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2019 winner y separately published work icon Lies Kylie Scott , Australia : Kylie Scott , 2019 18559882 2019 single work novel romance

'Betty Dawsey knows that breaking things off with Thom Lange is for the best. He’s nice, but boring, and their relationship has lost its spark. But steady and predictable Thom, suddenly doesn’t seem so steady and predictable when their condo explodes and she’s kidnapped by a couple of crazies claiming that Thom isn’t who he says he is.

'Thom is having a hellish week. Not only is he hunting a double agent, but his fiancé dumped him, and thanks to his undercover life, she’s been kidnapped.

'Turns out Thom is Operative Thom and he’s got more than a few secrets to share with Betty if he’s going to keep her alive. With both their lives on the line, their lackluster connection is suddenly replaced by an intense one. But in his line of work, feelings aren’t wanted or desired. Because feelings can be a lethal distraction.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2016 winner y separately published work icon Dirty Kylie Scott , Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2016 9298533 2016 single work novel romance

'The last thing Vaughan Hewson expects to find when he returns to his childhood home is a broken hearted bride in his shower, let alone the drama and chaos that comes with her.

'Lydia Green doesn't know whether to burn down the church or sit and cry in a corner. Discovering the love of your life is having an affair on your wedding day is bad enough. Finding out it's with his best man is another thing all together. She narrowly escapes tying the knot and meets Vaughan only hours later.

'Vaughan is the exact opposite of the picture perfect, respected businessman she thought she'd marry. This former musician-turned-bartender is rough around the edges and unsettled. But she already tried Mr. Right and discovered he's all wrong-maybe it's time to give Mr. Right Now a chance.

'After all, what's wrong with getting dirty?' (Publication summary)

2015 winner y separately published work icon The Patterson Girls Rachael Johns , North Sydney : Harlequin Enterprises , 2015 8772785 2015 single work novel

'How can four sisters build the futures they so desperately want, when the past is reaching out to claim them?

'When the Patterson daughters return home to Meadow Brook to be with their father after their mother’s death, they bring with them a world of complication and trouble.

'The eldest sister, obstetrician Madeleine, would rather be anywhere but her hometown, violinist Abigail has fled from her stellar career, while teacher Lucinda is struggling to have the children she and her husband so desperately want. The black sheep of the family, Charlie, feels her life as a barista and exercise instructor doesn’t measure up to that of her gifted and successful sisters.

'Dealing with their bereft father who is determined to sell the family motel, their loves old and new and a series of troublesome decisions doesn’t make life any easier, but when they go through their mother’s possessions and uncover the shocking secret of an old family curse, they begin to question everything they thought they knew.

'A warm and wise novel about secrets revealed, finding your soulmate and the unique bond between sisters.' (Publication summary)

2014 winner y separately published work icon Play Kylie Scott , New York (City) : St. Martin's Griffin , 2014 7629626 2014 single work novel romance

'Mal Ericson, drummer for the world famous rock band Stage Dive, needs to clean up his image fast – at least for a little while. Having a good girl on his arm should do the job just fine. But he didn’t count on exactly how much fun he could have being with the one right girl.

'Anne Rollins has money problems. Big ones. But being paid to play the pretend girlfriend to a demented drummer was never going to be a good idea. No matter how hot he is. She’s had her sights set on her male bestie, Reece, for years. And now that she’s supposedly taken, he’s finally paying attention. If only the chemistry between her and her rock star would stop hitting new heights.'


Publisher's blurb.

2013 winner y separately published work icon Holding Out for a Hero Amy Andrews , Sydney : Momentum Books , 2013 6876932 2013 single work novel romance

'When sensible schoolteacher Ella Lucas rides into her home town on a Harley and seduces the resident football hero, Jake Prince, she figures she can be forgiven and move on. After all, she’s just buried her mother.

'Two years later, back in the city, their paths cross again but this time Jake is in the process of destroying her favourite dive bar. With her home facing a wrecker’s ball, her school being closed down and her 15-year-old brother hell bent on self-destruction, it’s the last straw. Throw in a dominatrix best friend who is dating a blue ribbon guy so straight he still lives at home with his mother, it’s no wonder the sanest person in Ella’s life is a dog.

'With all this to contend with, the last thing Ella needs is Jake back in her life. But, as fate would have it, Jake is the only chance she has to save her school.

'As the school football season heats up, old secrets threaten to surface and Ella takes on greedy developers, school boards and national tabloids. But can she save not just her home, her school and her brother, but also the reputation of the man she’s never been able to forget? And, more importantly, does she want to?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2012 winner y separately published work icon Jilted Rachael Johns , Chatswood : Mira Books , 2012 6359835 2012 single work novel romance

'After more than ten years away, Australian soap star Ellie Hughes returns to the small country town of Hope's Junction, determined to remain anonymous while caring for her injured godmother, Matilda. But it isn't long until the townspeople are gossiping about her return. Soon Ellie and her former fiancé Flynn Quartermaine are thrown back together again, but Ellie is not the only one with secrets. Flynn has his own demons to battle, and Matilda is hiding something from her beloved goddaughter. Can the ill-fated lovers overcome the wounds of their past or is Flynn destined to be jilted again?' (Publisher's blurb)

2010 winner y separately published work icon Home is Where the Bark Is Kandy Shepherd , New York (City) : Berkley Publishing Corporation , 2010 6887166 2010 single work novel romance

'Former model Serena Oakley will take puppy play-dates over glamorous parties any day, which is one reason why she’s swapped her stilettos for Birkenstocks - and opened Paws-A-While, an upscale doggy day care and spa in San Francisco. When a ruggedly handsome client walks through her doors, clutching a purse-sized Yorki-poo and only barely convincing when it comes to canine credentials, instinct tells her to be wary - despite her instant attraction to him.

'Undercover investigator Nick Whalen has followed a series of identity frauds to Serena and is determined to dig up the secrets he’s certain she is hiding. Despite their mutual distrust, Nick and Serena find themselves bonding over an injured, orphaned dog with a serious junk food habit. And soon they’re arousing more than just suspicions.

'Nick begins to wonder if one gorgeous, possibly criminal woman and one sad-eyed mutt could show him what he’s been missing out on all his life, while Serena longs to let down her guard. But when Serena’s safety is threatened - and their future together put in jeopardy - the pair must trust in love and loyalty to thwart a danger that’s circling too close to home.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2009 winner y separately published work icon Love Is a Four-Legged Word Kandy Shepherd , New York (City) : Berkley Publishing Corporation , 2009 6887125 2009 single work novel romance

'Tom O'Brien is close to making partner at the hottest law firm in San Francisco, provided his newest client doesn't foul things up. Brutus Stoddard is rich and spoiled, craves attention, and drools. The fact that he's a dog doesn't help matters.

'Brutus has inherited a multimillion-dollar estate from his late owner, as well as a pretty guardian named Madeline Cartwright, professional chef and the eccentric old man's surrogate granddaughter. Tom finds her–and her culinary creations–irresistible.

'If Tom is to get that promotion, he has to maintain the terms of the will. That means keeping both Brutus and Maddy happy. He's trying his hardest to keep the arrangement professional, but with two clients this adorable, Tom's suddenly craving a different kind of partnership altogether.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.