History of Koru Winners and Finalists

The history of the RWNZ Koru Contest

The Koru Published Book Award was started in 2014. It was RWNZ’s first full published book reader judged contest.

The Koru Award is a FULL BOOK readers’ choice award aimed at recognising excellence in romance writing within New Zealand and across our membership.

What is a Koru? The Koru is based on the shape of an unfurling frond of the silver fern. It is often used in Maori art to symbolise new creation, so is particularly suited to an award for fiction. The spiral shape conveys the ideas of perpetual movement, and also of a return to the point of origin. It symbolises growth and new life, but also continuity and peace. Balanced between the chaos of change and the calm of the everyday, the Koru represents harmony.

Koru Award of Excellence  2019 

Overall Award for Excellence
Primrose and the Dreadful Duke by Emily Larkin

Long Romance:

Primrose and the Dreadful Duke by Emily Larkin  – FIRST
Stealing the Snow Leopard’s Heart by Zoe Chant – Second Equal
The Sweetest Song by Zoe Piper – Second equal    ​

The Realm of Silence by Jude Knight – fourth
Cowboy Stole My Heart by Soraya Lane – fifth     ​

Short Romance:

Can’t Tie Me Down by Janet Elizabeth Henderson  – FIRST EQUAL
Holly’s Heart by Fiona McArthur – FIRST EQUAL
Her Dirty Little Secret by JC Harroway – Third
House of Thorns by Jude Knight – Fourth    ​

Novella:

The Purple Hills by Alissa Callen  – FIRST
A Christmas Kiss in London by Joanne Dannon  – Second
Winter’s Promise by Jayne Castel – Third  ​


Best First Book
:

(With only two novel – or book – length BFB entries, we will only be giving a first place getter.)
Gold Medal Hero by Jena Petrie – FIRST
Degree Absolute – WA Cooper

Koru Award of Excellence 2018

Long Romance
The Currency Lass – Tea Cooper – FIRST EQUAL
Ruining Miss Wrotham – Emily Larkin – FIRST EQUAL
The Modern Woman’s Guide To Finding a Knight – Anna Klein – THIRD

Worth The Risk – Holly James
Trusting Miss Trentham – Emily Larkin

Short Romance
Devoted – JC Harroway – FIRST
Hollow – Steffanie Green – SECOND
Under The Stars- Kendra Delugar- THIRD

The Baby Merger – Yvonne Lindsay
Her Outback Cowboy – Annie Seaton

Novella
Road Trip Baby – Fiona Marsden – FIRST EQUAL
Runaway Christmas Bride – Isabella Hargreaves – FIRST EQUAL
A Scot for Christmas – Bronwen Evans – THIRD EQUAL
Forbidden River – Brynn Kelly – THIRD EQUAL

Best First Book
The Modern Woman’s Guide To Finding a Knight – Anna Klein – FIRST
Under The Stars – Kendra Delugar -SECOND
Masked – Marija Greenhill – THIRD

Overall Award for Excellence – this year was a three way tie
Devoted – JC Harroway
The Currency Lass – Tea Cooper
Ruining Miss Wrotham – Emily Larkin

Koru Award of Excellence 2017

LONG ROMANCE
WINNER – Deception Island, by Brynn Kelly
SECOND PLACE – Unmasking Miss Appleby, by Emily Larkin
THIRD EQUAL Bound to the Bounty Hunter, by Hayson Manning AND Recovery, by J.C. Harroway

SHORT SEXY ROMANCE

WINNER- Italian Undercover Affair, by Jayne Castel
SECOND- An Improper Governess, by Amy Rose Bennett
THIRD – The Most Scandalous Ravensdale, by Melanie Milburne

SHORT SWEET ROMANCE
WINNER – Backpack and a Red Dress, by Maddie Jane
SECOND PLACE – Tempting Fate, by Erin Moira O’Hara
THIRD PLACE – Fixed Up, by Maddie Jane

And for the category of “Best First Book”, the eligible entrants are:

WINNER – Deception Island, by Brynn Kelly
Recovery, by J.C. Harroway
Fixed Up, by Maddie Jane

AND WINNER ON THE NIGHT WITH HIGHEST OVERALL SCORE

WINNER – Backpack and a Red Dress, by Maddie Jane
SECOND PLACE – Deception Island, by Brynn Kelly
THIRD PLACE – Unmasking Miss Appleby, by Emily Larkin

Koru Award of Excellence 2016

Long Romance

1st Leeann Morgan – All of Me
2nd Ada Maria Soto – Bowerbirds and Empty Nests
4th Lucy Parker – Act Like It
5th Bronwen Evans – A Whisper of Desire
5th Leeann Morgan – Loving You

Short Romance

1st Darian Smith – Currents of Change
2nd Sue MacKay – Reunited… In Paris
3rd Frances Housden – The Chieftain’s Daughter

Sweet Romance

1st Louisa George – Tempted By The Italian Surgeon
2nd Michelle de Winton – Burned by Blackmail
3rd Kristina O’Grady – I Choose You

Best First Book – Darian Smith

Koru 2015

Koru 2014

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