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Goldie Finalists 2018

Ann Bannon Popular Choice

57 Nominees | 9 finalists* | 1 winner (9 finalists due to a tie at 8th place after Round 1 voting)

Title
Author Publisher Buy Book
An Outsider Inside R J Samuel Self-Published buy
Edge of Glory Rachel Spangler Bywater Books buy
Goldenrod Ann McMan Bywater Books buy
Our Happy Hours, LGBT Voices From the Gay Bars S. Renee Bess and Lee Lynch (eds.) Flashpoint Publications buy
Perfect Rhythm Jae Ylva Publishing buy
Right Here, Right Now Georgia Beers Bold Strokes Books buy
Sappho’s Bar and Grill Bonnie J. Morris Bywater Books buy
Strawberry Summer Melissa Brayden Bold Strokes Books buy
Time’s Rainbow: Writing Ourselves Back Into American History Lori L. Lake & Christopher Hawthorne Moss (ed.) Launch Point Press buy

Anthology/Collections (Fiction)

9 Nominees | 2 finalists | 1 winner

Title
Author Publisher Buy Book
Conference Call Ann Roberts (ed.) Bella Books buy
Our Happy Hours, LGBT Voices From the Gay Bars S. Renee Bess and Lee Lynch (eds.) Flashpoint Publications buy

Combined Non-Fiction

This category is a combination of Anthlogy/Collections (Non-Fiction) and General Non-Fiction, due to fewer than 6 nominations respectively in those categories

8 Nominees | 2 finalists | 1 winner

Title
Author Publisher Buy Book
Fried & Convicted: Rehoboth Beach Uncorked Fay Jacobs Bywater Books buy
Grief Map Sarah Hahn Campbell Brain Mill Press buy

Contemporary Romance (Short Novels)

31 Nominees | 8 finalists | 3 winners

Title
Author Publisher Buy Book
Bait and Switch Blythe H. Warren Bella Books buy
Echo Point Virginia Hale Bella Books buy
Fake it till You Make it M. Ullrich Bold Strokes Books buy
Forget Me Not Kris Bryant Bold Strokes Books buy
Highland Fling Anna Larner Bold Strokes Books buy
Pausing Renee Mackenzie Affinity Rainbow Publications buy
Unbridled Fox Brison Bold Fox Publishing n/a
Unexpected Jenny Frame Bold Strokes Books buy

Contemporary Romance (Mid-Length Novels)

40 Nominees | 10 finalists | 4 winners

Title
Author Publisher Buy Book
Ask, Tell E. J. Noyes Bella Books buy
The Butterfly Whisperer Lisa Moreau Bold Strokes Books buy
Delay of Game Tracey Richardson Bella Books buy
Love After Hours: A Rivers Community Romance Radclyffe Bold Strokes Books buy
Nantucket Rose CF Frizzell Bold Strokes Books buy
Night Voice CF Frizzell Bold Strokes Books buy
Right Here, Right Now Georgia Beers Bold Strokes Books buy
Sidebar Carsen Taite Bold Strokes Books buy
What Matters Most Georgia Beers Brisk Press buy
Wishing on a Dream Julie Cannon Bold Strokes Books buy

Contemporary Romance (Long Novels)

33 Nominees | 8 finalists | 3 winners

Title
Author Publisher Buy Book
Casting Lacey Elle Spencer Self-Published buy
Crescent City Confidential Aurora Rey Bold Strokes Books buy
Edge of Glory Rachel Spangler Bywater Books buy
Perfect Rhythm Jae Ylva Publishing buy
Rock and a Hard Place Andrea Bramhall Ylva Publishing buy
The Secret Pond Gerri Hill Bella Books buy
Vacationland Susan X Meagher Brisk Press buy
Who’d Have Thought G Benson Ylva Publishing buy

Debut Novel

37 Nominees | 9 finalists | 4 winners

Title
Author Publisher Buy book
Bend Nancy J. Hedin Anglerfish Press an imprint of Riptide Publishing buy
Falling Into Her Erin Zak Bold Strokes Books buy
Frame by Frame CJ Murphy Desert Palm Press buy
Just Beyond the Shining River Lynnette Beers Regal Crest Enterprises buy
Marriage of a Thousand Lies SJ Sindu Soho Press buy
The Road To Wings Julie Tizard Bold Strokes Books buy
The Square Donut Lauren Crane Backyard Bird Publishing buy
The Tiger’s Daughter K. Arsenault Rivera Tor/Forge Books buy
The Winter Loon Lori Henriksen Cougar Creek Books buy

Erotica

11 Nominees | 3 finalists | 1 winner

Title
Author Publisher Buy Book
Her Best Friend’s Sister Meghan O’Brien Bold Strokes Books buy
Party Favors Jaime Clevenger Bella Books buy
This Foreign Affair Harper Bliss Ladylit Publishing buy

General Fiction

18 Nominees | 5 finalists | 2 winners

Title
Author Publisher Buy Book
Bend Nancy J. Hedin Anglerfish Press an imprint of Riptide Publishing buy
Bitterroot Queen Jove Belle Dirt Road Books buy
Changing Perspectives Jen Silver Affinity Rainbow Publications buy
Goldenrod Ann McMan Bywater Books buy
The Price of Cash Ashley Bartlett Bold Strokes Books buy

Historical Fiction

14 Nominees | 4 finalists | 1 winner

Title
Author Publisher Buy Book
The Ada Decades Paula Martinac Bywater Books buy
Crossing the Wide Forever Missouri Vaun Bold Strokes Books buy
The Sniper’s Kiss Justine Saracen Bold Strokes Books buy
The Winter Loon Lori Henriksen Cougar Creek Books buy

Mystery/Thriller

22 Nominees | 6 finalists | 2 winners

Title
Author Publisher Buy Book
A Quiet Death Cari Hunter Bold Strokes Books buy
Forsaken Trust: A Luce Hansen Thriller Meredith Doench Bold Strokes Books buy
Genuine Gold Ann Aptaker Bold Strokes Books buy
The Girl on the Edge of Summer J. M. Redmann Bold Strokes Books buy
Lethal Care Claire McNab with Katherine V. Forrest Bella Books buy
Taken In Erica Abbott Bella Books buy

Paranormal/Horror

9 Nominees | 2 finalists | 1 winner

Title
Author Publisher Buy Book
Five Moons Rising Lise MacTague Bella Books buy
Little Dip – Garoul Series Book V Gill McKnight Dirt Road Books buy

Poetry

10 Nominees | 3 finalists | 1 winner

Title
Author Publisher Buy Book
The Girls with Stone Faces Arleen Paré Brick Books buy
Hanging On Our Own Bones Judy Grahn Arktoi Books buy
Walking Through Turquoise Laurie MacFayden Frontenac House Ltd. buy

Romantic Suspense/Intrigue/Adventure

34 Nominees | 9 finalists | 3 winners

Title
Author Publisher Buy Book
A More Perfect Union Carsen Taite Bold Strokes Books buy
Heart Stop Radclyffe Bold Strokes Books buy
Into Thin Air Jeannie Levig Bold Strokes Books buy
Letter of the Law Carsen Taite Bold Strokes Books buy
Lucy’s Chance Jackie D Bold Strokes Books buy
Mine To Keep Wendy Hudson Ylva Publishing buy
Moment of Weakness KG MacGregor Bella Books buy
The Road To Wings Julie Tizard Bold Strokes Books buy
The Scholarship Jaime Maddox Bold Strokes Books buy

Science-Fiction/Fantasy

29 Nominees | 9 finalists (due to three-way tie in 7th place) | 3 winners

Title
Author Publisher Buy Book
Ardulum: Second Don J.S. Fields Ninestar Press buy
The End Roselle Graskey and Cheyne Curry Bossy Pants Books buy
Erased Robbi McCoy Bella Books buy
Fury’s Choice Brey Willows Bold Strokes Books buy
House of Fate Barbara Ann Wright Bold Strokes Books buy
Phoenix Rising Rebecca Harwell Bold Strokes Books buy
Seoul Circuit Tamara Boyens Supposed Crimes buy
Shattered Lee Winter Ylva Publishing buy
Spark Catherine Friend Bold Strokes Books buy

Tee Corinne Award for Outstanding Cover Art

72 Nominees | 8 finalists | 1 winner

Title
Cover Artist Publisher Buy Book
The Ada Decades Ann McMan, TreeHouse Studio Bywater Books buy
An Outsider Inside Ann McMan, Treehouse Studio Self-Published buy
Buried Heart Melody Pond Bold Strokes Books buy
Close to Home Ann McMan, TreeHouse Studio Bywater Books buy
Edge of Glory Ann McMan, TreeHouse Studio Bywater Books buy
Goldenrod Ann McMan, TreeHouse Studio Bywater Books buy
On a LARP Ann McMan, TreeHouse Studio Bywater Books buy
Our Happy Hours, LGBT Voices From the Gay Bars Ann McMan, TreeHouse Studio Flashpoint Publications buy

 

Young Adult

13 Nominees | 3 finalists | 1 winner

Title
Author Publisher Buy Book
Girls Like Me Nina Packebush Bedazzled Ink Publishing buy
Sovereign April Daniels Diversion Books buy
The Square Donut Lauren Crane Backyard Bird Publishing buy

Hiding Hearts – RE Bradshaw

Hiding Hearts – RE BradshawR. E. Bradshaw’s 2x Great Aunt was known as the greatest horsewoman in Wayne County, North Carolina. Wild and untamed, living her life her way, she has inspired Bradshaw to begin a new series which starts at the tail end of the Civil War in Goldsborough, NC. The county is bracing itself for the arrival of Sherman’s troops, the ravages of the bummers and the slow return of the Counties young men, war-weary and damaged in body and mind.

Lottie Bratcher is only 18, but her strong will, fearless nature, and bright mind make her the natural leader of the Bratcher women left to scrabble a survival in their small parcel of land. The men are away fighting a war started by rich men and having little bearing on the poor white families who had never owned slaves and were socially only a step above the free blacks of the area. Scraping a living, guarding their own and protecting the so-called deserters, including her brother Jefferson, Lottie has little time for affairs of the heart and does her best to fight the childhood crush she has for the beautiful heiress Patrice Cole and her twin Patrick. But in times of war allies are frequently thrown together, especially when Patrice is determined that they will be.

This, the first in the Appletree Swamp series, is an intriguing and extremely well-done mix of historical adventure and light-hearted romance, with a delightful twist in the tale for the Bratcher and Cole siblings. The atmosphere created, the action and the setting, are exceptionally well drawn and feel so authentic that you get lost in the lives of the extended family and their neighbours. Full of cameo roles from the illegally literate Medicine Mary, the enchanting ferryman Jacob and even a brief encounter with Sherman himself, Bradshaw has filled the pages with delightful characters who instantly become friends.

The background of the swamp and the detail of the war make this very solidly set in time and place, clearly very familiar territory for Ms Bradshaw who’s eye for detail and love of both family genealogy, Civil War history and the land of her father, shines through in every line. The whole is lightened by the almost comedic attempts of Lottie to avoid the woman who dominates her heart and mind, running like a skittish colt, while Patrice patiently but determinedly chases her down.

Delightful reading, another wonderful example of how an idea can catch the imagination of an excellent writer and a whole world comes to life. From the darkness of the Rainey Bell thrillers through the madcap Decky and Charlie stories and the charming standalone romances such as “Waking up Gray”, R. E. Bradshaw has a real talent for producing deeply felt characters who climb inside our hearts and minds. Her books are always at the top of my reading pile, and the Appletree Swamp series just adds another string to her already full bow.

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Product info:

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • First published 2018
  • Publisher: R.E. Bradshaw Books (March 29, 2018)
  • ISBN: 978-0998954967
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