Romance Award Winners


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Overview of the Romance genre, with 2011 RITA (r) Award Winners from the Romance Writers of America. Images from Author Web sites or Flickr, with attribution.

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Romance Award Winners

  1. 1. Winner for Regency Historical RomanceMischief of the Mistletoe by Lauren Willig (Penguin) Book 7.Lauren Willigs mix of action, adventure, and romance among English and French spies duringthe Napoleonic Wars is immensely popular. Willigs novels jump from present-day Eloise,researching her dissertation in England, to the adventures of spies centered around themysterious Pink Carnation. These are swashbuckling, romantic romps with witty dialogue andfun, well-plotted mysteries.Start with: The Secret History of the Pink Carnation (Book 1) “steamy, suspenseful”In this irresistible Regency Christmas caper, Arabella Dempsey accepts a position at a quietgirls school in Bath, but she hardly imagines coming face to face with French aristocrats andinternational spies. Guest appearances by Dempseys best friend Jane Austen and charactersfrom previous installments of the Pink Carnation series round out the laugh-out-loud holiday-themed romance of intrigue.Winner for Historical RomanceSherry Thomas (Random House, Bantam Books) - Her 4th book and 2nd RITA Award - shewon last year with NOT QUITE A HUSBANDSherry Thomas burst onto the scene with PRIVATE ARRANGEMENTS, aPublisher WeeklyBest Book of 2008. Her sophomore book, DELICIOUS, is aLibrary Journal Best Romance of2008. Lisa Kleypas calls her "the most powerfully original historical romance author workingtoday."His at NightDetermined to escape her tyrannical uncle, Elissande Edgerton sets a marriage trap for LordVere, a secret agent for the English government.Steamy and engagingWinner for Inspirational RomanceIrene Hannon In Harm’s Way“If you’re looking for edge-of-the-seat suspense or tender, heartwarming romance—withoutgratuitous violence, explicit love scenes or vulgar language—you’re in the right place! My bookshave been called clean, compelling fiction, and that sums up my style nicely.”RITA Finalist - An Eye for An EyeIn Harm’s Way - (Book 3, Heroes of Quantico)FBI special agent Nick Bradley has seen his share of kooks during his fifteen years with theBureau, from the guy who insisted he’d been abducted by aliens to the woman who claimedGod had told her to assist the FBI by acting as His intermediary on difficult cases. But RachelSutton is an enigma. She seems normal when she shows up at the FBI office in St. Louis—untilshe produces a tattered Raggedy Ann doll she found and tells him it gives her bad vibes. Nickdismisses her—only to stumble across a link between the doll and an abducted infant, setting inmotion a chain of events that uncovers startling connections…and puts Rachel’s life on the line.Winner for Young Adult RomanceJulie Kagawa - The Iron King (Harlequin Teen)Book 1 of the Iron Fey series Book 4 - Iron Knight“My name is Meghan Chase.In less than twenty-four hours Ill be sixteen. Countless stories, songs, and poems have been
  2. 2. written about this wonderful age, when a girl finds true love and the stars shine for her and thehandsome prince carries her off into the sunset.I dont think it will be that way for me. “ When her half-brother is kidnapped, Meghan Chase, who has recently learned that she is thedaughter of the summer faery king, must journey into a strange world she never imagined toface an unknown enemy and save those she loves.Winner for Romance NovellaVirginia Kantra - “Shifting Sea” in Burning Up (Penguin Group) With Angela Knight, NaliniSingh, and Meljean Brook (Iron Duke, steampunk)"Shifting sea " by Virginia Kantra is a prequel story to her "Children of the sea" series.Children of the Sea paranormal romance “(First book in series) Sea Witch - The undeniablepassion between police chief Caleb Hunter and Margred, a legendary being of the sea who isable to shape-shift into seductive human form, may change the fate of humankind.”Winner for Romantic SuspenseKaren Rose - Silent Scream (Grand Central publishing)Detective Olivia Sutherland works with firefighter David Hunter, with whom she shared a nightof passion years earlier, to track down a sadistic blackmailer and killer who is using a group ofcollege students to do his bidding.Winner for Paranormal RomanceUnchained: The Dark Forgotten by Sharon Ashwood Book 3 of the series. Frostbound is thenewest (book 4). Book 1 is Ravenous (Feb 2009)When the custody battle for her 10-year-old daughter forces her to take a job at the publiclibrary, former demon hunter Ashe Carver finds her two worlds colliding when the dashingCaptain Reynard, who has spent centuries guarding a supernatural prison, demands that shefinds the thief who took his soul. Original.Winner for Contemporary Single title RomanceSimply Irresistible by Jill Shalvis - Book 1 of the Lucky Harbor novelsAfter losing both her boyfriend and her job, Maddie Moore, claiming the inheritance left by herfree-spirited mother, arrives in the town of Lucky Harbor, Washington where she must convinceher two half-sisters to join her in a business venture as well as convince herself to take achance on love. .“In this heartwarming and sexy contemporary romance from bestseller Shalvis (InstantTemptation), Maddie Moore meets the man of her dreams, but must fight her inner demons tomake it work. “