Congratulations to our 2015 RITA Award Winners!
Last Saturday the Romance Writers of America announced — and we thrilled to share the news that Harlequin authors took home 4 awards, plus the Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award! Congratulations to the winners:
Best Contemporary Romance: Short — A Texas Rescue Christmas by Caro Carson (Harlequin Special Edition, editor Gail Chasan)
Trey Waterston has been on the outside looking in for so long he nearly forgot where home is. But when he has to go back to the ranch that is his Texas birthright, he expects it to be as difficult to navigate as everything else in his life. He does not expect to find a halfhearted search afoot for a missing heiress. Beautiful and innocent Rebecca Cargill has disappeared, and nightfall—and a snowstorm—is coming. If they don’t find her, she could die.
Not on my watch. Instinctively, and directed only by a photograph, Trey knows he is the only one who can help her. Maybe he can finally claim his legacy. But why is he suddenly so sure Rebecca is a part of it?
Best Erotic Romance — The Saint by Tiffany Reisz (MIRA, editor Susan Swinwood)
Before she became Manhattan’s most famous dominatrix, Nora Sutherlin was merely a girl called Eleanor…
Rebellious, green-eyed Eleanor never met a rule she didn’t want to break. She’s sick of her mother’s zealotry and the confines of Catholic school, and declares she’ll never go to church again. But her first glimpse of beautiful, magnetic Father Marcus Stearns—Søren to her and only her—and his lust-worthy Italian motorcycle is an epiphany. Eleanor is consumed—yet even she knows being in love with a priest can’t be right.
But when one desperate mistake nearly costs Eleanor everything, it is Søren who steps in to save her. When she vows to repay him with complete obedience, a whole world opens before her as he reveals to her his deepest secrets that will change everything.
Danger can be managed—pain, welcomed. Everything is about to begin.
Best Romance Novella — His Road Home by Anna Richland (Carina Press, editor Rhonda Helms)
Special Forces medic Rey Cruz needs to find a fiancée, fast, or he’ll end up in a marriage orchestrated by an Afghan warlord. Finding a picture online of a girl he barely knew back home, he fakes an engagement photo, thinking no one else will see it. But when Rey loses both legs and the ability to speak while rescuing a local boy, the image goes viral.
Seattle marine biologist Grace Kim is shocked to find out she’s engaged. When she’s offered a plane ticket to visit her “fiancé,” she takes it, looking for the answer to one question: Why did he lie? Touched by Rey’s funny texts and the determination she sees in him, Grace offers her friendship–a big step for someone who prefers whales to most company.
And when Rey is finally sent home, Grace agrees to help him drive his classic car cross-country over Thanksgiving–a once-in-a-lifetime road trip that leads to what feels like real love. In front of his friends and family, she plays the caring fiancée, but what place will Grace have in Rey’s new life once he’s ready to be on his own again?
Best First Book — Run to You by Clara Kensie (Harlequin TEEN, editor Natashya Wilson)
Deception So Deadly is the complete first novel in the two-book Run to You series, a riveting romantic thriller about a family on the run from a deadly past and a first love that will transcend secrets, lies and danger…
Sarah Spencer has a secret: her real name is Tessa Carson, and to stay alive, she can tell no one the truth about her psychically gifted family and the danger they are running from. As the new girl in the latest of countless schools, she also runs from her attraction to Tristan Walker—after all, she can’t even tell him her real name. But Tristan won’t be put off by a few secrets. Not even dangerous ones that might rip Tessa from his arms before they even kiss…
Run to You is Tessa and Tristan’s story—two full-length books about psychic gifts, secret lives and dangerous loves. Danger. Deception. Betrayal. It must be true love.
Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient Carole Mortimer
Carole Mortimer was first published in 1978, and she has since written 200 romances. Mortimer is one of Harlequin’s most prolific and popular writers, and she was recognized by Queen Elizabeth II in 2012 for “outstanding service to literature.” Carole currently writes for Harlequin Presents and Harlequin Historical. Click here for a list of Carole’s recent books.
Congratulations to Carole, Caro, Anna, Tiffany and Clara! For a full list of RITA Award winners, visit RWA’s website.