Saturday, January 2, 2021

2020 Swoony Award Winners!


We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 Swoony Awards! 

2020 was an interesting year, but for the Swoonys, it was probably our best year yet! We had over 460 book nominations and 3,200 voters! We were blown away by all the support and participation this year!

While keeping track of all the books this year, we started noticing a lot more new authors that have NEVER been nominated for a Swoony Award. To say that we were excited to see this would be an understatement! But this got us thinking. Why don't we add a NEW category just for them?! After going back and forth on what to call it, we finally decided on Rookie of the Year! Since there were SO many new authors, we decided we would go with the new author who had the highest votes. Eeeeeek! We hope you love this new category as much as we do!



Best Novel of the Year
and
Best Historical Romance 
Forget Me Not by Sarah M. Eden


Best Contemporary Romance of the Year


Best Young Adult Contemporary Romance
The Big Easy & Other Lies by Melanie Jacobson


Best Western Contemporary Romance
Steal My Heart by Heather Moore


Best Billionaire Romance


Best Celebrity Romance
Do Depend on Your Keeper by Cami Checketts


Best Christmas Romance
Snowed-in for Christmas by Kimberly Krey


Best High Fantasy Romance
The Secret Princess by Melanie Cellier


Best Urban Fantasy Romance
Brass Carriages and Glass Hearts by Nancy Campbell Allen


Best Regency/Victorian Romance
A Proper Charade by Esther Hatch


Best American Hero Romance
Saving Grace by Jennifer Youngblood & Amelia Adams


Best Romantic Comedy Romance
A Man Worth Shaving For by Michelle Pennington


Best Sports Romance
Don't Chase a Player by Cami Checketts


Best Anthology
by Joanna Barker, Annette Lyon and Jennifer Moore




Rookie of the Year
Once and Future Wife by Clarissa Kae


Katie's Choice 
Room-maid by Sariah Wilson


Kathy Jo's Choice
The Match by Sarah Adams


Kathy's Choice 
Forest of Firelight by Shari L. Tapscott


Heidi's Choice
A Proper Charade by Esther Hatch

Thank you again, for participating and to all these wonderful authors who write fun books for us to escape into! 

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Swoony Award Winners Through the Years

 

Best Novel of the Year

As You Are by Sarah M. Eden

My Fairly Dangerous Godmother by Janette Rallison

The Painters Daughter by Julie Klassen

The Sidelined Wife by Jennifer Peel

My Not So Wicked Stepbrother by Jennifer Peel

When Fireflies Sing by Christine Houston

Forget Me Not by Sarah M. Eden

 

Best Contemporary Romance

When I Fall in Love by Susan May Warren

Professional Boundaries by Jennifer Peel

Her One and Only by Becky Wade

The Sidelined Wife by Jennifer Peel

My Not So Wicked Stepbrother by Jennifer Peel

When Fireflies Sing by Christine Houston

How to Not Fall for the Guy Next Door by Meg Easton

 

Best YA Contemporary Romance

Just One Wish by Janette Rallison

The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

PS I Like You by Kasie West

Love, Life and the List by Kasie West

Meet Me There by Judy Corry

Kissing the Boy Next Door by Judy Corry

By Your Side by Kasie West

The Big Easy & Other Lies by Melanie Jacobson

 

Best New Adult Contemporary Romance

Dreaming of Ivy by Shannon Guymon

Royal Date by Sariah Wilson

Double Play by Ranee Clark

#Starstruck by Sariah Wilson

The Swiss Mishap by Amey Zeigler


Best Romantic Comedy Romance

A Man Worth Shaving For by Michelle Pennington

 

Best Contemporary Western Romance

Once Hitched, Twice Shy by Kimberly Krey

The Bride’s Cowboy by Sophia Summers

Steal My Heart by Heather Moore

 

Best Paranormal Romance

Spirit of the Knight by Debbie Peterson

Undeniably Chosen by Shelly Crane

Lady of Breken Manor by Heather Moore

 

Best YA Paranormal Romance

Discern by Andrea Pearson

Blue Farmhouse Flowers by Teri Harman

 

Best Historical Romance

Hope Springs by Sarah Eden

Loving Lieutenant Lancaster by Sarah Eden

A Song for the Stars by Ilima Todd

A Note Yet Unsung by Tamera Alexander

Forget Me Not by Sarah M. Eden

 

Best Regency Romance

As You Are by Sarah Eden

A Heart Revealed by Josi Kilpack

My Sister’s Intended by Rachel Anderson

Miss Adeline’s Match by Joanna Barker

Romancing Daphne by Sarah Eden

 

Best Victorian Romance

The Lady and the Highwayman by Sarah Eden

A Proper Charade by Esther Hatch

 

Best Western Romance

Tried and True by Mary Connealy

The Romance of Evangeline Ipswich by Marcia McClure

The Sheriffs of Savage Wells by Sarah Eden

A Perfect Bride by Ginny Sterling

Healing Hearts by Sarah Eden

Worth the Wait by Karen Witemeyer

 

Best Medieval Romance

Lady at Arms by Tamara Leigh

The Lady and the Minstrel by Joyce DiPastena

Baron of Emberly by Tamara Leigh

Highland Secrets Revealed by Bridget Freya

From Ash and Stone by Julie Daines

 

Best High Fantasy Romance

Missing Lily by Annette Larson

Rumpelstiltskin by KM Shea

Painting Rain by Annette Larson

Mistress Grimm by Jane Redd

Champion of the Crown by Melissa McShane

Flicker by Rebecca Rode

More Than Just Luck by Jaclyn Weist

To Kill a Curse by Jennifer Jenkins

Keeping Kinsley Annette Lyon

The Secret Princess by Melanie Cellier

 

Best Fairytale Retelling Romance

The Twelve Dancing Princesses by KM Shea

Shattered Snow by Rachel Huffmire

 

Best Military Romance

The Protective Warrior by Cami Checketts

Second Look by Julie Coulter Bellon


 American Hero Romance

Saving Grace by Jennifer Youngblood and Amelia Adams

Best Royal Romance

Dating the Prince by Addison Quinn

Royally Abandoned by Sarah Fischer

 

Best Sport Romance

Match Me If You Can by Lindzee Armstrong

#Awestruck by Sariah Wilson

Delay of Game by Lucy McConnell

Don't Chase a Player by Cami Checketts

 

Best Steampunk Romance

Kiss of the Spindle by Nancy Allen

The Lady in the Coppergate Tower by Nancy Allen


 

Best Time Travel Romance

Against the Magic by Donna Weaver

Dating the Duke by Jen Geigle Johnson

 

Best Mystery/Suspense Romance

Silenced by Dani Pettrey

Web of Deceit by Susan Sleeman

Always Watching by Lynette Eason

If I Could Stay by Annette Larson

Pass Protection by Christine Kersey

Sanctuary by Traci Hunter Abramson

Rescue Me by Susan May Warren

 

Best Science Fiction Romance

Cress by Marissa Meyer

Royal Ball by Sheralyn Pratt

 

Best Dystopian

The Heir by Kiera Cass

Escape to Eden by Rachel McClellan

No Safe Place by Christine Kersey

 

Best Urban Fantasy Romance

Hunted by Katie Lee O’Guinn

Lightning Struck by Nichole Van

The Dragon Lords by CJ Hill

Shadow Prophet by Andrea Pearson

Brass Carriages and Glass Hearts by Nancy Allen 


Best Celebrity Romance

Do Depend on Your Keeper by Cami Checketts

 

Best Christmas Romance

A Cliché Christmas by Nicole Deese

Cookie Girl Christmas by Christene Houston

Keep Me At Christmas by Lucinda Whitney

Honeymoon for One by Jennifer Peel

Wrong Brother, Right Match by Jennifer Shirk

Snowed in for Christmas by Kimberly Krey

 

Best Anthology

The Fortune Café

A Night in Grosvenor Square

All Hearts Come Home for Christmas

Valentine’s Day Collection

A Christmas Promise

 

Best Billionaire Romance

Her Big Fat Foxy Billionaire Best Friend by Victorine Lieske

Stepping in for the Billionaire Groom by Kimberly Krey

 

 

Best Novella

A Cowboy Unmatched by Karen Witemeyer

My Pride, His Prejudice by Jenni James

One Enchanted Christmas by Melissa Tagg

Stone Cold Sparks by Cami Checketts

On the Shores of Tregalwen by Deborah Hathaway

 

Best Short Story

The Nativity Bride by Miralee Ferrell


Rookie of the Year

Once and Future Wife by Clarissa Kae

 

Kathy’s Choice

Lady at Arms by Tamara Leigh

Royal Date by Sariah Wilson

The Fall of Lord Drayson by Rachael Anderson

The Gentleman’s Deception by Karen Tuft

Suffering the Scot by Nichole Van

The Pursuit of Lady Harriett by Rachael Anderson

Forest of Firelight by Shari L Tapscott

 

Katie’s Choice

Under a Georgia Moon by Cindy Roland Anderson

The Kiss that Launched 1000 GIFs by Sheralyn Pratt

Just a Kiss in the Moonlight by Cindy Roland Anderson

Illegally Wedded by Jennifer Griffith

Rules Are Made to be Broken by Mylissa Demeyere

Roommaid by Sariah Wilson

 

Kathy Jo’s Choice

Dreaming of Ivy by Shannon Guymon

Jessie Belle by Jennifer Peel

A Season of Love by Nicole Deese

The Secretive Wife by Jennifer Peel

Heart Thief by Taylor Dean

Statistically Improbable by Jennifer Peel

The Match by Sarah Adams

 

Heidi’s Choice

As You Are by Sarah Eden

Free Fallin’ by Shannon Guymon

My Fair Gentleman by Nancy Allen

A Proper Charade by Esther Hatch 

 

 

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Announcing the 2020 Swoony Awards!

 Welcome to the 2020 Swoony Awards! 



The Swoony Awards are a Reader’s Choice Award recognizing excellence in clean secular, wholesome romance. We wanted a way to show our appreciation to these awesome authors who write the kind of books that we love. It’s also a great way to find new books and a good go-to when looking for something fun to read.

As you may know, last year we switched up the voting process. Some loved it, while others did not. Now, don't hate us, but the voting is going to be different again this year. We've loved that it's been a surprise the last couple of years and we wanted to continue having it be a surprise. We think we've figured out a way to engage everyone from our Goodreads list as well as our Google list.

How are we going to do that? Well, we are going to be doing TWO voting rounds this year.

For the FIRST round, if you're on Goodreads you can vote for your favorite books on our 2020 Swoony Award list. Here's the link: tinyurl.com/2020SwoonyAwards. You can vote for up to 100 books. 

If you're not on Goodreads, you can vote through our Google Form. Here's the link: tinyurl.com/2020SwoonyAwardsGoogle. If you're using the Google Form, all you'll need to do is enter in the title and author. There's no limit to the amount of books you can vote for.

For the SECOND round, we will be taking the top FIVE books from each category and adding them to a NEW Google Form. You will be able to vote for up to THREE books in each category. We know some of you did not like voting via the Google Form last year, but we think it was because you had to physically type in your votes under specific categories, which was probably overwhelming. This year, we're trying to make it easier for everyone. All you'll need to do is choose from the books already listed.

Voting for ROUND 1 is OPEN and will END on December 5, 2020. Voting for ROUND 2 will START on December 12, 2020 and END on December 31, 2020. 

Winners will be announced the first part of January 2021.

The eligibility has not changed. But to refresh your memory...

Eligibility
-ONLY books PUBLISHED January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020 are eligible.
-Books must be published OR have arc reviews before nomination. Since the award is based on readers having actually read and enjoyed the book(s) they are voting for, the book has to have been published or arcs read in order to receive votes.
-Intimacy: No sex, no/low closed door/fade-to-black, no/low innuendo, nothing crude or crass. G-PG13.
-Language: None/mild (No F words or other explicit language) nothing overly crude.
-Violence: Mild/low.
-Page Count: 100 pages or higher, anthologies are okay. No short stories. No collections.
-Age: Only Young Adult, New Adult and Adult. NO children’s or middle grade.
-Religious: No Christian fiction, some *very mild* religious elements may be allowed.

We're all looking forward to the Swoony Awards this year and hope you are as well! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

Happy voting Book Dragons!
Wednesday, January 1, 2020

2019 Swoony Award Winners



We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Swoony Awards! The Swoony Awards were created to recognize excellence in clean fiction. We wanted a reference for all those out there looking for a swoony romance without the steam. We also wanted to recognize and show our appreciation to all these great authors who write the kinds of books we love. We couldn't be more pleased with all the participation and great book nominations we received. We have found a lot of great books this year and even found some new authors to try!

So, without further ado, here are the winners...

Best Novel of the Year
My Not So Wicked Stepbrother by Jennifer Peel

Best Anthology
All Hearts Come Home for Christmas by Sarah M. Eden, Anita Stansfield, Esther Hatch, Joanna Baker

Best Billionaire/Celebrity/Royal Romance
Royally Abandoned by Sarah Fischer & Kelsey McKnight

Best Christmas Romance
Honeymoon for One by Jennifer Peel

Best Contemporary Romance
My Not So Wicked Stepbrother by Jennifer Peel

Best Dystopian Romance
No Safe Place by Christine Kersey

Best Fairy Tale Retelling Romance
Shattered Snow by Rachel Huffmire

Best High Fantasy Romance
To Kill a Curse by Jennifer Jenkins

Best Historical Romance
A Song for the Stars by Ilima Todd

Best Historical Western Romance
Healing Hearts by Sarah M. Eden

Best Medieval Romance
From Ash and Stone by Julie Daines

Best Military/Police/Firefighter Romance
Second Look by Julie Coulter Bellon

Best Mystery/Suspense Romance
Sanctuary by Traci Hunter Abramson

Best New Adult Romance
The Swiss Mishap by Amey Zeigler

Best Novella
On the Shores of Tregalwen by Deborah M. Hathaway

Best Paranormal Romance
Blue Farmhouse Flowers by Teri Harman

Best Regency Romance
Miss Adeline's Match by Joanna Barker

Best Sports Romance
#Awestruck by Sariah Wilson

Best Steampunk Romance
The Lady in the Coppergate Tower by Nancy Campbell Allen

Best Time Travel Romance
Dating the Duke by Jen Geigle Johnson

Best Urban Fantasy Romance
Shadow Prophet by Andrea Pearson

Best Victorian Romance
The Lady and the Highwayman by Sarah M. Eden

Best Western Contemporary Romance
The Bride's Cowboy by Sophia Summers

Best YA Contemporary Romance
Kissing the Boy Next Door by Judy Corry 

Kathy's Choice
Suffering the Scot by Nichole Van

Katie's Choice
Rules are Made to be Broken by Mylissa Demeyere

Kathy Jo's Choice
Heart Thief by Taylor Dean

Sunday, December 1, 2019

2019 Swoony Awards... Let the Voting Begin Y'all!


'Ello our fellow Book Dragons! Guess what time it is?! It's VOTING TIME for the Swoony Awards! Are you excited?! Are you ready to vote?! I know we are!

But before you start voting.... let's review!

Are you new and wondering what the Swoony Awards are? Check out our updated 2019 Swoony Award post here!

Are you wondering who the Swoony Awards Hosts are? Check out our Introduction post here!

Are you wondering which books are eligible this year? Check out our REFERENCE list here! Or you can check out the running list on our blog here!

If you've read any eligible books that you don't see on our list, please feel free to let me know and I'll get them added.

Where can you go to vote?    


I'm so glad you asked! ALL the voting will be done through our Google form this year. We will NOT be counting any of the "votes" on our Goodreads reference list. Voting will be open from December 1-31, 2019. Click the link below to start voting!


And just in case you're wondering, here's all the ways to stay updated on all things Swoony!


Instagram: SwoonyAwards
Pinterest: The Swoony Awards

We want to say THANK YOU to everyone who has participated so far! The Swoony Awards would not be possible without you guys! You guys ROCK! 

If you have friends that you think would enjoy being apart of the Swoony Awards, please invite them to join us! Help us get the word out about clean, secular fiction!

Happy reading our fellow Book Dragons!