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2015 Readers' Crown Finalists

Finalists are listed within their category in alphabetical order of the title. There are five finalists per category unless there is a tie or fewer qualifying books. Categories with only one book that qualified as a finalist are not listed. Readers' Crown 2015 winners will be announced on June 15, 2015.

CONTEMPORARY
Date Night - R.C. Matthews
Her Knight in Shining Armour - Robyn Rychards
Marriage by Design - Elley Arden
Maybe Baby - Ashlinn Craven
Playing It Close - Kat Latham

EROTIC
All Hat No Cattle - Randi Alexander
April Love - Honey Jans
Heart of Steele - Randi Alexander
Taking Chances - Suzette Rose Cauler
Throttle Me - Chelle Bliss

YOUNG ADULT 
Divine Fall - Kathryn Knight
Full Fusion - NJ Damschroder
Losing Logan - Sherry D. Ficklin
Queen of Someday - Sherry D. Ficklin
Siren's Song - Heather McCollum

HISTORICAL
Dearest Love - Patrice Wayne
How To Marry A Rogue - Anna Small
Invitation To Passion - Bronwen Evans
Lady Catherine's Secret - Sheridan Jeane
To Love and Protect - Tammy Jo Burns

INSPIRATIONAL
A Heart To Heal - Allie Pleiter
A Thousand Little Blessings - Claire Sanders
Bogota Blessings - E.A. West
Different - E.A. West
Saved by the Fireman - Allie Pleiter

PARANORMAL
Blood Moon - Lisa Kessler
Dancing With Raven - S.G. Rogers
Night Angel - Lisa Kessler
Outfoxed by Love - Eve Langlais
Spirit Warrior - SE Smith
The Hunter's Realm - Brianna Hughes

ROMANTIC SUSPENSE
11 - Kylie Brant
Harlan's Haven - Sandra S. Kerns
Next Door Dreams - J.D. Holly
Saving Sophie - Cate Beauman
Slim To None - Freya Barker

SCIENCE FICTION/FANTASY/TIME TRAVEL
aHunter4Life - Cynthia A Clement
Heroic Abduction - Eve Langlais
Mystic's Touch - Dena Garson
Overload Flux - Carol Van Natta
Razor's Traitorous Heart - S. E. Smith
Royal Obsession - Cyndi Friberg

SERIES/CATEGORY
Batter Up - Robyn Neeley
Fiance by Fate - Jennifer Shirk
Keeping Mr. Right Now - Robin Bielman
Mad About You - Joan Kilby
Tell Me Something Good - Jamie Wesley

URBAN FANTASY
Anointed The Cantati Chronicle - Maggie Mae Gallagher
When Dark Falls - Pippa Jay

MAINSTREAM
Drown Jennifer - Rae Gravely
Poplar Place - Ellen Butler

 

 

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The Interview, An Excerpt By Silk Jones

Blog Diva - Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Laura smoothed her jacket and stepped carefully through the door into the offices of Dunbar and Associates in her four inch platform pumps.

It looked like the reception area of any other law firm to her. The receptionist manning the sleek black desk, however, could have been a model. Her ash blonde hair fell in thick luscious waves to her shoulders and were set off by high cheekbones and magnificent green eyes. Even though she was seated, Laura could see she had a slim, elegant build molded beautifully in a body skimming red dress.

She thought about her own too generous curves threatening to spill out of the black form fitting jacket and pencil skirt and wondered if she should have worn something else. Like what? What did one wear to an interview for a submissive legal assistant position? Lingerie? She almost giggled.

The receptionist looked up and flashed a friendly smile. “May I help you?”

Laura cleared her throat. “Yes. My name is Laura Hobbs. I have a 10:30 appointment with Mr. Dunbar.”  Read More

Killing Secrets By KL Docter

Blog Diva - Saturday, May 16, 2015

Some secrets are better left dead.

Rachel James’ ex-husband is released from prison determined to reclaim her and her little girl — the child is his key to controlling the James fortune. Frightened, Rachel flees to Denver with the child who hasn’t uttered a word since her daddy went to prison.

Contractor Patrick Thorne wants nothing to do with another of his parents’ charity cases. He failed his own wife so abysmally she took her own life as well as his unborn son’s. After two years, it’s time to concentrate on the bid he’s won and the saboteur trying to destroy his construction firm.  Read More

Mine For Tonight, An Excerpt By JS Scott

Blog Diva - Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Simon Hudson stood silently in the shadows of the opulent lobby, his hands in the pockets of his jeans and one shoulder propped against the frame of a large window that faced the street. His whole body was tense, his dark brown eyes scanning the sidewalk with the intense and total focus of a madman.

Where in the hell is she? It’s ten forty-five.

He knew Kara was working tonight. She had called in sick for the last two evenings, but was back to work at Helen’s Place, waiting tables on the swing shift. He had checked. His mother owned the bistro where Kara worked and was generally pretty forthcoming with information when Simon wanted it, but he was careful. If he wasn’t, his only parent would be hounding him to find out why he wanted information on Kara. His wonderful but inquisitive mom would be like a bloodhound after a scent if she thought that Simon’s interest was anything but casual. He would be nagged to death, his mother wanting to know exactly what his intentions were with Kara.

Simon frowned. Like he had any intentions? He had fantasies and all of them involved Kara spread out on his bed, screaming his name as he made her come, over and over.
Simon took a deep breath and slowly blew it back out, trying to get his body to relax and telling himself that he must be insane to take exactly the same position, night after night, for some woman who he had never officially met. But here he was…again, his back to the curious doorman, leering out the window like an unbalanced stalker, waiting to get a glimpse of Kara Foster. Something about the woman brought out strange, territorial, and protective instincts that kept him here, keeping watch, waiting for her to walk by his condo building on her way home from work. Read More

Cora, An Excerpt By Cynthia Woolf

Blog Diva - Wednesday, May 06, 2015

The ship arrived after hitting bad weather for just two days during the entire trip. They’d had one day with no wind at all and another that was almost a hurricane, the winds were so strong. The captain said the weather on a trip like theirs always varied. He was grateful they had mostly fair days which had resulted in a very good trip during which they’d made good time. They actually arrived two weeks sooner than they’d expected to.

As soon as they disembarked in San Francisco, cabs whisked them away to the Golden State Hotel where Mrs. Selby had arranged for them to stay for up to two months. She wanted the women to get to know the men they were to marry and not be rushed into a quick wedding.

The inside of the hotel was not something that Cora would ever have dreamed of. The walls were white, the carpets and furniture all varying shades of red. The result was generally gaudy but the place was clean and seemed to be well kept.

Cora checked in and found a message waiting for her from Harry Belcher.

My dear Cora,
I have instructed the staff at the hotel to send a messenger to me when you get there. I should be arriving shortly after that as my bank is only minutes away. I can’t wait to greet you in person.
Yours truly,
Harry Belcher

Cora read the missive and smiled. It was so like Harry to come to greet her right away. Read More

Home Sweet Gnome By Jennifer Zane

Blog Diva - Saturday, May 02, 2015

Daphne Lane has a life. As a travel journalist, she travels the world. Sure, she’s lonely and has no real home. She also has a crazy Aunt Velma. Raised by the woman who defined mischief and mayhem, Daphne uses her career to put distance between them. After spending a week back in Montana for the woman’s birthday, Daphne is ready to escape to her next assignment. Fate has other plans in the form of JT McCade, a hot detective with a sensitive trigger finger.

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Stolen Vengeance- An Excerpt By Dianna Love

Blog Diva - Wednesday, April 29, 2015

“If you need another favor, Dingo Paddock, the answer is no.” Valene’s words held enough edge to cut through the tension crowding the air. “I’m busy and I don’t have time for any of this, this ... whatever it is you’re here for.”

“I know you’re busy and I just need to talk to you,” he repeated gently. He couldn’t get past just taking her in. How many days and long nights had he imagined being this close to her again?

She was the sexiest thing he’d ever known.

One of her smiles would be worth the punishment he’d put his body through since yesterday to get here, just to see her alive and safe. He knew every inch of the beautiful body hidden inside that black-on-black mandarin style suit.

Damn. If he didn’t stop thinking about her sans the suit, he wouldn’t be able to walk.  Read More

Marsha R. West - An Interview

Blog Diva - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Have you always gravitated towards being an author?
The short answer is probably, “No.” Have I always used my imagination? Now the answer to that is a decided, “Yes!” As an only child moving around a lot in a military family I frequently only had imaginary friends to play with. I wrote a play in 8th grade about the Civil War. I was born in Columbia, South Carolina and think I was searching for my roots. Then again shortly after I was married, I took a creativity class and wrote a short story about a couple’s first Thanksgiving. My memory is that it was very autobiographical.

What is your latest book about? Was it inspired by a certain event/person/memory, etc?

My latest book, SECOND ACT, just released the end of March. It’s Book 1 of a series about four women who first met at summer camp as kids. The idea was suggested by my younger daughter who with her sister went to a summer camp in east Texas from the time they were in elementary school through college when they were counselors. The friends they met so long ago are still very important to them and are close whether they see each other frequently or not.

What genres have you written besides romance? Is there a genre you haven’t tried yet but want to in the future?
I’ve only written romantic suspense, which I love to read, cutting my teeth on Victoria Holt, Mary Stuart, and Phyllis Whitney. I specifically write Romance, Suspense, and Second Chances. Experience Required. My characters are a bit older, but love still finds them after murder, mayhem, and family strife. If I were to branch out, it would be with a touch of paranormal of the psychic variety. But the three more books in the Second Chances Series, will keep me busy for a while. Read More

Torkel's Chosen Excerpt By Michelle Howard

Blog Diva - Wednesday, April 15, 2015

“Nice to meet you, Faye. Have you decided where you’re going?”

Faye froze. Lindsey meanwhile dug through her navy duffle and pulled out a handful of colorful papers and brochures.

Faye cleared her throat. Her packet was stuffed inside her suitcase. She’d planned to review the information in her cabin.

Lindsey jammed papers in her face. “I’ve narrowed my choices down to three planets.”

Faye took the papers and stared at Lindsey’s blue eyes. “I thought we had the whole trip to decide.” It would take at least a week to reach the first planet on the list for the women making the SP trip.

“Sure,” Lindsey replied with a casual shrug. “If you don’t care where you’re going.
Otherwise you might get stuck on Ontar Z.” Read More

Twixt Excerpt By Diane J. Reed

Blog Diva - Wednesday, April 08, 2015

In this “First Encounter” excerpt from my paranormal romance Twixt, the main character Rose meets Chance for the first time in a dream—a man who’s been her soul guardian for centuries—with fiery consequences:

“Welcome back,” he said, striding toward her from the shore. His voice was like the roll of the ocean, tinged with a smoky resonance. When he stepped closer, Rose realized his eyes were a dusky brown, nearly as black as a raven’s. And there was a deep scar that sliced across his nose. As he drew near, she noticed he smelled of turf fire and wild grass. She inhaled the soft aroma like a fresh fragrance offered by the breeze.

He gazed at her with traces of intrigue in his eyes, the way people do who harbor a secret. Yet something in his expression appeared wise, as if he’d witnessed the ebb and flow of life, an eternal restless churning, as constant as the waves of the sea. How long has he lingered at this shore, waiting for me? Rose wondered. A shiver ran down her spine. Something in her soul whispered, Beyond time.

“You know me,” he nodded. Rose could’ve sworn his voice pulsed down to her veins. “I am as close to you as your own shadow.”  Read More

The Cowboy By Vanessa Vale

Blog Diva - Saturday, April 04, 2015

For Emily Winston, leaving her old life as her aunt’s ward to become a male order bride in Montana constitutes a much-needed fresh start. But among the baggage she’s hauling on her way to meet her new husband is a dark secret. The aunt who raised Emily also ran a brothel, and the young woman’s sexual knowledge and exploration at her own hands has left her something other than a typical virgin.

Wyatt Blake is a successful rancher in need of a wife, but his desire for someone other than the prim, obedient women of his territory has led him to select a made-to-order bride. Emily is everything he could ask for in bed, but when her secrets start to unravel, the handsome dominant employs the use of hard spankings to extract the truth of Emily’s past. Will her guilt and shame mar a budding relationship further complicated by Emily’s willfulness and lack of domestic skills? Or will Wyatt Blake’s firm hand and sexual domination force Emily to accept her place at the side of a man who knows exactly what he wants? Read More

 

 

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