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    Romance Writers of America Announces 2013 Contest Winners

    Romance Writers of America (RWA), the trade association for aspiring and published romance fiction authors, announced the winners for the 2013 RITA® and Golden Heart® Awards on July 20. 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 The Golden Heart recognizes excellence in unpublished romance manuscripts.

    Congratulations to the 2013 winners!

    RITA Winners: Golden Heart Winners:

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    2013 RITA Winners

    Best First Book Winner

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

     

     

    Contemporary Single Title Romance Winner

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

    Historical Romance Winner

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

    Inspirational Romance Winner

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

    Long Contemporary Series Romance Winner

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

    Novel with Strong Romantic Elements Winner

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

    Paranormal Romance Winner

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

    Romance Novella Winner

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

    Romantic Suspense Winner

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

    Short Contemporary Series Romance Winner

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

    Young Adult Romance Winner

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

     

     

    2013 Golden Heart Winner

    Contemporary Series Romance Winner

    Miranda Liasson "Baby on Board—Help!" by Miranda Liasson
     

    Contemporary Single Title Romance Winner

    Jane O'Hanlon "Objection Overruled" by Jane O'Hanlon
     

    Historical Romance Winner

    Joanna Shupe "Drawn to the Earl" by Joanna Shupe
     

    Paranormal Romance Winner

    AE Jones "Mind Sweeper" by Amy Jones writing as AE Jones
     

    Romantic Suspense Winner

    Krista Hall Reynolds "Broken Places" by Krista Hall Reynolds
     

    Young Adult Romance Winner

    Darcy Woods "Summer of Supernova" by Darcy Woods