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    Golden Heart Winners

    Below is a comprehensive list of previous winners of the Golden Heart® award.

    2013 Golden Heart Winners
    Best Contemporary Series Romance "Baby on Board—Help!" by Miranda Liasson
    Best Contemporary Single Title Romance "Objection Overruled" by Jane O'Hanlon
    Best Historical Romance "Drawn to the Earl" by Joanna Shupe
    Best Paranormal Romance
    "Mind Sweeper" by Amy Jones (w/a AE Jones)
    Best Romantic Suspense "Broken Places" by Krista Hall Reynolds
    Best Young Adult Romance "Summer of Supernova" by Darcy Woods
       
    2012 Golden Heart Winners
    Best Contemporary Series Romance "Cyrano at Your Service" by Tamra Baumann
    Best Contemporary Single Title Romance "No Peeking" by Tamar Bihari (w/a Talia Quinn Daniels)
    Best Historical Romance "The Devil May Care" by Elisa Beatty
    Best Inspirational Romance "Love's Advocate" by Karen Fleming (w/a KD Fleming)
    Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements "Song without Words" by Lisa Laing
    Best Paranormal Romance "Never Deal with Dragons" by Lorenda Christensen
    Best Regency Historical Romance "The Perfect Heiress" by Kimberly Ohara (w/a April Bennet)
    Best Romantic Suspense "Edge of Deception" by Elizabeth Bemis
    Best Young Adult Romance "Wired" by Romily Bernard
       
    2011 Golden Heart Winners
    Best Contemporary Series Romance "Lost and Found" by Jo Anne Banker
    Best Contemporary Series Romance: Suspense/Adventure "Stolen Lullaby" by Robin Lynn Perini
    Best Contemporary Single Title Romance "The Sinners" by Lisa Connelly
    Best Historical Romance "The Dark Lady" by Maire Shelley
    Best Inspirational Romance "At His Command" by Ruth Kaufman
    Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements "Nearly Departed in Deadwood" by Ann Charles
    Best Paranormal Romance "The Blood Sworn King" by Trisza Ray
    Best Regency Historical Romance "The Proper Miss's Guide to Bad Behavior" by Anne Barton
    Best Romantic Suspense "Spy in the Mirror" by Diana Van Dyke
    Best Young Adult Romance "Irresistible" by Suzanne Kaufman Kalb
       
    2010 Golden Heart Winners
    Best Contemporary Series Romance "Fake Fiance, Real Love" by Cat Schield
    Best Contemporary Series Romance: Suspense/Adventure "See Jane Run" by Angela Platt
    Best Contemporary Single Title Romance "Songbird" by Liz Selvig
    Best Historical Romance "Between Heaven and Hell" by Jacqui Nelson
    Best Inspirational Romance "Unforgiven" by CJ Ernisse Chase
    Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements "A Place at the Table" by Patricia O'Dea Rosen
    Best Paranormal Romance "Bloodborn: Book One in the Light Blade Series" by Kylie Griffin
    Best Regency Historical Romance "A Most Improper Gentleman" by Elise Beatty
    Best Romantic Suspense "The Yard Man" by Jill Stone
    Best Young Adult Romance "Unchosen" by Erica O'Rourke
       
    2009 Golden Heart Winners
    Best Contemporary Series Romance "Second Chance for a Family" by Kim Law
    Best Contemporary Series Romance: Suspense/Adventure "Romance or Retribution" by Jamie Michele
    Best Contemporary Single Title Romance "Easy Money" by Vivi Andrews
    Best Historical Romance "Butterfly Swords" by Jeannie Lin
    Best Inspirational Romance "Kitty's Fire" by Kelly Ann Riley
    Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements "Death, Taxes, and a French Manicure" by Diane O'Brien Kelly
    Best Paranormal Romance "First Grave on the Right" by Darynda Jones
    Best Regency Historical Romance "An Inconvenient Marriage" by Sara Ramsey
    Best Romantic Suspense "Only Fear" by Anne Marie Becker
    Best Young Adult Romance "Stage Fright" by Shoshana Dawn Brown
       
    2008 Golden Heart Winners
    Best Contemporary Series Romance "Under a Harvest Moon" by Joleen Wieser
    Best Contemporary Series Romance: Suspense/Adventure "The Midnight Effect" by Pamela Fryer
    Best Contemporary Single Title Romance "Money, Honey" by by Susan Seyfarth
    Best Historical Romance "Wanting Finian" by by Kris Kennedy
    Best Inspirational Romance "Running from Trouble" by Kit Wilkinson
    Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements "The Devil You Know" by Christa Selnick
    Best Paranormal Romance "Soul Provider" by Annette McCleave
    Best Regency Historical Romance "Mistaken by Moonlight" by Susan Gee Heino
    Best Romantic Suspense "Sweet Deceit" by Julie Stevens
    Best Young Adult Romance "The Cinderella Society" by Kay Cassidy


    2007 Golden Heart Winners
    Best Contemporary Single Title Romance Manuscript "Romeo, Romeo" by Robin Kawczynski
    Best Inspirational Romance Manuscript "The Heart Beckons" by Carla Hughes
    Best Long Contemporary Romance Manuscript "All or Nothing" by Beth Burgoon
    Best Long Historical Romance Manuscript "Sager's Passion" by Elaine Levine
    Best Paranormal Romance Manuscript "Black Jack" by Jennifer Stark
    Best Romantic Suspense Manuscript "Falling into Darkness" by Bronwyn Clarke
    Best Short Contemporary Romance Manuscript "Weekend Agreement" by Barbara Tanner Wallace
    Best Short Historical Romance Manuscript "The Lost Jewel" by Debra Bess
    Best Novel With Strong Romantic Elements Manuscript "According to Jane" by Marilyn Weigel
    Best Young Adult Romance Manuscript "Coven" by Trish Milburn


    2006 Golden Heart Winners
    Best Contemporary Single Title Romance Manuscript "Dangerous Choices" by Donna Meier
    Best Inspirational Romance Manuscript "When Angels Fall" by Lora Bale
    Best Long Contemporary Romance Manuscript "The Memory of You" by Laurie Kellogg
    Best Long Historical Romance Manuscript "The Education of Mrs. Brimley" by Donna MacMeans
    Best Paranormal Romance Manuscript "Blood Squad" by Kelli Shewey
    Best Romantic Suspense Manuscript "The Watcher" by Jo Robertson
    Best Short Contemporary Romance Manuscript "Sweet Surrender" by Yvonne Harris
    Best Short Historical Romance Manuscript "Scandal's Daughter" by Christine Diehm
    Best Novel With Strong Romantic Elements Manuscript "Snooping in Stilettos" by Kathleen Beaver
    Best Young Adult Romance Manuscript "Do You Really Want to Haunt Me?" by Heather Koenig


    2005 Golden Heart Winners
    Best Contemporary Single Title Manuscript "Hard Lies" by S. Lorelle Marinello
    Best Inspirational Romance Manuscript "Autumn Rains" by Myra Langley Johnson
    Best Long Contemporary Romance Manuscript "Finding Hope" by Kimberly Fisk
    Best Long Historical Romance Manuscript "Ruined" by Victoria Grondahl
    Best Paranormal Romance Manuscript "Sapphire Dreams" by Pamela Poulsen
    Best Regency Romance Manuscript "Lady Wicked" by Nadele Jacobs
    Best Romantic Suspense Manuscript "Dancing in the Dark" by Holli S. Bertram
    Best Short Contemporary Romance Manuscript "Venus Rising" by Karina Bliss
    Best Short Historical Romance Manuscript "Secrets of All Hearts" by Christine Merrill
    Best Novel With Strong Romantic Elements "Viva Las Vegas" by Robin Flury
    Best Traditional Romance Manuscript "Snow White Wedding" by Jenna Ness
    Best Young Adult Romance Manuscript "Almost Cool: Confessions of the Popular Girl's Best Friend" by Julie Ann Linker


    2004 Golden Heart Winners
    Contemporary Single Title "A Little Bit of Deja Vu" by Laurie Kellogg
    Inspirational "Marrying Mariah" by Pam R. Hillman
    Long Contemporary "Where He Belongs" by Gail Ellen Barrett
    Long Historical "Once a Thief" by Kimberly L. Snoke
    Paranormal Romance "To Kiss a Frog" by Mary Ellen Jernigan
    Regency "Aphrodite's Brew" by Nadele A. Jacobs
    Romantic Suspense "Dangerous Kisses" by Patricia Ann Milburn
    Short Contemporary "Cursed by Love" by Jacqueline M. Floyd
    Short Historical "The Fox" by Carla Jean Hughes
    Novel with Strong Romantic Elements "A Luminous Art" by Debra Lew Harder


    2003 Golden Heart Winners
    Contemporary Single "Midnight in the Princess Bed" by Laron K. Glover
    Inspirational "A Place to Call Home" by Merrillee A Whren
    Long Contemporary "Forever Ago" by Anne DeStafano
    Long Historical  "Unmasked" by Diane Perkins
    Paranormal "The Blackstone Diaries" by Sandy Blair
    Romantic Suspense "Angel on the Run" by Dianna Love Snell
    Short Contemporary "Maiden in De-Stress" by Stephanie Davies Rowe
    Short Historical "His Majesty, Prince of Toads" by Nadele Jacobs


    2002 Golden Heart Winners
    Contemporary Single Title "This Is Where I Came In" by Beth M. Lavin
    Inspirational "A Healing Love" by Ramona G. Thompson
    Long Contemporary "From This Moment" by Brenda Harlen
    Long Historical "Rules of Engagement" by Kathryn Caskie
    Paranormal Romance "A Rose from the Grave" by Jenni Leigh Grizzle
    Regency "Cat of My Heart" by Laurie Lance Bishop
    Romantic Suspense "Forever and Always" by Kathleen W. Hodges
    Short Contemporary "Pleasure for Pleasure" by Jamie M. Sobrato
    Short Historical "The Warrior Trainer" by Gerri Russell
    Traditional "The First Kiss" by Nancy Robards Thompson


    2001 Golden Heart Winners
    Contemporary Single Title "Babe in the Woods" by Jacqueline Floyd
    Long Contemporary Series "Folly's Angel" by Cynthia Dees
    Long Historical "Black Stone Keep" by Gay Thornton
    Paranormal "Danegeld" by Susan Squires
    Regency "The Matchmaking Earl" by Shirley Karr
    Romantic Suspense "Protective Custody" by Beth Cornelison
    Short Contemporary Series "Hot for Teacher" by Joanne Rock
    Short Historical "Wild Montana Sky" by Debra Holland
    Traditional "Cooper's Folly" by Mary Strand


    2000 Golden Heart Winners
    Contemporary Single Title "Selena's Revenge" by Abigail Lederman
    Long Contemporary Series "Night Dreams" by Carolyn LaFever
    Long Historical "Shades of Honor" by Wendy Lindstrom Bores
    Paranormal "Hagan's Pride" by Linda Rooks
    Romantic Suspense "In Deep Water" by Barbara Cool Lee
    Short Contemporary Series "Skinny Dipping in the Vedigree River" by Barbara Dunlop
    Short Historical "Circle of Honor" by Carol Umberger
    Traditional "Cruising for Love" by Tami Denise Cowdon


    1999 Golden Heart Winners
    Contemporary Single Title "Hostage Hearts" by Kathleen Holzapfel
    Inspirational "Follow Me" by Stephanie Gillenberg
    Long Contemporary Series "A Piece of Heaven" by Ann Schuessler
    Long Historical "Tarleton's Wife" by Grace Ann Kone
    Paranormal "Sixpence Bride" by Virginia Farmer
    Regency "A Compromising Situation" by Shannon Donnelly
    Romantic Suspense "Keeper of Midnight" by Linda Castillo
    Short Contemporary Series "After the Kiss" by Barbara Dunlop
    Short Historical "Chasing Jessie" by Caroline Fyffe
    Traditional "A Daddy For Jessie" by Belinda Bass


    1998 Golden Heart Winners
    Contemporary Single Title "Millennium Man" by Dorien Kelly
    Inspirational "Kickin' and Screamin'" by Sunni Jeffers
    Long Contemporary Series "All Around Cowboy" by Jane Porter Gaskins
    Long Historical "Star-Crossed" by Tracy L. Cozzens
    Paranormal "Remember Me" by Gerri Russell
    Romantic Suspense "To Protect and Serve" by Virginia Kantra Ritchey
    Short Contemporary Series "Jewel of My Heart" by Nina Bruhns
    Short Historical "Virgin Spring" by Debra Lee Brown
    Traditional "Rainman's Bride" by Janet W. Butler


    1997 Golden Heart Winners
    Contemporary Single Title "Skin Game" by Michele Marie Albert
    Long Contemporary Series "Hawk's Child" by Vivyan Helen Connolly
    Long Historical "The Path of the Wind" by Deborah MacDonald Hale
    Paranormal "Dared to Dream" by Tami H. Hilz
    Romantic Suspense "Dangerous Curves" by Kristina Wright
    Short Contemporary Series "Stop in the Name of Love" by Nina Bruhns
    Short Historical "Forever in Your Arms" by Kristen Mechelle Smith
    Traditional "A Father's Love" by Pam Menz Baker


    1996 Golden Heart Winners
    Contemporary Single Title "Sacrifice" by Angel Smits
    Inspirational "Love Restored" by Kate M. Welsh
    Long Contemporary Series "Second Chances" by Pamela S. Baustian
    Long Historical "White Roses" by Janet Lee Nickoles
    Paranormal "Night Hawk" by Christine K. Benson
    Regency "Pressing Obligations" by Janet R. Justiss
    Romantic Suspense "It's Murder Out There" by Maggie A. Price
    Short Contemporary Series "Wooing Wanda" by Gwendolyn Louise Pemberton
    Short Historical "The Devil of Draloch" by Myra Platt
    Traditional "A Cowboy Wedding" by Bobbie C. Gosnell
    Young Adult "Willow King" by Chris Sue Platt


    1995 Golden Heart Winners
    Contemporary Single Title Sharon C. Mignerey
    Inspirational Vince Brach
    Long Contemporary Series Roxanne N. Rustand
    Long Historical Linda S. Needham
    Paranormal Linda G. Harmon
    Regency Annemarie Michele Hasnain
    Romantic Suspense Kathleen S. Nance
    Short Contemporary Series Robin Rouse Wells
    Short Historical Kit Dee
    Traditional Leanna Wilson Ellis
    Young Adult Rita Bales Herron


    1994 Golden Heart Winners
    Contemporary Single Title Rachel Dawn Gibson
    Historical Stephanie Diane Maynard
    Historical Series Kayla Lynn Westra
    Long Contemporary Series Amelia A. Autin
    Paranormal Janice M. Taratino
    Regency Jennifer Zorger
    Romantic Suspense Lori L. Harris
    Short Contemporary Series Patricia Burford Ryan
    Traditional Betty J. Monthei
    Young Adult Melinda Rucker Haynes


    1993 Golden Heart Winners
    Contemporary Single Title Tina Ritter Wainscott
    Historical Donna L. Royer
    Historical Series Kate M. Welsh
    Long Contemporary Series Gay Ann Thornton
    Paranormal Laura Beard Hayden
    Regency June Lea Calvin
    Romantic Suspense Laurie S. Creasy
    Short Contemporary Series Metsy Gravois Hingle
    Traditional Linda Crippes
    Young Adult Vikk Simmons


    1992 Golden Heart Winners
    Contemporary Single Title Micqui Miller
    Historical Kathleen J. Gerberick
    Historical Series Susan Kay Law
    Long Contemporary Series Karen Muir
    Paranormal Catherine W. Kohman
    Regency Angela Ray
    Romantic Suspense G. Laurie Gilbert
    Short Contemporary Series Carol Rusley
    Traditional Jodi O'Donnell
    Young Adult Barbara Ann Scott


    1991 Golden Heart Winners
    Contemporary Single Title Crystal Stovall
    Historical Susan Sizemore
    Historical Series Michele Wyan
    Long Contemporary Series Kate Freiman
    Regency Barbara A. Yirka
    Romantic Suspense Ilona Boyce
    Short Contemporary Series Deborah Vargas
    Traditional Sandra Novy Chvostal
    Young Adult Donna Jean Tennis
       
    1990 Golden Heart Winners
    Contemporary Single Title Ann E. Linderman
    Historical Christina Dodd
    Historical Series Kristin J. Hannah
    Long Contemporary Series Gloria Alvarez
    Regency Thomasina Robinson
    Romantic Suspense Julia S. Brinegar
    Short Contemporary Series Donna D. Fejes
    Traditional Jackie Radoumis
    Young Adult Janie Locke Begeman


    1989 Golden Heart Winners
    Contemporary Single Title Barbara J. Parker
    Historical Anita C. Gordon
    Long Contemporary Series Brenda G. Hamilton
    Romantic Suspense Ann Saxton Reh
    Short Contemporary Series Ann Bair
    Traditional Kathleen A. Beck
    Young Adult Heather W. MacAllister


    1988 Golden Heart Winners
    Contemporary Single Title Dana Lynn Hites
    Historical Patricia Gaffney
    Long Contemporary Series Laurie A. Sunshine
    Regency Katherine A. Moore
    Short Contemporary Series Sheila A. Slattery
    Traditional Pat Tracy


    1987 Golden Heart Winners
    Contemporary Single Title Terese Daly Ramin
    Historical Nadine Crenshaw
    Long Contemporary Series Sally J. Siddon
    Regency Joan E. Overfield
    Short Contemporary Series Judith Ann Myers
    Young Adult Leila E. Davis


    1986 Golden Heart Winners
    Contemporary Single Title Frances E. Hanson
    Historical Jill Marie Landis
    Inspirational Christine Haygood Deane
    Long Contemporary Series Linda Jenkins Nutting
    Regency Martha J. Power
    Short Contemporary Series Susan Andrews
    Traditional Janece O. Hudson
    Young Adult Sheila A. Slattery


    1985 Golden Heart Winners
    Contemporary Single Title Lynette Vuong
    Historical Linda L. Bartell
    Inspirational T. Lauraine Snelling
    Long Contemporary Series Elaine K. Stirling
    Regency Maggie Farrell
    Short Contemporary Series Ann K. Stokes
    Traditional Susan E. Fox
    Young Adult Paula B. Gorgas


    1984 Golden Heart Winners
    Contemporary 80,000 Words and Up Susan E. Fox
    Contemporary 65,000 - 80,000 Words Barbara Dawson Smith
    Contemporary Under 65,000 Words Christine DeSmet
    Historical Maureen E. Kurr
    Historical Series Mary E. Butler
    Traditional Lisbeth L. Chance
    Young Adult Janice Boles


    1983 Golden Heart Winners
    Contemporary Series Melanie Catley
    Contemporary Single Title Kathleen Eagle
    Historical Betina Lindsey
    Historical Series Barbara L. Jones
    Historical Series Vivian N. Doering
    Young Adult Patricia Pinianski
       
    1982 Golden Heart Winners
    First Place "Bittersweet" by Martha Starr
       
    1981 Golden Heart Winners
    First Place "Race the Wind" by Barbara Cameron Smith