2016 PYHIAB and Golden Leaf Contest Winners!

New Jersey Romance Writers is proud to announce the winners of our 2016 Put Your Heart in a Book and Golden Leaf Winners Contest! Check out the pictures at the end.


2016 Put Your Heart in a Book Contest Winners (unpublished manuscripts)

1st: Love’s Whisper  Jeanine Englert
2nd: Three Lessons in Seduction  Tracy Johnston
3rd: Taming Julia  Jodie Wolfe

1st: He Loves Me Knot  Sarah McGregor
2nd: Desperate Sacrifice  Linda Schad
3rd: The Seductress  Jessica Grace Kelley

Romantic Suspense
1st: Hit and Run  Lori Matthews
2nd: The President’s Assassin  Renita Bradley
3rd: Beyond Paradise  Barbara Forlenza

Single Title Contemporary
1st: Love Around the Ring  Alleyne Dickens
2nd: Hearts on the Vine  Jessica Holt
3rd: Meadow Wind  Betty L. Unkel

Contemporary Series
1st: The Hottest Guy  Gloria Duke
2nd: Scooped: Confessions of a Former Tattletale  C.A. Speakman
3rd: Trial Run  Masha Levinson

Young Adult
1st: Road to Eugenica  A.M. Rose
2nd: Lucky  Laura Cumbie
3rd: From There to Here  Laura Cumbie

2016 NJRW Golden Leaf Contest Winners (published authors)

First Place

Christmas Laurel by Christine Bush



In the Spinster’s Bed by Sally MacKenzie
Guarding the Quarterback by Liz Matis


Romantic Suspense
First Place
Seconds to Live by Melinda Leigh




Energized by Mary Behre
True Peril by Veronica Forand
When Secrets Strike by Marta Perry

Historical Romance
First Place
Magnate by Joanna Shupe








What To Do With A Duke by Sally MacKenzie
The Daughter of an Earl by Victoria Morgan

Contemporary Romance Short
First Place
Two Doctors & a Baby by Brenda Harlen








Wedding Date for Hire by Jennifer Shirk
The Rancher’s Surprise Son by Christine Wenger
The Lawman’s Christmas Proposal by Barbara White Daille

Contemporary Romance – Mid-Length
First Place
Carolina Dreaming by Virginia Kantra






Her Second-Chance Family by Holly Jacobs
These Three Words by Holly Jacobs

Contemporary Romance Long
First Place
Sunset At Lake Crane by Casey Hagen







The CEO Buys In by Nancy Herkness
The All-Star Antes Up by Nancy Herkness

Paranormal Romance
First Place
Skin Deep by Marissa Doyle







Cottage in the Mist by Dee Davis
Forbidden by Katrina Snow
Heir To The Pack by Laura Welling

Erotic Romance
First Place
Hard Ride by Opal Carew







My Best Friend’s Stepfather by Opal Carew
Operation: Desire Me by Christina James

Best First Book
First Place
The Ghost Chronicles by Marlo Berliner







The Love Square by Jessica Calla
Tiger Lily by Wende Dikec


Congratulations to all winners and finalists. We hope to see you again next year!

2016 Hall of Fame display

2016 Hall of Fame display




2016 Finalist display

2016 Finalist display

2016 Golden Leaf winners & finalists

2016 Golden Leaf winners & finalists

2016 PYHIAB winners & finalists

2016 PYHIAB winners & finalists

PYHIAB & Golden Leaf Contest Chairs

PYHIAB & Golden Leaf Contest Chairs



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