Xcite finalists revealed

Posted: January 5, 2012

Xcite Books has revealed the names of the finalists for the Xcite Awards 2012. These inaugural awards are designed to celebrate and recognise companies, reviewers, bloggers and sexperts who value and support the erotic fiction market. Voting is open until February 13th and the winners will be announced on St Valentine’s Day 2012. Each category winner will receive a specially commissioned glass book.

Xcite Books MD Hazel Cushion said: “The Internet and the advent of ebooks has completely changed the erotic fiction market and as yet there’s no recognition of this. Customers now have a wealth of review sites, author blogs and Internet retailers to choose from so we wanted to highlight and celebrate the dedication of the people behind them.”

Although Xcite is the UK’s largest erotic books publisher, the finalists demonstrate the international reach the company has achieved – for instance, Australian sex expert Dr Gabrielle Morrissey is competing with Violet Blue and Dr Laura Berman from the USA, and Pamela Stephenson Connolly, Tracey Cox and Julie Peasgood from the UK.

ETO, which is the only trade magazine to make the finalists – in the Best Publication category – finds itself rubbing shoulders with gay and lesbian interest titles Attitude and Diva as well as Jade, Skin Two and even Cosmopolitan.

Voting is restricted to one vote per category, per person and you can vote for your favourites at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/XciteAwards

The nominations are:

Best Internet Retail Site
• AllRomance.com
• Amazon.co.uk
• AnnSummers.com
• Lovehoney.co.uk
• Sextoys.co.uk
• Sh-womenstore.com

Best Blog or Author Page
• CaraSutra.co.uk
• Kdgrace.co.uk
• LucyFelthouse.co.uk
• Sommermarsden.blogspot.com
• Tonyakinzer.blogspot.com
• Victoriablisse.co.uk

Best Reviewer
• coffeetimeromance.com
• darkhavenbookreviews.com
• eroticaforall.co.uk
• sextoytesters.co.uk
• simplyeroticreviews.com
• theromancereviews.com

Best Sexpert
• Dr Gabrielle Morrissey
• Dr Laura Berman
• Julie Peasgood
• Pamela Stephenson Connolly
• Tracey Cox
• Violet Blue

Best Publication
• Attitude
• Cosmopolitan
• Diva
• ETO [Erotic Trade Only]
• Jade Magazine
• Skin Two Magazine