Ruby Finalists Announced

Drumroll please!  We are delighted to announce the finalists for the reader-judged RWA Romantic Book of the Year contest, better known as the Ruby.


In the ‘Short Sexy‘ division (and please note the description refers to the stories, not the authors, some of whom are quite tall 😉 ) the finalists, in alphabetical order by author, are:

What the Bride Didn’t Know Kelly Hunter
One Secret Night Yvonne Lindsay
Never Say No to a Caffarelli Melanie Milburne
A Price Worth Paying Trish Morey


In the ‘Short Sweet‘ division (again, referring to the stories, although the sweet part is, I’m sure, perfectly true of the authors as well) the finalists, in alphabetical order by author, are:

One Life Changing Moment Lucy Clark
Gold Coast Angels: Bundle of Trouble Fiona Lowe
A Father at Last Julie Mac
Secrets of a Career Girl Carol Marinelli


The ‘Stories with Romantic Elements’ finalists are:

Under the Hood Juanita Kees
Nobody But Him Victoria Purman
Currawong Creek Jennifer Scoullar
Lost in Kakadu Kendall Talbot


Finally, in the ‘Long Romance’ section of the competition, tied entries resulted in six title and five author finalists.  They are:

Holding Out for a Hero Amy Andrews
A Prior Engagement Karina Bliss
Letter from a Rake Sasha Cottman
The Dissolute Duke Sophia James
Mistress at Midnight Sophia James
Her Favourite Rival Sarah Mayberry


Our thanks, as always to all the volunteers who help to make the Ruby possible, especially Annie Lynch, contest co-ordinator for this year’s Ruby and all the reader judges and judge co-ordinators.

It’s wonderful to see a mix of new and established authors in this list and for the blog team, it’s especially exciting to see our own blog editor and Cruisin’ and Events columnist, Juanita Kees, among the finalists!

Congratulations to all of our finalists and best of luck with the final round of judging!

The winners of the Ruby are announced at the awards dinner at our conference in August and will be on this blog on Sunday the 10th of August 2014.

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  1. Congratulations to all the finalists! Well done!

  2. Congratulations to all the finalists, so many great names there!!

  3. Congratulations to you all!! So many fabulous books on the list!

  4. Warmest congratulations to my fellow finalists! I’m so excited for everyone!

  5. Big congrats to all! Well done!

  6. Congratulations to all the finalists!

  7. Reblogged this on My Written Romance and commented:
    A big congratulations to all of the fabulous finalists in this year’s Ruby awards. For you unfamiliar with this, this is the RWA Romantic Book of the Year contest, shortened of course to Ruby!

    I am so very excited for you all, and I cannot wait for the awards dinner in August this year – at which the winners are announced.

    Happy Reading!
    xx Roz xx

  8. Thank you! I’m thrilled to be on this list. Congratulations to the other finalists.

  9. Huge Congrats to all Finalists. 🙂

  10. Reblogged this on Maryde and commented:
    Great NEWS and Congratulations to the Finalists

  11. Congratulations to all the finalists.

  12. Aw… Congratulations, everyone. FABULOUS RESULTS! PS: Romance authors are ALL short & sexy to Gulliver’s giants 🙂

  13. Also thrilled to be in such sterling company. Congrats to all the other finalists.

  14. Huge congratulations to all the Finalists! Can’t wait for the Awards dinner 🙂 Good luck!

    Cath xo

  15. Thank you so much everyone! Thrilled beyond belief to be on the list and congrats to all the other finalists.

  16. Wow, great list! Congratulations to all of you! Fabulous achievement!

  17. Huge congratulations to all the finalists. Super exciting! Enjoy the celebrations!

  18. A big congratulations to all the finalists!!

  19. Mega Congratulations to all finalists. Some terrific novels and authors in the list.

  20. noelleclarkblog

     /  June 11, 2014

    Congratulations to you all!

  21. Will be cheering loud on the night for each and every one of you – and all those who JUST missed out.

  22. Congratulations to all the finalists. Romance really does rock!! 🙂

  23. Reblogged this on Juanita Kees – Romance Author and commented:

    A full list of RUBY Award finalists is now up on the RWA Blog. What a great way to fill up your bookshelf, virtual or otherwise 🙂

  24. So pleased to be on this list. Congratulations to all the finalists.

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