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January 1st, 2008

10:38 PM

Random "Best Of" Awards of 2007

In no particular order, drumroll please.

Best short story:
Alloy Love from Diana Laurence's Soulful Sex: The Science Fiction Collection
Brushstrokes by Richelle Mead from Dreams & Desires

Best historical romance:
Beau Crusoe by Carla Kelly
Perfidia by Elspeth McKendrick
Some Like It Brazen by Deborah Raleigh
Silk And Poison by Barbara Sheridan and Anne Cain

Best historical fiction:
The Storyteller by GR Grove

Best contemporary romance:
Dancing Shoes And Honky-Tonk Blues by LuAnn McLane
Tough Enough by Michele Albert
Driven To Distraction by Ashleigh Raine

Best contemporary fiction:
Nightswimming by Rebecca James

Best paranormal/fantasy romance:
Of The Clan O'Grady by AM Riley
Feral by Nathalie Gray
Savage by Lila Dubois
Hollywood Ghosts by Veronica Wilde
Paul's Dream by Rowan McBride

Best erotica:
The Sacred Heart Diaries by Ann Vremont

Best anthology:
Dreams & Desires (Freya's Bower)

Best conceptual series:
The Dragon's Disciple series by Barbara Sheridan and Anne Cain

Best "not a keeper, but oh my, I will always remember it for all the right or wrong reasons" book:
Ninja by Racy Li
Zombie Jack by Samantha Winston
Dark Lord Origins by SL Carpenter
Heart And Soul by Yolanda Sfetsos

Best cover:

Fireflies (artist: Anne Cain)

Fireflies by Ally Blue

The Ocean's Shadow (artist: Anne Cain)

The Ocean's Shadow by Jennah Sharpe
7 comment(s).

Posted by Barbara Sheridan:

Wow. Thank you.

Anne's cover work is top notch and keeps getting better. I can't wait to see what she has in store for 2008.
January 2nd, 2008 @ 3:32 AM

Posted by Diana Laurence:

Best short story for "Alloy Love"?...thanks, Mrs. G., I'm so pleased!

And may I add, those are gorgeous covers...I wish anything that good had been included in the entries for EPIC's best covers this year. LOVE.
January 2nd, 2008 @ 4:06 AM

Posted by Michele:

Thanks for the mention. But did you mean Tough Enough? That was the 2007 book with Vanessa and Kos?

I bought Feral based on your comments here and really enjoyed it; it was my first foray into online ebooks. In my TBR pile are Beau Crusoe (getting a new copy of that book was a pain) and Perfidia was a Christmas present. Also bought Driven to Distraction and Hollywood Ghosts based on your reviews, but haven't read either yet. Ann Vremont's book has been sitting in my Fictionwise wishlist for ages; I'll have to bump it up in the queue.

I enjoyed the Richelle Mead and Jackie Kessler books, so I'll have to check out Dreams & Desires. And I'm strangely intrigued by Zombie Jack...

I love that merpeople cover too. I've not bought the book, but I included the cover on my own list of pretty covers (http://www.inkalicious.com/capricious/covergallery/)that caught my eye in 2007, though not all the books are 2007 releases.

Thanks for reviewing so many lesser known books and authors. That's one of the things I most appreciate about your site and it's hooked me up with a few little gems I otherwise would've missed.
January 2nd, 2008 @ 8:03 AM

Posted by Anne Douglas:

Anne really can't go wrong lately. She did Accidentally Were? 's cover for me - well LI - it's very pretty! I've not actually read fireflies yet, but if I was into fantasy images I'd seriously buy a copy just so I could print the cover and put it on the wall.
January 2nd, 2008 @ 8:51 AM

Posted by Mrs G:

Oops, it should be Tough Enough - thanks for letting me know. I've corrected it.
January 2nd, 2008 @ 5:26 PM

Posted by veinglory:

Thanks for mentioning Dream and Desires. I hope it is making the shelter some useful money. Volume 2 will be out in February.
January 3rd, 2008 @ 10:20 AM

Posted by Rowan McBride:

I just wanted to thank you for making my day. When my friend found your favorites from 2007 and pointed out that I was on them I was speechless. Thanks so much for taking the time to read my story!
January 19th, 2008 @ 9:04 AM