RWA Rita and Golden Heart Nominees Announced

Barbara Vey -- March 27th, 2013

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Yesterday many writers received “the call” from RWA that their book finaled in the Rita and Golden Heart Contests from the Romance Writers of America.  Romance Writers of America (RWA), the trade association for aspiring and published romance fiction authors, will be announcing the 2013 RITA® and Golden Heart® Award finalists on March 26. The RITA — the highest award of distinction in romance fiction — recognizes excellence in published romance novels and novellas. The Golden Heart recognizes excellence in unpublished romance manuscripts.

2013 RITA Finalists

Best First Book Finalists

The Anatomist’s Wife by Anna Lee Huber
Penguin Group USA, Berkley Publishing Group
Michelle Vega, editor

Crazy Little Thing by Tracy Brogan
Amazon Publishing, Montlake Romance
Kelli Martin, editor

Firelight by Kristen Callihan
Grand Central Publishing, Forever
Alex Logan, editor

Forged in Fire by Trish McCallan
Amazon Publishing, Montlake Romance
Lindsay Guzzardo, editor

Ghost Planet by Sharon Lynn Fisher
Tom Doherty Associates, Tor Books
Whitney Ross, editor

The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James
Penguin Group USA, New American Library
Ellen Edwards, editor

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Penguin Group USA, Dial Books for Young Readers
Jessica Garrison, editor

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
Harlequin, Harlequin Teen
Margo Lipschultz, editor

 

Contemporary Single Title Romance Finalists

About Last Night by Ruthie Knox
Random House Group, Loveswept
Sue Grimshaw, editor

Barefoot in the Sand by Roxanne St. Claire
Grand Central Publishing, Forever
Amy Pierpont, editor

Forever and a Day by Jill Shalvis
Grand Central Publishing, Forever
Alex Logan, editor

Lucky in Love by Jill Shalvis
Grand Central Publishing, Forever
Alex Logan, editor

Melt into You by Roni Loren
Penguin Group USA, Berkley Heat
Kate Seaver, editor

Sugar Springs by Kim Law
Amazon Publishing, Montlake Romance
Kelli Martin, editor

The Way Back Home by Barbara Freethy
Simon & Schuster, Pocket Books
Micki Nuding, editor

Zoe’s Muster by Barbara Hannay
Penguin Group Australia, Michael Joseph Books
Belinda Byrne, editor

 

Historical Romance Finalists

Beauty and the Bounty Hunter by Lori Austin
Penguin Group USA, Signet
Claire Zion, editor

Bride by Mistake by Anne Gracie
Penguin Group USA, Berkley Sensation
Wendy McCurdy, editor

Defiant by Pamela Clare
Penguin Group USA, Berkley Sensation
Cindy Hwang, editor

A Lady Never Surrenders by Sabrina Jeffries
Simon & Schuster, Pocket Books
Micki Nuding, editor

The Recruit by Monica McCarty
Random House Group, Ballantine Books
Kate Collins, editor

A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean
HarperCollins Publishers, Avon Books
Carrie Feron, editor

Too Dangerous to Desire by Cara Elliott
Grand Central Publishing, Forever
Lauren Plude, editor

Wedded in Sin by Jade Lee
Penguin Group USA, Berkley Sensation
Kate Seaver, editor

 

Inspirational Romance Finalists

Against the Tide by Elizabeth Camden
Baker Publishing Group, Bethany House Publishers
Raela Schoenherr, editor

Betrayal by Robin Lee Hatcher
Zondervan
Sue Brower and Leslie Peterson, editors

An Heiress at Heart by Jennifer Delamere
Grand Central Publishing, Forever
Lauren Plude, editor

A House Full of Hope by Missy Tippens
Harlequin, Love Inspired Books
Emily Rodmell and Rachel Burkot, editors

My Stubborn Heart by Becky Wade
Baker Publishing Group, Bethany House Publishers
Sarah Long, editor

Naomi’s Christmas by Marta Perry
Penguin Group USA, Berkley Trade
Ellen Edwards, editor

The Soldier’s Wife by Cheryl Reavis
Harlequin, Love Inspired Books
Tina Gavin, editor

The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck
Thomas Nelson, Inc.
Ami McConnell, editor

 

Long Contemporary Series Romance Finalists

A Cold Creek Noel by RaeAnne Thayne
Harlequin, Special Edition
Gail Chasan, editor

From Father to Son by Janice Kay Johnson
Harlequin, Superromance
Wanda Ottewell, editor

A Gift for All Seasons by Karen Templeton
Harlequin, Special Edition
Gail Chasan, editor

A Life Rebuilt by Jean Brashear
Harlequin, Superromance
Adrienne Macintosh, editor

Making Her Way Home by Janice Kay Johnson
Harlequin, Superromance
Wanda Ottewell, editor

No Ordinary Joe by Michelle Celmer
Harlequin, Superromance
Charles Greimsman, editor

Out of the Depths by Pamela Hearon
Harlequin, Superromance
Megan Long, editor

A Texas Chance by Jean Brashear
Harlequin, Superromance
Adrienne Macintosh, editor

 

Novel with Strong Romantic Elements Finalists

The Anatomist’s Wife by Anna Lee Huber
Penguin Group USA, Berkley Publishing Group
Michelle Vega, editor

Before and Ever Since by Sharla Lovelace
Penguin Group USA, Berkley Sensation
Wendy McCurdy, editor

Bridge of Scarlet Leaves by Kristina McMorris
Kensington Publishing Corp.
John Scognamiglio, editor

A Girl Like You by Maria Geraci
Penguin Group USA, Berkley Trade
Wendy McCurdy, editor

The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James
Penguin Group USA, New American Library
Ellen Edwards, editor

Time’s Echo by Pamela Hartshorne
Macmillan Publishers, Ltd., Pan Macmillan
Wayne Brookes, editor

The Welcome Committee of Butternut Creek by Jane Myers Perrine
Hachette Book Group, Faith Words
Christina Boys, editor

 

Paranormal Romance Finalists

Angel in Chains by Cynthia Eden
Kensington Publishing Corp., Brava
Megan Records, editor

Edge of Oblivion by J.T. Geissinger
Amazon Publishing, Montlake Romance
Eleni Caminis, editor

Immortally Yours by Angie Fox
St. Martin’s Press
Monique Patterson, editor

Lothaire by Kresley Cole
Simon & Schuster, Pocket Books
Lauren McKenna, editor

Mark of the Witch by Maggie Shayne
Harlequin, MIRA
Leslie Wainger, editor

Moonglow by Kristen Callihan
Grand Central Publishing, Forever
Alex Logan, editor

Rogue Rider by Larissa Ione
Grand Central Publishing, Forever
Amy Pierpont, editor

Shadow’s Claim by Kresley Cole
Simon & Schuster, Pocket Books
Lauren McKenna, editor

 

Romance Novella Finalists

Breathless by Sophie Jordan
HarperCollins, HarperTeen Impulse
Kari Sutherland, editor

The Duchess of Love by Sally MacKenzie 
Kensington Publishing Corp., Zebra
Audrey LaFehr, editor

“Room at the Inn” by Ruthie Knox in Naughty & Nice
Random House Group, Loveswept
Sue Grimshaw, editor

Seduced by a Pirate by Eloisa James
HarperCollins, Avon Impulse
Carrie Feron, editor

“Sleeping with a Beauty” by Leslie Kelly in Once Upon a Valentine
Harlequin, Blaze
Brenda Chin, editor

“The Valentine’s Curse” by Jodi Thomas in Be My Texas Valentine
Kensington Publishing Corp., Zebra
Peter Senftleben, editor

 

Romantic Suspense Finalists

Celebrity in Death by J.D. Robb
Penguin Group USA, Putnam
Leslie Gelbman editor

Dead Heat by Bronwyn Parry
Hachette Australia
Bernadette Foley, editor

Don’t Cry for Me by Sharon Sala
Harlequin, MIRA
Leslie Wainger, editor

Forged in Fire by Trish McCallan
Amazon Publishing, Montlake Romance
Lindsay Guzzardo, editor

Last Man Standing by Cindy Gerard
Simon & Schuster, Pocket Star Books
Micki Nuding, editor

Scorched by Laura Griffin
Simon & Schuster, Pocket Star Books
Abby Zidle, editor

Twisted by Laura Griffin
Simon & Schuster, Pocket Star Books
Abby Zidle, editor

Vortex by Cherry Adair
St. Martin’s Press
Rose Hilliard, editor

 

Short Contemporary Series Romance Finalists

Becoming Dante by Day Leclaire
Harlequin, Desire
Mary-Theresa Hussey, editor

Cowboy in the Crossfire by Robin Perini
Harlequin, Intrigue
Allison Lyons, editor

The Last Single Maverick by Christine Rimmer
Harlequin, Special Edition
Gail Chasan, editor

A Marriage Worth Fighting For by Lilian Darcy
Harlequin, Special Edition
Bryony Green, editor

A Night of No Return by Sarah Morgan
Harlequin, Presents
Lucy Gilmour, editor

Surgeon Sheik’s Rescue by Loreth Anne White
Harlequin, Romantic Suspense
Susan Litman, editor

The Tycoon’s Secret Daughter by Susan Meier
Harlequin, Romance
Sally Williamson, editor

We’ll Always Have Paris by Jessica Hart
Harlequin, Romance
Lucy Gilmour, editor

 

Young Adult Romance Finalists

Bound by Erica O’Rourke
Kensington Publishing Corp., KTeen
Alicia Condon, editor

The Farm by Emily McKay
Penguin Group USA, Berkley Publishing Group
Michelle Vega, editor

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, Houghton Mifflin
Kate O’Sullivan, editor

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
Harlequin, Harlequin Teen
Margo Lipschultz, editor

 

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Contemporary Series Romance Finalists

“Baby on Board—Help!” by Miranda Liasson

“The Billionaire’s Hypnotized Mistress” by Greta MacEachern

“Confessions of the World’s Oldest Shotgun Bride” by Gail Hart

“Her Soldier Returns” by Kristin Noel Fischer

“Jayhawk Down” by Sharon Calvin

“Southern Comforts” by Nan Dixon

 

Contemporary Single Title Romance Finalists

“The Bollywood Bad Boy” by Sonali Dev

“Clean Sweep” by Nan Dixon

“Climb to Freedom” by Sheila Athens

“Everybody Knows…” by Jacqueline Floyd

“Hijacked” by Leslie Lynch

“Objection Overruled” by Jane O’Hanlon

“Place Your Betts” by Katie Graykowski

“What’s Yours Is Mine” by Tamar Bihari writing as Talia Quinn Daniels

 

Historical Romance Finalists

“Between Love and Lies” by Jacqui Nelson

“A Champion’s Heart” by Piper Huguley

“Come to Me” by Oberon Wonch

“Drawn to the Earl” by Joanna Shupe

“The Last Light of Dusk” by Joanne Lockyer 

“The Promise of Dawn” by Eliss Baker

“The Rake’s Handbook” by Sally Orr

“Sense and Seduction” by Thomasine Rappold

 

Paranormal Romance Finalists

“Dark Secret” by Mariah Ankenman

“Demon’s Bane” by India Powers

“Guardian” by Tara Sheets

“Jinn & Tonic” by Kay Hudson

“Mind Sweeper” by Amy Jones writing as AE Jones

“Sea Panther” by Dawn Wolzein

“Shadows in the Deep” by Lark Howard

“Unbroken” by Ella Sheridan

 

Romantic Suspense Finalists

“Broken Places” by Krista Hall Reynolds

“Crazy for Her” by Sandra Owens

“Juliet’s Rogue” by Sharon Wray

“The Predator” by Chris Taylor

“Rampant Perfection” by Laurie Cooper

“Rogue’s Redemption” by Sharon Wray

“The Shadow Hour” by Jacqui Nelson

“Spies, Lies, and Debutantes” by Miranda Liasson

 

Young Adult Romance Finalists

“Camp Awakening” by Bonnie Staring

“Hidden Deep” by Amy DeLuca

“Leath’Dhia/Birthright” by Kari Miller

“Miranda Perry’s Imported Prom Date” by Sheri Adkins

“Sticks and Stones” by Kimberly MacCarron

“Summer of Supernova” by Darcy Woods

“Ten” by Holly Bodger

Bottom Line:  Good Luck to everyone!  It is indeed an honor to be nominated.

8 thoughts on “RWA Rita and Golden Heart Nominees Announced

  1. Stephanie Scott

    Congrats to my fellow Windy City RWA members for finaling in the Golden Heart: Sonali Dev for “The Bollywood Bad Boy,” and “Demon’s Bane” by India Powers!

    So glad that Huntley Fitzpatrick’s My Life Next Door made the list. A really great YA book.

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