2010 RITA Nominations: Updated Throughout the Day

Today is the day, fellow romance lovers.  Calls are going out to nominated authors and we’ll  be adding to the listing as Lynn Spencer and I hear the news throughout the day.  [Authors, if you're one of the lucky ones, please let us know by emailing sandy @ likesbooks.com.  (No spaces.)]

Watch this space – and good luck to everyone!

Note:  Some of the nominations listed below were first reported at Judi Fennell’s blog.  An official RWA list can be found here.

Contemporary Series Romance

A Not-So-Perfect Past – Beth Andrews

The Snow-Kissed Bride – Linda Goodnight

From the Outside – Helen Branna

The Christmas Love-Child – Jennie Lucas

One Night Mistress…Convenient Wife – Anne McAllister

Duty, Desire and the Desert King – Jane Porter

Single Mom Seeks… – Teresa Hill

Revealed: A Prince and A Pregnancy – Kelly Hunter

I Still Do – Christie Ridgway

Contemporary Series Romance: Suspense/Adventure

Silent Watch – Elle Kennedy

Mountain Investigation – Jessica Andersen

The Christmas Stranger – Beth Cornelison

The Soldier’s Secret Daughter – Cindy Dees

In Care of Sam Beaudry – Kathleen Eagle

Cold Case Affair – Loreth Anne White

The Christmas Present – Tracy Wolff

Contemporary Single Title Romance

Too Good to Be True – Kristan Higgins

Talk Me Down – Victoria Dahl

Fireside – Susan Wiggs

For the Love of Pete – Julia Harper (AKA Elizabeth Hoyt)

Dirty Sexy Knitting – Christie Ridgway

True Love and Other Disasters — Rachel Gibson

A Little Light Magic – Joy Nash

Instant Attraction – Jill Shalvis

Historical Romance

To Beguile a Beast Elizabeth Hoyt

Not Quite a Husband – Sherry Thomas

With Seduction in Mind – Laura Lee Guhrke

Wicked All Day – Liz Carlyle

Knight of Pleasure – Margaret Mallory

Make Me Yours — Bettina Krahn

Taming Her Irish Warrior — Michelle Willingham

The Lone Texan – Jodi Thomas

Inspirational Romance

The Gladiator — Carla Capshaw

A Lady Like Sarah – Margaret Brownley

The Inheritance – Tamara Alexander

Entertaining Angels – Judy Duarte

An Eye for an Eye – Irene Hannon

Breach of Trust – DiAnn Mills

The Silent Governess – Julie Klassen

The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper – Kathleen Y’Barbo

Novel with Strong Romantic Elements

Silent on The Moor – Deanna Raybourn

The Better Part of Darkness – Kelly Gay

Scandal Sheet – Gemma Halliday

Red’s Hot Honky-Tonk Bar – Pamela Morsi

The Lost Recipe for Happiness – Barbara O’Neal

The Accidental Bestseller – Wendy Wax

The Virgin’s Daughters: In the Court of Elizabeth I – Jeanne Westin

Lakeshore Christmas – Susan Wiggs

Paranormal Romance

Mortal Sins – Eileen Wilks

What Would Jane Austen Do? – Laurie Brown

My Forbidden Desire – Carolyn Jewel

For the Earl’s Pleasure – Anne Mallory

Darkness Unknown– Alexis Morgan

Untouchable in Deep Kiss of Winter — Kresley Cole

Kiss of a Demon King – Kresley Cole

The Fire King – Marjorie M. Liu

Covet – J.R. Ward

Regency Historical Romance

Lord Braybrook’s Penniless Bride – Elizabeth Rolls

What Happens in London – Julia Quinn

Revealed – Kate Noble

Surrender of a Siren – Tessa Dare

Scandal – Carolyn Jewel

A View to a Kiss — Caroline Linden

Tempting Fate – Alissa Johnson

Romance Novella

Charlotte and the Wicked Lord from The Diamonds of Wellbourne Manor – Amanda McCabe

This Wicked Gift from The Heart of Christmas — Courtney Milan

A Little Night Magic in Hot for the Holidays Allyson James

The Robber Bride in Huntress – Marjorie M. Liu

Annalise and the Scandalous Rake in The Diamonds of Wellbourne Manor – Deb Marlowe

On a Snowy Christmas in The Night Before Christmas — Brenda Novak

The Christmas Eve Promise in The Night before Christmas – Molly O’Keefe

Romantic Suspense

Dark Country – Bronwyn Parry

One Scream Away — Kate Brady

Waking the Dead — Kylie Brant

A Dark Love – Margaret Carroll

Whisper of Warning — Laura Griffin

Stolen Fury – Elisabeth Naughton

Promises in Death – J.D. Robb

Kill for Me – Karen Rose

Young Adult Romance

Going Too Far – Jennifer Echols

Fairy Tale – Cyn Balog

Perfect Chemistry – Simone Elkeles

Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover – Ally Carter

The ABC’s of Kissing Boys – Tracy Ferraro

Nothing Like You – Lauren Strasnick

Best First Book

The Last Will of Moira Leahy – Therese Walsh

The Gladiator – Carla Capshaw

The Better Part of Darkness – Kelly Gay

Stolen Fury – Elisabeth Naughton

One Scream Away – Kate Brady

He Calls Her Doc — Mary Brady

Angel Vindicated — Viola Estrella

Nothing Like You Lauren Strasnick

- Sandy AAR and Lynn AAR

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31 Responses to 2010 RITA Nominations: Updated Throughout the Day

  1. Kim says:

    I’ve read Silent on the Moor by Deanna Raybourn; It Happened in London by Julia Quinn; Not Quite a Husband by Sherry Thomas; and Courtney Milan’s novella. The Romantic Suspense Category isn’t listed yet.

  2. trish says:

    What does RITA stand for again? Oh and same question for their K.I.S.S. heroes? Knight In Shining what?


  3. AAR Lynn says:

    @ Trish – RITA is actually named in honor of Rita Clay Estrada, the first president of RWA (Romance Writers of America)

    KISS is a term Romantic Times uses and I think it’s Knight in Shining Silver.

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  5. Tinabelle says:

    I was thrilled to see Elizabeth Roll’s Lord Braybrook’s Peniless Bride nominated. I have enjoyed her books and feel she is a buried treasure who desrves a higher profile. Congrats!

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  7. PatW says:

    I have read 11 of these and heard about quite a few more which is a big change from earlier years – I’m usually left scratching my head about what I’m reading because I’ve never heard of them! A very refreshing change.

    A couple of my reads were the direct result of recommendations from this site: Kylie Brant’s Waking the Dead and Caroline Linden’s A View to a Kiss.

  8. While I’m thrilled and delighted to be nominated, I really don’t understand why Meredith Duran’s name is not up there. :-/

    She is the finest prose stylist of our generation. Surely that counts for something.

    • LFL/Janne says:

      Sherry Thomas: While I’m thrilled and delighted to be nominated, I really don’t understand why Meredith Duran’s name is not up there.:-/She is the finest prose stylist of our generation.Surely that counts for something.

      Agreed Sherry. I’m over the moon for you, and under the swamp for Meredith.

      Glad to see the Carolyn Jewel books on there, especially Scandal.

  9. Lea AAR says:

    I loved the Breaking News nature of this piece today! Thanks for taking the time Lynn and Sandy.

  10. AnnieK says:

    Congrats Sherry, I wish Meredith Duran had been on the list too. I am dumbfounded by the fact that Nalini Singh and Meljean Brook are missing too. Alexis Morgan? And no Nalini or Meljean? Come on! In what universe is Ms. Morgan a better writer? I’m being a bitter Betty…time for me to move on.

  11. LFL/Janine says:

    Oops, that’s LFL/Janine. I can spell most of the time…

  12. Kim says:

    I’ve read most of the Contemp sinlge titles and LOVED Kristan Higgins book this year.

    I am surprised that Tessa Dare and Louisa Edwards didn’t make the Best First Book category. I really enjoyed their debuts last year.

  13. Maryann says:

    I am very happy to see that Sherry Thomas and Deanna Raybourn are nominated, but very disappointed that Mary Balogh’s A Matter of Class is not listed in the best novella category. What really strikes me is the omission of Carla Kelly in the historical category. She consistently writes historically accurate books with authentic characters one cares about, and she does it in very few pages. I’m sure there are many readers who would buy her entire backlist if a publisher would print and market them.

    I started to look up some of the titles by authors I haven’t read before on Amazon, and am quite surprised at the number of books that are already out of print.

  14. AAR Sandy says:

    To me, the big surprises are no nominations for Ashley’s The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie, Bound by Your Touch by Meredith Duran, and Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas.

  15. Kim says:

    Sandy, how could I have forgotten The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie??? My absolute favorite book from last year. And you’re right about Lisa Kleypas…good Kleypas is often far superior to the best from other authors…

    So I guess there were suprises, huh?

  16. Maryann says:

    Sandy, I agree that all three of these books should have made the list. It makes one wonder…

  17. xina says:

    I am surprised that Jennifer Ashley’s book isn’t on the list. I’ve read very few of these books…Silent On The Moor,What Happens In London, To Beguile A Beast. I’ve got others TBR, and am making a list of more that I want to read.

  18. AAR Lynn says:

    I was surprised as well by some books not being on the lists. Still, I have to keep reminding myself that authors have to submit their books for the RITA and not everyone enters.

  19. Kierney says:

    Where is Lisa Kleypas on this list. She deserves to be there.

  20. jken2000 says:

    Yeah!! for Elizabeth Hoyt for her contemporary and historical.

  21. DressyBessy says:

    I have not enjoyed the pleasure of reading Meredith Duran–and she may be a fine prose writer, but was the story good? I feel like I was forced to read Anna Campbell a year ago and while Untouched had good writing, the story bored me to years.

    I also think that Louisa Edwards’ prose is pretty awful, but I would have liked to see Julie James. I hope Victoria Dahl’s Lead Me On is nominated for next year.

  22. AAR Sandy says:

    DressyBessy, the story for Duran’s Bound By Your Touch was indeed, good. Great, I think, actually. Don’t know what kind of historicals you like, but Sherry Thomas and Duran are shining lights. As for Anna Campbell, I have to admit, I’m not a fan of her books either. She’s a very different kind of writer than Duran and Thomas.

    As for being “forced” to read something, I blogged recently about this. There is no Official Approved Romance Syllabus. Life is too short to read books you’re not interested in.

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