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Winners

2020 winner y separately published work icon Love Song Kylie Scott , United States of America (USA) : Evil Eye Concepts , 2020 21144850 2020 single work novella romance

'There’s always the one that got away. Or kicked you out...

'The new darling of rock n’ roll, Adam Dillon, is ready to show his ex-girlfriend, Jill Schwartz, what a mistake she made kicking him to the curb. So maybe he wasn’t the best of boyfriends. Writing great songs and climbing to the top of the charts isn’t easy. Only problem is, he's fast finding out that success isn't everything.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 winner y separately published work icon Loving Lucas Jayne Kingsley , Australia : Blueberry Lane Publishing , 2019 18378708 2019 single work novel romance

'Miranda Gray has loved Lucas Knight for what seems like forever. Problem is, he barely gives her the time of day. Plus, she’s a long way from the glamourous women constantly parading in and out of his life.

'If only she could find a way to make him notice her …

'Lucas knows what he wants from life, and it doesn’t include getting tangled up in anything resembling a relationship. Particularly with the boss’s daughter. She’s a forever type of girl; he’s more your ‘please leave before breakfast’ kind of guy.

'When they’re forced to work together on a project that’s far too close to his old life for comfort, Miranda starts to see that whilst she might have had a fledgling love for Lucas, real love is something else entirely.

'Sparks are flying but neither are ready to own up to the truth. Can working together bring love back to Lucas’s life? Or will he break Miranda’s heart forever?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2018 winner y separately published work icon Maggie's Run Kelly Hunter , California : Tule Publishing , 2018 14135069 2018 single work novel romance

'Maggie Walker has never called Wirra Station home. Orphaned as a child, she spent more time at boarding school, and then working in the city, than she ever spent on the edge of the outback. But when her great aunt dies, Maggie inherits everything and reluctantly returns to tidy the place up before selling.

'Ambitious cowboy-next-door Max O’Connor has the means and the desire to buy Wirra Station outright and return it to its former glory. But first, he wants elusive Maggie Walker to know what she’s giving up. He challenges her to live at Wirra Station for three months—with him as farm manager. Just one season–and if she still doesn’t love the place, he’ll gladly pay up and she can be cashed-up and careless, with no ties to anything or anyone.

'Three months. Two hearts. One Summer. Roll on.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2016 winner y separately published work icon Playing by Her Rules Amy Andrews , Fort Collins : Entangled Publishing , 2016 10033527 2016 single work novel romance

'When style columnist Matilda Kent accidentally lets slip that she was once involved with the captain of the Sydney Smoke rugby team, she suddenly finds herself elevated to the position she’s always wanted – feature writer. The catch? She’s stuck doing a six-part series on her ex. Still, there’s no way she can turn down a promotion…or the chance to dish the dirt on the guy who so callously broke her heart.

'Tanner Stone wants to be involved in a feature series about as much as he wants to snap an Achilles. But the thought of seeing Tilly again is a bonus—and has him more worked up than he wants to admit. Only he’s not prepared for how different she is – all cool and professional. His Tilly is still in there, though…and he still wants her, now more than ever. All he has to do is charm her into giving him a rematch. And this time, winner takes all!'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2015 winner y separately published work icon Fire Me Up Rachael Johns , New York (City) : Loveswept , 2015 9245055 2015 single work novel romance

'Can a scorching affair with a bohemian beauty tame a motorcycle man with a dark side? Rachael Johns takes the wheel in the sexy series co-written with Megan Crane, Jackie Ashenden, and Maisey Yates.

'Travis “Cash” Sinclair values only two things from his days with the Deacons of Bourbon Street: his prized Harley Davidson and the man who gave it to him. But now Priest Lombard is gone, and Cash has inherited the Deacons’ clubhouse—not to mentions its unexpected tenant. She’s exactly the type of woman he tries to avoid: all incense and art, with a sharp tongue that promises trouble. So why does Cash want to push aside those flowing skirts and lose himself between her legs?

'Billie Taylor fled a bad marriage to start a new life among the grit and glamour of the French Quarter. She refuses to let another man distract her from her dreams, especially an outlaw biker with nothing to offer except hot sex and an eviction notice. Cash is dangerous, with an untamed streak he tries desperately to conceal. He drives Billie wild, sending her too close to the edge for her own good. And she won’t fall under his spell—or into his bed—without a fight.' (Publication summary)

2014 winner y separately published work icon The Honeymoon Trap Kelly Hunter , California : Tule Publishing , 2014 8329653 2014 single work novel romance

'They were on the honeymoon of a lifetime. Pity it wasn’t theirs.

'Eli Jackson has just married the woman of his dreams. Sure, it was part of an online role-playing game and not exactly real, but he totally dominated the wedding battle that followed and his lady wife was very impressed.

'Eli never imagined that his brothers would bestow on them a real-world honeymoon package at one of the Gold Coast’s premier hotels. He never figured on costume designer Zoey Daniels being such fun. Together they’re dynamite, but Eli’s not looking for a real relationship and Zoey lives only for the day.

'Besides, no one falls in love this fast. Do they?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2013 winner y separately published work icon The One That Got Away Kelly Hunter , Richmond : Mills and Boon , 2013 Z1928426 2013 single work novel romance 'The man who's always left her wanting more!

Good job? Check. Newly purchased apartment? Tick. Evie's life is on a pretty even keel at the moment. The only thing missing? A man with an edge to keep things interesting.

Enter Logan Black. Tortured, distant and sexy, Logan has edge written all over him. He's also the man who tipped Evie over the edge a few years back - she gave him everything, but he didn't know when to stop taking. Leaving Logan was the hardest thing Evie's ever done. Until now. Because Logan's back, the chemistry is as blistering as ever and this time he's not going anywhere...' (Publisher's blurb)
2012 winner y separately published work icon Cracking the Dating Code Kelly Hunter , Toronto : Harlequin , 2012 6895799 2012 single work novel romance

'A Crash Course in Flirtation...

'Poppy West - genius and legendary code-cracker - needs a hideaway. Her borrowed desert island seems perfect - until she discovers the owner is the most dangerously sexy man she has ever laid eyes on...Now she's out of her depth! Sebastian Reyne never intended to teach Poppy all the delightful, enticing mysteries of flirtation. Poppy needs a nice man, not a rogue. A patient man, not one who can't be controlled. But her clueless attempts at cracking the dating code bring out the rescuer in him, the teacher in him, even the gentleman in him. For a while. Until Poppy's skills start to exceed his own...'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2011 winner y separately published work icon With This Fling Kelly Hunter , Richmond : Mills and Boon , 2011 Z1842970 2011 single work novel romance

'With this fling...

'Successful archaeologist Charlotte Greenstone has no time for men, so invents a convenient one–who bears a highly inconvenient resemblance to sexy stranger Greyson Tyler! To protect her mortifying white lie, Charlotte begs Grey to act as her temporary fiancé...

'I thee bed?

'One glimpse of Charlotte's killer curves, and Grey can't resist making his own outrageous proposition–he'll pretend to be her fiancé... if they can enjoy all the benefits of being a couple! Smoking-hot Grey is definitely fling material, but Charlotte knows that's all it can ever be.... Isn't it?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2010 winner y separately published work icon The Billionaire Baby Bombshell Paula Roe , United States of America (USA) : Silhouette , 2010 6874099 2010 single work novel romance

'Who was the father of Yelena Valero’s baby?

'Billionaire businessman Alex Rush had no clue the woman he’d once loved was now a mother. And, after doing the math, he discovered Yelena must have already been pregnant - with another man’s child - when she was declaring her love for Alex.

'Although he’d tracked her down for an entirely different reason, uncovering the truth became Alex’s top priority. Would seduction bring him closer to Yelena’s secrets, or create even more confusion? Suddenly, determining the paternity of one baby girl could destroy a relationship just about to ignite.…'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2009 winner y separately published work icon The Magnate's Baby Promise Paula Roe , United States of America (USA) : Silhouette , 2009 6874168 2009 single work novel romance

'Gain a wife... or lose his company?

'For billionaire businessman Cal Prescott, there was no question. He’d marry and produce the requisite heir. And he wouldn’t have to look far for the right bride - his one-night affair with Ava Reilly had left Cal’s senses riled and Ava pregnant with his baby.

'Sheer desperation had Ava agreeing to marry without love. She wanted her land as much as Cal wanted his corporation... and they both wanted their unborn child. Surely that would be enough to build a marriage on. That, and the burning passion that longed to be reawakened...'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2008 winner y separately published work icon The Marciano Love-Child Melanie Milburne , Richmond : Mills and Boon , 2008 Z1554758 2008 single work novel romance
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