Maggie Finalists

2016 Unpublished Maggie Award for Excellence Finalists

(Finalists listed in alphabetical order)

Contemporary Short Romance

Erryn Barratt, The Making of Marnie Jones

Kimberly MacCarron, What Would Ginger Do?

Kimberly MacCarron, Love in the Time of Ebola

Carrie Nichols*, Rescuing Riley

Becke Turner*, Jamestown Homecoming


Contemporary Single Title Romance

Lauren James, Animal Instincts

Seana Kelly, Welcome Home, Katie Gallagher

Masha Levinson, Trial Run

Nancy Stopper, One Last Risk

Becke Turner*, Murphy’s Secret


Historical Romance

Kate Belli, Thief of My Love

Jeanine Englert*, Love’s Whisper

Masha Levinson, The Duke’s Seduction

Ella Swift, Beloved Muse

Lisa Marie Wilkinson, The Red Parrot


Inspirational Romance

Tanya Agler*, A Degree of Hope

Angela Arndt, The Beekeeper’s Daughter

Deb Garland, Laundress By Day

Michele Morris, Honorable Intentions

Joanna Davidson Politano, Lady Jayne Disappears


Novel with Strong Romantic Elements

Elizabeth Bell, Necessary Sins

Abby Gaines, A Town Called Hope

Jessie Starr, So This Is Love

Terra Weiss, Wingmom

Jean Willett*, Island of Roses

Grace Wynter writing as GG Wynter, Free Falling


Paranormal/Fantasy Romance

Susan Chapek, The Scarlet Mantle

Vaughn Dickson, When Virtue Met Vice

Bryonna Nobles*, Winter’s Kiss

Chelly Pike, Blood Will Tell

Ashli Wade, Hellbound

Young Adult Romance

Laura Cumbie, From There to Here

Jennifer Hawkins, False Start

Kimberly MacCarron, Unmasked

Lana Pattinson, Mom, I Married a Highlander

T.L. Sumner, Between Never and Always


2016 Published Maggie Award for Excellence Finalists

(Finalists listed in alphabetical order)

Contemporary Short Romance

Marie Long, Scarred

Editor: Laura Koons, Red Adept Editing, Publisher: Self-published


Pam Mantovani*, Courting the Coach

Editor: Eilidh MacKenzie, Publisher: The Wild Rose Press


Tanya Michaels*, If She Dares

 Editor: Johanna Raisanen, Publisher: Harlequin Blaze


Cat Schield, Royal Heirs Required

Editor: Charles Griemsman, Publisher: Harlequin


Rula Sinara, After the Silence

Editors: Victoria Curran and Claire Caldwell, Publisher: Harlequin Heartwarming


Contemporary Single Title Romance

Kimberly Keyes, Lover’s Leap

Editor: Cindy Davis, Publisher: The Wild Rose Press


Barbara J. Longley, The Twisted Road to You

Editor: JoVan Sotak, Publisher: Montlake Romance


Renee Lovins, Glass Hearts

Editor: Erica Ellis, Publisher: Bad Ash Publishing


Stacey Purcell, Echoes Of The Heart

Editor: Michelle Klayman, Publisher: Boroughs Publishing


Suzanne Rossi, The Good Twin

Editor: Johanna Melaragno The Wild Rose Press


Historical Romance

Linda Broday, Texas Mail Order Bride

Editor: Mary Altman, Publisher: Sourcebooks


Carolynn Carey, A Simple Lady

Editor:  Carolynn Carey, Publisher: Self-published


Pamela Ford, To Ride a White Horse

Editor: Pamela Ford, Publisher: Aine Press


Anna Harrington, Dukes are Forever

Editor: Michele Bidelspach, Publisher: Forever


Joanna Shupe, The Lady Hellion

Editor: Peter Senftleben, Publisher: Kensington


Inspirational Romance

Tamera Alexander, To Win Her Favor

Editors: L.B. Norton and Ami McConnell, Publisher: Harper Collins Christian Publishers


Eva Marie Everson, Five Brides

Editor: Jan Stob, Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers


Ruth Logan Herne, Refuge of the Heart

Editors: Katie Carroll and Ericka McIntyre, Publisher: Franciscan Media


Kristi Ann Hunter*, A Noble Masquerade

Editor: Raela Schoenherr, Publisher: Bethany House Publishers


Carrie Turansky, A Refuge at Highland Hall

Editor: Shannon Marchese, Publisher: WaterBrook Multnomah~ Penguin Random House


Becky Wade, A Love Like Ours

Editors: Charlene Patterson and Raela Schoenherr, Publisher: Bethany House Publishers


Novel with Strong Romantic Elements

Jolene Cazzola, Love’s Illusions

Editor: Paul Simpson, Publisher: Self-published


Normandie Fischer, Heavy Weather

Editors: Ray Rhamey and Robin Patchen, Publisher: Sleepy Creek Press


Deeanne Gist, Tiffany Girl

Editor: Beth Adams, Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Howard


Kishan Paul, The Second Wife

Editor: Tera Cuskaden Norris, Publisher: Self-published


Barbara Claypole White, The Perfect Son

Editor: Jodi Warshaw, Publisher: Lake Union Publishing


Paranormal/Fantasy Romance

Cara Crescent, The Last Marine

Editor: Dorrie O’Brien, Publisher: Cara Crescent Books, LLC


Debra Jess, Blood Surfer

Editor: Debra Doyle, Publisher: Debra Jess, Corp.


Barbara Longley, The Highlander’s Folly

Editor: JoVan Sotak, Publisher: Montlake Romance


Mary Morgan, Dragon Knight’s Axe

Editor: Amanda Barnett, Publisher: The Wild Rose Press


Nadine Mutas, Blood, Pain, and Pleasure

Editor: Bev Katz Rosenbaum, Publisher: Self-published


Romantic Novella

Izzy James, The Christmas Gift

Editor: Anne L. McIntosh, Publisher: Self-published


Ciara Knight*, Adelaide: Bride of Maryland

Editors: Cora Artz and Emily Sewell, Publisher: Defy the Dark Publishing


Anthea Lawson, A Duke for Midwinter

Editor: Anthea Lawson, Publisher: Self-published


Carrie Fancett Pagels, The Substitute Bride

Editor: Narielle Living, Publisher: Hearts Overcoming Press


Aubrey Wynne, Dante’s Gift

Editor: Sherry Merry, Publisher: Plato Publishing


Young Adult Romance

Heather McCollum, Broken

Editor: Hollie Westring, Publisher: Self-published


Jana Oliver*, Mind Games

Editors: Kathryn Hinds and Mollie Traver, Publisher: Nevermore Books


Amy Patrick, Hidden Deep

Editor: Judy Roth, Publisher: Oxford South Press


Jessica Ruddick, Letting Go

Editor: Alycia Tornetta, Publisher: Entangled


Anthea Sharp, Marny: Feyguard Book 3

Editor: Anthea Sharp, Publisher: Self-published


*Denotes GRW Member