Award-Winning Author of Slow-Burn Romances between Strong Women

Golden Crown Literary Society Awards 2014

Me (left) and Caren Werlinger (right)

Now that I’m writing full time, I finally had the chance to travel to Portland and attend the Golden Crown Literary Society conference. It was an awesome experience that I definitely intend to repeat next year. It’s hard to describe how it feels to be among nearly 300 lesbians who are just as dedicated to lesbian fiction as I am. I had the chance to meet so many readers and fellow authors, including some of the writers whose work I admired for the last fifteen years.

Tonight, on the last full day of the conference, the “Goldie” awards were presented. Here’s a list of this year’s winners, and I’m very honored to be among them!




Best Lesbian Romance by Radclyffe (ed.)

Beyond the Trail by Jae

Three by Ann McMan


Debut Author:

Exception to the Rule by Cindy Rizzo

In Between by Jane Hoppen

Laughing Down the Moon by Eva Indigo


Dramatic/General Fiction:

In This Small Spot by Caren Werlinger

Letters Never Sent by Sandra Moran

Picking Up the Pieces by Brenda Adcock



At Her Feet by Rebekah Weatherspoon

Switching Gears by Rhavensfyre

Wild Girls, Wild Nights by Sacchi Green (ed.)


Historical Fiction:

Passion for Vengeance by Patty G. Henderson

Reflected Passion by Erica Lawson

Silver Wings by H.P. Munro



Point of Betrayal by Ann Roberts

Turning on the Tide by Jenna Rae

Yellow Vengeance by Liz Bugg



The Awakening by Yvonne Heidt

The Horde by Linda K. Silva

The Lone Hunt by L.L. Raand



Chopper! Chopper! by Veronica Reyes

Roses Read by Beth Mitchum (ed.)

The Finley Human Experience by Monique Finley


Romantic Suspense/Intrigue/Adventure:

Code of Honor by Radclyffe

Mountain Rescue: The Ascent by Sky Croft

The Gemini Deception by Kim Baldwin & Xenia Alexiou


Science Fiction/Fantasy:

Deep Deception by Cathy Pegau

Saving Morgan by MB Panichi

Shell Game by Benny Lawrence


Traditional Contemporary Romance:

Every Second Counts by D. Jackson Leigh

Homestead by Radclyffe

I Remember by Julie Cannon


Young Adult:

Orphan Maker by D. Jordan Redhawk

Secret City by Julia Watts

Secret Lies by Amy Dunne


Ann Bannon Popular Choice Award (Tie):

All That Lies Within by Lynn Ames

Letters Never Sent by Sandra Moran


Directors’ Award:

Mary Griggs


Lee Lynch Classic Award:

Nancy Garden for Annie On My Mind


Trailblazer Award:

Judy Grahn


Congratulations to all the winners and also to the finalists!

To all of you who couldn’t be there—you are missing out, so try to make it next year, when the con will be in New Orleans!


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12 thoughts on “Golden Crown Literary Society Awards 2014”

  1. Jae congratulations again! It was such an honor to meet you and get to know you at GCLS. I have so enjoyed working with you, and now that we’ve met in person, I feel as if I know you so much better. Can’t wait to read True Nature. Thanks so much for signing it.

    • It was just as wonderful to meet you in person and to get to spend some time with you. I’m looking forward to having you edit some of my future books too!

  2. Congratulations Jae. I wish I could have been there to tell you in person how much I enjoy your writing. Here’s to many more awards in the future.

  3. Congratulations Jae! Love your writing! I can never put down your books once I’ve started!. I’m confident that there will be many more awards down the road. Keep up the fantastic work!

    • Thank you, LT. The award was a really nice recognition, and the conference inspired me to keep writing and even gave me ideas for future books.

  4. Jae, congratulations! How was it receiving one of your awards in person. I know you have a few but this one must be special to receive it yourself.

    • Thank you, Dev. It was a good experience to be able to accept my award in person, and going up on the stage wasn’t as bad as I had expected. ;-)

  5. Congratulations on the well-deserved award. It was good meeting you and talking to you at the conference. I hope to see you again next year.


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