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Rachel Ann Nunes is the Outstanding Achievement Winner for 2013.

Julianne Donaldson’s “Blackmoore” received the 2013 Whitney Award for Best Novel of the Year during Saturday’s gala.

The Regency-era love story published under Deseret Book's “A Proper Romance” label was also named Best Romance Novel, an award Donaldson took home last year for “Edenbrooke.”

Forty books from 34 Mormon authors were named finalists across the three youth and five adult categories for the annual awards that recognize authors who are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The Best Youth Novel award went to Brandon Sanderson’s “Steelheart,” and he also received the Best Young Adult Speculative Novel award.

Kasie West took home the award for Best Novel by a New Author with her young adult novel “Pivot Point.”

In the other youth categories, Julie Berry received Best Young Adult General Novel for “All the Truth That’s in Me.” For the second year in a row, Jennifer A. Nielsen took home Best Middle Grade Novel — this year for “The Runaway King,” the second book in the Ascendance Trilogy. Last year she won with the first book in the series, “The False Prince.

In other categories, Best General Novel went to Sarah Dunster for “Mile 21” and Best Historical Novel went to Heather Moore for “Esther the Queen.”

Traci Hunter Abramson took home the Best Mystery/Suspense Novel award for “Deep Cover” and Best Speculative Novel went to Jeffrey S. Savage for “Dark Memories.”

Rachel Ann Nunes was the Outstanding Achievement Winner for 2013 and Blaine M. Yorgason received the Lifetime Achievement award.

Nunes has penned more than three dozen novels across several genres, including romance, women’s fiction, romantic suspense and paranormal, and among her books are the Ariana series and the Autumn Rain novels and a couple of picture books, according to her website at ranunes.com.

Yorgason has also published dozens of books, including novels, historical and biographical, and a couple of his books have been made into movies, according to the Mormon Literature and Creative Arts database.

Visit whitneyawards.com for more information. Also, visit deseretnews.com for reviews of the winning books.

The deadline to nominate a novel by a Mormon author published in 2014 for a 2014 Whitney Award is Dec. 31. Nominations can be made online at whitneyawards.com.

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