Thursday, October 29, 2015

Finally...Our 2015 Category Winners!


We finally have our judges scores in and tallied. And we're ready to announce our category winners of the 4th annual Swirl Awards. We would like to thank the 50+ judges who hung in there and turned in their score sheets. Without you, our awards would not be possible. So, without further ado, we would like to congratulate the following authors on writing such great books that our judges deemed them the top of the heap in 2014!


BEST CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE 


Law of Moses by Amy Harmon
 

 No Ordinary Love by Kenya Wright 
1st  Runner up

Keeping Secrets by Kiru Taye
2nd Runner Up

BEST EROTIC CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE  

Thursdays in Savannah by Olivia Gaines
      

Scarred (Damaged Souls, Book 1) by Twyla Turner 
1st Runner up

Brick House by Keith Walker  
2nd Runner Up



BEST FANTASY/SCI-FI ROMANCE 



Angel Shield by Erin M. Leaf


Broken Mirrors (Book 1 of the Broken Mirrors Duology) by A. F. Dery 
1st  Runner up

Paradox by P.J. Dean
 2nd Runner Up


BEST HISTORICAL ROMANCE 



Kindred: An American Love Story by P.J. Dean

The Mayor’s Mission by Piper Huguley 
1st  Runner up



Sweet Jazz  by Ursula Renée  
2nd Runner Up




BEST NEW ADULT



The Calum by Xio Axelrod
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Arrangement of Love by Kenya Wright 
1st  Runner up



Canning the Center by Tara Lain 
2nd Runner Up


BEST PARANORMAL ROMANCE 



A Demon Bewitched (Sons of Gulielmus #3) by Holley Trent

SinfullyEver After by Kenya Carlton 
1st  Runner up

 Ileeria: The Chosen One by Latoya Wilson 
2nd Runner up





BEST ROMANTIC SUSPENSE 

Committed (A Drug of Desire novel) by Sidney Bristol
 

Billy (A Christian Horror Story) by H.M Mann 
1st  Runner up

Heart of the Matter: Queens of Kings: Book 1 by LaQuette 
2nd Runner Up



BEST SHORT NOVEL 



Maybe Tonight by Kim Golden


Opening Act by Suleikha Snyder 
1st  Runner up

Redemption by Reana Malori 
2nd Runner Up

Reader's Choice Best Cover of 2014
Cover Design by Taria Reed



 Reader's Choice Best Series of 2014
Sinners Series by Tiana Laveen 




Saturday, October 3, 2015

Correction to Best Series of 2014


We would like to apologize for mistakenly announcing the wrong winner of our Reader's Choice Award for Best Series of 2014. Just goes to show you that it's always important to slow down and check twice. We would like to apologize to both authors for our mistake, without them we could not hold this award. And big thank you to the readers who caught this.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Final Scores are Not In...yet

We just wanted to let everyone know we've received 90% of our judges' scores. We have a few stragglers (life happens) so we are giving them the weekend to turn in their score sheets! So please check back with us next week for an official announcement.

However, we have taken the results of the reader's choice poll and posted them. Congratulations to Latrivia Nelson for the Medlov Men Series and cover designer Taria Reed for her work on Ancelli's Perfectly Mixed

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Contemporary

An Unexpected Love by Stacy-Deanne (Jessica Watkins Presents) 
Better by Adrienne Thompson (Pink Cashmere Publishing) 
Bollywood and the Beast by Suleikha Snyder (Samhain Publishing) 
Dangerous Beauty Part Two: A Mafia Princess by Michelle Hardin (Dewy Moss) 
Gift from Carolina by Holley Trent (Holley Trent) 
Her Insatiable Scot by Melissa Blue (Confessions of a Romance Author) 
Need You Now by Mika Jolie (Secret Cravings Publishing) 
Keeping Secrets by Kiru Taye (Kiru Taye) 
Law of Moses by Amy Harmon (Amy Harmon ) 
Life After by Keith Walker (Keith Walker Books) 
Loving Words by Olivia Gaines (Davonshire House Publishing) 
Making Scandal by Kiru Taye (KT Books) 
Maybe Baby by Kim Golden (Echo Books)
No Ordinary Love by Kenya Wright (Swoon Romance) 
Obsidian Faith by Bev Elle (Bev Elle) 
Outside Woman by Stacy-Deanne (Secret Cravings Publishing) 
Remember Me by Michelle N. Onuorah (MNO Media, LLC
Southern Drawl by Paige Warren (Evernight Publishing) 
Tell Me Something Good by Jamie Wesley (Entangled: Lovestruck) 
The Christmas Tree Guy by Railyn Stone (5 Prince Publishing) 
 The Scale by Mika Jolie (Secret Cravings Publishing)  
 The Scale by Mika Jolie (Secret Cravings Publishing)  
The Wedding Part I by Sheena Binkley (Sheena Binkley)
Until I Saw Your Smile by J. J. Murray (Kensington Publishing) 

Erotic Contemporary

#1 Crush (Loose Ends Book  #1) by Kaia Bennett (Kaia Bennett) 
Brick House by Keith Walker (KeithWalkerBooks)
His Marriage Bargain: So Inked 3 by Sidney Bristol (Ellora's Cave) 
Hot Game by Bridget Midway (Xcite Books) 
One Last Rodeo by Michel Prince (Michel Prince) 
Protecting Portia by Pavarti K. Tyler (Evolved Publishing) 
Ruined: Loving an Alpha Male by S K Lessly (Jessica Watson Presents
Scarred (Damaged Souls, Book 1) by Twyla Turner (Twyla Turner) 
Scores by Kiru Taye (Evernight Publishing)  
Through the Dom's Lens by Doris O’Connor (Evernight Publishing) 
Three Strikes (Den of Sin #16) by Holley Trent (Holley Trent) 
Thursdays in Savannah by Olivia Gaines (Davonshire House) 

Fantasy/Sci-Fi

Angel's Shield by Erin Leaf (Evernight Publishing) 
Broken Mirrors: Book One of the Broken Mirrors Duology by A.F. Dery (Ring Drop Press) 
Paradox by P.J. Dean( eXtasy Books) 
Run by Eve Vaughn (Eve Vaughn Books) 

Historical

Kindred, An American Love Story by P.J. Dean (Devine Destinies) 
Loving the Lawman: Roses of Ridgeway Book 3 by Kianna Alexander (Kianna Alexander) 
Sweet Jazz by Ursula Renée (The Wild Rose Press, Inc. (Vintage) 
The Mayor’s Mission by Piper Huguley (Liliaceae Publishers)
The Preacher’s Promise by Piper Huguley (Liliaceae Publishers) 

New Adult

An Arrangement of Love by Kenya Wright (K. Wright Press) 
Canning the Center by Tara Lain (Dreamspinner Press) 
Dangerous Beauty Part One: Destiny by Michelle Hardin (Dewy Moss) 
The Calum by Xio Axelrod (BookBaby) 

Paranormal

Ileeria: The Chosen One by Latoya Wilson (Latoya Wilson) 
A Demon Bewitched (Sons of Gulielmus #3)  by Holley Trent (Crimson Romance) 
SinfullyEver After by Kenya Carlton (Parker Publishing) 
Sword of Mercy (La Patron's Sword Book 2) by Sydney Addae (Sitting Bull Publishing) 
Tea Leaf: What Hides Beneath by Mia Mitns (Mia Mitns)

Romantic Suspense

Billy  by H.M. Mann (Kinfolk Books) 
Duty Bound: Bayou Bound 2 by Sidney Bristol (Inked Press) 
Drug of Desire: Committed by Sidney Bristol (Random House) 
Hard to Hold On To by Laura Kaye (Avon Impulse) 
Heart of the Matter: Queens of Kings: Book 1 by LaQuette (Hot Ink Press) 

Short Novel

Debauching the Virgin by Melissa Blue (Confessions of a Romance Author) 
Maybe Tonight by Kim Golden (Echo Books) 
Opening Act by Suleikha Snyder (Entangled Publishing: Edge) 
Queen of Dust by Ankhesen Mié (Middle Child Press) 
Redemption by Reana Malori (Reana Malori Books) 
Santa’s BigHelper By Olivia Gaines (Davonshire House) 
Superstar by Roslyn Hardy Holcomb (Roslyn Hardy Holcomb) 
Worth the Risk by Stacy-Deanne (Sweet Cravings Publishing) 



The Readers Have Spoken!

Our Reader's Choice Polls for Best Series and Cover of 2014 closed on Wednesday. The results are in, and the winners are:


Tiana Laveen's Saint Series




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Perfectly Mixed designed by Taira Reed 


Sunday, August 2, 2015

Polls Are Now Open for Reader's Choice, Plus Heads Up!


THE POLLS ARE OPEN...

Our Reader's Choice Polls are now open! Vote now until September 30 for your favorite interracial/multicultural cover and series of 2014. Some of the same rules apply. You can only vote once a day, but we've changed how many nominees you can vote for from one to multiple at a time.

BEST SERIES

COVER

Heads up Judges...

We would like to give a heads up to our trusty and enthusiastic judges. We sent out all your packets yesterday. If you contacted us, filled out our questionnaire and were approved, please check your spam folder ASAP!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Final Day to Enter the 2015 Swirl Awards


Well the deadline is upon us. Today is the final day to enter the 2015 Swirl Awards. On the fence? Then get off it and enter. Authors, can send us an email to theswirlnet@gmail(dot)com with the following information:

Book:
Author:
Publication date:
Publisher:
Website or Buy link for Book:


Friday, July 10, 2015

And the Nominations Keep Rolling In!


Only eight more days to enter the 2015 Swirl Awards! We've received quite a few nominations, but we're sorely lacking in Paranormal, Fantasy/SciFi and Paranormal. Have a favorite author that should enter? Send them an email and kindly ask them to enter before our July 18th deadline.

As promised, here's a few more nominations... 
See something you like, then click on the LOOK INSIDE THE BOOK link and read an excerpt or buy the book!


#1 CRUSH
Kaia Bennet
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A DEMON BEWITCHED
Holley Trent
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 HEART OF THE MATTER, QUEENS OF KINGS: BOOK 1
La Quette
LOOK INSIDE THE BOOK

MAYBE BABY
Kim Golden
LOOK INSIDE THE BOOK


OUTSIDE WOMAN
Stacy-Deanne
LOOK INSIDE THE BOOK

REDEMPTION
Reana Malori
LOOK INSIDE THE BOOK
THROUGH THE DOM'S LENS
Doris O'connor
LOOK INSIDE THE BOOK