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

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

by davincikittieJuly 30, 2012

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!  =)


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About The Author
Sue "DaVinciKittie" Brown-Moore is a veteran romance blogger and reviewer and the primary voice for Sue has been shamelessly pimping book boyfriends since 2010 and has won several blogging awards with GraveTells. 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
  • Tina B
    July 31, 2012 at 8:28 am

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

  • July 31, 2012 at 10:42 am

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

  • Sophia Rose
    July 31, 2012 at 11:45 am

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

  • Hai-Yen
    July 31, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    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
    July 31, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Congrats to all the winners!

  • August 1, 2012 at 12:24 am

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

  • Vickey McDonald
    August 2, 2012 at 1:15 am

    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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