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Winners

2020 winner y separately published work icon The Clothier’s Daughter Bronwyn Parry , Armidale : Firetail Press , 2019 18559289 2019 single work novel historical fiction romance

'In the unusually wet summer of 1816, Emma Braithwaite struggles to keep her family's traditional wool cloth manufacturing company afloat. Her father has died, her brother is missing, and the new cotton factories are spreading, rendering the fine worsted fabrics the Braithwaites have made for generations, expensive and unfashionable. Being a woman in a man's world of trade is challenging enough, but when her warehouse catches fire it brings her only a step away from financial ruin and debtor's prison.

'After eight years of war, Major Adam Caldwell is returning for the first time to his family home, Rengarth Castle, when he stops to assist at a warehouse fire ... and comes face-to-face with the woman he once loved and lost. Despite all his efforts to forget her, in truth she's never been far from his thoughts. He was unworthy of her then, and even more so now.

'But as the threats against Emma escalate, they discover that someone wants control of Emma's family company and is prepared to murder anyone in the way of getting it - including Emma.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 winner y separately published work icon The Devilish Duke Maddison Michaels , Fort Collins : Entangled Publishing , 2018 14422802 2018 single work novel romance historical fiction

'Devlin Markham, the notorious “Devil Duke” of Huntington, needs a woman. And not just any woman. If he can’t woo one of the most eccentric bluestockings of the Ton within the month, he can kiss his hard-earned fortune goodbye. But he’s always thought love a wasted emotion and marriage an inconvenience at best. And oddly enough, Lady Sophie Wolcott seems unmoved by his charm…

'When Sophie learns her beloved orphanage is in imminent danger, she will do anything to save it. Even marry a ruthless rake who takes what he wants in business and pleasure. A man who’s everything she’s always feared most—but whom she reluctantly begins yearning for.

'Then Sophie becomes the target of a killer lurking from the dark shadows of Devlin’s past. And they find not only their lives in jeopardy but their very hearts.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

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