So, recently I became aware of an event that some the bloggers I follow are participating in--an Awards Blitz for the Swoony Awards. What are the Swoony Awards? Well, they're all about clean fiction. Keep reading to find out how you can vote for your favorite books and enter the giveaway!
What Are the Swoony Awards?
The Swoony Awards were
created to recognize excellence in clean fiction. There are so many
books published every day and it can be hard to find the ones worth
reading. We want to help recognize authors who write entertaining books
that are wholesome. It’s our hope that each year we will help provide
everyone with a great list of books to read and maybe introduce them to
What Are the Eligibility Requirements?
Year: Only books published during the current contest year may be
nominated. To be fair to all books, contest dates will run from December
1, 2013 – November 31, 2014.
-Clean romance: No sex or closed door, low/mild innuendo. Only M/F romances.
-Language: None/mild, anything over a handful of profanity (especially the more offensive words) would not be considered clean.
-Other: Nothing overly dark, depressing or heavy subject matter
novellas and short stories are all eligible for nomination, no limits
on page number. Any (clean) genre is eligible (i.e. contemporary,
fantasy, mystery, historical, etc.).
Each voter is able to choose
up to 100 books to vote on or nominate each contest year. There is no
cap on the overall number of books nominated.
How Are Winners Selected?
We will be accepting entries throughout the year and the winners announced
the first week in January. There are fifteen award categories (i.e.
Best Novel of the Year, Best Historical, Best Contemporary, etc.).
Winner’s will be announced via our blogs (Bookworm Nation, KJ’s Book
Nook and Katie’s Clean Book Reviews) and through Goodreads Swoony Awards
Since this is a reader’s choice award the winners are
determined by a combination of the number of votes received and how high
the voter rated the book and what rank the voter gave each book they
Who Are We?
Kathy (Bookworm Nation)
I've been hosting a book review blog, Bookworm Nation, for over five
years. I love to read and review books. And of course, I love to discuss
books! A few years ago I started the Goodreads group, Happily Ever
After Book Club. It's through Goodreads that I met Katie, Kathy Jo and
Heidi and while discussing our love of books one day we thought it'd be
fun to host our own Reader's Choice award. We're excited to introduce
the Swoony's this year, it's going really well and we look forward to
hosting it for years to come.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgTwitter: @bookwormnation
Kathy Jo (KJ's Book Nook)
This may come as a shocker but I have NOT always been a little bookworm.
In fact growing up I was not the kid you saw jumping at the chance to
read. I was the one that just did it to make my teachers happy. That
silent reading time during school?! Yeah.. I was the kid napping! ;)
About 12 years ago someone loaned me a book and said I just HAD to read
it. I took it just to get them off my back and much to my surprise I
could NOT put it down! And from then on I would read... but only that
one author. I refused to read anything else! It
wasn't until 2009 when 2 of my favorite people introduced me to the
Twilight Series that I actually started branching out. And ever since
then I haven't been able to STOP reading! ;) About 5 months ago I
decided to start a book blog and I have been loving it! I get to be
another voice for all the amazing authors that I love! How cool is
that?! And of course through my
adventures in reading I have been able to meet some amazing women who
love books just as much as, if not more than, me! I love chatting with
them about all the books we read! We have become such great friends that
at times I forget that I've never really met them in person! Books just
have a way of bringing people together! My reading choices vary... I
love a lot of different genres.With that said... I am not ashamed to
admit that I am a romantic and I love fluff! As long as it's clean and
has a HEA, I'll definitely give it a try! Any book that gives me a break
from reality and puts a smile on my face is definitely a book for me!
Contact Info for Kathy Jo:
Katie (Katie's Clean Book Collection)
I started blogging about a year and a half ago. I've always loved to read and talk about books--it's my obsession. The first book I learned to read on my own was Dr. Seuss's Green Eggs and Ham. I love a lot of different genres, but my favorite is clean romance, which is perfect for the Swoony's! I've had a blast meeting new friends who enjoy the same types of books that I do.
Contact Info for Katie:
I'm a mother of four amazing kids and married to my own Prince Charming.
I love to read, kiss my handsome Prince, bake, run (because I love to
bake), ride horses, play sports, and spend time with my little family. I
first fell in love with reading at a very young age because of my sweet
grandmother who always took the time to read me my favorite books over
and over again. She could never tell me no. My wonderful mother is also
entirely addicted to reading and we love to "talk books" late into the
night....and plot how we are going to buy more. :) I adore clean,
happily ever after books, and I've loved getting to know so many other
women who do as well. Who knew books would be the reason I would meet
some of the dearest people in the world?!
Contact Info for Heidi:
Note to Authors:
If you’ve written a book that matches the above criteria fill free to
nominate it for a Swoony! Don’t be afraid to promote the award or to let
your fans know your book is up and that it needs votes. We are doing
some promoting, but sometimes a Facebook, Twitter or blog post directly
from the author is the best way to let your fan base know your book has
been nominated. Only books with a minimum of THREE votes will be added
to the official nomination list found on the Goodreads Swoony Awards group page. Winners will be announced January 2015.
To stay up to date on voting and nominations, please join our Goodreads Swoony Awards group page!
Note to Readers:
If you’ve read a book this year that you think is awesome…VOTE! This is a
great way to let authors know you appreciate all that hard work. You can
vote for up to 100 books on the list. We’ve also learned that the order
you rank the books you vote on does affect the overall score of the
book. So take a minute and make sure you have your books in the order
you want them. Invite your friends to vote! Voting ends December 31,
The 2014 Swoony Awards is now accepting nominations and votes for your favorite books of the year. Polls will be open until December 31, 2014.