The Romantic Book of the Year Award—more commonly known as the R*BY or Ruby Award—is awarded to the best romance book published the previous year by an Australian or Ne Zealand romance author, as voted on by Australian readers.
2010 R*BY Award Winners
Long Romance: Sophia James, 'Mistletoe Magic'
Short Sweet: Sharon Archer 'Marriage Reunited: Baby On The Way'
Short Sexy: Amy Andrew, 'A Doctor, A Nurse: A Christmas Baby'
Romantic Elements: Tracey O'Hara , 'Night's Cold Kiss'
Short Sweet Category:
Sharon Archer - Marriage Reunited: Baby On The Way
Sharon Archer - Single Father: Wife And Mother Wanted
CC Coburn - Colorado Christmas
Emily Forbes - Wanted: A Father For Her Twins
2009 R*BY Award Winners
17th August, 2009 - The Romance Writers of Australia has announced the winners of their 2009 contests and awards.
Short Sweet — Marion Lennox, His Island Bride - When Dr. Sam Renaldo shows up on the doorstep of nurse Susan Mayne, he's shocked to find she's harboring eight years of resentment against his deceased brother as well as his brother's twin sons. Sam is determined to make all three of them a permanent part of his life. More
Short Sexy — Trish Morey, The Italian Boss’s Mistress of Revenge- All that stands in the way of Dante Carrazzo and revenge is Mackenzi Keogh. Mackenzi will do anything to save her hotel--something Dante uses to his advantage: he'll reconsider if she becomes his mistress! Mackenzi knows she shouldn't trust Dante, but the pleasure he gives is too intense to resist. However, their bargain is compromised when Dante learns she is pregnant.... more
Long Romance — Anne Gracie, The Stolen Princess - The first book in Gracies new Devil Riders series. The younger son of an earl, Gabriel Fitzpaine earned glory and honor on the battlefield, but now he finds himself deliberately courting danger at every turn. Then one night he races his horse along a death-defying moonlit cliff and stumbles upon a princess on the run. More
Romantic Elements — Suzanne Perazzini, Beneath The Surface - Jo has the darkest of secrets in her past, which drives her to seek out the most traumatic of hotspots in the world as a war correspondent so she never has the time to confront what she did. A fellow reporter, Craig, accompanies her into war-torn Sergavia to recover rolls of film from a dead colleague. Along the way Jo finds love and a reason to go back to the beginning so she can move forward.
Designed to mirror the submission process, contestants enter 18 pages to be scored and judged by romance readers. In the second round, contestants submit the full novel. More details on the RWA website.
Category — Helen Lacey
Single Title — A J McPherson
First Kiss — Enisa Hasic
Selling Synopsis — Shannon Stein
High Five — Louie Groarke
STALI (Single Title and Loving It) — Allison Withers
ROMA True Romantic — Weekender Sunshine Coast
Lynn Wilding Meritorious Service Award — Anne Gracie
Honorary Life Membership Award — Trish Morey
Valerie Parv Award — Kylie Short
Anna Campbell Award — Tess LeSue
2008 R*BY Winners
LONG: Duet by Kimberley Freeman
A reclusive woman living in outback Australia receives a letter acknowledging a terrible secret from her past. 30 years before, she stole another woman's life. From the moment the letter is opened, two women are on a collision course with destiny.
SHORT: One Night Before Marriage by Anne Oliver
2008 Other finalists
in the 2008 Romantic Book of the Year (R*BY) Award:
Other Shortlisted 2008 Titles
Claiming the Courtesan by Anna Campbell
Tomorrow's Princess by Anna Jacobs
Ashbalane's Lady by Sophia James
Serendipity by Melanie La'Brooy
Lands Beyond the Sea by Tamara Mc Kinley
The Prince's Forbidden Virgin by Robyn Donald
Their Lost and Found Family by Marion Lennox
The Single Dad's Marriage Wish by Carol Marinelli
Island Heat by Sarah Mayberry
Outback Man seeks Wife by Margaret Way