And the Winners Are…

Barbara Vey -- July 5th, 2011

RWA Conference on previous blog but here’s the list of winners from the Kiss of Death, Bookseller Best and Rita Awards:


The results of the Kiss of Death Chapter’s Daphne Du Maurier Award for
Excellence in Mystery/Suspense are in. On behalf of KOD and the Daphne
Committee, I am pleased to announce the winners of our 2011 Unpublished Contest:

Category (Series) Romantic Mystery/Suspense
1st Place: Jenni Wiltz, THE CHERBOURG JEWELS
2nd Place: Claudia Shelton, PLEASE BE CAREFUL
3rd Place: Jamie Michele, MIDNIGHT POSSESSION
Honorable Mention: Kathy Altman, THE BADGE BETWEEN THEM
Honorable Mention: Tammy Hooker, HIS PRETEND PRINCESS

Historical Romantic Mystery/Suspsense
1st Place: Louisa Cornell, HIS CHARMING SEDUCTRESS
2nd Place: Marnee Bailey, A TANGLE OF LIES
3rd Place: Bernadette Hearn, TRAITOR TO LOVE
Honorable Mention: Leigh Stites, THE PRODIGAL
Honorable Mention: Jacki Delecki, A CODE OF LOVE

Inspirational Romantic Mystery/Suspense
1st Place: Renee Ann Smith, THE CHILDREN’S CORNER
2nd Place: Alison Stone, RANDOM ACTS
3rd Place: Suzanne Bratcher, THE COPPER BOX
Honorable Mention: Sally Burbank, LOVE HAS NO COLOR
Honorable Mention: Anita Mae Draper, THE KEY TO HIS HEART

Mainstream Mystery/Suspense
1st Place: Elaine M. Powell, THE CANTERBURY WITNESSES
2nd Place: Cathryn Pritchard, THE END AT RIVER’S BEND
3rd Place: Patrice Kavanaugh, DIE RUN HIDE
Honorable Mention: Elizabeth Heiter, KILLER ALIBI
Honorable Mention: Denise Weeks, MURDER BY MARFA LIGHTS

Paranormal (Fantasy/Time Travel/Futuristic) Romantic Mystery/Suspense
1st Place: Caroline Dunsheath, SPLIT
2nd Place: Heather Leonard, SPELLBOUND: A MAGIC CITY MYSTERY
3rd Place: Rebecca Finley, A STONE OF SHADOWS
Honorable Mention: Ash Krafton, BLEEDING HEARTS
Honorable Mention: AJ Larrieu, BLACK MAGIC COFFEE AND TEA

Single Title Romantic Mystery/Suspense
1st Place: Sharon Wray, JULIET’S ROQUE
2nd Place: Kristine B. Thompson, LOOKING INTO HELL
3rd Place: Jane Vasarhelyi, MESSAGE FROM PANAMA
Honorable Mention: Diane Garner, THE CELL
Honorable Mention: Kristine B. Thompson, WAKING UP IN HELL



2011 Booksellers Best Award Winners

Traditional – Donna Alward

Short Contemporary – Cara Summers

Long Contemporary – Mary Sullivan

Single Title – Jodi Thomas

Romantic Suspense – Brenda Novak

Erotic – Arianna Skye

Short Historical – Julia Latham

Long Historical – Lauren Willig

Young Adult – Kathryn Johnson

Novella – Sandra Hyatt

Inspirational – Tamera Alexander

Paranormal – Erin Qinn

Best First Book – Julia Rachel Barrett


2011 Golden Heart Winner for Regency Historical Romance

Anne Barton

The Proper Miss’s Guide to Bad Behavior
by Anne Barton

2011 Golden Heart Winner for Historical Romance

Maire Shelley

The Dark Lady
by Maire Shelley

2011 Golden Heart Winner for Inspirational Romance

Ruth Kaufman

At His Command
by Ruth Kaufman

2011 Golden Heart Winner for Young Adult Romance

Suzanne Kaufman Kalb

by Suzanne Kaufman Kalb

2011 Golden Heart Winner for Contemporary Series Romance

Jo Anne Banker

Lost and Found
by Jo Anne Banker

2011 Golden Heart Winner for Contemporary Series Romance: Suspense/Adventure

Robin Lynn Perini

Stolen Lullaby
by Robin Lynn Perini

2011 Golden Heart Winner for Novel with Strong Romantic Elements

Jo Anne Banker

Nearly Departed in Deadwood
by Ann Charles

2011 Golden Heart Winner for Romantic Suspense

Diana Van Dyke

Spy in the Mirror
by Diana Van Dyke

2011 Golden Heart Winner for Paranormal Romance

Trisza Ray

The Blood Sworn King
by Trisza Ray

2011 Golden Heart Winner for Contemporary Single Title Romance

Lisa Connelly

The Sinners
by Lisa Connelly

2011 RITA Winner for Regency Historical Romance

The Mischief of the Mistletoe Lauren Willig

The Mischief of the Mistletoe
by Lauren Willig

Penguin Group USA, Dutton
Erika Imranyi, editor

2011 RITA Winner for Historical Romance

His at Night Sherry Thomas

His at Night
by Sherry Thomas

Random House, Bantam Books
Caitlin Alexander, editor

2011 RITA Winner for Inspirational Romance

Pieces of Sky Irene Hannon

In Harm’s Way
by Irene Hannon

Baker Publishing, Revell
Jennifer Leep, editor

2011 RITA Winner for Young Adult Romance

The Iron King Julie Kagawa

The Iron King
by Julie Kagawa

Harlequin Teen
Natashya Wilson, editor

2011 RITA Winner for Contemporary Series Romance

Welcome Home, Cowboy Karen Templeton

Welcome Home, Cowboy
by Karen Templeton

Silhouette Special Edition
Gail Chasan, editor

2011 RITA Winner for Contemporary Series Romance: Suspense/Adventure

The Moon That Night Helen Brenna

The Moon That Night
by Helen Brenna

Harlequin Superromance
Johanna Raisanen, editor

2011 RITA Winner for Novel with Strong Romantic Elements

Welcome to Harmony Jodi Thomas

Welcome to Harmony
by Jodi Thomas

Penguin Group USA, Berkley Trade
Wendy McCurdy, editor

2011 RITA Winner for Romance Novella

Burning Up Virginia Kantra

“Shifting Sea”
by Virginia Kantra

in Burning Up

Penguin Group USA, Berkley Sensation
Cindy Hwang, editor

2011 RITA Winner for Romantic Suspense

Silent Scream Karen Rose

Silent Scream
by Karen Rose

Grand Central Publishing
Karen Kosztolnyik, editor

2011 RITA Winner for Paranormal Romance

Unchained: The Dark Forgotten Sharon Ashwood

Unchained: The Dark Forgotten
by Sharon Ashwood

Penguin Group USA, Signet Eclipse
Laura Cifelli, editor

2011 RITA Winner for Best First Book

Pieces of Sky Kaki Warner

Pieces of Sky
by Kaki Warner

Penguin Group USA, Berkley Sensation
Wendy McCurdy, editor

2011 RITA Winner for Contemporary Single Title Romance

Simply Irresistible Jill Shalvis

Simply Irresistible
by Jill Shalvis

Grand Central, Forever
Alex Logan, editor

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