2017 Shortie Awards: Reader’s Poll

☆ ☆ ☆ 2017 SHORTIE AWARDS ☆ ☆ ☆

Another year is almost in the books (pun intended)!  And we were so overwhelmed with the number of amazing books released this year, that it was not easy narrowing down entries into our poll.  We know this list is far from comprehensive, but we think this represents some of the best of 2017.  Entries are based on our own favorites, feedback from our FB After Dark Reading Group, and Goodreads ratings.

This poll will run from 12/15 – 12/22


Author of the Year

Emma Scott – The Butterfly Project, Sugar & Gold, Forever Right Now
Sierra Simone – American Prince, American King, Hot Cop
Aly Martinez – The Darkest Sunrise, The Brightest Sunset, Singe
Pepper Winters – Crown of Lies, Throne of Truth, Hundreds, Thousands, Millions
K. Webster – The Wild, This is Me Baby, This Isn’t Fair Baby, This is the End Baby,Notice, Text 2 Lovers, Hate 2 Lovers, Thieves 2 Lovers, Bad Bad Bad, Preach, The Day She Cried, Schooled by a Senior, Crybaby, Lawn Boys, Surviving Harley, Pretty New Doll
LJ Shen – Ruckus, Scandalous
Kate Canterbary – Preservation, Thresholds, Coastal Elite
Mariana Zapata – Wait for It, Dear Aaron
Meghan March – Ruthless King, Defiant Queen, Sinful Empire, Real Dirty, Real Sexy, Real Good Love, Beneath the Truth, Take Me Back
Brittainy C. Cherry – The Gravity of Us, Behind the Bars
Penelope Ward – Mack Daddy, Drunk Dial, Dear Bridget, I Want You, Mister Moneybags
Vi Keeland – Egomaniac, Beautiful Mistake, Dear Bridget, I Want You, Mister Moneybags
Tiffany Reisz – The Night Mark, The Red, Mischief, Michael’s Wings
Sarina Bowen – Good Boy, Stay, Hello Forever, Hard Hitter, Pipe Dreams, Bountiful, Man Hands



Debut Author of the Year

Angie Thomas – The Hate U Give
Devney Perry – Jamison Valley series
Robinne Lee – The Idea of You
LK Farlow – Coming Up Roses
VK Torsten – Defiant Attraction
Lynsey M. Stewart – Let Me Be Your First/Let Me Be Your Hope
Haley Jenner – Leaves of a Maple series
KC Enders – Trouble
Saffron A Kent – The Unrequited
Ella Fields – Cyanide, Corrode, Frayed Silk
Madison Rose – Only His
Brittany Crowley – Caged, Rampage, Chaos, The Big D
Beth Cranford – A Little Bit Crazy
Kathryn Nolan – Bohemian
Harloe Rae – Forget You Not, Redefining Us



Book Series of the Year

New Camelot by Sierra Simone
Sinners of Saint by LJ Shen
How to Date a Douchebag by Sara Ney
Something in the Way by Jessica Hawkins
The Darkest Sunrise duet by Aly Martinez
Dollar series by Pepper Winters
The Walshes by Kate Canterbary
Pretty Stolen Dolls series by Ker Dukey and K. Webster
The Winston Brothers series by Penny Reid
Grip series by Kennedy Ryan
Killers series by Brynne Asher
The Outskirts by TM Frazier
The Temptation series by Ella Frank



Book of the Year

Drive by Kate Stewart
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The Gravity of Us by Brittainy C. Cherry
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Ghosted by JM Darhower
Amazon USAmazon UK

Muscle Memory by Stylo Fantome
Amazon USAmazon UK 

When Life Happened by Jewel E. Ann
Amazon USAmazon UKiTunes

Wait for It by Mariana Zapata
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Mists of the Serengeti by Leylah Attar
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The Unrequited by Saffron A. Kent
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The Butterfly Project by Emma Scott
Amazon USAmazon UK

Pucked Off by Helena Hunting
Amazon USAmazon UKiTunes

Sick Fux by Tillie Cole
Amazon USAmazon UK

The Red by Tiffany Reisz
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The Queen and the Cure by Amy Harmon
Amazon USAmazon UKiTunes

The Forbidden by Jodi Ellen Malpas
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Autoboyography by Christina Lauren
Amazon USAmazon UKiTunes

The Way Back Home by Carmen Jenner
Amazon USAmazon UK

The Edge of Us by Veronica Larsen
Amazon USAmazon UKiTunes

Savage: The Awakening of Lizzie Danton by LA Fiore
Amazon USAmazon UK


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  1. Brenda Wallwork says:

    Savage by L.A. Fiore. The Awaking of Lizzie Danton is One of the best books I’ve read. L.A. is a
    brilliant writer I haven’t been disappointed by any of her books. Savage is exceptional it’s one I shall read many times.

  2. Pam Johnson says:

    Outstanding list
    Many thanks to these authors

  3. Something in the way, love that book by Jessica Hawkins

  4. Something In The Way Series was AMAZING! Totally captivated my heart! Ready for Lake+Manning!

  5. Kimberlee Raymond says:

    When Life Happens Good luck Jewel!!!!

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