2010 Golden Heart Nominees

I want to say a GREAT BIG THANK YOU to all the Golden Heart finalists who participated in my GH Spotlights the last few months. I had a great time getting to know you all and really appreciate you sharing a little about yourselves, your writing and your stories with the rest of us.

As most of you know, I was a GH finalist in 2007 and it’s an experience I will never forget. I truly believe the experience  jump-started my career, and I’m happy I was able to introduce my readers to some up and come new authors. I have a feeling we’ll be hearing from many of you in the weeks and months and years to come.

The Golden Heart awards honors excellence in unpublished romance manuscripts In honor of this year’s Golden Heart finalists, I’ve put together the full list of finalists for the 2010 Golden Heart Awards, which will be given out this Saturday, July 31st, in Orlando, Florida at the 30th Annual Romance Writers of America National Conference.

And the finalists are…

2010 Golden Heart Finalists – Contemporary Series Romance:

Caught Beneath the Mistletoe
by Tina Joyce

Games Without Rules
by Nancy Holland

Honey, I’m Home
by Laurie Kellogg

The Reluctant Nude
by Cara McKenna

Laura Takes a Lover
by Mary Oldham

Fake Fiancee, Real Love
by Cat Shield

The Magic Man
by Paula Stelluto

Hometown Star
by Joleen Wieser James


2010 Golden Heart Finalists – Contemporary Series Romance: Suspense/Adventure:

by Kimberly Ann Howe

Wanted: Dead
by Tina Joyce

Hollywood Hoodoo
by Rochelle Staab

See Jane Run
by Angie Platt


2010 Golden Heart Finalists – Contemporary Single Title Romance:

For Love or Money
by Elizabeth Bemis

Sharing Spaces
by Laura Graham Booth

Steel Hearts
by Nan Dixon

Rules of the Road
by Hope Ramsay

by Lizbeth Selvig

Who Wants to Marry a Cowboy
by Abigail Sharpe

Three Little Words
by Paula Stelluto

Seattle’s Best
by Carolyn Ann Whitecarver


2010 Golden Heart Finalists – Historical Romance:

Good-Timin’ Man
by Alison Atwater

The Healer
by Elisabeth Burke

The Serpent’s Tooth
by Jessica Darago

In Longfellow’s Keep
by Mary Lawrence

Rafe’s Redemption
by Jennifer Jakes

Between Heaven and Hell
by Jacqui Nelson

by Clarissa Southwick

Wild Flower
by Lynda Bailey


2010 Golden Heart Finalists – Inspirational Romance:

by CJ Eernisse Chase

Violets & Violins
by Kelly Gwyn

Here Comes the Wedding Planner
by Kristin Leigh Wallace


2010 Golden Heart Finalists – Novel with Strong Romantic Elements:

Damaged Goods
by Barbara Binns

A Place at the Table
by Patricia O’Dea Rosen

Fortune’s Gold
by Jane Sevier

The Lake Effect
by Gabrielle Luthy

Switching Sides
by Maureen McGowen

The Sinners
by Lisa Connelly

Rescuing Rembrandt
by Jean Willett

When the Bough Breaks
by Chris Keniston


2010 Golden Heart Finalists – Paranormal Romance

Glorious Misfortune
by Donnell Epperson

The Perfect Adventure
by Katrina Snow

Something Wicked
by A.N. Conway

Bloodborn: Book One in the Light Blade Series
by Kylie Griffin

by Sharon Lynn Fisher

Honor Bound
by J. Keely Thrall

Ancient Skills
by Robin Weaver

The Divine Gate
by Morgan Karpiel


2010 Golden Heart Finalists – Regency Historical Romance

Her Husband’s Harlot
by Grace Chow

A Whiff of Scandal
by Robyn Enlund

To Seduce a Proper Rogue
by Gillian Layne

A Most Improper Gentleman
by Elisa Beatty

Sweet Enemy
by Heather Snow

My Dearest Rogue
by Elizabeth Stock


2010 Golden Heart Finalists – Romantic Suspense

Deadly Recall
by Donnell Ann Bell

He Kills Me, He Kills Me Not
by Lena Diaz

Stronger than Bone
by Kendra Elliot

by Linda Lovely

Dangerous Summer
by Greta MacEachern

The Yard Man
by G. Jillian Stone

Midnight Guardian
by Sharon Brennan Wray

The Poet’s Secret
by Kenneth Zak


2010 Golden Heart Finalists – Young Adult Romance

by Vanessa Barneveld

by Shea Berkley

by Shelley Coriell

Welcome Caller, This is Chloe
by Shelley Coriell

The Halo Chronicles: The Guardian
by Carey Corp

Squeeze Three Times
by Kimberly Eve MacCarron

by Erica O’Rourke

Congrats to all the finalists and best of luck to each and every one of you!!

Be sure to check the RWA National Website  Saturday night to see who the lucky winners are! 

4 comments to “2010 Golden Heart Nominees”

  1. pambook
    July 31st, 2010 at 12:06 am · Link

    Congratulations and good luck to all! Great of Elisabeth to feature the books here; I’m late, but going back through all the posts this week.

  2. Erica O'Rourke
    August 2nd, 2010 at 12:18 pm · Link

    Thank you so much for the opportunity to blog here, Elisabeth, and all of the support you have given to the Unsinkables in the last few months. It was wonderful to meet you in Orlando, and I’m looking forward to reading lots and lots of your stories in the future!

  3. CJ Eernisse Chase
    August 3rd, 2010 at 7:32 am · Link

    Thank you for doing the interviews, Elisabeth. I thought you might enjoy knowing that my husband discovered an article about the Inspirational GH finalists (in an online publication), and the author linked to your interview of me.

  4. B. A. Binns
    August 6th, 2010 at 1:01 pm · Link

    I want to thank you for inviting me to blog with you. Eeven though I was not one of the lucky winners, my congratulations go out to all Golden Heart recipients.


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