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    Romance Writers of America Announces 2013 Contest Finalists

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 The Golden Heart recognizes excellence in unpublished romance manuscripts.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

    RITA Finalists: Golden Heart Finalists:

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    2013 RITA Finalists

    Best First Book Finalists

    The Anatomist's Wife Anna Lee Huber The Anatomist’s Wife by Anna Lee Huber
    Penguin Group USA, Berkley Publishing Group
    Michelle Vega, editor
    Crazy Little Thing Tracy Brogan Crazy Little Thing by Tracy Brogan
    Amazon Publishing, Montlake Romance
    Kelli Martin, editor
    Firelight Kristen Callihan Firelight by Kristen Callihan
    Grand Central Publishing, Forever
    Alex Logan, editor

     


    Forged in Fire Trish McCallan Forged in Fire by Trish McCallan
    Amazon Publishing, Montlake Romance
    Lindsay Guzzardo, editor
    Ghost Planet Sharon Lynn Fisher Ghost Planet by Sharon Lynn Fisher
    Tom Doherty Associates, Tor Books
    Whitney Ross, editor
    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

     

    My Life Next Door Huntley Fitzpatrick My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
    Penguin Group USA, Dial Books for Young Readers
    Jessica Garrison, editor
    Pushing the Limits Katie McGarry Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
    Harlequin, Harlequin Teen
    Margo Lipschultz, editor
     

    Contemporary Single Title Romance Finalists

    About Last Night Ruthie Knox  About Last Night by Ruthie Knox
    Random House Group, Loveswept
    Sue Grimshaw, editor

     

    Barefoot in the Sand Roxanne St. Claire Barefoot in the Sand by Roxanne St. Claire
    Grand Central Publishing, Forever
    Amy Pierpont, editor

     

    Forever and a Day Jill Shalvis Forever and a Day by Jill Shalvis
    Grand Central Publishing, Forever
    Alex Logan, editor
    Lucky in Love Jill Shalvis Lucky in Love by Jill Shalvis
    Grand Central Publishing, Forever
    Alex Logan, editor
    Melt Into You Roni Loren Melt into You by Roni Loren
    Penguin Group USA, Berkley Heat
    Kate Seaver, editor

     

    Sugar Springs Kim Law Sugar Springs by Kim Law
    Amazon Publishing, Montlake Romance
    Kelli Martin, editor

     

    The Way Back Home Barbara Freethy The Way Back Home by Barbara Freethy
    Simon & Schuster, Pocket Books
    Micki Nuding, editor
    Zoe's Muster Barbara Hannay Zoe’s Muster by Barbara Hannay
    Penguin Group Australia, Michael Joseph Books
    Belinda Byrne, editor
     

    Historical Romance Finalists

    Beauty and the Bounty Hunter Lori Austin Beauty and the Bounty Hunter by Lori Austin
    Penguin Group USA, Signet
    Claire Zion, editor
    Bride by Mistake Anne Gracie Bride by Mistake by Anne Gracie
    Penguin Group USA, Berkley Sensation
    Wendy McCurdy, editor

     

    Defiant Pamela Clare Defiant by Pamela Clare
    Penguin Group USA, Berkley Sensation
    Cindy Hwang, editor
    A Lady Never Surrenders Sabrina Jeffries A Lady Never Surrenders by Sabrina Jeffries
    Simon & Schuster, Pocket Books
    Micki Nuding, editor
    The Recruit Monica McCarty The Recruit by Monica McCarty
    Random House Group, Ballantine Books
    Kate Collins, editor
    A Rogue by Any Other Name Sarah MacLean A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean
    HarperCollins Publishers, Avon Books
    Carrie Feron, editor
    Too Dangerous to Desire Cara Elliott Too Dangerous to Desire by Cara Elliott
    Grand Central Publishing, Forever
    Lauren Plude, editor
    Wedded in Sin Jade Lee  

    Wedded in Sin by Jade Lee
    Penguin Group USA, Berkley Sensation
    Kate Seaver, editor

     


     

    Inspirational Romance Finalists

    Against the Tide Elizabeth Camden Against the Tide by Elizabeth Camden
    Baker Publishing Group, Bethany House Publishers
    Raela Schoenherr, editor
    Betrayal Robin Lee Hatcher Betrayal by Robin Lee Hatcher
    Zondervan
    Sue Brower and Leslie Peterson, editors
    An Heiress at Heart Jennifer Delamere An Heiress at Heart by Jennifer Delamere
    Grand Central Publishing, Forever
    Lauren Plude, editor
    A House Full of Hope Missy Tippens A House Full of Hope by Missy Tippens
    Harlequin, Love Inspired Books
    Emily Rodmell and Rachel Burkot, editors
    My Stubborn Heart Becky Wade My Stubborn Heart by Becky Wade
    Baker Publishing Group, Bethany House Publishers
    Sarah Long, editor
    Naomi's Christmas Marta Perry Naomi’s Christmas by Marta Perry
    Penguin Group USA, Berkley Trade
    Ellen Edwards, editor
    The Soldier's Wife Cheryl Reavis The Soldier’s Wife by Cheryl Reavis
    Harlequin, Love Inspired Books
    Tara Gavin, editor
    The Wedding Dress Rachel Hauck The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck
    Thomas Nelson, Inc.
    Ami McConnell, editor
     

    Long Contemporary Series Romance Finalists

    A Cold Creek Noel RaeAnne Thayne A Cold Creek Noel by RaeAnne Thayne
    Harlequin, Special Edition
    Gail Chasan, editor
    From Father to Son Janice Kay Johnson From Father to Son by Janice Kay Johnson
    Harlequin, Superromance
    Wanda Ottewell, editor
    A Gift for all Seasons Karen Templeton A Gift for All Seasons by Karen Templeton
    Harlequin, Special Edition
    Gail Chasan, editor
    A Life Rebuilt Jean Brashear A Life Rebuilt by Jean Brashear
    Harlequin, Superromance
    Adrienne Macintosh, editor
    Making Her Way Home Janice Kay Johnson Making Her Way Home by Janice Kay Johnson
    Harlequin, Superromance
    Wanda Ottewell, editor
    No Ordinary Joe Michelle Celmer No Ordinary Joe by Michelle Celmer
    Harlequin, Special Edition
    Charles Greimsman, editor
    Out of the Depths Pamela Hearon Out of the Depths by Pamela Hearon
    Harlequin, Superromance
    Megan Long, editor
    A Texas Chance Jean Brashear A Texas Chance by Jean Brashear
    Harlequin, Superromance
    Adrienne Macintosh, editor
     

    Novel with Strong Romantic Elements Finalists

    The Anatomist's Wife Anna Lee Huber The Anatomist’s Wife by Anna Lee Huber
    Penguin Group USA, Berkley Publishing Group
    Michelle Vega, editor
    Before and Ever Since Sharla Lovelace Before and Ever Since by Sharla Lovelace
    Penguin Group USA, Berkley Sensation
    Wendy McCurdy, editor
    Bridge of Scarlet Leaves Kristina McMorris Bridge of Scarlet Leaves by Kristina McMorris
    Kensington Publishing Corp.
    John Scognamiglio, editor
    A Girl Like You Maria Geraci A Girl Like You by Maria Geraci
    Penguin Group USA, Berkley Trade
    Wendy McCurdy, editor
    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
    Time's Echo Pamela Hartshorne Time’s Echo by Pamela Hartshorne
    Macmillan Publishers, Ltd., Pan Macmillan
    Wayne Brookes, editor
    The Welcome Committee of Butternut Creek Jane Myers Perrine The Welcome Committee of Butternut Creek
    by Jane Myers Perrine
    Hachette Book Group, Faith Words
    Christina Boys, editor
     

    Paranormal Romance Finalists

    Angel in Chains Cynthia Eden Angel in Chains by Cynthia Eden
    Kensington Publishing Corp., Brava
    Megan Records, editor
    Edge of Oblivion J.T. Geissinger Edge of Oblivion by J.T. Geissinger
    Amazon Publishing, Montlake Romance
    Eleni Caminis, editor
    Immortally Yours Angie Fox Immortally Yours by Angie Fox
    St. Martin’s Press
    Monique Patterson, editor
    Lothaire Kresley Cole Lothaire by Kresley Cole
    Simon & Schuster, Pocket Books
    Lauren McKenna, editor
    Mark of the Witch Maggie Shayne Mark of the Witch by Maggie Shayne
    Harlequin, MIRA
    Leslie Wainger, editor
    Moonglow
    Kristen Callihan Moonglow by Kristen Callihan
    Grand Central Publishing, Forever
    Alex Logan, editor
    Rogue Rider
    Larissa Ione Rogue Rider by Larissa Ione
    Grand Central Publishing, Forever
    Amy Pierpont, editor
    Shadow's Claim
    Kresley Cole Shadow’s Claim by Kresley Cole
    Simon & Schuster, Pocket Books
    Lauren McKenna, editor
     

    Romance Novella Finalists

    Breathless Sophie Jordan Breathless by Sophie Jordan
    HarperCollins, HarperTeen Impulse
    Kari Sutherland, editor
    The Duchess of Love Sally MacKenzie The Duchess of Love by Sally MacKenzie
    Kensington Publishing Corp., Zebra
    Audrey LaFehr, editor
    Room at the Inn Ruthie Knox “Room at the Inn” by Ruthie Knox in Naughty & Nice
    Random House Group, Loveswept
    Sue Grimshaw, editor
    Seduced by a Pirate Eloisa James Seduced by a Pirate by Eloisa James
    HarperCollins, Avon Impulse
    Carrie Feron, editor
    Sleeping with a Beauty Leslie Kelly “Sleeping with a Beauty” by Leslie Kelly
    in Once Upon a Valentine
    Harlequin, Blaze
    Brenda Chin, editor
    The Valentine's Curse Jodi Thomas “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 J.D. Robb Celebrity in Death by J.D. Robb
    Penguin Group USA, Putnam
    Leslie Gelbman editor
    Dead Heat Bronwyn Parry Dead Heat by Bronwyn Parry
    Hachette Australia
    Bernadette Foley, editor
    Don't Cry for Me Sharon Sala Don’t Cry for Me by Sharon Sala
    Harlequin, MIRA
    Leslie Wainger, editor
    Forged in Fire Trish McCallan Forged in Fire by Trish McCallan
    Amazon Publishing, Montlake Romance
    Lindsay Guzzardo, editor
    Last Man Standing Cindy Gerard Last Man Standing by Cindy Gerard
    Simon & Schuster, Pocket Star Books
    Micki Nuding, editor
    Scorched Laura Griffin Scorched by Laura Griffin
    Simon & Schuster, Pocket Star Books
    Abby Zidle, editor
    Twisted Laura Griffin Twisted by Laura Griffin
    Simon & Schuster, Pocket Star Books
    Abby Zidle, editor
    Vortex Cherry Adair Vortex by Cherry Adair
    St. Martin’s Press
    Rose Hilliard, editor
     

    Short Contemporary Series Romance Finalists

    Becoming Dante Day Leclaire Becoming Dante by Day Leclaire
    Harlequin, Desire
    Mary-Theresa Hussey, editor
    Cowboy in the Crossfire Robin Perini Cowboy in the Crossfire by Robin Perini
    Harlequin, Intrigue
    Allison Lyons, editor
    The Last Single Maverick Christine Rimmer The Last Single Maverick by Christine Rimmer
    Harlequin, Special Edition
    Gail Chasan and Susan Litman, editors
    A Marriage Worth Fighting For Lilian Darcy A Marriage Worth Fighting For by Lilian Darcy
    Harlequin, Special Edition
    Bryony Green, editor
    A Night of No Return Sarah Morgan A Night of No Return by Sarah Morgan
    Harlequin, Presents
    Lucy Gilmour, editor
    Surgeon Sheik's Rescue Loreth Anne White Surgeon Sheik’s Rescue by Loreth Anne White
    Harlequin, Romantic Suspense
    Susan Litman, editor
    The Tycoon's Secret Daughter Susan Meier The Tycoon’s Secret Daughter by Susan Meier
    Harlequin, Romance
    Sally Williamson, editor
    We'll Always Have Paris Jessica Hart We’ll Always Have Paris by Jessica Hart
    Harlequin, Romance
    Lucy Gilmour, editor
     

    Young Adult Romance Finalists

    Bound Erica O'Rourke Bound by Erica O’Rourke
    Kensington Publishing Corp., KTeen
    Alicia Condon, editor
    The Farm Emily McKay The Farm by Emily McKay
    Penguin Group USA, Berkley Publishing Group
    Michelle Vega, editor
    Grave Mercy Robin LaFevers Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, Houghton Mifflin
    Kate O’Sullivan, editor
    Pushing the Limits Katie McGarry Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
    Harlequin, Harlequin Teen
    Margo Lipschultz, editor

     

     

    2013 Golden Heart Finalists

    Contemporary Series Romance Finalists

    Miranda Liasson "Baby on Board—Help!" by Miranda Liasson
    Greta MacEachern "The Billionaire's Hypnotized Mistress" by Greta MacEachern
    Gail Hart "Confessions of the World's Oldest Shotgun Bride" by Gail Hart
    Kristin Noel Fischer "Her Soldier Returns" by Kristin Noel Fischer
    Sharon Calvin "Jayhawk Down" by Sharon Calvin
    Nan Dixon "Southern Comforts" by Nan Dixon
     

    Contemporary Single Title Romance Finalists

    Sonali Dev "The Bollywood Bad Boy" by Sonali Dev
    Nan Dixon "Clean Sweep" by Nan Dixon
    Sheila Athens "Climb to Freedom" by Sheila Athens
    Jacqueline Floyd "Everybody Knows..." by Jacqueline Floyd
    Leslie Lynch "Hijacked" by Leslie Lynch
    Jane O'Hanlon "Objection Overruled" by Jane O'Hanlon
    Katie Graykowski "Place Your Betts" by Katie Graykowski
    Talia Q Daniels "What's Yours Is Mine" by Tamar Bihari writing as Talia Quinn Daniels
     

    Historical Romance Finalists

    Jacqui Nelson "Between Love and Lies" by Jacqui Nelson
    Piper Huguley "A Champion's Heart" by Piper Huguley
    Oberon Wonch "Come to Me" by Oberon Wonch
    Joanna Shupe "Drawn to the Earl" by Joanna Shupe
    Joanne Lockyer "The Last Light of Dusk" by Joanne Lockyer
    Eliss Baker “The Promise of Dawn” by Eliss Baker
    Sally Orr "The Rake's Handbook" by Sally Orr
    Thomasine Rappold "Sense and Seduction" by Thomasine Rappold
     

    Paranormal Romance Finalists

    Mariah Ankenman "Dark Secret" by Mariah Ankenman
    India Powers "Demon's Bane" by India Powers
    Tara Sheets "Guardian" by Tara Sheets
    Kay Hudson "Jinn & Tonic" by Kay Hudson
    AE Jones "Mind Sweeper" by Amy Jones writing as AE Jones
    Dawn Marie Hamilton "Sea Panther" by Dawn Marie Hamilton
    Lark Howard "Shadows in the Deep" by Lark Howard
    Ella Sheridan "Unbroken" by Ella Sheridan
     

    Romantic Suspense Finalists

    Krista Hall Reynolds "Broken Places" by Krista Hall Reynolds
    Sandra Owens "Crazy for Her" by Sandra Owens
    Sharon Wray "Juliet's Rogue" by Sharon Wray
    Chris Taylor "The Predator" by Chris Taylor
    Laurie Cooper “Rampant Perfection” by Laurie Cooper
    Sharon Wray "Rogue's Redemption" by Sharon Wray
    Jacqui Nelson "The Shadow Hour" by Jacqui Nelson
    Miranda Liasson "Spies, Lies, and Debutantes" by Miranda Liasson
     

    Young Adult Romance Finalists

    Bonnie Staring "Camp Awakening" by Bonnie Staring
    Amy DeLuca "Hidden Deep" by Amy DeLuca
    Kari Miller "Leath'Dhia/Birthright" by Kari Miller
    Sheri Adkins "Miranda Perry's Imported Prom Date" by Sheri Adkins
    Kimberly MacCarron "Sticks and Stones" by Kimberly MacCarron
    Darcy Woods "Summer of Supernova" by Darcy Woods
    Holly Bodger "Ten" by Holly Bodger