AWARD NOMINEES & WINNERS

Reviewers' Choice Awards honor the best books of the year.

The winners and nominees are selected by our staff of over 50 reviewers representing the readers' voice in the women's fiction industry.


   

Historical

BEST ALL-AROUND HISTORICAL ROMANCE OF THE YEARKEEGAN'S LADY
Catherine Anderson, Avon, (July 1996)
GATHER THE STARS
Kimberly Cates, Pocket, (June 1996)
KISSED
Tanya Anne Crosby, Avon, (December 1995)
SPLENDOR
Christine Dorsey, Zebra, (February 1996)
IN THE WAKE OF THE WIND
Katherine Kingsley, Dell, (March, 1996)
BLUE WALTZ
Linda Francis Lee, Jove, (January, 1996)
THE OUTSIDER
Penelope Williamson, Simon & Schuster, (July 1996)
BED OF ROSES
Rebecca Paisley, Dell, (June, 1996)
THE UNLIKELY ANGEL
Nadine Miller, Signet, (April 1998)
PRINCE OF SWORDS
Anne Stuart, Zebra, (September 1996)
BETROTHED
Elizabeth Elliott, Bantam, (October 1996)
THE MAGIC
Juliana Garnett, Bantam, (March, 1984)
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BRITISH ISLES HISTORICAL ROMANCETHE WEDDING
Julie Garwood, Pocket, (April 1997)
THE MARSHAL AND THE HEIRESS
Patricia Potter, Bantam, (September 1996)
MINX
Julia Quinn, Avon, (September 1996)
COURTING AN ANGEL
Patricia Grasso, Dell, (December, 1995)
DARK MOON
Corey McFadden, Leisure, (December, 1995)
THE GENTLE BEAST
Colleen Shannon, Love Spell, (October 1996)
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FIRST HISTORICAL ROMANCETHE ANGEL AND THE PRINCE
Laurel O'Donnell, Zebra, (March 1996)
FALCON'S FIRE
Patricia Ryan, Topaz, (December, 1995)
MANY FIRES
Kathleen Sage, Berkley/Jove, (December, 1995)
SHADOWS IN VELVET
Haywood Smith, St. Martin's Press, (July 1996)
TEXAS OUTLAW
Adrienne de Wolfe, Bantam, (December, 1995)
A CHERISHED REWARD
Rachelle Nelson, Jove, (March, 1984)
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HISTORICAL LOVE & LAUGHTERGHOST OF A CHANCE
Casey Claybourne, Jove, (Aug 1996)
THE BAD LUCK WEDDING DRESS
Geralyn Dawson, Bantam, (April 1996)
ONCE A KNIGHT
Christina Dodd, Monogram, (April 1996)
TOUCHED BY MAGIC
Constance Laux, Zebra, (July 1996)
YOU AND NO OTHER
Cathy Maxwell, Avon, (September 1996)
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HISTORICAL NOVELA PLACE CALLED HOME
Elizabeth Grayson, Avon, (December, 1995)
WALK INTO THE NIGHT
Beverly Bird, Pinnacle, (January, 1996)
MOHAWK WOMAN
Barbara Riefe, Forge, (June 1996)
KINGMAKING
Helen Hollick, St. Martin's, (April 1996)
THE WINTER KING
Bernard Cornwell, St. Martin's, (March, 1984)
THE JOURNAL OF CALLIE WADE
Dawn Miller, Pocket, (July 1998)
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HISTORICAL ROMANTIC ADVENTUREHEART OF THE STORM
Rexanne Becnel, St. Martin's Press, (Nov 1995)
ACROSS A MOONLIT SEA
Marsha Canham, Dell, (February 1996)
THE THIEF'S MISTRESS
Gayle Feyrer, Dell, (September 1996)
MIDNIGHT RIDER
Kat Martin, St. Martin's Press, (March 1996)
MASTER OF PARADISE
Katherine O'Neal, Bantam, (December, 1995)
HEARTS RUN WILD
Shelly Thacker, Avon, (April 1996)
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HISTORICAL TIME-TRAVELLEGEND
Jude Deveraux, Pocket, (October 1996)
TIMELESS WARRIOR
Georgina Gentry, Zebra, (April 1996)
ENSLAVED
Virginia Henley, Dell, (January 1996)
CAPTIVE
Brenda Joyce, Avon, (May 1996)
KNIGHTS
Linda Lael Miller, Pocket, (May 1996)
PHANTOM IN TIME
Eugenia Riley, Avon, (July 1996)
PROMISES FROM THE PAST
Vicki Bashor, Leisure/Love Spell, (Nov 1995)
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INNOVATIVE HISTORICAL ROMANCEWAITING FOR THE MOON
Kristin Hannah, Fawcett, (November, 1995)
THE BRIDES OF PRAIRIE GOLD
Maggie Osborne, Warner, (July 1996)
BY FATE'S DESIGN
Delia Parr, St. Martin's Press, (September 1996)
VEIL OF SECRETS
Maura Seger, Topaz, (February 1996)
THE FAERY BRIDE
Lisa Ann Verge, Zebra, (March 1996)
SIMPLE JESS
Pamela Morsi, Jove, (April 1996)
SIMPLE JESS
Pamela Morsi, Jove, (April 1996)
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K.I.S.S. HEROTHE REDHEAD AND THE PREACHER
Sandra Chastain, Bantam, (Nov 1995)
VIOLET
Leigh Greenwood, Leisure, (March 1996)
WICKED AT HEART
Danelle Harmon, Avon, (July 1996)
ONCE A LAWMAN
Theresa Michaels, Harlequin, (May 1996)
HONOR
Mary Spencer, HarperMonogram, (March 1996)
AUTUMN LOVER
Elizabeth Lowell, Avon, (April 1996)
DEAREST ENEMY
Stephanie Bartlett, Zebra, (November, 1995)
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MEDIEVAL HISTORICAL ROMANCEKNIGHT'S RANSOM
Suzanne Barclay, Harlequin, (October 1996)
A DANCE IN HEATHER
Julie Beard, Jove, (June 1996)
AUTUMN'S FLAME
Denise Domning, Topaz, (November 1995)
THE ANGEL KNIGHT
Susan King, Topaz, (April 1996)
MYSTIQUE
Amanda Quick, Bantam, (July 1995)
HEART'S AWAKENING
Paige Brantley, Zebra, (December, 1995)
HELLION
Bertrice Small, Ballantine, (January 1997)
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NORTH AMERICAN HISTORICAL ROMANCEEMBRACE THE NIGHT
Kit Garland, Dell, (October 1996)
PORTRAITS
Stef Ann Holm, Pocket, (September 1996)
HOME FIRES
Susan Kay Law, HarperMonogram, (December, 1995)
DARLING JACK
Mary McBride, Harlequin, (March, 1984)
THE MARRIAGE BED
Stephanie Mittman, Dell, (May 1996)
LADY DECEPTION
Bobbi Smith, Leisure, (May 1996)
THE GUNFIGHTER'S BRIDE
Dallas Schulze, Dell, (January, 1996)
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REGENCY HISTORICAL ROMANCESCOUNDREL
Debra Dier, Leisure, (January, 1996)
SHATTERED RAINBOWS
Mary Jo Putney, Topaz, (February 1996)
A GLIMPSE OF HEAVEN
Barbara Dawson Smith, St. Martin's Press, (December, 1995)
DANGEROUS TO HOLD
Elizabeth Thornton, Bantam, (May 1996)
VANITY
Jane Feather, Bantam, (January, 1996)
SOMEWHERE I'LL FIND YOU
Lisa Kleypas, Avon, (October 1996)
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SENSUAL HISTORICAL ROMANCECAPTIVE
Heather Graham, Topaz, (July 1996)
BRIDE OF FORTUNE
Shirl Henke, St. Martin's, (May 1996)
YOU BELONG TO MY HEART
Nan Ryan, HarperMonogram, (February 1996)
SINFUL SECRETS
Thea Devine, Zebra, (January 2001)
AUTUMN LOVER
Elizabeth Lowell, Avon, (April 1996)
RISQUE
Laura Parker, Zebra, (February 1996)
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VICTORIAN HISTORICAL ROMANCECARRIED AWAY
Jill Barnett, Pocket, (September 1996)
A DANGEROUS MAN
Connie Brockway, Dell, (July 1996)
SURRENDER TO THE DAWN
Annee Cartier, Pinnacle/DLP, (March 1996)
A HEART DIVIDED
Megan Chance, Dell, (March, 1984)
FOREVER AND EVER
Patricia Gaffney, Topaz, (April 1996)
TREASURES
Jo-Ann Power, Pocket, (April, 1996)
SUDDENLY
Candace Camp, Mira, (February 1996)
DEVOTION
Katherine Sutcliffe, Jove, (February 1996)
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WESTERN HISTORICAL ROMANCEFOREVER MINE
Jennifer Mikels, Silhouette, (August 1999)
SUNDANCER'S WOMAN
Judith E. French, Avon, (February 1996)
DREAM CATCHER
Kathleen Harrington, Avon, (May 1996)
COMANCHE ROSE
Anita Mills, Topaz, (January, 1996)
FOREVER MINE
Charlene Raddon, Zebra Books, (January, 1996)
DENIM AND LACE
Patricia Rice, Topaz, (March, 1984)
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CONTEMPORARY ROMANTIC SUSPENSETRUE BLISS
Stella Cameron, Zebra, (Aug 1996)
BLUSH
Suzanne Forster, Berkley, (February 1996)
SHADES OF TWILIGHT
Linda Howard, Pocket, (July 1996)
PASSION
Marilyn Pappano, Warner, (April 1996)
PASSION
Marilyn Pappano, Warner, (April 1996)
AMANDA
Kay Hooper, Bantam, (Sept 1996)
A MAN TO SLAY DRAGONS
Meagan McKinney, Kensington, (March 1996)
MOONRISE
Anne Stuart, Signet, (July 1996)
EXPOSURE
Susan Andersen, Zebra, (April 1996)
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FIRST REGENCY ROMANCETHE RAKE'S RAINBOW
Allison Lane, Signet, (Jan 1996)
UNROMANTIC LADY
Penelope Stratton, Fawcett, (March 1996)
CHOICE DECEPTIONS
Emma Jensen, Fawcett, (February 1996)
THE DUKE'S DILEMMA
Nadine Miller, Signet, (February 1996)
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REGENCY ROMANCETHE FAMOUS HEROINE
Mary Balogh, Signet, (February 1996)
THE PLUMED BONNET
Mary Balogh, Signet, (September 1996)
THE CAPTAIN'S DILEMMA
Gail Eastwood, Signet, (Nov 1995)
THE RELUCTANT CAVALIER
Karen Harbaugh, Signet, (Oct 1996)
STEP IN TIME
Anne Barbour, Signet, (March 1996)
THEODORA
Sara Blayne, Zebra, (Sept 1996)
THE DEVIL'S DUE
Rita Boucher, Signet, (April 1996)
ANGEL'S DEVIL
Suzanne Enoch, Avon, (Nov 1995)
LORD RAMSAY'S RETURN
Elisabeth Fairchild, Signet, (March 1996)
VIVID NOTIONS
Emma Jensen, Fawcett, (June 1996)
A DELICATE DECEPTION
Jenna Jones, Zebra, (July 1996)
THE IRISH RAKE
Emma Lange, Signet, (May 1996)
THE COLONEL'S LADY
Patricia Oliver, Signet, (May 1996)
THE DOOR AJAR
Joan Overfield, Zebra, (Nov 1995)
THE BEDEVILED DUKE
Judith Lansdowne, Zebra, (April 1996)
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FIRST SERIES ROMANCETHE LONER AND THE LADY
Eileen Wilks, (unknown), (June 1996)
HIS SECRET SIDE
Pamela Burford, Harlequin, (February 1996)
HIS WEDDING RING
Kate Hathaway, Silhouette, (January 1996)
CALL ME
Alison Kent, (unknown), (July 1996)
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Mainstream Fiction

CONTEMPORARY FANTASY ROMANCEMY LADY CAROLINE
Jill Jones, St. Martin's, (June 1996)
BRIDE OF THE MIST
Christina Skye, Avon, (May 1996)
PRINCE OF SHADOWS
Susan Krinard, Bantam, (Aug 1996)
BREATH OF MAGIC
Teresa Medeiros, Bantam, (March 1996)
FAIRYTALE
Maggie Shayne, Avon, (May 1996)
STARDUST OF YESTERDAY
Lynn Kurland, Jove, (April 1996)
A LITTLE PEACE AND QUIET
Modean Moon, Harper, (Sept 1996)
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CONTEMPORARY NOVELSUNRISE SONG
Kathleen Eagle, Avon, (March 1996)
RYAN'S RETURN
Barbara Freethy, Avon, (Oct 1996)
RYAN'S RETURN
Barbara Freethy, Avon, (Oct 1996)
LAST NIGHT
Meryl Sawyer, Dell, (January 1996)
FAR FROM HOME
Georgia Bockoven, Harper, (May 1996)
WHISPERS
Lisa Jackson, Zebra, (June 1996)
THE SECRET OF VILLA MIMOSA
Elizabeth Adler, Dell, (Dec 1995)
SUNRISE SONG
Catherine Palmer, Tyndale House, (April 2003)
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CONTEMPORARY ROMANCEWILD HAWK
Justine Dare, Topaz, (March 1996)
RIVER MOON
Carol Finch, Zebra, (June 1996)
HIGH ENERGY
Dara Joy, Leisure, (March 1996)
ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY
Jayne Ann Krentz, Pocket, (January 1997)
JACKSON RULE
Dinah McCall, Harper, (July 1996)
THE LOVES OF RUBY DEE
Curtiss Ann Matlock, Avon, (February 1996)
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CONTEMPORARY SUSPENSETWO FOR THE DOUGH
Janet Evanovich, Scribner's, (January 1996)
GUILTY AS SIN
Tami Hoag, Bantam, (March 1996)
SLOW DANCE
Donna Julian, Signet, (Dec 1995)
THE UGLY DUCKLING
Iris Johansen, Bantam, (May 1996)
UNDER THE BEETLE'S CELLAR
Mary Willis Walker, Bantam, (Sept 1996)
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CONTEMPORARY TIME-TRAVELWRAPPED IN WISHES
Olga Bicos, Zebra, (Aug 1996)
JUST IN TIME
Marilyn Campbell, Topaz, (July 1996)
MIRACLE OF LOVE
Victoria Chancellor, Leisure, (Oct 1996)
A WILLING SPIRIT
Deb Stover, Pinnacle/DLP, (Oct 1996)
NIGHT LACE
Emma Merritt, Zebra, (February 1996)
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HISTORICAL FANTASY ROMANCEHEART OF THE HAWK
Justine Dare, Topaz, (October 1996)
EYES OF LOVE
Katherine Deauxville, Zebra, (May 1996)
ONLY HERS
Francis Ray, Pinnacle/Arabesque, (April 1996)
SPARHAWK'S ANGEL
Miranda Jarrett, Harlequin, (May 1996)
A HIDDEN MAGIC
Terri Lynn Wilhelm, Monogram, (June 1996)
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FUTURISTIC ROMANCEHIDDEN HEART
Anne Avery, Love Spell, (July 1996)
AMARYLLIS
Jayne Castle, Pocket Books, (Oct 1996)
IMMORTAL IN DEATH
J.D. Robb, Berkley, (July 1996)
GLORY IN DEATH
J.D. Robb, Berkley, (December 1995)
RING OF FIRE
Phoebe Conn, Love Spell, (December 1995)
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MULTICULTURAL ROMANCETHE GRASS AIN'T GREENER
Monique Gilmore, Pinnacle/Arabesque, (Oct 1996)
WHITE DIAMONDS
Shirley Hailstock, Arabesque, (Aug 1996)
THE PASSION RUBY
Eboni Snoe, Pinnacle/Arabesque, (Nov 1995)
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Series

BANTAM LOVESWEPT 95-96SINNER AND SAINT
Sandra Chastain, (unknown), (June 1996)
ANGEL ON A HARLEY
Janis Reams Hudson, Bantam, (February 1996)
KISS AND TELL
Suzanne Brockmann, (unknown), (May 1996)
NIGHT OF THE HAWK
Victoria Leigh, Bantam Loveswept, (Dec 1995)
BAD TO THE BONE
Debra Dixon, Bantam, (February 1996)
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HARLEQUIN AMERICANCHASING BABY
Pam McCutcheon, (unknown), (Sept 1996)
LOVER'S LEAP
Pamela Browning, (unknown), (May 1996)
THE BOUNTY HUNTER'S BABY
Jule McBride, Harlequin, (February 1996)
MISMATCHED MOMMY
Mary Anne Wilson, (unknown), (Oct. 1996)
MAKE WAY FOR MOMMY
Muriel Jensen, (unknown), (Nov 1995)
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HARLEQUIN INTRIGUECRIME OF PASSION
Maggie Ferguson, (unknown), (Nov 1995)
THE BABY EXCHANGE
Kelsey Roberts, (unknown), (June 1996)
TO HAVE VS. TO HOLD
M.J. Rodgers, (unknown), (Oct. 1996)
THE IMPOSTOR
Cassie Miles, Harlequin, (March 1996)
TELL ME NO LIES
Patricia Rosemoor, (unknown), (Sept 1996)
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HARLEQUIN PRESENTSGUARDIAN GROOM
Sandra Marton, (unknown), (May 1996)
SPRING BRIDE
Sandra Marton, (unknown), (July 1996)
A SAVAGE BETRAYAL
Lynne Graham, (unknown), (July 1996)
MISCHIEF AND MARRIAGE
Emma Darcy, (unknown), (June 1996)
THREADS OF DESTINY
Sara Wood, Harlequin, (March 1996)
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HARLEQUIN ROMANCETHE MARRIAGE RISK
Debbie Macomber, (unknown), (Nov 1995)
BECAUSE OF THE BABY
Debbie Macomber, Harlequin, (February 1996)
WYOMING WEDDING
Barbara McMahon, (unknown), (October 1996)
FOR THE LOVE OF EMMA
Lucy Gordon, (unknown), (May 1996)
A SIMPLE TEXAS WEDDING
Ruth Jean Dale, (unknown), (Sept 1996)
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HARLEQUIN SUPERROMANCEA SUITABLE BODYGUARD
Kathryn Shay, (unknown), (Sept 1996)
MY FAIR GENTLEMAN
Jan Freed, (unknown), (October 1996)
A FAMILY OF HIS OWN
Evelyn A. Crowe, (unknown), (Aug 1996)
THE BIRTH MOTHER
Tara Taylor Quinn, (unknown), (June 1996)
THIS MONTANA HOME
Sherry Lewis, (unknown), (May 1996)
DANIEL
Calloway Corners, (unknown), (Sept 1996)
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HARLEQUIN TEMPTATIONFOR THE THRILL OF IT
Patricia Ryan, (unknown), (Sept 1996)
THE HIGHWAYMAN
Madeline Harper, (unknown), (Sept 1996)
THE TEXAN TAKES A WIFE
Kristine Rolofson, (unknown), (Sept 1996)
HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO
Vicki Lewis Thompson, (unknown), (Aug 1996)
ALL SHOOK UP
Carrie Alexander, (unknown), (Aug 1996)
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SILHOUETTE DESIREDON'T FENCE ME IN
Eileen Dreyer, (unknown), (Aug 1996)
GAVIN'S CHILD
Caroline Cross, (unknown), (July 1996)
THE UNWILLING BRIDE
Jennifer Greene, (unknown), (May 1996)
PEACHY'S PROPOSAL
Carole Buck, Silhouette, (January 1996)
THE COWBOY AND THE KID
Anne McAllister, (unknown), (July 1996)
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SILHOUETTE INTIMATE MOMENTSLEADER OF THE PACK
Justine Davis, (unknown), (Aug 1996)
THE MORNING SIDE OF DAWN
Justine Davis, (unknown), (Nov 1995)
MACKENZIE'S PLEASURE
Linda Howard, Silhouette, (February 1996)
WHEN YOU CALL MY NAME
Sharon Sala, Silhouette, (January 1996)
PRINCE JOE
Suzanne Brockmann, (unknown), (June 1996)
FOREVER BLUE
Suzanne Brockmann, (unknown), (October 1996)
THE ONE WHO ALMOST GOT AWAY
Alicia Scott, (unknown), (July 1996)
THE ONE WORTH WAITING FOR
Alicia Scott, (unknown), (May 1996)
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SILHOUETTE ROMANCESHEIK DADDY
Barbara McMahon, Silhouette, (February 1996)
COWBOY AT THE WEDDING
Karen Rose Smith, (unknown), (Aug 1996)
UNDERCOVER DADDY
Lindsay Longford, (unknown), (Aug 1996)
FAMILY MINE
Elizabeth Krueger, (unknown), (May 1996)
BABY IN BLUE
Cara Colter, (unknown), (June 1996)
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SILHOUETTE SPECIAL EDITIONMORGAN'S MARRIAGE
Lindsay McKenna, Silhouette, (January 1996)
THE FALL OF SHANE MACKADE
Nora Roberts, (unknown), (April 1996)
MOLLY DARLING
Laurie Paige, (unknown), (April 1996)
PART-TIME WIFE
Susan Mallery, (unknown), (May 1996)
HAPPY FATHER'S DAY
Barbara Faith, (unknown), (June 1996)
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SILHOUETTE YOURS TRULYBLIND-DATE BRIDE
Lori Herter, (unknown), (Aug 1996)
I DO?
Jo Ann Algermissen, (unknown), (May 1996)
HOLIDAY HUSBAND
Hayley Gardner, (unknown), (Dec 1995)
THE WEDDING DATE
Christie Ridgway, Silhouette, (January 1996)
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Miniseries RomanceTO LOVE A THIEF
Margaret St. George, (unknown), (September 1996)
DRESSED TO THRILL
Kate Hoffmann, (unknown), (June 1996)
UNEXPECTED SON
Marisa Carroll, (unknown), (Sept 1996)
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