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2015 BOOKSELLERS’ BEST AWARD

A Published Authors’ Contest for Books Published in 2014
Sponsored by Greater Detroit Romance Writers of America

Shelly Bell, Co-Chair BBA2015@aol.com
Barbara Wilder, Co-Chair wilder.barbara24@gmail.com

HOW TO ENTER

STEP 1 - SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY FORM VIA ONE OF THE FOLLOWING

One entry form per entry. If you choose to enter via mail, send entry form(s) to:

Shelly Bell
31283 Oak Valley Drive
Farmington Hills, MI 48331

STEP 2 - SUBMIT YOUR PAYMENT

ENTRY FEES:

$27 entry fee per book
$6 additional fee for Best First Book entries

  • Pay With PayPal (if submitting online, link will also be on confirmation page after you make your online submission)
  • Pay with a Check (payable to GDRWA)

Payments must be received before the entry will be accepted into contest. If you choose to pay via check, make check payable to GDRWA and send it to:

Shelly Bell
31283 Oak Valley Drive
Farmington Hills, MI 48331

STEP 3 - SEND YOUR ENTRY TO THE CATEGORY COORDINATOR

Once the entry form and payment have been received, a confirmation email will be sent to you with instructions on mailing your entry to the Category Coordinator.

*You must send four (4) AUTOGRAPHED copies of your entry (not returned). The Category Coordinator will send a confirmation email once the entry has been received.

*No additional books are required for the First Book category.

*Do not send anything “signature required.” If you need confirmation of receipt, please send via USPS “Delivery Confirmation” mail.

RULES

*You must be a current member of Romance Writers of America
* Entry must have a 2014 copyright or have a 2014 first U.S. Printing
* Entry in the newly titled Patti Shenberger Best First Book category must be the author’s FIRST novel or novella that meets the above requirements.
* Each title may only be entered in one category (plus the Patti Shenberger First Book category).
* Failure to follow rules or meet deadlines may result in disqualification.
*Print, ebook and self-published all welcome to enter.
*If entry is in ebook format, it must be printed using a standard 12-point font and must be securely bound using traditional binding, a slide cover, or three ring soft hard/cover binder, etc.

 

DEADLINES

*1/15/15 Entry forms and fees must be paid
*2/1/15 Books must be received by coordinators
*On or before 5/15/15, finalists will be notified
*On or before 5/22/15, finalists’ names will be posted on GDRWA website
*July of 2015 – Evening awards reception at
RWA National Conference in New York (date to be announced)
*On or before 8/15/15 – winners’ names will be posted on the GDRWA website

 

JUDGING

*All judges will be booksellers or librarians. (SEE BELOW for information on how to become a judge)
*Scores are not disclosed and there is no feedback provided.

 

PRIZES AND PERKS

* Uniquely designed award for each winner
* Gift for winning book’s editor
* Reception for all finalists at RWA National conference where winners are announced
* Winners’ names listed in the RWR
* Finalists’ names, and winners’ names and book covers posted on GDRWA site
* Certificates to all finalists and winners

 

CATEGORY DESCRIPTIONS

SHORT CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE(40,001-70,000) A novel where the primary focus highlights the romantic relationship as the central part of the story. Romantic suspense, mystery or thriller elements can blend with the plot to form a part of the love story. Excludes Inspirational.

LONG CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE (70,001 and up) A novel where the primary focus highlights the romantic relationship as the central part of the story. Romantic suspense, mystery or thriller elements can blend with the plot to form a part of the love story. Excludes inspirational.

ROMANTIC SUSPENSE (40,001 and up) Novels in which suspense, mystery, or thriller elements constitute an INTEGRAL part of the plot and are blended with the love story.

SINGLE TITLE WITH STRONG ROMANTIC ELEMENTS (40,001 and up) While there is a romance – or multiple romances, it is not a driving force to the plotline or central to the storyline. Novels written in varying tone, styles, and time periods can be considered eligible for this category. Commercial fiction, literary fiction, suspense/mystery/thriller fiction, or novels with thematic or emotional elements, including women’s self-discovery or emotional life journey where romance is present in the story but not the central focus, can be considered in this category. Must include an HEA or happy for now ending.

INSPIRATIONAL ROMANCE (40,001 and up) A novel where spiritual or religious beliefs blend with the plot to form a significant part of the love story. The character’s journey should include not only inward and outward character growth, but also spiritual growth. The romance should be central to the story development and can include historical, suspense/mystery, or contemporary elements.

HISTORICAL ROMANCE (40,001 and up) A novel set in any time period and any location prior to 1945. The romance should be central to the story development. Suspense or mystery elements can be included within the plot as long as the historical setting remains uncompromised and the love story remains the central focus of the plot.

EROTIC ROMANCE (40,001 and up) A novel where a romantic relationship – or relationships – is developed through sexual interactions. The sex is an inherent part of the story, character growth, and relationship development, and can’t be removed without damaging the storyline. Must have with a HEA or Happy for Now ending.

PARANORMAL ROMANCE (40,001 and up) A novel in which paranormal/fantasy elements are integral parts of the plot. The paranormal/fantasy elements should blend with the love story. Paranormal, Science Fiction, Futuristic, Fantasy, Time Travel, and Urban Fantasy Romances also fit into this category. Urban Fantasies might not have a Happily-Ever-After at the end but must elude to a potential one at the end of the series.

YOUNG ADULT ROMANCE (40,001 and up) A novel with romantic themes interwoven with young adult issues and concerns to form the central part of the story. Young adults between the ages of 12-19 should be the targeted audience. Plots can include, but are not limited to, elements such as historical, paranormal, suspense/thriller, or mystery.

NOVELLA (15,000-40,000) Focuses on the romantic relationship. Accepted categories of novellas include contemporary, erotic, inspirational, romantic suspense, young adult, historical, and paranormal.

PATTI SHENBERGER BEST FIRST BOOK(15,000 and up) This is an extra category that may be entered for an additional fee. It must be the author’s FIRST published novel or novella. Author must be a current member of Romance Writers of America and the entry must have a 2014 copyright or have a 2014 first U.S. Printing.

 

CATEGORY COORDINATORS

Short Contemporary Romance, Rebecca, Becca91679@gmail.com
Long Contemporary Romance, Cheryl Ann Smith, Cssmith37@comcast.net
Romantic Suspense, Tracy Bilen, tbilen@dcds.edu
Single Title with Strong Romantic Elements, Kathy Wheeler, wheelerhouse@gmail.com
Inspirational Romance, Rachel Haglund, littlebluejane@wowway.com
Historical Romance, Christine Bichler, cbichler@gmail.com
Erotic Romance, Patty Barnett, Pbt1017@yahoo.com
Paranormal Romance, Heather Novak, Heathernovak.author@gmail.com
Young Adult Romance, Terri O’Parka, terry.oparka@yahoo.com
Novella Romance, Linda Bradley, linbradl@aol.com

 

JUDGE INFORMATION

Online Application
Print Application in Word and PDF

Q. Who can judge the Booksellers’ Best Award?
A. Librarians and those who own, manage, or work for a bookstore. You must be 18 or over.

Q. How many entries will I have to judge?
A. Each judge will be responsible for reading 3 to 5 entries based on the length of the books.

Q. What are the categories?
A. There are 10 categories of romance from which to choose:

SHORT CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE (Books range from 160-280 pages) A novel where the primary focus highlights the romantic relationship as the central part of the story. Romantic suspense, mystery or thriller elements can blend with the plot to form a part of the love story. Excludes Inspirational.

LONG CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE (More than 280 pages) A novel where the primary focus highlights the romantic relationship as the central part of the story. Romantic suspense, mystery or thriller elements can blend with the plot to form a part of the love story. Excludes inspirational.

ROMANTIC SUSPENSE (More than 160 pages) Novels in which suspense, mystery, or thriller elements constitute an INTEGRAL part of the plot and are blended with the love story.

SINGLE TITLE WITH STRONG ROMANTIC ELEMENTS (More than 160 pages) While there is a romance – or multiple romances, it is not a driving force to the plotline or central to the storyline. Novels written in varying tone, styles, and time periods can be considered eligible for this category. Commercial fiction, literary fiction, suspense/mystery/thriller fiction, or novels with thematic or emotional elements, including women’s self-discovery or emotional life journey where romance is present in the story but not the central focus, can be considered in this category.

INSPIRATIONAL ROMANCE (More than 160 pages) A novel where spiritual or religious beliefs blend with the plot to form a significant part of the love story. The character’s journey should include not only inward and outward character growth, but also spiritual growth. The romance should be central to the story development and can include historical, suspense/mystery, or contemporary elements.

HISTORICAL ROMANCE (More than 160 pages) A novel set in any time period and any location prior to 1945. The romance should be central to the story development. Suspense or mystery elements can be included within the plot as long as the historical setting remains uncompromised and the love story remains the central focus of the plot.

EROTIC ROMANCE (More than 160 pages) A novel where a romantic relationship – or relationships – is developed through sexual interactions. The sex is an inherent part of the story, character growth, and relationship development, and can’t be removed without damaging the storyline.

PARANORMAL ROMANCE (More than 160 pages) A novel in which paranormal/fantasy elements are integral parts of the plot. The paranormal/fantasy elements should blend with the love story. Paranormal, Science Fiction, Futuristic, Fantasy, Time Travel, and Urban Fantasy Romances also fit into this category. Urban Fantasies might not have a Happily-Ever-After at the end but must elude to a potential one at the end of the series.

YOUNG ADULT ROMANCE (More than 160 pages) A novel with romantic themes interwoven with young adult issues and concerns to form the central part of the story. Young adults between the ages of 12-19 should be the targeted audience. Plots can include, but are not limited to, elements such as historical, paranormal, suspense/thriller, or mystery.

NOVELLA (60-160 pages) Focuses on the romantic relationship. Accepted categories of novellas include contemporary, erotic, inspirational, romantic suspense, young adult, historical, and paranormal.

Q. How do I receive entries?
A. Books will be mailed to the judges in February.

Q. How long do I have to read and judge?
A. You must return the scores by April 15th.

Q. Can I post reviews of the books?
A. Scores must not be released to anyone other than the co-chairs of this contest. Therefore, we ask that if you review the books on Goodreads, Shelfari, etc., you do not mention you judged it for this contest or post the scores.

Q. Do I get to keep the books?
Yes! You get to keep the autographed books.

Q. How do I sign-up to judge?
A. It is preferred that you sign-up using the online Google form, but in the alternative, judges may print and mail the application to:

Barbara Wilder
7786 Goldenrod Ct.
Brighton, MI 48116

Or download the form and email it to wilder.barbara24@gmail.com.

Q. How do I judge the books?
A. It is preferred that you submit scores using the online Google form, but in the alternative, judges may print the score sheet and mail it to:

Shelly Bell
31283 Oak Valley Drive
Farmington Hills, MI 48331

Or download the score sheet and email it to BBA2015@aol.com.

 

 

2014 Booksellers' Best Award

A Published Author's Contest for Books Published in 2013 sponsored by Greater Detroit Romance Writers of America

 

The Greater Detroit RWA is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Booksellers Best Award Contest.

 
 

Latest News

2014 Booksellers' Best Award Winners:

TRADITIONAL

"The Courage to Say Yes," Barbara Wallace
(Harlequin Romance, Flo Nicoll)

 

SHORT HISTORICAL

"Lachlan's Bride," Kathleen Harrington
(Avon Impulse, Erika Tsang)

 

SINGLE TITLE

"The Time Between," Karen White
(New American Library, Cindy Hwang)

 

SHORT CONTEMPORARY

"Conceal, Protect," Carol Ericson
(Harlequin Intrigue, Allison Lyons)

 

LONG CONTEMPORARY

"The Cowboy's Christmas Baby," Carolyn Brown
( Sourcebooks Casablanca, Deb Werksman)

 

PARANORMAL (TIE)

"Midnight's Kiss," Donna Grant
( St. Martin's Press Romance, Monique Patterson)

"Allegiance Sworn," Kylie Griffin
(Berkley Sensation, Leis Pederson)

 

INSPIRATIONAL

"Vanished," Irene Hannon
(Baker Publishing Group Ravell, Jennifer Leep)

 

LONG HISTORICAL

"The Hunter," Monica McCarty
(Random House Ballantine Books, Kate Collins)

 

YOUNG ADULT

"Running On Empty," Colette Ballard*
(Spencer Hill Press Tulip Romance (Tulip Teen), Marie Romero)

 

EROTIC

"Unforgettable," Alison Kent
(Berkley Heat, Wendy McCurdy)

 

ROMANTIC SUSPENSE

"Ashes, Ashes, They All Fall Dead," Lena Diaz
(Avon Impulse, Chelsey Emmelhainz)

 

NOVELLA

"Christmas At Copper Mountain," Jane Porter
(Tule Publishing Group, Montana Born Books, Tessa Shapcott)

 

BEST FIRST BOOK

"Doctor, Soldier, Daddy," Caro Carson*
(Harlequin Special Edition, Gail Chasan)

 

Congratulations to all of our winners!

 
 

 

And here are all of the Finalists:
 
 

Latest News

2014 Booksellers' Best Award Finalists:

TRADITIONAL

"Last Chance Proposal," Barbara DeLeo
(Entangled Bliss, Lewis Pollak and Alethea Spiridon-Hopson)

"The Courage to Say Yes," Barbara Wallace
(Harlequin Romance, Flo Nicoll)

"The Cattleman's Ready-Made Family," Michelle Douglas
(Harlequin Mills & Boon Romance, Laurie Johnson)

"First Comes Baby," Michelle Douglas
(Harlequin Mills & Boon Romance, Sally Williamson and Laurie John)

"A Marriage Made in Italy," Rebecca Winteres
(Harlequin Romance, Sarah Stubbs)

"Crashing into Tess," Lilly Christine*
(Libra Press)

SHORT HISTORICAL

"The Witch Finder," Blythe Gifford
(Blythe Gifford)

"Before the Larkspur Blooms," Caroline Fyffe
(Amazon Montlake, Caitlin Alexander)

"Lachlan's Bride," Kathleen Harrington
(Avon Impulse, Erika Tsang)

"Surrender to the Earl," Gayle Callen
(Avon Books, Erika Tsang)

"At the Highlander's Mercy," Terri Brisbin
(Harlequin Historicals, Megan Haslam)

SINGLE TITLE

"Mystic Cowboy," Sarah M. Anderson
(Samhain Romance, Heidi Moore)

"The Time Between," Karen White
(New American Library, Cindy Hwang)

"Home to Whisky Creek," Brenda Novak
(Harlequin Mira, Paula Eykelhof)

"Lost Melody," Dolores W. Maroney
(State of Mind Publishing, Laura Garland)

"The Pieces We Keep," Kristina McMorris
(Kensington Books, John Scognamiglio)

SHORT CONTEMPORARY

"The Rancher She Loved," Ann Roth
(Harlequin American, Kathleen Scheibling)

"Doctor, Soldier, Daddy," Caro Carson*
(Harlequin Special Edition, Gail Chasan)

"Conceal, Protect," Carol Ericson
(Harlequin Intrigue, Allison Lyons)

"To Tame a Cowboy," Jules Bennett
( Harlequin Desire, Charles Griemsman)

"His Southern Temptation," Robin Covington
( Entangled Indulgence, Althea Spiridon-Hopson)

LONG CONTEMPORARY

"Kidnapped Cowboy," Lindsey Brookes
( Lindsey Brookes)

"Out of his League," Cathryn Parry
( Harlequin Superromance, Karen Reid)

" A Kiss to Die for," Gail Barrett
( Harlequin Romantic Suspense, Susan Litman)

" The Cowboy's Christmas Baby," Carolyn Brown
( Sourcebooks Casablanca, Deb Werksman)

" Seduced by his Target," Gail Barrett
( Harlequin Romantic Suspense, Susan Litman)

PARANORMAL

"Midnight's Kiss," Donna Grant
( St. Martin's Press Romance, Monique Patterson)

"Omega," Susannah Sandlin
(Amazon Montlake, Eleni Caminis)

"Allegiance Sworn," Kylie Griffin
(Berkley Sensation, Leis Pederson)

"Fire of the Dragon," Lori Dillon
(Amari Press, Alyssa Palmer and Aemelia Manier)

"Tempt Me," Tamara Hogan
(Tamara Hogan)

"The Reunited," Shiloh Walker
(Berkley Trade, Cindy Hwang)

INSPIRATIONAL

"Vanished," Irene Hannon
(Baker Publishing Group Ravell, Jennifer Leep)

"Cozy Christmas," Valerie Hansen
(Harlequin Love Inspired, Emily Rodmell)

"Shenandoah Nights," Lisa Belcastro
(OakTara, A Vineyard Romance, Ramona Tucker)

"Wedding On the Rocks," Rose Ross Zediker
(Harlequin Heartsong Presents, Kathy Davis)

"Healing the Forest Ranger," Leigh Bale
(Harlequin Love Inspired, Rachel Burkot)

LONG HISTORICAL

"For the Love of A Soldier," Victoria Morgan Berkley*
(Sensation, Leis Pederson)

"The Hunter," Monica McCarty
(Random House Ballantine Books, Kate Collins)

"Lady Vivian Defies a Duke," Samantha Grace
(Sourcebooks Casablanca, Leah Hultenschmidt)

"Love's Price," Cheryl Holt
(Book Baby)

"What a Duke Desires," Sabrina Jeffries
(Simon and Schuster Pocket, Micki Nuding)

YOUNG ADULT

"Camp Boyfriend," J.K. Rock
(Spencer Hill Press Contemporary, Patricia Riley)

"Running On Empty," Colette Ballard*
(Spencer Hill Press Tulip Romance (Tulip Teen), Marie Romero)

"Briar Rose," Jana Oliver
(Macmillan Children's Books, Rachel Petty)

"Dirty Little Secret," Jennifer Echols
(Simon and Schuster MTV Books, Emilia Pisani)

"Playing Tyler," TL Costa*
(Angry Robot Strange Chemistry Amanda Rutter

EROTIC

"On her Masters Service," Lexi Blake
(DLZ Entertainment LLC, Chloe Vale)

"Unforgettable," Alison Kent
(Berkley Heat, Wendy McCurdy)

"Avoiding Mr. Right," C.J. Ellison
(Walk on the Wild Side, Tina Winograd)

"Masque," Lexi Post*
(Ellora's Cave Twilight, Grace Bradley)

"Too Fast," Alexia Haynes
(Alexia Haynes)

ROMANTIC SUSPENSE

"Trapped," Irene Hannon
(Baker Publishing Group Revell, Jennifer Leep)

"Ashes, Ashes, They All Fall Dead," Lena Diaz
(Avon Impulse, Chelsey Emmelhainz)

"Til' Death," Sharon Sala
(Harlequin Mira, Leslie Wainger)

"Hard Target," Kay Thomas
(Avon Impulse, Erika Tsang)

"Pieces of You- A Snowy Creek Novel," Loreth Anne White
(Black Dog Ink, Deborah Nemeth)

NOVELLA

"Christmas At Copper Mountain," Jane Porter
(Tule Publishing Group, Montana Born Books, Tessa Shapcott)

"Outside the Lines," Kimberly Kincaid
(Curtis Brown Digital)

"The Last Daughter," Jessica Ferguson
(The Wild Rose Press, Crimson Rose, Ally Robertson)

"One True Love," Lori Wilde
(Avon Impulse, Lucia Macro)

"Take Me, Cowboy" Jane Porter
(Tule Publishing Group, Montana Born Books, Tessa Shapcott)

"A Cowboy for Christmas," Katherine Garbera
(Tule Publishing Group, Montana Born Books, Tessa Shapcott)

*First Book Nominee

 
 



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