Honour Roll

 

These authors have won or been nominated for significant awards, hit the bestseller lists and/or have reached major RWA publication milestones.

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KELLEY ARMSTRONG is the author of the Cainsville modern gothic series and the Casey Butler crime thrillers. Past works include Otherworld urban fantasy series, the Darkest Powers & Darkness Rising teen paranormal trilogies, the Age of Legends fantasy YA series and the Nadia Stafford crime trilogy. Armstrong lives in Ontario, Canada with her family.

Soft Green HeartNew York Times Bestselling Author

Soft Green HeartUSA Today Bestselling Author

Soft Green HeartGlobe & Mail Bestselling Author (Canada)

Soft Green HeartSunday Times Bestselling author (UK)

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Elly frameELLY BLAKE is the NYT bestselling author of FROSTBLOOD. After earning a BA in English literature, she held a series of seemingly random jobs, including project manager, customs clerk, graphic designer, reporter for a local business magazine, and (currently) library assistant. She lives in Southwestern Ontario with her husband, kids and a Siberian Husky mix who definitely shows Frostblood tendencies.

Soft Green HeartNew York Times Bestselling Author

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Kate Bridges frameUSA TODAY bestselling and award winning author KATE BRIDGES writes young adult fiction and historical romance. For research, she loves to travel to such faraway places as the Yukon, the Rocky Mountains, and behind-the-scenes at Buckingham Palace in London, England.

When she’s away from her computer, you might find Kate with her family, hiking the escarpment by their home near Toronto, Canada, or taking photos of the sunrise.

 

Soft Green HeartUSA Today Bestselling Author

Soft Green HeartWinner – RT Reviewers Choice Award
Best Western Romance: The Surgeon

Soft Green HeartWinner of the Colorado Award of Excellence, CataRomance Reviewers’ Choice Award, Barclay Gold Award, Anne Bonney Reader’s Choice Award

Soft Green HeartNominee -RT Reviewers Choice Award, 3 times nominee

Soft Green HeartFinalist – Booksellers Best Award
Young Adult Romance: When I Find Her

Soft Green HeartBorders National Bestseller

Soft Green HeartFinalist for the Booksellers’ Best Award, Aspen Gold, National Excellence in Romance Fiction (NERFA), Daphne Du Maurier, Desert Rose Quill, Love Western Romances

Soft Green HeartFeatured on Recommended Reading Lists by Library Journal

Soft Green HeartFeatured and interviewed on Entertainment Tonight Canada TV and the BRAVO network

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Christine frameA romance novelist and short story writer, CHRISTINE d’ABO has over forty publications to her name. She loves to exercise and stops writing just long enough to keep her body in motion too. When she’s not pretending to be a ninja in her basement, she’s most likely spending time with her family and two dogs.

Soft Green HeartStarred reviews Library Journal, Publishers Weekly:
30 Days

Soft Green HeartRWA Publication Milestone – 35 Books

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VICKI ESSEX has published six books with Harlequin Superromance. She also writes the YA Weird west series The Devil’s Revolver under the pen name V. S. McGrath.

Visit her on Twitter @VickiEssex, Facebook.com/vickiessexauthor, or at vickiessex.com.

Soft Green HeartWinner – Writers’ Reserve grant from the Ontario Arts Council

Plain TRW Website DividerKate frameKATE FREIMAN is an award-winning, USA-Today bestselling author of romantic fiction ranging from contemporary romances to romantic fantasy, paranormal romances and romantic suspense. A two-time Golden Heart finalist and one-time winner, Kate is also a RITA finalist. She is the only remaining TRW charter member, and served five terms as president, founded the chapter writing contest now known as The Catherine, and instituted the “Accolades” tradition of awarding chocolates to TRW members for their accomplishments.

Kate holds a B.A. and an M.A. in English literature and is currently working on a new series of light paranormal romances to be indie-published.

Soft Green Heart1999 RITA®  FINALIST
Novella: Joy to the World, in Star of Wonder, Jove

Soft Green Heart1991 GOLDEN HEART® WINNER
Long Contemporary: No Limit to Love, Meteor Romance

Soft Green Heart1990 GOLDEN HEART® FINALIST
Short Contemporary: Forever Again, published as Jake’s Angel, Silhouette Special Edition

Soft Green HeartThe Beacon Award from the First Coast Romance Writers for Single Title Romance (Irish Moonlight, Jove)

Soft Green HeartThe Heart of Denver Aspen Gold Award for Single Title Romance (Irish Moonlight, Jove)

Soft Green HeartThe New Jersey RWA’s Gold Leaf for Long Contemporary (Here to Stay, Silhouette Special Edition)

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ShanaSHANA GRAY is a hybrid author who was first published in 2010. She has written contemporary erotic romances for multiple publishers including Harlequin Blaze, Random House, and Hachette – Headline & Harper Collins, she is also an indie author. Her stories range from scorching quickie length to full-length novels.

Working Girl, her first bestseller, is available in multiple languages around the world.

Shana lives in rural Ontario, works full time and is a mom to two twenty-something sons, a hoard of 6 cats and 3 budgies.

Soft Green HeartRWA Publication Milestone – 25 Books

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Award winning author JENNIFER HAYWARD has been a fan of romance since filching her sister’s novels to escape her teenaged angst.

Her career in journalism and PR, including years of working alongside powerful, charismatic CEOs and traveling the world, has provided perfect fodder for the fast-paced, sexy stories she likes to write, always with a touch of humour.

Jennifer is the winner of Harlequin’s 2012 So You Think You Can Write global writing contest as well as a Romantic Times Magazine Reader’s Choice award recipient.

A native of Canada’s East coast, Jennifer lives in Toronto with her Viking husband and young Viking-in-training.

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Winner – Romantic Times Magazine – Reviewers Choice Award
Best Harlequin Presents Romance: The Magnate’s Manifesto

Soft Green HeartFinalist – New Jersey Romance Writers of America Golden Leaf Contest
Short Contemporary Romance: The Magnate’s Manifesto

Soft Green HeartWinner – 2012 Harlequin So You Think You Can Write global writing contest

Soft Green HeartRWA Publication Milestone – 10 Books

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Jenny Holiday frameJENNY HOLIDAY started writing in fourth grade, when her aging-hippie teacher, between Pete Seeger songs, gave the kids notebooks and told them to write stories. Jenny’s featured poltergeist, alien invasions, or serial killers who managed to murder everyone except her and her mom. She showed early promise as a romance writer, though, because nearly every story had a happy ending: fictional Jenny woke up to find that the story had been a dream, and that her best friend, father, and sister had not, in fact, been axe-murdered. Today she is a USA Today bestselling author of historical and contemporary romance.

Soft Green HeartUSA Today Bestselling Author

Soft Green HeartRWA Publication Milestone – 10 Books

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Soft Green HeartNew York Times Bestselling Author

Soft Green HeartUSA Today Bestselling Author

Soft Green HeartRWA Publication Milestone – 10 Books

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StefSTEFANIE LONDON is a USA Today Bestselling Author of contemporary romance and romantic comedy. 

Growing up, Stefanie came from a family of women who loved to read.After sneaking several literature subjects into her ‘very practical’ Business degree, she got a job in Communications. When writing emails and newsletters didn’t fulfil her creative urges, she turned to fiction and was finally able to write the stories that kept her mind busy at night.

Originally from Australia, Stefanie now lives in Toronto with her very own hero and is currently in the process of doing her best to travel the world.

Soft Green HeartUSA Today Bestselling Author

Soft Green Heart2016 Finalist: Romance Writers of Australia Romantic Book of the Year (The RUBY – Australian equivalent to the RITA® )Short Sexy category: Pretend It’s Love

Soft Green HeartRWA Publication Milestone – 10 Books

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Arlene Mc frameARLENE McFARLANE is the author of the Murder, Curlers series. Previously an aesthetician, hairstylist, and owner of a full-service salon, Arlene now writes full time. When she’s not making up stories, or being a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, cat-mom, or makeover artist, you’ll find her making music on the piano.

Arlene is a member of Romance Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Toronto Romance Writers, SOWG, and the Golden Network. She’s won and placed in over 30 contests, including twice in the prestigious GOLDEN HEART®and twice in the Daphne du Maurier. Arlene lives with her family in Canada.

Soft Green Heart2015 GOLDEN HEART® FINALIST
Romantic Suspense: Murder, Curlers, and Canes

Soft Green Heart2011 GOLDEN HEART® FINALIST
Novel with Strong Romantic Elements: Murder, Curlers, and Cream

Soft Green Heart2013 Finalist -Daphne du Maurier
Unpublished: Murder, Curlers, and Cream

Soft Green Heart2012 Finalist – Daphne du Maurier
Unpublished: Murder, Curlers, and Canes

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Molly frameMOLLY O’KEEFE has always known she wanted to be a writer (except when she wanted to be a florist or a chef and the brief period of time when she considered being a cowgirl). And once she got her hands on some romances, she knew exactly what she wanted to write.

She published her first Harlequin romance at age 25 and hasn’t looked back. She loves exploring every character’s road to happily ever after.

When she’s not at the park or cleaning up the toy room, Molly is working hard on her next novel, trying to exercise, stalking Tina Fey on the internet and dreaming of the day she can finish a cup of coffee without interruption.

Soft Green HeartUSA Today Bestselling Author

Soft Green Heart2014 RITA®  WINNER
Contemporary Romance: Crazy Thing Called Love

Soft Green Heart2010 RITA®  WINNER
Romance Novella: The Christmas Eve Promise

Soft Green HeartWinner – RT Reviewers Choice Award
Best Flipside: Dishing It Out

Soft Green HeartWinner – RT Reviewers Choice Award
Best Superromance: Family At Stake 

Soft Green HeartWinner – RT Reviewers Choice Award
Best Contemporary Romance: Between The Sheets

Soft Green HeartWinner – RT Reviewers Choice
Outstanding Book of the Year: Between The Sheets

Soft Green HeartRWA Publication Milestone: 35 Books

Soft Green HeartNPR 101 Best Romances of All Time: Crazy Thing Called Love

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USA Today bestselling author CYNTHIA SAX writes contemporary, SciFi and paranormal erotic romances. Her stories have been featured in Star Magazine, Real Time With Bill Maher, and numerous best of erotic romance top ten lists.

Sign up for her dirty-joke-filled release day newsletter and visit her on the web at http://www.cynthiasax.com/

Soft Green HeartUSA Today Bestselling Author

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EVE SILVER has been praised for her “edgy, steamy, action-packed” books, darkly sexy heroes and take-charge heroines.

She is the recipient of the OLA Forest of Reading White Pine Award, two RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Awards, and was shortlisted for the Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy and the Romance Writers of America® RITA® Award. Her work was listed as an American Bookseller’s Association Best Book for Children, Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids and Teens, and Library Journal’s Best Genre Fiction. She has garnered starred reviews from Publishers WeeklyLibrary Journal, and Quill and Quire.

Eve lives with her husband, two sons, an energetic Airedale terrier and an exuberant border collie/shepherd. And a snake called Ragnar.

Soft Green Heart2014 RITA®  FINALIST
Paranormal Romance – Sins of the Heart

Soft Green HeartWinner – RT Reviewers Choice Award
Historical Romantic Mystery/Gothic: Dark Prince

Soft Green HeartWinner – RT Reviewers Choice Award
Sci-Fi/Fantasy: Driven

Soft Green HeartNominee – RT Reviewers Choice Award
Paranormal Romance: Body of Sin

Soft Green HeartNominee – RT Reviewers Choice
Contemporary Paranormal Romance: Demon’s Hunger

Soft Green HeartNominee – RT Reviewers Choice
Sci-Fi/Fantasy: Hidden

Soft Green HeartOntario Library Association Forest of Reading White Pine Award: Rush

Soft Green HeartShortlisted for Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy: Rush

Soft Green HeartAmerican Bookseller’s Association Best Book for Children: Rush

Soft Green HeartCanadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids and Teens: Rush

Soft Green HeartStarred reviews Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Quill and Quire

Soft Green HeartLibrary Journal Best Genre Fiction: Driven

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Soft Green Heart2013 GOLDEN HEART® FINALIST
Young Adult Romance: Camp Awakening

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Juliana frameUSA Today bestselling author and 2015 RITA® winner JULIANA STONE fell in love with books in the fifth grade when her teacher introduced her to Tom Sawyer. A tomboy at heart, she splits her time between baseball, books, and music. When she’s not singing with her band, she’s thrilled to be writing young adult as well as adult contemporary romance—books that have garnered starred reviews from Publishers Weekly & Booklist—from somewhere in the wilds of Canada.

 

Soft Green HeartUSA Today Bestselling Author

Soft Green Heart2015 RITA®  WINNER
Young Adult Romance: Boys Like You

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Award winning author, MARY SULLIVAN, realized her love for romance novels when her mother insisted she read a romance. After years of creative pursuits, she discovered she was destined to write heartfelt stories of love, family and Happily Ever After.

Her first book, NO ORDINARY COWBOY, was a finalist in Romance Writers of America’s prestigious GOLDEN HEART® . Since then, Mary has garnered awards, accolades and glowing reviews.

Mary indulges her passion for puzzles, cooking and meeting new people in her hometown of Toronto. Follow her on Facebook to learn more about her and the small towns she creates.

Soft Green Heart2005 GOLDEN HEART® FINALIST
Short Contemporary: Sheltering Arms, published as No Ordinary Cowboy, Harlequin

Soft Green HeartWinner: RT Reviewers Choice
Best First Series Romance: No Ordinary Cowboy

Soft Green HeartRWA Publication Milestone: 10 Books

Soft Green HeartRomCon Reader’s Crown Award: No Ordinary Cowboy

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Tara WyattTara Wyatt is an award-winning author of both romantic suspense and contemporary romance. Her first book, Necessary Risk, was published in 2016 and named one of Bustle Magazine’s best romances of the year. When she’s not writing, she can be found reading, binge watching TV shows, drinking wine, and online shopping (shhh, don’t tell her husband). A librarian by day and a writer by very early morning and night, Tara lives in Hamilton with the cutest dog in the world and a husband who makes all of her heroes look like chumps. 

Soft Green HeartWinner: Librarians’ Reader’s Choice Award
Best Romantic Suspense:  Necessary Risk

Soft Green HeartWinner: New England Reader’s Choice Award
Best Romantic Suspense:  Necessary Risk

Soft Green HeartWinner: Golden Quill Award
Best First Book: Necessary Risk

Soft Green HeartWinner: Librarians’ Reader’s Choice Award
Romance of the Year:  Primal Instinct

Soft Green HeartWinner: National Excellence in Romantic Fiction Award
Best Romantic Suspense:  Primal Instinct

Soft Green HeartFinalist:  Write Touch Reader’s Award

Soft Green HeartFinalist:  Booksellers’ Best Award

Soft Green HeartFinalist:  Maggie Award

Soft Green HeartRWA Publication Milestone – 5 Books

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