And the Award goes to…

2017 Published Maggie Award for Excellence


Contemporary Short Romance

Maggie Awardee*Ciara Knight, In All My Life, Self-Published

*Susan Carlisle, The Doctor’s Sleigh Bell Proposal, Harlequin

*Rina Gray, It’s Been You, Crimson Romance / Simon & Schuster

Beverly Long, Deep Secrets, Harlequin

*Sandra McGregor, Southern Roads: Baby, No Baby, Amazon-Kindle Worlds


Contemporary Single Title Romance

Maggie Awardee – Nancy Herkness, The All-Star Antes Up, Montlake Romance

*Lynnette Austin, Every Bride Has Her Day, Sourcebooks

Virginia Kantra, Carolina Dreaming, Berkley

Claire McEwen, Return to Marker Ranch, Harlequin

Laura Trentham, Till I Kissed You, St. Martin’s Press


Historical Romance

Maggie Awardee – Vickie King, Ethan’s Heart, Salt Run Publishing, LLC

Nicole Elizabeth Kelleher, Wild Lavender, Diversion Books

Margaret Mallory, Claimed by a Highlander, Margaret Mallory

Cindy Nord, An Unlikely Hero, Self-Published

Joanna Shupe, Magnate, Kensington


Mainstream Fiction with a Central Romance

Maggie Awardee – Sandy Parks, Off the Chart, True Airspeed Press

Rosie Dean, Gigi’s Island Dream, R.D. Publishing

*Sally Kilpatrick, Better Get to Livin’, Kensington

*Susannah Sandlin, Wild Man’s Curse, Montlake Romance

Susan Sey, Discover Me and You, Third Girl Publishing, Inc.


Paranormal / Fantasy Romance

Maggie Awardee – C.E. Black, Behind the Mask, C.E. Black

Cara Crescent, The Beacon, Self-Published

Kathy Lyons, For the Bear’s Eyes Only, Hachette / Forever Yours

Kathy Lyons, The Bear Who Loved Me, Hachette / Forever Yours

Nadine Mutas, To Win a Demon’s Love, Nadine Mutas


Romance with Religious or Spiritual Elements

Maggie Awardee*Laurel Blount, A Family for the Farmer, Harlequin / Love Inspired

Ruth Logan Herne, Home on the Range, Waterbrook Press

Myra Johnson, Castles in the Clouds, Franciscan Media

Deb Kastner, The Cowboy’s Twins, Harlequin / Love Inspired

Deborah Raney, Close to Home, Abingdon Press

Romantic Novella

Maggie Awardee – Debra Jess, A Secret Rose, Debra Jess, Corp.

*Cecilia Dominic, Noble Secrets, Random Oenophile Enterprises

Kathy Lyons, Rock Hard (The Stone Men Series), ePublishingWorks

Krystal Shannan and Camryn Rhys, To Find a Mate, Moonbound Books

Aubrey Wynne, Paper Love, Plato Publishing


Romantic Suspense**

Maggie Awardee – Cate Beauman, Finding Lyla, Cate Beauman

Cate Beauman, Deceiving Bella, Cate Beauman

Kel O’Connor, Broken Bits, Self-Published

Katie Reus, A Covert Affair, NAL / Penguin Random House

Tiffany Snow, Follow Me, Montlake Romance

Tara Wyatt, Necessary Risk, Hachette / Forever


Young Adult Romance

Maggie Awardee – Nicola Yoon, The Sun Is Also a Star, Delacorte Press

*Tricia Cerrone, Glisten, Stone Media, Inc.

Kathleen Glasgow, Girl In Pieces, Delacorte Press

Christi J. Whitney, Shadow, HarperCollins UK

Darcy Woods, Summer of Supernovas, Crown Books for Young Readers



*Denotes a Georgia Romance Writers member

**Denotes the category had a tie, so there are six finalists instead of the customary five



2017 Unpublished Maggie Award for Excellence


Contemporary Short Romance

Maggie Awardee*Tanya Agler, A Pinch of Cinnamon***

2nd Place – Roxann Pearson, Add One Cowboy, Then Stir***

3rd Place – Brenda Davis writing as Elsie Davis, Treehouse Tryst***

Honorable Mention *Tanya Agler, Stealing Her Heart

Honorable Mention *Becke Turner, Home to Stay


Contemporary Single Title Romance

Maggie Awardee – Janet Walden-West, Island Time***

2nd Place *Tanya Agler, Mistletoe Misgivings***

3rd Place *Becke Turner, A Risk Worth Taking

Honorable Mention – C.R. Grissom, Mouthful

Honorable Mention – Ainsley Wynter, Trouble With Me




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