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RITA 2010 Winners

RITA 2010 Winners

The following are your 2010 RITA Winners.

2010 RITA for Best First Book Finalists

  • * WINNER * One Scream Away by Kate Brady, Grand Central Publishing, Forever, Editor: Celia Johnson (ISBN: 978-0-446-54152-7).   Reviewed here by Jane.
  • He Calls Her Doc by Mary Brady, Harlequin Enterprises, Harlequin Superromance, Editor: Kathryn Lye (ISBN: 978-0-373-71561-9)
  • The Gladiator by Carla Capshaw, Harlequin Enterprises, Steeple Hill Love Inspired Historical, Editor: Melissa Endlich, (ISBN: 978-0-373-82824-1)
  • Angel Vindicated by Viola Estrella, Ellora's Cave, Cerridwen Press, Editor: Helen Woodall, (ISBN: 978-1-419-92068-4) (NOTE: this book is cheaper if you buy direct from the Cerridwen site which is different than Jasmine Jade. It took me about 10 minutes last night to find the ebook to purchase).
  • The Better Part of Darkness by Kelly Gay, Simon & Schuster, Pocket Books, Editor: Ed Schlesinger, (ISBN: 978-1-439-10965-6)
  • Stolen Fury by Elisabeth Naughton, Dorchester Publishing, Love Spell, Editor: Leah Hultenschmidt, (ISBN: 978-0-505-52793-6)
  • Nothing Like You by Lauren Strasnick, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, Editor: Anica Rissi, (ISBN: 978-1-416-98264-7)
  • The Last Will of Moira Leahy by Therese Walsh, Random House Group, Shaye Areheart Books, Editor: Sarah Knight, (ISBN: 978-0-230-746157-5)

We have reviewed   One Scream Away by Kate Brady,  Angel Vindicated by Viola  Estrella, and  The Last Will of Moira Leahy by Therese Walsh.

2010 RITA for Contemporary Series Romance Finalists

  • *WINNER * A Not-So-Perfect Past by Beth Andrews, Harlequin Enterprises, Harlequin Superromance, Editor: Victoria Curran, (ISBN: 978-0-373-71556-5)
  • From The Outside by Helen Brenna, Harlequin Enterprises, NASCAR, Editor: Tina James, (ISBN: 978-0-373-18522-1)
  • The Snow-Kissed Bride by Linda Goodnight, Harlequin Enterprises, Harlequin Romance, Editor: Allison Lyons, (ISBN: 978-0-373-17561-1)
  • Single Mom Seeks…by Teresa Hill, Harlequin Enterprises, Silhouette Special Edition, Editor: Melissa Jeglinski, (ISBN: 978-0373654314)
  • Revealed: A Prince and a Pregnancy by Kelly Hunter, Harlequin Enterprises, Mills and Boon Modern Heat, Editor: Joanne Grant, (ISBN: 978-0-263-87252-1)
  • The Christmas Love-Child by Jennie Lucas, Harlequin Enterprises, Harlequin Presents, Editor: Kimberly Young, (ISBN: 978-0-373-52742-7)
  • One-Night Mistress…Convenient Wife by Anne McAllister, Harlequin Enterprises, Harlequin Presents, Editor: Jenny Hutton, (ISBN: 978-0-373-12871-6)
  • Duty, Desire and the Desert King by Jane Porter, Harlequin Enterprises, Mills and Boon Modern, Editor: Kim Young, (ISBN: 978-0-263-87447-1)
  • I Still Do by Christie Ridgway, Harlequin Enterprises, Silhouette Special Edition, Editor: Patience Smith, (ISBN: 978-0-373-65432-1)

We have reviewed none of these but I have read the McAllister since the nomination and enjoyed it.

2010 RITA for Contemporary Series Romance: Suspense/Adventure Finalists

  • Mountain Investigation by Jessica Andersen, Harlequin Enterprises, Harlequin Intrigue, Editor: Allison Lyons, (ISBN: 978-0-373-69414-3)
  • The Christmas Stranger by Beth Cornelison, Harlequin Enterprises, Silhouette Romantic Suspense, Editor: Allison Lyons, (ISBN: 978-0-373-27651-6)
  • * WINNER* The Soldier’s Secret Daughter by Cindy Dees, Harlequin Enterprises, Silhouette Romantic Suspense, Editor: Patience Smith, (ISBN: 978-0-373-27658-5)
  • In Care Of Sam Beaudry by Kathleen Eagle, Harlequin Enterprises, Silhouette Special Edition, Editors: Leslie Wainger and Charles Griesman, (ISBN: 978-0-373-65451-2)
  • Silent Watch by Elle Kennedy, Harlequin Enterprises, Silhouette Romantic Suspense, Editor: Diana Ventimiglia, (ISBN: 978-0-373-27644-8)
  • Cold Case Affair by Loreth Anne White, Harlequin Enterprises, Silhouette Romantic Suspense, Editor: Susan Litman, (ISBN: 978-0-373-27652-3)
  • The Christmas Present The Christmas Present by Tracy Wolff, Harlequin Enterprises, Harlequin Superromance, Editor: Wanda Ottewell, (ISBN: 978-0-373-71607-4)

We have not reviewed any of these books.

2010 RITA for Contemporary Single Title Romance Finalists

  • Talk Me Down by Victoria Dahl, Harlequin Enterprises, HQN, Editor: Tara Parsons, (ISBN: 978-0-373-77356-5)
  • True Love and Other Disasters by Rachel Gibson, HarperCollins Publishers, Avon Books, Editor: Lucia Macro, (ISBN: 978-0-061-57906-6)
  • For the Love of Pete by Julia Harper, Grand Central Publishing, Forever, Editor: Amy Pierpont, (ISBN: 978-0-446-61918-9)
  • *WINNER* Too Good To Be True Kristan Higgins, Harlequin Enterprises, HQN, Editors: Keyren Gerlach and Tracy Farrell, (ISBN: 978-0-373-77355-8)
  • A Little Light Magic by Joy Nash, Dorchester Publishing, Leisure Fiction, Editor: Alicia Condon, (ISBN: 978-0-505-52693-9)
  • Dirty Sexy Knitting by Christie Ridgway, Penguin Group USA, Berkley, Editor: Cindy Hwang, (ISBN: 978-0-425-22829-6)
  • Instant Attraction by Jill Shalvis, Kensington Publishing Corp., Brava, Editor: Kate Duffy, (ISBN: 978-0-758-23123-9)
  • Fireside Fireside by Susan Wiggs, Harlequin Enterprises, MIRA Books, Editor: Margaret O’Neill Marbury, (ISBN: 978-0-778-32910-7)

We have Haiku reviews of Talk Me Down by Victoria Dahl and   True Love and Other Disasters by Rachel Gibson; Too Good to Be True by Kristan Higgins,  For The Love of Pete by Julia Harper, and  Instant Attraction by Jill Shalvis.

2010 RITA for Historical Romance Finalists

  • Wicked All Day by Liz Carlyle, Simon & Schuster, Pocket Books Romance, Editor: Lauren McKenna, (ISBN: 978-0-4165-9492-5)
  • With Seduction in Mind by Laura Lee Guhrke, HarperCollins Publishers, Avon Books, Editor: Erika Tsang, (ISBN: 978-0-06-145683-1)
  • To Beguile A Beast by Elizabeth Hoyt, Grand Central Publishing, Forever, Editor: Amy Pierpont, (ISBN: 978-0-446-40693-2)
  • Make Me Yours by Betina Krahn, Harlequin Enterprises, Blaze, Editor: Brenda Chin, (ISBN: 978-0-373-79483-6)
  • Knight of Pleasure by Margaret Mallory, Grand Central Publishing, Forever, Editor: Alex Logan, (ISBN: 978-0-446-55338-4)
  • The Lone Texan by Jodi Thomas, Penguin Group USA, Berkley, Editor: Wendy McCurdy, (ISBN: 978-0-425-23062-6)
  • *WINNER* Not Quite a Husbandby Sherry Thomas, Bantam Dell Publishing Group, Editor: Caitlin Alexander, (ISBN: 978-0-553-59243-6)
  • Taming Her Irish Warrior by Michelle Willingham, Harlequin Enterprises, Harlequin Historical, Editor: Joanne Grant, (ISBN: 978-0-373-29566-1)

We reviewed  Wicked All Day by Liz Carlyle, Not Quite a Husband by Sherry Thomas (here and here),  Make Me Yours by Betina Krahn  (reviews here and here), To Beguile a Beast by Elizabeth Hoyt, and  Knight of Pleasure by Margaret Mallory.

2010 RITA for Inspirational Romance Finalists

  • *WINNER * The Inheritance (Women of Faith Fiction) by Tamera Alexander, Thomas Nelson, Inc., Women of Faith Fiction, Editors: Ami McConnell and Natalie Hanemann, (ISBN: 978-1-59554-632-6). Alexander won in 2007 for Revealed.
  • A Lady Like Sarah by Margaret Brownley, Thomas Nelson, Inc., Editor: Natalie Hanemann, (ISBN: 978-0-59554-809-2)
  • The Gladiator by Carla Capshaw, Harlequin Enterprises, Steeple Hill Love Inspired Historical, Editor: Melissa Endlich, (ISBN: 978-0-373-82824-1)
  • Entertaining Angels by Judy Duarte, Kensington Publishing Corp., Editor: John Scognamiglio, (ISBN: 978-0-7582-2016-5)
  • An Eye for an Eye by Irene Hannon, Baker Publishing Group, Revell Books, Editor: Jennifer Leep, (ISBN: 978-0-8007-3311-7)
  • The Silent Governess by Julie Klassen, Bethany House Publishers, Editor: Karen Schurrer, (ISBN: 978-0-7642-0707-5)
  • Breach of Trust by Diann Mills, Tyndale House Publishers, Editor: Stephanie Boerne, (ISBN: 978-1-414-32047-2)
  • The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper by Kathleen Y’Barbo, Random House Publishing, WaterBrook Multnomah, Editor: Jessica Barnes, (ISBN: 978-0-307-44474-5)

I don’t read inspirationals so I haven’t a clue here although I believe that Tamera Alexander has won before. Jayne did read and review the Capshaw book here.

2010 RITA for Novel with Strong Romantic Elements Finalists

  • The Better Part of Darkness by Kelly Gay, Simon & Schuster, Pocket Books, Editor: Ed Schlesinger, (ISBN: 978-1-439-10965-6)
  • Scandal Sheet by Gemma Halliday, Dorchester Publishing, Editor Leah Hultenschmidt, (ISBN: 978-0-505-52805-6)
  • Red’s Hot Honky-Tonk Bar by Pamela Morsi, Harlequin Enterprises, MIRA Books, Editor: Valerie Gray, (ISBN: 978-0-7783-2729-5)
  • *WINNER * The Lost Recipe for Happiness by Barbara O’Neal, Bantam Dell Publishing Group, Discovery, Editor: Shauna Summers, (ISBN: 978-0-553-38551-9) (this is Barbara Samuels for those not familiar with the author)
  • Silent On The Moor by Deanna Raybourn, Harlequin Enterprises, MIRA Books, Editor: Valerie Gray, (ISBN: 978-0-7783-2614-4)
  • The Accidental Bestseller by Wendy Wax, Penguin Group USA, Berkley, Editor: Wendy McCurdy, (ISBN: 978-0-425-22767-1)
  • The Virgin’s Daughters: In the Court of Elizabeth I by Jeane Westin, Penguin Group, USA, NAL Trade, Editor: Ellen Edwards, (ISBN: 978-0-451-22667-9)
  • Lakeshore Christmas by Susan Wiggs, Harlequin Enterprises, MIRA Books, Editor: Margaret O’Neill Marbury, (ISBN: 978-0-778-32689-2)

Jayne reviewed Silent on the Moor.

2010 RITA for Paranormal Romance Finalists

  • What Would Jane Austen Do? by Laurie Brown, Sourcebooks, Inc., Casablanca, Editor: Deb Werksman, (ISBN: 978-1-4022-1831-6)
  • Untouchable in Deep Kiss of Winterby Kresley Cole, Simon & Schuster, Pocket Books, Editor: Lauren McKenna, (ISBN: 978-1-439-15966-8)
  • *WINNER* Kiss Of A Demon King by Kresley Cole, Simon & Schuster, Pocket Books, Editor: Lauren McKenna, (ISBN: 978-1-416-58094-2). Cole won in 2007 for A Hunger Like No Other (reviewed here and here).
  • My Forbidden Desire by Carolyn Jewel, Grand Central Publishing, Forever, Editor: Michele Bidelspach, (ISBN: 978-0-446-17824-2)
  • The Fire King by Marjorie M. Liu, Dorchester Publishing, Leisure Books, Editor: Chris Keeslar, (ISBN: 978-0-843-95940-6)
  • For the Earl’s Pleasure by Anne Mallory, HarperCollins Publishers, Avon Books, Editor: May Chen, (ISBN: 978-0-061-57914-1)
  • Darkness Unknown by Alexis Morgan, Simon & Schuster, Pocket Books, Pocket Star, Editor: Micki Nuding, (ISBN: 978-1-4165-634-3)
  • Covet by J.R. Ward, Penguin Group USA, Signet, Editor: Kara Cesare, (ISBN: 978-0-451-22821-5)
  • Mortal Sins by Eileen Wilks, Penguin Group USA, Berkley Sensation, Editor: Cindy Hwang, (ISBN: 978-0-425-22552-3,

I did review Kiss of a Demon King.   We also reviewed My Forbidden Desire by Carolyn Jewel,  Mortal Sins by Eileen Wilks, and   Covet by J.R. Ward.

2010 RITA for Regency Historical Romance Finalists

  • Surrender of a Siren by Tessa Dare, Ballantine/Bantam Dell, Editor: Kate Collins, (ISBN: 978-0-345-50687-0)
  • Scandal (Berkley Sensation) by Carolyn Jewel, Penguin Group USA, Berkley Sensation, Editor: Kate Seaver, (ISBN: 978-0-425-22551-6)
  • Tempting Fate by Alissa Johnson, Dorchester Publishing, Leisure Books, Editor: Leah Hultenschmidt, (ISBN: 978-0-843-96156-0)
  • A View to a Kiss by Caroline Linden, HarperCollins Publishers, Avon Books, Editor: Lyssa Keusch, (ISBN: 978-0-061-70635-6)
  • Revealed by Kate Noble, Penguin Group USA, Berkley Sensation, Editor: Cindy Hwang, (ISBN: 978-0-425-22174-7)
  • * WINNER * What Happens in London by Julia Quinn, HarperCollins Publishers, Avon Books, Editor: Lyssa Keusch, (ISBN: 978-0-061-49188-7). This is the third win in a row for Quinn.   Prior to 2007, she had been nominated but never won.   She is now part of the RITA hall of fame.
  • Lord Braybrook’s Penniless Bride by Elizabeth Rolls, Harlequin Enterprises, Harlequin Historical, Editor: Linda Fildew, (ISBN: 978-0-373-29548-7)

We reviewed Surrender of a Siren by Tessa Dare, Scandal by Carolyn Jewel, and What Happens In London by Julia Quinn.

2010 RITA for Romance Novella Finalists

  • “A Little Night Magic” by Allyson James in Hot for the Holidays, Penguin Group USA, Berkley, Jove, Editor: Kate Seaver, (ISBN: 978-0515-14700-1)
  • "The Robber Bride" by Marjorie M. Liu in Huntress, St. Martin's Press, Editor:, (ISBN: 978-0-312-94382-0)
  • "Annalise and the Scandalous Rake" by Deb Marlowe in The Diamonds Of Welbourne Manor, Harlequin Enterprises, Harlequin Historical, Editor: Linda Fildew, (ISBN: 978-0-373-29543-2)
  • “Charlotte and the Wicked Lord” by Amanda McCabe in The Diamonds Of Welbourne Manor, Harlequin Enterprises, Harlequin Historical, Editor: Joanne Grant, (ISBN: 978-0-373-29543-2)
  • "This Wicked Gift" by Courtney Milan in The Heart of Christmas, Harlequin Enterprises, HQN, Editor: Ann Leslie Tuttle, (ISBN: 978-0-373-77427-2)
  • "On a Snowy Christmas" by Brenda Novak in The Night Before Christmas, Harlequin Enterprises, Editor: Paula Eykelhof, (ISBN: 978-0-373-83736-6)
  • * WINNER * "The Christmas Eve Promise" by Molly O’Keefe in The Night Before Christmas, Harlequin Enterprises, Silhouette Special Releases, Editor: Stacy Boyd, (ISBN: 978-0-373-83736-6)


2010 RITA for Romantic Suspense Finalists

  • One Scream Away by Kate Brady, Grand Central Publishing, Forever, Editor: Celia Johnson, (ISBN: 978-0-446-54152-7)
  • Waking the Dead (Mindhunters) by Kylie Brant, Penguin Group USA, Berkley Sensation, Editor: Cindy Hwang, (ISBN: 978-0-425-23114-2)
  • A Dark Love by Margaret Carroll, HarperCollins Publishers, Avon Books, Editor: Carrie Feron, (ISBN: 978-0-06-165278-3)
  • * WINNER * Whisper of Warning by Laura Griffin, Simon & Schuster, Pocket Books, Pocket Star, Editor: Abby Zidle, (ISBN: 978-1-416-57064-6)
  • Stolen Fury by Elisabeth Naughton, Dorchester Publishing, Love Spell, Editor: Leah Hultenschmidt, (ISBN: 978-0-505-52793-6)
  • Dark Country by Bronwyn Parry, Hachette Livre, Hachette Australia, Editor: Bernadette Foley, (ISBN: 978-0-733-62323-3)
  • Promises in Death (In Death, No. 28) by J.D. Robb, Penguin Group USA, Putnam, Editor: Leslie Gelbman, (ISBN: 978-0-399-15548-2)
  • Kill for Me by Karen Rose, Grand Central Publishing, Vision, Editor: Karen Kosztolnyik, (ISBN: 978-0-446-51030-1)

We reviewed  A Dark Love by Margaret Carroll,  Whisper of Warning by Laura Griffen, Promises in Death by J.D. Robb, and recently I reviewed As Darkness Falls by  Bronwyn Parry (not her RITA nominated book, though).

2010 RITA for Young Adult Romance

  • Fairy Tale by Cyn Balog, Random House Group, Delacorte Press, Editor:, (ISBN: 978-0-385-738494)
  • Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover by Ally Carter, Hyperion Books for Children, Editor: Jennifer Besser, (ISBN: 978-1-423-11638-7)
  • * WINNER * Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles, Walker Books for Young Readers, Editor: Emily Easton, (ISBN: 978-0-8027-9823-7)
  • Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols, Simon & Schuster, Pocket Books, MTV Books, Editor: Jennifer Heddle, (ISBN: 978-1-416-57173-5)
  • The ABC’s of Kissing Boys by Tina Ferraro, Random House Group, Delacorte Press, Editor: Krista Marino, (ISBN: 978-0-385-73582-7)
  • Nothing Like You by Lauren Strasnick, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, Editor: Anica Rissi, (ISBN: 978-1-416-98264-7)

Will you be buying any of the winners or the nominees? Have thoughts about what went down?

Dear Author

Wednesday Publishing Links: Horizons Becomes DellArte Press

The much maligned Harlequin Horizons (which authors and readers had begun to refer to as HarHo after what I presume to mean that some one is engaging in prostituting herself) has transformed into DellArte Press. It has essentially the same look and feel but there is no mention of Harlequin anywhere. Even the contact person is located in Indiana.

I can’t see any mention of Horizons or DellArte Press over at the Harlequin boards (but I also confess to not being very familiar with these boards and could have totally missed it).   There is no word whether this will pacify the writing organizations.   To use Chicklet’s terminology, it appears that Harlequin will be participating in some form of publisher cash for service program in fact, but no longer in name.

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Choire writing for the Awl describes the new publishing venture that Talking Points Memo has undertaken.   TPM, one of the largest, oldest, and most visible liberal blogs, has been responsible for breaking quite a few stories in the last couple of years.   It has hired a publisher.

This publisher will be responsible for making the publication hum and grow. The first duty in the listing is “audience growth.” This is what a publisher should do: ensure the ongoing financial success and growth of his or her publication. Instead, what we have now in the media industry are publishers who believe their duties include dictating the editorial mission on behalf of a business principle. This is when publishers go wrong and, generally, is when they should be taken out back and shot.

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Teleread has a piece on how to get a bargain ebook reader.   It recommends both the high end which is buying a subscription to the Globe & the Kindle Dx or heading off to eBay for a sub $50 PDA.   PDAs with a 3.5″ screen or larger can be   a good reading device.

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Nathan Bransford takes a look at the economics of publishing.   Lynn Viehl had shared that she was paid a $50,000 advance and earned an additional $24,517.36 in profit after taxes.   It was estimated that the gross revenue for the publishing was $450,000.00.   Bransford points out that the profit for the publisher takes into consideration all of the expenses and that bestsellers make up for the majority of books that don’t make any money (or may actually lose money for publishers).   Of course, for authors to get a greater chunk of the profit, they’ll have to move away from the traditional publishing model.

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Edan Lupicka writing for The Millions points out the hazards of giving out awards because of gender or ethnicity.   It’s demeaning to those groups of writers whose talent and skill should speak and be judged for themselves.   (Via @glecharles).   But Lupicka isn’t certain on how to erase gender or race bias but lamenting the lack of diversity amongst winners of prestigious awards can lead to awards given on something other than merit or somehow diminishing the work of the author based on gender or ethnicity.

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Persona Non Data tackles the issue of publishing and pricing. It’s a pretty fascinating article and I definitely recommend interested parties take a look.   PND was in the airline industry and each seat had a different value.   Books are not priced differently but are subject to a band of pricing.   PND then goes on to talk about researchers of the music industry and students’ sensitivity to price:

The authors also experimented with a subscription type model that had a fixed price component with a per-use fee, and this model appeared to be more effective at maximizing revenue and value for both retailer and consumer.

Google Books is based on a subscription based model.   The key to an author’s increased revenue from subscription based models is volume. In other words, from a pool of subscribers, the author gets revenue by virtue of being in the pool from a large number of people who would have never bought her book in the first place.   Depending on the subscription price, this has real interest to me as a reader.

In self publishing setting, authors could set up coops to have effectively the same result.