Monday, January 2, 2012

Awards: Breakout Author & Favorite Read(s) of 2011! I'm Saying Thanks...

The end of the year brought me a slew of awards that left me awed, boggled and so very, very grateful. 
Here's what I mean:

Sizzling Read of the Year for NORTH OF NEED!
With 269 / 1109 (or 26%) of the vote!
HEARTS IN DARKNESS came in 4th place with 102 (or 9%) of the vote! 

Breakout Author of the Year!
With 226 / 613 (or 37%) of the vote! 

Nominated for a total of EIGHT Readers' Choice Awards!
Here were the full results! There were 13,000 votes across 10 categories. Here were my placings:
  • Favorite Book of 2011 – 4th place (out of 37 nominees) with 12% vote
  • Best Cover Art of 2011 – 2nd place (out of 10) with 27% vote (1st Jeaniene Frost)
  • Sexiest Story of 2011 – 2nd place (out of 15) with 21% vote (1st JR Ward)
  • Favorite Sweethearts of 2011 – 4th place (out of 20) with 18% vote (behind Ward, Frost, Moning)
  • Most Compelling Hero of 2011 (Owen) – 4th place (out of 15) with 18% vote (behind Ward, Frost, Moning)
  • Most Kick Ass Heroine of 2011 (Megan) – 5th place (out of 15) with 15% vote (behind Ward, Frost, Moning, Blake)
  • Favorite Author of 2011 – 3rd place (out of 14) with 19% vote (behind Ward, Frost)
  • Breakout Author of 2011 – 1st place (out of 11) with 37% of the vote
5-STAR Gold Heart Award Winner for NORTH OF NEED 
(1 of 9 books to which GraveTells has awarded this)

Book of the Month Wins for NORTH OF NEED:

Favorite Read of the Year Nods:
NORTH OF NEED - 1st place Favorite Read at GraveTells
NORTH OF NEED - 4th place Favorite Paranormal at Reading Between the Wines Book Club*
NORTH OF NEED - 5th place Ultimate Favorite at Reading Between the Wines Book Club*
NORTH OF NEED - A Favorite Read at Cocktails and Books
NORTH OF NEED - 1st place Favorite Paranormal at Sizzling Hot Book Reviews

HEARTS IN DARKNESS - 3rd place Favorite Read at Smitten by Books*
HEARTS IN DARKNESS - Top 10 Favorite Read at Reading Lark*

FOREVER FREED - A Favorite Read at Cocktails and Books

JUST GOTTA SAY - A Favorite Read at Mark of the Stars

[*Indicates a Site Offering a GIVEAWAY of winner's choice of one of the site's favorite books!]

So, naturally, I need to say thanks. Thank you to the readers, bloggers, reviewers, editors, cover artists, critique partners, family members and friends who made 2011 everything that it was for me. 
I know it's a small token, but I'm offering you a giveaway - two people will win choice of one of my ebooks. Leave a comment with your email address through midnight EST on 1/6 to be entered to win. Open to international.
Thanks to each of you for joining me on this journey! I hope you'll stick around to see where the ride goes next in 2012!

Thanks for reading,

39 comments: said...

WOOT! I am so happy for you Laura, what a stellar year! And here is wishing you another rocking year for 2013!

Sebrina said...

That has to be the most amazing feeling in the world! Doing something you absolutely LOVE and having tons of fans who are in love w/ the characters you write about. I will say that I am one of them! Good job deserved these awards. ;)
Sebrina_Cassity at yahoo dot com

Luv2laugh82 said...

Well Laura, first I have to say Congrats....second I must say..I am so not suprised..."You had me at".....Hearts of Darkness!! Then I was lucky enough to win your signed book of Forever Freed! Then LOVED the sizzle of Just Gotta Say! When I read North of Need I was so excited you did it again!! Keep the awesome reads are a "go to author" for me! I have recommended your books to so many!!! Love ya!
Jeanne S.

naelany said...

Banner year for you! Awesome :-)

Would love the chance to read some of your books (as all I've had the chance for is your fanfic, great as that was).

Natalie Star said...

Wow! That is awesome. I've read all your stories but's on my tbr list though :)

Congrats on your awards and stellar year. You deserve it.

Laura Kaye said...

Wow, everybody, your words are just...thank you, so much! I'm very grateful to each of you!

Stephanie/PurdueLiz said...

Congrats on some well-deserved wins and nods!! You are an amazing author and I always look forward to what you come up with next.

purdueliz at gmail

IreneRJ said...

A fantastic year! Have a great 2012, Happy New Year to you and yours.

Mary said...

Congrats on all your awards. Have read and reviewed NON and loved it. Waiting for the next in the series. Keep on writing, love your style!

Joanne said...

Congrats! That's so wonderful. Your books are on my wishlist. Good luck in 2012.


Victoria said...

Congratulations! I am so happy for you. Much continued success :).


Shelley B said...

Congratulations to you! It is very well deserved! I have noticed your book is on the top of everyone's list. Thanks for the giveaway!
srbagby 50 at gmail dot com

Anne Francis said...

W-o-w Laura, what a great year, congratulations! Hoping 2012 brings equally great things for you. :)

Brinda said...

Congrats and well deserved. I have several of yours. I still need North of Need, but I'm trying to be god and work on my OWN writing. LOL brinda [at]brindaberry [dot] com

Laura Kaye said...

Thank you so much for all your well wishes! Right back atcha everyone!

ML said...

Congrats on a phenomenal year! May 2012 be better yet.

mljfoland AT hotmail DOT com

Marilyn ~ wiggiemd said...

WOOO HOOOO!!! Laura, I'm sooo happy for you! What a great year for you. I wish you another great, successful year in 2012!

VampedChik said...

That's awesome! Congrats! Hopefully this year will be even better!

goldchevy said...

CONGRATULATIONS. I really enjoyed Hearts in Darkness especially the incredibly sympathetic hero. Nice play on the classic in your title too.

Beautiful Disaster said...

Congratulations to you, congratulations to you! This is wonderful and well deserved!!! Thanks for all you do. Keep em coming ;0)

Maria said...

Congratulations on your success in 2011. Looks like 2012 is getting off to a great start for you.

Heather in FL said...

Wow, that is so great! And look at what great company you're in as well. A huge congrats to you. It's all well deserved. :-)

booklover0226 said...

Wow, Laura, 2011 was a great year for you. Congratulations! I'm sure 2012 will be a great year, too.

Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

burbanette said...

Great year and wish you the best for the upcoming year!
Stephanie Christensen

Mary @SweepingMe said...

I know about the awards cause I voted for you in every category!!! I am so happy for you!

Thank you for doing a giveaway and being awesome!

Here is to a year filled with more success!!!

mary_reiss @

Chrisbails said...

Congrats on all you success and wins. Good authors deserve to be recognized. Keep up the great writing and can't wait for West of Want to come out. Thanks for the chance to win.

Unknown said...

Laura, I cannot say how happy I am for you! You deserve it, my dear! For someone who always has the sunny disposition and bright outlook as you do, who always starts her day out with a "Good Morning!" rather than a grumble...YOU deserve all good things that come your way, and this is just the beginning, I am sure! So congratulations!!!
Thank you, for bringing such joy to those of us who love to read =)
Blessings to you and yours!

Gena Robertson

Mindy Janicke said...

CONGRATS LAURA! I have heard SO MANY great and incredible things about your books. I want to read North Of Need SO BADLY! I have been voting for you also as I know that I am going to LOVE your books. So enjoy your awards as they are MUCH DESERVED!! Can't wait to see what you have in 2012 for us!!

boo 2 bosh at gmail dot com

BookAttict said...

Congratulations in an incredibly successful 2011! I have North on Need on my TBB List.

Here's wishing you continued succese in 2012!!

elizabeth @ bookattict . com

Laura Kaye said...

I can't tell you all how much all your kind words mean to me! Meeting all of you is a huge part of what made 2011 awesome! :)

Emily Tardy said...

Congrats Laura! Wow, I really can't wait to read North of Need, everyone's reviews have been so good I've been waiting and hoping to get my greedy hands on it asap! lol Thank you for the chance to win it so I can read it sooner!


donnas said...

Congrats on such a great year. I havent had the chance to read them yet, but I have heard nothing but great things so Im really looking forward to both.

Heres to another stellar year in 2012!!

bacchus76 at myself dot com

Anne R said...

congrats Laura, you deserve it! Woo Hoo!!!!!

*yadkny* said...

CONGRATS on all of the exciting awards, nods, etc. Your work definitely deserves all of it and more. Wishing you much continued success in this new year!!!

fr_larsson said...

Congratulations to all the awards, =) what a nice ending to 2011. Keeping my fingers crossed for the giveaway =D

Best wishes, Linda xo

fr_larsson at hotmail dot com

Laura Kaye said...

Good luck everyone! And thanks for all the support! I'm loving reading your commments!

Brenda Demko said...

Congratulations on all of you awards and accomplishments! I have North of Need and Forever Rfeed at the top of my tbb list. I can't wait to read them! Thank you for writing such wonderful stories!

DANIELA said...

Hi Laura!
Congratilations on your achievements :)
Thanks for your giveaways!!!

dany7578 at hotmail dot com.

Laura Kaye said...

And the winners of my giveaways are:

1) Mindy boo 2 bosh at gmail dot com
2) Stephanie


Both of you get to choose one of my available ebooks: Hearts in Darkness, Forever Freed, Just Gotta Say, or North of Need!

Thanks to everyone for celebrating my awards with me! It was all very exciting! :)