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2020 winner y separately published work icon Charlotte Pass Lee Christine , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2020 18470344 2020 single work novel crime romance

'A shocking discovery deep in the Snowy Mountains. A killer who will do anything to keep secrets buried.

'When ski patroller Vanessa Bell discovers human bones high on Mount Stillwell at Charlotte Pass ski resort, Detective Sergeant Pierce Ryder of the Sydney Homicide Squad is called in to lead the investigative team.

'Arriving in the isolated, snowed-in village with Winterfest celebrations underway, Ryder soon determines that the bones are those of Celia Delaney, a young woman who disappeared from the ski resort in 1964 during the biggest winter storm in Australian alpine history.

'When a second murder takes place, Ryder suspects that the deaths are related, and that the person responsible is still in the village. Amid the escalating tension, Ryder is desperate to make an arrest before the stakes rise even higher.

'Set within the stunning Snowy Mountains, this intriguing mystery uncovers deadly, long-buried secrets in the valleys and mountains of this iconic area.'  (Publication summary)

2019 winner y separately published work icon Shadows Over Wongan Creek Juanita Kees , Chatswood : Escape Publishing , 2019 14775136 2019 single work novel romance

'They both arrived in Wongan Creek as foster children, and found a community where they could thrive. But he left a newlywed and returned a widow and her past has dangerous secrets that will affect everyone she loves. Shadows are gathering on their horizon, blocking any chance they have at a new chance for love.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 winner y separately published work icon Undercover Fighter Aislinn Kearns , Australia : Aislinn Kearns , 2018 16919474 2018 single work novel romance

'Wyatt: Tough. Honorable. Secretive.

'The man Wyatt used to be is gone. Now, his only focus is to find out what happened to his younger brother. His search leads him to McCready’s door; a powerful man who organizes fights that are illegal…and deadly. As he’s sucked further into McCready’s world he meets Kat, who is sexy, distrustful, and may just be spying on him for McCready.

'Kat once lived a normal life—one she hopes she can return to one day. But that was before she traded her life to repay her sister’s debt. Now she spends her days and nights doing whatever McCready orders her to. She can’t risk her potential freedom, not even to help Wyatt, no matter how tempted she might be.

'But McCready has his own plans for Kat and Wyatt, plans that force them into an unlikely alliance. As their mutual attraction heats up, they must learn to trust each other to survive. Because McCready is not a man to be trifled with, and those that betray him have a tendency to end up dead…'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2016 winner y separately published work icon Sunset Shadows Bronwyn Parry , Sydney : Hachette Australia , 2016 9501923 2016 single work novel crime romance

''Dammit, Tess, he doesn't seem worth protecting.'

''I'm not protecting him, sarge,' she said. She dropped her gaze, biting her lip, and for the first time in his experience she spoke in a small voice. 'I'm protecting me.'

For police officers Steve Fraser and Tess Ballard, a split-second decision saves the lives of fifty members of a cult ­- but also puts their careers on the line. Tess's work is everything to her; she's forged a new life through sheer determination, so when her past returns to haunt her, Steve must race through wild country if he is to save the people he most cares about.' (Publication summary)

2015 winner y separately published work icon Northern Heat Helene Young , Melbourne : Penguin , 2015 8567095 2015 single work novel thriller romance

'In steamy northern Queensland, Conor is living under an assumed name and rebuilding his shattered life. Working at Cooktown's youth centre has given him the chance to make a difference again, and a chance to flirt with Dr Kristy Dark.

'After tragedy tore her family apart, Kristy fled to Cooktown with her feisty teenage daughter, Abby. She hoped being part of the small community would help them both heal, but Abby's sports coach is turning out to be a compelling distraction.

'When a severe cyclone menaces the coast, threatening to destroy everything in its path, tensions come to a head – and the weather is not the only danger in Cooktown. Cut off from the world and with her life on the line, Kristy will have to summon her courage and place her trust in Conor, or they'll both lose someone they love.' (Publication summary)

2014 winner y separately published work icon Safe Harbour Helene Young , Melbourne : Penguin Books , 2014 7087029 2014 single work novel romance

'When Darcy Fletcher drags a handsome sailor from a stricken yacht, she finds herself drawn into his mysterious world. Having saved his life can she now rescue him from his dark past? Or will that endanger all she holds most dear?

'Noah, keeper of the peace and guardian of the Banskia Cove secrets, knows he can’t he tell Darcy the real reason this man has washed up on their shores. If she knew the links between the stranger and her own dysfunctional family, she’d flee the Cove and he’d lose her love forever.

'As they take refuge in an old whaling station, only one thing is certain – by morning, no one will be the same again. Lies will surface. Hearts will break, and not all will find safe harbour.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2013 winner y separately published work icon Half Moon Bay Helene Young , Melbourne : Penguin Books , 2013 Z1929927 2013 single work novel 'Ellie Wilding has been running from her past, but when the residents of Half Moon Bay call for help she knows it's finally time to return home. As an international photojournalist, she's used to violence in war zones, but she's shocked when it erupts in the sleepy hamlet on the north coast of New South Wales, threatening all she holds dear.

Battle-weary Nicholas Lawson walked away from his military career leaving unfinished business. In a coastal backwater, that decision returns to haunt him. He remembers all too vividly his last lethal assignment in Afghanistan when Ellie's sister, Nina, was shot and killed. Ellie's been in his dreams ever since, even if she doesn't remember him...

As a storm rages and floodwaters rise, Ellie struggles to save her community. But who can she trust? Nick Lawson, the dangerously attractive stranger with secrets, or an old friend who's never let her down?

A compelling story of danger and desire by the award-winning author of Burning Lies.' (Publisher's blurb)
2012 winner y separately published work icon Dead Heat Bronwyn Parry , Sydney : Hachette Australia , 2012 Z1842932 2012 single work novel crime

'Trapped in rugged country in scorching summer heat, pursued by ruthless gunmen who can't afford to fail, Jo and Nick will need all their skills and courage to survive.

'The national parks where Ranger Jo Lockwood works, on the edge of the NSW outback, are untamed stretches of dry forest cut through with wild rivers. She's often alone, and she likes it that way until she discovers the body of a man, brutally murdered, in a vandalised campground.

'Detective Senior Sergeant Nick Matheson knows organised crime and gang violence from the inside out. He's so good at undercover work that his colleagues aren't sure which side he's really on. His posting to Strathnairn is supposed to be a return to normal duties, but the murder victim in the campground is only the first of Jo's discoveries.

'As Jo and Nick uncover drugs and a stash of illegal weapons, the evidence points towards local young men already on the wrong side of the law. But as far as Nick s concerned, it doesn't add up. When the body count starts mounting, each brutally punished before death, he becomes convinced that one person is behind the killings, one person is manipulating the men to commit horrific crimes, forming them into his own private drug-dealing cartel.

'Jo has seen the man's face, and now she's his next target. Nick's determined to protect her, but trapped in the rugged outback he and Jo will have to act quickly if they are going to survive.' (From the publisher's website.)

2011 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.)
2010 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: (Sighted 18/02/2010).

2009 winner y separately published work icon Dark Country Bronwyn Parry , Sydney : Hachette Australia , 2009 Z1623525 2009 single work novel crime romance

'They've considered him a murderer for eighteen years, so no one in Dungirri is surprised when 'Gil' Gillespie returns and a woman's body is found in his car. Wearied by too many deaths and doubting her own skills, local police sergeant Kris Mathews isn't sure whether Gil is a decent man wronged by life, or a hardened criminal she should lock up. But she does know he's not guilty of this murder, because she is his alibi.

Gil isn't used to feeling anything for anyone. But there's a teenager here who has his eyes - a daughter he never knew existed. And the sergeant's fiery tenacity stirs his blood. He can't acknowledge either. He's made too many enemies in the Sydney Mafia and amongst corrupt cops. Kris's alibi might have saved him from a murder charge but her dedication to finding the truth has made her a target.

Gil is surrounded by wilderness, but there's no place to hide, because his enemies have most of the town on their side, and they know that the one thing most punishing would be harming the few people he cares about.' (From the publisher's website.)