2016 Aspen Gold Winners and Finalists

Winners for the 2016 Aspen Gold Reader's Choice Contest were announced at our October mini-conference. Winners in each category are bolded. Congratulations to all of our finalists.

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2015 Aspen Gold Winners

Heart of Denver Romance Writers

proudly announces the  winners of the

2015 Aspen Gold Contest

Contemporary Romance

Bev Pettersen for A Scandalous Husband   -  Winner

Robin Perini for Secret Obsession - runner-up

L.A. Witt with Aleksandr Voinov for Lone Wolf - runner-up

Erotic Romance

Lexi Post for Passion of Sleepy Hollow - Winner

Peggy Bird for Unmasking Love  - runner-up

Kate Baum for Funny Girl - runner-up

Sabrina York for Devlin's Dare - runner-up

Historical Romance

Deeanne Gist for Fair Play - Winner

Collette Cameron for The Earl's Enticement - runner-up

Jess Russell for The Dressmaker's Duke - runner-up

Romantic Novella

Kerri Carpenter for Flirting With the Competition - Winner

Manda Collins for Once Upon a Christmas Kiss - runner-up

Margaret Mallory for The Gift - runner-up

Paranormal/Fantasy/Sci-Fi Romance

Mary Behre for Guarded  - Winner

Zoe Forward for Protecting His Witch - runner-up

Sharon Kay for Wicked Flames - runner-up

Romantic Suspense

Toni Anderson for A Cold Dark Place - Winner

Toni Anderson for Cold Light of Day - runner-up

Kaylea Cross for Hunted - runner-up

Romantic Short Story

Colleen Collins for The Ungrateful Dead - Winner

Christi Barth for Never Too Late - runner-up

Marci Boudreaux for Forever Yours - runner-up

Single Title Romance

Janet Gover for Flight to Coorah Creek - Winner - tied

Nancy Herkness for The Place I Belong - Winner - tied

Christi Barth for Up To Me - runner-up

Young Adult Romance

Callie James for Student Bodyguard for Hire - Winner

Callie James for Innocent - runner-up

PJ Sharon for Pieces of Love - runner-up

2014 Aspen Gold Winners

The winner is listed first and is in all red letters. Congratulations to everyone!


A Whisper of Smoke by Angela Hoke

The Trouble with Mistletoe by Jennifer Snow

Price of a Kiss by Linda Kage



It Happened at the Fair by Deeanne Gist

The Chieftain by Margaret Mallory

Running Wild by Denise Eagan



Tinsel My Heart by Christi Barth

The Perks of Being a Beauty by Manda Collins

Faith House by Robin Patchen



Fire of the Dragon by Lori Dillon

Wicked Wind by Sharon Kay

Symphony of Light and Winter by Renea Mason

New Sion by Diana Green



Masque by Lexi Post

Double Dom Fantasies by Cassidy Browning

Circle of Deception by Carla Swafford


Romantic Suspense

A Kiss to Die For by Gail Barrett

Dangerous Connections by Terry Odell

Fatal Exposure by Gail Barrett

Steal My Heart by Lisa Eugene


Single Title

Studs and Stilettos by Bev Pettersen

Country Roads by Nancy Herkness

Sailing Out of Darkness by Normandie Fischer


Young Adult

Everything You Know by Mary Beth Bass

The Secret Language of Leah Sinclair by Robin Weaver

The Digger by Mary J. Marcus


Short Story  (new category)

Chimera’s Tail by Julianna Comyn

The Garden by Yvette Franklin

Seven Years Are Not Enough by Jessamin Gardner


2013 Aspen Gold Winners


Redemption of a Hollywood Starlet   Kimberly Lang

Rules of the Game  Sandy James - Winner

The Man Plan   Elise K. Ackers


Sweet Enemy   Heather Snow

Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed   Anna Campbell

Castaway Dreams    Darlene Marshall - Winner


Sprig of Holly      Lily Callahan

DEAD Hot      Lizzie T. Leaf

  Yours at Midnight      Robin Bielman - Winner


All that Bleeds      Kimberly Frost

  Out of the Ashes      Lori Dillon - Winner

Keir      Pippa Jay


Private Dancer      Kimberly Dean

   Dirty Girls’ Book Club       Savanna Fox - Winner

Loving Again      Peggy Bird

Romantic Suspense

  Danger in Plain Sight      Marta Perry - Winner

Dangerous Affairs      Donna Meier

Bring It On      Shelley Wall

Single Title

Take Me Home      Nancy Herkness

Planning for Love      Christi Barth - Winner

Pleasant Lake      Kelly Fitzpatrick

Young Adult

Such a Rush      Jennifer Echols - Winner

Witch Way to Turn      Karen Y. Bynum

2012 Aspen Gold Winners

Romantic Suspense

Cold Touch by Leslie Parrish - Winner
Cowboy Under Siege by Gail Barrett
High-Risk Reunion by Gail Barrett

Erotic Romance:

Tony’s Haven by Dominique Eastwick - Winner
Becoming Sage by Kasi Alexander
Lost in Bliss, Nights in Bliss Colorado by Sophie Oak


Firestorm by Radclyffe - Winner
Mr. Right There All Along by Jackie Braun
Girl’s Guide to Flirting with Danger by Kimberly Lang

Single Title:

Blood Rights by Kristen Painter - Winner
Rachel’s War by Robert L. Hecker
Believe in Me by Laura Moore


Taste Me by Tamara Hogan - Winner
The Tears of Elios by Crista McHugh
Beyond Magic by Lizzie T Leaf

Young Adult:

The One That I Want by Jennifer Echols - Winner
Tales Out of the Psych Office by Shirley Ann Howard
Love Story by Jennifer Echols


Making Christmas by Lizzie T Leaf - Winner
A Texas Christmas Mystery by Anne Greene Read more

2011 Aspen Gold Winners

Romantic Suspense

No Turning Back  by Kaylea Cross  -   Winner
The Royal Affair   by Gail Barrett
Cover of Darkness  by Kaylea Cross

Erotic Romance

Make A Wish And Blow by Christina James   -  Winner
Sex On The Beach by Susan Lyons
Love Under Two Gunslingers by Cara Covington
Unbridled and Undone by Elle Saint James

Contemporary Romance

Hot-Blooded by Karen Foley   -  Winner
Inheriting His Secret Christmas Baby by Heidi Betts
A Child Changes Everything by Stella MacLean

Single Title Romance

On Folly Beach by Karen White   -  Winner
Wedding Bell Blues by Meg Benjamin                .
Girl Racers by Janet Gover

Paranormal Romance

Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready   -  Winner
Star Raiders by Elysa Hendricks
The Bite Before Christmas by Heidi Betts

Historical Romance

My Reckless Surrender by Anna Campbell   -   Winner
His Border Bride by Blythe Gifford
Too Hot For A Rake by Pearl Wolf

2010 Aspen Gold Winners

Young Adult

Betraying Season by Marissa Doyle  -  winner
Spring Break-Up by Stephanie Hale
Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols


Darkness Burning by Delilah Devlin  -  winner
Adored by Tina Donahue
Sex Drive by Susan Lyons
Blood Deep by Sharon Page


Edge of Dawn by Patti O’Shea  -  winner
Once Bitten by Clare WillisEdge
Time for Eternity by Susan Squires
A Stroke of Magic by Tracy Madison
Wild Magic by Ann Macela


Tempt the Devil by Anna Campbell  -  winner
The Promise by TJ Bennett
Tempted by His Kiss by Tracy Anne Warren
Seduced by His Touch by Tracy Anne Warren
Fire At Midnight by Lisa Marie Wilkinson


The Surgeon’s New Year Wedding Wish by Laura Iding  -  winner
Meant to Be by Donna Marie Rogers
Hired:  The Italian’s Bride by Donna Alward
That Voodoo That You Do by Ann Yost

Romantic Suspense

Seeing Red by Susan Crandall  -  winner
Deadly Messages by Rebecca Grace
The Treasures of Venice by Loucinda McGary
Black Ribbon Affair by Casey Clifford

Single Title

According to Jane by Marilyn Brant  -  winner
Love Me, Loves Me Knot by Heidi Betts
The Lost Hours by Karen White
The Gift by Deb Stover