“And the Emma Award for literary excellence goes to . . . .” RSJ Convention, the networking event for authors of diverse, black and African-American characters including aspiring, women’s fiction, and published romance authors, announces the winners of the 2017 Emma Awards.  The Emma — the premier award for diversity in literature — recognizes excellence in published romance novels, novellas, and women’s fiction featuring black, African-American, and multicultural protagonists.

The 2017 winners were announced at a dress-to-impress awards ceremony on March 25 at the RSJ Book Lovers Convention that was held at the Marriott LAX in Los Angeles, California.

2017 Winners


Hero of the Year
Jeremiel (The Archangel Jeremiel by EJ Brock)

Heroine of the Year
Anita Foster (The Archangel Jeremiel by EJ Brock)

Best Book Cover
Taffy (Suzette Harrison)

Debut Author of the Year
Lela Alize

Book of the Year
Quarterback Casanova (Lisa Rayne)

Author of the Year
EJ Brock


Contemporary Romance
One Spark of Magic (Iris Bolling)

Commercial Fiction with Romantic Elements
The Practice Wife (Marissa Montielh)

Erotic Romance
Whatever You Need: Part One (Maureen Smith)

Historical Romance
A Treasure of Gold (Piper Huguley)

Inspirational / Spiritual Romance
Secret Places Revealed (Paulette Harper)

Interracial Romance
Wicked Games (Maureen Smith)

Novella Romance
Runaway Heart (Lisa Rayne)

Paranormal / Sci-Fi / Fantasy Romance
The Archangel Jeremiel (EJ Brock)

Suspense Romance
The Bull (D. Camille)

Sequel /Series Romance
A Perfect Blend (Ann Clay)

Steamy Romance
Packing Heat (Zuri Day)

Young Adult Romance
Bullies at Finley High (Keith Thomas Walker)


Romance in Color
(Wayne Jordan)

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