So, Have You Read Any RITA Winners?

rita_award The 2012 RITA winners were officially announced on the last full evening at the RWA convention, on July 28, 2012. Many of us like to compare the winners to what we have already read and AAR reviewers are no exception.

Here are the RITA winners:

Best Paranormal Romance –Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison

Best Romance Novella –I Love the Earl by Caroline Linden

Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements – First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones

Best Historical Romance – The Black Hawk by Joanna Bourne
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What Makes a Book Unforgettable?

magic I had fun seeing the RITA and Golden Heart award nominations go up yesterday. There were some really good books up there! At first, I was just noting that I had read more of the nominees(and had more in my TBR) than in past years. But then, as I pondered this list of books that stood out in the minds of RITA/Golden Heart judges, it made me think on a more subjective level about what makes a book really stand out in my mind.

Certainly polished writing helps. If the reader is constantly slogging through poor punctuation, clumsy phrasing, and the inveterate abuse of homophones, it’s hard for the story to speak to one. However, beautiful words without heart just won’t do it. And that’s where I find things hard to quantify.

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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 @  (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

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2009 Rita Nominations

The calls are going out today to 2009 Rita and Golden Heart finalists. Official results are going up at the RWA site and Twitter is also hopping.  Just search for hashtag #rwanoms for a live feed.  (And, no, you don’t have to be a Twit to follow results.)

Developing story…

We can report first here that Sherry Thomas was nominated for Best First Book, as well as Historical Romance.