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

A Proper Scoundrel by Esther Hatch

The Buy-In by Emma St. Clair


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 or American Hero Romance

The Protective Warrior by Cami Checketts

Second Look by Julie Coulter Bellon

Saving Grace by Jennifer Youngblood and Amelia Adams

Treasured in Turtle Bay by Jess Mastorakos

The Contract by Jess Mastorakos

Discovering Rafe by Sara Blackard

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

A Cowboy to Keep by Karen Rock

Illegally Wedded by Jennifer Griffith

Rules Are Made to be Broken by Mylissa Demeyere

Roommaid by Sariah Wilson


Heidi’s Choice

As You Are by Sarah Eden

Free Fallin’ by Shannon Guymon

My Fair Gentleman by Nancy Allen

Accidentally in Love by Shannon Guymon

My Sister's Intended by Rachael Anderson

Miss Adeline's Match by Joanna Barker

A Proper Charade by Esther Hatch 

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



Sunday, November 15, 2020

Announcing the 2023 Swoony Awards!

 Welcome to the 2023 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.

First things first. We are currently taking nominations. If you're on Goodreads you can vote for your favorite books on our 2020 Swoony Award list. Here's the link: 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: 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.

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

-ONLY books originally PUBLISHED December 1, 2022 – November 30, 2023 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 nominating, reading, and voting!
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