Romantic Book of the Year: Who are the 2017 finalists?

by |May 15, 2017

The Romantic Book of the Year Award, affectionately known as the RUBY, is the Romance Writers of Australia’s premier award celebrating the best romantic fiction from Australian and NZ authors, across four categories.

This year, Booktopia has the honour of announcing the FINALISTS! Scroll down to discover the 2017 finalists in each category. 

The winners will be announced at the Romance Writer’s of Australia conference in August. Held in Brisbane this year, we can’t help but agree that the theme LOVE GONE WILD is a perfect fit. To find out more about the theme, registration, classes, and the wonderful parties you can attend, click here.


2017 Long Romance Finalists


Escaping Mr Right by Avril Tremayne, The Grazier’s Wife by Barbara Hannay and The War Bride by Pamela Hart.


2017 Novella Finalists


Santa and the Saddler by Cathryn Hein, Swept Away Fiona Marsden (part of Beautiful Disaster anthology), and Unexplored by Anna Hackett.


2017 Romantic Elements Finalists


A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald by Natasha Lester, Legacy of Hunters Ridge by Sarah Barrie, Mackenzie Crossing by Kaye Dobbie, and Numbered by Amy Andrews and Ros Baxter.


2017 Short Romance Finalists


Breaking Good by Madeline Ash, The Most Scandalous Ravensdale by Melanie Milburne, Unwrapping His Convenient Fiancee by Melanie Milburne.

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  • May 15, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    I’m very excited to be in such excellent company, and whatever happens, I already feel like a winner! Congratulations everyone!

    • Jan Van Engen

      May 15, 2017 at 4:19 pm

      Congrats Avril and yes you are already a winner! So excited for you! Fingers crossed. Congrats to all the others especially Fiona I see great things coming from her!

  • May 15, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    Congratulations to all the other finalists, truly wonderful writers!

  • May 16, 2017 at 4:13 am

    Well done girls. Very exciting.

  • May 16, 2017 at 8:24 am

    Congratulations to all the finalists.

  • Bronwyn Jameson

    May 16, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    Congratulations to the authors of all these cracking reads. Hope you’re all celebrating being RuBY finalists in style!

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