RT Booklovers Convention 2013: We Honor The Outstanding Books And Authors Of 2012

At yesterday's annual awards ceremony, RT recognized the best in genre fiction for 2012. The ceremony also celebrated some of the authors who have made a huge impact on the booklover community through their lengthy careers.

RT founder Kathryn Falk welcomed authors and attendees to the 30th annual RT Awards Ceremony, followed by a thoughtful look back at some of the first RT Awards winners, which included Rosemary Rogers and Jennifer Wilde.

Next, RT Publisher Carol Stacy and Editor-at-Large Elissa Petruzzi paid a special tribute to the pioneers of romance, which included Jude Deveraux, Joanne Fluke, Karen Robards, Julie Garwood, Laura Kinsale and several more. 

Julie Garwood accepting her Pioneer Award

Karen Robards took home both a Pioneer Award and a Reviewers' Choice Award for her Romantic Suspense writing

The ceremony continued with the presentation of three special awards, starting with the Melinda Helfer Fairy Godmother Award. This year the Melinda Helfer Award was given to Publishers Weekly Beyond Her Book blogger Barbara Vey, a booklover who's a strong supporter of romance and does a wonderful service to the genre fiction community.

The following award was the second annual L.A. Banks Warrior Woman Award, which goes to an author who has recently overcome adversity and persevered. This year that honor went to graphic novelist and romance author Anne Elizabeth, who offered a touching acceptance speech.

The final special award was the 2012 RT Editors’ Seal of Excellence for Best Book of the Year, which went to the steampunk romance Riveted by Meljean Brook. The author graciously accepted the award.

Meljean Brook told attendees that her daughter was a big inspiration for writing her Iron Seas series

Then it was time to announce the Career Achievement award winners. These awards went out to Jill Shalvis (contemporary), Jaci Burton (erotic romance), Mary Balogh (historical romance), Cherry Adair (romantic suspense), Mindy Starns Clark (inspirational), Kelley Armstrong (urban fantasy).

See a complete list of the 2012 Career Achievement nominees and winners here >>

Next up, 39 Reviewers’ Choice Award winners were on hand to accept their awards, as the audience smiled and cheered. 2012 novels were recognized from such categories as Best Innovative Historical Romance, which went to Sherry Thomas' novel Tempting the Bride, the Best Young Adult Protagonist, which heroine Alina Starkov from Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone took home. Best Steampunk novel, went to Karina Cooper's Tarnished and Best Vampire Romance was awarded to Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost.

Karina Cooper had many people to thank for her win

Jeaniene Frost proudly shows off her award

In the historical categories, Elizabeth Hoyt’s Thief of Shadows won Best Historical Romance of the Year, while Best Historical Paranormal Romance was awarded to Kristen Callihan’s Firelight and the year's Best First Historical Romance went to Juliana Gray for A Lady Never Lies.

Juliana Gray gave a speech about how she got started writing romance

From the other romance sub-genres, Brenda Novak’s When Snow Falls didn’t just warm our hearts, it also won this year’s award for Best Contemporary Romance. Meanwhile, Sarah M. Anderson’s story A Man of Privilege won for Best Harlequin Desire of the year and Alyssa Day's Heart of Atlantis was awarded as the Best Paranormal Romance for 2012. Also, Tiffany Reisz's The Siren took home the award for Best Erotic Romance.

John Scalzi was at the ceremony to accept his Best Science Fiction award for his humorous 2012 novel, Redshirts. And ReShonda Tate Billingsley’s The Secret She Kept won in the Multicultural Fiction category and Mainstream Fiction went to Marie Bostwick’s Ties That Bind.

See a complete list of the 2012 RT Reviewers' Choice Awards nominees and winners here >>

Some 2012 RT Awards trivia: John Scalzi was the only male Reviewers' Choice Award winner

A big congratulations to all of this year’s RT Award nominees and winners. Readers can see a complete list here. And check back on the RT Daily Blog later today when we'll being you pictures of the RT Giant Book Fair!