Golden Heart Winners

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

2015 Golden Heart Winners
Best Contemporary Romance “Call Me Mrs. Whitlock” by Kimberly Buckner
Best Erotic Romance "A Deal for Love" by Michele Arris
Best Historical Romance "The Reunion" by Sara Leyton
Best Paranormal Romance
"Demons Don’t" by Jeanne Oates Estridge
Best Romantic Suspense "A Shot Worth Taking" by Tracy Poole
Best Short Contemporary Romance "Winning Her Over" by Alexa Rowan
Best Young Adult Romance "When I Wake" by Stephanie Winkelhake
   
2014 Golden Heart Winners
Best Contemporary Romance "Too Good to Be True" by Suzanne Kaufman Kalb
Best Historical Romance "Charlene and the Duchess Factory" by Lenora Bell
Best Inspirational Romance "My Lord Valet" by Kristi Ann Hunter
Best Paranormal Romance
"Beyond the Fire" by Marni Folsom
Best Romantic Suspense "Chasing Damn" by Denny S. Bryce
Best Short Contemporary Romance "Yesterday's Promise" by Sarah Cannon
Best Young Adult Romance "The Thing with Feathers" by McCall Hoyle
   
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