Indiana Golden Opportunity Contest

Since 1990

Finalists and Winners

1999-Present

2017 Finalists

Contemporary Romance

1st...Cheryl Ford                         The Art of Second Chances

2nd...Becke Turner                     A Risk Worth Taking

3rd...Tanya Agler                       A Pinch of Cinnamon

Historical Romance

1st...Terra Rogerson                   Love Me if You Dare (request for full manuscript from Entangled Publishing)

2nd...Lisa Marie Wilkinson       The Red Parrot (request for full manuscript from Entangled Publishing)

3rd...Susan Payne                      From Irish Slave to English Countess

Paranormal Romance

1st...Fenley Grant                       Time Traveler: Love in the Land of Fire

2nd...Lisa Knight                       Praetorian Rising (request for full manuscript from Carina Press)

3rd...Sarah MacGregor              He Loves Me Knot

Romance with Religious or Spiritual Elements

1st...Amanda Wen                      Fresh-Brewed Love

2nd...Kathleen D. Bailey           A Hilltop Christmas

3rd...Robyn Hook                      Take Two on Love

Romantic Suspense

1st...Barbara Forlenza                Beyond Paradise

2nd...Monique Headley             Know When to Run (request for full manuscript from Carina Press)

3rd...Annie Parnell                    The Reluctant Countess

Young Adult Romance

1st...Jenna Grinstead                  The Keeper's Daughter (requests for full manuscript from Harlequin and Clean Reads)

2nd...Gregory Henry                  Prisoner's Poison (request for full manuscript from Clean Reads)

3rd...Jenna Grinstead                 Crashing Melodies

Best of the Best

Cheryl Ford                               The Art of Second Chances

2016

Contemporary Romance

1st...Jessica Holt                     Hearts on the Vine

2nd...Makenna Lee                 Through the Lens

3rd...Brooke Salesky              Project Kama Sutra

Erotic Romance

1st...Sionna Fox                       Bound To

2nd...Danni Rose                     For Sale, One Virgin

3rd...Jenny Centen                   Changing His Tune

Historical Romance

1st...Eleri Grace                        This is Us

2nd...Ann Chaney                     Along Came a Spy (request for full manuscript from Entangled Publishing)

3rd...Claire B. Goodbody          Gilded Dreams

Inspirational Romance

1st...Shelia Queen Shook          The Wager (request for full manuscript from Harper Collins Christian)

2nd...Darlene L. Turner             Stolen Vows

3rd...Sandi Lyons Hoard            A Tarnished Rose

Paranormal Romance

1st...A.Y. Chao                           Soul Affinity (2017 Golden Heart finalist)

2nd...Jilly Wood                         The Transformation of Alexis Doe

3rd...Fenley Grant                      Breeders

Romantic Suspense

1st...Meta Carroll                       Semper Fi (2017 Golden Heart winner)

2nd...Lori Matthews                   Hit and Run (request for full manuscript from Carina Press)

3rd...Lexa Fisher                        Plan C

Best of the Best

Sionna Fox                                Bound To (request for full manuscript from Berkley Publishing Group)

2015

Contemporary Romance

1st...Cia Paul                            Twice in a Lifetime Love (request for full manuscript from Samhain Publishing)

2nd...Victoria De La O             The Rule of Thirds (request for full manuscript from Entangled Publishing)

3rd...Christina Delay                Twelve Years

Erotic Romance

1st...Kate Mackenzie                Her Double Life (request for full manuscript from Resplendence Publishing)

2nd...Courtney Leigh               The Other Side of Anger (request for full manuscript from Resplendence Publishing)

3rd...Briana MacPerry             An Optimist's Guide to Love's Destruction

Historical Romance

1st...Karen Muir                      Dagger's Destiny (request for full manuscript from Entangled Publishing)

2nd...Jennifer Lynn                 The Oath (request for full manuscript from Entangled Publishing)

3rd...Rebecca Halsey             The West Edge

Inspirational Romance

1st...Preslaysa Williams          A Home for Her Heart

2nd...LeAnne Bristow              The Search for Sunshine

3rd...Connie Queen                 Falsely Accused

Paranormal Romance

1st...Fenley Grant                    Daywalker

2nd...Brynda Wolf                    Whispering Lakes

3rd...SJ Maitland                      Uncommon

Romantic Suspense

1st...Vicki Tharp                       In Her Defense

2nd...Arlene McFarlane           Murder, Curlers, and Cream (request for full manuscript from Carina Press)

3rd...Arlene McFarlane            Murder, Curlers, and Canes (request for full manuscript from Carina Press)

Young Adult Romance

1st...Debbie Van Brunt            Beest (request for full manuscript from Astraea Press)

2nd...Janet Halpin                   The Nascent Bloom (request for full manuscript from Astraea Press)
3rd...McCall Hoyle                 Evil in the White City (request for full manuscript from Astraea Press)

Best of the Best

Karen Muir                             Dagger's Destiny

2014

Contemporary Romance

1st...Jennifer Sanchez            First Blush (request for full manuscript from Grand Central)

2nd...Mia Sosa                        Inevitable

3rd...Betty L. Unkel                 Meadow Wind

Historical Romance

1st...Jayne Diamond               The Governess Files (requests for full manuscript from Entangled Publishing and NAL)

2nd...Elysabeth Grace            By Love Unbound (request for full manuscript from Entangled Publishing)

3rd...Amanda Aubuchon         More Than Meets the Eye

Paranormal Romance

1st...C. Marie Bowen               Stranger (Published 2015 as Passage)

2nd...Jillian David                    Hell to Pay

3rd...Philisha B. Stephens       Earthly Force

Romantic Suspense

1st...Tracy Poole                     A Shot Worth Taking (2015 Golden Heart winner)

2nd...Lisa Lee                         Legacy of Deception

3rd...Kathryn MacDonald Schneeman     Running the Cobblestone

Young Adult Romance

1st...McCall Hoyle                   The Other Cheek (request for full manuscript from Astraea Press/2016 Golden Heart finalist)

2nd...Stephanie Scott              Sunset Summer (request for full manuscript from Astraea Press)

3rd...Carolyn Chambers Clark     Secrets

Best of the Best

McCall Hoyle                           The Other Cheek

2013

Contemporary Romance

1st...Allison Collins                  Love Redesigned (request for full manuscript from Grand Central Publishing/Published 2014)

2nd...Elizabeth Harmon           Falling Hard (Published February 2015 as Pairing Off by Carina Press)

3rd...Margaret-Mary Jaeger    Cooking with Kandy (request for full manuscript from Grand Central Publishing)

Erotic Romance

1st...Robin Delany                   Walking

2nd...Tippi Hickey                    Love, Latex, and NutriaGlop

3rd...Sheley Wimmer               The Wellspring

Historical Romance

1st...Donna Porter                   Keeping Secrets (request for full manuscript from Entangled Publishing)

2nd...Sacha Devine                 Katia

3rd...Sheley Wimmer               The Devil’s Pride (request for full manuscript from Entangled Publishing)

Inspirational Romance

1st...Janice Martin                   Turning Point

2nd...Carolyn Miller                 Muskoka Blue (request for full manuscript from Harlequin Love Inspired)

3rd...Zanne Davis                    Year of Jubilee

Paranormal Romance

1st...Melonie Johnson             To Catch a Fetch (request for full manuscript from Berkley Publishing)

2nd...Sheley Wimmer              Moon Demon's Lover (request for full manuscript from Berkley Publishing)

3rd...Anne Shivelle Perry         Protect Her

Romantic Suspense

1st...Michelle Somers              Lethal in Love (Published 2015)

2nd...Abbie Roads                   Dangerous Dreams (2014 Golden Heart Finalist)

3rd...Renee Canter Johnson    Behind the Mask

Young Adult Romance

1st...McCall Hoyle                  The Thing with Feathers (request for full manuscript from Astraea Press/2014 Golden Heart Winner)

2nd...Barbara Gerry               Macha and the River Blue (request for full manuscript from Astraea Press/2014 Golden Heart Finalist)

3rd...Amy DeLuca                  Four Bullets (request for full manuscript from Astraea Press/2014 Golden Heart Finalist)

Best of the Best

Robin Delany                         Walking

2012 

Historical

1st...Jessica Gibbons             The Dressmaker’s Duke

2nd...Donna Rosenbloom       Entrapping the Earl

3rd...Helen Pliz                       A Rip in Time

Mainstream

1st...Susan Bickford               Synchrony’s Call

2nd...Joni M. Fisher               Unredeemed

3rd...Kerry Lonsdale               Remembering Aimee 

Paranormal

1st...Leisl Leighton                 Seer’s Blood

2nd...Jami Gold                      The Treasure of a Dragon’s Heart

3rd...Heather Boey                 Moon Borne

Romantic Suspense

1st...Gail Chianese                 Tell Me Lies

2nd...Sarah Ahmad                 Kiss of the White Tiger

3rd...Elizabeth Newmeyer       Redemption for Liars

Single Title

1st...Maria Kelterer                 Love’s Second Chance (request for full manuscript)

2nd...Shaina Hardesty           The Truth is in the Tango (request for full manuscript)

3rd...Marejo Ramsey             Unexpected Consequences (request for full manuscript)

Young Adult

1st...Diana Reep                    The Dangerous Summer of Jesse Turner

2nd...Rebecca Simpson         Fake

3rd...Diana Reep                    Kiss’d

Best of the Best

Diana Reep                            The Dangerous Summer of Jesse Turner

2011

Historical

1st...Jinhee Jun                      The Enemy Spy

Mainstream

1st...Elizabeth McCollum-Nazario     Meet Me in New Jersey

Paranormal

1st...Jennifer Sampson          Time for Love

Romantic Suspense

1st...Rosalind Villers               Nothing to Fear

2nd...Vanessa M. Knight        Second Time's the Charm (Published 2014)

Single Title

1st...Elizabeth Pina                 Rural Rendezvous

Young Adult

1st...Stephanie Winkelhake    The Matter of Souls

Best of the Best

Stephanie Winkelhake            The Matter of Souls

2010

Historical

1st...Kathleen Cherry              To Marry an Earl

Mainstream

1st...Kendel Flaum                  The Miser Who Bought the Farm

Paranormal

1st...Laurel O’Donnell              Immortal Death

Romantic Suspense

1st...Nancy Litzau                    Scent of Fear

Single Title

1st...Caroline Phipps               Saving Captain Marsh

Young Adult

1st...Tracy St. Hilaire               Zombie Apocalypse and Vampires...Oh My!

Best of the Best

Tracy St. Hilaire                       Zombie Apocalypse and Vampires...Oh My!

2009

Historical

1st...Patricia Patton                 The Soldier

Mainstream

1st...Dawna Fichtner               Odin’s End

Paranormal

1st...Leslie Duvall                    Darkness Dawns

Romantic Suspense

1st...Linda Lovely                    Degrees of Death

Single Title

1st...Kelli Zeiher Riley             Chocolate Kisses

Young Adult

1st...Lisa Desrochers              Personal Demons

Best of the Best

Leslie Duvall                           Darkness Dawns

2008

Contemporary

1st...Greta MacEachern         The Spinnergig Curse

Historical

1st...Anna Clevenger             Honor’s Captain

Mainstream/Single Title

1st...Caren Crane Helms       Flowers, Veils, and Shotgun Shells

Paranormal

1st...Skyler White                   And Falling, Fly

Romantic Suspense

1st...Robin Weaver                Crowded Cabin

Best of the Best

Skyler White                          And Falling, Fly

2007

Historical

1st...Susan Heino                 Mistaken by Moonlight

Mainstream/Single Title

1st...Susan Seyfarth             The Princess Project

Paranormal

1st...Tanya T. Holmes           An Early Frost

Romantic Suspense

1st...Cathy Perkins               The Professor

Best of the Best

Susan Seyfarth                    The Princess Project

2006

Contemporary

1st...Alexandra Alichos        The Greek Rule

Historical

1st...Christine Diehm/Christine Wells     Scandal’s Daughter

Mainstream/Single Title

1st...Susan Kenney Paytas A Lady in Danger

Paranormal

1st...Laura Jochum             Guardian Witness

Romantic Suspense

1st...Terry O’Dell                 Rescued Hearts

Best of the Best

Christine Diehm/Christine Wells     Scandal’s Daughter

2005

Contemporary

1st...Victoria Wasserman    Lethal Medicine

Historical

1st...Sherril Green               Horsewitch

Mainstream/Single Title

1st...Donna Caubarreaux   The Devil has Dimples

Paranormal

1st...Sharie Kohler              Once Bitten, Never Shy

Romantic Suspense

1st...Kimberley Howe         One Shot, Two Kills

Best of the Best

Kimberley Howe                 One Shot, Two Kills

2004

Contemporary

1st...Cheryl Ann Martin       Countdown to Love

Historical

1st...Sylvia Day Wolicki      Almost Too Much

Mainstream/Single Title

1st...Cassondra Murray     The Ritual

Paranormal

1st...Karen Szymczyk       Singapore Sling

Best of the Best

Sylvia Day Wolicki            Almost Too Much

2003

Contemporary

1st...Karen Muir               Undercover Nanny

Historical

1st...Tracy Seybold          American Heiress

Mainstream/Single Title

1st...Babette de Jongh     Guarding Julia

Paranormal

1st...Kathleen Bolton       The Witches’ Daughter

Best of the Best

Tracy Seybold                  American Heiress

2002

Contemporary

1st...Peggy Anderson      In Murphy’s Eyes

Historical

1st...Lisa Manuel             The Duke’s Decision

Mainstream/Single Title

1st...Y.L. Harris                Kiss Daddy Goodbye

Paranormal

1st...Cindy Barry             The Fifth Essence

Best of the Best

Y.L. Harris                        Kiss Daddy Goodbye

2001

Contemporary (Long)

1st...Shelisa Loertscher   Mending Fences

Contemporary (Short)

1st...Renee Roy               A Nanny for Hire

Historical

1st...Nadele Jacobs         Lady Wicked

Mainstream/Single Title

1st...Jenny Low               Kissing Games

Paranormal

1st...Delores Wilson        Little Big Heart

Best of the Best

Shelisa Loertscher          Mending Fences

2000

Contemporary

1st...Linda Kearney        The Life of Riley

Historical

1st...Kerrelyn Sparks      The Night of the Silver Dollar Moon

Paranormal

1st...Kay Hudson            Tempting Fate

Best of the Best

Kay Hudson                    Tempting Fate

1999 

Contemporary 

1st...Jennifer Wagner      Echoes

Historical

1st...Jennifer Ashley       The Emerald Lady

Paranormal

1st...Linda Rooks            Hagen’s Pride

Best of the Best

Linda Rooks                    Hagen’s Pride