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Jul 22 2012 6:00pm

RITA Watch 2012

Beautiful Disaster by Laura SpinellaRomance 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 Each year, RWA awards the RITA, for published fiction, and the Golden Heart, in unpublished fiction, to authors writing in a variety of genres.

Updated 7/29: The winners have been highlighted in each category. Congratulations to all!

Until then, below are the 2012 RITA finalists (announced in March). Which have you already read? Which do you still want to read?

2012 RITA Finalists for Best First Book

  • Beautiful Disaster by Laura Spinella (Berkley Publishing Group; Leis Pederson, editor)
  • The Devil in Disguise by Stefanie Sloane (Ballantine Bantam Dell; Junessa Viloria, editor)
  • The Darling Strumpet by Gillian Bagwell (Berkley Publishing Group; Kate Seaver, editor)
  • First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones (St. Martin’s Press; Jennifer Enderlin, editor)
  • Hourglass by Myra McEntire (Egmont USA; Regina Griffin, editor)
  • How to Marry a Duke by Vicky Dreilling (Grand Central Publishing Forever; Michele Bidelspach, editor)
  • I’m Not Her by Janet Gurtler (Sourcebooks Fire; Leah Hultenschmidt, editor)
  • Warped by Maurissa Guibord (Delacorte Press; Michelle Poploff, editor)

How to Bake a Perfect Life by Barbara O’Neal2012 RITA Finalists for Novel with Strong Romantic Elements

  • The Dark Enquiry by Deanna Raybourn (Harlequin MIRA; Valerie Gray, editor)
  • Death Magic by Eileen Wilks (Berkley Publishing Group Sensation; Cindy Hwang, editor)
  • First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones (St. Martin’s Press; Jennifer Enderlin, editor)
  • Goodnight Tweetheart by Teresa Medeiros (Gallery Books; Lauren McKenna, editor)
  • How to Bake a Perfect Life by Barbara O’Neal (Ballantine Bantam Dell; Shauna Summers, editor)
  • The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley (Sourcebooks Landmark; Deb Werksman, editor)
  • Song of the Nile by Stephanie Dray (Berkley Publishing Group; Cindy Hwang, editor)
  • Spider’s Revenge by Jennifer Estep (Pocket Books; Megan McKeever, editor)

Envy by J.R. Ward2012 RITA Finalists for Paranormal Romance

  • Archangel’s Blade by Nalini Singh (Berkley Publishing Group Sensation; Cindy Hwang, editor)
  • Changeling Moon by Dani Harper (Kensington Brava; Alicia Condon, editor)
  • Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison (Berkley Publishing Group Sensation; Cindy Hwang, editor)
  • Envy by J.R. Ward (NAL Signet; Kara Welsh, editor)
  • Lord of the Abyss by Nalini Singh (Harlequin Nocturne; Tara Gavin, editor)
  • The Lost by Caridad Piñeiro (Grand Central Publishing Forever; Selina McLemore, editor)
  • Nightfall by Ellen Connor (Berkley Publishing Group Sensation; Cindy Hwang, editor)
  • The Restorer by Amanda Stevens (Harlequin MIRA; Denise Zaza, editor)

Silk Is for Seduction by Loretta Chase2012 RITA Finalists for Historical Romance

  • Always a Temptress by Eileen Dreyer (Grand Central Publishing Forever; Amy Pierpont, editor)
  • The Black Hawk by Joanna Bourne (Berkley Publishing Group; Wendy McCurdy, editor)
  • The Danger of Desire by Elizabeth Essex (Kensington Brava; Megan Records, editor)
  • Heartbreak Creek by Kaki Warner (Berkley Publishing Group Sensation; Wendy McCurdy, editor)
  • Scandalous Desires by Elizabeth Hoyt (Grand Central Publishing; Amy Pierpont, editor)
  • Silk Is for Seduction by Loretta Chase (Avon Books; May Chen, editor)
  • Unveiled by Courtney Milan (HQN Books; Margo Lipschultz, editor)

I’ll Catch You by Farrah Rochon2012 RITA Finalists for Contemporary Series Romance

  • A Bravo Homecoming by Christine Rimmer (Harlequin Special Edition; Gail Chasan, editor)
  • Donovan’s Child by Christine Rimmer (Harlequin Special Edition; Gail Chasan, editor)
  • Doukakis’s Apprentice by Sarah Morgan (Harlequin Presents; Lucy Gilmour, editor)
  • How a Cowboy Stole Her Heart by Donna Alward (Harlequin Romance; Sally Williamson, editor)
  • I’ll Catch You by Farrah Rochon (Harlequin Kimani Romance; Glenda Howard, editor)
  • A Mother’s Homecoming by Tanya Michaels (Harlequin American Romance; Kathleen Scheibling, editor)
  • Rancher’s Twins: Mom Needed by Barbara Hannay (Harlequin Romance; Meg Lewis, editor)
  • The Texan’s Bride by Linda Warren (Harlequin Superromance; Kathleen Scheibling, editor)

Cooper Vengeance by Paula Graves2012 RITA Finalists for Contemporary Series Romance: Suspense/Adventure

  • Cooper Vengeance by Paula Graves (Harlequin Intrigue; Allison Lyons, editor)
  • The Man from Gossamer Ridge by Paula Graves (Harlequin Intrigue; Allison Lyons, editor)
  • Nothing But the Truth by Kara Lennox (Harlequin Superromance; Johanna Raisanen, editor)
  • Soldier’s Last Stand by Cindy Dees (Harlequin Romantic Suspense; Patience Bloom, editor)
  • Stranded with Her Ex by Jill Sorenson (Harlequin Romantic Suspense; Stacy Boyd, editor)
  • Taken to the Edge by Kara Lennox (Harlequin Superromance; Johanna Raisanen, editor)

Silver Sparks by Starr Ambrose2012 RITA Finalists for Contemporary Single Title Romance

  • At Hidden Falls by Barbara Freethy (Pocket Books; Micki Nuding, editor)
  • Black Ties and Lullabies by Jane Graves (Grand Central Publishing Forever; Michele Bidelspach, editor)
  • Heartstrings and Diamond Rings by Jane Graves (Grand Central Publishing Forever; Michele Bidelspach, editor)
  • Silver Sparks by Starr Ambrose (Pocket Books; Abby Zidle, editor)
  • Slow Dancing on Price’s Pier by Lisa Dale (Berkley Publishing Group; Cindy Hwang, editor)
  • The Welcome Home Garden Club by Lori Wilde (Avon Books; Lucia Macro, editor)
  • Summer at Seaside Cove by Jacquie D’Alessandro (Berkley Publishing Group; Cindy Hwang, editor)*
  • Boomerang Bride by Fiona Lowe (Carina Press; Charlotte Herscher, editor)*

Love on the Line by Deeanne Gist2012 RITA Finalists for Inspirational Romance

  • The Christmas Child by Linda Goodnight (Harlequin Love Inspired; Allison Lyons, editor)
  • Deadly Pursuit by Irene Hannon (Revell; Jennifer Leep, editor)
  • Katie’s Way by Marta Perry (Berkley Publishing Group; Ellen Edwards, editor)
  • The Ladies’ Room by Carolyn Brown (Avalon Books; Lia Brown, editor)
  • Love on the Line by Deeanne Gist (Bethany House Publishers; David Long and Julie Klassen, editors)
  • The Measure of Katie Calloway by Serena Miller (Revell; Vicki Crumpton, editor)
  • My Foolish Heart by Susan May Warren (Tyndale House Publishers; Karen Watson, editor)
  • Save the Date by Jenny B. Jones (Thomas Nelson; Natalie Hanemann and Jamie Chavez, editors)
  • To Win Her Heart by Karen Witemeyer (Bethany House Publishers; Karen Schurrer, editor)

A Night to Surrender by Tessa Dare2012 RITA Finalists for Regency Historical Romance

  • The Devil in Disguise by Stefanie Sloane (Ballantine Bantam Dell; Junessa Viloria, editor)
  • Heiress in Love by Christina Brooke (St. Martin’s Press; Monique Patterson, editor)
  • How to Marry a Duke by Vicky Dreiling (Grand Central Publishing Forever; Michele Bidelspach, editor)
  • How to Seduce a Scoundrel by Vicky Dreiling (Grand Central Publishing Forever; Michele Bidelspach, editor)
  • Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish by Grace Burrowes (Sourcebooks Casablanca; Deb Werksman, editor)
  • A Night to Surrender by Tessa Dare (Avon Books; Tessa Woodward, editor)
  • To Seduce an Angel by Kate Moore (Berkley Publishing Group Sensation; Wendy McCurdy, editor)
  • When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James (Avon Books; Carrie Feron, editor)

A Texas Christmas by Jodi Thomas2012 RITA Finalists for Romance Novella

  • “Angel’s Wolf” by Nalini Singh in Angels of Darkness (Berkley Publishing Group Sensation; Cindy Hwang, editor)
  • “Chaos in Death” by J.D. Robb in The Unquiet (Berkley Publishing Group; Leslie Gelbman, editor)
  • “Compassion Can’t Wait” by Carly Phillips in More Than Words, Vol. 7 (Harlequin Enterprises; Marsha Zinberg, editor)
  • “I Love the Earl” by Caroline Linden (Avon Impulse; Lyssa Keusch, editor)
  • “One Wish: a Christmas Story” by Jodi Thomas in A Texas Christmas (Kensington Zebra; Peter Senftleben, editor)
  • “Resolution” by Linda Winstead Jones in The Heart of Winter (Harlequin Enterprises; Stacy Boyd, editor)
  • “The Storm Within” by Trish Morey in A Royal Engagement (Harlequin Presents; Joanne Grant, editor)
  • “Unforgiven” by Ruth Ryan Langan in The Unquiet (Berkley Publishing Group; Cindy Hwang, editor)

Secrets of Bella Terra by Christina Dodd2012 RITA Finalists for Romantic Suspense

  • Hidden Away by Maya Banks (Berkley Publishing Group Sensation; Cindy Hwang, editor)
  • Hot Zone by Catherine Mann (Sourcebooks Casablanca; Deb Werksman, editor)
  • Hush by Cherry Adair (Pocket Star; Lauren McKenna, editor)
  • New York to Dallas by J.D. Robb (Penguin Putnam; Leslie Gelbman, editor)
  • Secrets of Bella Terra by Christina Dodd (New American Library; Kerry Donovan, editor)
  • True Colors by Joyce Lamb (Berkley Publishing Group Sensation; Wendy McCurdy, editor)
  • True Shot by Joyce Lamb (Berkley Publishing Group Sensation; Wendy McCurdy, editor)
  • Where All the Dead Lie by J.T. Ellison (Harlequin MIRA; Adam Wilson and Miranda Indrigo, editors)

Enclave by Ann Aguirre2012 RITA Finalists for Young Adult Romance

  • Enclave by Ann Aguirre (Macmillan Feiwel & Friends; Liz Szabla, editor)
  • Flawless by Lara Chapman (Bloomsbury Publishing; Caroline Abbey, editor)
  • Hourglass by Myra McEntire (Egmont USA; Regina Griffin, editor)
  • I’m Not Her by Janet Gurtler (Sourcebooks Fire; Leah Hultenschmidt, editor)
  • Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep (Kensington Teen; Alicia Condon, editor)
  • Warped by Maurissa Guibord (Delacorte Press; Michelle Poploff, editor)

*ETA: Thanks to IDIC in the comments for letting us know we’d missed a couple titles. 

Check back next weekend to see who won!

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8 comments
Miss_D
1. Miss_D
I must really read off the beaten path cause there are only 3 books on here that I've read. Yikes!
IDIC
2. IDIC
Two titles were left out of the Contemporary Single Title category on your list:
Summer at Seaside Cove by Jacquie D’Alessandro Berkley Publishing Group; Cindy Hwang, editor
Boomerang Bride by Fiona Lowe Carina Press; Charlotte Herscher, editor

I didn't check the other categories for omissions. I noticed these because I was looking for Jacquie's title.
Heather Waters
3. HeatherWaters
@IDIC -- Thanks very much for the correction -- adding these in now.
IDIC
4. Laura Spinella
Thanks so much for posting ALL the RITA finalists! As one of the debut authors, I'm thrilled to be in such great company!
IDIC
5. Vi Dao
Rooting for Nalini Singh all the way!!
IDIC
6. paster
Taken to the Edge by Kara Lennox (Harlequin Superromance; Johanna Raisanen, editor) Nike Free Run
IDIC
7. Karen H in NC
I wonder if Eloisa James will continue to be the 'Susan Lucci' of the RITA Awards or if the Gods will smile on her and present her with her first award!
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