Friday, March 16, 2018

Swoony Award Shout Out!

Hey party people! We, as hosts, have been noticing that A LOT of books are being added to the list that are NOT actually eligible. We have been doing a lot of researching and deleting.

So, to minimize this, I thought I would do a shout out each month as a reminder of what the Swoony Awards are, the eligibility requirements and also to share which books I have read so far that have been nominated.

So please, please, PLEASE read through the below BEFORE you nominate and vote! It will definitely make our lives easier! And if you happen to see a book on the list that you know is not eligible, feel free to email me or any of the other hosts and let us know! We'd be very appreciative!

What are the Swoony Awards?

The Swoony Awards are a reader’s choice award recognizing excellence in clean romance fiction. We wanted a way to show our appreciation to these awesome authors who write the kind of books that we love. It’s also a great way to find new books and a good go-to when looking for something fun to read.

What books are eligible for a Swoony Award?

-ONLY books PUBLISHED December 1, 2017 – November 30, 2018 are eligible. Please DOUBLE CHECK publication dates before nominating books!
-Books must be published OR have arc reviews before nomination. Since the award is based on readers having actually read and enjoyed the book(s) they are voting for, the book has to have been published or arcs read in order to receive votes.
-Intimacy: No sex, no/low closed door/fade-to-black, no/low innuendo, nothing crude or crass.
-Language: None/mild (No F words or other explicit language) nothing overly crude.
-Violence: Mild/low.
-Page Count: Novellas or Novels only, 100 pages or higher, no short stories this year.
-Age: Only Young Adult, New Adult and Adult, NO children’s or middle grade.
-Religious: No Christian fiction, some *very mild* religious elements may be allowed.

Where do you vote for the Swoony Awards? 

On Goodreads! If you don't have an account it is really easy to sign up for one! And it's an AMAZING place to keep track of which books you have read, which books you want to read and of course see all kinds of reviews on books!

For those of you who are not on Goodreads, we have created a Google form for you to fill out! Click here to go directly to the form!

**PLEASE NOTE** You can vote for up to 5 books at a time. There is NO limit as to how many times you can fill out the form. BUT you can only vote ONCE per book! Double votes WILL be removed!

**PLEASE NOTE** You can ONLY vote ONE way! If you prefer Goodreads, please vote there. If you prefer the form, please vote there. Double votes WILL be removed! 

What books have I read so far this year that are eligible? 

I am SO glad you asked! I would LOVE to share them with you! ;) Hehe. 

The Sidelined Wife by Jennifer Peel
#Starstruck by Sariah Wilson
Jailbird by Taylor Dean
Hothouse Flower by Taylor Dean
Bargaining with the Boss by Jennifer Shirk
Finding Beauty in the Beast by Jessilyn Stewart Peaslee
Lightning Struck  by Nichole Van
Illegally Wedded by Jennifer Griffith
Once Hitched Twice Shy

It's still early so I haven't read many. But that WILL change! Haha. We are SO excited for this year's Swoony Awards! You can click here and go straight to our list! Head on over, check out the list and if there are any books on there that you have read and LOVED then make sure you VOTE! If you have read a book that is eligible but has not been added yet then make sure you VOTE to add it to the list for everyone to see! But make sure you check the entire list before voting. Again, please make sure to DOUBLE check the eligibility before voting! 

One last thing...

Note to Authors:

If you’ve written a book that matches the above criteria fill free to NOMINATE it for a Swoony. Help bring awareness to your nomination. We are doing some promoting, but sometimes a newsletter, Facebook, Twitter or blog post directly from the author is the best way to let your fan base know your book has been nominated and help it get all the votes it can get.

Note to Voters:

This is a great way to let authors know you appreciate all their hard work. On Goodreads you can vote for up to 100 books on the list. On the Google form, there is no limit on how many you can vote for. BUT please refer to the above mentioned requirements on voting! We’ve also learned that the order you rank the books you vote on does affect the overall score of the book. So take a minute and make sure you have your books in the order you want them. Invite your friends to vote! Voting ends December 31, 2018.

So what are you waiting for?! Let's show all these AMAZING authors how much we love them AND their books! Ready?! GO VOTE!


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