Back last fall when we were feeling inundated with the Top 100 Poll, several readers asked if we would consider reviving the AAR Mini-Polls, or “Top Ten Polls.” Our rather quick response was, “we’ll think about it, but need to get through the Top 100 Poll and then deal with the Annual Poll in January.” Since two of us (LinnieGayl and Cindy) also update the Special Title Lists with Rike, it seemed rather daunting. But a number of months have gone by and we’ve decided to give reviving the mini-polls a try.

sexy cowboyWe’ve decided to start this month with updating the mini-poll for your top 10 favorite frontier or western romances. Why did we decide to pick this poll as our first to update? Well, it was last updated in October of 2007, nearly seven years ago. That’s seven long years when there have surely been some outstanding frontier or western romances published. Our write-up of the results of that poll can be found here. But more importantly, when the results of the Top 100 poll were released this past fall, a number of readers decried the lack of frontier and western romances in the top 100 (and actually in the top 200). So this is your chance; what are your favorite frontier and western romances of all time?

In late 2007 Linda Howard’s 1997 publication The Touch of Fire was your top pick. Will it stand the test of time, or will it be supplanted by a newer release?

We are hosting the ballot off-site at surveymonkey; the link for the poll can be found here. This is a weighted poll. You will be asked to list your favorite frontier/western romances in order beginning with your top favorite (or #1) romance and ending with your #10 romance. The title you list in first place will receive 10 points, the title in second place 9 points, and so on down to the 10th place title receiving 1 point.

Only have one favorite frontier/western romance? That’s not a problem; just vote for it. We have no minimum number of titles set for this poll.

The poll opened this morning and will stay open until April 25th at midnight. We’ll post the results of this poll here in a few weeks after the poll closes. And if we get a good response, look for another mini-poll to open in May.

Thanks, and happy voting!

Cindy, LeeB, and LinnieGayl