Inaugural Swirl Awards Finishes on a High Note!

 

 

I’m not sure if many of you remember this, but I’m one of the co-chairs for the Swirl Awards, an award launched to recognize and promote excellence in romance written for the multicultural/interracial genre. Well all summer I’ve been partially busy with making sure the awards doesn’t turn into one huge clusterf@*k.  And thankfully it didn’t. In fact last week, the awards came to an end, a successful one I might add, because we announced the category winners! 

BDSM

Prime Defender by Ann Jacobs (Ellora’s Cave Publishing)

Finalists:

Seducing Sarah by Jinx Jamison (CrushStar Publishing)

Dreamer by Ann Mayburn (Decadent Publishing)

Best Cover 

Model Behavior by Stephanie Williams & Laverne Thompson (Phaze Books)

Best Series

The Guardian Series by LaVerne Thompson (Decadent Publishing)

Contemporary

Macy’s Awakening by Pepper Anthony (Beachwalk Press)

Finalists:

Fight for Love by Delaney Diamond (Amira Press) & Exception to the Rules by Stephanie Morris (Sugar and Spice Press)

Love Rehab by Theresa Scott (Red Rose Publishing)

LGBT

Care Package by Jaxx Steele (Silver Publishing)

Finalists:

My Yakuza by AJ Llewellyn and John Simpson (Total-e-Bound)

I Feel You by Alex Berry (Sitting Bull Publishing)

 

Historical

The Promise of Canaan by Jane Kent (Whispers Publishing)

Finalists:

Chocolate Damsel by A.C. Mason (Lyrical Press)

Queen Isra by Sienna Mynx (The Divas Pen) 

Novella

Blue Moon by Sam Cheever (Electric Prose Publications/Sam Cheever)

Finalists:

The Djinn’s Dilemma by Mina Khan (Harlequin) & His Treasure by Kiru Taye (Breathless Press) 

At Ease by Olivia Brynn (Ellora’s Cave)

Paranormal

Donor by Ambrielle Kirk (Amira Press)

Finalists:

Wolf’s Glory, After the Crash, Book 2 by Maddy Barone (Liquid Silver)

Night Reigns by A.C. Mason (Pink Petal Books)

Romantic Suspense

On the Hunt by Sue Fineman (Sue Fineman Books)

Finalists:

Indian Summer by Emily Cale (Passion In Print Press)

Something Blue by Ursula Sinclair (Decadent Publishing)

Sci-Fi, Fantasy

Dark Sins & Desert Sands by Stephanie Draven(Harlequin)

Finalists:

Blessed by Ann Mayburn ( Liquid Silver Publishing)

Jada and the Sea Prince by Dana LittleJohn (Secret Craving Publishing)

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