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2015 Golden Leaf and PYHIAB Contest Winners!!

New Jersey Romance Writers is proud to announce the winners in our 2015 Golden Leaf and Put Your Heart in a Book contests!!

2015 Golden Leaf Winners

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Novella

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One Little Kiss

by Robin Covington

 

 

 

Romantic Suspense

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Meant To Be

by Jessica James

 

 

 

Historical

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Sinfully Yours

by Cara Elliott

 

 

 

Short Contemporary

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Carry Her Heart

by Holly Jacobs

 

 

 

Contemporary

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Reunion in October

by Gina Ardito

 

 

 

Paranormal

Rising Fire

Rising Fire: A Novel of the Stone Circles

by Terri Brisbin

 

 

 

Best First Book

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For the Love of the Dame

by Miriam Allenson

 

 

 


 

2015 Put Your Heart in a Book Winners

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Historical

Wild Women and the Blues by Denny S. Bryce

Paranormal

Queen of Hearts by Harris Fischer

Romantic Suspense

The Keys to Her Heart by Harris Fischer

Contemporary Series

15 Days by Rebekah Millet

Contemporary Single Title

The Rule of Thirds by Victoria Handel DeLao

Young Adult

Bagged by Colleen Oefelein

 

Congratulations to all our winners!

 

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Golden Leaf Spotlight on Contemporary: Gina Ardito

New Jersey Romance Writer’s annual “Put Your Heart in a Book” Conference is weeks away!  To help share our excitement, we’ll shine the spotlight on one of our Golden Leaf finalists each day leading up to the conference.

The Golden Leaf is awarded annually for excellence in romance fiction by authors who are NJRW members or in Romance Writers of America (RWA) Region One.  Winners will be announced during the NJRW Put Your Heart in a Book Conference award ceremony on October 16, 2015.

Spotlight on Contemporary: “Reunion in October,” by Gina Ardito (Self-published)

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“You were this close to marrying the wrong man because your mom had you convinced he was perfect for you.”

“That’s not true,” I murmured.

“Yeah, it is. But it’s what you’ve become since Mikey-boy left that drives me crazy. When you’re not at work, you’re cloistered at home, or mowing your mother’s lawn. You’re like Cinderella, always putting someone else’s needs above your own. Now, I’m no prince, but I want to make you smile because you deserve somebody in your life who makes you happy.”

I sank into my seat, the tears welling in my eyes. No one had ever said anything so…sweet…to me.

“And I’ll tell you something else.” Josh pointed his salad fork at me like an exclamation mark. “Mikey-boy will never make you happy. Whether you live here, or in Oshkosh—”

“Oregon,” I corrected.

“Like it matters. No matter where you live with him, he’ll fold you into his one-size-fits-all box, and that’s where you’ll stay: stuck in Stepford-Wife-mode with a closet full of beige suits and practical shoes.”

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Good luck to Gina and all our 2015 Golden Leaf finalists!

And it’s not too late to register for the conference. But hurry, registration ends October 4th! Visit our website for more information.