The Whitney Awards Winners for 2013

I spent Friday and Saturday of last week in Layton, at the LDS Storymakers 2014 conference. It was absolutely fantastic, and I learned so much. It was the largest conference yet since it started 11 years ago, with over 600 attendees. Orson Scott Card was the keynote speaker, and I’ll be talking about my favorite classes and his address in another blog post.

After the conference, the Whitney Awards Gala took place, but I didn’t attend that. They announced the winners for the 2013 awards. You can see the list of finalists here.

Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson won two awards, Best Novel of the Year and Best Romance Novel. It’s one of my favorite novels from last year, and I highly recommend it.


Here’s the list of all the winners for the 2013 Whitney Awards (click on the link for the covers):

Best Novel of the Year-  Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson
Best Youth Novel of the Year-  Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
Best Novel by a New Author-  Pivot Point by Kasie West
Best Middle Grade Fiction-  The Runaway King by Jennifer A. Nielsen
Best Speculative Youth Fiction-  Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
Best General Youth Fiction-  All the Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry
Best Speculative Fiction-  Dark Memories by Jeffrey S.Savage
Best Mystery/Suspense-  Deep Cover by Traci Abramson
Best Romance Novel-   Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson
Best Historical-  Esther the Queen by H.B. Moore
Best General Fiction-  Mile 21 by Sarah Dunster
Outstanding Achievement Award for 2013-  Rachel Nunes
Lifetime Achievement Award for 2013-  Blaine Yorgason

I read quite a few of the finalists and it was a tough call in some categories.


If you’re wondering what the Whitneys are, come read this post I wrote last year and then go nominate a book for next year’s awards.


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Lucinda Whitney

author of contemporary romance