August 3rd, 2008

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2007 Passionate Plume Awards

Novella: First Place - Male Call, by Denise A. Agnew
Second Place - Rescue Me, by Anna Leigh Keaton
Third Place - Hot Down Under, by Susan Lyons

Honorable Mention - Second Chance Christmas, by Mackenzie McKade
Honorable Mention - Desert Heat, by Leigh Wyndfield

Contemporary: First Place - Wicked Ties, by Shayla Black
Second Place - Roped, by Ann Jacobs
Third Place - Suite Seventeen, by Portia da Costa

Honorable Mention - Twin Fantasies, by Opal Carew
Honorable Mention - Nothing To Lose, by Mechele Armstrong

Historical: First Place - At Love’s Command, by Samantha Kane
Second Place - Mirage, by Monica Burns
Third Place - Nicholas, by Elizabeth Amber

Honorable Mention - One Bashful Lady, by Brenda Williamson
Honorable Mention - Anchor and Storm, by Kate Poole

Futuristic / Fantasy / Sci-Fi: First Place - Tailspin, by Denise Rossetti
Second Place - Close Encounters of the Sexy Kind, by Karen Kelley
Third Place - Seducer, by Aubrey Ross

Honorable Mention - Settler’s Mine 2: The Lovers, by Mechele Armstrong
Honorable Mention - Born Again, by Rena Marks

Paranormal / TT: First Place - Mona Lisa Blossoming, by Sunny Chen
Second Place - Blood Rose, by Sharon Page
Third Place - Mystic’s Run, by Jory Strong

Honorable Mention - Ethereal Foes: The Dragon’s Demon, by Marie Harte
Honorable Mention - Blood Red, by Sharon Page

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2008 RITA Awards

Best First Book: Dead Girls Are Easy by Terri Garey

Best First Book Finalists: Graffiti Girl by Kelly Parra
Prime Time by Hank Phillippi Ryan
Prom Dates From Hell by Rosemary Clement-Moore
Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn
Snow Angel by Jamie Carie
Thief With No Shadow by Emily Gee
Treasure by Helen Brenna

Best Contemporary Series Romance: Snowbound by Janice Johnson

Best Contemporary Series Romance Finalists: Always a Bridesmaid by Kristin Hardy
Fall From Grace by Kristi Gold
Make-Believe Mom by Elaine Grant
Night Mischief by Nina Bruhns
Sleeping Partner by Kelly Hunter
The Mile High Club by Heidi Rice
The Tycoon's Princess Bride by Natasha Oakley

Best Contemporary Series Romance: Suspense/Adventure: Treasure by Helen Brenna

Best Contemporary Series Romance: Suspense/Adventure Finalists: High-Risk Affair by RaeAnne Thayne
Midnight Prince by Dani Sinclair
Sara's Son by Tara Taylor Quinn
Stranded With A Spy by Merline Lovelace
The Medusa Affair by Cindy Dees
The Medusa Seduction by Cindy Dees
Untouched by Samantha Hunter

Best Contemporary Single Title Romance: Catch of the Day by Kristan Higgins

Best Contemporary Single Title Romance Finalists: Blame It On Cupid by Jennifer Greene
Coming Undone by Susan Andersen
Sexiest Man Alive by Diana Holquist
She's No Angel by Leslie Kelly
Tangled Up In You by Rachel Gibson
Tempt Me Tonight by Toni Blake
The Sleeping Beauty Proposal by Sarah Strohmeyer

Best Historical Romance: Lessons of Desire by Madeline Hunter

Best Historical Romance Finalists: And Then He Kissed Her by Laura Lee Guhrke
Beloved Warrior by Patricia Potter
Mine Till Midnight by Lisa Kleypas
Surrender to a Scoundrel by Julianne MacLean
Tempted Tigress by Jade Lee
The Leopard Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt
The Perfect Kiss by Anne Gracie

Best Inspirational Romance: A Touch of Grace by Linda Goodnight

Best Inspirational Romance Finalists: Autumn Blue by Karen Harter
Pursuit of Justice by Pamela Tracy
Rainbow's End by Irene Hannon
Ransomed Dreams by Amy Wallace
Splitting Harriet by Tamara Leigh
Taming Rafe by Susan May Warren
When the Morning Comes by Cindy Woodsmall

Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements: Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn

Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements Finalists: A Gentle Rain by Deborah Smith
High Noon by Nora Roberts
Learning to Breathe by Karen White
Odd Mom Out by Jane Porter
See No Evil by Allison Brennan
Sugar Daddy by Lisa Kleypas
Thief With No Shadow by Emily Gee

Best Paranormal Romance: Lover Revealed by J.R. Ward

Best Paranormal Romance Finalists: Dead Girls Are Easy by Terri Garey
Demon's Kiss by Maggie Shayne
Games of Command by Linnea Sinclair
He Loves Me, He Loves Me Hot by Stephanie Rowe
Prince of Magic by Linda Winstead Jones
Raintree: Haunted by Linda Winstead Jones
Touch of Darkness by Christina Dodd

Best Regency Historical Romance: The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever by Julia Quinn

Best Regency Historical Romance Finalists: Blackthorne's Bride by Shana Galen
Claiming the Courtesan by Anna Campbell
Lord of Scandal by Nicola Cornick
Untouched by Anna Campbell

Best Romance Novella: “Born in My Heart” in Like Mother, Like Daughter by Jennifer Greene

Best Romance Novella Finalists: “Angel and the Hellraiser” in Demon’s Delight by Vickie Taylor
“Christmas Cravings” in Holiday with a Vampire by Maureen Child
“Christmas Day Family” in A Western Winter Wonderland by Cheryl St. John
“Eternity in Death” in Dead of Night by J.D. Robb
“Fallen Angel” in A Western Winter Wonderland by Jenna Kernan
“Mischief and the Marquess” in Perfect Kisses by Sylvia Day
“On the Fringe” in Dead of Night by Mary Kay McComas

Best Romantic Suspense: Ice Blue by Anne Stuart

Best Romantic Suspense Finalists: Die for Me by Karen Rose
Ice Storm by Anne Stuart
Prime Time by Hank Phillippi Ryan
Speak No Evil by Allison Brennan
Traceless by Debra Webb
White Heat by Cherry Adair

Best Young Adult: Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

Best Young Adult Finalists: Girl at Sea by Maureen Johnson
Graffiti Girl by Kelly Parra
Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles

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Sparks Fly by Clare London

Once in a time the cover of the book perfectly decipts the main characters. Infact you see two young men, one slightly younger and handsome than the other. Nic Gerrard is a 23 years old financial guru. Two years before, barely out of college, he launched a dating company based on a matching program he developed with the help of another young programmer, Aidan West. Fame and fortune smile to Nic, and now he is the man of the day, the most sought bachelor. And in the past he was happy to oblige all the fans around him, dispensing sexual favors like a king waves to his people. Actually Nic is not a bad guy, he simple seems unable to say no. Employees, former fiancees (both male than female), friends... if they ask for a night of sex, Nic is willing to give it to them. Probably it was a preservation instinct, having lost his mother very soon, and never known his father, Nic learned not to develop deep feeling for people, since they can easily go away. Something he experimented also with one of his lover, an older man who helped him at first when he was alone, but that then, without much worries, chose to leave for newer shores.

Even his first working relationship with Aidan was taken on in the same way; they worked well together, maybe they could have something more, but when the work was done, Nic practically filed Aidan in a hidden portion of his brain, like a good memory. Not that Aidan was not around, simply Nic moved on toward another goal.

On the other hand, Aidan is not at ease with relationships and similar stuff. He had a very bad experience with a former lover, and he no more trust himself to be a good judge around feeling. So probably he was glad that Nic didn't try to deepen their relationship beyond work. But now Nic seems to have changed his mind, and he is till more present in Aidan's life. He doesn't accept a "no" as answer, and Aidan is ever more in trouble to maintain his control around the handsome man.

Trying to solve an hacker attach to their matching program and also develop a new feature, Nic and Aidan spend a lot of time together. Nic has the chance to see that he is no more interested in the no string attach encounters as before and Aidan can see a new side of the man, a side that makes him believe, and hope, that he will not be only another conquest, a new toy to play and put aside soon after.

The undercurrent hacker mystery is also a good one: I hadn't found the culprit, I had two suspects, and no one was the right! 

Amazon: Sparks Fly
Amazon Kindle: Sparks Fly
Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (July 1, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1935192035
ISBN-13: 978-1935192039

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