2018 RITA and Golden Heart Finalists

Romance Writers of America Announces 2018 Contest Finalists

Romance Writers of America (RWA), the trade association for romance fiction authors, announces the finalists for the 2018 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 The Golden Heart recognizes excellence in unpublished romance manuscripts.

The winners will be announced July 19 at the 2018 RWA Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado.

Congratulations to the finalists!

 

 

RITA Finalists

 

Best First Book

Black Bird of the Gallows Meg Kassel

Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel

Entangled Publishing, Entangled Teen

Liz Pelletier, editor

His Perfect Partner by Priscilla Oliveras Priscilla Oliveras

His Perfect Partner by Priscilla Oliveras

Kensington Publishing Corp., Zebra Shout

Martin Biro, editor

Take the Lead by Alexis Daria Alexis Daria

Take the Lead by Alexis Daria

St. Martin's Press, Swerve

Holly Ingraham, editor

The Thing with Feathers by McCall Hoyle McCall Hoyle

The Thing with Feathers by McCall Hoyle

HarperCollins, Blink

Jillian Manning, editor

Waltzing with the Earl by Catherine Tinley Catherine Tinley

Waltzing with the Earl by Catherine Tinley

Harlequin Mills & Boon, Historical

Julia Williams, editor

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Contemporary Romance: Long

The Dating Game Avril Tremayne

The Dating Game by Avril Tremayne

HarperCollins, HQ Digital

Victoria Oundjian, editor

Falling Hard by Lexi Ryan Lexi Ryan

Falling Hard by Lexi Ryan

Self-Published

Rhonda Merwarth, editor

Famous by Jenny Holiday Jenny Holiday

Famous by Jenny Holiday

Self-Published

Tracy Montoya, editor

No One but You by Brenda Novak Brenda Novak

No One but You by Brenda Novak

Harlequin, Mira

Emily Ohanjanians, editor

Take the Lead Alexis Daria

Take the Lead by Alexis Daria

St. Martin's Press, Swerve

Holly Ingraham, editor

Tougher in Texas by Kari Lynn Dell Kari Lynn Dell

Tougher in Texas by Kari Lynn Dell

Sourcebooks, Casablanca

Mary Altman, editor

The Whys Have It by Amy Matayo Amy Matayo

The Whys Have It by Amy Matayo

Self-Published

Kristin Avila, editor

The Wingman by Natasha Anders Natasha Anders

The Wingman by Natasha Anders

Amazon, Montlake Publishing

Melody Guy, editor

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Contemporary Romance: Mid-Length

The F-Word by Sandra Marton Sandra Marton

The F-Word by Sandra Marton

Self-Published

Gretchen Stull, editor

His Perfect Partner by Priscilla Oliveras Priscilla Oliveras

His Perfect Partner by Priscilla Oliveras

Kensington Publishing Corp., Zebra Shout

Martin Biro, editor

Lucky Charmed by Sharla Lovelace Sharla Lovelace

Lucky Charmed by Sharla Lovelace

Kensington Publishing Corp., Lyrical Shine

Wendy McCurdy, editor

New Leash on Life by Roxanne St. Claire Roxanne St Claire

New Leash on Life by Roxanne St. Claire

Self-Published

Kristi Yanta, editor

Redemption by Kelly Moran Kelly Moran

Redemption by Kelly Moran

Self-Published

A. J. Nuest, editor

Royally Wed by Teri Wilson Teri Wilson

Royally Wed by Teri Wilson

Pocket Books, Pocket Star

Marla Daniels, editor

Summer Stock by Vanessa North Vanessa North

Summer Stock by Vanessa North

Riptide Publishing

Carole-Ann Galloway, editor

Tell Me by Abigail Strom Abigail Strom

Tell Me by Abigail Strom

Amazon, Montlake Publishing

Maria Gomez and Charlotte Herscher, editors

This Can’t Be Love by Maria Geraci Maria Geraci

This Can’t Be Love by Maria Geraci

Self-Published

Rhoda McDuffey, editor

You Do Something to Me by Bella Andre Bella Andre

You Do Something to Me (The Sullivans) by Bella Andre

Oak Press, LLC

Shelley Bates, editor

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Contemporary Romance: Short

The Billionaire's Christmas Baby by Marion Lennox Marion Lennox

The Billionaire’s Christmas Baby by Marion Lennox

Harlequin, Romance

Sheila Hodgson, editor

Christmas at the Graff by Kaylie Newell Kaylie Newell photo

Christmas at the Graff by Kaylie Newell

Tule Publishing, Montana Born

Sinclair Sawhney, editor

A Christmas Miracle by Amy Andrews Amy Andrews

A Christmas Miracle by Amy Andrews

Harlequin Mills & Boon, Medical

Megan Haslam, editor

The Cowboy Upstairs by Tanya Michaels Tanya Michaels

The Cowboy Upstairs by Tanya Michaels

Harlequin, Western Romance

Johanna Raisanen, editor

The Doctor and the Princess by Scarlet Wilson Scarlet Wilson

The Doctor and the Princess by Scarlet Wilson

Harlequin Mills & Boon, Medical Romance

Nicola Caws, editor

Miracle on Chance Avenue by Jane Porter Jane Porter

Miracle on Chance Avenue by Jane Porter

Tule Publishing, Montana Born

The Princess Problem by Teri Wilson Teri Wilson

The Princess Problem by Teri Wilson

Harlequin, Special Edition

Gail Chasan, editor

Second Chance Summer by Kait Nolan Kait Nolan

Second Chance Summer by Kait Nolan

Self-Published

Susan Bischoff, editor

The Sheikh’s Convenient Princess by Liz Fielding Liz Fielding

The Sheikh’s Convenient Princess by Liz Fielding

Harlequin, Romance

Bryony Green, editor

Troy by Amy Andrews Amy Andrews

Troy (American Extreme Bullrider Tour #5) by Amy Andrews

Tule Publishing

Sinclair Sawheny, editor

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Erotic Romance

Constant Craving by Tamara Lush Tamara Lush

Constant Craving by Tamara Lush

Self-Published

Jami Nord, editor

Deposition and a Dare by Evelyn Adams Tamara Lush

Deposition and a Dare by Evelyn Adams

Self-Published

The Atwater Group, editor

The Rivalry by Nikki Sloane Nikki Sloane

The Rivalry by Nikki Sloane

Self-Published

Karen Dale Harris, editor

Stud by Jamie Schmidt Jamie Schmidt

Stud by Jamie Schmidt

Penguin Random House, Loveswept

Sue Grimshaw, editor

Wicked Dirty by J. Kenner J Kenner

Wicked Dirty by J. Kenner

Martini & Olive Books

Martini & Olive, editor

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Historical Romance: Long

Between the Devil and the Duke by Kelly Bowen Kelly Bowen

Between the Devil and the Duke by Kelly Bowen

Grand Central Publishing, Forever

Alex Logan, editor

The Day of the Duchess by Sarah MacLean Sarah MacLean

The Day of the Duchess by Sarah MacLean

HarperCollins, Avon Books

Carrie Feron, editor

Mad for the Marquess by Jess Russell Jess Russell

Mad for the Marquess by Jess Russell

The Wild Rose Press, Tea Rose

Nicole D’Arienzio, editor

The Scandalous Flirt by Olivia Drake Olivia Drake

The Scandalous Flirt by Olivia Drake

St. Martin’s Press

Jennifer Enderlin, editor

The Scoundrel’s Honor by Christi Caldwell Christi Caldwell

The Scoundrel’s Honor by Christi Caldwell

Amazon, Montlake Publishing

Alison Dasho, editor

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Historical Romance: Short

Blame It on the Duke by Lenora Bell Lenora Bell

Blame It on the Duke by Lenora Bell

HarperCollins, Avon Books

Carrie Feron, editor

The Demon Duke by Margaret Locke Margaret Locke

The Demon Duke by Margaret Locke

Self-Published

Tessa Shapcott, editor

The Rogue’s Conquest by Lily Maxton Lily Maxton

The Rogue’s Conquest by Lily Maxton

Entangled Publishing, Scandalous

Alycia Tornetta, editor

The Scandal of It All by Sophie Jordan Sophie Jordan

The Scandal of It All by Sophie Jordan

HarperCollins, Avon Books

May Chen, editor

A Scottish Lord for Christmas by Lauren Smith Lauren Smith

A Scottish Lord for Christmas by Lauren Smith

Grand Central Publishing, Forever Yours

Madeleine Colavita, editor

Waltzing with the Earl by Catherine Tinley Catherine Tinley

Waltzing with the Earl by Catherine Tinley

Harlequin Mills & Boon, Historical

Julia Williams, editor

Within a Captain’s Soul by Lisa Olech Lisa Olech

Within a Captain’s Soul by Lisa Olech

Kensington Publishing Corp., Lyrical Press

Amanda Siemen, editor

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Mainstream Fiction with a Central Romance

The Night Mark by Tiffany Reisz Tiffany Reisz

The Night Mark by Tiffany Reisz

Harlequin, Mira

Susan Swinwood, editor

Now that You Mention It by Kristan Higgins Kristan Higgins

Now that You Mention It by Kristan Higgins

Harlequin, HQN

Susan Swinwood, editor

Shelter the Sea by Heidi Cullinan Heidi Cullinan

Shelter the Sea by Heidi Cullinan

Self-Published

Sasha Knight, editor

Unloved, a Love Story by Katy Regnery Katy Regnery

Unloved, a Love Story by Katy Regnery

Self-Published

Chris Belden and Melissa DeMeo, editors

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Paranormal Romance

Bishop by Marie Johnston Marie Johnston

Bishop by Marie Johnston

Self-Published

Razor Sharp Editing, editor

The Druid Next Door by E. J. Russell EJ Russell

The Druid Next Door by E. J. Russell

Riptide Publishing

Rachel Haimowitz, editor

Eleventh Grave in Moonlight by Darynda Jones Darynda Jones

Eleventh Grave in Moonlight by Darynda Jones

St. Martin’s Press

Jennifer Enderlin, editor

Hunt the Darkness by Stephanie Rowe Stephanie Rowe

Hunt the Darkness by Stephanie Rowe

Self-Published

Song of the Nightpiper by Hannah Meredith Hannah Meredith

Song of the Nightpiper by Hannah Meredith

Self-Published

Anna D. Allen, editor

Spectred Isle by K. J. Charles KJ Charles

Spectred Isle by K. J. Charles

Self-Published

To Enthrall the Demon Lord by Nadine Mutas Nadine Mutas

To Enthrall the Demon Lord by Nadine Mutas

Self-Published

Faith Freewoman, editor

Wanted and Wired by Vivien Jackson Vivien Jackson

Wanted and Wired by Vivien Jackson

Sourcebooks, Casablanca

Cat Clyne, editor

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Romance Novella

“Dancing with the Duke’s Heir” by Bronwyn Scott Bronwyn Scott

“Dancing with the Duke’s Heir” by Bronwyn Scott

in Scandal at the Christmas Ball

Harlequin Mills & Boon, Historical

Nicola Caws, editor

Forbidden River by Brynn Kelly Brynn Kelly

Forbidden River by Brynn Kelly

Harlequin, HQN

Allison Carroll, editor

Her Duke at Daybreak by Wendy LaCapra Wendy LaCapra

Her Duke at Daybreak by Wendy LaCapra

Self-Published

The Killion Group, editor

“In His Arms” by Jules Dixon Jules Dixon

“In His Arms” by Jules Dixon

in Falling: Small Town Love Anthology

Self-Published

Michelle Josett, editor

“The Pursuit Of…” by Courtney Milan Courtney Milan

“The Pursuit Of…” by Courtney Milan

in Hamilton’s Battalion: A Trio of Romances

Self-Published

Lindsey Faber, editor

The Secret of My Seduction by Caroline Linden Caroline Linden

The Secret of My Seduction by Caroline Linden

Self-Published

Martha Trachtenberg, editor

“Sweet Home Highlands” by May McGoldrick May McGoldrick

“Sweet Home Highlands” by May McGoldrick

in Christmas in Kilts: A Highland Holiday Box Set

St. Martin’s Press, Swerve

Christa Soule Desir and Eileen Rothschild, editors

Until the Sun Sets by Tara Wyatt Tara Wyatt

Until the Sun Sets by Tara Wyatt

St. Martin’s Press, Swerve

Holly Ingraham, editor

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Romance with Religious or Spiritual Elements

Grounded Hearts by Jeanne M. Dickson Jeanne M Dickson

Grounded Hearts by Jeanne M. Dickson

Amazon, Waterfall Press

Sheryl Zajechowski, editor

A New Shade of Summer by Nicole Deese Nicole Deese

A New Shade of Summer by Nicole Deese

Amazon, Waterfall Press

Sheryl Zajechowski, editor

A Note Yet Unsung by Tamera Alexander Tamera Alexander

A Note Yet Unsung by Tamera Alexander

Bethany House Publishers

Karen Schurrer, editor

One Simple Wish by Katy Lee Katy Lee

One Simple Wish by Katy Lee

Annie’s Fiction

Janice Tate, editor

Then There Was You by Kara Isaac Kara Isaac

Then There Was You by Kara Isaac

Self-Published

Iola Goulton and Halee Matthews, editors

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Romantic Suspense

Critical Instinct by Janie Crouch Janie Crouch

Critical Instinct by Janie Crouch

Amazon

Stephanie Scott, editor

The Fixer by HelenKay Dimon HelenKay Dimon

The Fixer by HelenKay Dimon

HarperCollins, Avon Books

May Chen, editor

Guarding Mr. Fine by HelenKay Dimon HelenKay Dimon

Guarding Mr. Fine by HelenKay Dimon

Penguin Random House, Loveswept

Shauna Summers, editor

Montana Heat: Escape to You by Jennifer Ryan Jennifer Ryan

Montana Heat: Escape to You by Jennifer Ryan

HarperCollins, Avon Books

Lucia Macro, editor

Say You’re Sorry by Melinda Leigh Melinda Leigh

Say You’re Sorry by Melinda Leigh

Amazon, Montlake Publishing

Charlotte Herscher and Anh Schluep, editors

Too Wilde to Tame by Tonya Burrows Tonya Burrows

Too Wilde to Tame by Tonya Burrows

Entangled Publishing, Ignite

Heather Howland, editor

Touch of Red by Laura Griffin Laura Griffin

Touch of Red by Laura Griffin

Pocket Books

Abby Zidle, editor

The Transporter by Liz Maverick Liz Maverick

The Transporter by Liz Maverick

Amazon, Montlake Publishing

Alison Dasho, editor

Under Fire by Scarlett Cole Scarlett Cole

Under Fire by Scarlett Cole

St. Martin’s Press

Lizzie Poteet, editor

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Young Adult Romance

Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel Meg Kassel

Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel

Entangled Publishing, Entangled Teen

Liz Pelletier, editor

Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer no photo provided

Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

Bloomsbury Publishing, Bloomsbury Children's USA

Mary Kate Castellani, editor

Seize Today by Pintip Dunn Pintip Dunn

Seize Today by Pintip Dunn

Entangled Publishing, Entangled Teen

Liz Pelletier, editor

The Thing with Feathers by McCall Hoyle McCall Hoyle

The Thing with Feathers by McCall Hoyle

HarperCollins, Blink

Jillian Manning, editor

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Golden Heart Finalists

 

Contemporary Romance

Jessa Gwinn

Beauty and the Blackmail by Jessa Gwinn

Arianna James

Caught on Film by Arianna James

Gwynne Jackson

Duet by Gwynne Jackson

Sarah Morgenthaler

Fighter by Sarah Morgenthaler

Josee Telfer

A Hope to Build On by Josee Telfer

Amy Kathryn Jones

How to Reset a Broken Heart by Amy Kathryn Jones

Cheryl Ford

The Instant Family Algorithm by Cheryl Ford

Katherine Olson

North Star by Katherine Olson

Melanie Edmonds

Played by Melanie Edmonds

Arianna James

Thrown by Arianna James

Alexandria Bellefleur

Well-Played by Alexandria Bellefleur

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Contemporary Romance: Short

Meredith Clark

The Billionaire’s Stand-In Wife by Meredith Clark

Janet Raye Stevens

Cole for Christmas by Janet Raye Stevens

Jamie Dallas

Falling for the Best Man by Jamie Dallas

D Murphy Ryan

Out of the Shadows by D. Murphy Ryan

Marty Mayberry

Somebody Like You by Marty Mayberry

Sara L Hudson

Space Junk: Houston, We Have a Hottie by Sara L. Hudson

Barbra Campbell

Watching by Barbra Campbell

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Historical Romance

Suzanne Turner The Art of the Scandal by Suzanne Turner
no photo provided The Duke’s Seduction by Masha Levinson
Scarlett Peckham The Duke of Charlotte Street by Scarlett Peckham
Scarlett Peckham The Earl I Ruined by Scarlett Peckham
Kate Belli A Featured Affair by Kate Belli
Scarlett Peckham The Rakess by Scarlett Peckham
Laura Conner Kestner Remember Texas by Laura Conner Kestner
Eileen Emerson An Unloved Earl by Eileen Emerson

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Mainstream Fiction with a Central Romance

Anna Murray Birds of a Feather by Anna Murray
Elizabeth Chatsworth The Brass Queen by Elizabeth Chatsworth
Susan J Bickford Circle in Time by Susan J. Bickford
Megan McGee Jane Darling’s Rules of Inheritance by Megan McGee
Brenda Lowder Keeping the Piece by Brenda Lowder
Gabrielle Luthy Midnight on Topanga Canyon Boulevard by Gabrielle Luthy
Janet Jimenez Veiled Intent by Janet Jimenez
Denny S. Bryce Wild Women and the Blues by Denny S. Bryce

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Paranormal Romance

Alexia Chantel

Awakening the Blades by Alexia Chantel

Jeanne Oates Estridge

The Demon’s in the Details by Jeanne Oates Estridge

Ginger Kenney

Freeing Eden by Ginger Kenney

Megan Starks

House of Ash and Brimstone by Megan Starks

Alicia Anthony

Inherent Lies by Alicia Anthony

Kay Hudson

Jinn on the Rocks by Kay Hudson

Kimberly MacCarron

Leap of Fate by Kimberly MacCarron

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Romantic Suspense

Tracy Brody

Deadly Aim by Tracy Brody

Pamela Varnado

Extreme Fear by Pamela Varnado

Laura Conner Kestner

Fair Haven by Laura Conner Kestner

Marty Mayberry

Fearless by Marty Mayberry

Leslie Marshman

Goode Over Evil by Leslie Marshman

Jeanine Englert

Lovely Digits by Jeanine Englert

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Young Adult Romance

TL Sumner

All Our Broken Pieces by TL Sumner

Lana Pattinson

Engineering Kit Sinclair by Lana Pattinson

Kimberly MacCarron

Loving Outside the Lines by Kimberly MacCarron

CR Grissom

Mouthful by C. R. Grissom

Kimberly MacCarron

Our Red String by Kimberly MacCarron

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