March 6th, 2008

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2008 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence Finalists

The finalists in Southern Magic’s 2008 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence have been announced. This contest for published authors of romance fiction received a record number of entries this year. Heartfelt thanks to everyone who entered, and congratulations to the finalists!

Sleepless at Midnight by Jacquie D’Alessandro
Rising Wind by Cindy Holby
Lake of Fire by Linda Jacobs
My Lady’s Treasure by Catherine Kean
Everything Forbidden by Jess Michaels

As I Have Loved You by Nikki Arana
Sanctuary by Molly Noble Bull
Surrender Bay by Denise Hunter
The Oak Leaves by Maureen Lang
Mom in the Middle by Mae Nunn
Secret Agent Minister by Lenora Worth

Dark Lies by Vivi Anna
Sex and the Psychic Witch by Annette Blair
Atlantis Rising by Alyssa Day
Unbound by Lori Devoti
Lady of Light and Shadows by C. L. Wilson

“Secret Santa” in Christmas Presence by Lisa Childs
“Mischief and the Marquess” in Perfect Kisses by Sylvia Day
“Hot Down Under” in The Firefighter by Susan Lyons
“Mona Lisa Three” in Over the Moon by Sunny
Two for the Money by Leigh Wyndfield

Blackmailed into Bed by Heidi Betts
Overexposed by Leslie Kelly
Beyond Breathless by Kathleen O’Reilly
His Style of Seduction by Roxanne St. Claire
Kiss and Dwell by Kelley St. John

A Rendezvous to Remember by Geri Krotow
Riding the Thunder by Deborah Macgillivray
Coulda Been a Cowboy by Brenda Novak
A Christmas to Remember by Kay Stockham
Montana Skies by Kay Stockham

Swing by Opal Carew
Divorced, Desperate and Delicious by Christie Craig
Sweet Return by Anna Jeffrey
To Catch a Cheat by Kelley St. John
Learning to Breathe by Karen White

Operation: Midnight Cowboy by Linda Castillo
Danger at Her Door by Beth Cornelison
The Perfect Stranger by Jenna Mills
One Cool Lawman by Diane Pershing
The Cop by Cara Summers

Dead Giveaway by Brenda Novak
Dead Right by Brenda Novak
What’s in a Name? by Terry Odell
Count to Ten by Karen Rose
Die for Me by Karen Rose
Take Me Tonight by Roxanne St. Claire

Prom Dates from Hell by rclementmoore
In the Stars by Stacia Deutsch and Rhody Cohon
Top Ten Uses for an Unworn Prom Dress by Tina Ferraro
Revenge of the Homecoming Queen by stephhale
Tips on Having a Gay (ex) Boyfriend by carriejones

Winners will be announced on April 12 at the Gulf Coast Romance Writers’ Silken Sands Conference in Pensacola Beach, Florida. For information on the conference, please visit For information on Southern Magic and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, visit

Jennifer Echols
Contest Coordinator
Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence
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