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27 Years and Going Strong

Welcome to a new year of the National Readers Choice Awards. First held back in 1991, the NRCA has consistently showcased the best in romance novels published each year. We will celebrate the winners of this year’s contest in New York City in July, 2019, though the books will have been published in 2018. I’m stepping back into my previous position as the NRCA Contest Chair and I look forward to working with our reader/judges, authors, and my category coordinators as we commerorate our 27th year.

All the best,

                                                 Silver James, 2018 NRCA Contest Chair

Congratulations to the 2018 Finalists of the 27th Annual National Readers’ Choice Awards. Winners will be announced in New York City, at a reception held during RWA’s national conference at the New York Marriott Marquis Times Square, on Thursday, July 25th at 9:00 a.m.


Best First Book


Flowers from Afghanistan (Inspirational) – Suzy Parish

The Demon Always Wins (Paranormal) – Jeanne Oates Estridge


Contemporary Series


Mischief and Mayhem – L.E. Rico

The Ballerina’s Secret – Teri Wilson

Mistletoe in Mayhem – L.E. Rico

A Nanny for the Reclusive Billionaire – Regina Kyle

The Twin Test – Rula Sinara


Contemporary Series Suspense/Adventure


In the Lawman’s Protection – Janie Crouch

Braving the Heat – Regan Black

Major Crimes – Janie Crouch

Armed Response – Janie Crouch


Contemporary Single Title


Before We Were Strangers – Brenda Novak

Double Dog Dare – Roxanne St. Claire

Bad Bachelor – Stefanie London


Erotic Romance


Unmasked – Stefanie London

Hard Deal – Stefanie London

X Marks the Spot – Opal Carew


Historical Romance


Kidnapped by a Rogue – Margaret Mallory

To Catch a Texas Star – Linda Broday

The Last Duke – Jess Michaels

What Ales the Earl – Sally MacKenzie

The Seduction of Cameron MacKay – Sheri Humphreys


Inspirational Romance


Who I Am with You – Robin Lee Hatcher

More Than Meets the Eye – Karen Witemeyer

Primary Suspect – Laura Scott


Romance Novella


Yuletide Target – Laura Scott

“Gift of the Heart” in The Christmas Heirloom Collection – Karen Witemeyer

“Badass Bear” in The Secret She Keeps Anthology – Kathy Lyons

A Navy Homecoming – Gail Chianese


Novels with Romantic Elements


The Memory of You – Jamie Beck

All We Knew – Jamie Beck

When You Knew – Jamie Beck

Infinite – Cecy Robson

Small Town Rumors – Carolyn Brown


Paranormal Romance


Enticing the Dragon – Jane Godman

Demons Will Be Demons – AE Jones

Alpha Unleashed – Kathy Lyons

Demons Are Forever – AE Jones

My Big Fat Alien Wedding – Fiona Roarke


Romantic Suspense


Wanting You – Leslie Kelly

Eagle – Janie Crouch

Face Off – Brenda Novak


Young Adult


Me and Jake – Boo Riley

Soul Shot – Anna Kittrell

*Number of finalists in a category is based on the number of entries