May Opinion Poll
For the most part, I’ve written books with real settings: Vancouver, mostly, but also Whistler (Sex on the Slopes and “Tattoos and Mistletoe” in The Naughty List), Belize (Sex on the Beach) and the Greek Islands (Heat Waves). My Caribou Crossing series, launching in July, is something different for me. I made up the town of Caribou Crossing, a ranching community with a gold rush history, situated in British Columbia’s Cariboo region. When you’re reading fiction, do you prefer real or made-up settings, or do you care? This month’s prize is an autographed advance review copy of Home on the Range, one of the Caribou Crossing books.
Because I was doing my website update on April 1, April Fool’s Day was on my mind so I asked people what they thought about practical jokes. Interestingly, very few people were into them: they didn’t do them, people didn’t play practical jokes on them, and in general they thought practical jokes weren’t very nice. However, if you’re looking for jokes to play on someone, here are a couple of relatively harmless ones mentioned by contest entrants: grease the toilet seat with Vaseline; use little balloons to make a birthday cake, ice over them, then invite the birthday person to cut their cake! Congratulations to Vickie M from MS, who won one of my books plus a necklace and earrings.
I love spring! I love everything about it, but the best thing is that winter is behind me and won’t come around for a long time. The thing most mentioned by those who responded to the poll is the sense of newness and freshness, of hope and zest of life. Lots of people mentioned the lovely weather, flowers and buds, and longer days. The fresh breeze and being able to sleep with your windows open. Gardening. Baseball season! The neighborhood comes alive! Congratulations to this month’s winner, Beth T from VA, who won one of my books and a silk heart pin.
Because February was launch month for Northern Heat, a book that promises to dispel the myth that Canadians are as frigid as the northern climate, I asked people what they think of Canadians. Hockey and the RCMP were right up there, along with how we say “eh” at the end of a lot of sentences. And all of that’s true, eh. (And you’ll note that I have written a hockey player hero, in The Dirty Girls Book Club.) As for personality, people said Canadians are friendly, polite, open-minded, and “rock.” Thanks for that! I notice that no-one said we’re sexy, so you folks obviously need to read Northern Heat, autographed by me.
Wow, what a creative bunch you are! I’m so impressed. Here are some of the creative things that people do: write, paint or draw, cook, quilt, crochet, make jewelry, dance, write book reviews, sew, sing and make up songs, take photographs, and make cards. Others express their creativity through the way they decorate their home, the way they dress, or through acquiring body art like tattoos. What wonderful ways of brightening not only your lives but the lives of those around you. For me, obviously the main one is writing, but I also take photographs and make cards. This month’s prize is a set of cards made from my photos and an autographed copy of one of my books – and they go to Rita W from California.
In December, people’s thoughts turn to many things, and among them is food! I asked people, “What’s your favorite holiday treat, and how do you savor it?” Some of the goodies mentioned were port wine trifle, egg nog, mulled wine, peppermint candy canes, spritz cookies, fruit cake, and green bean casserole (don’t knock it if you haven’t tried it!). Congratulations to my December winner, Brenda J from Pasadena, MD, who won an autographed copy of one of my books, plus a copy of The Heart of Cooking, a charity collection put together by dozens of romance authors (including me!).
I admit to enjoying TV, especially as an accompaniment to a casual dinner, doing my stretches, autographing bookmarks, or knitting. For me, TV is most often pure escapist entertainment. I prefer scripted shows, maybe because I’m a writer myself. This month, I asked people what, if anything, they like to watch on TV. Turns out I’m not alone in liking scripted TV. That’s what the majority said, though everyone likes something different (top two named were “The Big Bang Theory” and “NCIS”). Next most popular was reality shows (especially “Dancing with the Stars”). And then of course there was a smattering of other things: news, documentaries, sports, house hunters, and so on. Congratulations to this month’s winner, Shelley M of MI. She wins a book and a tote bag from the Magnolia Bakery in NYC.
I keep hearing how popular e-books are, and my royalty statements show increasing sales of that format. And I know book stores are closing, downsizing, choosing to buy bestselling authors rather than the rest of us, so fewer of my print books are getting out on the shelves. So I asked people what they think of e-readers. The huge majority of people said that they prefer print books. Lots of people have e-readers and use them occasionally, but still prefer the experience of reading a print book. Now, of course this isn’t any kind of scientific study, but I find it very interesting that people who are clearly internet-savvy, many of whom have tried out e-readers, still like the traditional experience of holding a print book and turning the pages. Machines have not yet taken over the world! LOL. Congratulations to this month’s winner, Anita Y from GA, who won an autographed book (yes, in print format!) and a lovely old-fashioned notebook.
I love a cup of tea and a good book, a glass of wine while chatting to a good friend. This month I asked for people’s special drink + activity pairings. Reading was the most popular activity people listed, and the pair it with tea, coffee, iced tea, lemonade, wine, hot chocolate, Diet Coke, and Diet Dr. Pepper. We readers definitely have our preferences! Here are some other answers: picnic + iced tea or frozen strawberry colada; football on TV + beer or Coke Classic; fireplace + hot chocolate; dessert in romantic restaurant + champagne; exercise + water; chat in person/by phone/by email with friends + tea or coffee; hang out with family on holidays + White Russians. Did these give you any ideas? Congratulations to this month’s winner, Susan F from Langley, BC, who won an autographed copy of one of my books and a cute little spoon for stirring honey into tea, scooping up jam, or stirring that marshmallow into the hot chocolate.
In the Pacific Northwest, summer came late and showed all signs of being short. It made me think of all the things I’d hoped to do, but not had time for. So I asked, “What’s the thing you most want to do in what remains of summer 2012.” As you’d expect, reading, travel, and visits to the beach ranked high. Here are a few of my favorite answers: meet an old friend for drinks and reminiscences on the deck of a restaurant by the lake; lose weight before the school reunion; take my elderly mom on a fun-filled day trip; travel somewhere exotic and enjoy every moment of my trip in complete bliss with my lover, experiencing new things, diving into new cultures and soaking up those rays. Thanks to everyone who shared their summer dreams – and I hope they come true for you! Congratulations to Joanne from NE, who wins an autographed “hot off the press” copy of my September release, The Dirty Girls Book Club.
Because July is such an outdoorsy, back-to-nature kind of month, it got me thinking that, while most of us enjoy earth, air, and water, we identify more with one. For me, it’s earth. I guess, even though (or perhaps because) I spin flights of fancy in my books, I like to be grounded. Actually, so do my characters. Anyhow, I asked people which they most identify with. Interestingly, the majority were with me, as earth people. It seems we really relate to the beautiful land on which we live. Congratulations to winner, Colleen C from Goodyear, AZ, who won a set of blank cards made with my photographs, and an autographed copy of one of my books.
Though it's a long time since I was a kid in school, I still think of June as the month when school lets out for two glorious months of holiday. But, here in BC, that might all change. Schools may be moving to a different calendar, where breaks will occur throughout the year, rather than that solid two months in summer. I asked people whether they thought schools should stick with a 2-month summer holiday. The majority voted for sticking with the 2-month break, but a number of people saw pros and cons to each approach. Congratulations to winner Melinda from Woodstock, ON, who wins an autographed copy of one of my books and a pair of abalone earrings.
According to “Camelot”, the musical, May is the lusty month - the month of “yes you may”. I asked people, what’s your favorite way - proper or improper - to celebrate the month. You know what? Very few people confessed to anything particularly improper! Though I did particularly like the woman who said she'd be going for a walk in the woods - with a blanket and her man. Other than that, there was lots of outdoorsy stuff like cookouts, hanging out by the pool, gardening, reading by the lake, and there were also family celebrations, Cinco de Mayo, and Memorial Day. Congratulations to this month's winner, Barbara S from OH, who won an autographed copy of one of my books and a set of native Canadian coasters.
April is the month of Easter eggs and chocolate bunnies, so I asked about everyone's favorite treats. No big surprise - the most popular answer was chocolate. But oh, the varieties of chocolate! Such as: truffles, Hershey's chocolate-filled eggs, chocolate caramels, chocolate-covered cashews, brownies, and so on, and so on. Ice cream was second most popular - along with chocolate ice cream and chocolate sundaes.
And yum, here are some other goodies that were mentioned: strawberry shortcake, Rice Krispie treats, jelly beans, Heath Bars, cupcakes, cheesecake, baklava... Okay, you get the idea. The list went on and on. I think I gained weight just salivating over everyone's suggestions! Congratulations to Aline B from KS, who won an autographed copy of one of my books, and ice wine chocolates from British Columbia.
In March, I asked people to tell me their favorite things about spring, and every answer made me smile. Warmer weather, of course, and flowers, lovely colors, the scent of flowers and fresh-cut grass, the end of daylight savings, Easter, getting out in the garden, the fresh smell in the air, the smell of freshly turned earth awaiting the planting of seeds, saving money on the heating bill, the feeling of renewal - in nature and in relationships and in life, baby birds and baby animals, the sun on your face, the end of the snow, mushroom hunting, birds singing, being outside, running, fishing, people smile more, being outside on my swing reading a book, ditching the winter clothes, baseball season, airing out the house. Now confess, you're smiling too, right?
Here's my favorite thing about spring: it'll be months and months and months before winter comes round again! Congratulations to this month's winner, Beth M from CA, who wins an autographed copy of one of my books and a teal-colored pashmina I bought from a street vendor in NYC.
What lovely entries I received – and, best of all, the largest number were personal stories. In fact, many were about people’s parents’ romances. How very sweet, and touching. When it comes to fictional romance, the winner was Gone With The Wind (how interesting that it’s a romance with a sad ending, though of course most of us romantics believe that Rhett really did change his mind, “give a damn” again, and finally end up with Scarlett – and the two of them drove each other delightfully and passionately crazy for the rest of their lives!). The runner-up was The Notebook, the story of a timeless romance, but also one with a touch of sorrow, or at least poignancy. This month’s winner is Dena W from Bremerton, WA, and she wins an autographed copy of one of my books, plus a copy of Four Letter Word: Original Love Letters.
In January, I always feel reflective. Rather than ask about New Year’s resolutions, I instead asked people to imagine themselves on December 31, 2012, looking back on the year. What would they like to be able to say about 2012? The answers of course included “the Mayans were wrong!,” peace, health, happiness, family, income, jobs, and also some less expected ones like cleaning up the house, getting the yard in shape, stopping smoking, and distressing and simplifying. Two of my favorites were to have done no harm, and that we all cared about each other and lived in tolerance. This month’s winner, Karen K from VA, wins one of my books and a set of my photo cards.
What can I say? In December, don’t we all turn into little kids and want to send those “Please, Santa” letters to the North Pole? So I asked what people would request in those letters. And the biggest response was books! I sure won’t argue with that one. The second most popular request was for an e-reader or iPad. Congratulations to the December contest winner Natalie K from RI, who wins a firefighter calendar and one of my books.
Traditionally, November is the month I give away a firefighter calendar. I asked folks to tell me about firefighters, and mostly, of course, I heard about courage. Yes, we all think firefighters are heroes. Secondly, they’re hot! Here are a few comments: my son’s a firefighter and I’m proud; I live in NYC and I’m so grateful to them; Ladder 49 is my favorite movie; I love driving by the fire hall and watching them wash the engine, shirtless!; a friend’s firefighter husband gave mouth to snout resuscitation to a dog who was in a fire; they’re kind to kids; they do so much for their community; Kurt Russell was the best firefighter in a movie; their families are brave, too; my mom was a firefighter; I am in awe. Congratulations to Christy M from OH who wins a 2012 firefighter calendar.
Length was on my mind, as I was preparing a workshop on writing short stories, novellas, and novels. So I asked readers which they preferred. Of course each length has its benefits, and readers mentioned short stories and novellas particularly when they have busy lives and limited time. The majority preferred novels, because they like being totally immersed, getting to really know the characters, having an in-depth story, and getting everything resolved by the end. But a novel can’t be too long, so that the reader wonders when will it ever end! This month’s winner is Chris R from NY. She wins an autographed advance reader copy of the fourth and final Wild Ride to Love book, Yours, Unexpectedly.
I asked this question because I know social media's such a hot thing right now. And yet, for me, my schedule's crazy and in my spare time I'd rather read a good book than visit people's blogs or Facebook pages, or follow their tweets. As for my friends, I like to get together in person for a glass or two of wine and a long chat. Guess I'm just an old-fashioned girl! But it turns out I'm not alone.
Way more than half the people who responded this month either don't care for social media, or use things like Facebook only to keep up with family and friends who are far away. They're not on Twitter following their favorite movie stars, politicians, and writers. In fact, they're often to be found doing the same things as me: curling up with a good book or sharing a face-to-face chat with someone they care about. Guess there's something to be said for old-fashioned after all! Congratulations to Chris from Florida, who won one of my books and a special gift from the Victoria Women's Show.
The publishing industry is changing in so many ways. Bookstores are closing or converting to gift/coffee shops. Digital publishing and e-readers are huge. And people's book-buying budgets are limited. In this changing landscape, I asked, "What's your favorite place to get books?" And wow, people get books from absolutely everywhere: grocery stores, gas stations, WalMart, airports, convenience stores, book clubs, publishers, friends and family, book clubs, publishers, used book stores, thrift stores – and of course, bricks and mortar stores and online ones.
The most popular source named was Barnes & Noble, followed relatively closely by Amazon, and then the library. A number of people mentioned hating to see their local Borders or independent store close, and many are still supporting their favorite independent store. Congratulations to this month's winner, Colleen C from AZ, who won one of my books plus Together Again by Mimi Barbour and No Longer Mine by Shiloh Walker.
Because my summer was busy, busy, busy, without much time for R&R, I asked how everyone else’s summer is going. Most people who responded have been having a great time: the beach, the pool, travel, picnics with families and friends, ice cream, lots of good reading – and even a wedding! Not everyone is having a fabulous summer, though, and for those people, I sure hope things look up. The July winner is Cindy from MN, who won one of my books and a New York tote bag that I bought in NYC.
Because I was heading to New York for the RWA National Conference, my mind was on theatre, and performances in general. So I asked people about their favorite live performance that they’ve ever attended. The most popular in people’s memories and hearts was family performances, especially children and grandkids on stage. Second most popular was “big” theatre – with Phantom of the Opera and Wicked topping the list, followed by Les Miserables and Cats. Congratulations to Diane S. from NJ, this month’s winner. She receives one of my books plus a gift pack of NYC chocolate bars.
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Sexy Drink Recipes Contest!
My destination wedding books, Sex on the Beach (Jan 2010) and Sex on the Slopes (Dec 2010), have signature drinks, with the same names as the book titles. When I went looking for a recipe for “sex on the beach,” I discovered that there were numerous variations. That gave me the idea of holding a contest to find the best recipe. And then, of course I had to do the same for “sex on the slopes”. Find out the winners, the recipes, and the prizes!
Awesome Foursome Martini Contest
When one of my readers said the Awesome Foursome (the heroines of Champagne Rules, Hot in Here, Touch Me, and Hot in Here) needed their own martini, I agreed immediately – and ran a recipe contest.
Find out the winners, see the winning recipes and view pictures of the tastings.
Because Elizabeth Amber had kindly donated a copy of her new release, Bastian: The Lords of Satyr, as a contest prize, I asked people who their favorite paranormal character is. Edward from Twilight came out on top, but there were a lot of close runners-up: Jacob from Twilight, Acheron from Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter series, and Sookie Stackhouse, Eric, and Bill from Charlaine Harris’s series. Now, here’s someone who only got one vote but I bet that’s just because the rest of us didn’t think of him. This month’s winner, Cheri from KY, chose the character played by Patrick Swayze in Ghost – and, as she says, what woman wouldn’t want to have him in her room every night! Cheri has won a copy of Bastian and one of my own books.
When I asked about surprises, I got some great – and often quite personal – responses. One of my surprises was receiving two responses that involved trips to Disney World, and here’s the fun part. One was for an 11-year-old girl, and the other was for a woman on her 25th anniversary. I guess that goes to prove you’re never too old for Mickey Mouse! This months’ winner is Joanne S from CA, who wins one of my books and a surprise gift – maple cookies and ice wine chocolates.
As an author, I’m always interested in readers’ opinions. We all have our preferences, and I was curious to know whether readers preferred that a romance heroine and hero know each other before the book starts, or be strangers. I’ve written both, and enjoy the challenges and benefits of each. The contest results were close, with about 60% voting for strangers. They said “new” is more exciting for them, and they enjoy seeing all the “firsts” as the couple gets to know each other and fall in love. Those who voted for a heroine and hero who’d known each other before the book started said that there was already emotion between them, it was intriguing to see how people changed, there could be a quicker progression to intimacy, and it was more believable that the couple would truly have a “happy ever after” ending. For me as a writer, the biggest challenge with strangers is taking them to the point where the reader believes they’re beyond lust to love, and that they’ve worked through some issues and proved they have what it takes to hang in there for the long term. With a couple who’s known each other before, the challenge is to deal with whatever’s in the past – whether it’s an issue like a breakup, or a relationship that’s fallen into a pattern like friendship – and turn that around into a believable romance. Thanks to all who shared their opinions this month. The winner, B.J. from M.O., wins one of my books and a chocolate-colored pashmina.
A few people didn’t care if there was a happy romantic ending, so long as the protagonist learned something and came out of it basically happy. But most people really want a happy ending. So much in life doesn’t end happily, so romance fiction should; it should lift you up, give you hope, make you believe anything is possible. The majority didn’t care if the couple ended up married, so long as they’d grown and changed, confessed their mutual love, and made some sort of commitment to each other. Some people said they like a book that leaves the reader with a hint of what’s to come, but a little suspense as well. Others said they love an epilogue that tidies everything up, such as by showing the couple married and with kids. This month’s winner, Mindy from CA, gets one of my books and a copy of In Praise and Celebration of Love.
It’s inevitable, at New Year’s, that we think about the year ahead. I asked people, “If you could have one wish come true in 2011, what would it be?” Most of the answers involved either health or a better financial situation for themselves and their loved ones. Travel also figured in, some people put reading at the top of their list (hurray!), and there were some personal goals like learning to be more patient or more positive. I hope all your wishes come true (including those of the woman who hoped to meet a Scottish hottie! – and hey, you can always do that in a book). This month’s winner is Dena W from WA, who wins a firefighter calendar and one of my books.
When I asked what made 2010 special for people, more than half the responses had to do with family. There were births, anniversaries, good health outcomes, resolution of problems, and oh, so many other things. Clearly, family is really important to most of us. Lots of other people had personal triumphs, like turning 80, losing weight, going back to work or school, or completing major projects. Hurray for all of you! And congratulations to Elaine S of ON who wins a firefighter calendar and one of my books.
I'm always flattered when people say I've inspired them, and always grateful for the people who have inspired me. And so I asked, Who has inspired you, and in what way? The biggest kudos for inspiration went to moms, followed by teachers and husbands. I received some truly wonderful answers. I can't share all of them, but I've put together a few of my favorites (PDF). Congratulations to November's winner, Miranda W from NY who won a firefighter calendar and one of my books.
Holiday anthologies are popular with readers and I was delighted to be in Brava’s 2010 one, The Naughty List. But its October release date struck me as early to be thinking about Christmas. I live in Canada and I’m used to having Thanksgiving (which we celebrate the 2nd weekend in October) and Halloween before my mind turns to Christmas. So I asked readers for their opinions about the best timing for holiday books. Opinions varied, but the majority of people said November. Winner Patricia C from TX receives an autographed book and a bar of Canadian sweetgrass soap that I bought at the Women’s Show.
Because September always makes me think of back to school, I asked people to share their memories, good or bad, about school. Oh yes, we do all have them! Like playing in the marching band during football games, that first school dance, working in the school cafeteria to earn lunch, getting your tongue stuck to the chain link fence, or the teacher who got you hooked on books! Or how about having to put flowers on your desk to cut the smell from the stinky boys sitting in front of you? Running for the bus and forgetting your little brother? I wish I could list all the things people said, because every one either made me smile, or wince in sympathy. Thanks to everyone who entered the contest. Winner Eleanor H from PA gets an autographed book and a book bag.
Because I was enjoying summer in the Pacific Northwest, musing about how it’s the perfect place to live (well, almost), I asked people where they’d like to live. There were lots of different opinions, with California being the most popular choice. Some people like warm temperatures all year round, some people like four distinct seasons, and some people actually like rain. Isn’t it wonderful that we’re all so different? This month’s winner is Selina from PA and she gets a chocolate-colored pashmina I bought in NYC (a place I love to visit but wouldn’t want to live) and an autographed copy of one of my books.
In celebration of receiving ARCs of the Brava holiday anthology, The Naughty List (with novellas by Donna Kauffman, Cynthia Eden, and me w/a Susan Fox), my monthly contest was an “XMas in July” one. I asked what people would wish for if Santa made a July visit. The answers I received ranged from books, e-readers, money, health, vacations, jobs, and cooler weather (except for those Down Under who want warmer) to a Harley Davidson motorcycle and . . . George Clooney! (Hard to argue with any of those, except maybe, for me in the Pacific Northwest, the weather ones. It’s lovely here – sunny and warm, but not too hot. No, it really doesn’t rain all the time here!) This month’s winner, Barbara in FL wins an ARC of The Naughty List two months before it hits the stores, and her choice of one of my other titles.
Paranormal is huge these days, in books and movies and on TV. There are vampires, shapeshifters, witches, wizards, psychics, aliens, succubi, people with all sorts of supernatural powers, and . . . well, you name it! I asked people what they think of all this para-normality? The majority opinion is favorable: paranormal is an escape from reality, it allows thinking outside the box, it?s imaginative and surprising, and it takes the reader to different worlds. The biggest complaint is that there?s getting to be too much of it. Winner Linda C of Twinsburg, OH receives an autographed copy of Elizabeth Amber?s Lords of Satyr book Dane and her choice of one of my books.
To celebrate my “planes, trains, automobiles, and a cruise ship” Wild Ride to Love series, I asked people what country they’d most like to visit. There was a tie for most popular, between Australia and Italy. Close runners up were Ireland, England, and (thank you!) Canada. The May winner of my Red Hot Cosmo prize – a year’s subscription to Cosmopolitan magazine plus autographed copies of the first two books in the Wild Ride to Loves series – is Sheree T of CA.
In March I asked people about their favorite love stories, real or fictional. I received some wonderful personal stories, and the top votes for fictional stories were Love Story and Gone With the Wind. As for types of romances, people named everything from friends to lovers, enemies to lovers, love at first sight, soul mates, reunion/second chance love, desert island/cabin (i.e., they’re isolated together), unplanned pregnancy, and engagement stories. Hurray for variety! This month’s winner is Kimberley C from TX. She receives a bag of “swag” from the RT Booklovers Convention (including books!) plus an autographed copy of one of my books.
Because my writing career has led me to push outside my comfort zone, I asked you about your experiences. There were some terrific answers. Here are a couple of my favorites. As a high-school student, visiting seniors during the Christmas holidays – and then getting those visits incorporated as a regular annual activity for the service club. Going from shy and introverted to, once I had kids, getting involved in a lot of school activities and even serving on the school board. The biggest desire people mentioned was to travel more – and the biggest thing holding people back was fear of flying. I sure hope you folks can find a way of dealing with that fear so you can go to the places you dream of visiting! This month’s winner is Melissa from VA, who wins one of my books and a heart-shaped box from Cabo San Lucas.
Because I’m in Vancouver, BC, and we hosted the Olympics, I asked readers about their favorite event or athlete. The top pick – and my personal favorite – was figure skating. This month’s winner is Carolyn from MA. She receives an autographed copy of her choice of one of my books and an Olympic souvenir – a Quatchi mascot plush toy.
I’m a reading addict and am always looking for recommendations, so I asked readers to name their favorite book of 2009. Not so surprisingly, few people named the same title, but there was one clear favorite: Sherrilyn Kenyon’s ACHERON. Flatteringly, the second most named was my own SEX DRIVE (you folks are too sweet!). The favorite author named was J.D. Robb. I’ll give you a list of books and authors in the huge paragraph below. Congratulations to this month’s winner, Robyn from Saskatchewan (yay, another Canadian!). As for my personal recommendation, I loved FRESHWATER ROAD by Denise Nicholas. Set in 1964 (Freedom Summer), it’s about a young black woman from Detroit who goes to Mississippi to educate and register voters. The author, an actress and writer, did the same thing herself so she brings incredible authentic detail to this novel. It was heartwarming and educational, and it made me think about both how far we’ve come since then, and how far we still need to go. And, oh yes, there’s a bit of romance in it as well.
Now, here are some of the books and authors that were recommended: Robin Schone, Karen Marie Moning, Jayne Ann Krentz, Diana Gabaldon, Kristen Heitzmann; Sweet Surrender, Sweet Persuasion and Sweet Seduction by Maya Banks; Red-headed Stepchild by Jaye Wells; Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin; Lincoln (no author given); Marley & Me by John Grogan; 3, 2, 1…Married by Sharon Sala, Marie Ferrarella and Beverly Barton; The Rest Falls Away by Colleen Gleason; Passion Unleashed by Larissa Ione; Twilight by Stephenie Meyer; The Shadow Queen by Bertrice Small; The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd; Rogue by Sara Palin; Sliding into Home by Joanne Rock; Hot Pursuit by Suzanne Brockman; Tall, Dark and Deadly by Lori O’Clare; Flat Out Sexy and Hard and Fast by Erin McCarthy; Bullet Catchers series by Roxanne St. Claire; Soulless by Gail Carriger; Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews; The Darkest Whisper by Gena Showalter; The Second Time Around by Mary Higgins Clark; Covet, Love Avenged by JR Ward; Scorched by Sharon Ashwood; Dead Ringer by Mary Burton; Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris; Heart Change by Robin Owens; Barbara Taylor Bradford; Sandra Brown; Morning Glory by LaVyrle Spencer; Love You To Death by Shannon K. Butcher; Blue Heaven by C.J. Box; The Firefighter by Susan Lyons, P.J. Mellor and Alyssa Brooks; Daring the Moon by Sherrill Quinn; The Sound Of Sleigh Bells by Cindy Woodsmall; Lickin' Fifteen by Janet Evanovich; Heaven by Randy Alcorn; Woman in Red by Eileen Goudge; Grave Secret by Charlaine Harris; Mexican Heat by Josh Lanyon and Laura Baumbach; Outcast by Joan Johnston; Hex series by Linda Wisdom; The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown; Suzanne Brockman’s Troubleshooter series; Skin Game by Ava Gray; The Briar King and The Charnel Prince by Greg Keyes; Mrs. Miracle by Debbie Macomber; Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett; Dreamfever by Karen Moning; The Last Stand trilogy by Brenda Novak; The Hope of Refuge by Cindy Woodsmall; Having the Billionaire’s Baby by Sandra Hyatt; Virgin River Christmas by Robyn Carr; Promises In Death by J.D. Robb; Diamond Duo by Marcia Gruver; Your Roots are Showing by Elise Chidley; Captive of the Beast by Lisa Renee Jones; Simply Sexual or ANY of the books in the House of Pleasures Series by Kate Pearce; Deja Demon by Julie Kenner; Tempt the Devil by Anna Campbell. Illuminations of the Heart by Joyce DiPastena; Chasing Charity by Marcia Gruver; Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins.
Find more contest results in the 2009 Contest Archive >