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Mar 25 2011 12:30pm

2011 RITA and Golden Heart Finalists Announced!

Gold HeartCongratulations to this year's RITA and Golden Heart Finalists

We'll keep you updated as the names are announced, but here are the finalists so far, as posted by RWA today:

 

2011 RITA Finalists for Best First Book

Enemy Within by Marcella Burnard (Berkley; Leis Pederson, editor)

Firestorm by Kelly Ann Riley (Steeple Hill Love Inspired Suspense; Tina James, editor)

I Now Pronounce You Someone Else by Erin McCahan (Scholastic; Cheryl Klein, editor)

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa (Harlequin Teen; Natashya Wilson, editor)

Pieces of Sky by Kaki Warner (Berkley Sensation; Wendy McCurdy, editor)

A Tailor-Made Bride by Karen Witemeyer (Bethany House Publishers; Karen Schurrer, editor)

Wanna Get Lucky? by Deborah Coonts (Tor/Forge; Bob Gleason, editor)

When Harry Met Molly by Kieran Kramer (St. Martin's Press; Jennifer Enderlin, editor)

2011 RITA Finalists for Contemporary Series Romance

Breaking the Sheikh's Rules in the Summer Sheikhs anthology by Abby Green (Mills & Boon; Meg Lewis, editor)

Christmas Magic on the Mountain by Melissa McClone (Harlequin Romance; Joanne Grant, editor)

Christmas with Her Boss by Marion Lennox (Harlequin Romance; Sheila Hodgson, editor)

Red-Hot Renegade by Kelly Hunter (Mills & Boon Modern Heat; Joanne Grant, editor)

An Unexpected Father by Lisa Ruff (Harlequin American Romance; Johanna Raisanen, editor)

Welcome Home, Cowboy by Karen Templeton (Silhouette Special Edition; Gail Chasan, editor)

Zoe and the Tormented Tycoon by Kate Hewitt (Harlequin Presents; Meg Lewis, editor)

 

2011 RITA Finalists for Contemporary Series Romance: Suspense/Adventure

The Baby's Guardian by Delores Fossen (Harlequin Intrigue; Allison Lyons, editor)

Case File: Canyon Creek, Wyoming by Paula Graves (Harlequin Intrigue; Allison Lyons, editor)

To Catch a Killer by Kimberly Van Meter (Silhouette Romantic Suspense; Johanna Raisanen, editor)

A Cop in Her Stocking by Ann Voss Peterson (Harlequin Intrigue; Allison Lyons, editor)

Meltdown by Gail Barrett (Silhouette Romantic Suspense; Susan Litman, editor)

The Moon That Night by Helen Brenna (Harlequin Superromance; Johanna Raisanen, editor)

Perfect Partners? by C.J. Carmichael (Harlequin Superromance; Johanna Raisanen, editor)

Renegade Angel by Kendra Leigh Castle (Harlequin Nocturne; Ann Leslie Tuttle, editor)

 

2011 RITA Finalists for Contemporary Single Title Romance

And One Last Thing by Molly Harper (Gallery Books; Jennifer Heddle, editor)

Happy Ever After by Nora Roberts (Berkley Trade; Leslie Gelbman, editor)

Lead Me On by Victoria Dahl (HQN Books; Tara Parsons, editor)

Not That Kind of Girl by Susan Donovan (St. Martin's Press; Monique Patterson, editor) (Read an excerpt from Susan Donovan's upcoming release with Celeste Bradley, A Courtesan's Guide to Getting Your Man (June 2011))

Nothing But Trouble by Rachel Gibson (Avon Books; Lucia Macro, editor)

One Fine Cowboy by Joanne Kennedy (Sourcebooks Casablanca; Deb Werksman, editor)

Simply Irresistible by Jill Shalvis (Forever; Alex Logan, editor)

Still the One by Robin Wells (Forever; Selina McLemore, editor)

 

2011 RITA Finalists for Historical Romance

Countess of Scandal by Laurel McKee (Forever; Alex Logan, editor)

The Forbidden Rose by Joanne Bourne (Berkley Trade; Wendy McCurdy, editor)

His at Night by Sherry Thomas (Bantam Books; Caitlin Alexander, editor)

A Kiss at Midnight by Eloisa James (Avon Books; Carrie Feron, editor)

Last Night’s Scandal by Loretta Chase (Avon; May Chen, editor)

A Little Bit Wild by Victoria Dahl (Zebra Books; John Scognamiglio, editor)

One Wicked Sin by Nicola Cornick (HQN Books; Kimberley Young, editor)

Open Country by Kaki Warner (Berkley Trade; Wendy McCurdy, editor)  

 

2011 RITA Finalists for Inspirational Romance

A Convenient Wife by Anna Schmidt (Steeple Hill Love Inspired Historical; Tina James, editor)

Doctor in Petticoats by Mary Connealy (Barbour Publishing; Rebecca Germany, editor)

Finding Her Way Home by Linda Goodnight (Steeple Hill Love Inspired; Allison Lyons, editor)

In Harm’s Way by Irene Hannon (Revell; Jennifer Lep, editor)

Maid to Match by Deeanne Gist (Bethany House Publishers; David Long and Julie Klassen, editors)

Shades of Morning by Marlo M. Schalesky (WaterBrook Multnomah; Shannon Marchese, editor)

The Wedding Garden by Linda Goodnight (Steeple Hill Love Inspired; Allison Lyons, editor)

Whisper on the Wind by Maureen Lang (Tyndale House Publishers; Stephanie Broene, editor)

Within My Heart by Tamera Alexander (Bethany House Publishers; Karen Schurrer and Charlene Patterson, editors)

 

2011 RITA Finalists for Novel With Strong Romantic Elements

Blood Vines by Erica Spindler (St. Martin’s Press; Jennifer Weis, editor)

The Dead Travel Fast by Deanna Raybourn (MIRA; Valerie Gray, editor)

Killbox by Ann Aguirre (Ace Books; Anne Sowards, editor)

On Folly Beach by Karen White (NAL Accent; Cindy Hwang, editor)

The Search by Nora Roberts (G.P. Putnam’s Sons; Leslie Gelbman, editor)

Stormwalker by Allyson James (Berkley Sensation; Kate Seaver, editor)

Wanna Get Lucky? by Deborah Coonts (Tor/Forge; Bob Gleason, editor)

Welcome to Harmony by Jodi Thomas (Berkley; Wendy McCurdy, editor)  

 

2011 RITA Finalists for Paranormal Romance

Enemy Within by Marcella Burnard (Berkley; Leis Pederson, editor)

A Highlander's Homecoming by Melissa Mayhue (Pocket Books; Megan McKeever, editor)

Immortal Sea by Virginia Kantra (berkley Trade; Cindy Hwang, editor)

Marked by the Moon by Lori Handeland (St. Martin's Press; Jennifer Enderlin, editor)

Rebel by Zoe Archer (Zebra Books; Megan Records, editor)

Sins of the Heart by Eve Silver (HQN Books; Tara Parsons, editor)

Unchained: the Dark Forgotten by Sharon Ashwood (NAL/Signet Eclipse; Laura Cifelli, editor)

Water Bound by Christine Feehan (Jove; Cindy Hwang, editor)

 

2011 RITA Finalists for Regency Historical Romance

His Christmas Pleasure by Cathy Maxwell (Avon Books; Lucia Macro, editor)

The Mischief of the Mistletoe by Lauren Willig (Dutton; Erika Imranyi, editor)

Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean (Avon Books; Carrie Feron, editor)

Provocative in Pearls by Madeline Hunter (Jove; Wendy McCurdy, editor)

To Surrender to a Rogue by Cara Elliott (Forever; Frances Jalet-Miller, editor)

Twice Tempted by a Rogue by Tessa Dare (Ballantine Books; Kate Collins, editor)

When Harry Met Molly by Kieran Kramer (St. Martin's Press; Jennifer Enderlin, editor)

The Wicked Wyckerly by Patricia Rice (NAL/Signet; Ellen Edwards, editor)

 

2011 RITA Finalists for Romance Novella

“Blame It on the Blizard” by Jennifer Greene in Baby, It's Cold Outside (Harlequin; Marsha Zinberg, editor)

“A Dundee Christmas” by Brenda Novak in That Christmas Feeling (Harlequin Superromance; Paula Eykelhof, editor)

“Friendly Fire” by Jill Shalvis in Born on the 4th of July (Harlequin Blaze; Brenda Chin, editor)

“Love Me to Death” by Maggie Shayne in Heart of Darkness (HQN Books)

“Mountain Rose” by Cheryl St. John in To Be a Mother (Steeple Hill Love Inspired Historical; Patience Smith, editor)

“Shifting Sea” by Virginia Kantra in Burning Up (Berkley Sensation; Cindy Hwang, editor)

“The Wrong Brother” by Maureen Child in Under the Millionaire’s Mistletoe (Silhouette Desire; Krista Stroever, editor)

 

2011 RITA Finalists for Romantic Suspense

The Darkest Hour by Maya Banks (Berkley; Cindy Hwang, editor)

Deadly Fear by Cynthia Eden (Forever; Alex Logan, editor)

Edge of Sight by Roxanne St. Claire (Forever; Amy Pierpont, editor)

Indulgence in Death by J.D. Robb (G.P. Putnam’s Sons; Leslie Gelbman, editor)

Kill Me Again by Maggie Shayne (MIRA; Leslie Wainger, editor)

Love Me to Death by Allison Brennan (Ballantine Books; Charlotte Herscher & Kate Collins, editors)

Silent Scream by Karen Rose (Grand Central; Karen Kosztolnyik, editor)

Two Lethal Lies by Annie Solomon (Forever; Michele Bidelspach, editor)

 

2011 RITA Finalists for Young Adult Romance

Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder (Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing; Annette Pollert, editor)

The Clearing by Heather Davis (Houghton Mifflin Graphia; Julie Tibbott, editor)

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing; Karen Wojtyla, editor)

I Now Pronounce You Someone Else by Erin McCahan (Scholastic; Cheryl Klein, editor)

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa (Harlequin Teen; Natashya Wilson, editor)

Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles (Walker Publishing; Emily Easton, editor)

The Summer of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells (Sourcebooks Fire; Deb Werksman)

 

2011 Golden Heart Finalists for Contemporary Series Romance

Beauty and the Ballplayer by Arlene Hittle

Legacy of Love by Anna Sugden

Lost and Found by Jo Anne Banker

Loving Ellie by Lindsey Brookes

Savannah Sighs by Nan Dixon

The Nanny's Secret by Ami Weaver

The Tycoon and the Nature Girl by Nola Cross

Willing to Learn by Maria Connor

 

2011 Golden Heart Finalists for Contemporary Series Romance—Suspense/Adventure

Good Guy in Disguise by Charis Calhoon

In Her Sights by Robin Lynn Perini

Stolen Lullaby by Robin Lynn Perini

The Tycoon and the Nature Girl by Nola Cross

 

2011 Golden Heart Finalists for Contemporary Single Title

Fatal Trust by Donna L. Meier

Getting Even by Terri Lynn Backhus

Island Healing by Virginia E. McCullough

Love and Football by Julie Brannagh

Sail Away by Chris Campillo

The Moment of Impossible Movement by Kimberly Kincaid

The Sinners by Lisa Connelly

Tin Angel by Alexa Loran

 

2011 Golden Heart Finalists for Historical Romance

Bound by Honor by Nancy Northcutt

Changing Fortunes by Victoria Morgan Garge

The Dark Lady by Maire Shelley

In My Lady's Sight by Gwynlyn MacKenzie

Never Deceive a Lady by Kathryn H. Parker

Paper Hearts by Kay Hudson

The Runaway Countess by Leigh LaValle

The Widow Anabilla by Jennifer McQuiston  

2011 Golden Heart Finalists for Inspirational Romance

At His Command by Ruth Kaufman

Love Thy Neighbor by Cheryl Nagro

Pinch-Hit Dad by Laurie Kellogg

Stealing Jake by Pam Hillman

 

2011 Golden Heart Finalists for Novel With Strong Romantic Elements

Driving Without a License by Laurel Warren

Five O’Clock Whistle by Nancy A. Lytle

From Baghdad with Love by Gail Zerrade

Murder, Curlers and Canes by Arlene McFarlane

Nearly Departed in Deadwood by Ann Charles

Season to Taste by Lia DeAngelo

Solace by Anna K. Steffi

Totally Dody by Tracy Brogan

 

2011 Golden Heart Finalists for Paranormal Romance

Assassin's Gambit by Amy Raby

The Blood Sworn King by Trisza Ray

Dreaming of You by Babette B. DeJongh

Echo 8 by Sharon Lynn Fisher

Guardian Devil by Karen S. Mendoza

The Outer Planets by Laurie Green

P2PC by Laurie A. Green

The Soldier by Anna Richland

 

2011 Golden Heart Finalists for Regency Historical Romance

A Tale of Two Sisters by Aislinn MacNamara

How to Reform a Rake by Anne Barton

More Than A Stranger by Erin Kelly

The Proper Miss’s Guide to Bad Behavior by Anne Barton

One Night to Scandal by Sara Ramsey

Secrets of a Wedding Night by Valerie Bowman

 

2011 Golden Heart Finalists for Romantic Suspense

Blind Fury by Gwen Hernandez

Body of Evidence by Rachel Grant

Borderlands by Krista Reynolds

Concrete Evidence by Rachel Grant

Closure by Death by Donna Meier

Juliet’s Rogue by Sharon Wray

Locked, Loaded and Lying by Sarah Ann Andre

Spy in the Mirror by Diana Van Dyke

 

2011 Golden Heart Finalists for Young Adult Romance

Irresistible by Suzanne Kaufman Kalb

The Dead Guy Downstairs by Sheri Adkins

The Lies that Bind by Shelley Coriell

Maids of Honor by Jennifer Stark w/a Jennifer McGowan

Piper's Kiss by Sheryl Carpenter

Secret Life by Bria Quinlan

Spark by Darcy Woods

Underhanded by Shoshana Brown

 

Gold heart on book image courtesy of  jcoterhals via Flickr

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