To help the readers get to know the Rita Award nominees this year, RWA will be sponsoring a series of online events. Think of it like the Academy Awards and how they let people see the movies before the awards ceremony. You get to find out all about the books nominated, so you’ll have a chance to read the books before the awards are given out in July.
Here’s what the RWA has to say:
In an effort to connect America’s most popular romance writers with their fans across the world, Romance Writers of America® (RWA) is launching an 11-week series of interactive video chat events highlighting 2013 RITA Award finalist authors. Fans will have the unique opportunity to meet one another and ask their favorite authors questions face-to-face in an intimate online environment.
The series kicks off April 11 at 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST with RITA finalists in the Contemporary Single Title Romance category: Barbara Freethy, Barbara Hannay, Ruthie Knox, Kim Law, Roni Loren, Jill Shalvis, and Roxanne St. Claire.
To view a full schedule and to RSVP, please visit http://www.rwa.org/RITAchat. Follow RWA on Twitter @romancewriters (#RITAchat) during the chats.
The events are free to the public, and only 1,000 spots are available at each of the weekly events.
Each week, one lucky participant will win a copy of the books in that week’s spotlighted RITA category.
The RITA award categories are: Best First Book, Contemporary Single Title Romance, Historical Romance, Inspirational Romance, Long Contemporary Series Romance, Novel with Strong Romantic Elements, Paranormal Romance, Romance Novella, Romantic Suspense, Short Contemporary Series Romance, and Young Adult Romance.
Bottom Line: Now no one will be able to say, “I’ve never heard of that book.”