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1999
The Paranoramal Excellence Award
for Romantic Literature

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PNR  would like to express their appreciation to all the writers of paranormal romance novels, and also to their editors and publishers, for their continuing support of the sub-genre.

We believe that paranormal elements add luster to our literature. P.E.A.R.L. is a readers choice award, recognizing treasures without measure in nine categories.

The pearls (and the votes) have been cast by the ParaNormal Romance subscribers. The following make up the string of matchless wonders that were voted to be the best of the paranormal romance sub-genre for 1999.

For P.E.A.R.L Eligibility
Nominating & Voting Procedures
Category Descriptions
see Award
For a list of 2000 nominees,
see Nominees

ANTHOLOGY


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Berkley Pub. Group
October 1999
352 pages
ISBN: 0425171299

Winner:

CHARMED

Novellas by
Jayne Ann Krentz,
Julie Beard, Eileen Wilks,
and Lori Foster

Jacket copy: "Everything is possible and nothing is as it seems in four enchanting tales brimming with romance, passion and a touch of wonder. From a marriage of convenience between a psychic archeologist and her bodyguard in a galaxy far, far away (Krentz - Bridal Jitters) to ancient Britain and a dashing knight wounded in the service of King Arthur (Beard - Man in the Mirror), from a house haunted by two mischievous ghosts (Foster - Tangled Dreams), to a woman torn between her fiancé and a seductive djinn (Wilks - Pandora's Bottle), you'll be bewitched, beguiled, and bedazzled as four of today's most popular authors cast their most potent love spells."


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Berkley Pub. Group
July 1999
400 pages
ISBN: 0425169707

Honorable Mention:

VEILS OF TIME

with Novellas by
Lynn Kurland, Maggie Shayne,
Angie Ray, and Ingrid Weaver

A Medieval Scots Warrior is transported through time to present day New York City, directly into the storage room of a bridal shop full of wedding gowns. It appears he's died and gone to heaven in spite of his sins! (Kurland - And the Groom Wore Tulle); A present day con-man spends his life avoiding work. His past has finally caught up with him and he dives into a wishing well to avoid detection. As he plummets he makes a promise to work hard if only he survives. Be careful what you wish for; can a lovely lady of long ago be the answer to his heart's wish? (Shayne - The Con and the Crusader); A female Scientist tests a time machine for her boss and arrives in the body of a stranger whose about to enter into a marriage of convenience. Her heart engaged, she must make a terrible choice. Will her decision affect the fabric of time?(Ray - A Bride Most Common); A Museum expert opens a box of artifacts to find the man of her dreams, a love from a past life, her very own Celtic Warrior. (Weaver - Conyn's Bride)

FANTASY/MAGICAL


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Love Spell
(Perfect Hero Series #2)
May 1999
400 pages
ISBN: 0505523078

Winner:

VIRTUAL HEAVEN

by Ann Lawrence

Virtual Heaven was Ann Lawrence's debut novel.

Synopsis: "Ocean City, NJ, resident, Maggie O'Brien, is inadvertently pulled into a virtual reality game...a game of warriors and quests...and perfect heroes!!" Look for the sequel, Virtual Desire (Vad's story), in August 2000.

Jacket copy: The warrior looms over her. His leather jerkin, open to his waist, reveals a bounty of chest muscles and a corrugation of abdominals. Maggie O'Brien's gaze jumps from his belt buckle to his jewel-encrusted boot knife, avoiding the obvious indications of a man well-endowed. Too bad he is just a poster advertising a virtual reality game. Maggie has always thought such male perfection can exist only in fantasies like Tolemac Wars. But then the game takes on a life of its own, and she finds herself face-to-face with her perfect hero. Now it will be up to her to save his life when danger threatens, to gentle his warrior's heart, to forge a new reality they both can share.


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Jove Pbns.
October 1999
352 pages
ISBN: 0515126101

Honorable Mention:

INFINITY

by Maggie Shayne

Infinity is book 2 (Arianna's story) of Maggie Shayne's immortal witch series, which began with Eternity (Raven's story). Arianna has vanquished the evil witch who had stolen her husband's heart long ago. She seeks to restore his life to him, but can SHE live if she's lost his love? Look for the third book in the series - Destiny: Featuring Nidaba, High Priestess Of the Temple Sumer, circa 2500 B.C.E, in February of 2001.

Cover copy: For five centuries, Immortal High Witch Nicodimus has been suspended in an eternity of darkness. His heart was stolen away in the ultimate betrayal by his love Arianna... Now Arianna discovers a way to bring him back. But the power that returns Nicodimus to her arms also summons an ancient enemy. To fight this dark danger, they must confront the past--and reclaim infinity...

FUTURISTIC


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Berkley Pub. Group
October 1999
358 page
ISBN: 042517140X

Winner:

LOYALTY IN DEATH

by J.D. Robb
(aka Nora Roberts)

From "Meet J.D. Robb": In the spring of 1995, J.D. Robb’s first book, Naked in Death, appeared on bookshelves with very little fanfare. Robb introduced readers to New York City in the near future, 2058 to be exact, as seen through the eyes of Eve Dallas, a detective with the New York City Police and Safety Department...The popularity of that first book built up through the release of the subsequent Eve Dallas books, Glory In Death, Immortal In Death, Rapture In Death, Ceremony In Death, Vengeance in Death, Holiday In Death, and Conspiracy in Death. Readers were taken with Eve Dallas’ integrity, strength and heart and her burgeoning relationship with the mysterious Roarke... The ninth J.D. Robb book, Loyalty in Death is the first to hit the New York Times Bestseller list. Witness in Death and Judgment in Death will be published in March and October of 2000."

Analog magazine
May 1999 (p. 12-45),
June 1999 (96-133),
and the combined
July/August 1999 issue
(p. 192-223).

Honorable Mention:

THE QUANTUM ROSE

by Catherine Asaro

(serial) Analog magazine

Synopsis: "Kamoj, a young noblewoman, governs an impoverished province on a backward world. To keep her people from starving, she has agreed to a betrothal with Jax Ironbridge, the cold-hearted but wealthy ruler of flourishing Ironbridge Province. Then her carefully planned life is torn apart when she is unexpectedly forced into marriage with a stranger, Vyrl Lionstar--a prince from the stars. So begins a passionate tale of love, rivalry, and redemption, as two powerful lords vie to claim the heart of a remarkable woman."

The serialized novel plus its sequel will come out together as one novel, from Tor Books, in 2000.


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Love Spell
April 1999
368 pages
ISBN# 0505523043

Honorable Mention:

SHIELDER

by Catherine Spangler

Jacket Copy: Unjustly shunned by her people, Nessa dan Ranul knows she is unlovable-but when an opportunity arises for her to save her world, she leaps at the chance, disregarding her own life. Setting out for the farthest reaches of the galaxy, she has one goal: to elude capture and deliver her race from destruction. But then she finds herself at the questionable mercy of Chase McKnight, a handsome bounty hunter. Suddenly, Nessa finds that escape is the last thing she wants. In Chase's passionate embrace she finds a nirvana of which she never dared dream-with a man she never dared trust. But as her identity remains a secret and her mission incomplete, each passing day brings her nearer to oblivion. Nessa knows the truth can save her, but can she risk trusting her heart?

SCIENCE - FICTION


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Baen Books
August 1999
HC, 405 pages
ISBN: 0671578278

Winner:

A CIVIL CAMPAIGN

by Lois McMaster Bujold

Jacket Copy: It's spring in Vorbarr Sultana, and a young person's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love... ...money... biogenetics... love... lack of money... incompatible planetary sexual mores... love... District succession scandals... the Emperor's wedding.. and, of course, love. Lord Miles Vorkosigan, youngest Imperial Auditor to be appointed by the Emperor since the Time of Isolation, has a problem all his new power can't solve: unrequited love for the beautiful Vor widow Ekaterin Vorsoisson. Ekaterin is violently allergic to marriage as a result of her first exposure. But as Miles learned from his late career in galactic covert ops, if a frontal assault won't do, go to subterfuge. He has a cunning plan... Lord Mark Vorkosigan has a problem: his love for the sunny Kareen, daughter of Commodore Koudelka, has just become unrequited again. But if all his new money can't solve their dilemma, perhaps a judicious blending of science and entrepreneurial scheming might. He has a cunning plan... Lord Ivan Vorpatril has a problem: unrequited love in general. True, with the men on Barrayar outnumbering the women five to four, his odds aren't good. But Ivan had never thought the odds applied to him. He too has a cunning plan... If no battle plan survives first contact with the enemy, just imagine what all Miles's closest friends and relatives can do to his romantic strategy! --"Lois is currently working on a new novel. The working title is The Curse of Chalion, and it is a fantasy novel unrelated to any prior book of hers."


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Bantam Books
December 1999
368 pages
ISBN: 0553581511

Honorable Mention:

THE VEILED WEB

by Catherine Asaro

From Bantam Spectra: Ballerina Lucia del Mar has two great passions: dance, which consumes most of her waking hours, and the Worldwide Web, which brings the outside world into her tightly regimented life. Lucia’s two passions collide when a White House performance and reception leads to an encounter with handsome Moroccan businessman Rashid al-Jazari, creator of a brilliant technology that has set the Internet rumor mill afire. A second, seemingly chance meeting with Rashid will plunge Lucia into a deadly world of desire and intrigue. For although his work has implications she cannot foresee, there are those who do understand and would turn its great power to their own destructive purposes. As she is drawn deeper and deeper into Rashid’s life and work, cut off from the outside world, she finds herself becoming more attracted to him. But is her seclusion within Rashid’s well-guarded Moroccan home intended to ensure her safety—or her silence? And is it already too late to stop the terrible consequences his new technology could unleash?

SHAPE SHIFTER
Love Spell
August 1999
314 pages
ISBN: 0505523302

Winner:

DARK PRINCE

by Christine Feehan

Mikhail Dubrinsky, Prince of the Carpathian race, one of the ancients, has decided to end his life. He has survived centuries of darkness - without color, without emotion, without a lifemate. He has ruled his people well, meeting out terrible justice when necessary. Now he can bear his bleak existance no longer. He will walk into the sun or risk "turning" into that which both humans and Carpathian's dread, the vampire - a soulless killer, the undead.

In his darkest hour he senses a presence in his mind, a comforting presence, a human woman with psychic ability reaches out to him to give him hope. Mikhail is drawn to her as her mental touch has imbued him with light, color, and feelings he has long forgotten. Can it be possible that the impossible has occurred? Can this human woman, Raven, be his lifemate and the answer to saving his dying race?

Jacket copy: He came to her in the night, a predator - strength and power chiseled his features. The seduction was deep and elemental; he affected her soul. His need. His darkness. His terrible haunting loneliness. Her senses aroused, she craved the dangerous force of his body. Burned for him. And he had only touched her with his mind.


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Bantam Books
October 1999
401 pages
ISBN: 0553580183

Honorable Mention:

TOUCH OF THE WOLF

by Susan Krinard

Jacket copy: Braden Forster, Earl of Greyburn, has devoted his life to restoring the purity of his clan's werewolf blood. He spent years searching in vain for a distant American cousin, a woman whose wolf bloodline is a vital link in his family's heritage. Braden had thought Cassidy Holt was lost forever--until she appeared one rainy night on the steps of his London mansion . . . her raven hair in disarray, her skin scented with sunlight and sagebrush. As Braden whisks young Cassidy to his family's secluded country estate, both can sense their undeniable attraction. But Cassidy soon learns that they can never satisfy their mutual passion; Braden has already betrothed her to another. Her only hope of claiming the one man she'll always love is to unravel the dark and lustful secrets of his past . . .

TIME TRAVEL
Berkley Pub. Group October 1999
384 pages
ISBN: 0425171078

Winner:

THE MORE I SEE YOU

by Lynn Kurland

Cover copy: A wish on a star transports the luckless-in-love Jessica Blakely back in time to the thirteenth century. But her desire for a fair and gallant knight yields the fearsome Richard De Galtres. Thought wary of Jessica's mysterious ways, Richard protectively harbors her in his castle by the sea. Though her stubborn will nearly drives him mad, the very sight of her puts a smile on a face that has known too few. And when Jessica's tender desire pierces the armor around his heart. Richard fears he may never be able to recover -- or resist...


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Dell Pub. Co.
March 1999
375 pages
ISBN#0440234808

Honorable Mention:

BEYOND THE HIGHLAND MIST

by Karen Marie Moning

Cover copy: He was known throughout the kingdom as Hawk, legendary predator of the battlefield and in the boudoir. No woman could refuse his touch, but no woman ever stirred his heart--until a vengeful fairy tumbled Adrienne de Simone out of modern-day Seattle and into medieval Scotland. Captive in a century not her own, coerced into a marriage with Hawk, and haunted by her terrifying past, Adrienne vowed to keep the irresistible laird at arm's length. Despite her determination to submit to a marriage in name only, Adrienne soon confronts an even greater threat than her fear that she might be falling in love with the sexy laird. The vengeful fairy is none other than the deadly court Fool, and he will be satisfied only when he achieves the Hawk's destruction... The second book in the series - To Tame a Highland Warrior was released in December 99. The third book - The Highlander's Touch is expected to be released in Nov. 2000.

NOVELLA / SHORT STORY


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Berkley Pub. Group
October 1999
352 pages
ISBN: 0425171299

Winner:

TANGLED DREAMS

by Lori Foster

The "Tangled" series of novellas featuring the four Winston Brothers, began with the eldest brother Cole's Story, "Tangled Sheets" (Hot Chocolate anthology - Feb. 99).

"Tangled Dreams" is the story of the second brother, the quiet Chase, who had helped Cole raise his two younger brothers Zane and Mack. Alison Trinkle for Amazon.com: In "Tangled Dreams," a pair of ghostly lovers conspire to bring together shy Allison Barrow and sexy bartender Chase Winston to recover a treasure long missing. Along the bumpy way, Allison and Chase discover fantasy-fulfilling depths of passion and a danger that threatens it all." -- Enjoy the youngest Winston brother Mack's story in "Tangled Images" (Sinful anthology) Feb. 2000. Can Zane's be far behind?

Analog magazine
May 1999 (p. 12-45),
June 1999 (96-133),
and the combined
July/August 1999 issue
(p. 192-223).

Honorable Mention:

THE QUANTUM ROSE

by Catherine Asaro

(serial) Analog magazine
The serialized novel plus its sequel will come out
together as one novel, from Tor Books, in 2000.

Synopsis: "Kamoj, a young noblewoman, governs an impoverished province on a backward world. To keep her people from starving, she has agreed to a betrothal with Jax Ironbridge, the cold-hearted but wealthy ruler of flourishing Ironbridge Province. Then her carefully planned life is torn apart when she is unexpectedly forced into marriage with a stranger, Vyrl Lionstar--a prince from the stars. So begins a passionate tale of love, rivalry, and redemption, as two powerful lords vie to claim the heart of a remarkable woman."

BEST OVERALL PARANORMAL


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Love Spell
August 1999
314 pages
ISBN: 0505523302

Winner:

DARK PRINCE

by Christine Feehan

Raven Whitney has always been different. A human with tremendous psychic ability, she can hear the emotions of those around her. She has isolated herself in many ways, the mere touch of another human brings her tremendous pain. Yet she has taken on the tremendous task of bringing heinous killers to justice with her mental tracking ability. She has traveled to the Carpathian Mountains to recuperate from her last devastating hunt.

Though shattered herself, Raven cannot resist reaching out to the man whose desperate thoughts of self-destruction have touched her mind. Mikhail, so powerful yet so vulnerable, is capable of taking away her pain, but can he touch her heart? Can one human woman accept the awesome responsibility of being lifemate to the Dark Prince of the Carpathian race?

Jacket copy : She came to him at dawn, his bleakest hour. As the beast raged inside him, threatening to consume him, he vented his centuries-old despair in an anguished cry that filled the waning night. And she answered, a ray of light, piercing his darkness. A beautiful angel. Her compassion, courage, and innocence awakened in him an exquisite longing and tenderness. He knew he must possess her, for only she could tame his savage side and lift the dark shadow from his soul. Apart they were desolate, bereft. Intertwined physically and spiritually, they could heal one another and experience an eternity of nights filled with love. -- Look for the 3rd book of the Carpathian Series - Dark Gold in April 2000.


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Bantam Books
April 1999
405 pages
ISBN: 0553579231

Honorable Mention:

THE LEGEND MacKINNON

by Donna Kauffman

Jacket copy: Three centuries ago in Scotland a curse was born of the long-standing feud between the Claren and the MacKinnon clans. Now generations later, destiny has decreed that three women, the last of the Claren line, be granted one final chance to set things right. Maggie, Cailean, and Delaney Claren are three cousins who grew up totally unaware of one another--until an inheritance brings them together. Now mysterious journals and the deed to an ancient Scottish castle will bring them face-to-face with the warriors at the heart of the MacKinnon family, three brothers sentenced to cruel fates by a terrible curse. Duncan is trapped in the form of a ghost, Rory must live an immortal life alone, and Alexander has been wrenched by time from the past to the present, with no way back. Ferociously compelling, dangerously relentless, they are bound by no mortal laws--except desire for the three Claren women. The journals speak of one key that can break the powerful spell. And finding that key will plunge them all into a world of unforeseeable danger and tantalizing desire..... This Best Seller is in it's 3rd printing. Look for the Legend of the Sorcerer in March 2000.

NEW AUTHOR

Christine Feehan

PNR Interview

PNR Reviews Page

Winner: Christine Feehan

Chris's debut novel was Dark Prince, the first book of the "Dark (Carpathian) Saga", for Love Spell,in August of 1999. This remarkable tale has changed our concept of vampires forever. Dark Desire, the second book of the series was released in December of '99 to raves by paranormal romance fans. Chris is scheduled to release three additional novels in the series in 2000; Dark Gold (Apr. 2000), Dark Magic (Jul. 2000), Dark Challenge (Nov. 2000). At last word Chris was working on book number 10.

Chris resides in California with her husband and their 11 children. Says Chris, "I have always written books, forcing my ten sisters to read every word, and now my daughters read and help me edit my manuscripts. Its fun to take all the research I have done on wild animals, raptors, vampires, weather, and volcanoes and put it together with romance"
excerpted from the Chris's bio.


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