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2002
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 2002.

For P.E.A.R.L Eligibility
Nominating & Voting Procedures
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For a list of 2002 nominees,
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Nominees

ANTHOLOGY


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Jove Pbns.
August, 2002
368 pages
ISBN: 0515133620


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TAPESTRY

by Madeline Hunter,
Sherrilyn Kenyon,
Lynn Kurland,
Karen Marie Moning

Welcome to a world of chivalry and honor, of danger and desire, of legend, and of love...

These four original novellas bring to life all the romance and adventure of the Middle Ages, with the common thread of a rich medieval tapestry woven through each tale by an acclaimed master of historical romance...
~ back cover copy


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Jove Pbns.
April 2002
384 pages
ISBN: 0515132764


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FANTASY

by Christine Feehan,
Emma Holly,
Sabrina Jeffries,
Elda Minger

In these four novellas by today's hottest romance writers, a Victorian widow auctions off her most prized possession: herself...a beautiful jungle explorer discovers her own wild side...a bloodthirsty beauty gives in to her darkest desires...and a young woman turns an all-male academy into a school for seduction.
You have nothing to lose...but your inhibitions.

~ synopsis courtesy of Penguin Putnam Group

FANTASY/MAGICAL


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St. Martin's Press
January 2, 2002
307 pages
ISBN: 0312979975


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FANTASY LOVER

by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Being cursed into a book as a love-slave for eternity, Julian of Macedon has been pleasuring women for over 2,000 years. Over this time, he has honed his sexual skills, learning every which way to please a woman and fulfill her deepest fantasies. But in spite of the intense sexual pleasure Julian is able to provide for others, deep within his own heart lies a fantasy of true love that has remained unfulfilled.

When Julian is summoned to be be Grace's lover for a month, he soon finds in her the potential to help him fulfill his own fantasies of meaningful love as well. Grace's love for Julian might fill the hole deep in his heart, but can it break a 2,000 year old curse?
~ synopsis courtesy of Sherrilyn's website


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Love Spell
July 5. 2002
366 pages
ISBN: 0505524929


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VIRTUAL WARRIOR

by Ann Lawrence

Where does reality end and fantasy begin? With a computerized game that leads to another world? At the fingertips of a bedraggled old man who claims he can perform magic? Or in the amber gaze of an ice princess in dire need of rescuing? As the four moons of Tolemac rise upon a harsh land vastly different from his own, hard-headed pragmatist Neil Scott discovers a life worth struggling for, principles worth fighting for. But only one woman can convince him that love is worth dying for, that he must make the leap of faith to become a VIRTUAL WARRIOR.
~ cover copy

FUTURISTIC


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Leisure Books
August 6, 2002
384 pages
ISBN: 0843950366


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BODY ELECTRIC

by Susan Squires

Victoria Barnhardt set out to create something brilliant; she succeeded beyond her wildest dreams. With one keystroke her program spiraled out of control...and something was born that defied possibility: a being who called to her. He speaks from within a prison—seeking escape, seeking her.

He spoke from within a prison -- seeking escape, seeking releases, seeking her. He was a miracle that Vic never intended. More than a scientific discovery, or a brilliant coup by an infamous hacker, he was life. He was beauty. He was genious. And he needed to be released. Just as Victoria did. Though the shadows of the past might rise against them, on one starry Los Angeles night, in each other's arms, the pair would find a way to have each other and freedom both.
~ cover copy


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Berkley
August 27, 2002
380 pages
ISBN: 042518630X


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PURITY IN DEATH

by J. D. Robb

Louie Cogburn had spent three days holed up in his apartment, staring at his computer screen. His pounding headache was unbearable... like spikes drilling into his brain. And it was getting worse. Finally, when someone knocked at his door, Louie picked up a baseball bat, opened the door, and started swinging...

The first cop on the scene fired his stunner twice and Louie died instantly. Detective Eve Dallas has taken over the investigation, but there's nothing to explain the man's sudden rage or death. The only clue is a bizarre message left on his computer screen: Absolute Purity Achieved.

And when a second man dies under nearly identical circumstances, Dallas starts racking her brain for answers and for courage to face the impossible... that this might be a computer virus able to spread from machine to man...
~ synopsis courtesy of Penguin Putnam Group

SCIENCE - FICTION


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Love Spell
October 8, 2002
384 pages
ISBN:
0505524996


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CONTACT

by Susan Grant

A BEAUTIFUL CO-PILOT WITH A TERRIBLE CHOICE.
A DARK STRANGER WHO HAS KNOWN NOTHING
BUT DUTY.
A LATE-NIGHT FLIGHT HIJACKED OVER THE PACIFIC.

A beautiful co-pilot faces a terrible choice when her plane is hijacked on a late-night flight over the Pacific. Can she trust the dark-eyed stranger who has seized both her plane and her heart?
~ cover copy


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LTDBooks
October 2002
238 pages
ISBN:
553165780


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AN ACCIDENTAL GODDESS

by Megan Sybil Baker

A deep space explosion in Riftspace sends Captain Gillaine Davré and her sentient crystalship, Simon, three hundred and fifty years into the future, where her likeness graces every shrine, and her accident has been recorded in history as a “divine sacrifice.” Anonymity and lies seem her only options. How can she risk harming the Khalaran culture with the truth about her pub-crawling ways? They think she's a goddess, and she has no intention of destroying those beliefs.

Admiral Rynan "Mack" Makarian is a follower of the Lady Kiasidira. He believes that the Lady sacrificed herself in order to save his people. He also believes that the mysterious freighter captain who's turned up on his station is the most beautiful woman he's ever seen. But is she hiding a secret?

Suddenly, a long-time enemy attacks, again. Can Gillie help Mack stop the invasion without revealing her identity, and losing the man she loves?
~ synopsis courtesy of LTDBooks


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LTDBooks
February 28, 2002
314 pages
ISBN: 1553165594


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GABRIEL'S GHOST

by Megan Sybil Baker

Nothing to fear… or is there?

Imperial patrolship captain Chasidah Bergren has more trouble than she needs.
Stripped of command in a sham court-martial and sent to the harsh prison world of Moabar, her life can't possibly get any worse.

Until she's rescued by smuggler Gabriel Ross Sullivan, her former nemesis and almost lover. A dead man with a mission. He offers her freedom in exchange for her help in stopping an illegal genetics experiment that's already claimed far too many lives. And could place the Empire on the brink of civil war.

But Chaz doesn't know that Sully's a ghost with a deadly, dark secret. A secret she was trained to hate and fear; one she may have to risk her life and her heart to protect.
~ synopsis courtesy of LTDBooks

SHAPE SHIFTER

St. Martin's Press
September, 2002
323 pages
ISBN:
0312979983


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NIGHT PLEASURES

by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Have you ever wanted to know what it's like to be immortal? To journey through the night stalking the evil that preys on humans? To have unlimited wealth, unlimited power? That is my existence, and it is dark and dangerous. I play hero to thousands, but am known to none. And I love every minute of it.

Or so I thought until one night when I woke up handcuffed to my worst nightmare: a conservative woman in a button-down shirt. Or in Amanda's case, buttoned all the way up to her chin. She's smart, sexy, witty, and wants nothing to do with the paranormal-in other words, me.

My attraction to Amanda Devereaux goes against everything I stand for. Not to mention the last time I fell in love it cost me not only my human life, but also my very soul. Now I find myself wanting to try again. Wanting to believe that love and loyalty do exist.

Even more disturbing, I find myself wondering if there's any way a woman can love a man whose battle scars run deep, and whose heart was damaged by a betrayal so savage that he's not sure it will ever beat again.
~ back cover copy


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Leisure Books
May, 2002
384 pages
ISBN: 0843949945


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DARK GUARDIAN

by Christine Feehan

He ran with the wolves...
materialized from the mists...
hijacked the ver heavens to his whims...

He was the dark guardian of his people. So how, after centuries of a bleak, soulless existence, had he, Lucian Daratrazanoff, suddenly come to crave petite, curvy, coolorful lady cop Jaxon Montgomery, who foolishly made it her life's work to protect others from harm?

Fiercely daring, Jaxx would sacrifice anything to shield others -- particularly since a deadly menace dogged her ever footstep, threatening all who got close to her, and strangely seductive, piercingly erotic Lucian was no exception. Lucian was powerfully, perilously mesmerizing -- oddly gentle yet clearly a born predator. He had vowed to possess her, to guard her for all time. Yet with his every thirsty kiss, was he drawing Jaxon more deeply into danger...and his dark mysterious desires.
~ back cover copy

TIME TRAVEL


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Dell Pub Co.
October 2002
406 pages
ISBN: 0440237556


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THE DARK HIGHLANDER

by Karen Marie Moning

I am Degeus MacKeltar, a man with one good conscience and thirteen bad ones, driven to sate my darkest desires....

From his penthouse lair high above Manhattan, Dageus looks out over a glittering city that calls to the darkness within him. A sixteenth-century Scot trapped between worlds, he is fighting a losing battle with the thriteen Druids who posess his soul, dooming him to an eternity of sexual persuit. When Chloe Zanders, student of antiquities, is drawn into hisworld, she finds the insatiable alpha male an irresistable lure. Before long, she is caught up in an ancient prophecy that will sweep her back into time to medieval Scotland. Plunged into a world of timeless magic and dark seduction, she will soon face the challenge of a lifetime: fighting thirteen evil spirits for the heart of one irresistible man.
~ back cover copy


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Love Spell
June 2002
304 pages
ISBN: 0505524899


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GEORGE AND THE VIRGIN

by Lisa Cach

BEWARE THE DRAGON...
The medieval village of Markesew was besieged, its virgins demanded in tribute, so when St. George the Dragonslayer arrives from modern times -- in his silver pants and lace-up boots -- his quest is clear. Being a professional wrestler didn't qualify him for the task, but a sword and imagination were all he needed...or so he thinks, until he comes up against the mysterious mistress of Devil's Mount.

OR THE MAIDEN?
Twelve years ago Alizon was sent to die in the jaws of the serpent. Too tough for dragon teeth then, she'd never surrender to some foreigner in shiny hose now. She'd feared first for the secret world she'd built atop her mountain...but as the hero approached, Alizon realizes it was not the dragon's armor he'd come to pierce, but the scales around her own ferocious heart.
~ back cover copy


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Love Spell
May 2002
353 pages
ISBN: 0505524805


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NIGHT GAMES

by Nina Bangs

HE'S THE MVP OF THE
FUTURE'S HOTTEST SPORT.

Sex. Rules of the game: play hard, play to win, and play with a passion for the game, never for the woman. In a world where lust is a spectator sport, Brian Byrne is the undisputed champion. He is every woman's fantasy, his face and form recognized on the farthest planet, his you-can-touch-my-body-but-never-my-heart attitude a challenge no female can resist. So why does he feel burned out, used up, and in desperate need of a long vacation to a simpler time?

SHE HAS A PERFECT NIGHT
OF PLEASURE ON HER MIND.

Ally O'Neill—American tourist, divorcee, and author of a best-selling series on how to be the perfect wife—is that rarity Brian has never before encountered: a woman who wants no part of him. Before he knows it, her hands-off approach has him eager to break his contract's off-season no sex clause. In a world where no one has even heard of the Testosterone Titans, Brian is about to discover that scoring is a lot less fun than falling in love.
~ back cover copy

NEW! EROTIC


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Ellora's Cave
June 2002
eBook 146 pages
ISBN: 1843600765


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UDEAD AND UNWED

by MaryJanice Davidson

Betsy Taylor is having a helluva week. She's been laid off, her stepmother boycotted her birthday party (again), her cat isn't speaking to her, she can count on one hand how often she's gotten laid in the last 18 months, and she's dead.

As if this wasn't bad enough, she can't seem to stay dead. She rises each night in search of unholy sustenance and designer footwear. Worse, the other vampires are convinced she's been Foretold...in other words, she's the new vampire queen.

More concerned with her looks than vamp politics, Betsy just wants to keep her head down and adjust to her new liquid diet. Trouble is, the only vampires who want her more than the good guys are the bad guys. And when the good guys are ruthless, and the bad guys are unhinged, and they ALL want to have sex with her to cement their power base, it's tough for a modern girl to keep her shapely butt out of trouble...and out of bed.
~ synopsis courtesy of Ellora's Cave


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Ellora's Cave
August 23, 2002
eBook
ISBN: 1843600781


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CAPTIVE DREAMS

"Bound By The Dream"
by Angela Knight
"Bound By The Dragon"
by Diane Whiteside

Writers Celeste and Corinne Carson have each created an ultra-alpha hero who stars in each sister’s highly successful series of novels. Celeste writes of the future and her hero Jarred. Corinne writes of the barbarian Mykhayl. Both heroes are adventurers in their respective times, hot sexy lovers, and, as it turns out…quite real and very angry about everything their creators have forced them to do.

Jarred and Mykhayl are about to exact hot, sweet revenge upon their respective creators; a little payback for the angst and the peril these women have placed them in time after time. Kidnapped and taken to the worlds they write of, Jarred and Mykhayl begin Celeste’s and Corinne’s punishment...
~ synopsis courtesy of Ellora's Cave

NOVELLA / SHORT STORY


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Jove Pbns.
August, 2002
368 pages
ISBN: 0515133620


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"Dragonswan"
TAPESTRY

by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Dr. Channon MacRae wanted to unravel the mystery of the Dragon Tapestry. What she never expected to uncover was an entire society that is older than time. A secret society that has existed as part of the world and yet apart from it.

Sebastian Kattalakis has come forward in time to reclaim the tapestry he sold years before. The last thing he expects is to find a woman whose intellect and charm captures his animal attention. But he is a man on the run, outcast and ostracized, he can offer her nothing except a heart that was broken by circumstances four hundred years ago.

Channon doesn't see the outcast. She sees only a man who is noble and brave.

But will the kiss of the dragon free her or will it bind her to his side forever?
~ synopsis courtesy of Sherrilyn's website


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Love Spell
March 2002
400 pages
ISBN: 0505524716


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"The Day Her Heart Stood Still"
A MOTHER'S WAY

by Susan Grant

Love, Supernatural Style

Andie never expects the man of her dreams to fall from the sky—but when he does, her mother will make sure the earth moves!

It never hurts to have some help with your love life. Come see why a little meddling can be a wonderful thing — and why every day should be Mother's way.
~ synopsis courtesy of Leisure Books Online

BEST OVERALL PARANORMAL


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Leisure Books
May, 2002
384 pages
ISBN: 0843949945


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DARK GUARDIAN

by Christine Feehan

He ran with the wolves...
materialized from the mists...
hijacked the ver heavens to his whims...

He was the dark guardian of his people. So how, after centuries of a bleak, soulless existence, had he, Lucian Daratrazanoff, suddenly come to crave petite, curvy, coolorful lady cop Jaxon Montgomery, who foolishly made it her life's work to protect others from harm?

Fiercely daring, Jaxx would sacrifice anything to shield others -- particularly since a deadly menace dogged her ever footstep, threatening all who got close to her, and strangely seductive, piercingly erotic Lucian was no exception. Lucian was powerfully, perilously mesmerizing -- oddly gentle yet clearly a born predator. He had vowed to possess her, to guard her for all time. Yet with his every thirsty kiss, was he drawing Jaxon more deeply into danger...and his dark mysterious desires
~ cover copy


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St. Martin's Press
January 2002
307 pages
ISBN: 0312979975


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FANTASY LOVER

by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Being cursed into a book as a love-slave for eternity, Julian of Macedon has been pleasuring women for over 2,000 years. Over this time, he has honed his sexual skills, learning every which way to please a woman and fulfill her deepest fantasies. But in spite of the intense sexual pleasure Julian is able to provide for others, deep within his own heart lies a fantasy of true love that has remained unfulfilled.

When Julian is summoned to be be Grace's lover for a month, he soon finds in her the potential to help him fulfill his own fantasies of meaningful love as well. Grace's love for Julian might fill the hole deep in his heart, but can it break a 2,000 year old curse?
~ synopsis courtesy of Sherrilyn's website

NEW AUTHOR


Patti O'Shea


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PATTI O'SHEA

Debut Novel
RAVYN'S FLIGHT

Love Spell
November 2002
ISBN: 050552516X

Patti O'Shea's passions are writing, airplanes and traveling. Fortunately, she's been able to enjoy all three. After receiving a degree in advertising copywriting, she took a job with a major U.S. airline and now works in 757 Engineering. Besides teaching her about the planes she loves, it's given her an opportunity to travel to places like Australia, Papua New Guinea and Canada's Yukon Territory.

Writing, though, remains her primary love. Patti created her first romance when she was in junior high and has been hooked ever since. She should have figured out she was a writer years earlier, however, since her dolls had such involved lives, complete with goals, motivation and conflict.


Candace Sams


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CANDACE SAMS

Debut Novel
GRYPHON'S QUEST

ImaJinn Books
February 2002
ISBN: 1893896722

Candace was a Police Officer for eleven years, worked on an ambulance for eight years as a Crew Chief, and is now an Author.

She graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Agriculture, worked as a police officer with the State of Texas, was with the San Diego Police Department, taught for the San Diego County Sheriff's Department and with a law enforcement agency in Alabama.

I've always loved reading paranormal romances.


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