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Winners

2020 winner y separately published work icon Just One Wish Rachael Johns , Sydney : HQ Fiction , 2019 16576881 2019 single work novel

'Three women, three secrets, one life-changing journey.

'Alice has always been a trailblazer as a scientist, activist, and mother. She knew her choices would involve sacrifices, but now, on the eve of her eightieth birthday, she's beginning to wonder if she's sacrificed too much.

'Alice's daughter Sappho rebelled against her unconventional upbringing, choosing to marry young and embrace life as a homemaker, but her status as a domestic goddess has recently taken a surprising turn.

'Ged, has always been the peacemaker between her grandmother and mother. A tenacious journalist she knows what she wants in life and love, yet when everything in her world starts falling apart, she begins to question whether she really knows anyone at all.

'At a crossroads in each of their lives, Alice, Sappho and Ged embark on a celebratory trip together, but instead of bringing them closer, the holiday sparks life-changing consequences and lifts the lid on a fifty-year secret.

'Can Ged rescue her family if their story is built on a betrayal?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 winner y separately published work icon Tangled Vines Megan Mayfair , Edinburgh : Crooked Cat Books , 2018 15427513 2018 single work novel romance

'Amelia O'Sullivan is a photographer who has always viewed herself through the wrong lens. When her marriage publicly crashes around her, she flees to the safety of her aunt's country property to pick up the pieces. Can she adjust her focus to what she really wants from her life?

'Born into a wealthy and powerful family, Frederick Doyle may seem like a man who has it all, but behind the scenes, a bitter business feud threatens an irrevocable family split. As he fights for control of the winery he'd built from the ground up, he finds a supportive ally in Amelia and becomes increasingly beguiled by her creative spirit.

'Jill McMahon is a successful novelist suffering from writer's block over her latest manuscript. Finding her niece, Amelia, at her door, reminds her of the bonds of family, but in seeing Amelia and Frederick's relationship grow, a long-forgotten and painful secret threatens to re-surface.

'Can Amelia, Frederick and Jill untangle themselves from their pasts or will history simply repeat itself?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2017 winner y separately published work icon Numbered Amy Andrews , Ros Baxter , Sydney : Mira Books , 2016 9298691 2016 single work novel romance

'Live every day like it was your last.

'Mathematician and many-time Loser in Love Poppy Devine believes in being prepared. So when she discovers she has breast cancer, all she has to do is dust off the carefully numbered bucket list she prepared years before with her best friend Julia.

'There are only two problems: Quentin, a gorgeous younger man with rock-star ambitions, wasn’t on her list. And take-a-risk Julia, has suddenly come over all disapproving.

'Together with Poppy’s hippy mother Scarlet, the three form an unlikely alliance to help Poppy realise her goals. Sky diving, swimming with sharks, cooking classes in Tuscany, visiting an orphanage in India are all part of the journey. Along the way, Poppy is forced to confront her best friend’s grief, her fraught relationship with her mother, and the fact that she really might be using her last available time on earth to make the most imperfect match of her life.

'But Poppy comes to learn that when your days are numbered there’s no such thing as perfect and love really is all you need.' (Publication summary)

2013 winner (Short sweet) y separately published work icon Bella's Wishlist Emily Forbes , Richmond : Mills and Boon , 2012 Z1908750 2012 single work novel romance 'Confined to her hospital bed, the only thing keeping shy Bella's vital signs in check (and giving her hope for the future) are the regular visits from Charlie Maxwell, SHH's most charming doc. Charlie's no stranger to crushed dreams but Bella's living on borrowed time. Suddenly, making Bella's deepest wishes come true is Charlie's only priority!' (Publisher's blurb)
2013 winner (Romantic elements) y separately published work icon Queen of the Road Tricia Stringer , Chatswood : Mira Books , 2012 Z1920736 2012 single work novel romance romance 'Angela needed a miracle...She didn't expect it to come in the form of a red 18-wheeler. Juggling two jobs, raising her four-year-old daughter alone and drowning in debt, Angela Ranger is struggling to survive. So when Angela's father offers her a job driving trucks in the tiny rural town of Munirilla, she accepts. After all, it's only temporary. Despite taking to the road with ease, Angela finds moving to Munirilla may not be the godsend it seemed. Her accommodation is dingy, her fellow truckies are less than happy to see a woman on the road, and the locals are reluctant to use her services. There is one local who's glad to see her, though. Fill-in farm manager and loner, Coop, resists his natural tendency to avoid personal connections when he meets the efficient and gorgeous Angela. But Coop has problems of his own - sheep are going missing, his neighbours are acting strangely and the demons of his past are urging him to move on again. In Munirilla, both Angela and Coop will face the ultimate test of character. Will they follow reason and leave? Or follow their hearts and build a home in the small town...together?' (Publisher's blurb)
2012 winner (Short sexy) y separately published work icon Marrying the Enemy Nicola Marsh , Richmond : Mills and Boon , 2012 6345032 2012 single work novel romance

'Jewellery designer and heiress Ruby Seaborn will do anything to save her family's company from financial ruin. And she means anything. Including proposing a strictly business marriage to diamond-mine magnate Jax Maroney—the only man able to restore the Seaborn jewellery empire to its former glory! She needs his money; he needs her socialite credentials—it's a win-win solution. And if they indulge in certain…fringe benefits of their marriage along the way, that's fine. Because luckily Ruby's heart is as unbreakable as the precious gems she works with…isn't it?' (Publisher's blurb)

2012 winner (Long romance) y separately published work icon The Lady Risks All Stephanie Laurens , New York (City) : Avon Books (United Kingdom) , 2012 6344786 2012 single work novel historical fiction romance

'The Lady Risks All in this delightfully sexy and sensuous historical romance novel from the creator of the recklessly romantic Cynster family—Regency England’s most irrepressible clan of sexy rogues and ladies—as well as the acclaimed Bastion Club books. The notorious Neville Roscoe, who lives boldly outside the bounds of proper society, is one of Laurens’s most unforgettable heroes—and the story of his seduction of prim, straight-laced Miranda Clifford is filled with intrigue, danger, and passion that will thrill not only Stephanie Laurens fans, but devoted readers of Lisa Kleypas, Johanna Lindsey, and Mary Balogh as well.' (Publisher's blurb)

2012 winner y separately published work icon Shattered Sky Helene Young , Sydney : Hachette Australia , 2011 Z1752586 2011 single work novel romance thriller 'On a routine surveillance flight east of the Australian coast, Captain Lauren Bennett's crew pick up a mayday call. A yacht is under fire. For the international smugglers operating below the radar of the navy and Border Watch, sinking a pleasure craft is just part of their day's work. Lauren has other ideas. As she pursues the men into the isolated country of Cape York, she'll need all the help she can get. That will mean joining forces with the cynical navy officer Callam Granger, who's already shown his contempt for her. What will it take to convince him she's right this time? Can they put aside their old animosities to outwit, outrun and ultimately out-fly the traffickers? Or will another death shatter Lauren's life completely?' (From the publisher's website.)
2011 winner y separately published work icon Border Watch Wings of Fear Helene Young , Sydney : Hachette Australia , 2010 Z1669932 2010 single work novel romance adventure

'High above the crystal-blue waters of North Queensland, Captain Morgan Pentland patrols the vast Australian coastline. When Customs Agent Rafe Daniels joins her crew, she is immediately suspicious. Why is he boarding her plane when she isn't there? And why is he asking so many questions? What Morgan doesn't know is that Rafe has her under surveillance.

Critical information about their Border Watch operations is being leaked and she is the main suspect. Morgan's ex, elite police officer Carl Wiseman, is back on the scene after she finally found the courage to throw him out. Is he trying to regain Morgan's affections of are his intentions more sinister?

When Morgan and Rafe are shot down in a tragic midair attack, they realise they have to start working together - and quickly. One of Australia's most loved icons is the next target and they have only nine days to stop it. Will they uncover details of the plot?'

Source: www.heleneyoung.com/ (Sighted 18/02/2010).

2010 winner y separately published work icon Night's Cold Kiss Tracey O'Hara , Pymble : HarperCollins Australia , 2009 Z1485619 2009 single work novel fantasy horror romance

'For centuries war raged between the humans and Aeternus vampires - until courageous efforts on both sides forged a fragile peace.

'But the rogue Necrodreniacs will never be controlled - addicted as they are to the death-high . . . and bloody chaos. Since witnessing the murder of her mother, Antoinette Petrescu has burned with fiery hatred for the vampire race - even for Christian Laroque, the noble, dangerously handsome Aeternus who rescued her.

'Now an elite Venator, Antoinette must reluctantly accept Christian's help to achieve her vengeance - even as he plots to use the beautiful, unsuspecting warrior as bait to draw out the bloodthirsty dreniacs.' (From the publisher's website.)

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