2017 HOLT Medallion Winners

2017 HOLT Medallion Winners & Award of Merit Finalists

(Award of Merit Finalists alphabetized by author)

Best First Book

Winner
Highland Deception – Lori Ann Bailey

Award of Merit Finalists

  • 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
Bound by Duty
Winner
Bound by One Scandalous Night – Diane Gaston* 

Award of Merit Finalists

  • Memories of You – Jennifer Britt
  • Secret Scandal – Mari Carr
  • Prince Charming Wears a Badge – Lisa Dyson*
  • Willing Target – Kathleen Mix*
Short Contemporary

Winner
Texas Lullaby – Cynthia D’Alba 
Award of Merit Finalists

  • Memories of You – Jennifer Britt
  • Deep Secrets – Beverly Long
  • Steele and Stone – Kay Phoenix
  • Catch Me Cowboy – Jeannie Watt
Long Contemporary

Winner
Size Matters – Alison Bliss 

Award of Merit Finalists

  • A Taming Season – Claire Gem
  • Dreams of Her Own – Rebecca Heflin
  • The Kingmaker – Selena Laurence
  • Only Her – Sandra Owens
Short Inspirational

Winner
Protecting Her Daughter – Lynette Eason 

Award of Merit Finalists

  • A Family for the Farmer – Laurel Blount
  • A Rocky Mountain Reunion – Tina Radcliffe
  • Shielding His Christmas Witness – Laura Scott
  • Christmas Conspiracy – Susan Sleeman
Long Inspirational

Winner
Just a Kiss – Denise Hunter 

Award of Merit Finalists

  • The Bounty Hunter’s Redemption – Janet Dean
  • Mattie’s Pledge – Jan Drexler
  • Sea Rose Lane – Irene Hannon
  • Cold Shot – Dani Pettrey
Historical

Winner
Highland Deception – Lori Ann Bailey 

Award of Merit Finalists

  • The Highlander’s Runaway Bride – Terri Brisbin
  • My Enemy, My Heart – Laurie Alice Eakes
  • Texas Lonesome – Caroline Fyffe
  • Claimed by a Highlander – Margaret Mallory
Romantic Suspense

Winner
Finding Lyla – Cate Beauman 

Award of Merit Finalists

  • Deceiving Bella – Cate Beauman
  • No Exit – Lena Diaz
  • Wild Man’s Curse – Susannah Sandlin
  • Web of Secrets – Susan Sleeman
Paranormal/Time Travel/Futuristic/Fantasy

Winner
Highland Yearning – Dawn Ireland 

Award of Merit Finalists

  • The Beacon – Cara Crescent
  • Demon Hunting with a Dixie Deb – Lexi George
  • From this Fae Forward – A. E. Jones
  • Awakening Kiss – Sharon Kay
Extra Spicy/Erotica

Winner
Flames from Ashes – Caitlyn Willows 

Award of Merit Finalists

  • The Best Laid Plans – Lauren Gallagher
  • Seduce Me – Christina James
  • Bound to Submit – Laura Kaye
  • Beautiful Crazy – Kasey Lane
Mainstream / Single Title

Winner
Something Borrowed – Louisa George 

Award of Merit Finalists

  • Nico – Sarah Castille
  • Luxury Model Wife – Adele Downs
  • Ring of Fire – Susan Fox
  • Another Notch in the Beltway – L. A. Long
Novel with Strong Romantic Elements

Winner
Catching Preeya – Rissa Brahm 

Award of Merit Finalists

  • The Memory of Us – Camille Di Maio
  • Seized – Elizabeth Heiter
  • America’s First Daughter – Laura Kamoie & Stephanie Dray
  • Deadly Scandal – Kate Parker
 Romance Novella

Winner
Burnout – Sarah Castille 

Award of Merit Finalists

  • The Steeple Chase – Carrie Fancett Pagels
  • Bulletproof – Avery Flynn*
  • Bodyguard – Jessica Linden*
  • “Shadowed” Sins of the Past Novella Collection – Dani Pettrey