Saturday, December 24, 2011

Capa nominations are in. I'm on the list! Twice! Three times if you count my cover...

We are so pleased to announce that The Romance Studio will be giving the ninth annual Cupid and Psyche Awards on Valentine's Day 2012!

What are the CAPA's? They are awards given by The Romance Studio for excellence in romantic fiction. Categories have changed for the 2011 awards and include inspirational, contemporary, fantasy, historical, paranormal, romantic suspense, young adult, sci-fi, anthology, BDSM, and the Ariana Overton Award for Best Cover Art or the Ari.

Only books reviewed by The Romance Studio after November 24, 2010 and prior to November 22, 2011 with a publication date during that time will be considered for the awards (with the exception of the Psyche Award see below). (Please note that overall ratings given to books in posted reviews at TRS are not indicative of book(s) strength or weakness in consideration).

Winners of the CAPA's will receive the award graphic (above) for display on their web site.

Reminder The Psyche Award is a category for romances that did not meet the nomination criteria but that our reviewers felt deserved special recognition. Books in this category have not previously received a CAPA award.

The final awards will be announced on February 14, 2012. A nominee graphic will be available to nominees when we reopen on January 2, 2011 -- email us!

Nominees will be announced at our Christmas Party on 12/23/11 and here the same day!

2011 CAPA Nominees

Contemporary romance

Send Her To Me by Ronna Gage (Siren-Bookstrand)
Colters' Daughter by Maya Banks (Samhain Publishing)
Illusions by Sheryl Hames Torres (Sapphire Blue Publishing)
The Salisbury Key by Harper Fox (Samhain Publishing)
Yours to Keep by Shannon Stacey (Carina Press)
Adding Heat by Cris Anson (Ellora's Cave)
Sunshine on Chrome by Lynne Connolly (Ellora's Cave)
Dani's Duo by Lauren Fraser (Ellora's Cave)
Genetic Attraction by Tara Lain (Loose Id)
Southern Comfort by Mari Carr & Jayne Rylon (Samhain Publishing)
A Little Harmless Addiction by Melissa Schroeder (Samhain Publishing)
Deliberate Deceptions by Leah Braemel (Samhain Publishing)
Shelter Me by Michelle Cary (Loose Id)
Razor's Edge by Jayne Rylon (Samhain Publishing)
Any Given Sunday by Mari Carr (Ellora's Cave)
The Reluctant Nude by Meg Maguire (Samhain Publishing)
With this Kiss by Marianne Evans (The Wild Rose Press)
Bought for the Millionaire's Bed by Jan Bowles (Siren-Bookstrand)
Rawhide and Roses by Maddie James (Turquoise Morning Press)
A Father at Last by Jan Scarbrough (Turquoise Morning Press)
Belong to Me by Shayla Black (Berkley Publishing)
Winter Fire by Jess Dee (Samhain Publishing)
The Perfect Play by Jaci Burton (Berkley Publishing)
Playing for Keeps by LuAnn McLane (Berkley Publishing)
The Chauffeur Wore an Evening Gown by Roni Adams (The Wild Rose Press)
Dance With Me by Heidi Cullinan (Loose Id)

Fantasy romance

Goddess With a Blade by Lauren Dane (Carina Press)
The Dragon's Heart: Dragonstone Book II by Michelle Young (The Wild Rose Press)
Storm Called by Dorothy Muir (The Wild Rose Press)
Claimed by Evangeline Anderson (E.A. Publishing)
The Angel of Berlin by Red Haircrow (Flying with Red Haircrow)
Bitterwood by Rowan Speedwell (Amber Quill Press)
Tithed by Megan Hart (Samhain Publishing)
Touching Ice by Laurann Dohner (Ellora's Cave)
Changes by Jim Butcher (Berkley Publishing)
The Pleasure Girl by Jan Springer (Siren-Bookstrand)

Historical romance

Tiger Eyes by Kimberly Nee (Samhain Publishing)
Suspicious Minds by Eve Adams (Siren-Bookstrand)
Waltz of Seduction byNatasha Blackthorne (Ellora's Cave)
Sea Change by Darlene Marshall (Amber Quill Press)
Civilizing Frances by Marguerite Butler (Musa Publishing)
The Gladiator's Master by Fae Sutherland & Marguerite Labbe (Carina Press)
The Warlord's Promise by Alyssa Morgan (Phaze)
A Midsummer Night's Sin by Kasey Michaels (Harlequin Romance)
Prisoner of Love by Samantha Kane (Ellora's Cave)
All Lessons Learned by Charlie Cochrane (Samhain Publishing)
Devils on Horseback: Gideon by Beth Williamson (Samhain Publishing)
Prisoner of Desire by Mary Wine (Samhain Publishing)
A Contract Bride's Triple Surprise by Reese Butler (Siren-Bookstrand)
Ravished by a Viking by Delilah Devlin (Berkley Publishing)
The Spy Who Loved Her by Melissa Schroeder (Samhain Publishing)
The Peacemaker by Jianne Carlo (Etopia Publishing)
Beguiled by Paisley Smith (Loose Id)

Paranormal romance

The Vampire Next Door by Ashlyn Chase (Sourcebooks)
Blood on Silk by Marie Treanor (Berkley Publishing)
Amazon Chronicles: Jungle Fire by Sarah Makela (Changeling Press)
Dead Sexy by Paige Tyler (Ellora's Cave)
Wolfman: Salvation by Brannan Black (Changeling Press)
Demon Possession by Kierstan Fey (Kierstand Fey)
Blood Knot by Tracy Cooper-Posey (Tracy Cooper-Posey)
Just Like Cats & Dogs by B A Tortuga (Torquere Press)
Dreaming of the Wolf by Terry Spear (Sourcebooks)
Mirror,Mirror: Gladiator by Alice Gaines (Changeling Press)
Asylum by Cassidy Hunter (Loose Id)
Darkess Falls by Trista Ann Michaels (Loose Id)
Hour of the Lion - Cherise Sinclair (VanScoy Publishing)
His Perrfect Mate by Laurann Dohner (Ellora's Cave)
Valiant by Laurann Dohner (Ellora's Cave)
Spellbound Moon 3: Third Time Lucky by Loribelle Hunt (Loose Id)
Ty the Sexy Dragon by Lexxie Couper (Ellora's Cave)
The Dragon Who Loved Me by G.A. Aiken (Kensington Books)
Cipher by Moira Rogers (Samhain Publishing)
The Lone Warrior by Denise Rossetti (Berkley Publishing)
Deadlock by Moira Rogers (Samhain Publishing)
Indulgent by Cathyrn Fox (Berkley Publishing)
The Canuck Werewolf by Marisa Chenery (Ellora's Cave)
Mesmerized by Lauren Dane (Berkley Publishing)
Big Bad Beast by Shelley Laurenston (Kensington Books)
Jace by Sarah McCarty (Berkley Publishing)
Legacy Found by NJ Walters (Samhain Publishing)
Hunter's Fall by Shiloh Walker (Berkley Publishing)
A Storm That is Sterling by Lisa Renee Jones (Sourcebooks)
Wild Hunts by Rhea Regale (Siren-Bookstrand)
The Grave Watchers by Missouri Dalton (Torquere Press)

Romantic suspense

Jungle Inferno by Desiree Holt (Ellora's Cave)
The Covering by Dana Pratola (White Rose Publishing)
Hidden Away Maya Banks (Berkley Publishing)
Deconstruction by Kit Zheng (Aspen Mountain Press)
Forget Me Not, Terri Molina (Terri Molina)
Devian Devil by Jianne Carlo (Loose Id)
All She Wrote by Josh Lanyon (Samhain Publishing)
No Place to Run by Maya Banks (Berkley Publishing)
Deadly Lies by Cynthia Eden (Grand Central Publishing)
Cover Me by Catherine Mann (Sourcebooks)
Deep Disclosure by Dee Davis (Grand Central Publishing)


Lovers by Roxy Harte (Lyrical Press)
Make Me, Sir by Cherise Sinclair (Loose Id)
Bound by Honor by SE Jakes (Samhain Publishing)
Nowhere Ranch by Heidi Cullinan (Loose Id)
Black Jack by Mari Carr (Ellora's Cave)
Three Days of Dominance by Cari Silverwood (Loose Id)
Midnight Playground by Eliza Gayle (Loose Id)
A Taste of Scarlett by Evanne Lorraine (Loose Id)
Operation: Spank Me - Christina James (The Wild Rose Press)
Santana's Heat by Kitty DuCane (Loose Id)
Slapping Leather by Desiree Holt (The Wild Rose Press)
Eight Second Ride by Desiree Holt (The Wild Rose Press)
Siren Enslaved by Sophie Oak (Siren-Bookstrand)
Siren Beloved by Sophie Oak (Siren-Bookstrand)

Inspirational romance

White Roses by Michelle Levigne (Desert Breeze Publishing)
Buried Treasures by Mary Manners (White Rose Publishing)
Felines and Flowers by Stephanie J. Grace (Decadent Publishing)
Glass Angels by Karen Wiesner (Whiskey Creek Press)
Faithful Danger by Tanya Hanson (White Rose Publishing)
Accident Waiting to Happen by Trinity Hart (Inspired Romance Novels)
Sanctuary by Tanya Hanson (White Rose Publishing)
Kylie's Kiss by Delia Latham (White Rose Publishing)
A Face in the Clouds by Marianne Evans (White Rose Publishing)
In All Things by Shawna K. Williams (Desert Breeze Publishing)

Ari (Cover art award)

The Werewolf Upstairs by Ashlyn Chase (Artist unknown)
Archangel's Blade by Nalini Singh (Artist unknown)
Hawke's Purr-fect Mate by H.C. Brown (Artist unknown)
What the Lady Wants by Dc Juris (Artist unknown)
Southern Comfort by Mari Carr & Jayne Rylon (Artist unknown)
Sunshine on Chrome by Lynne Connolly (Artist unknown)
Make Me, Sir - Cherise Sinclair (Christine M. Griffin, artist)
Prisoner of Love by Samantha Kane (Artist unknown)
Asylum by Cassidy Hunter (Valerie Tibbs, artist)
Cipher by Moira Rogers (Artist unknown)

Psyche Award

Painted Lady by Roxy Harte (Loose Id)
Better Than Chocolate by Maddie James (Resplendence Publishing)
Water Bound by Christine Feehan (Berkley Publishing)
Doms of Dark Haven Anthology (Loose Id)
Cinderella Wore Combat Boots by D.L. Jackson (Decadent Publishing)
Spellbound Moon 2: Twice Bitten by Loribelle Hunt (Loose Id)
Trouble in a Stetson by Regina Carlysle (Ellora's Cave)
Wicked Bad by R.G. Alexander (Samhain Publishing)
The Visionary by Pamela S. Tribodeaux (Five Star Expressions)


All Wrapped Up Volume 2 (Changeling Press)
Escape (Changeling Press)
Cereus: Building (Torquere Press)
Light My Fire by Cooper McKenzie (Secret Craving Publishing)
Men out of Uniform (Berkley Publishing)
Entangled (Authors 4 The Cure)
Doms of Dark Haven 2 Western Nights (Loose Id)

Favorite Author

Ashlyn Chase
Carolyn Brown
Christine Feehan
H. C. Brown
Claire Thompson
Sophie Oak
Mary Calmes
L.A. Witt
Mari Carr
Cherise Sinclair
Sierra Cartwright
Cameron Dane
Desiree Holt
Loribelle Hunt
Laurann Dohner
Kitty DuCane
Tara Lain
Lynne Connolly
Jayne Rylon
Violet Summers
Samantha Kane
Christina James
Moira Rogers
Beth Williamson
Delia Latham
Marianne Evans
Lori Foster
Maya Banks
Lauren Dane

Young Adult

Drink Deep by Chloe Neill (Berkley Publishing)
The Tracks: Dark Territory by J. Gabriel Gates & Charlene Keel (HCI Books)
Initiation by Rebecca Royce (Decadent Publishing)
Real Boys Kiss Boys by Joe Filippone (Noble Romance)
Dreamwalk by Sarah MacManus (Young Rebel Publications)

Sci-fi Romance

Cindra's Bounty Hunter by Paige Tyler (Ellora's Cave)
Water Mark by Kathleen Scott (Samhain Publishing)
Cyborg Doms: Fane H. C. Brown (Noble Romance)
One Match by Kimberly Hunter (Cobblestone Press)
Captain O'Reilly's Woman by Gwen Campbell (Shadowfire Press)
Collective Memory by Tielle St. Clare (Ellora's Cave)
Braden by Allyson James (Ellora's Cave)
Sold by Elizabeth Raines (Siren-Bookstrand)

GLBT Romance

Steam Powered: Lesbian Steampunk Stories by JoSelle Vanderhooft (Torquere Press)
Love Revisited: Nash and Paul H. C. Brown (Noble Romance Publishing)
Blank by Sommer Marsden (Xcite Books)
Hawkin's Ranch: Quick to the Hunt by Cameron Dane (Loose Id)
Perfect Knowledge by Alex Standish (Torquere Press)
Rougaroux Social Club: Bayou Dreams by Lynn Lorenz (Loose Id)
Sully by Lynn Hagen (Siren-Bookstrand)
Push Pull by Joely Skye (Samhain Publishing)
Life, Love and Lemon Cookies by Ally Blue (Samhain Publishing)

Thank you to our reviewers and congratulations to our nominees this year!

Thank you!

The staff at The Romance Studio

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Still looking for the perfect gift?

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