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2001
The Paranoramal Excellence Award
for Romantic Literature


Copyright 2000 - 2006 paranormalromance. All rights reserved.

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 2001.

For P.E.A.R.L Eligibility
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ANTHOLOGY


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Love Spell
September 10, 2001
395 pages
ISBN: 0505524503


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AFTER TWILIGHT

by Amanda Ashley
Christine Feehan
Rhonda Thompson

A man hunts a woman. Yet what if he is no ordinary man, but a predator in search of prey? A dark soul looking for the light? A vampire, a werewolf, a mythic being who strikes fear into the hearts of mortals?

Three of romance's hottest bestselling authors invite you to explore the dark side, to taste the forbidden, to dive into danger with heroes who fire the blood and lay claim to the soul in these striking tales of sensual passion.

When day fades into night, when fear becomes fascination, when the swirling seduction of everlasting love overcomes the senses, it must be…
~ cover copy


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Jove Pbns.
August 8, 2001
368 pages
ISBN: 0515131091


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OUT OF THIS WORLD

by Laurell K. Hamilton
Susan Krinard
J. D. Robb
Maggie Shayne

Love, Supernatural Style

Love is the universal language. And nowhere is this more apparent than in these extraordinary stories from four of today’s hottest authors. From a futuristic cop caught in a crisis of the heart to a smoldering vision of an unusual love triangle, from the hunger for a human touch on an alien planet to a witch’s desperate search for the love of one man, these tales of paranormal romance will transport you to a time and a place you’ve never been before….
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FANTASY/MAGICAL


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Jove Pubns.
(Magical Love)
December 2001
396 pages
ISBN: 0515132896


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HEARTMATE

by Robin D. Owens

All his life, Rand T'Ash has looked forward to meeting his HeartMate, with whom he could begin a family. Once a street tough but now a respected nobleman and artisan, he has crafted the perfect HeartGift, which, in the custom of the psychically-gifted population of the planet Celta, is the way a man finds -- and attracts -- his wife...

Darith Mallow is irresistably drawn to the magnficent necklace on display in T'Ash's shop, but she is wary of its creator, despite an overpowering attraction. In a world where everone is defined by their psychic ability, Danith has little and thus is at the opposite end of the social spectrum from T'Ash. But T'Ash refuses to accept her rejection, and sees it as a challenge instead. They are HeartMates, but can T'Ash persuade his beloved to accept her destiny by his side?
~ cover copy


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Love Spell
April 2001
392 pages
ISBN: 0505524384


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APHRODITE'S KISS

by Julie Kenner

Zoe Smith was far from normal. Crazy as it sounded, on her twenty-fifth birthday she had the chance to become a superhero. But x-ray vision and the ability to fly were only two things to consider. There were other factors, too…. There was her newfound heightened sensitivity. She could hardly eat a chocolate bar without writhing in ecstasy; how was she to give herself the birthday gift she'd really set her heart on -- George Taylor?

The handsome P.I.'s dark exterior hid a truly sweet center, and Zoe felt certain that his mere touch would send her spiraling into oblivion. But the man was looking for an average Jane -- no matter what he claimed. He could never love a superhero-to-be, especially one with an overprotective stallion of a brother and a creepy cousin who seemed to be lurking in all the wrong places. Could he?

Zoe had to know. With her super powers, Zoe could only see through his clothing -- to strip bare the workings of his heart, she'd have to rely on something a little more potent.
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FUTURISTIC


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Love Spell
November 2001
395 pages
ISBN: 0505524570


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THE STAR PRINCE

by Susan Grant

Ian Hamilton considers himself a typical guy, a finance major who finds all the excitement he needs in the stock market and his Harley. Then his stepfather offers him the crown to an empire and the reins of a mission critical to world peace. What can he do but go for the ride? In a daring bid for autonomy, Princess Tee'ah flees her world for the freedom to fly. Both her husband and her life will be of her own choosing. And when a handsome stranger offers her a job piloting the Sun Devil, she chooses the romp of a lifetime--with the one man she should avoid at all costs. From ocean-dark skies to the neon-drenched streets of L.A., Tee'ah and Ian find that true adventure is learning some rules are made to be broken and some loves are written in the stars.
~ cover copy


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Jove Pubns.
(Magical Love)
December 2001
396 pages
ISBN: 0515132896


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HEARTMATE

by Robin D. Owens

All his life, Rand T'Ash has looked forward to meeting his HeartMate, with whom he could begin a family. Once a street tough but now a respected nobleman and artisan, he has crafted the perfect HeartGift, which, in the custom of the psychically-gifted population of the planet Celta, is the way a man finds -- and attracts -- his wife...

Darith Mallow is irresistably drawn to the magnficent necklace on display in T'Ash's shop, but she is wary of its creator, despite an overpowering attraction. In a world where everone is defined by their psychic ability, Danith has little and thus is at the opposite end of the social spectrum from T'Ash. But T'Ash refuses to accept her rejection, and sees it as a challenge instead. They are HeartMates, but can T'Ash persuade his beloved to accept her destiny by his side?
~ cover copy


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Love Spell
September 18, 2001
360 pages
ISBN: 050552452X


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SHAMARA

by Catherine Spangler

In a universe of darkness and depravity, the Shielders battle to stay one step ahead of the vengeful Controllers, who seek the destruction of their race. Survival depends upon the quest of one man. Jarek san Ranul finds evidence of a wormhole, a vortex to another galaxy; an escape. But when his search produces the most intriguing woman he'd ever met, he finds he wants something more than duty and honor. On the run from a mighty warlord, Eirene Kane has to protect her identity as an Enhancer, one of a genetic few with a powerful gift. Then her flight hurls her into the arms of Jarek, a man who steals her heart and uncovers her perilous secret--and though she knows she should flee, Eirene finds herself yearning for both the man and the one thing he claims will free them forever.
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Berkley
August 27, 2001
368 pages
ISBN: 0425181464


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SEDUCTION IN DEATH

by J. D. Robb

Dante had been courting his victim in cyberspace for weeks before meeting her in person. A few sips of wine and a few hours later, she was dead. The murder weapon: a rare, usually undetectable date-rape drug with a street value of a quarter million dollars.

Detective Eve Dallas is playing and replaying the clues in her mind. The candlelight, the music, the rose petals strewn across the bed—a seduction meant for his benefit, not hers. He hadn’t intended to kill her. But now that he had, he is left with only two choices: to either hole up in fear and guilt. Or start hunting again…
~ cover copy


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iPublish.com
August 1, 2001
Ebook
ISBN: 0759584419


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FIRE AND ICE

by Sherrilyn Kenyon

A princess on a quest to save herself from an unwanted marriage, quickly finds herself in the arms of legendary commander whose only goal is to forget the life he once lived.

Wounded in body and spirit, Adron Quiakides wants nothing more to do with this existence. He lives in a cocoon of pain, but one fateful night an angel stumbles into his life and leads him to the pathway of redemption.

The obstinate, ever-hopeful Livia typpa Vista isn't the kind of woman to take his name and his money, then leave him in peace. She's the type of woman who takes his heart and shows him that life, even as he is forced to live it, is worthwhile.

But can even Livia's steadfast love save Adron from himself?
~ synopsis courtesy of Sherrilyn's website

SCIENCE - FICTION

NovelBooks Inc.
October, 2001
306 pages
ISBN: 1931696993


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FINDERS KEEPERS

by Linnea Sinclair

Be careful what you wish for. You might get it... Her ship's in shambles, her boyfriend's dimped her and she's frankly out of funds. Captain Trilby Elliot hopes her luck has changed when a high-tech fightercraft crash lands at her repair site, Finders Keepers. She can sell the ship as salvage, poket the profits. Except for one small problem: the pilot. Rhis, is still alive andintent on commandeering her ship. And a much larger problem: someone very powerful and very important wants Trilby Elliot dead.
~ cover copy


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Berkley
October 2001
432 pages
ISBN: 0425181685


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NARCISSUS IN CHAINS

by Laurell K. Hamilton

With the highly acclaimed Obsidian Butterfly, Laurell K. Hamilton's vampire hunter, Anita Blake, came into her own. She survived a supernatural onslought unlike any she ever faced before-and she did it without the two men in her life.

Now, six months have passed since Anita has seen either Jean-Claude or Richard. Six months of celibacy. Six months of indecision. Six months of danger. For her body carries the marks of both vampire and werewolf, and until the truimvariate is consumamated, all three remain vulnerable.

But when a kidnapper targets innocents that Anita has sworn to protect, she needs all the help she can get. In an earth-shattering union, Anita, Jean-Claude and Richard merge the marks- and melt into one another. Suddenly, Anita can harness both their powers. She can feel their hearts...hear their thoughts...know their hungers....

Nothing can save Anita from a twist of fate that draws her ever closer to the brink of humanity-to finally surrender to the bloodlust, the beast and the desire tranforming her body and consuming her soul....
~ cover copy

SHAPE SHIFTER

Love Spell
October, 2001
390 pages
ISBN:
0505524473


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DARK FIRE

by Christine Feehan

There is Always a Price to Pay

So Darius warned her when she accepted a position with his traveling troupe. And gazing mesmerized at the merciless slash of his mouth, the implacable resolve on his face, the soulless emptiness of his black eyes, Tempest was afraid to ask what it was.

She had always been different, apart from others. From the moment his arms closed around her, enveloping her in a sorcerer's spell, Darius seemed to understand her unique gifts. But did his kiss offer the love and belonging she sought, or a danger more potent than his own panthers?

Somewhere deep inside herself, Tempest realized she knew the answer. She had no choice but to accept the velvet stroke of his tongue, submit to the white-hot heat piercing her skin, welcome an erotic pleasure like no other…
~ cover copy


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Berkley
October 10, 2001
416 pages
ISBN: 0425181995


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SECRET OF THE WOLF

by Susan Krinard

Amid the lush vineyards and majestic hills of Napa Valley, hypnotist Johanna Schell has founded Der Hafen--a sanctuary for those who know the pain of being "different." For desperate, frightened people whose souls are lost to grief. For lonely, tortured men like Quentin Forster....

Frightening spells of amnesia have plagued Quentin for years, and Johanna wants nothing more than to ease his unspeakable pain--and find out if his claim to werewolf blood is just a delusion. But she is horrified to discover that, under hypnosis, this tender, thoughtful man becomes violent, vengeful ...evil. And now--caught in the balance between reality and illusion, truth and deception, simple desire and absolute destruction--she must find the courage to trust him. To love him. To save him...

TIME TRAVEL


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Dell Pub Co.
September 4, 2001
406 pages
ISBN: 044023655X


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KISS OF THE HIGHLANDER

by Karen Marie Moning

Enchanted by a powerful spell, Highland laird Drustan MacKeltar slumbered for nearly five centuries, hidden deep in a cave, until an unlikely savior awakened him. The enticing lass who dressed and spoke like no woman he'd ever known was from his distant future, where crumbled ruins were all that remained of his vanished world. Drustan knew he had to return to his century if he was to save his people from a terrible fate. And he needed the bewitching woman by his side...

Gwen Cassidy had come to Scotland to shake up her humdrum life and, just maybe, meet a man. How could she have known that a tumble down a Highland ravine would send her plunging into an underground cavern--to land atop the most devastatingly seductive man she'd ever seen? Or that once he'd kissed her, he wouldn't let her go? Bound to Drustan by a passion stronger than time, Gwen is swept back to sixteenth century Scotland, where a treacherous enemy plots against them...and where a warrior with the power to change history will defy time itself for the woman he loves...


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Leisure Books
June 2001
368 pages
ISBN: 0505524457


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THE PLEASURE MASTER

by Nina Bangs

SHE FAILED SEX 101
Stranded by a New York Highway on Christmas Eve, haridresser Kathy Bartlett was of the opinion that men and cars had a lot in common: great form, no function, and they both overheated at the wrong time. When she wished herself somewhere warm and peaceful with a subservient male at her side, she found herself transported all right, but to Scotland in 1542 with the last man she would have chosen.

HE WAS THE PLEASURE MASTER
With the face of a dark god, or a fallen angel, and the reputation of being able to seduce any woman, Ian Ross was the kind of sexual expert Kathy avoided like the plague. So when she learned that the men in his family were competing to prove their prowess, she sprayed hair mousse on his brothers' "love guns" and swore she would never succumb to the explosive attraction she felt for Ian. But as the competition heated up, neither Kathy nor Ian reckoned on the most powerful aphrodisiac of all: love.

NOVELLA / SHORT STORY


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Love Spell
September 10, 2001
395 pages
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"Dark Dreams"
AFTER TWILIGHT

by Christine Feehan

This story is a continuation of the Dark (Carpathian) Saga.

A man hunts a woman. Yet what if he is no ordinary man, but a predator in search of prey? A dark soul looking for the light? A vampire, a werewolf, a mythic being who strikes fear into the hearts of mortals?

Three of romance's hottest bestselling authors invite you to explore the dark side, to taste the forbidden, to dive into danger with heroes who fire the blood and lay claim to the soul in these striking tales of sensual passion.

When day fades into night, when fear becomes fascination, when the swirling seduction of everlasting love overcomes the senses, it must be…
~ cover copy


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Jove Pbns.
August 8, 2001
368 pages
ISBN: 0515131091


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"Kinsman"
OUT OF THIS WORLD

by Susan Krinard

Love, Supernatural Style

Love is the universal language. And nowhere is this more apparent than in these extraordinary stories from four of today’s hottest authors. From a futuristic cop caught in a crisis of the heart to a smoldering vision of an unusual love triangle, from the hunger for a human touch on an alien planet to a witch’s desperate search for the love of one man, these tales of paranormal romance will transport you to a time and a place you’ve never been before….
~ cover copy

BEST OVERALL PARANORMAL


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Love Spell
October, 2001
390 pages
ISBN:
0505524473


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DARK FIRE

by Christine Feehan

There is Always a Price to Pay

So Darius warned her when she accepted a position with his traveling troupe. And gazing mesmerized at the merciless slash of his mouth, the implacable resolve on his face, the soulless emptiness of his black eyes, Tempest was afraid to ask what it was.

She had always been different, apart from others. From the moment his arms closed around her, enveloping her in a sorcerer's spell, Darius seemed to understand her unique gifts. But did his kiss offer the love and belonging she sought, or a danger more potent than his own panthers?

Somewhere deep inside herself, Tempest realized she knew the answer. She had no choice but to accept the velvet stroke of his tongue, submit to the white-hot heat piercing her skin, welcome an erotic pleasure like no other…
~ cover copy

NEW AUTHOR


Robin D. Owens

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ROBIN D. OWENS

I'm single and living in Colorado with cats. I've been seriously writing for eight years and HEARTMATE is my fourth completed book. I began writing paranormal contemporary romantic suspense, switched to Regency Historical novels and found my voice in Futuristic/Fantasy Romance. I'm currently working on my fifth and sixth books— both set in the world of Celta (I have lots of ideas for this world). My best writing moment—being the first futuristic romance published in the Magical Love line by Jove! My worst writing moment is every time a rejection hits.

I'm a true INFJ personality type = Introverted, intuitive vs. factual, "feeling" rather than thinking, and make quick judgments.

I'm a nightowl, Scorpio, love pets, and I learn best through touching (tactile). I'm usually optimistic. My other creative outlet (and major achievement) is as a member of the Lungfish Theater improv group.

I love to read and read everything, science fiction, fantasy, mystery, thrillers, romance. I firmly believe that any man who reads a well-written romance will learn what a woman wants.

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JUDI McCOY

I have always felt my life has been blessed. I've been married to the same wonderful man for over thirty years (would you believe me if I said we were wed at the tender age of twelve?), raised two beautiful intelligent daughters, Sara and Carey, and spent the last twenty-three years as a women's gymnastic judge.

I have a fantastic sister named Nancy, a lovely niece, Claire, and a handsome nephew, John, as well as an assortment of aunts, uncles and cousins who all plan to come to my book signings to keep me company.

I've lived in Illinois and New Jersey, but right now I reside in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas. Because my husband's job requires that he travel almost every week, I have lots of time to write. My two dogs, Rudy and Buckley, keep me company, and I still judge gymnastic meets at the age-group and college level, whenever I can. But ever since I discovered the magic of books, about the time I was five years old, reading has been my passion.

After writing full time for six years, I was fortunate enough to receive a contract for three novels from Kensington. Each of these books will have a fairy tale/paranormal theme, though the stories are very different from one another. If you enjoy reading about true to life heroines who are built like "real" women, then you?ll love the characters I create. Each of my ladies is curvy and statuesque, and not one of them has a waist that can be spanned by the hero?s hands. They are independent thinkers who take charge of their lives in some of the most funny and imaginative ways possible.

Though my heroes aren't dark and dangerous (I don't relate to alpha males) they are adorable men who somehow manage to get themselves in situations which can only be overcome by the ingenuity and love of the right woman. They?ll be good looking, of course, but their most important personality traits will be their sense of humor, their joy for life and their ability to fall head over heels in love with the woman of their dreams no matter her unique personality or imperfections.

If you like books that make you smile, have interesting plot twists and fairy tale endings, I think you'll find my books a perfect read.


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