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HOLT Medallion Contest

2014 HOLT Medallion Winners and Awards of Merit

*Awards of Merit alphabetical by author

Best First Book   Best Book by a Virginia Author
First Book

A Hopeful Heart – Amy Clipston

Awards of Merit
Temptation – Kathryn Barrett
Haven –
Celia Breslin
Five Days in Skye –
Carla Laureano
Playing Doctor –
Jan Meredith

  Va Author

Seeds of Evidence – Linda J. White

Awards of Merit
Rock Your Soul – Sara Brookes
Avoiding Mr. Right –
C.J. Ellisson
No Place Like Rome –
Julie Moffett
Up to the Challenge –
Terri Osburn

Short Contemporary
Long Contemporary
Short Contemp Winner
The Forgotten Christmas Tree – Carolynn Carey

Awards of Merit
The Baby Bump – Jennifer Greene
Seven Day Fiancé –
Rachel Harris
Never Say No to a Caffarelli –
Melanie Milburne
The Rancher She Loved –
Ann Roth

Long Contemp

A Valley Ridge Christmas – Holly Jacobs

Awards of Merit
Sleepless in Las Vegas – Colleen Collins
Texas Tango –
Cynthia D'Alba
The Sweetest Hours –
Cathryn Parry
Can’t Stop Believing –
Jodi Thomas

Short Inspirational
Long Inspirational
Short Insp

Seaside Blessings – Irene Hannon

Awards of Merit
Yuletide Twins – Renee Andrews
Eventide –
Shelley Shepard Gray
Her Valentine's Hero –
Gail Gaymer Martin
The Rancher's Second Chance –
Davalynn Spencer

Long Insp

The Face of the Earth – Deborah Raney

Awards of Merit
A Hopeful Heart – Amy Clipston
Vanished –
Irene Hannon
Wishing on Willows –
Katie Ganshert
Whispers on the Prairie –
Vickie McDonough

Romantic Suspense

Lord of Wicked Intentions – Lorraine Heath

Awards of Merit
The Last Duchess – Stephanie Feagan
Changes –
Pamela Nowak
Springtime Pleasures –
Sandra Schwab

Promise Me Texas –
Jodi Thomas


Sleep with the Lights On – Maggie Shayne

Awards of Merit
Deadly Recall Donnell Ann Bell
Secure Location –
Beverly Long
Hard Target –
Kay Thomas
Seeds of Evidence –
Linda J. White

Paranormal / Time Travel / Futuristic / Fantasy
Extra Spicy / Erotic

Heart of Constantine – Barbara Monajem

Awards of Merit
Temptation by Fire – Tiffany Allee
Moonlight –
Lisa Kessler
The Five Deaths of Roxanne Love –
Erin Quinn
Omega –
Susannah Sandlin


Rock Your Soul – Sara Brookes

Awards of Merit
Rhythm of My Heart – Jess Dee
Avoiding Mr. Right –
C.J. Ellisson
Dare to be Dirty –
Savanna Fox
Programmed to Please –
Jenna Ives

Mainstream / Single Title
Novel with Strong Romantic Elements

Temptation – Kathryn Barrett

Awards of Merit
Sanctuary Island – Lily Everett
The Difference a Day Makes –
Barbara Longley
Lost Melody –
Dolores W. Maroney
Up to the Challenge – Terri Osburn


No Place Like Rome – Julie Moffett

Awards of Merit
It Happened at the Fair – Deeanne Gist
Elysian Fields –
Suzanne Johnson
The Firebird – Susanna Kearsley
Murder Under the Italian Moon –
Maria Grazia Swan

Romance Novella

My Cupcake, My Love – Carolynn Carey

Awards of Merit
“Eight Tiny Flames” in A Very Scandalous Holiday – Crista McHugh
Playing Doctor – Jan Meredith
Christmas at Copper Mountain – Jane Porter
Take Me, Cowboy – Jane Porter


Congratulations to all the
2014 HOLT Winners and Award of Merit recipients!

Updated Jun. 14, 2014


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