2015 Holiday Favorites Contest Results

2015 Holiday Favorites  - First Place

Congratulations to Louise Allen, Harlequin Historicals,

Art Director Krista Oliver,  and Illustrator Robert Papp!

Find out how all ten covers finished and read the voter comments on the results page.

You’ll find the link to the results below:


Leave a comment below about the contest results.

Happy New Year!


 Update:  Comments From The Finalists

From Louise Allen, author of the First Place Cover,  His Christmas Countess:

Wonderful! What a fantastic New Year’s present – I loved the cover immediately and I’m so pleased the Art Department are going to get the acknowledgment they deserve for it.
A wonderful 2016 to you and all at Cover Cafe.

From Laurie Berenson, author of the Second Place Cover, The Bark Before Christmas:

Thank you so much for sharing the results for the Cover Contest! I am thrilled that my cover for THE BARK BEFORE CHRISTMAS placed 2nd in such strong company. What a great outcome and I hope you have a wonderful 2016!



  1. Yuri says:

    Thanks as always for all the work that went into this. I always enjoy the contests.

    I did find it interesting that the committee voting and the popular vote was so different, almost inverse. Maybe because the committee rewards originality more? Or why do you think?

    • Linnae says:

      Thank you for the kind words and for voting!

      Our committee is made of up of all types of romance readers and some judge the artistic and layout aspect but others just vote for covers they love. We are a diverse group and the covers reaching the finals are consensus covers.

      In this year’s Holiday Favorites Contest, “That Silent Night” was the exception to the consensus rule because 15 of the 19 members voted for it during committee voting but it finished in Ninth Place. “His Christmas Countess” received 11 committee votes but finished in First Place in the contest.

      “The Bark Before Christmas” was my Chair’s choice & just missed making the slate of nine. I knew that readers love pets on holiday covers and added it for balance. Surprise, surprise – it finished in Second Place. :D

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