Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The Best Romance Reads of 2008 - Michelle Buonfiglio Lifetime TV


BOOK OF THE YEAR
"Spymaster's Lady," by Joanna Bourne

YEAR'S BEST HISTORICAL -- TIE
"Like No Other Lover," by Julie Anne Long
"Private Arrangements," by Sherry Thomas

YEAR'S BEST CONTEMPORARY - TIE
"Trial By Fire," by Jo Davis
"Blue Eyed Devil," by Lisa Kleypas*

YEAR'S BEST PARANORMAL
"Slave," by Cheryl Brooks

YEAR'S BEST BEACH READ
"Tan Lines," by J.J. Salem

RBTB GOOD KARMA AWARDS - Presented to individuals or groups within the romance industry and community who demonstrate professional and personal excellence, leadership and humanitarianism. Awardees nurture peers, promote positively the romance genre and use their influence to raise awareness of causes and community-service organizations about which they're passionate.
Lori Foster
Laurie D., Holiday for Troops
Brenda Novak
Romance Unleashed authors

RBTB COMMUNITY SPIRIT AWARD -- Presented to an individual or group whose romance blog embodies the spirit nurtured by the RBTB community: love of romance, respect for the individual and positive support of the genre.
Stacy, Stacy's Place On Earth

EROTIC ROMANCE

YEAR'S BEST EROTIC ROMANCE - SENSUAL EXPLORATION
"Chilli Heat," by Carrie Williams

YEAR'S BEST EROTIC ROMANCE - HEA CENTERED -- TIE
"Seven Nights of Sin," by Lacey Alexander
"Flat Out Sexy," by Erin McCarthy

YEAR'S BEST EROTIC HISTORICAL
"Master," by Colette Gale

YEAR'S BEST EROTIC PARANORMAL
"Unleashing the Storm," by Sydney Croft

YEAR'S BEST EROTIC ANTHOLOGY
"Unlaced," Jaci Burton*, Jasmine Haynes, Joey Hill and Denise Rosetti

RBTB VANGUARD AWARD - This erotic romance presents with empathy and intelligence fluidity of sexuality and sensuality within the central love story
"Raine: The Lords of Satyr," by Elizabeth Amber

DEBUT

DEBUT OF THE YEAR
"Trial By Fire," by Jo Davis

YEAR'S BEST HISTORICAL DEBUT
"Private Arrangements," by Sherry Thomas

YEAR'S BEST PARANORMAL DEBUT
"Slave," by Cheryl Wilson

YEAR'S BEST SERIES ROMANCE
"Peak Performance," by Helen Brenna
"Tender Secrets," by Ann Christopher
"Housekeeper to the Millionaire," by Lucy Monroe

HOLIDAY FARE

YEAR'S BEST HOLIDAY CONTEMPORARY
"Virgin River Christmas," by Robyn Carr

YEAR'S BEST HOLIDAY HISTORICAL
"Wallflower Christmas," by Lisa Kleypas*

YEAR'S BEST HOLIDAY ANTHOLOGY
"And To All A Good Night," by Donna Kauffman, Jill Shalvis and HelenKay Dimon


ItROM - These selections celebrate everything Italianate in theme and actuality by positively - or in a positively fantastic way - highlighting the fabulousness of Italian culture. More's the better if they capture the explosive, passionate, mildly-to-wildly arrogant nature that is synonymous with the Italian romantic ideal.


YEAR'S BEST PARANORMAL ItROM
"One With the Darkness," by Susan Squires

YEAR'S BEST HISTORICAL ItROM
"Your Scandalous Ways," by Loretta Chase

YEAR'S BEST EROM ItROM
"Italian Stallions," by Karin Tabke and Jami Alden

YEAR'S BEST CONTEMPORARY ItROM
"Romeo, Romeo," by Robin Kaye

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