Golden Heart Winners

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

2017 Golden Heart Winners
Contemporary Romance “No Man Left Behind” by Penelope Leas
Contemporary Romance: Short "Job Opening: Billionaire's Wife" by Susannah Erwin
Historical Romance "With Love in Sight" by Christina Britton
Paranormal Romance "Constant Craving" by Kari W. Cole
Romance with Religious or Spiritual Elements "Wings of Love" by Pamela Ferguson
Romantic Suspense "Semper Fi" by Meta Carroll
Young Adult Romance "Listen" by Jennifer Camiccia
2016 Golden Heart Winners
Contemporary Romance “Shelter Me” by Gabrielle Luthy
Historical Romance "The Earl and the Pussycat" by Elizabeth King
Inspirational Romance "For the Love of Termites" by Kimberly MacCarron
Paranormal Romance "Don't Call Me Cupcake" by Tara Sheets
Romantic Suspense "In the Wrong Sights" by Tracy Brody
Short Contemporary Romance "Rescuing Riley" by Carrie Nichols
Young Adult Romance "The Beekeeper" by Meg Kassel
2015 Golden Heart Winners
Contemporary Romance “Call Me Mrs. Whitlock” by Kimberly Buckner
Erotic Romance "A Deal for Love" by Michele Arris
Historical Romance "The Reunion" by Sara Leyton
Paranormal Romance "Demons Don’t" by Jeanne Oates Estridge
Romantic Suspense "A Shot Worth Taking" by Tracy Brody
Short Contemporary Romance "Winning Her Over" by Alexa Rowan
Young Adult Romance "When I Wake" by Stephanie Winkelhake
2014 Golden Heart Winners
Contemporary Romance "Too Good to Be True" by Suzanne Kaufman Kalb
Historical Romance "Charlene and the Duchess Factory" by Lenora Bell
Inspirational Romance "My Lord Valet" by Kristi Ann Hunter
Paranormal Romance "Beyond the Fire" by Marni Folsom
Romantic Suspense "Chasing Damn" by Denny S. Bryce
Short Contemporary Romance "Yesterday's Promise" by Sarah Cannon
Young Adult Romance "The Thing with Feathers" by McCall Hoyle
2013 Golden Heart Winners
Contemporary Series Romance "Baby on Board—Help!" by Miranda Liasson
Contemporary Single Title Romance   "Objection Overruled" by Jane O'Hanlon
Historical Romance "Drawn to the Earl" by Joanna Shupe
Paranormal Romance "Mind Sweeper" by Amy Jones (w/a AE Jones)
Romantic Suspense "Broken Places" by Krista Hall Reynolds
Young Adult Romance "Summer of Supernova" by Darcy Woods
2012 Golden Heart Winners
Contemporary Series Romance "Cyrano at Your Service" by Tamra Baumann
Contemporary Single Title Romance "No Peeking" by Tamar Bihari (w/a Talia Quinn Daniels)
Historical Romance "The Devil May Care" by Elisa Beatty
Inspirational Romance "Love's Advocate" by Karen Fleming (w/a KD Fleming)
Novel with Strong Romantic Elements "Song without Words" by Lisa Laing
Paranormal Romance "Never Deal with Dragons" by Lorenda Christensen
Regency Historical Romance "The Perfect Heiress" by Kimberly Ohara (w/a April Bennet)
Romantic Suspense "Edge of Deception" by Elizabeth Bemis
Young Adult Romance "Wired" by Romily Bernard
2011 Golden Heart Winners
Contemporary Series Romance "Lost and Found" by Jo Anne Banker
Contemporary Series Romance: Suspense/Adventure   "Stolen Lullaby" by Robin Lynn Perini
Contemporary Single Title Romance "The Sinners" by Lisa Connelly
Historical Romance "The Dark Lady" by Maire Shelley
Inspirational Romance "At His Command" by Ruth Kaufman
Novel with Strong Romantic Elements "Nearly Departed in Deadwood" by Ann Charles
Paranormal Romance "The Blood Sworn King" by Trisza Ray
Regency Historical Romance "The Proper Miss's Guide to Bad Behavior" by Anne Barton
Romantic Suspense "Spy in the Mirror" by Diana Van Dyke
Young Adult Romance "Irresistible" by Suzanne Kaufman Kalb
2010 Golden Heart Winners
Contemporary Series Romance "Fake Fiance, Real Love" by Cat Schield
Contemporary Series Romance: Suspense/Adventure   "See Jane Run" by Angela Platt
Contemporary Single Title Romance "Songbird" by Liz Selvig
Historical Romance "Between Heaven and Hell" by Jacqui Nelson
Inspirational Romance "Unforgiven" by CJ Ernisse Chase
Novel with Strong Romantic Elements "A Place at the Table" by Patricia O'Dea Rosen
Paranormal Romance "Bloodborn: Book One in the Light Blade Series" by Kylie Griffin
Regency Historical Romance "A Most Improper Gentleman" by Elise Beatty
Romantic Suspense "The Yard Man" by Jill Stone
Young Adult Romance "Unchosen" by Erica O'Rourke
2009 Golden Heart Winners
Contemporary Series Romance "Second Chance for a Family" by Kim Law
Contemporary Series Romance: Suspense/Adventure   "Romance or Retribution" by Jamie Michele
Contemporary Single Title Romance "Easy Money" by Vivi Andrews
Historical Romance "Butterfly Swords" by Jeannie Lin
Inspirational Romance "Kitty's Fire" by Kelly Ann Riley
Novel with Strong Romantic Elements "Death, Taxes, and a French Manicure" by Diane O'Brien Kelly
Paranormal Romance "First Grave on the Right" by Darynda Jones
Regency Historical Romance "An Inconvenient Marriage" by Sara Ramsey
Romantic Suspense "Only Fear" by Anne Marie Becker
Young Adult Romance "Stage Fright" by Shoshana Dawn Brown
2008 Golden Heart Winners
Contemporary Series Romance "Under a Harvest Moon" by Joleen Wieser
Contemporary Series Romance: Suspense/Adventure   "The Midnight Effect" by Pamela Fryer
Contemporary Single Title Romance "Money, Honey" by by Susan Seyfarth
Historical Romance "Wanting Finian" by by Kris Kennedy
Inspirational Romance "Running from Trouble" by Kit Wilkinson
Novel with Strong Romantic Elements "The Devil You Know" by Christa Selnick
Paranormal Romance "Soul Provider" by Annette McCleave
Regency Historical Romance "Mistaken by Moonlight" by Susan Gee Heino
Romantic Suspense "Sweet Deceit" by Julie Stevens
Young Adult Romance "The Cinderella Society" by Kay Cassidy
2007 Golden Heart Winners
Contemporary Single Title Romance Manuscript "Romeo, Romeo" by Robin Kawczynski
Inspirational Romance Manuscript "The Heart Beckons" by Carla Hughes
Long Contemporary Romance Manuscript "All or Nothing" by Beth Burgoon
Long Historical Romance Manuscript "Sager's Passion" by Elaine Levine
Paranormal Romance Manuscript "Black Jack" by Jennifer Stark
Romantic Suspense Manuscript "Falling into Darkness" by Bronwyn Clarke
Short Contemporary Romance Manuscript "Weekend Agreement" by Barbara Tanner Wallace
Short Historical Romance Manuscript "The Lost Jewel" by Debra Bess
Novel With Strong Romantic Elements Manuscript   "According to Jane" by Marilyn Weigel
Young Adult Romance Manuscript "Coven" by Trish Milburn
2006 Golden Heart Winners
Contemporary Single Title Romance Manuscript "Dangerous Choices" by Donna Meier
Inspirational Romance Manuscript "When Angels Fall" by Lora Bale
Long Contemporary Romance Manuscript "The Memory of You" by Laurie Kellogg
Long Historical Romance Manuscript "The Education of Mrs. Brimley" by Donna MacMeans
Paranormal Romance Manuscript "Blood Squad" by Kelli Shewey
Romantic Suspense Manuscript "The Watcher" by Jo Robertson
Short Contemporary Romance Manuscript "Sweet Surrender" by Yvonne Harris
Short Historical Romance Manuscript "Scandal's Daughter" by Christine Diehm
Novel With Strong Romantic Elements Manuscript   "Snooping in Stilettos" by Kathleen Beaver
Young Adult Romance Manuscript "Do You Really Want to Haunt Me?" by Heather Koenig
2005 Golden Heart Winners
Contemporary Single Title Manuscript "Hard Lies" by S. Lorelle Marinello
Inspirational Romance Manuscript "Autumn Rains" by Myra Langley Johnson
Long Contemporary Romance Manuscript "Finding Hope" by Kimberly Fisk
Long Historical Romance Manuscript "Ruined" by Victoria Grondahl
Paranormal Romance Manuscript "Sapphire Dreams" by Pamela Poulsen
Regency Romance Manuscript "Lady Wicked" by Nadele Jacobs
Romantic Suspense Manuscript "Dancing in the Dark" by Holli S. Bertram
Short Contemporary Romance Manuscript "Venus Rising" by Karina Bliss
Short Historical Romance Manuscript "Secrets of All Hearts" by Christine Merrill
Novel With Strong Romantic Elements "Viva Las Vegas" by Robin Flury
Traditional Romance Manuscript "Snow White Wedding" by Jenna Ness
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