Meet the Final Judges

Jordyn Kross
Jordyn Kross is an award-winning author of contemporary erotic romance. When she’s not working on her latest story, she’s reading or listening to every book she can get her hands on in almost every genre, but sexy stories are her favorite.

Anna Taylor Sweringen
Anna Taylor Sweringen has been writing seriously since joining Romance Writers of America in 2003. Her first romance was published in 2008. She writes inspirational romance as Anna Taylor, women’s fiction and gothic romance as  Anna M. Taylor and erotic romance as Michal Scott.

Darynda Jones
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work, including a prestigious RITA®, a Golden Heart®, and a Daphne du Maurier, and her books have been translated into17 languages. As a born storyteller, she grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by. Darynda lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys. 

Jeffe Kennedy
Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning author whose works include novels, non-fiction, poetry, and short fiction. She has won the prestigious RITA® Award from Romance Writers of America (RWA), has been a finalist twice, been a Ucross Foundation Fellow, received the Wyoming Arts Council Fellowship for Poetry, and was awarded a Frank Nelson Doubleday Memorial Award. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) as a Director at Large.

Lauren Teffeau
Lauren C. Teffeau’s novel Implanted (Angry Robot, 2018) was shortlisted for the Compton Crook award for best first SF/F/H novel and won a 2019 Science Fiction Romance Galaxy award. She loves action, adventure, and happy endings, especially those that take place in science fiction and fantasy worlds.

Tamra Baumann
Tamra Baumann is an award-winning author of light-hearted contemporary romance and cozy mystery. A reality-show junkie, she justifies her addiction by telling others she’s scouting for potential character material. She adamantly denies she’s actually living vicariously in their closets. Tamra resides with her real-life characters—her husband, kids, and their adorable golden doodle in the sunny Southwest. Visit her online at:

Louise Bergin
While growing up, Louise Bergin was the girl with her head buried in a book. She wanted to live the adventures she found between the covers–especially the promise of happily ever after at the end. In college, she learned to fence in case some day she wrote a historical novel. She also studied accounting as her back-up career. When her hero appeared, he was an Air Force officer, with whom she had three children and the life she’d longed for. She finds the time to write because the military movers taught her that you really only have to clean your house once every three years. You can sign up for her newsletter (and get a free short story!) here:

Robin Perini
Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller of Forgotten Secrets, Robin Perini is an Internationally bestselling author devoted to giving readers fast-paced, high-stakes adventures with a love story sure to melt their hearts. A RITA Award finalist and winner of the prestigious RWA Golden Heart Award, she sold fourteen titles to publishers in less than two years. A nationally acclaimed writing instructor, by day she is an analyst for an advanced technology corporation but her passion remains as an advocate for those who battle Alzheimer’s Disease, in honor of her mother. You can learn more about Robin’s writing and advocacy by connecting with her through her website at