And the Finalists are…

popping champagne cork

2016BBAfinalist[1]Each year the Greater Detroit chapter of Romance Writers of America holds a published author contest called the BOOKSELLERS’ BEST AWARDS. Entrants’ books are judged by some of the toughest critics out there — Book Sellers. Winners are announced at an awards reception held during the RWA national conference in July, which is in San Diego, California this year. Winners get bragging rights, a really cool trophy, and even their editor gets a special gift to commemorate the event.

The finalists for this year’s contest were recently announced. Kiss and Thrill is pleased to say that TWO of our KaT authors are finalists this year.


Congrats Sarah! Thanks, Lena, right back at you!

Here’s the scoop on Sarah’s novel, LOCKED, LOADED, AND LYING.


LockedAndLoadedFinal coverOlympic skier Lock Roane was on top of the world: smashing world records, collecting medals, and basking in the love of a nation and his beautiful heiress girlfriend. It all comes crashing down after Lock discovers his girlfriend had an affair – then wakes from a drunken bender to find himself covered in her blood. Disgraced and dethroned, Lock awaits his murder trial with dread, not knowing if his girlfriend died at his own hands.

Journalist Jordan Sinclair is out of options. To satisfy her blackmailer, she must get the inside scoop (and its cash reward) on Lock Roane. An attraction to the arrogant athlete was not part of the plan. Neither is trying to find out what really happened that night. Now Jordan risks everything – including her life – to help the man she’s falling for. A man who just might be a cold-blooded killer…

Here’s the scoop on my (Lena’s) novel, ARRESTING DEVELOPMENTS.


ArrestingDevelopmentsSomewhere over the Everglades, the airplane’s engine failed and Dex Lassiter plummeted into the swamp’s murky depths. Amber Callahan didn’t expect to find any survivors in the wreckage, but Dex was about as tough as they came. And too smart not to dig into why a woman like her had run away to settle in remote Mystic Glades. Or why a killer circled their every move. As floodwaters rose, deputizing Dex was just what this lawless small town needed. Because escape wasn’t possible. And the only thing Dex did better than starting things was defending them.

GIVEAWAY! To celebrate Sarah’s and my finals, KaT is giving away one ebook copy of both books – LOCKED, LOADED, AND LYING and ARRESTING DEVELOPMENTS – to two random commenters on the blog. The winners will be announced in the comments of this blog post on Monday, May 22nd.

Posted on May 17, 2016, in Author Spotlight, Celebration, Lena Diaz, Sarah Andre and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 29 Comments.

  1. Wow! Great job gals. This is a fitting testament to how great both your books are. I wish you could both win! Good luck.

  2. Thanks for announcing this Lena! Love the icon badge, it’s already up on my website. I emailed a cover contest I recently placed 3rd in and asked for their badge. Was disappointed when they said “we don’t do badges, but we sent you a certificate.”
    Hey! I want something I can post, like this! (Contest coordinators take note!)

    Congrats again, Lena!!

    • I was so thrilled to be a finalist that I didn’t mind tooting my own horn. And for you, Sarah, to be a finalist too, is AWESOME! So thrilled that your debut is going so well. And duly noted about the badges! I totes agree!

  3. Both books sound fascinating and are going on my TBR list. Congratulations to you both on being finalists. What a great accomplishment!

  4. Congratulations Sarah and Lena!!! So happy for you both. The finals are well deserved. I loved both of these books. 🙂

  5. Congratulations, Sarah and Lena! Both books sound like the type of books I want to sit down and read all the way in one sitting. I’m adding them to my wish list.

  6. Congrats ladies! So well deserved! xo

  7. Dex and Amber for the win!

    Congratulations to you both!!

  8. Manda Collins

    Congratulations, ladies! So proud of you guys!

  9. Sherry Gladden

    Congratulations. Can’t wait to read them.

  10. Awesome, ladies! Good luck at RWA. And congrats to Sharon on her Marlene win too! Great week for the KaTs. 😉

    • Thank you, Gwen! And, yes! Sharon Wray won the Romantic Suspense category of the Marlene award for her manuscript, LET THE HEAVENS FALL. CONGRATULATIONS Sharon!

  11. Yay, Sarah and Lena! And Sharon, too. Always knew that K&T was a winning group. So glad I’ve been able to rub shoulders with award-winners!

  12. Congratulations!! No one had to tell us that K&T authors are the best! So very happy for you both.

  13. Both books sound awesome! Best of luck!

  14. And the winners are…BC Heines and Joan Denman! BC, you’ve won an electronic copy of ARRESTING DEVELOPMENTS. And Joan, you’ve won an electronic copy of LOCKED, LOADED, AND LYING! Please email and tell me (1) Your email address and (2) whether you want a Kindle or Nook version of your ebook! Thank you so much everyone for helping Sarah and me celebrate our award finals!

  15. I don’t know how I missed this news!!! Congrats Sarah and Lena!!! Woo hoo!!!

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