Ruby Finalists

It’s that time of year again! Time to announce the finalists in RWA’s Romantic Book of the Year (Ruby) competition for published novels.  We have four sections, each with four finalists and the winners will be announced at our annual conference, this year to be held in Fremantle, WA.

This year’s batch is a wonderful microcosm of our membership, including some of our most established and loved author members and some who have entered the finalist list with their first book.  Obviously, if you are a romance writer, RWA is the place to be!

So, without further ado, congratulations and best of luck to:


Long Romance
Anne Gracie Bride by Mistake
Helen Lacey Marriage Under The Mistletoe
Sarah Mayberry More Than One Night
Stephanie Laurens The Lady Risks All
Romantic Elements
Elise K Ackers Small Town Storm
Fiona McCallum Wattle Creek
Helene Young Burning Lies
Tricia Stringer Queen of the Road
Short Sexy
Anne Oliver The Morning After The Wedding Before
Melanie Milburne Enemies at the Altar
Nicola Marsh Marrying the Enemy
Yvonne Lindsay A Forbidden Affair
Short Sweet
Alison Roberts Sydney Harbour Hospital: Zoe’s Baby
Emily Forbes Sydney Harbour Hospital: Bella’s Wishlist
Fiona Lowe Newborn Baby For Christmas
Madeline Ash Uncovered by Love


Thanks go to our new Ruby co-ordinator, Dorothy Bramich and to Louise Reynolds, our erstwhile Ruby co-ordinator, for mentoring her through her first year in this role.  We would be helpless without our stalwart volunteers!  Thanks too, to our wonderful reader judges.

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  1. Congratulations! What a great list! I’d hate to have to choose the winner!

  2. alisha woods

     /  June 26, 2013

    just finished Fiona Lowe’s book

  3. Thanks for the nomination, I’m thrilled!
    Congrats to all the finalists!

  4. Anna, that’s exactly what I was thinking! What a great list of books and amazing authors :)

  5. Congratulations ladies! My, so many fabulous authors and novels to choose from.

  6. Congrats to all!

  7. Love the representation of brilliant established stars and new soon-to-be stars. Congratulations to all the finalists and another to Dorothy for managing this huge contest.

  8. Congratulations to everyone on the shortlist, what an amazing field of work!

  9. Congratulations to all the finalists and very big thank you to Dorothy for coordinating the contest!

  10. Madeline Ash

     /  June 26, 2013

    Congratulations to the other finalists and a huge thank you to Dorothy and Louise. What an exciting time!

  11. Congrats to all the finalists – a few titles there to add to the TBR pile.

  12. Congratulations to all the finalists! And a huge thank you to Dorothy and her team.

  13. Congratulations to all the finalists. And huge thanks to all the hard working volunteers.

  14. Vanessa Stark

     /  June 26, 2013

    Huge congrats, all!

  15. Congratulations, finalists!

  16. Congratulations to all the finalists and a HUGE thank you to the readers and the co-ordinators who give so much time to run the competition.

  17. Congratulations to all on the short list!

  18. Cath Evans

     /  June 26, 2013

    Congratulations everyone. Once again, there’s a huge array of fantastic stories to chose from! Well done and thanks to all.

    Cath xo

  19. Coming late to the party, here –sorry, someone sent me the list and I forgot it would be here. Thanks to everyone, off and on loop for the very kind words — it’s a thrill and an honor to be in such excellent company. Thanks to RWA for running such a great comp, particularly Dorothy for all her hard work, and Louise, for all her work now and in years past. And thank you to all the readers.

  20. Happy dance all around for everyone!!! Has been a big year for Aussie writers!!! Well done all.

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