Thursday, January 14, 2016

2015 Swoony Award Winners!!


We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Swoony Awards! The Swoony Awards were created to recognize excellence in clean fiction. We wanted a reference for all those out there looking for a clean swoony romance. We also wanted to recognize and show our appreciation to all these great authors who write the kinds of books we love. We couldn't be more pleased with all the participation and great book nominations we received. I know I've found a lot of great books on this list and even found some new authors to try! So, without further ado, here are the winners...

Best Novel of the Year
My Fairly Dangerous Godmother by Janette Rallison

Best Contemporary Romance
Professional Boundaries by Jennifer Peel

Best YA Contemporary Romance
The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

Best Novella
My Pride, His Prejudice by Jenni James

Best New Adult Novel
Royal Date by Sariah Wilson

Best Paranormal Romance
Undeniable Chosen by Shelly Crane

Best Regency Romance
A Heart Revealed by Josi S Kilpack

Best Western Romance
The Romancing of Evangaline Ipswich by Marcia Lynn McClure

Best Medieval Romance
  The Lady and the Minstrel by Joyce DiPastena

Best High Fantasy
Rumpelstiltskin by KM Shea

Best Dystopian
The Heir by Kiera Cass

Best Mystery
Web of Deceit by Susan Sleeman

Best Christmas Romance
Cookie Girl Christmas by Christene Houston

Kathy's Choice Award
Royal Date by Sariah Wilson

It was super hard narrowing down my number one pick this year. I guess that's a good problem to have. I ended up choosing Royal Date, because I just really loved this book. The writing and characters grabbed me, I loved the setting and just everything about it. It's one of those books where you get a reader's high, you get sucked in and don't want the story to end. I read Sariah's YA novel awhile ago and when I heard she had a new book coming out I couldn't wait to read it. I am so happy she has more great books like this in store for us.

Check out Kathy's review on her blog by clicking here!

Kathy Jo's Choice Award
Jessie Belle by Jennifer Peel

There were so many amazing books published in 2015 that narrowing down my choices was just a tad bit difficult. After re-reading all my reviews there was one book that just stood out among the rest... Jessie Belle by Jennifer Peel. This book was seriously AMAZING! I had a very hard time putting it down! Jennifer has an amazing ability to suck you in from the very beginning and refuses to let you go until the very end. Her writing has me feeling like I am right there with the characters, living their lives right along with them. Jessie Belle is filled with unconditional love, second chances, courage, strength, hope and even a bit of humor. And of course we can't forget about the Swoonworthy moments throughout the book. I found myself letting out little dreamy sighs along the way. I loved every minute of it! <3 

Check out Kathy Jo's review on her blog by clicking here!

Katie's Choice Award
The Kiss that Launched 1000 GIFs by Sheralyn Pratt

I chose The Kiss That Launched 1000 GIFs by Sheralyn Pratt because I loved the cleverly written story and the characters! Grace and Ashton have personality galore and they are strong, yet perfectly imperfect. I adored the supporting characters as well--especially Esme, Grace's best friend, and Megan, Ashton's niece. Both say it like it is and are totally sassy spitfires. I felt like I was watching this story unfold on social media, right along with the rest of the world--the book world, that is (sometimes I forget these people and places aren't real). I love a good, clean romance and this one had that with an added dash of spice, which made it even better.

Check out Katie's review on her blog by clicking here!
 
Heidi's Choice Award
Free Fallin' by Shannon Guymon

So many good books...so little time! I had a hard time trying to choose just one amazing book for 2015! After going over everything I read that was published this last year, I finally decided on the book that made me "feel" the most. Free Fallin' by Shannon Guymon had me laughing and crying more than any book has in a very long time. Not only was it incredibly moving, it was beautifully written and full of heart. I honestly enjoyed every page, even the heart breaking ones. This book is book 2 in the Love and Weddings trilogy and is actually part of the 4th of the Fir Crest trilogy's. I highly recommend you read them ALL, and that you read them in order so that you can fully enjoy the world of Fir Crest that Shannon has created. If you love good, fun, uplifting, clean romance, these are wonderful "go to" books! Enjoy!

Check out Heidi's review on Goodreads by clicking here!

We are looking forward to the 2016 Swoony Awards and hope that you will be joining us again this year! Please feel free to join our groups (Goodreads and Facebook) and follow us on Twitter (@swoonyawards)! Help us spread the word about good, clean, swoony romance books!

Happy New Year and Happy Reading!

6 comments:

  1. I'm so honored and shocked! Thank you!

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    1. You are most welcome!! You definitely deserve it!! I can't wait to see what 2016 has in store for you!! <3

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  2. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! I love you girls so much! <3 Thank you especially for what you do for the community of clean writers. You are amazing.

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    1. You are very welcome!! We love you too!! It's so hard to find clean books now a days that's for sure. Any chance we can get to share our love of clean fiction we do. Can't wait to see what books you'll be adding to our collections in 2016!! <3

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  3. I'm slowly making my way through the list. I'm at 9 out of 16. Holy smokes! Y'all could have warned a girl about Shelly Crane! Undeniably Chosen was amazing! And I read the 4 or 5 books in the Significance series before that. New favorite author! Still working on the last 7 books. :)

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    1. YAY! THAT makes me happy! I LOVE Shelly Crane! I stumbled upon her by pure accident and was SO glad that I did! Significance was the very first book of hers that I read. I had to instantly purchase all of the books in the series once I finished it! Haha. And I have to agree 110% with you... Undeniably Chosen was definitely AMAZING! Did you see that she has released the synopsis of Undeniably Fated?! Holy crow Batman! I. Can. Not. WAIT! Eeeeek!

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