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2009 PEARL

Chosen by the members of Paranormal Romance lists as the best books and authors of Paranormal Romance published in 2009. Final voting ran from February 1, 2009 through February 15th, 2009 midnight (Eastern Time). The winners were announced at 8pm ET Sunday, March 21st, 2010 via Twitter with hashtag #PNRPEARL. Join us in our celebration of Paranormal Romance!!


Anthology

Best ANTHOLOGY: Voting is based on the entire collection. The collection must have paranormal elements in 50% of the novellas.

Must Love Hellhounds
Must Love Hellhounds by Iona Andrews, Charlaine Harris, Meljean Brook, Nalini Singh
Winner
Strange Brew
Strange Brew by Charlaine Harris, Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs, Karen Chance, P.N. Elrod, Rachel Caine
Honorable Mention
Belong To The Night
Belong To The Night by Cynthia Eden, Sherrill Quinn, Shelly Laurenston
Honorable Mention

FANTASY

Best Romantic FANTASY: This category includes traditional Fantasy which is set in wholly imaginary landscapes, and alternate history (a.k.a. historical fantasy). Stories draw imaginatively on speculation in the plot and setting.

Queen of Song and Souls
Queen of Song and Souls by C. L. Wilson
Winner
The Shadow Queen
The Shadow Queen by Anne Bishop
Honorable Mention
Thorn Queen
Thorn Queen by Richelle Mead
Honorable Mention

FUTURISTIC ROMANCE

Best FUTURISTIC Romance - Stories in this category require the main plot to be set in a time far enough into the future for there to be significant developments (changes) in culture as we know it, or the introduction of an otherworldly culture which affects the contemporary world - plot involves two romantically linked central characters.

Blaze of Memory
Blaze of Memory by Nalini Singh
Winner
Heart Change
Heart Change by Robin D. Owens
Honorable Mention

FANTASY / MAGICAL ROMANCE

Best FANTASY/MAGICAL Romance - Story takes place in the natural world but featuring beings [mythical or real] with unnatural abilities. Stories may include visits to other realms. This category also includes ghosts and psychics.

Angels' Blood
Angels' Blood by Nalini Singh
Winner
The Perfect Poison
The Perfect Poison by Amanda Quick
Honorable Mention
Possess Me at Midnight
Possess Me at Midnight by Shayla Black
Honorable Mention

SCIENCE FICTION

Best Romantic SCIENCE FICTION & FUTURISTIC FANTASY - Stories involve speculations based on current or future science or technology as the plot focus or involve a futuristic setting which is significantly different from the world as we know it.

Hope's Folly
Hope's Folly by Linnea Sinclair
Winner
The Warlord's Daughter
The Warlord's Daughter by Susan Grant
Honorable Mention
Beyond the Rain
Beyond the Rain by Jess Granger
Honorable Mention

SHAPESHIFTERS

Best SHAPESHIFTER Romance - Books in this category include beings that have the ability to take on different forms one of which must be human. Werewolves, Selkies, and others.

Branded by Fire
Branded by Fire by Nalini Singh
Winner
Eternal Craving
Eternal Craving by Nina Bangs
Honorable Mention
Burning Wild
Burning Wild by Christine Feehan
Honorable Mention
Destiny of the Wolf
Destiny of the Wolf by Terry Spear
Honorable Mention

Time Travel

Best TIME TRAVEL Romance - Stories in which main character[s] travel to a time period other than their own. Can be historical, contemporary, or futuristic in setting.

Guardian
Guardian by Angela Knight
Winner
What Would Jane Austen Do?
What Would Jane Austen Do? by Laurie Brown
Honorable Mention
Creighton Manor
Creighton Manor by Karen Michelle Nutt
Honorable Mention

URBAN FANTASY

Best Romantic URBAN FANTASY: Fantasy in which supernatural elements are introduced into contemporary, real-world, urban settings.

Bone Crossed
Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs
Winner
Turn Coat
Turn Coat by Jim Butcher
Honorable Mention
Frostbitten
Frostbitten by Kelley Armstrong
Honorable Mention
Destined for an Early Grave
Destined for an Early Grave by Jeaniene Frost
Honorable Mention

VAMPIRE

Best VAMPIRE Romance- Darker and generally more sensual, these stories feature preternatural beings who subsist on human and/or animal blood, or life force (in the case of psychic vampires) often having magical powers and the ability to transform.

Lover Avenged
Lover Avenged by J.R. Ward
Winner
Over My Dead Body
Over My Dead Body by Michele Bardsley
Honorable Mention
Dark Slayer
Dark Slayer by Christine Feehan
Honorable Mention

NEW AUTHOR

Best NEW AUTHOR - This applies to an author whose debut novel was released (for the first time), in the award year; and who also had a paranormal romance release within that year (can be the same). This applies only to book format offerings (print or electronic).

Kimberly Frost
by Kimberly Frost
Winner
Chloe Neill
Chloe Neill
Honorable Mention
Cheryl Pierson
Cheryl Pierson,
Honorable Mention

OVERALL BEST PARANORMAL ROMANCE

Favorite OVERALL PARANORMAL - Any single title paranormal romance first released in the award year.

Lover Avenged
Lover Avenged by J.R. Ward
Winner
Dead and Gone
Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris, Honorable Mention
Blaze of Memory
Blaze of Memory by Nalini Singh
Honorable Mention

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