Mar 26 2014 2:44pm

RWA Announces 2014 RITA Finalists!

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 Each year, RWA awards the RITA, for published fiction, and the Golden Heart, in unpublished fiction, to authors writing in a variety of genres.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

No Good Duke Goes Unpunished by Sarah MacLean2014 RITA Historical Romance Finalists
Any Duchess Will Do by Tessa Dare
The Autumn Bride by Anne Gracie
The Chieftain’s Curse by Frances Housden
The Countess Conspiracy by Courtney Milan
Darius by Grace Burrowes
Dark Angel: A Gothic Fairy Tale
Duke of Midnight by Elizabeth Hoyt
The Lady and the Laird by Nicola Cornick
Love and Other Scandals by Caroline Linden
The Luckiest Lady in London by Sherry Thomas
Never Desire a Duke by Lily Dalton
No Good Duke Goes Unpunished by Sarah MacLean
Plaid Tidings by Mia Marlowe
A Rake’s Midnight Kiss by Anna Campbell
The Rogue's Proposal by Jennifer Haymore
Sins of a Ruthless Rogue by Anna Randol
Sonata for a Scoundrel by Anthea Lawson

2014 RITA Best First Book Finalists

Five Days in Skye by Carla Laureano
Fix You by Beck Anderson
Private Practice by Samanthe Beck
Promise to Return by Elizabeth Byler Younts
The Sweet Spot by Laura Drake

2014 RITA Erotic Romance Finalists

Claim Me by J. Kenner
Private Practice by Samanthe Beck
When I’m Bad I’m Better in It Stings So Sweet by Stephanie Draven

Immortally Ever After by Angie Fox2014 RITA Paranormal Romance Finalists

The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas
Caged Warrior by Lindsey Piper
Demon Hunting in a Dive Bar
by Lexi George
The Devil’s Heart by Cathy Maxwell
Diamond Dust by Vivian Arend
Firebird by Susanna Kearsley
Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh
His Clockwork Canary by Beth Ciotta
Immortally Ever After by Angie Fox
Witch Bound by Eleri Stone
Shadowdance by Kristen Callihan
Skies of Gold by Zoë Archer


Be Mine by Jennifer Crusie, Victoria Dahl, and Shannon Stacey2014 RITA Romance Novella Finalists

The Bridesmaid by Julia London
“Defending Truth” by Shannon McNear in A Pioneer Christma
How to Marry a Highlander by Katharine Ashe
How to Misbehave by Ruthie Knox
“Imagine Me and You” by Maisey Yates in Animal Attraction
Mine Under the Mistletoe by Kat Latham
Take Me Cowboy by Jane Porter
Take What You Want by Jeanette Grey
“Too Fast to Fall” by Victoria Dahl in Be Mine

2014 RITA Romantic Suspense Finalists

Justice for Sara by Erica Spindler
The Killing Game by Toni Anderson
Off the Edge  by Carolyn Crane
Thrill Ride by Julie Ann Walker

2014 RITA Short Contemporary Romance Finalists

A Conflict of Interest by Barbara Dunlop
Free Fall by Karen Foley
Her Accidental Boyfriend by Robin Bielman
Her Secret, His Baby by Tanya Michaels
A Royal without Rules by Caitlin Crews
Why Resist a Rebel? by Leah Ashton

2014 Golden Heart Contemporary Romance Finalists

“Fearless” by Brynley Bush
"Too Good to Be True” by Suzanne Kaufman Kalb

2014 Golden Heart Historical Romance Finalists
“Charlene and the Duchess Factory” by Lenora Bell
“The Earl Next Door” by Charis Calhoon
“A Haunting Desire” by Julie Mulhern
“Much Ado about Scandal” by Jillian Lark
“The Seer” by Gwynlyn MacKenzie
“A Soldier’s Serenade” by Ellen Lindseth
“The Unseducible Earl” by Sheri Humphreys
“Wicked Things” by Laura Trentham
“A Wild and Wicked Wind” by Laura Trentham

2014 Golden Heart Inspirational Romance Finalists

“Against the Peace” by Carrie Padgett
“Better Than a Movie” by Sara Tompkins
“My Lord Valet” by Kristi Ann Hunter 
“A Virtuous Ruby” by Piper Huguley

2014 Golden Heart Paranormal Romance Finalists

“Beyond the Fire” by Marni Folsom
“Fit to Die” by Pintip Dunn
“Hidden Magic” by Shelly Chalmers
“Valhalla’s King” by Asa Maria Bradley

2014 Golden Heart Romantic Suspense Finalists

“Chasing Damn” by Denny S. Bryce
“Dangerous Dreams” by Abbie Roads
“Fatal Fragrances” by Connie Taxdal
“In a Sea of Change” by Deborah Wilding
“Secrets That Kill” by Sarah Andre

2014 Golden Heart Short Contemporary Finalists

“Bringing Delaney Home” by Lee Kilraine
“Poetic Justice” by Nan Dixon
“Yesterday’s Promise” by Sarah Cannon

2014 Golden Heart Young Adult Romance Finalists

“Altered” by Marnee Bailey
“Carlie in Crisis” by Pintip Dunn
“Carma Always” by Stephanie Winkelhake 
“Chasing Fireworks” by Kimberly MacCarron
“To Feel or Not to Feel” by Kimberly MacCarron
“Four Bullets” by Amy DeLuca
“Letting Go” by Jessica Ruddick
“Macha and the River Blue” by Barbara Gerry
“The Thing with Feathers” by McCall Hoyle


Congratulations to all the nominees! Check back at H&H in July for a list of the winners.

Subscribe to this conversation (must be logged in):
1. KLCharles
Why isn't there a single gay romance listed??? There are some incredibly talented writers in the mm romance genre, and yet not a single one made this list. Your awards list has pretty much become meaningless to quite a few romance readers. Biggest market for gay romance? Straight women. Get a clue.
Megan Frampton
2. MFrampton
@KLCharles: This is the list of nominees for RWA (Romance Writers of America)'s RITA contest, not our own contest. The contest rules are here, and the nominees are all judged by fellow romance writers. We agree there are some great writers in m/m, and we cover some of them on the site. Thanks for stopping by.
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