2013 Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Nominees

Romantic Times Book Reviews has announced the nominees for their 2013 Reviewers’ Choice Awards. There are over a dozen categories of SF/Fantasy/Horror interest.

The Book of the Year category includes the following works of genre interest: Omens, Kelley Armstrong (Dutton); The Shining Girls, Lauren Beukes (Mullholland); Written in Red, Anne Bishop (Roc); Wicked as She Wants, Delilah S. Dawson (Pocket); The Chocolate Kiss, Laura Florand (Kensington); The Best of All Possible Worlds, Karen Lord, (Del Rey); Broken, Cj Lyons (Sourcebooks);  Sleep with the Lights On, Maggie Shayne (Mira).

Historical Fantasy/Paranormal

  • Shadowdance, Kristen Callihan (Forever)
  • Legend of the Highland Dragon, Isabel Cooper (Sourcebooks)
  • The Magic of “I Do”, Tammy Falkner (Sourcebooks)
  • If He’s Tempted, Hannah Howell (Zebra)
  • Everlasting Enchantment, Kathryne Kennedy (Sourcebooks Casablanca)


  • His Clockwork Canary, Beth Ciotta (Signet Eclipse)
  • Gilded, Karina Cooper (Avon)
  • Breath of Iron, Kate Cross (Signet Eclipse)
  • Wicked as She Wants, Delilah S. Dawson (Pocket)
  • The Queen is Dead, Kate Locke (Orbit)
  • Heart of Iron, Bec Mcmaster (Sourcebooks)

Shapeshifter Romance

  • Only Lycans Need Apply, Michele Bardsley (Signet Eclipse)
  • Macrieve, Kresley Cole (Gallery)
  • Kinked, Thea Harrison (Berkley Sensation)
  • Breath of Fire, Liliana Hart (Samhainpublishing.com)
  • Wolf with Benefits, Shelly Laurenston (Brava)
  • Savage Betrayal, Shelli Stevens (Samhain)

Vampire Romance

  • Darkness Rises, Dianne Duvall (Zebra)
  • Twice Tempted, Jeaniene Frost (Avon)
  • The Dark Heroine, Abigail Gibbs (Morrow)
  • Prince of Shadows, Tes Hilaire (Sourcebooks)
  • Darkness Avenged, Alexandra Ivy (Zebra)
  • Gates of Rapture, Caris Roane (St. Martin’s)

Paranormal Romance

  • Fury of Desire, Coreene Callahan (Montlake)
  • The Cursed, Alyssa Day (Berkley Sensation)
  • Demon Hunting in a Dive Bar, Lexi George (Brava)
  • A Witch’s Handbook of Kisses and Curses, Molly Harper (Pocket)
  • The Five Deaths of Roxanne Love, Erin Quinn (Pocket)
  • Omega, Susannah Sandlin (Montlake)
  • Black and Blue, Gena Showalter (Pocket)
  • Heart of Obsidian, Nalini Singh (Berkley)

Paranormal Worldbuilding

  • Naughty Karma, Vivi Andrews (Samhainpublishing.com)
  • Guardian Demon, Meljean Brook (Berkley Sensation)
  • The Night Is Forever, Heather Graham (Mira)
  • Reaver, Larissa Ione (Grand Central)
  • Styxx, Sherrilyn Kenyon (St. Martin’s)
  • Blood Warrior, Lindsey Piper (Pocket)

Indie Press/Self-Published Paranormal/Urban Fantasy

  • Night Blade, J.C. Daniels (Shilohwalker.com)
  • Shifting Selves, Mia Marshall (Matchbookspress.com)
  • The End of Darkness, Jaime Rush (Jaimerush.com)

Futuristic Romance

  • Deception Cove, Jayne Castle (Jove)
  • Alien in the House, Gini Koch (DAW)
  • Gameboard of the Gods, Richelle Mead (Dutton)
  • Heart Fortune, Robin D. Owens (Berkley)
  • Night Whispers, Alisha Rai (Samhain)

Urban Fantasy Novel

  • Magic Rises, Ilona Andrews (Ace)
  • Written in Red, Anne Bishop (Roc)
  • Dead Things, Stephen Blackmoore (DAW)
  • The Shambling Guide to New York City, Mur Lafferty (Orbit)
  • Mountain Echoes, C.E. Murphy (Luna)
  • Blood Oranges, Kathleen Tierney (Roc)

Urban Fantasy Protagonist

  • Binding the Shadows, Jenn Bennett (Pocket)
  • Frost Burned, Patricia Briggs (Ace)
  • Hot Blooded, Amanda Carlson (Orbit)
  • Watcher of the Dark, Joseph Nassise (Tor)
  • Tempest Reborn, Nicole Peeler (Orbit)
  • Blood Bond, Jeanne C. Stein (Ace)

Urban Fantasy Worldbuilding

  • Heart of Venom, Jennifer Estep (Pocket)
  • Blood Winter, Diana Pharaoh Francis (Pocket)
  • Last Blood, Kristen Painter (Orbit)
  • Touch of the Demon, Diana Rowland (DAW)
  • Trickster, Jeff Somers (Pocket)
  • Ritual Magic, Eileen Wilks (Berkley Sensation)

Science Fiction Novel

  • The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination, John Joseph Adams, ed. (Tor)
  • Fortune’s Pawn, Rachel Bach (Orbit)
  • The Best of All Possible Worlds, Karen Lord (Del Rey)
  • The Severed Tower, J. Barton Mitchell (St. Martin’s Griffin)
  • The Human Division, John Scalzi (Tor)
  • The Melancholy of Mechagirl, Catherynne M. Valente (Haikasoru)

Fantasy Novel

  • Masks, E.C. Blake (DAW)
  • London Falling, Paul Cornell (Tor)
  • Cold Steel, Kate Elliott (Orbit)
  • The City, Stella Gemmell (Ace)
  • Without a Summer, Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor)

Epic Fantasy Novel

  • Blood of Dragons, Robin Hobb (Harper Voyager)
  • Children of Fire, Drew Karpyshyn (Del Rey)

Harlequin Nocturne

  • Taming the Demon, Doranna Durgin (Harlequin)
  • Keeper of the Night, Heather Graham (Harlequin)
  • This Wicked Magic, Michele Hauf (Harlequin)
  • Keeper of the Moon, Harley Jane Kozak (Harlequin)
  • Phantom Wolf, Bonnie Vanak (Harlequin)

Young Adult Urban Fantasy/Paranormal

  • Relic, Renee Collins (Entangled)
  • Unbreakable, Kami Garcia (Little, Brown)
  • Shades of Earth, Beth Revis (Razorbill)
  • Allegiant, Veronica Roth (Harpercollins)
  • The Dream Thieves, Maggie Stiefvater (Scholastic)