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Congratulations Thread for RITA and GoldenHeart Nominees

In the paranormal category:   

  • The Darkest Night by Gena Showalter
  • The Healer by Sharon Sala
  • Mine to Possess Nalini Singh  
  • The Undead Next Door  by Kerrelyn Sparks
  • Thunder Moon  by Lori Handeland
  • Dragon Wytch  by Yasmine Galenorn
  • Seducing Mr. Darcy  by Gwen Cready
  • Moonstruck  by Susan Grant

In the NWRE:  

  • Tribute  by Nora Roberts
  • Where Serpents Sleep  by C.S. Harris
  • The Winter Sea  by Susanna Kearsley
  • The Shape of Mercy  by Susan Meissner
  • Last Dance at Jitterbug Lounge  by Pamela Morsi
  • The Paper Marriage  by Susan Kay Law
  • The House on Tradd Street  by Karen White

In novella:

  • "Thicker Than Blood" by Meljean Brook in  First Blood  
  • “Penance” by Sharon Sala in Aftershock
  • "Blame it on the Mistletoe" by Terri Brisbin in  One Candlelit Christmas  
  • "The Fall of Rogue Gerard" by Stephanie Laurens in  It Happened One Night  
  • "Snowy Night with a Highlander" by Julia London in  Snowy Night with a Stranger  
  • "Our Day" by Jean Brashear in  The Valentine Gift  
  • "Only You" by Jacquie D’Alessandro in  It Happened One Night  
  • "Blame It on the Mistletoe" by Terri Brisbin in  One Candlelit Christmas  
  • "All He Wants for Christmas" by Jill Shalvis in  Heating Up the Holidays  

In contemporary:   

  • Not Another Bad Date  by Rachel Gibson
  • Out of Time  by Samantha Graves
  • Snowfall at Willow Lake  by Susan Wiggs
  • Sweet Talk  by Susan Mallery
  • Tall Tales and Wedding Veils  by Jane Graves
  • Twenty Wishes  by Debbie Macomber
  • No Good Girls  by Jean Marie Pierson
  • Your Roots Are Showing  by Elise Chidley

In Historical:   

  • Spymaster’s Lady by Joanna Bourne
  • Private Arrangements by Sherry Thomas
  • In Bed with the Devil by Lorraine Heath
  • Where the Heart Leads by Stephanie Laurens
  • To Seduce a Sinner  by Elizabeth Hoyt
  • Duchess by Night by Eloisa James
  • Seduce Me at Sunrise by Lisa Kleypas
  • The Edge of Impropriety by Pam Rosenthal

In Regency Historical:   

  • The Dangerous Duke  by  Christina Wells (Scandal’s Daughter was a Golden Heart winner).
  • Duke Most Wanted  by Celeste Bradley
  • Mr. Cavendish, I Presume  by Julia Quinn
  • My Lord and Spymaster  by Joanna Bourne
  • The Dangerous Duke  by Christine Wells
  • The Edge of Desire  by Stephanie Laurens
  • Three Nights of Sin  by Anne Mallory

Romantic Suspense

  • Killing Fear  by Allison Brennan
  • Now You Die  by Roxanne St. Claire
  • Scream for Me  by Karen Rose
  • Stop Me  by Brenda Novak
  • The Angel  by Carla Neggers
  • Triple Exposure  by Colleen Thompson

In YA:   

  • How to Hook a Hottie by Tina Ferraro,  
  • Oh. My. Gods by Tera Lynn Childs,  
  • Hell Week  by Rosemary Clement-Moore

Best First Book:   

  • Passionate by Anthea Lawson
  • Private Arrangements by Sherry Thomas
  • Oh. My. Gods.  by Tera Lynn Childs
  • No Good Girls  by Jean Marie Pierson
  • Strangers in the Night  by Kerry Connor
  • The Secret Soldier  by Jennifer Morey
  • Your Roots Are Showing  by Elise Chidley

Contemporary Series Romance:  

  • A Mother’s Wish  by Karen Templeton
  • Adopted: Outback Baby  by Barbara Hannay
  • Antonides’ Forbidden Wife  by Anne McAllister
  • Falling for the Lone Wolf  by Crystal Green
  • Last-Minute Proposal  by Jessica Hart
  • Texas Heir  by Linda Warren
  • The Children’s Doctor and the Single Mum  by Lilian Darcy
  • The Cowboy’s Christmas Miracle  by RaeAnne Thayne
  • The Right Mr. Wrong  by Cindi Myers

Contemporary Series Romance Suspense/Adventure

  • A Sexy Time of It  by Cara Summer
  • Cold Case Connection  by Kathleen Long
  • Danger Signals  by Kathleen Creighton
  • Lethal Attraction  by Diana Duncan
  • Strangers in the Night  by Kerry Connor
  • Tall, Dark and Lethal  by Dana Marton
  • The Man Behind the Cop  by Janice Kay Johnson
  • The Secret Soldier  by Jennifer Morey
  • Twin Targets  by Jessica Anderson

Inspirational Romance

  • Deep in the Heart of Trouble  by Deeanne Gist
  • Faking Grace  by Tamara Leigh
  • Finding Stefanie  by Susan May Warren
  • Love Starts with Elle  by Rachel Hauck
  • Mulberry Park  by Judy Duarte
  • The Convenient Groom  by Denise Hunter
  • The Perfect Life  by Robin Lee Hatcher
  • Where Love Abides  by Irene Hannon

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Kalen Hughes
    Mar 25, 2009 @ 10:26:25

    I was so excited to see Pam Rosenthal on there!!! She writes some of the smartest, sexiest historical romance out there.

    Congrats to all the finalists!

  2. Corrine
    Mar 25, 2009 @ 10:30:36

    I think the historical category will be a close one. There are a lot of good books in there.

  3. Jessica
    Mar 25, 2009 @ 10:34:57

    That historical category is an absolute killer! Talk about being an honor just to be nominated!

    Thx for the linkage and updates.

  4. library addict
    Mar 25, 2009 @ 11:27:19

    There are several books I wish had been nominated that weren’t. But that happens every year.

    Congrats to all the nominees.

  5. Anthea Lawson
    Mar 25, 2009 @ 12:00:23

    Thanks for breaking the news! They are also slowly filling in the categories on the RWA National website. Although Best First Book seems to be broken…

  6. joanne
    Mar 25, 2009 @ 12:26:07

    Gawd that’s a long day to wait by the phone if your eligible category isn’t filled yet.

    Congratulations to all the nominees & doesn’t this make a nice printable list for book shopping!

  7. AnnieK
    Mar 25, 2009 @ 12:28:34

    Is that title of Elizabeth Hoyt’s book right? It doesn’t come up on Amazon and I thought I had read all her books.

  8. library addict
    Mar 25, 2009 @ 13:28:51

    Glad to see Julia Quinn’s Mr. Cavendish, I Presume made the list. I enjoyed it so much more than The Lost Duke of Wyndham.

    I think Cindy Gerard’s Show No Mercy was a better book than her Whisper No Lies, but c’est la vie.

    Congrats again to all the finalists.

  9. Lorelie
    Mar 25, 2009 @ 13:37:00

    Man, there’s quite a few I’m stoked to see up there. Congrats to all the nominees!

  10. Scarlett
    Mar 25, 2009 @ 13:38:18

    I agree with everyone – the historical category is a killer. Some very good books there.

    But as usual, I am missing an important distinction between “historical” and “regency historical.” Spymaster’s Lady is in one category and My Lord and Spymaster is in another?

    What time period are most of the historical books in? I’ve read most of them and thought they were the general regency era (Spymaster’s Lady, Seduce Me at Sunrise, To Seduce a Sinner).

    And yes, To Seduce a Sinner is the right name for the Elizabeth Hoyt book. It came out late 2008 and I’ve read it. It shows up on Amazon fine for me b/c that’s where I bought it.

  11. Lorelie
    Mar 25, 2009 @ 14:01:00

    Don’t quote me on this ’cause I’m just going off memory but:

    Private Arrangements is Gilded Age
    Seduce Me at Sunrise I *think* is early Victorian
    and I wanna say To Seduce a Sinner and Duchess by Night are Georgian period.

    And the others I haven’t read, so I don’t have a clue.

  12. SarahT
    Mar 25, 2009 @ 14:31:58

    I’m delighted to see Susan Mallery’s ‘Sweet Talk’ nominated. I also loved Karen Rose’s ‘Scream for Me’.

  13. Janine
    Mar 25, 2009 @ 14:57:49

    Oh, I am so thrilled for Sherry Thomas! And happy for the other nominees, too. Congratulations to everyone!

  14. Hilcia
    Mar 25, 2009 @ 15:42:26

    Congratulations to all the nominees! I am especially thrilled for Nalini Singh and Lori Handerland…

  15. she reads
    Mar 25, 2009 @ 15:48:24

    I’ve only read about 3 books on this whole list. Crazy. It’s got me curious if some of my 08 faves didn’t throw their names in the hat or what…

  16. Kim
    Mar 25, 2009 @ 16:07:49

    I’ve read half of the historical romance category and that category looks the most competitive. The contemporary romance category didn’t have anything that I read. Also, as some have noted, a few of the categories do overlap. Tribute was listed under NSRM, but it could have easily been listed under Romantic Suspense, too.

  17. Wendy
    Mar 25, 2009 @ 16:21:56

    Very happy to see Karen Templeton and Janice Kay Johnson nominated for their work with SSE and HSR, respectively. Also, really happy to see Sherry Thomas nominated in Best First Book category, as it was one of the most accomplished, and well-written, debut novels I’ve ever read.

  18. SonomaLass
    Mar 25, 2009 @ 16:40:50

    I’m very excited for Sherry Thomas and Pam Rosenthal. Two very deserving authors.

  19. Nell Dixon
    Mar 26, 2009 @ 05:19:52

    Congratulations to all the nominees. I was delighted to see Jessica Hart’s name there.

  20. Kimber An
    Mar 26, 2009 @ 16:55:18

    Woo-hoo, for Susan Grant and Karen Templeton! I”m rootin’ for yas!

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