UTC Best of 2012 Awards – Angela’s Picks

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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.




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.





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






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!





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)



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!!!





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.





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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Isis Nocturne

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!!

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!

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Hi Mariya, I love Lothaire. and Full Blooded was totally kickass. ~Angela

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.

Lisa Hutson

I love that cover too!!

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Right?! Sexy!

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


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


That should have been great list Angela…

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

Lori Meehan

Great list.

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Thanks Lori!


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

Sophia Rose

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


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


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.

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


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

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

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


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

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


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


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


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!


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.