Awards

I confess, I am a Contest Diva. I love contests—especially winning them! Below are most of my contest conquests. I urge any aspiring author to enter contests that provide feedback and a chance to get your work before editors and agents.

Crown of Crystal Flame
Queen of Song and Souls
King of Sword and Sky
Lady of Light and Shadows
Lord of the Fading Lands
Unpublished Awards

Crown of Crystal Flame

  • Crown of Crystal Flame has been awarded the reviewer nominated and reader-selected Romance Reviews Best Fantasy Romance of 2010. 

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Queen of Song and Souls

  • Queen of Song and Souls was awarded the 2009 Winner of PEARL ParaNormal Excellence Award in Fantasy.
  • 2009 Finalist for the Australian Romance Reader Award in Sci-Fi, Fantasy or Futuristic Romance category.

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King of Sword and Sky

  • King of Sword and Sky finaled in the 2009 Prism Contest in the Futuristic, Fantasy and Paranormal romance fiction category.
  • King of Sword and Sky finaled in the 2009 Desert Rose Golden Quill Award in Fantasy, Sci Fi, Futuristic category.
  • King of Sword and Sky was nominated for the 2008 Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award in the Fantasy Novel category.
  • King of Sword and Sky was the October 2008 Paranormal Romance "PNR Staff Top Pick."
  • King of Sword and Sky won First Place in the Fall 2008 Night Owl Romance Awards for  Best Fantasy/Futuristic/Off World Romance.
  • King of Sword and Sky was one of 11 winners for the 2008 CataNetwork Reviewers’ Choice Award for Single Title.

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Lady of Light and Shadows

  • Lady of Light and Shadows was nominated for a Fantasm Award in the Best Epic Fantasy category. Voting is now open at Fantasm Awards.
  • Lady of Light and Shadows won the 2008 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence in the paranormal category.
  • Lady of Light and Shadows finaled in the 2008 Desert Rose Golden Quill Contest in the Fantasy, Sci Fi, Futuristic category.
  • Lady of Light and Shadows won the 2008 Winner Beacon Contest — Published Division Award in the Paranormal, Fantasy, Sci Fi category.
  • Lady of Light and Shadows finaled in the 2007 National Readers’ Choice Awards in the Best Paranormal/Fantasy Romance category.

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Lord of the Fading Lands

  • Lord of the Fading Lands finaled in the 2008 Georgia Romance Writers Published Maggies Award for Excellence in the Fantasy, Sci Fi, Futuristic category.
  • Lord of the Fading Lands won the 2008 Desert Rose Golden Quill Award in the Fantasy, Sci Fi, Futuristic category.
  • Lord of the Fading Lands won the 2008 Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence, Published Author Contest in the Paranormal/Time Travel/Fantasy/Futuristic category.
  • Lord of the Fading Lands finaled in the 2008 Beacon Contest — Published Division in the Paranormal, Fantasy, Sci Fi category.
  • Lord of the Fading Lands finaled in the Heart of Denver Romance Writers 2008 Aspen Gold Readers Choice Award in the paranormal category.
  • Lord of the Fading Lands won the 2007 Wisconsin RWA’s Write Touch Award in the Best Paranormal/Fantasy category.
  • Lord of the Fading Lands won the 2007 Michelle Buonfiglio on Romance: B(u)y the Book at LifetimeTV.com Award for Best Paranormal Romance Debut.
  • Lord of the Fading Lands won the 2007 ParaNormal Excellence Award for Best Debut Author in Romantic Literature(PEARL).
  • Lord of the Fading Lands won the 2007 National Readers’ Choice Award for Best First Book.
  • Lord of the Fading Lands won the 2007 National Readers´ Choice Award for Best Paranormal/Fantasy Romance.
  • The Lord of the Fading Lands finaled in the 2007 ForeWord Magazine´s Book of the Year in the Best Romance Novel category.
  • Lord of the Fading Lands was awarded the 2007 Best Fantasy Romance Award by the reviewers at Romance Reviews Today.

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Unpublished Awards

Long before I was published, I was writing and submitting books to a variety of unpublished writing contests. The wins and finals helped keep me motivated to continue writing – and got my manuscripts in front of editors without going through the slush pile. The following is a list of my unpublished contest wins.

Winter King

  • The Winter King (unpublished, fantasy romance) finaled in the 2006 Georgia Romance Writers´ Maggie Award of Excellence.

Tairen Soul

This was the unpublished manuscript that became LORD OF THE FADING LANDS and LADY OF LIGHT AND SHADOWS. The Jasmine Award win in 2005 was judged by Alicia Condon at Dorchester, and ultimately led to my first sale and the publication of the Tairen Soul series.

  • Tairen Soul won the 2005 LCRWA Jasmine Award.
  • Tairen Soul won the 2004 West Houston RWA Emily & Best of the Best Award.
  • Tairen Soul won the 2004 NOLA Stars Suzannah Award.
  • Tairen Soul finaled in the 2003 Tampa Area Romance Authors First Impressions Contest.
  • Tairen Soul finaled in the 2003 SpacecoasT Authors of Romance, Launching a Star Contest.
  • Tairen Soul finaled in the 2000 Georgia Romance Writers Maggie Award of Excellence.

An Invasion of Leprechauns

  • An Invasion of Leprechauns (unpublished, contemporary romance) finaled in the 2003 Tampa Area Romance Authors First Impressions Contest.

Loving Grace

  • Loving Grace (unpublished, contemporary romance) won the 2005 Tampa Area Romance Authors (TARA) Award
  • Love Grace (unpublished, contemporary romance) finaled in the 2004 RWA Golden Heart Contest.
  • Loving Grace (unpublished, contemporary romance) won the 2003 SpacecoasT Authors of Romance, Launching a Star Contest.
  • Loving Grace (unpublished, contemporary romance) won the 2001 Georgia Romance Writers Maggie Award of Excellence.

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