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Announcing the 2023 N. N. Light Book Awards - Winners #books #bestbooks2023 #bookawards #bookish #booksworthreading

The staff at N. N. Light's Book Heaven review a wide variety of books and 2023 was no different. We read and reviewed 1,200 books this year. As the year draws to a close, we award the best books of the year (December 2022 - November 2023). Each of these books was given a 5 star or 5+ or 5++ star review by the reviewers of N. N. Light's Book Heaven and they are highly recommended reads. Narrowing down to these winners was a rigorous process for the staff from N. N. Light's Book Heaven debating which books deserved the coveted finalist and winner awards. These are the winners:

Action/Adventure Fiction/Romance:

Rescuing Freedom by Ellis Summers


Cobra Pose by Susan Rogers and John Roosen

Children’s Books:

Nina Loves the Forest by Heider Broisler

Contemporary Romance:

Twice Baked by Katrina Coll

Cozy Mystery:

Trip the Light Phantasmic by Judith Sterling


Dark Fantasy:

Rotten Apple by Marilyn Barr

Dark Romance/Romantic Suspense:

Royal Caleva: Gabriel: Duke of Bencalor by Nancy Herkness

Erotic Romance/Romantic Suspense:

Tempt by Marie Tuhart

Fantasy Romance/Romantic Fantasy:

Taking Medusa by SM McCoy


Remnants of Fire by Alana Lorens

Historical Fiction:

Outcast Artist in Bretagne by Diane Scott Lewis

Historical Romance:

If I Loved You by Cerise DeLand

Holiday Romance:

Holiday Queen by Claire Marti


The Helios Syndrome by Vivian Shaw


Inspirational Fiction/Romance:

Audrey: Christmas Quilt Brides by Nancy Fraser

Later in Life Romance/Romantic Suspense:

Vulnerable by Marsha R West

Literary Fiction:

Where the Ocean Meets the Sky by AR Hadley

Medieval Romance:

The Emerald Fairy and the Dragon Knight by Jennifer Ivy Walker


The Italian Dance Quest by Anna Harsh


Chasing Favors by Mark Love


How to Construct Chat AI prompts to Help you Write your Novel: a manual with sample prompts for writers by Ashley Parker Owens


Paranormal/Paranormal Fantasy:

A Flock of Vampires by Everlyn Thompson

Paranormal Mystery:

Manatee Soul by Terry Segan

Paranormal Romance:

Rewrites of the Heart by Terry Newman

Post-apocalyptic Fiction/Romance:

Saffron by PL Parker

Regency Romance:

Captivated by His Countess by Kathy L Wheeler

Rockstar Romance:

Lead Me On by MJ Schiller

Romantic Suspense/Thriller:

Key of Silence by Judy Kentrus

Science Fiction/Romantic Science Fiction:

AzumC by Pauline Baird Jones

Steamy Romance:

Snowfire by Charlotte O’Shay


Sound and Deception by Nancy E. Polin

Sweet Romance:

Sophia’s Magic Beans by DV Stone


Into the Fog by Michelle Godard-Richer

Time Travel/Time Travel Romance:

A Tryst in Paris by Anne Armistead

Urban Fantasy:

The Cane, The Puzzle, and Magic by Vicky Burkholder

Western Fantasy/Romance:

Moonlight Over Montana by Lucinda Race

Women’s Fiction:

Rag Lady by Susie Black


Young Adult:

Griselda Rella by Lee Renwick Steele

Best Audiobook Narrator of the Year:

Cobra Pose by Susan Rogers and John Roosen

Best Book Cover of the Year:

The Italian Dance Quest by Anna Harsh

Best Book of the Year:

The Helios Syndrome by Vivian Shaw


Best Indie Book of the Year:

Trip the Light Phantasmic by Judith Sterling

Best US Author of the Year

Lucinda Race

Best Canada Author of the Year

Everlyn Thompson


Best International Author of the Year

Susan Rogers and John Roosen


Congratulations to all the winners.

If you’d like your book to be considered for our 2024 N. N. Light Book Awards, submit a book review request via our contact page on our website. All five-star reviewed books are eligible for our yearly awards.


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