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2020 ARR Awards: finalists announced

15 February 2021

Voting has opened today for the 2020 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 will now vote for their favourite in each category. (The voting link is available to members in the February newsletter.) Voting will close on 8 March.

Here are the finalists:

Favourite Paranormal Romance 2020

  • Alpha Night by Nalini Singh
  • Famine by Laura Thalassa
  • Salvation by Christina Phillips
  • The Longing of Lone Wolves by Lana Pecherczyk

Favourite Sci Fi, Fantasy or Futuristic Romance 2020

  • Archangel’s Sun by Nalini Singh
  • Blackbird Rising by Keri Arthur
  • Emerald Blaze by Ilona Andrews
  • From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L Armentrout
  • Mutant Unveiled by Mel Teshco
  • New Witch on the Block by Louisa West
  • Smoke Bitten by Patricia Briggs
  • Sorcery and Sandstorms by Samantha Marshall
  • The Matriarch by Annabelle McInnes

Favourite Historical Romance 2020

  • An Unsuitable Lady for a Lord by Cathleen Ross
  • Lady Osbaldestone’s Christmas Intrigue by Stephanie Laurens
  • Marry in Scarlet by Anne Gracie
  • The Goldminer’s Sister by Alison Stuart
  • The Highlander’s Christmas Countess by Anna Campbell
  • The Highlander’s English Bride by Anna Campbell
  • The Master’s New Governess by Eliza Redgold

Favourite Contemporary Romance 2020

  • All the Dumb Things by Georgia Tingley
  • Asking for Trouble by Amy Andrews
  • Flying the Nest by Rachael Johns
  • Lonely in Longreach by Eva Scott
  • Love Under Quarantine by Kylie Scott and Audrey Carlan
  • Playing with Trouble by Amy Andrews
  • The Boy Toy by Nicola Marsh
  • The Bush Telegraph by Fiona McArthur
  • The Hunter by LJ Shen
  • The Lost Letters of Playfair Street by Michelle Montebello
  • Xmas Dust by Mel A Rowe

Favourite Short or Category Romance 2020

  • Love Song by Kylie Scott
  • One Night with Her Millionaire Boss by Kandy Shepherd
  • Revelations of a Secret Princess by Annie West
  • Revelations of his Runaway Bride by Kali Anthony
  • Serenity’s Song by Cathryn Hein
  • Their Royal Baby Gift by Kandy Shepherd

Favourite Romantic Suspense 2020

  • A Bad Day for Sunshine by Darynda Jones
  • Charlotte Pass by Lee Christine
  • Golden in Death by JD Robb

Favourite Continuing Romance Series 2020

  • Chance Sisters series by Anne Gracie
  • Credence, Colorado series by Amy Andrews
  • Guild Hunter series by Nalini Singh
  • Hidden Legacy series by Ilona Andrews
  • Marriage of Convenience series Anne Gracie
  • Psy-Changeling Trinity series by Nalini Singh
  • Regency Rockstars series by Sasha Cottman
  • Sunshine Vicram series by Darynda Jones
  • The Lairds Most Likely by Anna Campbell

Favourite Debut Romance Author 2020

  • Allison Ashley
  • Anna Foxkirk
  • Clyve Rose
  • Joanne Austen Brown
  • Kali Anthony
  • Kate Stayman-London
  • Lissanne Jones
  • Sarah Hogle
  • Serafina Jax
  • Tanya Nellestein

Favourite Australian Romance Author 2020

  • Alison Stuart
  • Amy Andrews
  • Anna Campbell
  • Anne Gracie
  • Kelly Hunter
  • Kylie Scott
  • Mel A Rowe
  • Michelle Montebello

And the finalists for the Members’ Choice categories are …

Favourite Australian-set romance of 2020

  • Bottlebrush Creek by Maya Linnell
  • Lonely in Longreach by Eva Scott
  • Serenity’s Song by Cathryn Hein
  • The Bush Telegraph by Fiona McArthur
  • The Goldminer’s Sister by Alison Stuart
  • The Lost Letters of Playfair Street by Michelle Montebello
  • Xmas Dust by Mel A Rowe

Favourite Christmas or holiday romance of 2020

  • All’s Fair in Love and Chocolate by Amy Andrews
  • ‘Happily Ever After for Christmas’ by Tanya Nellestein in Christmas at Kissing Point
  • Christmas Reunion in Paris by Liz Fielding
  • In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren
  • Lady Osbaldestone’s Christmas Intrigue by Stephanie Laurens
  • The Christmas Bride by Anne Gracie
  • The Christmas Swap by Sandy Barker
  • The Highlander’s Christmas Countess by Anna Campbell
  • Xmas Dust by Mel A Rowe

Favourite small-town romance of 2020

  • All’s Fair in Love and Chocolate by Amy Andrews
  • Asking for Trouble by Amy Andrews
  • Lone Star Reunion by Justine Davis
  • Montana Son by Juanita Kees

Congratulations to all the finalists!

Winners will be announced at a special online awards ceremony on Saturday 20 March 2021. Tickets for the ceremony will go on sale soon.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Eliza Redgold permalink
    24 February 2021 11:39 pm

    Wow! I’m over the moon!! Thank you ARRA! xx Good luck to everyone!

  2. 23 February 2021 2:42 pm

    What a highlight to be included amongst such outstanding authors. Good luck to everyone!

  3. Alison Stuart permalink
    16 February 2021 8:26 am

    Thank you to ARRA and all the wonderful readers for the nominations. Knowing they come from readers makes these awards very special.

  4. 15 February 2021 10:36 pm

    Thrilled to see Montana Son on the list and honoured to be a finalist amongst all these talented authors. Congratulations to all.

  5. 15 February 2021 9:22 pm

    You must be able to hear me cheering from the UK. Totally honoured to be among so many great authors. Many congratulations to everyone.

  6. 15 February 2021 12:42 pm

    Woop!! Woop!! Can you hear me do my awkward happy dance all the way from the NT’s TopEnd? To be included among so many talented authors, I’m honoured. THANK YOU to the ARRA for the inclusion and all the amazing effort that goes on behind the scenes. Congratulations to all those fabulous finalists. 💜

  7. 15 February 2021 10:20 am

    Wow, what a wonderful list. Congratulations to all the finalists. And thank you so much for including me! I know putting this together every year is a huge amount of work so cheers and accolades to ARRA. Good luck to everyone!

  8. 15 February 2021 8:25 am

    So honoured to be on this list. Huge congrats to all the finalists!

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