Congratulations to the Put Your Heart in a Book Contest 2017 Winners and Finalists!
*denotes NJRW member Historical FIRST PLACE: "The Seduction of Mrs. Smith" by Elizabeth Everett SECOND PLACE: "Where the Meadowlands are Green" by Felicia Grossman THIRD PLACE: "Love Me If You Dare" by Margot Radcliffe
Single Title Contemporary FIRST PLACE: "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" by PJ Ryley SECOND PLACE: "Head Over Boots for You" by Lena Pinto* THIRD PLACE: "Forbidden Paradise" by Barbara Forlenza*
Contemporary Series FIRST PLACE: "The Way You Make Me Feel" by K.E. White SECOND PLACE: "The Road to Hollydale" by Tanya Agler THIRD PLACE: "Double Engagement" by Barb Piper*
Romantic Suspense FIRST PLACE: "The Fire Beckons" by Lynnette Labelle SECOND PLACE: "Lovely Digits" by Jeanine Englert THIRD PLACE: "Smash and Grab" by Lori Matthews*
Paranormal FIRST PLACE: "Praetorian Rising" by Lisa Knight SECOND PLACE: "The Twenty-Eighth Kiss" by Michelle Joyce Bond* THIRD PLACE: "The Wish Granter" by Barb Piper*
Young Adult FIRST PLACE: "Casualty" by Paula Huffman SECOND PLACE: "Below the Surface" by Arel Jansen THIRD PLACE: "Beneath Us" by Michelle Joyce Bond*
Contemporary Series— (40,000 word minimum) Category length romances and romantic suspense set in the present day.
Single-Title Contemporary— (40,000 words minimum) Romances set in present day. Not part of a series.
Historical— (40,000 word minimum) Category and Single Title length romances set before 1945. Includes Regency romances.
Paranormal— (40,000 word minimum) Fantasy, futuristic, paranormal and FFP romantic suspense.
Romantic Suspense— (40,000 word minimum) Romance novel in which suspense is a major element of the plot.
Young Adult— (40,000 word minimum) Novels with a strong romantic theme geared toward young adult readers.