2012 RITA and Golden Heart Finalists

Romance Writers of America announced the winners of the 2012 RITA and Golden Heart Finalists for their annual awards In July 2012.   The nominees are listed below with the winner of each in bold. I’m proud I’ve read a few, and also excited to check out some authors I have yet to read.  Have you read any of this year’s finalists?

 

2012 RITA Finalists for Best First Book

  • Beautiful Disaster by Laura Spinella (Berkley Publishing Group; Leis Pederson, editor)
  • The Darling Strumpet by Gillian Bagwell (Berkley Publishing Group; Kate Seaver, editor)
  • The Devil in Disguise by Stefanie Sloane (Ballantine Bantam Dell; Junessa Viloria, 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)

2012 RITA Finalists for Contemporary Series Romance

2012 RITA Finalists for Contemporary Series Romance: Suspense/Adventure 

2012 RITA Finalists for Contemporary Single Title Romance

2012 RITA Finalists for Historical Romance

2012 RITA Finalists for Inspirational Romance

2012 RITA Finalists for Novel with Strong Romantic Elements

2012 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 Nocture; 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)

2012 RITA Finalists for Regency Historical Romance

2012 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)

2012 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)

2012 RITA Finalists for Young Adult Romance

  • Enclave by Ann Aguirre (Macmillan Feiwel & Freinds; 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)

 

You can see the list of Golden Heart Nominees here.  Golden Hearts are honor awards given to authors with unpublished manuscripts in 2011.

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