Now, formal stuff aside...how about a huge WOO-HOO! Maybe a bit of "I whip my hair back and forth..." and a blast of "Raise your glass..." and even an encore of
"You just gotta ignite, the light, and let it shineI thought that was fitting since RWA is in NY around the 4th of July this year.
Just own the night like the 4th of July
'Cause baby you're a firework
Come on, show 'em what you're worth
Make 'em go "Oh, oh, oh"
As you shoot across the sky-y-y"
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)
■Dare She Date the Dreamy Doc? by Sarah Morgan (Mills & Boon Medical Romance; Kimberley Young, 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 Romance Novella
■"Blame It on the Blizard" by Jennifer Greene in Baby, It's Cold Outside (Harlequin; Marsha Zinberg, editor)I love the RITA awards. Every year I am thrilled when books I judged make it to the finals. I try to read as many nominated books as possible for two reasons : they're always great stories and it's exciting when a book you've read wins.
■"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; Leslie Wainger, editor)
■"Mistletoe Magic" by Sandra Hyatt in Under the Millionaire's Mistletoe (Silhouette Desire; Krista Stroever, editor)
■"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)
Which of the nominated books did you love? Which are you planning to read?