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    2014 RITA & Golden Heart Finalists Announced

    By: Romance Writers of America on Mar 26, 2014

    Romance Writers of America (RWA), the trade association for aspiring and published romance fiction authors, announces the finalists for the 2014 RITA® and Golden Heart® Awards. 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 The Golden Heart recognizes excellence in unpublished romance manuscripts.

    All entries with a minimum total score of at least 90 percent of the total possible score advance to the final round. Have a question about how finalists are calculated? Visit the contest FAQ page for answers.

    The 2014 winners will be announced at a black-tie awards ceremony on July 26 at the 2014 RWA Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

    Congratulations to the 2014 finalists!

    2014 RITA® Finalists

    Best First Book

    Five Days in Skye
    by Carla Laureano
    David C. Cook
    John Blase and Tonya Osterhouse, editors

    Fix You
    by Beck Anderson
    Omnific Publishing
    Jessica Royer Ocken and Cindy Robinson Campbell, editors 

    Private Practice
    by Samanthe Beck
    Entangled Publishing, Brazen
    Heather Howland, editor

    Promise to Return
    by Elizabeth Byler Younts
    Simon & Schuster, Howard Books
    Beth Adams and Amanda Demastus, editors 

    The Sweet Spot
    by Laura Drake
    Grand Central Publishing, Forever
    Latoya Smith, editor

     

    Contemporary Romance

    Along Came Trouble
    by Ruthie Knox
    Random House Group, Loveswept
    Sue Grimshaw, editor

    Beach House No. 9
    by Christie Ridgway
    Harlequin, HQN
    Margo Lipschultz, editor

    Country Roads
    by Nancy Herkness
    Amazon Publishing, Montlake
    Kelli Martin and JoVon Sotak, editors

    Crazy Thing Called Love
    by Molly O’Keefe
    Random House Group, Ballantine Bantam Dell
    Shauna Summers, editor 

    Fix You
    by Beck Anderson
    Omnific Publishing
    Jessica Royer Ocken and Cindy Robinson Campbell, editors

    Half Moon Hill
    by Toni Blake
    HarperCollins Publishers, Avon Books
    May Chen, editor 

    Home to Whiskey Creek
    by Brenda Novak
    Harlequin, MIRA
    Paula Eykelhof, editor

    Homecoming Ranch
    by Julia London
    Amazon Publishing, Montlake
    Maria Gomez, editor

    It Had to Be You
    by Jill Shalvis
    Grand Central Publishing
    Alex Logan, editor

    Letters to Nowhere
    by Julie Cross
    Self-published
    Martha Trachtenberg, copyeditor 

    Rescued by a Stranger
    by Lizbeth Selvig
    HarperCollins Publishers, Avon Impulse
    Tessa Woodward, editor

    Rumor Has It
    by Jill Shalvis
    Berkley Publishing Group
    Kate Seaver, editor

    The Second Chance Café
    by Alison Kent
    Amazon Publishing, Montlake
    Lindsay Guzzardo, editor

    Sleigh Bells in the Snow
    by Sarah Morgan
    Harlequin, HQN
    Flo Nicoll, editor 

    The Sweet Spot
    by Laura Drake
    Grand Central Publishing, Forever
    Latoya Smith, editor

    Talk of the Town
    by Beth Andrews
    Harlequin, Superromance
    Wanda Ottewell, editor

    The Way You Look Tonight
    by Bella Andre
    Self-published
    Shelley Bates, copyeditor

    Whiskey Beach
    by Nora Roberts
    Penguin Group USA, G. P. Putnam’s Sons
    Leslie Gelbman, editor

     

    Erotic Romance

    Claim Me
    by J. Kenner
    Random House Group, Bantam
    Shauna Summers, editor

    Private Practice
    by Samanthe Beck
    Entangled Publishing, Brazen
    Heather Howland, editor 

    When I’m Bad I’m Better in It Stings So Sweet
    by Stephanie Draven
    Berkley Publishing Group, Berkley Sensation
    Cindy Hwang, editor 

     

    Historical Romance

    Any Duchess Will Do
    by Tessa Dare
    HarperCollins Publishers, Avon Books
    Tessa Woodward

    The Autumn Bride
    by Anne Gracie
    Berkley Publishing Group, Berkley Sensation
    Wendy McCurdy, editor

    The Chieftain’s Curse
    by Frances Housden
    Harlequin, MIRA
    Kate Cuthbert, editor

    The Countess Conspiracy
    by Courtney Milan
    Self-published
    Robin Harders and Keira Soleore, editors

    Darius
    by Grace Burrowes
    Sourcebooks, Casablanca
    Deb Werksman, editor

    Dark Angel: A Gothic Fairy Tale
    by T J Bennett
    Entangled Publishing, Edge
    Liz Pelletier and Shannon Godwin, editors 

    Duke of Midnight
    by Elizabeth Hoyt
    Grand Central Publishing
    Amy Pierpont, editor

    The Lady and the Laird
    by Nicola Cornick
    Harlequin, HQN
    Ann Leslie Tuttle, editor

    Love and Other Scandals
    by Caroline Linden
    HarperCollins Publishers, Avon Books
    Lyssa Keusch, editor 

    The Luckiest Lady in London
    by Sherry Thomas
    Berkley Publishing Group
    Wendy McCurdy, editor

    Never Desire a Duke
    by Lily Dalton
    Grand Central Publishing, Forever
    Michele Bidelspach, editor

    No Good Duke Goes Unpunished
    by Sarah MacLean
    HarperCollins Publishers, Avon Books
    Carrie Feron, editor 

    Plaid Tidings
    by Mia Marlowe
    Kensington Publishing Corp., Zebra
    Alicia Condon, editor 

    A Rake’s Midnight Kiss
    by Anna Campbell
    Grand Central Publishing, Forever
    Amy Pierpont, editor

    The Rogue’s Proposal
    by Jennifer Haymore
    Grand Central Publishing, Forever
    Selina McLemore, editor 

    Sins of a Ruthless Rogue
    by Anna Randol
    HarperCollins Publishers, Avon Books
    Tessa Woodward, editor

    Sonata for a Scoundrel
    by Anthea Lawson
    Self-published

     

    Inspirational Romance

    Five Days in Skye
    by Carla Laureano
    David C. Cook
    John Blase and Tonya Osterhouse, editors

    Promise to Return
    by Elizabeth Byler Younts
    Simon & Schuster, Howard Books
    Beth Adams and Amanda Demastus, editors

     

    Paranormal Romance

    The Burning Sky
    by Sherry Thomas
    HarperCollins Publishers, Balzer & Bray
    Donna Bray, editor

    Caged Warrior
    by Lindsey Piper
    Pocket Books
    Lauren McKenna, editor

    Demon Hunting in a Dive Bar
    by Lexi George
    Kensington Publishing Corp., Brava
    Alicia Condon 

    The Devil’s Heart
    by Cathy Maxwell
    HarperCollins Publishers, Avon Books
    Lucia Macro, editor

    Diamond Dust
    by Vivian Arend
    Samhain Publishing
    Anne Scott, editor

    The Firebird
    by Susanna Kearsley
    Sourcebooks, Landmark
    Deb Werksman, editor 

    Heart of Obsidian
    by Nalini Singh
    Berkley Publishing Group, Berkley Sensation
    Cindy Hwang, editor 

    His Clockwork Canary
    by Beth Ciotta
    Signet
    Jhanteigh Kupihea, editor

    Immortally Ever After
    by Angie Fox
    St. Martin’s Press
    Monique Patterson, editor

    Shadowdance
    by Kristen Callihan
    Grand Central Publishing, Forever
    Alex Logan, editor 

    Skies of Gold: The Ether Chronicles
    by Zoë Archer
    HarperCollins Publishers, Avon Impulse
    Amanda Bergeron, editor 

    Teardrop
    by Lauren Kate
    Random House Group, Delacorte
    Wendy Loggia, editor 

    Witch Bound
    by Eleri Stone
    Carina Press
    Gina Bernal, editor

     

    Romance Novella

    The Bridesmaid
    by Julia London
    Sourcebooks, Casablanca
    Deb Werksman, editor

    “Defending Truth”
    by Shannon McNear
    in A Pioneer Christmas
    Barbour Publishing
    Becky Germany, editor

    How to Marry a Highlander
    by Katharine Ashe
    HarperCollins Publishers, Avon Impulse
    Lucia Macro, editor 

    How to Misbehave
    by Ruthie Knox
    Random House Group, Loveswept
    Sue Grimshaw, editor

    “Imagine Me and You”
    by Maisey Yates
    in Animal Attraction
    Harlequin, HQN
    Margo Lipschultz, editor

    Mine Under the Mistletoe
    by Kat Latham
    Carina Press
    Angela James, editor

    Take Me, Cowboy
    by Jane Porter
    Tule Publishing, Montana Born Books
    Tessa Shapcott, editor

    Take What You Want
    by Jeanette Grey
    Samhain Publishing
    Jennifer Miller, editor

    “Too Fast to Fall”
    by Victoria Dahl
    in Be Mine
    Harlequin, HQN
    Tara Parsons, editor

     

    Romantic Suspense

    Justice for Sara
    by Erica Spindler
    St. Martin’s Press
    Jennifer Weiss, editor

    The Killing Game
    by Toni Anderson
    Self-published

    Off the Edge
    by Carolyn Crane
    Self-published

    Thrill Ride
    by Julie Ann Walker
    Sourcebooks, Casablanca
    Leah Hultenschmidt, editor

     

    Short Contemporary Romance

    A Conflict of Interest
    by Barbara Dunlop
    Harlequin, Desire
    Charles Griemsman, editor

    Free Fall
    by Karen Foley
    Harlequin, Blaze
    Brenda Chin, editor

    Her Accidental Boyfriend
    by Robin Bielman
    Entangled Publishing, Bliss
    Stacy Abrams and Wendy Chen, editors 

    Her Secret, His Baby
    by Tanya Michaels
    Harlequin, American Romance
    Johanna Raisanen, editor

    A Royal without Rules
    by Caitlin Crews
    Harlequin, Presents
    Megan Haslam, editor 

    Why Resist a Rebel?
    by Leah Ashton
    Harlequin KISS
    Meg Lewis, editor

     

     

    2014 Golden Heart® Finalists

    Contemporary Romance

    “Love in Living Color” by Shelly C. Alexander

    “Too Good to Be True” by Suzanne Kaufman Kalb

     

    Historical Romance

    “Charlene and the Duchess Factory” by Lenora Bell

    “The Earl Next Door” by Charis Calhoon

    “A Haunting Desire” by Julie Mulhern

    “Much Ado about Scandal” by Jillian Lark

    “The Seer” by Gwynlyn MacKenzie

    “A Soldier’s Serenade” by Ellen Lindseth

    “The Unseducible Earl” by Sheri Humphreys

    “Wicked Things” by Laura Trentham

    “A Wild and Wicked Wind” by Laura Trentham

     

    Inspirational Romance

    “Against the Peace” by Carrie Padgett

    “Better Than a Movie” by Sara Tompkins

    “My Lord Valet” by Kristi Ann Hunter 

    “A Virtuous Ruby” by Piper Huguley

     

    Paranormal Romance

    “Beyond the Fire” by Marni Folsom

    “Fit To Die” by Pintip Dunn

    “Hidden Magic” by Shelly Chalmers

    “Valhalla’s King” by Asa Maria Bradley

     

    Romantic Suspense

    “Chasing Damn” by Denny S. Bryce

    “Dangerous Dreams” by Abbie Roads

    “Fatal Fragrances” by Connie Taxdal

    “In a Sea of Change” by Deborah Wilding

    “Secrets That Kill” by Sarah Andre

    “See Her No More” by Sharon Wray

     

    Short Contemporary

    “Bringing Delaney Home” by Lee Kilraine

    “Poetic Justice” by Nan Dixon

    “Yesterday’s Promise” by Sarah Cannon

     

    Young Adult Romance

    “Altered” by Marnee Bailey

    “Carlie in Crisis” by Pintip Dunn

    “Carma Always” by Stephanie Winkelhake 

    “Chasing Fireworks” by Kimberly MacCarron

    “To Feel or Not To Feel” by Kimberly MacCarron

    “Four Bullets” by Amy DeLuca

    “Letting Go” by Jessica Ruddick

    “Macha and the River Blue” by Barbara Gerry

    “The Thing with Feathers” by McCall Hoyle

    “This Is Your Afterlife” by Vanessa Barneveld

    Released: March 26, 2014, 6:41 am | Updated: April 24, 2014, 7:03 am
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