2017 HOLT Medallion Finalists


(In alphabetical order by category)

Best First Book

Highland Deception – Lori Ann Bailey
To Steal a Heart – K.C. Bateman
A Family for the Farmer – Laurel Blount
The Memory of Us – Camille Di Maio
Beautiful Crazy – Kasey Lane


Best Book by a Virginia Author

Memories of You – Jennifer Britt
Secret Scandal – Mari Carr
Prince Charming Wears a Badge – Lisa Dyson*
Bound by One Scandalous Night – Diane Gaston*
Willing Target – Kathleen Mix*


Short Contemporary

Memories of You – Jennifer Britt
Texas Lullaby – Cynthia D’Alba
Deep Secrets – Beverly Long
Steele and Stone – Kay Phoenix
Catch Me, Cowboy – Jeannie Watt


Long Contemporary

Size Matters – Alison Bliss
A Taming Season: A Love at Lake George Novel – Claire Gem
Dreams of Her Own – Rebecca Heflin
The Kingmaker (A Powerplay Novel) – Selena Laurence
Only Her – Sandra Owens


Short Inspirational

A Family for the Farmer – Laurel Blount
Protecting Her Daughter – Lynette Eason
Rocky Mountain Reunion – Tina Radcliffe
Shielding His Christmas Witness – Laura Scott
Christmas Conspiracy – Susan Sleeman


Long Inspirational

The Bounty Hunter’s Redemption – Janet Dean
Mattie’s Pledge – Jan Drexler
Sea Rose Lane – Irene Hannon
Just a Kiss – Denise Hunter
Cold Shot – Dani Pettrey



Highland Deception – Lori Ann Bailey
The Highlander’s Runaway Bride – Terri Brisbin
My Enemy, My Heart – Laurie Alice Eakes
Texas Lonesome – Caroline Fyffe
Claimed by a Highlander (The Douglas Legacy) – Margaret Mallory

Romantic Suspense

Deceiving Bella – Cate Beauman
Finding Lyla – Cate Beauman
No Exit – Lena Diaz
Wild Man’s Curse – Susannah Sandlin
Web of Secrets – Susan Sleeman

Paranormal/Time Travel/Futuristic/Fantasy

The Beacon – Cara Crescent
Demon Hunting with a Dixie Deb – Lexi George
Highland Yearning – Dawn Ireland
From This Fae Forward – A.E. Jones
Awakening Kiss – Sharon Kay


Extra Spicy/Erotica

The Best Laid Plans – Lauren Gallagher
Operation: Seduce Me – Christina James
Bound to Submit – Laura Kaye
Beautiful Crazy – Kasey Lane
Flames From Ashes – Caitlyn Willows


Mainstream/Single Title

Nico – Sarah Castille
Luxury Model Wife – Adele Downs
Ring of Fire – Susan Fox
Something Borrowed – Louisa George
Another Notch in the Beltway – L.A. Long


Novel With Strong Romantic Elements

Catching Preya – Rissa Brahm
The Memory of Us – Camille Di Maio
Seized – Elizabeth Heiter
America’s First Daughter – Laura Kamoie & Stephanie Dray
Deadly Scandal – Kate Parker


Romance Novella

Burnout – Sarah Castille
The Steeplechase – Carrie Fancett Pagels
Bulletproof– Avery Flynn*
Bodyguard – Jessica Linden*
Shadowed (Sins of the Past Novella Collection) – Dani Pettrey

*denotes a VRW Member