The Romance Writers of America announced on Tuesday the finalists for the RITA Awards for romance fiction.
There are 13 categories include over 80 nominees (a good opportunity for displays, see The Romance Dish for useful descriptions of all 13 classifications).
Among the finalists are popular authors such as Sabrina York, Tessa Dare, Elizabeth Hoyt, Sabrina Jeffries, J R Ward and Loretta Chase, whose Dukes Prefer Blondes (HC/Avon; HarperAudio; OverDrive Sample), part of her Dressmakers series, appears in the Historical Romance: Long category.
Attesting to the growing reach of self-published novels, 11 of the nominees come from the authors’ own imprints, including Always a Bridesmaid by Lizzie Shane (Create Space; OverDrive Sample), in the Contemporary Romance: Long category.
RWA’s the Golden Heart award nominees for unpublished manuscripts were also released.
All the winners will be announced on July 27.