Tuesday, September 27, 2022

2022 Swoony Awards Eligibility Guidelines

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.

Eligibility

-ONLY books PUBLISHED December 1, 2021 – November 30, 2022 are eligible.
-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) 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 (mild religious content will be allowed).


The Swoony's will not be accepting nominations from ghostwriters, scammers, book stuffers or click farmers. As we come across these "authors" they will be removed from the nomination list. If you are aware of any of these profiles, please let us know so I can add them to our ever growing list.


Thank you for your participation!

While we check each book added to make sure it meets our eligibility requirements, we have not personally read every book on the list to verify the level of content. We allow books that generally fall between G-PG13 rated.

Award Hosts: Kathy from Bookworm Nation and Katie from Hiding in the Pages

Saturday, January 1, 2022

2021 Swoony Award Winners

We are pleased to announce the winners of our 2021 Swoony Award! We had so much awesome participation this year! We had over 600 books nominated and after three intense rounds of voting we narrowed it down to the top 27 books in each genre, plus four bonus Host awards and of course our overall best book of the year! 


BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR



BEST AMERICAN HERO CONTEMPORARY


BEST AMERICAN HERO SUSPENSE


BEST AMERICAN HISTORICAL


BEST ANTHOLOGY

BEST CHRISTMAS HISTORICAL


BEST CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
The Accidental Text by Becky Monson


BEST DEBUT AUTHOR


BEST DYSTOPIAN ROMANCE


BEST EUROPEAN HISTORICAL


BEST FAIRYTALE RETELLING


BEST HIGH FANTASY


BEST HISTORICAL MYSTERY


BEST MEDICAL ROMANCE


BEST MYSTERY ROMANCE


BEST NOVELLA


BEST REGENCY ROMANCE




BEST SPORTS ROMANCE


BEST URBAN FANTASY CONTEMPORARY


BEST URBAN FANTASY HISTORICAL


BEST VICTORIAN ROMANCE


BEST WESTERN CONTEMPORARY 


BEST WESTERN HISTORICAL


BEST YOUNG ADULT ROMANCE



HOST CHOICE AWARD - Kathy



HOST CHOICE AWARD - Katie


Heidi's Choice Award

Kathy Jo Choice Award

Thanks again to everyone who participated and helped make the 2021 Swoony Awards a success! 







































Monday, November 8, 2021

How to Vote/Nominate Books for a Swoony Award

 

How to Vote
Nominating a book on Goodreads (https://tinyurl.com/2kbn24tz) will look like a vote and you have to be a Goodreads member, otherwise it will only let you view the list - but not vote on it.
 
If you are accessing the list from a cell phone, it won't show the vote button. To vote, you will have to scroll to the bottom of the page and click on "Desktop Version" from there, the voting buttons should appear and you can vote for up to 100 books. 
 


 

 
There are five pages of nominated books, if you don't see the book you want to nominate you can add it to the list. To add a book, click on the "Add Books to This List" link at the top of the list. You can then add from My Books or do a Search by entering the title. It will pull up the book and you can click the Vote for this Book button and it will be added to the list. 
 

 
 
If you are not a Goodreads member and don't want to set up an account, you can nominate books via our Google link (https://tinyurl.com/2kbn24tz). The form is set up to accept five at a time, but you can nominate up to 100 on there as well.
 
We will be combining the nominations (votes) from both Goodreads and Google and will take the top ten books from each genre to start the official Round One voting on December 5.
 
The nomination round ends November 30. Starting December 5, all voting will be done via Google.
Thanks and Happy Reading!
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!