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June & July 2012 GraveTells Book Awards: See our (and your) top picks!

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Congratulations to our June & July Book Award winners!

Below are the books and authors who have been selected for our monthly book awards, by the reviewers and the readers. Enjoy!

Posted July 30, 2012 by

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Congratulations to our June & July Book Award winners!

Below are the books and authors who have been selected for our monthly book awards, by the reviewers and the readers.  Enjoy!

Book of the Month


Reviewer Top Picks


Readers Choice Awards

Click on any of the images above to see the review or guest post that qualified (and won!) for our authors and their stories!

See our previous Award Winners here…

Congratulations to everyone who was nominated and to all those who received awards!

See the full results of this month’s Readers Choice voting here.


How do we choose the winners?

I’m sure you’re wondering how we make these decisions.  Here’s the skinny…

For Reviewer Top Pick (formerly Reviewer’s Choice), each GT reviewer that posted a review for the selection month gets a number of votes equalling their total reviews posted for that month.  They can spend those votes, in whatever split or block they want, on any book that earned a 4.0/5 or higher rating in its GT review.  The book(s) with a combination of the highest vote total and the highest number of reviewers who voted for it wins the honor and gets the nifty little silver ribbon on its book cover across our site.

For Book of the Month, the selection is a little more complicated and it is chosen solely by me.  As Executive Editor of the site, I take several factors into consideration, but most importantly, the book must have a minimum 4.5/5 rating and its review (if I haven’t personally read it) or story (if I have read it myself) needs to be memorable and have impact.  It’s largely based on “gut” feeling, so it’s hard to spell out the specific metric for you guys, but basically it’s an informed subjective decision that I make each month, and I don’t take that lightly.

Finally, the Readers Choice awards for Favorite Author and Favorite Story are chosen by you guys every month in our end-of-month public voting!  Thanks to everyone who participated this month and help spread the word to support your favorite authors and books!


Where can I get those cover badges for my site?

Want to display our awards on your site?  Whether you’re an author, publisher, fellow blogger, or enthusiastic reader, we’d be honored for you to share the GraveTells awards in your sidebar, post, or homepage!  Right-click the images above to save them locally and upload them to your own server, or you can link directly to them by right-clicking and selecting “copy image URL”.  If you need a specific type of image or more instructions, email me and I’d be happy to help!  =)



Sue "DaVinciKittie" Brown-Moore is a veteran romance blogger and reviewer and the primary voice for GraveTells.com. Sue and GraveTells have won several blogging awards, and GraveTells recently celebrated its five-year anniversary! Sue is also a freelance Developmental Editor passionate about helping authors bring out the best in their stories. She loves reading romance, fantasy, and sci-fi and edits any genre she reads for pleasure. You can follow Sue's editing blog, with tips and tricks for authors, at DaVinciKittie.com.


    Tina B

    They all seem like great books! I have several of them on my TBR already. 🙂


    Thanks GraveTells and to everyone who voted! So many great books to vote on this month! I’m honored!

    Sophia Rose

    Congrats to all the winners! I think these are all worthy books and authors.


    Congrats to all the winners! A special and warm congrats to Laura Kaye! I’m so happy for you *squee* I actually need to start reading both West of Want and Seduced by the Vampire King! *doing the happy dance* 🙂

    Tigris Eden

    Congrats to all the winners!


    Holy crap! (Squee!!) Thank you so much, guys!! This really tickles me pink. My VERY FIRST AWARD, WOOT!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Vickey McDonald

    So happy to see Alaskan Fire as July’s award winner. Obviously more folks are figuring out what some of us were lucky enough to know already. Sara King is an outstanding author!!!!

    Her fans anxiously await every chance we get to read her work and go into withdrawals waiting for the next book when we have finished the current one.

    Congrats Sara! You deserve it!

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