Practice Makes Perfect–Readers’ Crown finalist!

I’m back from the RT Convention–and realized I took no pictures!  I even have a camera on my phone.  Sheesh.  I had a great time hanging out with authors, bloggers, and readers, and am proud to say that I watched my first Mr. Romance competition. (The part where the Mr. Romance contenders act out scenes from different romance novels is priceless.)

I participated in a lively Save the Contemporary panel with fellow authors Louisa Edwards and Victoria Dahl, and bloggers Jane (Dear Author) and Sarah (Smart Bitches, Trashy Books).  It was fascinating to learn what readers like/don’t like in the contemporary subgenre and debated whether people like to see bare-chested men on contemporary covers, prefer small towns to big city settings, and all sorts of interesting topics.  (Feel free to chime in on either topic–or your own– below.)

On another note. . . on Friday I received some great news: Practice Makes Perfect was chosen as one of the finalists in the Long Contemporary category of the Readers’ Crown awards!  (The Readers’ Crown are the awards connected to the Borders RomCon convention.)  How exciting!!  I’m honored my book is included in such esteemed company.  Looks like I might be headed to Denver in July for the convention.

Here’s the list of all the Readers’ Crown nominees:

Best First

Anne Marsh  ~ The Hunt ~ Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Time Travel

Margaret Mallory ~ Knight of Desire  ~ Long Historical

Mary Sullivan ~ No Ordinary Cowboy  ~ Short Contemporary

Susan Gee Heino ~ Mistress by Mistake ~ Long Historical

Vanessa Kelly  ~ Mastering the Marquess ~ Long Historical


Joey W. Hill  ~ Beloved Vampire

Livia Dare  ~ In the Flesh

Maya Banks ~ Into the Lair

Maya Banks  ~ Sweet Persuasion

Sunny ~ Mona Lisa Darkening

Long Contemporary

Carly Phillips ~ Lucky Break

Erin McCarthy ~ Hard and Fast

Jill Shalvis ~ Double Play

Julie James ~ Practice Makes Perfect

Susan Mallery ~ Sunset Bay

Long Historical

Anna Campbell  ~  Captive of Sin

Deeanne Gist  ~ A Bride in the Bargain

Elizabeth Hoyt ~ To Desire a Devil

Jennifer Ashley ~ The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie

Jodi Thomas ~ The Lone Texan

Long Romantic Suspense

Bella Andre  ~  Wild Heat

Catherine Mann  ~ Defender

Cindy Gerard ~ Whisper No Lies

Julia Harper ~ For the Love of Pete

Susan Crandall  ~ Seeing Red


Courtney Milan  ~ This Wicked Gift in The Heart of Christmas anthology

Emily Bryan   ~  My Lady Below Stairs in A Christmas Ball anthology

Erin McCarthy  ~  Undead Man’s Hand in Out of the Light, Into the Shadows anthology

Jade Lee  ~ Weekend Tigress in the Winter Heat anthology

Sophia Nash ~ Catch of the Century in the Four Dukes and Devil anthology


Carolyn Jewel  ~  My Forbidden Desire

Jory Strong  ~  Ghostland

Keena Kincaid  ~  Ties That Bind

Shannon K. Butcher ~ Burning Alive

Shannon K. Butcher  ~ Finding the Lost


Anne Marsh  ~ The Hunt

Jess Granger  ~ Beyond the Rain

Melissa Mayhue   ~  A Highlander of Her Own

Sandra Hill   ~  Viking Heat

Veronica Wolff  ~  Lord of the Highlands

Short Contemporary

Abby Gaines  ~  Her So-Called Fiance

Abby Gaines  ~  The Groom Came Back

Holly Jacobs ~ Unexpected Gifts

Linda Warren  ~ The Sheriff of Horseshoe, Texas

Mary Sullivan  ~  No Ordinary Cowboy

Short Historical

Blythe Gifford  ~  In the Master’s Bed

Bronwyn Scott  ~ The Viscount Claims His Bride

Robyn DeHart  ~  Seduce Me

Terri Brisbin  ~  A Storm of Passion

Terri Brisbin   ~  The Conqueror’s Lady

Short Romantic Suspense

Carol Snow   ~  Here Today, Gone to Maui

Delores Fossen ~  Christmas Guardian

Kay Thomas  ~  Better Than Bulletproof

K.M. Daughters  ~   Beyond the Code of Conduct

Sheri Whitefeather  ~ Protecting Their Baby

Urban Fantasy with Romantic Elements

Anya Bast  ~  Witch Fury

Jenna Maclaine ~  Bound by Sin

Julie Kenner   ~  Tainted

Lori Devoti   ~  Amazon Ink

S. J. Day    ~   Eve of Darkness

15 thoughts on “Practice Makes Perfect–Readers’ Crown finalist!

  1. tennismom mary g says:

    Congrats Julie on this new nomination! You’re in excellent company. All those books are terrific. Good luck & I’m keeping my fingers crossed for you. Let us know if anyone can vote.

  2. Schenni says:

    Heya! Congratulations 😀

    I would just like to say: I don’t (!!!) appreciate half naked men (or women xD) on the cover of books… In my opinion there are a lot of other interesting, but still tasteful ways to design a cover… it’s just something I agree with my friends and since you mentioned it above… yeah… well, you know xDDD

  3. Emily Bryan says:

    Congrats on your finalist status in the Reader’s Crown!

    The contemporary will come back. I write historicals, so I know what a market swing feels like. Your readers are still there and they’ll want your books. As long as women shop, there will be chick lit.

  4. Julie says:

    Thanks for the congrats, everyone!! I was thrilled to hear PMP was a finalist.

    Blythe: absolutely! I just applied to register as an author for RomCon, so hopefully I’ll be there!

    Schenni: For the covers of my books, I prefer that the heroine and hero wear clothes. Particularly if Berkley continues to give me covers like Something About You, with that knock-out fuchsia dress. : )

    Margaret and Emily: congrats to you as well! And good luck!

  5. Julie says:

    Thanks, Abby and Jane!

    Was there anything that surprised me about the contemporary panel… no surprises, really. Although one person mentioned that she didn’t like it when authors describe a character as looking like a certain celebrity. That got me a little worried because I just did that in Book 4–not the hero, but a supporting character looks like an actor on a popular television show and he hates the fact that people constantly tell him that.

  6. Corinne says:

    Congratulations Julie!
    PMP is my fav of yours! So I’m not surprised, LOL
    Just too witty characters and too funny scenes.
    About the contemporary novels (I only read contemps), for me, I prefer non naked chest heroes on the cover! – now that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t buy one because of it, if the author has been highly recommended, that won’t stop me, see for example Roxanne St Claire – and I prefer big cities settings to small ones.
    Good luck for the contest! Can we vote?

  7. Julie says:

    Hi Corinne! Thanks for the congrats! (And for sharing your thoughts on contemporaries.)

    I don’t think people vote in the Readers’ Crown… I think there are assigned judges who review the books. But if I hear otherwise, I’ll certainly let you know.

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