2019 Goldie Finalists
2019 Goldie Finalists

Here are the finalists for the 2019 GCLS Awards. Finalists and winners are calculated according to the Board-approved recommendations of the Independent Review Committee. Information about how finalists and winners are determined may be found HERE.

  • To the extent possible, aggregate categories so there are at least six entries in one category
  • Adopt the 25%-10% rule to determine finalists and winners based on the number of eligible nominations:
    • 25% of entries are finalists
    • 10% of entries are winners

Under each Category are the number of finalists and winners according to the 25%-10% rule. This rule only applies to Judged Categories; the Ann Bannon Popular Choice and Tee Corinne Award for Outstanding Cover Art are not affected.

Important dates:

  • Finalists for the Ann Bannon Popular Choice Award and Tee Corinne Award for Outstanding Cover Art are announced in March 2019
  • Finalists for the judged categories will be posted in batches after judging ends on April 15, 2019 and the results verified; finalists will be posted by early May 2019
  • Winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony to take place during the Annual Conference in Pittsburgh in July 2019

[Please note: Nominators may optionally provide a link to purchase the nominated book. The link is posted for reference only and is not an endorsement of any particular merchant on the part of the GCLS.]

Please refer to the Nominations Guidelines page or CONTACT the Awards Administrators if there are any questions.

If you would like a PDF with a listing of all 2019 finalists, click HERE

Last update: 01-May-2019


Ann Bannon Popular Choice

39 Nominees | 8 finalists | 1 winner

Title
Author
Publisher
Buy Book
A Proper Cuppa Tea KG MacGregor Bella Books buy
Beowulf for Cretins: A Love Story Ann McMan Bywater Books buy
Compass Rose Anna Burke Bywater Books buy
Just for Show Jae Ylva Publishing buy
Sparks Like Ours Melissa Brayden Bold Strokes Books buy
The Goodmans Clare Ashton Breezy Tree Press buy
Wait For Me Susan X Meagher Brisk Press buy
Wake Me When It's Over Cheryl A. Head Bywater Books buy

Combined Non-Fiction

This category is a combination of Non-Fiction Anthology/Collections and General Non-Fiction.

7 Nominees | 2 finalists | 1 winner

Title
Author
Publisher
Buy Book
Her Widow Joan Alden Dog Ear Publishing buy
The Liberation of Ivy Bottini: A Memoir of Love and Activism Judith V. Branzburg Bedazzled Ink Publishing buy

Contemporary Romance (Short Novels)

25 Nominees | 6 finalists | 3 winners

Title
Author
Publisher
Buy Book
Breakthrough Kris Bryant Bold Strokes Books buy
Love at Last Call M. Ullrich Bold Strokes Books buy
Lovebirds Lisa Moreau Bold Strokes Books buy
The Neighbor Gerri Hill Bella Books buy
The Promise Claire Highton-Stevenson Self-Published buy
The Road Ahead A.E. Radley Heartsome Publishing buy

Contemporary Romance (Mid-Length Novels)

43 Nominees | 11 finalists | 4 winners

Title
Author
Publisher
Buy Book
A Proper Cuppa Tea KG MacGregor Bella Books buy
A Wish Upon a Star Jeannie Levig Bold Strokes Books buy
Blend Georgia Beers Bold Strokes Books buy
Charming the Vicar Jenny Frame Bold Strokes Books buy
I'm Gonna Make You Love Me Tracey Richardson Bella Books buy
Love At Cooper's Creek Missouri Vaun Bold Strokes Books buy
Passionate Rivals Radclyffe Bold Strokes Books buy
Playing the Spy Maggie Brown Bella Books buy
Pursuit of Happiness Carsen Taite Bold Strokes Books buy
Sparks Like Ours Melissa Brayden Bold Strokes Books buy
The Fire Nicole Pyland Self-Published buy

Contemporary Romance (Long Novels)

37 Nominees | 9 finalists | 4 winners

Title
Author
Publisher
Buy Book
A Country Girl's Heart Dena Blake Bold Strokes Books buy
Code of Conduct Cheyenne Blue Ylva Publishing buy
Fireflies Lise Gold Lise Gold Books buy
Gold E. J. Noyes Bella Books buy
It's Not a Date Heather Blackmore Bold Strokes Books buy
Just for Show Jae Ylva Publishing buy
Love All Rachel Spangler Bywater Books buy
Love Like This Melissa Brayden Bold Strokes Books buy
Three Reasons To Say Yes Jaime Clevenger Bella Books buy

Debut Novel

This category combines all eligible nominated Debut novels across categories.

31 Nominees | 8 finalists | 3 winners

Title
Author
Publisher
Buy book
Certain Requirements Elinor Zimmerman Bold Strokes Books buy
Chasing Stars Alex K. Thorne Ylva Publishing buy
Compass Rose Anna Burke Bywater Books buy
Irregular Heartbeat Chris Zett Ylva Publishing buy
Snowsisters Tom Wilinsky & Jen Sternick Interlude Press buy
The Fletcher: Book One in the Arrow of Artemis Series K. Aten Regal Crest Enterprises buy
The Music and the Mirror Lola Keeley Ylva Publishing buy
The Universe Between Us Jane C. Esther Bold Strokes Books buy

Erotic Novel

8 Nominees | 2 finalists | 1 winner

Title
Author
Publisher
Buy Book
Breaking the Rules Larkin Rose Bold Strokes Books buy
The Sex Therapist Next Door Meghan O'Brien Bold Strokes Books buy

Fiction Anthologies

8 Nominees | 2 finalists | 1 winner

Title
Author
Publisher
Buy Book
Language of Love Astrid Ohletz, Lee Winter Ylva Publishing buy
Winter Hearts A.E. Radley Heartsome Publishing buy

General Fiction

20 Nominees | 5 finalists | 2 winners

Title
Author
Publisher
Buy Book
Bird on a Wire Tagan Shepard Bella Books buy
Paper is White Hilary Zaid Bywater Books buy
Perfect Little Worlds Clifford Mae Henderson Bold Strokes Books buy
The Heart Begins Here Jacqueline Dumas Inanna Publications buy
The Smell of Rain Cameron MacElvee Bold Strokes Books buy

Historical Fiction

7 Nominees | 2 finalists | 1 winner

Title
Author
Publisher
Buy Book
Crossing the Line CF Frizzell Bold Strokes Books, Inc.
buy
Lies of Omission Elena Graf Purple Hand Press buy

Humorous Novel

6 Nominees | 2 finalists | 1 winner

Title
Author
Publisher
Buy Book
Beowulf for Cretins: A Love Story Ann McMan Bywater Books buy
Great Bones Lynn Ames Phoenix Rising Press buy

Mystery/Thriller/Crime

22 Nominees | 6 finalists | 2 winners

Title
Author
Publisher
Buy Book
Alias Cari Hunter Bold Strokes Books buy
Death's Echoes Penny Mickelbury Bywater Books buy
Invalid Evidence Stevie Mikayne Bold Strokes Books buy
Justice Calls Ann Roberts Bella Books buy
Shadowboxer Jessica L. Webb Bold Strokes Books buy
What You Want to See Kristen Lepionka Minotaur Books buy

Paranormal/Occult/Horror

14 Nominees | 4 finalists | 1 winner

Title
Author
Publisher
Buy Book
Gnarled Hollow Charlotte Greene Bold Strokes Books buy
Lex Files Celeste Castro Bella Books buy
Mercy Michelle Larkin Bold Strokes Books buy
The Talebearer Sheri Lewis Wohl Bold Strokes Books buy

Poetry Poems/Collections

8 Nominees | 2 finalists | 1 winner

Title
Author
Publisher
Buy Book
Lovely Lesléa Newman Headmistress Press buy
Rest Margaree Little Four Way Books buy

Romantic Blend

33 Nominees | 8 finalists | 3 winners

Title
Author
Publisher
Buy Book
Against All Odds Kris Bryant, Maggie Cummings, M. Ullrich Bold Strokes Books buy
As the Crow Flies Karen F. Williams Bold Strokes Books buy
Ask Me Again E. J. Noyes Bella Books buy
Chasing Stars Alex K. Thorne Ylva Publishing buy
Data Capture Jessie J. Thoma Bold Strokes Books buy
Heart of the Devil Ali Vali Bold Strokes Books buy
Known Threat Kara A. McLeod Bold Strokes Books buy
My Lady Lipstick Karin Kallmaker Bella Books buy

Science-Fiction/Fantasy

26 Nominees | 7 finalists | 3 winners

Title
Author
Publisher
Buy Book
Bev Prescott Bywater Books buy
Compass Rose Anna Burke Bywater Books buy
Demon in the Machine Lise MacTague Bella Books buy
Lucky 7 Rae D. Magdon Desert Palm Press buy
Proxima Five Missouri Vaun Bold Strokes Books buy
The Rise of the Resistance Jackie D Bold Strokes Books buy
Waking the Dreamer K. Aten Regal Crest Enterprises buy

Tee Corinne Award for Outstanding Cover Art

73 Nominees | 8 finalists | 1 winner

Title
Cover Artist
Publisher
Buy Book
Ann McMan, Treehouse Studio Bywater Books buy
Against All Odds Deb B and Jeanine Henning Bold Strokes Books buy
Blend Ann McMan, Treehouse Studio Bold Strokes Books buy
Compass Rose Ann McMan, Treehouse Studio Bywater Books buy
Demon in the Machine Sandy Knowles Bella Books buy
Paper Is White Ann McMan, Treehouse Studio Bywater Books buy
The Goodmans Jayne Fereday Breezy Tree Press buy
When the Stars Sang Patty G. Henderson Corgyn Publishing, LLC buy

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Young Adult/New Adult

This category combines the Young Adult and New Adult categories.

7 Nominees | 2 finalists | 1 winner

Title
Author
Publisher
Buy Book
Rocks and Stars Sam Ledel Bold Strokes Books buy
Snowsisters Tom Wilinsky & Jen Sternick Interlude Press buy

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