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The Golden Crown Literary Conference was held virtually everywhere this year. With the global pandemic continuing, it was safest for everyone to make the transition from in-person to Zoom. Once the vaccine gets into more arms, we will be able to be together in person in Albuquerque, New Mexico in July of 2022.

I was sad not to see everyone in person for hugs and smiles but glad we could at least have all the panels and learning opportunities. The conference was stretched over three weekends and was packed full. Just look at the Conference Program!

On July 31st, the Goldie Awards were held to honor excellence in women loving women literature. I was lucky to be asked to present the finalists and winners in the Romantic Blend category. I was dressed in a lovely shirt with studs and a bow-tie and a pair of shorts (because it was a zoom event).

The complete list of finalists is HERE

Nonfiction

Olivia on the Record by Ginny Z Berson

Romantic Blend

Hotel Queens by Lee Winter
Sylver and Gold by Michelle Larkin
Nottingham: The True Story of Robin Hood by Anna Burke

Contemporary Romance: Short Novels

A Roll in the Hay by Lola Keeley
Before You Say I Do by Clare Lyndon
Out of Practice by Carsen Taite

Fiction Anthologies/Collections

All I want for Christmas by Fiona Riley, Georgia Beers and Maggie Cummings

Mystery/Thriller/Crime

Dying on the Vine by Ann Roberts
The Crystal’s Curse by Jane Alden

Young Adult Fiction

The Year Shakespeare Ruined My Life by Dani Jansen

Contemporary Romance: Mid-Length Novels

Temptation by Kris Bryant
Blades of Bluegrass by D. Jackson Leigh
Don’t Cry for Me by Rachel Lacey
Hopeless Romantic by Georgia Beers

Humorous Novels

Mutual Benefits by HP Munro

Paranormal/Occult/Horror

The Other Side of Forestlands Lake by Carolyn Elizabeth
Gillette Park by Gerri Hill

Erotic Novels

Online by Madeleine Taylor

General Fiction

Face the Wind by Caren J Werlinger

New Adult Fiction

The Adventurers by Bryce Oakley

Historical Fiction

While My Heart Beats by Erin McKenzie

Contemporary Romance: Long Novels

Wrong Number, Right Woman by Jae
Reaping the Benefits by E.J. Noyes
Spindrift by Anna Burke
Finding Jessica Lambert by Clare Ashton

Science Fiction/Fantasy

Silver Ravens by Jane Fletcher
Eye of the Damned by Sandra Barrett

Debut Novel

The Company of Daughters by Samantha Rajaram
Queerleaders by MB Guel
The Year Shakespeare Ruined My Life by Dani Jansen
From Darkness by Kate Hazel Hall

Ann Bannon Popular Choice Award

Wrong Number, Right Woman by Jae

Tee Corine Outstanding Cover Design

Ann McMan of Tree House Studios for Nottingham

Director’s Award

Linda Hill, Owner of Bella Books

Lee Lynch Classic Award

Zami: A New Spelling of My Name by Audre Lorde

Trailblazer Award

Pat Parker

It was sad to see so many lost sisters in the memorial video. Hug your loved ones, y’all. Please tell an author whose work you enjoyed what it meant to you!

I hope to see my GCLS sisters and taking lots of left turns in Albuquerque next year!

**Adding in the link to the registration for the 2022 conference!