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Golden Crown Literary Society Announced 2018 Goldie Finalists

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14th Annual Golden Crown Literary Award Finalists Announced
Awards to be presented on July 7, 2018 at the Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: DALLAS, TX – The Finalists for the 14th Annual Golden Crown Literary Society’s (GCLS) Awards, known as The Goldies, have been announced. The Golden Crown Literary Society, a 501(c)3 non-profit founded in 2004, is the leading lesbian literary organization bringing authors, readers and publishers together, to increase the visibility and quality of lesbian-themed literature.
 
The Goldies are presented each year at the GCLS Annual Conference to recognize excellence in lesbian literature. The finalists were selected from 446 submissions – a six percent increase over last year. 
 
The Goldies were first presented in 2005 in four categories. Presently, the GCLS recognizes lesbian literary excellence in 16 genre categories and five special categories, which include the Ann Bannon Popular Choice Award, the Directors’ Award, the Lee Lynch Classic Award, the Tee Corinne Award for Outstanding Cover Design, and the Trailblazer Award. Over 80 judges reviewed the entries. The winners will be announced during the Awards Ceremony on Saturday, July 7, 2018, at the 14th Annual GCLS Conference. 
 
“This year’s submissions show the breadth and depth of quality lesbian-themed literature,” said Mary Phillips, Executive Director. She continued, “Our commitment to promoting and sharing lesbian-themed literature has never wavered, and we find ourselves again on the front lines to ensure that the community of lesbian-themed literature is stronger, and more connected, than ever. We are proud of all the finalists and look forward to announcing winners at the upcoming Annual Conference.”
 
The 14th Annual GCLS Conference, to be held at the Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV, will take place from July 4 through July 8, 2018. Conference and Awards Ceremony tickets are currently on sale. Visit the website at www.goldencrown.org/page/2018Con for more information and to register.
 
Official Finalist List:
 
Ann Bannon Popular Choice Award
An Outsider Inside by R.J. Samuel, Self-Published
Edge of Glory by Rachel Spangler, Bywater Books
Goldenrod by Ann McMan, Bywater Books
Our Happy Hours, LGBT Voices from the Gay Bars, S. Renee Bess and Lee Lynch (Story Collectors), Flashpoint Publications
Perfect Rhythm by Jae, Ylva Publishing
Right Here, Right Now by Georgia Beers, Bold Strokes Books
Sappho’s Bar and Grill by Bonnie J. Morris, Bywater Books
Strawberry Summer by Melissa Brayden, Bold Strokes Books
Time’s Rainbow: Writing Ourselves Back into American History, Lori L. Lake & Christopher Hawthorne Moss (eds.), Launch Point Press
 
Anthology/Collections (Fiction)
Conference Call, Ann Roberts (ed.), Bella Books
Our Happy Hours, LGBT Voices from the Gay Bars, S. Renee Bess and Lee Lynch (Story Collectors), Flashpoint Publications
 
Combined Non-Fiction
Fried & Convicted: Rehoboth Beach Uncorked by Fay Jacobs, Bywater Books
Grief Map by Sarah Hahn Campbell, Brain Mill Press
 
Contemporary Romance (Short Novels)
Bait and Switch by Blythe H. Warren, Bella Books
Echo Point by Virginia Hale, Bella Books
Fake it till You Make It by M. Ullrich, Bold Strokes Books
Forget Me Not by Kris Bryant, Bold Strokes Books
Highland Fling by Anna Larner, Bold Strokes Books
Pausing by Renee Mackenzie, Affinity Rainbow Publications
Unbridled by Fox Brison, Bold Fox Publishing
Unexpected by Jenny Frame, Bold Strokes Books
 
Contemporary Romance (Mid-Length Novels)
Ask, Tell by E. J. Noyes, Bella Books
The Butterfly Whisperer by Lisa Moreau, Bold Strokes Books
Delay of Game by Tracey Richardson, Bella Books
Love After Hours: A Rivers Community Romance by Radclyffe, Bold Strokes Books
Nantucket Rose by CF Frizzell, Bold Strokes Books
Night Voice by CF Frizzell, Bold Strokes Books
Right Here, Right Now by Georgia Beers, Bold Strokes Books
Sidebar by Carsen Taite, Bold Strokes Books
What Matters Most by Georgia Beers, Brisk Press
Wishing on a Dream by Julie Cannon, Bold Strokes Books
 
Contemporary Romance (Long Novels)
Casting Lacey by Elle Spencer, Self-Published
Crescent City Confidential by Aurora Rey, Bold Strokes Books
Edge of Glory by Rachel Spangler, Bywater Books
Perfect Rhythm by Jae, Ylva Publishing
Rock and a Hard Place by Andrea Bramhall, Ylva Publishing
The Secret Pond by Gerri Hill, Bella Books
Vacationland by Susan X Meagher, Brisk Press
Who’d Have Thought by G Benson, Ylva Publishing
 
Debut Novel
Bend by Nancy J. Hedin, Anglerfish Press an imprint of Riptide Publishing
Falling into Her by Erin Zak, Bold Strokes Books
Frame by Frame by CJ Murphy, Desert Palm Press
Just Beyond the Shining River by Lynnette Beers, Regal Crest Enterprises
Marriage of a Thousand Lies by SJ Sindu, Soho Press
The Road to Wings by Julie Tizard, Bold Strokes Books
The Square Donut by Lauren Crane, Backyard Bird Publishing
The Tiger’s Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera, Tor/Forge Books
The Winter Loon by Lori Henriksen, Cougar Creek Books
 
Erotica
Her Best Friend’s Sister by Meghan O’Brien, Bold Strokes Books
Party Favors by Jaime Clevenger, Bella Books
This Foreign Affair by Harper Bliss, Ladylit Publishing
 
General Fiction
Bend by Nancy J. Hedin, Anglerfish Press an imprint of Riptide Publishing
Bitterroot Queen by Jove Bellem, Dirt Road Books
Changing Perspectives by Jen Silver, Affinity Rainbow Publications
Goldenrod by Ann McMan, Bywater Books
The Price of Cash by Ashley Bartlett, Bold Strokes Books
 
Historical Fiction
The Ada Decades by Paula Martinac, Bywater Books
Crossing the Wide Forever by Missouri Vaun, Bold Strokes Books
The Sniper’s Kiss by Justine Saracen, Bold Strokes Books
The Winter Loon by Lori Henriksen, Cougar Creek Books
 
Mystery/Thriller
A Quiet Death by Cari Hunter, Bold Strokes Books
Forsaken Trust: A Luce Hansen Thriller by Meredith Doench, Bold Strokes Books
Genuine Gold by Ann Aptaker, Bold Strokes Books
The Girl on the Edge of Summer by J. M. Redmann, Bold Strokes Books
Lethal Care by Claire McNab with Katherine V. Forrest, Bella Books       
Taken In by Erica Abbott, Bella Books
 
Paranormal/Horror
Five Moons Rising by Lise MacTague, Bella Books
Little Dip - Garoul Series Book V by Gill McKnight, Dirt Road Books
 
Poetry
The Girls with Stone Faces by Arleen Paré, Brick Books
Hanging on Our Own Bones by Judy Grahn, Arktoi Books
Walking Through Turquoise by Laurie MacFayden, Frontenac House Ltd.
 
Romantic Suspense/Intrigue
A More Perfect Union by Carsen Taite, Bold Strokes Books
Heart Stop by Radclyffe, Bold Strokes Books
Into Thin Air by Jeannie Levig, Bold Strokes Books
Letter of the Law by Carsen Taite, Bold Strokes Books
Lucy’s Chance by Jackie D, Bold Strokes Books
Mine to Keep by Wendy Hudson, Ylva Publishing
Moment of Weakness by KG MacGregor, Bella Books
The Road to Wings by Julie Tizard, Bold Strokes Books
The Scholarship by Jaime Maddox, Bold Strokes Books
 
Science Fiction/Fantasy
Ardulum: Second Don by J.S. Fields, Ninestar Press
The End by Roselle Graskey and Cheyne Curry, Bossy Pants Books
Erased by Robbi McCoy, Bella Books
Fury’s Choice by Brey Willows, Bold Strokes Books
House of Fate by Barbara Ann Wright, Bold Strokes Books
Phoenix Rising by Rebecca Harwell, Bold Strokes Books
Seoul Circuit by Tamara Boyens, Supposed Crimes
Shattered by Lee Winter, Ylva Publishing
Spark by Catherine Friend, Bold Strokes Books
 
Tee Corine Award for Outstanding Cover Art
The Ada Decades, Ann McMan, TreeHouse Studio, Bywater Books
An Outsider Inside, Ann McMan, Treehouse Studio, Self-Published
Buried Heart, Melody Pond, Bold Strokes Books
Close to Home, Ann McMan, TreeHouse Studio, Bywater Books
Edge of Glory, Ann McMan, TreeHouse Studio, Bywater Books
Goldenrod, Ann McMan, TreeHouse Studio, Bywater Books
On a LARP, Ann McMan, TreeHouse Studio, Bywater Books
Our Happy Hours, LGBT Voices from the Gay Bars, Ann McMan, TreeHouse Studio, Flashpoint Publications
 
Young Adult
Girls Like Me by Nina Packebush, Bedazzled Ink Publishing
Sovereign by April Daniels, Diversion Books
The Square Donut by Lauren Crane, Backyard Bird Publishing
 
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About GCLS:
The Golden Crown Literary Society, a 501(c)3 non-profit founded in 2004, is the leading lesbian literary organization bringing authors, readers and publishers together while creating a diverse and inclusive community. Our mission is to increase the visibility and quality of lesbian-themed literature. Our goals are to provide educational programs and learning opportunities to new and established authors in developing their craft, to promote lesbian literature regionally, nationally and internationally, and to recognize quality lesbian writing at our annual GCLS conference and closing awards ceremony known as The Goldies. GCLS is a growing all-volunteer organization whose Board of Directors and members provide a wide-range of in-house expertise. We are continually searching for those interested in helping the GCLS grow and prosper.
 
 
Media Inquiries Contact:
Cover art, headshots, and/or author interviews may be requested.
Sallyanne Monti
PR & Marketing Manager
E-mail: sallyanne.monti@goldencrown.org.
Phone: 510.853.1130
www.goldencrown.org  


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