From The Heart Romance Writers (FTHRW) is pleased to announce the final ranking of the 2017 Pages From The Heart Contest.

Congratulations to all the contest finalists!

Thank you to everyone who participated, especially our final round judges.



 ~~Contemporary Long~~

Agent: Jessica Watterson/Sandra Dijkstra and Associates Literary Agency

Editor: Kerri Buckley/Carina Press


First Place: Pictures of You by M.C. Vaughan

Second Place: From My Balcony by Patricia Bond

Third Place: A Match Made in Heaven by Peggy Jaeger

Honorable Mention: Trusting Bliss by Shaila Patel


~~Contemporary Short~~

Editor: Patience Bloom/Harlequin

Editor: Kristine Swartz/The Berkley Publishing


First Place: Hearts on Hold by Makenna Lee

Second Place: Stroke by Marie Booth

Third Place: Someone She Once Knew by Melissa Klein

Honorable Mention: Long Arm of the Law by Michelle Libby**



Agent: Linda Scalissi/Three Seas Literary Agency

Editor: Jennie Conway/St. Martin’s Press


First Place: Courtship of Lies by LaVerne St. George

Second Place: Buying Max by Marin McGinnis  + @

Third Place: Mercy of the Lawless by J.A. Dennam

Honorable Mention: The Package Deal by Jeanne M. Dickson # @


~~Paranormal/Fantasy/Futuristic/Time Travel~~

Editor: Keyla Hernandes/Harlequin

Editor: Mary Altman/Sourcebooks


First Place-tie: The Witch of the Hills by J. M. Fraser

First Place-tie: Wanted By The Werewolf Prince by Kara Lockharte

Second Place-tie: Remembrance in Death by Kathryn Faye

Second Place-tie: Wilt by Harlowe Wilde



~~Romantic Suspense/Mystery~~

Editor: Elizabeth May/Kensington Books

Editor: Stephanie Doig/Carina Press


First Place: Dangerous Temptation by Sarah Leyton

Second Place: Saving Shannon by Rachel Brimble

Third Place: Stay Hidden by Leigh Fleming

Honorable Mention: His Secret Lies by Sharla Wylde




~~Contemporary Long~~

Agent: Erin Niumata/Folio Literary Management

Editor: Deb Werksman/Sourcebooks


First Place: Blue Hawaiian by Carla Luna Cullen** #

Second Place: Played by Melanie Bruce

Third Place: Halleholm by Ruth Kvarnstrom-Jones

Honorable Mention: Forbidden Paradise by Barbara Forlenza


~~Contemporary Short~~

Agent: Scott Eagan/Greyhaus Literary Agency

Editor: Janet Clementz/Soul Mate Publishing


First Place: Love on the Books by Betsy Gray ** # # @

Second Place: Max’s Mistress by Karen Matheny # @

Third Place-tie: The Reluctant Cowboy by Laura Elizabeth # @

Third Place-tie: Jesse’s Girl by Tara September # @



Agent: Cheryl Ferguson/The Ferguson Literary Agency

Editor: Erin Molta/Entangled Publishing


First Place: Sweet Celeste by Aster Stillwell   # # @ @

Second Place: Where the Meadowlands are Green by Hannah Felicia Singerman    # @

Third Place: Sweet Prairie Dreams by Cindy Regnier # @

Honorable Mention: At Bealtaine’s Bidding by Mary-Teresa Heath # @


~~Paranormal/Fantasy/Futuristic/Time Travel~~

Agent: Julie Gwinn/The Seymour Agency

Editor: Sarah Blumenstock/Berkley


First Place-tie: Time After Time by Nancy Litzau + @

First Place-tie: Spiked by Cheryl P. Rider **  # @ @

Second Place: Midnight’s Captive by Heather Greye

Third Place: East Pluto by Cheryl P. Rider ** + @


~~Romantic Suspense/Mystery~~

Agent: Andrea Somberg/Harvey Klinger Inc.

Editor: Kayla King/Harlequin


First Place: The Fire Beckons by Lynnette Labelle    # # @

Second Place: Forgive and Forever by Carla Conrad #

Third Place: Zapata by Mary Mast Johnson

Honorable Mention: Beyond Paradise by Barbara Forlenza


~~Young Adult~~

Agent: Patricia Nelson/Marsal Lyon

Editor: Alice Jerman/Harper Collins


First Place: The End List by Laura Mitzner

Second Place: Below the Surface by Arel Jansen

Third Place: Precious by Susan Chapek

Honorable Mention: The Break-up Instructions by Margot Radcliffe



Agent: Nicole Resciniti/The Seymour Agency

Editor: Susan Grimshaw/Penguin-Random House


First Place: Hero Alexander Grayson in Courtship of Lies by LaVerne St. George # @

Second Place: Hero Adam Bliss in Trusting Bliss by Shaila Patel

Third Place: Hero Ash Cutter in Midnight’s Captive by Heather Greye # @

Honorable Mention: Hero Derek Bronson in Stay Hidden by Leigh Fleming



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