggs
  • The Seek by Ros Baxter
  • When Stars Collide by SE Gilchrist
  • Yours to Command by Shona Husk
  • Yours to Desire by Denise Rossetti
  • Yours to Uncover by Mel Teshco

Favourite Short Category Romance – proudly sponsored by Harlequin Australia

  • Back in the Italian’s Bed by Annie West
  • Cherish Me, Cowboy by Alissa Callen
  • Damaso Claims His Heir by Annie West
  • No More Mr Nice Guy by Amy Andrews
  • Rebel’s Bargain by Annie West
  • Ruby’s Fantasy by Cathleen Ross
  • Second Chance Bride by Trish Morey
  • Tease Me, Cowboy by Rachael Johns
  • The Honeymoon Trap by Kelly Hunter
  • The Summer They Never Forgot by Kandy Shepherd

Favourite Historical Romance

  • A Dangerous Madness by Michelle Diener
  • A Scandalous Wager by Cassandra Samuels
  • An Unsuitable Match by Sasha Cottman
  • Jazz Baby by Tea Cooper
  • Lady Beauchamp’s Proposal by Amy Rose Bennett
  • Lord Somerton’s Heir by Alison Stuart
  • The Healer by Allison Butler
  • The Wickedest Lord Alive by Christina Brooke
  • The Winter Bride by Anne Gracie
  • What a Duke Dares by Anna Campbell

Favourite Contemporary Romance – proudly sponsored by Steam eReads

  • A Pretty Mess by Carla Caruso
  • Lead by Kylie Scott
  • Luna Tango by Alli Sinclair
  • Mountain Ash by Margareta Osborn
  • Outback Blaze by Rachael Johns
  • Outback Ghost by Rachael Johns
  • Play by Kylie Scott
  • Rocking Horse Hill by Cathryn Hein
  • Taken by the Sheikh boxed set by Cathleen Ross, Mel Teshco, Christina Phillips
  • The Devil in Denim by Melanie Scott

Favourite Erotic Romance – proudly sponsored by eXtasy Books

  • Calling Calliope by Maggie Mitchell
  • Cassie’s Choice by Donna Gallagher
  • Cowboy Take Me Away by Lorelei James
  • Deep Diving by Cate Ellink
  • Down and Dirty by Rhian Cahill, Lexxie Couper, Jess Dee and Sami Lee
  • Enforcer’s Craving by DJ Michaels
  • Her Vengeful Scot by Christina Phillips
  • Scratch by Mel Tescho
  • Secret Confessions: Sydney Housewives—Virginia by Rhian Cahill
  • The Private Affairs of Lady Jane Fielding by Viveka Portman

Favourite Romantic Suspense – proudly sponsored by Imogene Nix

  • Closer than You Think by Karen Rose
  • Deadly Secrets by Sarah Barrie
  • Enraptured by Shannon Curtis
  • Grievous Harm by Sandy Curtis
  • In Safe Arms by Lee Christine
  • Safe Harbour by Helene Young
  • Shooting Butterflies by TM Clark
  • The Collector by Nora Roberts
  • The French Prize by Cathryn Hein
  • Under Cover of Dark by Juanita Kees

Favourite Continuing Romance Series – proudly sponsored by Harlequin Australia

  • Bunyip Bay series by Rachael Johns
  • Chance Sisters series by Anne Gracie
  • Crossfire series by Sylvia Day
  • Dukes of Strathmore series by Sasha Cottman
  • League of Love series by Donna Gallagher
  • Westruthers series by Christina Brooke
  • Psy/Changeling series by Nalini Singh
  • Sons of Sin series by Anna Campbell
  • Stage Dive series by Kylie Scott
  • Tarrin’s Bay series by Juliet Madison

Favourite Australian Romance Author 2014 – proudly sponsored by Booktopia

  • Alissa Callen
  • Amy Andrews
  • Anna Campbell
  • Anne Gracie
  • Annie West
  • Cathryn Hein
  • Donna Gallagher
  • Kelly Hunter
  • Kylie Scott
  • Rachael Johns

And the finalists for the Members’ Choice categories are …

Favourite Cover from a romance published in 2014

  • An Unsuitable Match by Sasha Cottman (Destiny Romance)
  • Cassie’s Choice by Donna Gallagher (Totally Bound Publishing)
  • Forged by Desire by Bec McMaster (Sourcebooks)
  • Luna Tango by Alli Sinclair (Harlequin MIRA)
  • Moonlight Plains by Barbara Hannay (Penguin)
  • Outback Ghost by Rachael Johns (Harlequin MIRA)
  • Play by Kylie Scott (St Martin’s Griffin)
  • Taken by the Sheikh by Mel Teshco, Cathleen Ross, Christina Phillips (self-published)
  • The Wickedest Lord Alive by Christina Brooke (Penguin/St Martin’s)
  • What a Duke Dares by Anna Campbell (Harper Collins)

The Sexiest Hero from a romance published in 2014

  • Adam in Outback Ghost by Rachael Johns
  • Camden Rothermere in What a Duke Dares by Anna Campbell
  • Cameron MacNeil in Her Vengeful Scot by Christina Phillips
  • Freddy Monkton-Coombes in The Winter Bride by Anne Gracie
  • Gideon Cross in Captivated by You by Sylvia Day
  • Mack Kennedy in No More Mr Nice Guy by Amy Andrews
  • Orsino Chatsfield in Rebel’s Bargain by Annie West
  • Riley Walters in Cassie’s Choice by Donna Gallagher
  • Stein in Unrestrained by Rhyll Biest
  • Xavier Westruther in The Wickedest Lord Alive by Christina Brooke

Favourite New Romance Author for 2014

  • Alli Sinclair
  • Beck Nicholas
  • Cassandra Samuels
  • Chris Taylor
  • Claire Boston
  • Kylie Kaden
  • Leesa Bow
  • Lisa Ireland
  • Sarina Bowen
  • Stefanie London

Congratulations to all the nominees!

31 Comments
  1. 19 January 2015 2:13 pm

    I am over the moon at making the final list in the Favourite New Author category, and being surrounded by many talented authors. Thank you to ARRA and everyone who has supported me. Its almost a year since I signed my first contract with Destiny Romance, and three books later, and another to be released early 2015, I’m loving every minute of my new journey in life.

  2. 18 January 2015 4:08 pm

    Congratulations to all the finalists. I am so proud to be on the list and in such talented company. Thank you for the nomination and for all ARRA does for the romance reading and writing community.🙂

  3. 7 January 2015 2:10 pm

    Congrats, ladies! Great books by great authors!

  4. 6 January 2015 8:44 pm

    How wonderful to be nominated. Its very exciting & I cant wait to attend my first ARRA event this year. Thank you to everyone who voted and to the ARRA for hosting such a fab event. Congratulations to all & best of luck🙂

  5. Sandy permalink
    6 January 2015 12:50 pm

    Thrilled to be in such wonderful company. Thank you to all who voted, and very big thanks to all those hard-working ARRA members who made this competition possible.

  6. 6 January 2015 11:50 am

    So excited to be on the list of finalists. Such great authors and so many I have on my favourite/must read list. What an honour. Thank you to all who nominated me. WooHoo! I love my new purple icon🙂

  7. 6 January 2015 11:19 am

    What a list. Congratulations to all the finalists. You are all stars.

  8. 6 January 2015 11:19 am

    What a list of talent! Sincere congratulations to all the finalists and an even bigger thank you to ARRA and everyone who nominated me and my books. I’m so honoured and thrilled to be included.
    Roll on ARRC!

  9. 6 January 2015 8:32 am

    Congratulations to all the finalists! Super thanks to ARRA, the wonderful readers and to everyone who voted. I’m thrilled to be in such fabulous company. Can’t wait to attend my first ARRA convention. Best wishes to all:) xx

  10. 6 January 2015 7:17 am

    Wow, what a great list – so excited to be on it. Congratulations to all the nominees and thanks to ARRA for all the hard work of running the awards every year. So looking forward to the convention! Good luck everyone!

  11. Jeanie M permalink
    5 January 2015 9:13 pm

    Congratulations to the finalists! I see great books that I know and many more that I hope to discover soon. See you in March!

  12. 5 January 2015 8:37 pm

    Reblogged this on WriteFest.

  13. 5 January 2015 8:15 pm

    I am absolutely over the moon to be nominated and thank you so much to the wonderful ARRA readers for supporting Aussie authors. Congrats to other nominees and thanks to ARRA for running these fab awards!

  14. 5 January 2015 6:58 pm

    Congratulations to all the wonderful finalist. So many great stories!! And a very big thank you to all the lovely readers who voted – I’m so delighted to be in such fantastic company! See you all in March🙂

  15. 5 January 2015 6:33 pm

    Thank you all so much for the nominations! I’m thrilled to be in such wonderful company🙂 What a lovely start to 2015!

  16. 5 January 2015 5:27 pm

    Thanks so much for this, ARRA and readers — and congratulations to all who finalled. It’s lovely to be in such fine company.

  17. 5 January 2015 3:54 pm

    Thanks so much for the nomination! Congratulations to all the finalists! What a great way to start to the new year.🙂

  18. 5 January 2015 3:47 pm

    What a list of stars! Congratulations to all the nominees. It will, indeed, be tough to decide on which books to vote for — so many fab choices!

  19. 5 January 2015 3:20 pm

    Thank you for the mentions and congratulations to all the nominees in all the categories. So many fabulous authors to read!

  20. 5 January 2015 2:57 pm

    Thank you so much, as a newbie author it means so much that people thought to vote for me. I won’t be able to wipe this smile off my face! Congratulations to all the other fabulous finalists.

  21. 5 January 2015 2:41 pm

    It means so much knowing the nominations come from the hearts of the readers. Thank you so much🙂

  22. 5 January 2015 2:06 pm

    So delighted to be a finalist in Short Category Romance–thank you so much ARRA and the members who nominated me. Congratulations to all my fellow finalists!

  23. 5 January 2015 1:40 pm

    What a wonderful list of fabulous authors! Congratulations to all the nominees and keeping my fingers crossed for all of you.🙂

  24. helensibbritt permalink
    5 January 2015 1:27 pm

    Huge congrats Everyone woohoo🙂🙂🙂

    Have Fun
    Helen

  25. 5 January 2015 1:12 pm

    How exciting! Thanks to those who nominated me in paranormal and continuing series. Congrats to all the other finalists!🙂

  26. 5 January 2015 1:08 pm

    A great list – congratulations to the nominees.

  27. Jan VanEngen permalink
    5 January 2015 1:06 pm

    Great to see so many of my favourite writers. Congrats to all.

  28. 5 January 2015 12:45 pm

    Thrilled to be nominated. Thank you and huge congratulations to all the nominees.

  29. 5 January 2015 12:29 pm

    Thrilled to be nominated Best New Australian Romance Author 2014. Thank you to all who nominated me and congratulations to my fellow fabulous nominees. xx

  30. 5 January 2015 12:20 pm

    Super congratulations to all the nominees. So many great writers, it will be hard to choose!

  31. 5 January 2015 12:03 pm

    Woot! What a great round up of Aussie authors! So thrilled to be amongst their number. Mega thanks to everyone who nominated and to ARRA for this fabulous reader based comp!

Comments are closed.