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    2012 RITA® and Golden Heart® Winners

    Romance Writers of America congratulates the winners of the 2012 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 The Golden Heart recognizes excellence in unpublished romance manuscripts.

    2012 RITA Winners

    Best First Book

    Darynda Jones First Grave on the Right First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones
    St. Martin’s Press
    Jennifer Enderlin, editor
     

    Contemporary Series Romance

    Sarah Morgan Doukakis’s Apprentice Doukakis's Apprentice by Sarah Morgan
    Harlequin Presents
    Lucy Gilmour, editor
     

    Contemporary Series Romance: Suspense/Adventure

    Cindy Dees Soldier’s Last Stand Soldier’s Last Stand by Cindy Dees
    Harlequin Romantic Suspense
    Patience Bloom, editor
     

    Contemporary Single Title Romance

    Fiona Lowe Boomerang Bride Boomerang Bride by Fiona Lowe
    Carina Press
    Charlotte Herscher, editor
     

    Historical Romance

    Joanna Bourne Black Hawk The Black Hawk by Joanna Bourne
    Berkley Publishing Group
    Wendy McCurdy, editor
     

    Inspirational Romance

    Serena Miller Measure of Katie Calloway The Measure of Katie Calloway by Serena Miller
    Revell
    Vicki Crumpton, editor
     

    Novel with Strong Romantic Elements

    Barbara O’Neal How to Bake a Perfect Life How to Bake a Perfect Life by Barbara O’Neal
    Ballantine Bantam Dell
    Shauna Summers, editor
     

    Paranormal Romance

    Thea Harrison Dragon Bound Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison
    Berkley Publishing Group
    Cindy Hwang, editor
     

    Regency Historical Romance

    Tessa Dare Night to Surrender A Night to Surrender by Tessa Dare
    Avon Books
    Tessa Woodward, editor
     

    Romance Novella

    Caroline Linden I Love the Earl I Love the Earl by Caroline Linden
    Avon Impulse
    Lyssa Keusch, editor
     

    Romantic Suspense

    JD Robb New York to Dallas New York to Dallas by J.D. Robb
    Penguin Putnam
    Leslie Gelbman, editor
     

    Young Adult Romance

    Ann Aguirre Enclave Enclave by Ann Aguirre
    Macmillan Feiwel & Friends
    Liz Szabla, editor

     

    2012 Golden Heart Winners

    Contemporary Series Romance

    Tamra Baumann "Cyrano at Your Service" by Tamra Baumann
     

    Contemporary Single Title Romance

    Tamar Bihari "No Peeking" by Tamar Bihari (w/a Talia Quinn Daniels)
     

    Historical Romance

    Elisa Beatty "The Devil May Care" by Elisa Beatty
     

    Inspirational Romance

    Karen Fleming "Love’s Advocate" by Karen Fleming
     

    Novel with Strong Romantic Elements

    Lisa Laing "Song without Words" by Lisa Laing
     

    Paranormal Romance

    Lorenda Christensen "Never Deal with Dragons" by Lorenda Christensen
     

    Regency Historical Romance

    Kimberly Ohara "The Perfect Heiress" by Kimberly Ohara (w/a April Bennet)
     

    Romantic Suspense

    Elizabeth Bemis "Edge of Deception" by Elizabeth Bemis
     

    Young Adult Romance

    Romily Bernard "Wired" by Romily Bernard