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    RWA Announces 2013 RITA & Golden Heart Finalists

    By: Romance Writers of America on Mar 26, 2013

    Romance Writers of America (RWA), the trade association for aspiring and published romance fiction authors, announced 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 The Golden Heart recognizes excellence in unpublished romance manuscripts.

    The 2013 RITA and Golden Heart winners will be announced at a black-tie awards ceremony on July 20 at the 2013 RWA Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA.

    Congratulations to the 2013 finalists!

    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
    Tara 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, Special Editon
    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 and Susan Litman, editors

    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

     

    2013 Golden Heart Finalists

    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 Marie Hamilton

    "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

    Released: Mar 26, 2013 06:07 AM | Updated: Apr 04, 2013 09:14 AM
    Keywords: Announcements | awards | finalists | Golden Heart | RITA

    Lizzie WalkerCongratulations to all the Finalist!
    By: Lizzie Walker | Posted: Mar 26, 2013 09:20 AM

    A heartfelt congratulations to all the finalist in the Rita and GH especially to my chapter mate, Dawn Wolzien of Celtic Hearts Romance Writers!



    Alisa Walker (Lizzie)


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    Becky LowerA big congratulatory hug
    By: Becky Lower | Posted: Mar 26, 2013 12:52 PM

    to all the RITA and Golden Heart finalists! What an achievement. I especially want to send a shout out to my two critique partners and chapter mates, Amy Jones and Miranda Liasson. Well done, ladied!

    Anne MaxwellCongratulations to all!
    By: Anne Maxwell | Posted: Mar 26, 2013 09:55 PM

    Congratulations to all the RITA and Golden Heart finalists!  Best of luck to each of you for the final judging!

    Suzi LoveRita and Golden Heart
    By: Suzi Love | Posted: Mar 27, 2013 12:57 AM

    Congratulations to everyone on these lists. Well done.


    Suzi Love

    Cate ParkeCongratulations to all the Rita and Golden Hearts Finalists!
    By: Cate Parke | Posted: Mar 27, 2013 05:56 AM

    Shouts of joy and hearty congratulations to all the finalists but, most especially, to my Celtic Hearts sisters, Dawn Wolzein and India Powers! I'm so proud of you both!
    ~Cate Parke


    Cate Parke
    CHRW Vice President—Programs

    Suzan TisdaleCongratulations!
    By: Suzan Tisdale | Posted: Mar 27, 2013 07:19 AM

    I am so happy for all of you! Keep up the great work!


    Suzan

    Wendi KnapeGolden Heart Awards
    By: Wendi Knape | Posted: Mar 27, 2013 10:49 AM

    Hi all, Does anyone know if we didn't place do we get to know what our scores were?

    Carol RitterGolden Heart Preliminary Round Scores
    By: Carol Ritter | Posted: Mar 27, 2013 01:16 PM

    Golden Heart preliminary round scores will be e-mailed to entrants within 30 days of finalist being announced. 

    Rechelle OwensCongratulations to the 2013 Finalists
    By: Rechelle Owens | Posted: Mar 29, 2013 09:17 PM

    A big bear hug and congratulations to all the 2013 RITA & Golden Heart finalists! 


    Regina Mize (w/a Rechelle Owens)

    Patricia OsbackRita and Golden Heart
    By: Patricia Osback | Posted: May 10, 2013 10:36 AM

    Congratulations to all the Rita and Golden Heart authors.