Tue
Mar 26 2013 10:30am

RWA’s 2013 RITA Nominations are Announced!

Crazy Little Thing by Tracy BroganRomance 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 Each year, RWA awards the RITA, for published fiction, and the Golden Heart, in unpublished fiction, to authors writing in a variety of genres.

The nominees for this year’s RITA finalists were announced today:

2013 RITA Finalists for Best First Book

The Anatomist’s Wife by Anna Lee Huber
Penguin Group USA, Berkley Publishing Group
Michelle Vega, editor

Firelight by Kristen Callihan
Grand Central Publishing, Forever
Alex Logan, editor

Crazy Little Thing by Tracy Brogan
Amazon Publishing, Montlake Romance
Kelli Martin, editor

Forged in Fire by Trish McCallan
Amazon Publishing, Montlake Romance
Lindsay Guzzardo, editor

Ghost Planet by Sharon Lynn Fisher
Tom Doherty Associates, Tor Books
Whitney Ross, editor

The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James
Penguin Group USA, New American Library
Ellen Edwards, editor

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Penguin Group USA, Dial Books for Young Readers
Jessica Garrison, editor

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
Harlequin, Harlequin Teen
Margo Lipschultz, editor

2013 RITA Contemporary Single Title Romance Finalists

About Last Night by Ruthie Knox
Random House Group, Loveswept
Sue Grimshaw, editor

Forever and a Day by Jill Shalvis
Grand Central Publishing, Forever
Alex Logan, editor

Lucky in Love by Jill Shalvis
Grand Central Publishing, Forever
Alex Logan, editor

Melt into You by Roni Loren
Penguin Group USA, Berkley Heat
Kate Seaver, editor

Barefoot in the Sand by Roxanne St. Claire
Grand Central Publishing, Forever
Amy Pierpont, editor

Sugar Springs by Kim Law
Amazon Publishing, Montlake Romance
Kelli Martin, editor

The Way Back Home by Barbara Freethy
Simon & Schuster, Pocket Books
Micki Nuding, editor

Zoe’s Muster by Barbara Hannay
Penguin Group Australia, Michael Joseph Books
Belinda Byrne, editor


A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean2013 RITA Historical Romance Finalists

Beauty and the Bounty Hunter by Lori Austin
Penguin Group USA, Signet
Claire Zion, editor

Bride by Mistake by Anne Gracie
Penguin Group USA, Berkley Sensation
Wendy McCurdy, editor

Defiant by Pamela Clare
Penguin Group USA, Berkley Sensation
Cindy Hwang, editor

A Lady Never Surrenders by Sabrina Jeffries
Simon & Schuster, Pocket Books
Micki Nuding, editor

The Recruit by Monica McCarty
Random House Group, Ballantine Books
Kate Collins, editor

A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean
HarperCollins Publishers, Avon Books
Carrie Feron, editor

Too Dangerous to Desire by Cara Elliott
Grand Central Publishing, Forever
Lauren Plude, editor

Wedded in Sin by Jade Lee
Penguin Group USA, Berkley Sensation
Kate Seaver, editor
 

A House Full of Hope by Missy Tippens2013 RITA Inspirational Romance Finalists

Against the Tide by Elizabeth Camden
Baker Publishing Group, Bethany House Publishers
Raela Schoenherr, editor

Betrayal by Robin Lee Hatcher
Zondervan
Sue Brower and Leslie Peterson, editors

An Heiress at Heart by Jennifer Delamere
Grand Central Publishing, Forever
Lauren Plude, editor

A House Full of Hope by Missy Tippens
Harlequin, Love Inspired Books
Emily Rodmell and Rachel Burkot, editors

My Stubborn Heart by Becky Wade
Baker Publishing Group, Bethany House Publishers
Sarah Long, editor

Naomi’s Christmas by Marta Perry
Penguin Group USA, Berkley Trade
Ellen Edwards, editor

The Soldier’s Wife by Cheryl Reavis
Harlequin, Love Inspired Books
Tina Gavin, editor

The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck
Thomas Nelson, Inc.
Ami McConnell, editor

 

2013 RITA Long Contemporary Series Romance Finalists

A Texas Chance by Jean BrashearA Cold Creek Noel by RaeAnne Thayne
Harlequin, Special Edition
Gail Chasan, editor

From Father to Son by Janice Kay Johnson
Harlequin, Superromance
Wanda Ottewell, editor

A Gift for All Seasons by Karen Templeton
Harlequin, Special Edition
Gail Chasan, editor 

A Life Rebuilt by Jean Brashear
Harlequin, Superromance
Adrienne Macintosh, editor

No Ordinary Joe by Michelle Celmer
Harlequin, Superromance
Charles Greimsman, editor

Making Her Way Home by Janice Kay Johnson
Harlequin, Superromance
Wanda Ottewell, editor

Out of the Depths by Pamela Hearon
Harlequin, Superromance
Megan Long, editor

A Texas Chance by Jean Brashear
Harlequin, Superromance
Adrienne Macintosh, editor
 

2013 RITA Novel with Strong Romantic Elements Finalists

The Anatomist’s Wife by Anna Lee Huber
Penguin Group USA, Berkley Publishing Group
Michelle Vega, editor

Before and Ever Since by Sharla Lovelace
Penguin Group USA, Berkley Sensation
Wendy McCurdy, editor

A Girl Like You by Maria Geraci
Penguin Group USA, Berkley Trade
Wendy McCurdy, editor

Bridge of Scarlet Leaves by Kristina McMorris
Kensington Publishing Corp.
John Scognamiglio, editor

The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James
Penguin Group USA, New American Library
Ellen Edwards, editor

Time’s Echo by Pamela Hartshorne
Macmillan Publishers, Ltd., Pan Macmillan
Wayne Brookes, editor

The Welcome Committee of Butternut Creek by Jane Myers Perrine
Hachette Book Group, Faith Words
Christina Boys, editor
 

Rogue Rider by Larissa Ione2013 RITA Paranormal Romance Finalists

Angel in Chains by Cynthia Eden
Kensington Publishing Corp., Brava
Megan Records, editor

Immortally Yours by Angie Fox
St. Martin’s Press
Monique Patterson, editor

Lothaire by Kresley Cole
Simon & Schuster, Pocket Books
Lauren McKenna, editor

Moonglow by Kristen Callihan
Grand Central Publishing, Forever
Alex Logan, editor

Mark of the Witch by Maggie Shayne
Harlequin, MIRA
Leslie Wainger, editor

Rogue Rider by Larissa Ione
Grand Central Publishing, Forever
Amy Pierpont, editor

Shadow’s Claim by Kresley Cole
Simon & Schuster, Pocket Books
Lauren McKenna, editor

2013 RITA Romance Novella Finalists

Breathless by Sophie Jordan
HarperCollins, HarperTeen Impulse
Kari Sutherland, editor

“The Duchess of Love” by Sally MacKenzie in Bedding Lord Ned
Kensington Publishing Corp., Zebra

Naughty and Nice by Ruthie Knox, Molly O'Keefe and Stephanie Sloane“Room at the Inn” by Ruthie Knox in Naughty & Nice
Random House Group, Loveswept
Sue Grimshaw, editor

Seduced by a Pirate by Eloisa James
HarperCollins, Avon Impulse
Carrie Feron, editor

“Sleeping with a Beauty” by Leslie Kelly in Once Upon a Valentine
Harlequin, Blaze
Brenda Chin, editor

“The Valentine’s Curse” by Jodi Thomas in Be My Texas Valentine
Kensington Publishing Corp., Zebra
Peter Senftleben, editor

 

2013 RITA Romantic Suspense Finalists

Celebrity in Death by J.D. Robb
Penguin Group USA, Putnam
Leslie Gelbman editor

Dead Heat by Bronwyn Parry
Hachette Australia
Bernadette Foley, editor

Vortex by Cherry AdairForged in Fire by Trish McCallan
Amazon Publishing, Montlake Romance
Lindsay Guzzardo, editor

Don’t Cry for Me by Sharon Sala
Harlequin, MIRA
Leslie Wainger, editor

Last Man Standing by Cindy Gerard
Simon & Schuster, Pocket Star Books
Micki Nuding, editor

Scorched by Laura Griffin
Simon & Schuster, Pocket Star Books
Abby Zidle, editor

Twisted by Laura Griffin
Simon & Schuster, Pocket Star Books
Abby Zidle, editor

Vortex by Cherry Adair
St. Martin’s Press
Rose Hilliard, editor

 

We'll Always Have Paris by Jessica Hart2013 RITA Short Contemporary Series Romance Finalists

A Marriage Worth Fighting For by Lilian Darcy
Harlequin, Special Edition
Bryony Green, editor

Becoming Dante by Day Leclaire
Harlequin, Desire
Mary-Theresa Hussey, editor

The Last Single Maverick by Christine Rimmer
Harlequin, Special Edition
Gail Chasan, editor

A Night of No Return by Sarah Morgan
Harlequin, Presents
Lucy Gilmour, editor

Cowboy in the Crossfire by Robin Perini
Harlequin, Intrigue
Allison Lyons, editor

Surgeon Sheik’s Rescue by Loreth Anne White
Harlequin, Romantic Suspense
Susan Litman, editor

The Tycoon’s Secret Daughter by Susan Meier
Harlequin, Romance
Sally Williamson, editor

We’ll Always Have Paris by Jessica Hart
Harlequin, Romance
Lucy Gilmour, editor
 

2013 RITA Young Adult Romance Finalists

Bound by Erica O’Rourke
Kensington Publishing Corp., KTeen
Alicia Condon, editor

The Farm by Emily McKay
Penguin Group USA, Berkley Publishing Group
Michelle Vega, editor

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, Houghton Mifflin
Kate O’Sullivan, editor 

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
Harlequin, Harlequin Teen
Margo Lipschultz, editor


2013 Golden Heart Contemporary Series Romance Finalists

“Baby on Board—Help!” by Miranda Liasson

“The Billionaire's Hypnotized Mistress” by Greta MacEachern

“Confessions of the World's Oldest Shotgun Bride” by Gail Hart

“Her Soldier Returns” by Kristin Noel Fischer

“Jayhawk Down” by Sharon Calvin

“Southern Comforts” by Nan Dixon

 

2013 Golden Heart Contemporary Single Title Romance Finalists

“The Bollywood Bad Boy” by Sonali Dev

“Clean Sweep” by Nan Dixon

“Climb to Freedom” by Sheila Athens

“Everybody Knows...” by Jacqueline Floyd

“Hijacked” by Leslie Lynch

“Objection Overruled” by Jane O'Hanlon

“Place Your Betts” by Katie Graykowski

“What's Yours Is Mine” by Tamar Bihari writing as Talia Quinn Daniels

 

2013 Golden Heart Historical Romance Finalists

“Between Love and Lies” by Jacqui Nelson

“A Champion's Heart” by Piper Huguley

“Come to Me” by Oberon Wonch

“Drawn to the Earl” by Joanna Shupe

“The Last Light of Dusk” by Joanne Lockyer 

“The Rake's Handbook” by Sally Orr

 

2013 Golden Heart Paranormal Romance Finalists

“Dark Secret” by Mariah Ankenman

“Demon's Bane” by India Powers

“Guardian” by Tara Sheets

“Jinn & Tonic” by Kay Hudson

“Mind Sweeper” by Amy Jones

“Sea Panther” by Dawn Wolzein

“Shadows in the Deep” by Lark Howard

“Unbroken” by Ella Sheridan

 

2013 Golden Heart Romantic Suspense Finalists

“Broken Places” by Krista Hall Reynolds

“Crazy for Her” by Sandra Owens

“Juliet's Rogue” by Sharon Wray

“The Predator” by Chris Taylor

“Rogue's Redemption” by Sharon Wray

“The Shadow Hour” by Jacqui Nelson

“Spies, Lies, and Debutantes” by Miranda Liasson

 

2013 Golden Heart Young Adult Romance Finalists

“Camp Awakening” by Bonnie Staring

“Hidden Deep” by Amy DeLuca

“Leath'Dhia/Birthright” by Kari Miller

“Miranda Perry's Imported Prom Date” by Sheri Adkins

“Sticks and Stones” by Kimberly MacCarron

“Summer of Supernova” by Darcy Woods

“Ten” by Holly Bodger

 

Congratulations to all the nominees! Check back in July to see a list of winners!

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4 comments
Tina@Bookcrack
1. Tina@Bookcrack
So awesome to see Ruthie Knox nominated twice and About Last Night as a finalist! LOVED that book. Favorite opposites attract of 2012 and a top ten smexy contemporary romance for me in 2012.
Lege Artis
3. LegeArtis
Hehe, i just wanted to write that Ruthie Knox is my favorite in both categories, but it seems it's a universal feeling....;)
Congrats to all nominees!
Glass Slipper
4. GlassSlipper
Pamela Clare's Defiant was my favorite historical last year. It was so satisfying to finally be able to read the last MacKinnon brother's story. I'm really glad to see her on the list!
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