Congratulations 2015 RITA Award Finalists!

by Amy Loosemore, Harlequin.com Team

RWA, the Romance Writers of America, have announced the finalists for the 2015 RITA® and Golden Heart® Awards! The RITA award recognizes excellence in published romance novels and novellas, and we’re thrilled to share that Harlequin and Carina Press has 29 finalists this year, including books and authors who are finalists in more than category!

Congratulations to our finalists:

Best First Book

Purely Professional
by Elia Winters
Carina Press
Kerri Buckley, editor

Run To You
by Clara Kensie
Harlequin TEEN
Natashya Wilson, editor

Fake
by Beck Nicholas
Harlequin TEEN Australia
Annabel Blay, editor

Contemporary Romance: Long

The Sweetest September
by Liz Talley
Harlequin Superromance
Megan Long and Wanda Ottewell, editors

Contemporary Romance: Mid-Length

Her Kind of Trouble
by Sarah Mayberry
Harlequin Superromance
Wanda Ottewell, editor

Starting with June
by Emilie Rose
Harlequin Superromance
Wanda Ottewell and Karen Reid, editors

Her Cowboy Hero
by Tanya Michaels
Harlequin American Romance
Johanna Raisanen, editor

Once a Family
by Tara Taylor Quinn
Harlequin Superromance
Paula Eykelhof, editor

Contemporary Romance: Short

The Bachelor Doctor’s Bride
by Caro Carson
Harlequin Special Edition
Gail Chasan, editor

Bad Girl
by Julie Miller
bride black sheep brotherHarlequin Intrigue NOIR
Allison Lyons, editor

A Bride for the Black Sheep Brother
by Emily McKay
Harlequin Desire
Charles Griemsman, editor

Enemies with Benefits
by Louisa George
Mills & Boon Modern Tempted/ Harlequin KISS
Flo Nicoll, editor

The Headmaster
by Tiffany Reisz
Harlequin Shivers
Danielle Padula, editor

Her Unforgettable Royal Lover
by Merline Lovelace
Harlequin Desire
Gail Chasan, editor

A Texas Rescue Christmas
by Caro Carson
Harlequin Special Edition
Gail Chasan, editor

What the Greek Can’t Resist
by Maya Blake
Harlequin Presents
Suzanne Clarke, editor

Yours Forever
by Farrah Rochon
Harlequin Kimani Romance
Tara Gavin, editor

Erotic Romance

Bonds of Denial
by Lynda Aicher
Carina Press
Rhonda Helms, editor

Purely Professional
by Elia Winters
Carina Press
Kerri Buckley, editor

The Saint
by Tiffany Reisz
Harlequin, Mira
Susan Swinwood, editor

Historical Romance: Short

The Gentleman Rogue
by Margaret McPhee
Harlequin Historical
Pippa Roscoe, editor

The Cowboy’s Reluctant Bride
by Debra Cowan
Harlequin Historical
Rachel Burkot, editor

Inspirational Romance

The Widow’s Suitor
by Rose Ross Zediker
Heartsong Presents
Kathy Davis, editor

Paranormal Romance

The Darkest Touch
by Gena Showalter
Harlequin HQN
Emily Ohanjanians, editor

Romance Novella

10 Rules to Sex Up a Blind Date
by Heidi Rice
COSMOPOLITAN Red-Hot Reads from Harlequin
Bryony Green, editor

Her Best Laid Plans
by Cara McKenna
COSMOPOLITAN Red-Hot Reads from Harlequin
Malle Vallik, editor

His Road Home
by Anna Richland
Carina Press
Rhonda Helms, editor

Young Adult Romance

Run To You
by Clara Kensie
Harlequin TEEN
Natashya Wilson, editor

Romantic Suspense

Grave Danger
by Katy Lee
Love Inspired Suspense
Emily Rodmell, editor

 

To see the complete list of RITA and Golden Heart finalists, click here. Winners will be announced on July 25 at the 2015 RWA Annual Conference in New York.

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Comments ( 3 )
  1. Penn Harlequin
    March 26, 2015 at 5:14 pm
    Reply

    CONGRATULATIONS to our authors and editors! Very exciting day. 🙂

  2. Marcie R
    March 27, 2015 at 9:45 am
    Reply

    Authors receive a statue when they win.

    What do editors receive? Bragging rights? A certificate? A mini-Rita?

  3. jcp
    March 27, 2015 at 12:50 pm
    Reply

    Loved The Cowboy’s Reluctant Bride by Debra Cowan

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