Thursday, January 1, 2015

2014 Swoony Award Winners

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Swoony Awards! The Swoony Awards were created to recognize excellence in clean fiction. We wanted a reference for all those out there looking for a swoony romance without the steam. We also wanted to recognize and show our appreciation to all these great authors who write the kinds of books we love. We couldn't be more pleased with all the participation and great book nominations we received. I know I've found a lot of great books on this list and even found some new authors to try!

In the two months the awards have been up, we received almost 1700 voters and over 500 book nominations! The readers have spoken and chosen their favorite books of 2014! So, without further ado, here are the winners...

Best Novel of the Year
As You Are by Sarah M Eden
Best Contemporary Romance Novel
When I Fall in Love by Susan May Warren
Best YA Contemporary Romance
Just One Wish by Janette Rallison
Best New Adult Contemporary Romance
Dreaming of Ivy by Shannon Guymon
Best Paranormal Romance
Spirit of the Knight by Debbie Peterson
Best YA Paranormal Romance
Discern by Andrea Pearson
Best Historical Fiction
Hope Springs by Sarah M Eden
Best Regency Romance
As You Are by Sarah M Eden
Best Western Romance
Tried and True by Mary Connealy
Best Medieval Romance
Lady at Arms by Tamara Leigh
Best High Fantasy Romance
Missing Lily by Annette K Larsen
Best Mystery/Suspense Romance
Silenced by Dani Pettrey
Best Science Fiction Romance
Cress by Marissa Meyer
Best Urban Fantasy Romance
Hunted by Katie Lee O'Guinn

Best Christmas Romance
A Cliché Christmas by Nicole Deese
Best Anthology
The Fortune Café by Julie Wright, Melanie Jacobson & Heather B Moore
Best Novella
A Cowboy Unmatched by Karen Witemeyer
Best Short Story
The Nativity Bride by Miralee Ferrell

Now, we wanted to share with you our personal favorites:
Kathy's Choice
Lady at Arms by Tamara Leigh
I have a soft spot for Medieval stories, but clean ones can be hard to find. When a good friend recommended Tamara Leigh's books I thought I'd give them a try. I chose Lady at Arms because I loved the story, the characters and the swoony romance. As I read I was quickly sucked into the story and the atmosphere of the book. I couldn't put it down. When I finished I had to go on a Leigh-Binge and read all of her medieval books. I loved this book for a lot of reasons, but one of the reasons I chose it as my top pick was because it introduced me to a new author to follow!  
Katie's Choice
Under a Georgia Moon by Cindy Roland Anderson
I chose Under a Georgia Moon as my favorite of 2014 because it has all the elements that I love. I love a meeting that is full of humor. I also love it when two people meet years later, after knowing each other when they were younger, and find that their views of one another have changed. In a way, that's similar to my relationship with my husband. It basically comes down to a clean romantic comedy that totally draws me in and has me smiling, sighing, and swooning throughout the whole book. I really didn't want it to end!
Kathy Jo's Choice
Dreaming of Ivy by Shannon Guymon
Picking KJ's Choice Award has been extremely hard for me because there were just SO many amazing books to choose from!! However, I had to go with the one that had the biggest impact on my life. Very few people know how extremely hard this past year has been for me. Reading was one of the things that helped me get through some of the toughest times. I was at a point where I had lost hope and was just feeling extremely low. And then I picked up a book that just spoke to me... that brightened my life... that gave me hope that things WOULD get better!! And that book is Dreaming of Ivy by Shannon Guymon.
Heidi's Choice
As You Are by Sarah M Eden
My favorite  book of 2014 looks to be the favorite of many others, and for good reason. As You Are, by Sarah M Eden, was a beautiful escape that had me never wanting the book to come to an end. Ms. Eden has a way of weaving such heartwarming tales that I always want to pick the book up and start right over again after I have finished. I fell in love with the characters in this particular story and adored being reintroduced to characters I already loved. I thoroughly enjoyed it and fell it deserved every swoony award it received.
We are looking forward to the 2015 Swoony Awards and hope that you will be joining us again this year! Please feel free to join our groups (Goodreads and Facebook) and follow us on Twitter (@swoonyawards)! Help us spread the word about good, clean, swoony romance books!

Happy New Year and Happy Reading!


  1. Yay!! This was so fun. Thanks for doing it. 😊😊

  2. I haven't heard of any of these. Looks like some good ones to add to my never ending to read stack! Yay! ;)

  3. So excited to read the ones I haven't yet. Thank you for this list!

  4. So excited to have Lady At Arms receive a Swoony Award and be Kathy's personal favorite! Thank you, readers and Swoony Awards organizers!

  5. I love that I now have a few new book recommendations to try out! Go Swoonys!

  6. Wow! Now I have to hurry up and read, “Tried and True”, which I have, because Mary Connealy is best known for blowing things up and shooting characters! Swooning? Are you sure that’s not ‘Shooting’? Seekerville is running a “From Sweet to Swoon" series by Julie Lessman. Maybe those posts are having an effect! Like I said, I have to get to reading. Thanks for the heads up. I don’t often get a ‘Swoon Alert’ to the books I’m reading.

  7. So many great books here! And several I need to add to my TBR.

  8. You should post to Pinterest more. :)


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