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Mar 26 2014 3:44pm

Along Came Trouble by Ruthie KnoxIt's that time again—RWA has announced the finalists for this year's RITA and Golden Heart awards!*

Romance Writers of America is a nonprofit trade association for romance writers. Each year, RWA awards the RITA, for published fiction, and the Golden Heart, in unpublished fiction, to authors writing in a variety of genres.

*Be sure to keep checking back; we'll update the list if/when more nominees are added!

2014 RITA Contemporary Single Title Romance Finalists

Along Came Trouble by Ruthie Knox
Beach House No. 9 by Christie Ridgway
Country Roads by Nancy Herkness
Crazy Thing Called Love by Molly O'Keefe
Fix You by Beck Anderson
Half Moon Hill by Toni Blake
Home to Whiskey Creek by Brenda Novak
Homecoming Ranch by Julia London
It Had to Be You by Jill Shalvis
Letters to Nowhere by Julie Cross
Rescued by a Stranger by Lizbeth Selvig
Rumor Has It by Jill Shalvis
The Second Chance Café by Alison Kent
Sleigh Bells in the Snow by Sarah Morgan
The Sweet Spot by Laura Drake
The Way You Look Tonight by Bella Andre
Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts

[See all the nominees!...]

Nov 21 2013 6:00pm
Original Story
Molly OKeefe

Wild Child by Molly O'KeefeToday we've got a special treat—author Molly O'Keefe is here to share some deleted scenes from Wild Child, her latest release. Wild Child's heroine is a child-TV-star-turned-author, and she returns to her hometown to write another book. Of course, then she meets the hero, and things happen. Here's Molly's explanation of the exclusive outtake, followed by the scenes themselves:

Wild Child was a novel written in revisions. In the first few drafts Monica was in Bishop to write the movie screenplay based on her best-selling book about her father's murder. And Jackson didn't have a sister, but a mother in the early stages of dementia.

One of my FAVORITE series of scenes that were eventually cut from the book was the following outtake with notes being passed between Jackson and Monica. While the scenes didn't stay, the chemistry between them was started in these scenes and only made more potent in the finishing product. I hope you enjoy.


H&H Presents an Outtake from Molly O'Keefe's Wild Child:

Scarlett O’Hara was going to make an appearance.  Monica was sure of it.

Any minute, wearing a dress made out of curtains Scarlett, or a Scarlett reinactor, or some relative of Margaret Mitchell was going to come strolling down the grand curving staircase at the Peabody Bed and Breakfast and say “fiddle dee dee” or whatever the hell it was she said.

[Read the rest of a special Wild Child outtake...]

Nov 18 2013 5:30pm

Ain't She Sweet by Susan Elizabeth PhillipsThere are numerous reason why a book doesn’t work for a reader. But one of the most common is that the reader doesn’t have empathy for the character or condone his or her actions. But as many of you have already surmised, perfect characters can be pretty boring. And that is why many authors dare to take risks and create problematic, challenging characters, or characters that make objectionable mistakes.

Author Molly O’Keefe did a post at DearAuthor.com on Difficult Heroines. She interviewed numerous authors and got their take on difficult heroines. Quoting from the blog, Cecilia Grant stated, “Difficult heroines bring a lot of conflict to a romance, which is always a good thing,” while Sarah Mayberry had a different way of expressing the conundrum: “The challenge, as always, is giving readers the information they need to understand what’s behind the character’s difficult-ness. If that’s even a word.” Caitlin Crews understands the inherent challenge: “The fact is, not everyone is going to like your heroine no matter what you do. But I think readers want to know a heroine’s motivation, and if you give it to them, they’ll follow her to a lot of dark places.”

And I wondered if that is true. I think of myself as pretty nit-picky. I have a very low tolerance for characters who are psychologically unsound, such as the 40-year-old hero that has never had relationship or the overly self-abasing heroine. But I realized that there are many difficult characters or scenarios that worked for me as a reader.

[Can you take the bad with the good?...]

Oct 22 2013 4:30pm

Wild Child by Molly O'KeefeMolly O’Keefe
Wild Child
Bantam / October 29, 2013/ $7.99 print & digital

Monica Appleby is a woman with a reputation. Once she was America’s teenage “Wild Child,” with her own reality TV show. Now she’s a successful author coming home to Bishop, Arkansas, to pen the juicy follow-up to her tell-all autobiography. Problem is, the hottest man in town wants her gone. Mayor Jackson Davies is trying to convince a cookie giant to move its headquarters to his crumbling community, and Monica’s presence is just too . . . unwholesome for business. But the desire in his eyes sends a very different message: Stay, at least for a while.

Jackson needs this cookie deal to go through. His town is dying and this may be its last shot. Monica is a distraction proving too sweet, too inviting—and completely beyond his control. With every kiss he can taste her loneliness, her regrets, and her longing. Soon their uncontrollable attraction is causing all kinds of drama. But when two lost hearts take a surprise detour onto the bumpy road of unexpected love, it can only lead someplace wonderful.

In the third chapter of Wild Child, Monica Appleby looks at Jackson Davies and thinks, “I see you. . . . All the parts you hid behind that smile. And they aren’t pretty.” Molly O’Keefe may assign the thought to her heroine, but the words could serve as well as an authorial declaration for this author who cuts away all the veneer to expose the messiness, the raw wounds, and the self-delusions that lie beneath the Prufrockian faces her characters craft to protect themselves.

[Get to the heart of things...]

Oct 18 2013 1:30pm

Christmas in Snowflake Canyon by RaeAnne ThayneToday H&H welcomes authors RaeAnne Thayne and Molly O'Keefe; RaeAnne's upcoming release, Christmas in Snowflake Canyon is another book in her Hope's Crossing series, while Molly O'Keefe's Wild Child is the first book in the Boys of Bishop series. Both RaeAnne and Molly write romances set in small towns, and they're joining us today to recommend their favorite small-town romances, both sweet (from RaeAnne) and spicy (from Molly). Thanks for joining us, ladies!

Rae Anne Thayne:

I don’t suppose it’s a surprise to any of my readers that I love to write books set in small towns. I’ve written forty-five books and I can think of only four or five that were set in a large city. I find something so appealing in the quiet pace of a small town, about entwined lives and communities where people care for each other—probably because I grew up on a farm in Indiana and live in a small Utah town very much like my series set in Hope’s Crossing, Colorado.

Life in small towns, both fictional and real, isn’t perfect. People struggle and grieve. They go through divorces, they lose spouses, they endure cancer, they have children who make serious mistakes, just like anyone. I love writing (and reading!) books that show the importance of community during those hard times, of neighbors lifting and strengthening each other.

[List of must-reads, coming right up...]

Sep 18 2013 4:00pm

16 Lighthouse Road by Debbie MacomberBack in July, Megan Frampton wrote about The Ten Romance Novels You Should Read (An Opinionated Opinion). Since I read mainly contemporary books, I am weighing in with 10 Contemporary Novels You Should Read—and yes, it is an opinionated opinion.

10. 16 Lighthouse Road by Debbie Macomber

Why? Not only is Ms. Macomber's story to publication extremely inspiring, especially since she is dyslexic, but a new television series—Cedar Cove—is currently airing on Hallmark based on this book.  She also was a frontrunner in writing interconnected books and small-town romances.

9. Sarah’s Child by Linda Howard

Why? It is an perfect example of the '70s and 80s collective consciousness that love forgives most everything; or, in other words, love means you never have to say you are sorry. It is a great discussion book on when the hero's actions cross the line.

[Did your personal must-read make the list?...]

Aug 30 2013 9:30am

Redeeming Love by Francine RiversRomance readers are notoriously tough on heroines. Some have theorized that readers hold heroines to a stricter standard because most romance readers are women who, in significant numbers, cast themselves in the heroine’s role, internalizing her thoughts and feelings. The reasoning is that if the heroine behaves in a way that antagonizes the reader or frightens her in some way, she condemns the heroine. Even readers who insist they don’t identify with the heroine to this degree often admit to preferring heroines whom they can imagine as friends or with whom they would like to spend time. Whatever the reasons for judging flawed heroines more harshly, and I think they are more complex than the reasons I mentioned above, the result is that in a genre that features redemption as a frequent theme and makes standard the transformation of bad boys into men of honor and integrity who deserve the heroine’s love, stories in which the heroine is redeemed are rare.

When I tried to develop a top ten list of redeemed heroines for this post, I could not think of ten. Now granted, most of my romance reading is limited to historicals and contemporaries, but I have read deeply within those subgenres, and I’ve been reading romance for decades. I should note that I eliminated some titles that are classified as redeemed heroine stories. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers is arguably the most famous example of the redeemed heroine in romance fiction, but with its roots in Hosea and its author’s clear purpose of using Angel’s story as an allegory of God’s redeeming love, both in the original mainstream version published in 1991 and the 1997 version revised (some would add “and sanitized”) for a Christian publisher, it has little in common with other books on my list. I considered and rejected others because the heroine’s redemption remained unconvincing to me. So here are eight stories in which I thought the heroine’s redemption did work. (I find it interesting that only one novel on my list was published before 2000.)

[The new millenium is all about second chances...]