Sunday, October 2, 2016

Our Category Winners are...

We would like to thank all the authors who submitted their titles for our awards. We thank you all for writing books featuring diverse characters and hope you continue to do so. We strongly believe that everyone deserves to see themselves in the books they read and have their experiences brought to life. See you next year!

Contemporary Erotic


Candace Brown grew up believing in fairy tales that promised her a Prince Charming, a knight in shining armor, and a happily-ever-after ending. But at twenty-seven, with two failed relationships and a heart broken into pieces, the facts of life have opened her eyes to the truth: not everyone gets a happy ending—sometimes, all you get is “the end.”

Brice Coleman has never been in love, and he’s never been anyone’s knight in shining anything. Since entering the battle between the sexes at puberty, he has long enjoyed the spoils of war, one female conquest at a time. And then, a chance encounter engineered by fate changes his life in the blink of an eye, and brings him face to face with his destiny. A beautiful, emotionally fragile woman steals his heart.

With every intention to become a permanent fixture in Candace’s life, Brice is determined to protect the woman he loves—and heal her broken heart.
1st Runner Up: Sacrifice (Heaven on Earth 3) by Reana Malori
2nd Runner Up: The Arrangement by Thayer King

Contemporary Mainstream

WINNER: 10-80: Line of Duty Series by Xyla Turner 

D'asia lives in one of the worst housing projects (The Trap) in Harlem. She is trying to make moves and
figure out her life while raising her brother. Ryan is a police officer in Harlem and while on a case, he notices D'asia and can't shake her out of his system.

After D'asia's brother is arrested by none other than Officer Ryan McFadden, D'asia finds that the Harlem cop is more than meets the eye. But it's against the unspoken rules: The Trap and cops don't mix.
1st Runner Up: Slamdunked By Love by Jamie Wesley
2nd Runner Up: Falling Stars by Xio Axelrod


WINNER: A Virtuous Ruby by Piper Huguley 

After fifteen months of hiding from the shame of bearing an illegitimate child, two words drive Ruby Bledsoe to face the good citizens of Winslow, Georgia. Never again. She vows to speak out against injustice. For her sisters. For her parents. For her infant son, Solomon.

When she comes to help an injured mill worker, she bristles when a tall, handsome man claiming to be a doctor brushes her aside. Despite his arrogance, Ruby senses he’s someone like her, whose light skin doesn’t quite hide who he is.

Up north, Dr. Adam Morson easily kept his mixed race a secret. Now that he’s in Georgia, summoned by his white father, he can feel restrictions closing in around him.

Something powerful draws him to the beauty whose activist spirit is as fiery as her name. And soon, Adam wants nothing more than to take Ruby and her child far from Georgia’s toxic prejudice. But Ruby must choose between seeking her own happiness and staying to fight for the soul of her hometown.

1st Runner Up: A Bookie’s Odds by Ursula Renee
2nd Runner Up: Snowbound Fairy Christmas by Brenda Hunt

New Adult

WINNER: Sex, Love, and Videogames by CJane Elliott

Shy guy Jed Carter has always felt invisible next to his charismatic older brother, Kent. Kent’s master plan for Jed is simple: University of Virginia, fraternity, business, sports, and ladies’ man. None of it is Jed, except for playing on the rugby team, which he joins in defiance of soccer-loving Kent. Jed comes out in his sophomore year and starts seeing Pete, an attractive junior, who uses him for sex and videogames. Jed wants more—in life and in love—and starts making his own plans. First on the list: getting to know Charlie, the handsome guy working at the local videogame arcade.

Charlie Ambrose has always felt like an oddball, and not just for his tendency to stutter. Being gay sets him apart from his African-American community, and as a “townie,” he doesn’t fit in with the college crowd. Charlie’s inspiration is his cousin, Morocco, who’s transgender and doesn’t give a fig about fitting in. Art is Charlie’s passion, and when a local videogame designer discovers him, Charlie’s living a dream. The only thing he’s missing is love. But the last person Charlie expects to find it with is a cute, white U.Va. rugby player named Jed.

1st Runner Up: Same Page by G.L. Thomas
2nd Runner Up: Jane by Michelle N. Onurah

Romantic Suspense

WINNER: On The Edge of Love, Mama's Brood by Shay Rucker

Zeus, the newest and most unstable member of a group of mercenaries known as Mama’s Brood, is given the order to protect Sabrina Samora. Sabrina knows beyond a doubt, the only person she can truly trust is herself; letting anyone else in will inevitably lead to disaster.

Problem? Zeus has no respect for her boundaries. Habitually indifferent to the desires and motivations of others, Zeus wants Sabrina. She has the power to muzzle his worst impulses and unbalance his world, and he means to have her.

Will Zeus be able to protect Sabrina from the sociopathic killer obsessed with making her his own, will he lose her to her own impulse to run, or will they both discover that the world is a better place when you don’t have to exist in it alone?

1st Runner Up: (TIE) Brooklyn's Song by Sydnney Arrison 
AND Power Privilege & Pleasure: Queens of Kings Book 4 by Laquette
2nd Runner Up: Convincing Lina


by Auriella Skye


Taking multiple lovers is a family tradition. Hell, it's a witch tradition, but Charice Brixton isn't having it. She doesn't have time for a man, let alone two powerful warlocks. She's perfectly fine running her magic shop in Kala West, Florida with her sisters. 

Until she's forced to attend the Firewick Festival, a biannual gathering with stuffy board members overseeing the match of witches and warlocks in hopes of creating the perfect triad. Magical speed dating at its finest. Charice would rather have a root canal. She's willing to use her powers to keep from going, even if it means the wrath of those in charge. That is until two hotter-than-hell men walk into her shop and alter her plans.

As powerful warlock enforcers, Kye and Warren carry out the laws within the magical community. It only makes sense for them to find a mate equally as strong. When they meet Charice, her magic calls to them. Only she can help complete their Mystical Triad, the binding ritual that increases all of their magic abilities. One that involves a lot of power and a lot of sex. Can the Alpha Warlocks convince her they're better as a threesome in both power and love?

1st Runner Up: Perfect Image by Jamie Jones
2nd Runner Up: A Doctor for Christmas by Siera London


WINNER: The Cougar's Pawn by Holley Trent 

Ellery Colvard escapes her perfectly organized life for a camping trip with her friends, hoping for a tiny thrill. She'll settle for a distraction, but instead she gets swept off her feet. Literally.

Alpha were-cougar Mason Foye needs a mate, even if he has to resort to drastic measures to get one. But when he and his brothers sweep up Ellery and her friends, the last thing he expects is a woman with a nasty bite of her own. Not only does Ellery know all about shifters, she's got magic. In fact, the little witch is a bit scary. What's more, Ellery isn't convinced fated mates exist.

If Mason can't persuade Ellery that they're destined for a life of excitement together, he's doomed to spend the rest of his days in his cougar form - without his son, his family, or the woman he's already fallen for head over heels.
1st Runner Up: Wolf in Exile by Amber Ella Monroe
2nd Runner Up: Vexed by Wren Michaels

Sci-Fi Fantasy

WINNER: Radio Silence by Alyssa Cole

Arden Highmore was living your average postgrad life in Rochester, New York, when someone flipped the "off" switch on the world. No cell phones, no power, no running water—and no one knows why. All she and her roommate, John, know for sure is that they have to get out, stat. His family's cabin near the Canadian border seemed like the safest choice.

It turns out isolation doesn't necessarily equal safety.

When scavengers attack, it's John's ridiculously handsome brother, Gabriel, who comes to the rescue. He saves Arden's life, so he can't be all bad…but he's also a controlling jerk who treats her like an idiot. Now their parents are missing and it seems John, Gabriel, their kid sister, Maggie, and Arden are the only people left alive who aren't blood-thirsty maniacs.

No one knows when—or if—the lights will come back on and, in the midst of all that, Arden and Gabriel are finding that there's a fine line indeed between love and hate. How long can they expect to last in this terrifying new world, be it together or apart?

1st Runner Up: Karizma & Devin (A Bioexpa Match) by Thayer King
2nd Runner Up: The Auction by Eve Vaughn

Women’s Fiction

WINNER: Maybe Forever by Kim Golden


Is the honeymoon over
Now married with two children, Laney and Mads are finding their life together isn't as simple as it used to be. While Laney struggles with motherhood, Mads is so focused on chasing success that he loses sight of promises he's made.
Better apart
When frustration gets the better of her, Laney takes the kids and goes to the US, hoping to find solace with her aunt Cecily, a former school teacher who now teaches yoga and meditation in Florida.

Will Laney and Mads find a way back to one another...or is it too late?

1st Runner Up: Ain't Nobody by Adrienne Thompson
2nd Runner Up: Reclaiming What Is Mine by Sheena Birkley

Monday, August 8, 2016

And Our Finalist Are....

And the finalist are...
Here's our finalist in the 5th annual Swirl Awards! As always we're excited and impressed by caliber of entries we received this year. Click on the link below each cover to read an excerpt or buy the book!

Contemporary - Erotic

 Contemporary - Mainstream

New Adult


Romantic Suspense




Women’s Fiction