Cleveland Rocks Romance Contest

NEORWA is pleased to announce the finalists in the 2017 Cleveland Rocks Romance Contest:

Contemporarsample heart coupley Long Romance

Kelly Duff  – Tame My Racing Heart
Christina Hovland  –  Things I Wish I’d Done
Monique Headley – Know When to Run

Contemporary Short Romance

Jessie Gussman  –  Just Jump
Jessie Gussman  – What He Wants
Jessie Gussman  –  Take Me Away
Betsy Gray  –  Love on the Books

Historical Romance

Mary-Teresa Heath  –  At Bealtaine’s Bidding
Audrey Abbott Iacone  – As Long as I Have Breath
Celeste de Sales  – Miss Bryson Heads For A Fall

Paranormal Romance

Lisa Knight  –  Praetorian Rising
Windy Jacobs Millwood  –  Amata
Raewyn Bright  – Demon Curse


S.E. White   –  Love Letters
Linda Olson, w/a Elinor Aspen   –  The Accidental Grand Tourists
Tara September   –  Mine to Five

Mainstream with Strong Romantic Elements

Deb Merino  –  Scratch Line
Wendi Dass  – Bella Cigna
Mary Sutton w/o Claudia Blood – Book of Secrets

Young Adult/New Adult

C. R. Grissom  –  Mouthful
Tara Harlow  –  Risking Riley
Christina Crayn   –  Tales from the Virgin Vault-Thirty Days


2017 Categories and Final Judges: The top three finalists in each category will have their entry judged by three industry professionals who will judge the final round.

  • Contemporary Long Romance–Mary Altman (Sourcebooks), Heidi Shoham (Entangled Publishing), and Elaine Spencer (The Knight Agency)
  • Contemporary Short Romance–Jill Marsal (Marsal Lyon Literary Agency), Latoya C. Smith (LCS Literary Services), and Dana Grimaldi (Harlequin)
  • Historical Romance–Allison Byers (The Wild Rose Press),  Debby Gilbert (Soul Mate Publishing), and Sarah Phair (Trident Media Group)
  • Paranormal Romance– Moe Ferrara (BookEnds Literary Agency), Tricia Skinner (Fuse Literary), and Andrea Somberg (Harvey Klinger Literary Agency)
  • Novella–Tara Gelsomino (Crimson Romance), Michelle Klayman (Boroughs Publishing Group), and Stacey Adderley (Evernight Publishing)
  • Mainstream with Strong Romantic Elements– Char Chaffin (Soul Mate), Amy Stapp (Tor/Forge), and Catherine Cho (Curtis Brown UK)
  • Young Adult/New Adult– Jennifer Herrington (Lyrical Press), Lydia Sharp (Entangled Publishing), and Mary C. Moore (Kimberley Cameron & Associates)

Winners will be announced at the Cleveland Rocks Romance Conference on September 9, 2017. All entrants will receive first-round judges’ scores and comments. Winners receive refund of entry fee and winner logo graphic.



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