RT Book Review Announces 2013 Career Achievement Awards

RTEach year, Romantic Times Book Review Magazine honors authors for outstanding achievements over their entire careers.  The staff of more than 50 reviewers and editors carefully choose the winners from a long list of nominees.  The following is a list of some of the  winners of the prestigious Career Achievement Awards.  Winners were awarded statuettes at RT Booklovers Convention in New Orleans on May 16th.


Contemporary Romance Author of the Year – Rachel Gibson

Historical Romance Author of the Year – Eloisa James

Inspirational Author of the Year – Wanda Brunstetter

Mainstream Author of the Year – Mary Alice Monroe

Thriller Author of the Year – Lee Child

Paranormal Author of the Year – Sherrilyn Kenyon

Romantic Suspense Author of the Year – Suzanne Brockmann

Urban Fantasy Author of the Year – Kim Harrison

Young Adult Author of the Year – Tamora Pierce

book awardsBOOK OF THE YEAR – Tear You Apart by Megan Hart

Historical Romance of the Year No Good Duke Goes Unpunished by Sarah Maclean

Historical Fiction – The Boleyn King by Laura Andersen

Contemporary Romance – Bungalow Nights by Christine Ridgway

Contemporary Love & Laughter – Two of a Kind by Susan Mallery

Romantic Suspense – Law Manby Kristen Ashley

Paranormal Romantic Suspense – Sleep With The Lights Onby Maggie Shayne

Historical Mystery – The Chalice by Nancy Bilyeau

Suspense – The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes

Young Adult Contemporary – Dare You Toby Katie McCarry

New Adult – Wait For You by J. Lynn

Inspirational Romance – The Secret Keeper by Beverly Lewis

You can find the complete list of nominees and winners here.


Amazon Picks Their Top 20 Romance Novels of 2013

best booksEach October, Amazon’s editorial team collects all their favorite books, looks at upcoming 2013 works, and casts ballots for Best Books of the Year.  In the Romance category,  Amazon originally selected J.R. Ward’s Lover At Last: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood as it’s top pick of 2013 so far, but in the end, Nora Robert’s Whiskey Beach beat it out as the best Romance novel of 2013.  Here are the final picks in the Romance category – in best-selling order:

Dark Witch by Nora Roberts

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Rush by Maya Banks

Endless Knight by Kresley Cole

No Good Duke Goes Unpunished by Sarah Maclean

Fueled by K. Bromberg

Convicted by Aleatha Romig

Heart of Obsidianby Nalini Singh

Three Little Words by Susan Mallery

Destiny’s Surrender by Beverly Jenkins

The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

The Best Manby Kristan Higgins

Lover At Last by J.R. Ward

Once Upon A Tower by Eloisa James

Any Duchess Will Do by Tessa Dare

Tangled by Emma Chase

Love Irresistibly Julie James

The Heiress Effect by Courtney Milan

To see Amazon’s full list of best picks, click here.

2013 Edgar Award Winners

Love a good mystery? The Edgar Awards, named after Edgar Allan Poe, are presented every year by the Mystery Writers of America. They honor the best of the best in the mystery genre, published or produced in the previous year. The 2013 winners were announced in May, and the winners are….

BEST NOVEL:  Live by Night by Dennis Lehane

BEST FIRST NOVEL: The Expats by Chris Pavone

BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL:  The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters

BEST FACT CRIME (also known as True Crime):  Midnight in Peking:

How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China by Paul French

BEST YA:  Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein