UTC Best of 2012 Awards – Angela’s Picks

Posted December 26, 2012 by Angela in Uncategorized / 37 Comments

BEST NEW RELEASE OF 2012

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Razing Kayne
(Walking a Thin Blue Line #1)
by Julieanne Reeves

I cannot be lucky enough that I landed with a LOT of awesome books and very few that I didn’t enjoy.  So, for this category, I had to pick one that really made an impact on me and Razing Kayne did just THAT!   It was EMOTIONALLY CHARGED that brought AWARENESS and humbled me as mother.

 

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BEST NEW-TO-ME BOOK

ALLISONPANGA Brush of Darkness
(Abby Sinclair, #1)
Allison Pang

This book was released early 2011 but I read it early 2012.  It blew me away that I read up to book 3 and I continue to love the series.  Alison Pang and Darynda Jones are the reasons that I continue to read books of the UF genre.

 

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BEST NEW SERIES

Dragonfury Series
by Coreene Callahan 

Dragonfury Series by Coreene Callahan  Will all 3 books release in 2012 alone, this series is definitely one of the BEST this year, IMO.  With Alpha Heroes, action packed story and one of the nicest Authors I
know.

 

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FAVORITE HEROINE

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Jessica McClain
from Full Blooded
by Carlson Amanda

Jessica is at the top of my favorite heroine list.  She is one newly changed wolf that quickly stepped up to the plate and took her place in a very alpha world.  Yup, she’s kick ass alright!

 

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FAVORITE HERO

Like I said, I’ve landed with a lot of great reads and a lot of pretty awesome Heroes and well, I could not pick just one…The girls will kill me but I just can’t narrow it down to one.  The best I can do is present you with my top 3.

Shadow’s Claim by Kresley Cole – Trehan Daciano
(The Dacians: Realm of Blood and Mist, #1)
Lothaire by Kresley Cole – Lothaire
(Immortals After Dark, #12)
Fury of Seduction by Coreene Callahan – Mac
(Dragonfury, #3)

 

BEST SEX SCENE

One Night Rodeo
Blacktop Cowboys # 4
by Lorelei James

Ever since Fran had introduced me to Lorelei’s cowboys,  I have fallen in-lust with Kyle.  He proved to be a great cowboy in his book, One Night Rodeo that released this year. Without being specific, I can just say this man can ride!!!

 

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BEST COVER

Too Hot to Touch
by Louisa Edwards
Rising Star Chef # 1

The first book in the Rising Star Chef series is one I’ve read this year but released 2011.  This cover had me at hello and believe me, I love it so much, I tried to get DH to cook in such fashion.  LOL, yeah, it
didn’t happen.  The rest of the series up to book 3 have pretty hot covers.

 

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AUTHOR OF THE YEAR

Darynda Jones

So in this category, I had to consider every aspect of of what being a good author is all about.  She has to have an average 4-5/5 ratings for her books, well recognized and award winning.  She also would have to be good with her fans, no public drama and one that is loved by fans and colleagues alike.  Darynda Jones is at the top of my list and I just love her!

First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1)
For I Have Sinned (Charley Davidson, #1.5)
Second Grave on the Left (Charley Davidson, #2)
Third Grave Dead Ahead (Charley Davidson #3)
Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet (Charley Davidson, #4)
Death and the Girl Next Door (Darklight, #1)

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I am young at heart and a die hard romantic living in California.I am happily married to a man who understands my love for reading, blogging and my book boyfriends. I have two beautiful girls who are also avid readers but forbidden to any of my books.I like running, CrossFit and eat healthy but not necessarily good at it.My motto is “I have the right to choose my calories” and often, my choice of poison is a bag of Flammin’ Hot Cheetos.

I coblog and review here at Under the Covers and occasionally review for Hot Listens.I love to read PNR, UF, Contemporary, New Adult, and Romantic Suspense. Occasionally, I will venture to Erotica, BDSM reads and rarely Historical Romance. There are some sub-genres that I don’t always enjoy, but I’m open to stepping out of my comfort zone.For the most part, as long as there’s a hint of romance, I’m pretty much in.
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Great list! I definitely agree with Darynda as Author of the Year, and the rest I haven’t read yet. Thanks for making my TBR pile bigger!

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Thank you, and sorry bout your TBR pile. I have the same issue. Lol
Darynda is the best!!
~Angela

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Loved Full Blooded too! That seems to be a favorite with everybody! And Ahhhhh! I totally need to catch up on the IAD Series and get to Lothaire!

My Top 10 of 2012 List! Post
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Hi Mariya, I love Lothaire. and Full Blooded was totally kickass. ~Angela

Elizabeth H.
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Elizabeth H.

Great picks!!! I totally agree with Darynda Jones as author of the year!!! Her books are wonderful!!!

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Thank you! Yeah, there was no doubt about Darynda.
~Angela

Lisa Hutson
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Lisa Hutson

I love that cover too!!

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Right?! Sexy!

Misty S.
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Misty S.

Great list and great taste! I am so happy that you named Darynda Jones as your author of the year and I agree 110%. Darynda is all around a fabulous author and not just because she writes fabulous stories. She is so gracious and friendly and truly, truly appreciates her fans. Oh, and there’s Reyes and we truly love Darynda for giving us Reyes! 😉

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Totally agree about Darynda…very nice and down to earth!!! ~Angela

Timitra
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Timitra

Great Angela…adding the ones I don’t have to my wishlist!

Timitra
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Timitra

That should have been great list Angela…

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Thank you Timitra. And I knew what you meant. ~Angela

Lori Meehan
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Lori Meehan

Great list.

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Thanks Lori!

Vicki
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Vicki

I totally agree! LOVE Darynda. and I also LOVE the new to me Allison Pang series!

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Thanks for passing by Vicki! I’m glad we agree! Both awesome books. ~Angela

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Sophia Rose

I loved reading your picks. I share some of them, but others are still uncharted territory for me.

Thanks!

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Thank you so much Sophia. That’s nice of you to say. It was fun making the picks.
~Angela

Tegan
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Tegan

So well deserved!!! I absolutely love Darynda Jones!
I recommend her to all my fellow book lovers.
I hope the grave series never ends!

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Well deserved indeed.
~Angela

Marie Brown
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Marie Brown

LOVE LOVE LOVE DARYNDA JONES!! I see some other great books too that i will have to check out but Mrs. Jones is one i ALWAYS look forward to!

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Darynda is a sure bet no doubt. hope you like my other faves, Marie. ~Angela

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Darynda

OH MY GOSH, THANK YOU!!!! I’m so honored! Wow. <3

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I’m not the only one who feels the same way. We all love you! ~Angela

Heather @ Red Headed Bookworm
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Heather @ Red Headed Bookworm

Great pics and I totally agree with Darynda being author of the year!!! She is awesome!

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THanks Heather! I’m glad you agree!!! ~Angela

Rose
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Rose

I love Darynda Jones, I’m so happy she won Author of the Years!!!

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Thanks Rose. I couldn’t think of anyone else. ~Angela

Karin Anderson
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Karin Anderson

Congrats to all the winners! I’m so glad Darynda was recognized! I love her. 😀

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Thanks for passing by Karin! ~Angela

Tina
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Tina

completely agree with Darynda as author of the year – anyone who hasnt read her series is TRULY is missing out on something special!

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Tina, Highly recommended right? I’m glad you agree. ~Angela

Venus
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I agree with Darynda as author of the year 1000000% times over 🙂 such a wonderful author! Absolutely love her writing any day of the year!

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Thanks Venus, I’m glad you agree. She is a wonderful person. ~Angela

Sunny
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Sunny

Great list and I’m looking forward to exploring some of these books. I especially appreciate your review of the Abby Sinclair story because it is a highly anticipated read for me. I was actually captured by the blurb! Good to know others really enjoyed it. I’m looking forward to being hooked. Also, could agree with you more re: Darynda Jones…she innovative, creative and consistent..and auto-buy for me!

Tiffay
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Tiffay

I’m sooo glad my girl Darynda Jones won I just love her books so much and Kresley Cole has won too just so happy to see this great list.