Australian romance readers award nominations close today

Australian romance readers award nominations close today
Photo by circulating (via Flickr) - http://www.flickr.com/photos/circulating/2442274800/
Photo: circulating (Flickr)

Nominations are open to ARRA members only. If you haven’t submitted your favourite books of 2013 yet, don’t miss your chance!

ARRA posted a list of nominees so far last week, and some of my favourites were missing from the list. I mean, what use is a blog if I can’t gently remind fellow readers of some of these wonderful books that came out last year and that I think should totally be in the final lists! (Also, I figured I could use this in lieu of a proper Best Of post.)

Historical romance was the hardest for me to complete, simply because I had so many favourites from 2013. Erotic romance was the easiest—I had no nominations. This is partly because it’s the subgenre I tend to read least of, so I didn’t have many titles to choose from, and nothing stood out in my mind.

If you’re an ARRA member, make sure you submit your nominees. You can find the form here.

And now, here my nominations to totally sway your vote. :D (And I have to say, I wish I’d read the interim nominations list first because I missed a few authors and titles that I wish I had put down.)

Paranormal
Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh | My reviews: BlogRomance Buzz 
Guardian Demon by Meljean Brook
Lover At Last by JR Ward | My reviews: Blog, Romance Buzz

SF/UF/Futuristic
Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs  | My reviews: Blog, Romance Buzz

Short category romance
The One That Got Away by Kelly Hunter | My review: Blog
Lost to the Desert Warrior by Sarah Morgan | My review: Romance Buzz
A Prior Engagement by Karina Bliss | My review: Romance Buzz

Historical
Untamed by Anna Cowan | My reviews: BlogRomance Buzz
It Happened One Midnight by Julie Anne Long | My review: Romance Buzz
I Married The Duke by Katharine Ashe | My review: Romance Buzz

Contemporary
Saved by the Bride by Fiona Lowe | My review: Romance Buzz
Anything But Sweet by Candis Terry | My review: Romance Buzz
The Girl in the Yellow Vest by Loretta Hill (disqualified; release date 1/1/2014)

Erotic
nil

Suspense
Rough Diamond by Kathryn Ledson (disqualified; first released as an ebook in 2012)
Detained by Ainslie Paton (disqualified; nominated under Contemporary)
Darkening Skies by Bronwyn Parry | My review: Romance Buzz

Continuing series
Pennyroyal Green, Julie Anne Long
Psy-Changeling, Nalini Singh
Sons of Sin, Anna Campbell | My review: Romance Buzz

Australian romance author
Anna Cowan
Anna Campbell
Ainslie Paton

Best cover
The One That Got Away by Kelly Hunter, Mills and Boon (I love the yellow balloons. Who cares if they have nothing to do with the story?)
Hot Ticket by Olivia Cunning, Sourcebooks

Sexiest hero
Ransom in Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare (disqualified; release date 28/1/2014)
Luc in I Married The Duke by Katharine Ashe
Kaleb in Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh

Best new author
Anna Cowan
Kathryn Ledson (disqualified; 2012 debut)
Sandra Antonelli

Agree? Disagree? I’d love to know which books and authors you’d nominate instead!

Kat Mayo is a freelance writer, podcaster, Twitter tragic, and compulsive reader. Her reviews have appeared in Books+Publishing, and she was the winner of the 2014 RWA Romance Media Award. She believes in happy endings, and kills fairies with glee.

What do you think?