Saturday, March 26, 2011


The Pink Heart Society would like to extend a formal congratulations to all of the RITA nominees.

Now, formal stuff 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 shine
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"
I thought that was fitting since RWA is in NY around the 4th of July this year.

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)
■"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)
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.

Which of the nominated books did you love? Which are you planning to read?


  1. Congratulations to all the finalists!

  2. Huge congrats to all the finalists! Looking forward to NYC, it's going to be sooo exciting! xx Abby

  3. I've read Melissa McClone's book and have a few more of the nominated books in my TBR. There are a few mentioned that I want to pick up if I can still find them.

    Congratulations to all the nominees.

  4. Thanks for the congrats for my novella nomination!! See you in NY. :)

  5. Thanks for the shout-out in the Contemp. Series Romance category. Appreciate it! I'm still stunned, but in a good way. Can't wait for NY!


  6. adding my congrats to all you Rita nominees.
    Favourite book? Wouldn't like to say - but the title that really catches my eye is "Cop in her stocking".
    Now that is a book that sounds intriguing, for lots of reasons!

  7. FYI-though inspirational is just one category with all types of romances competing--still several category authors finaled this year:
    Anna Schmidt for Love Inspired Historical.
    Kelly Ann Riley for a Love Inspired Suspense in Best First Book.
    And Linda Goodnight finaled twice with two of her Love Inspired Romances. This is quite a coup for these writers since their books "shorter" books are set against long trade books of all kinds. Bravo Anna, Linda and Kelly Ann!

  8. Oops, I forgot Cheryl St John in the novella category too!

  9. Good point, Lyn :D The Steeple Hill crew had quite the showing!!

  10. Yes we're delighted especially since we are competing against the bigger books!