RITA Award Winners

Nora Roberts won her 12th RITA, for her 2008 title, Tribute, at the Romance Writers of America conference in Washington, D.C. on Saturday. She was interviewed during the conference by Scott Simon on NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday. Simon also discovered that writing a romance is not easy. He tried writing a chapter and presented it to HarperCollins editor Carrie Feron, who didn’t think much of it (no wonder, he ended up writing a satire).

Ron Charles, reviewer for the Washington Post, won the Veritas Award for “presenting romance in a positive light” in his article, Heating Up the Stacks. The purpose of the award was somewhat undercut by his calling it an “uncomfortable honor, the kind I’m not sure I should include on my résumé.”

Debbie Schneider, romance writer and librarian for King County PL, was named Librarian of the Year. She and coworker Chappie Langemack also presented a session about bringing authors to the library.

The group also gives Golden Heart Awards for unpublished manuscripts. At least one of them has already been picked up for publication, Butterfly Swords by Jeannie Lin. It will be published by Harlequin.

Next year’s conference will be held in Nashville.

The RITA winners are:

Contemporary Series Romance:

A Mother’s Wish by Karen Templeton

A Mother’s Wish by Karen Templeton (Silhouette Special Edition)
Contemporary Series Romance: Suspense/Adventure
Danger Signals by Kathleen Creighton (Silhouette Romantic Suspense)
Young Adult Romance
Hell Week by Rosemary Clement-Moore (Delacorte)
Historical Romance
The Edge of Impropriety by Pam Rosenthal (Signet Eclipse)
Regency Historical Romance
My Lord and Spymaster by Joanna Bourne (Berkley Sensation)
Inspirational Romance
Finding Stefanie by Susan May Warren (Tyndale House)
Romance Novella
“The Fall of Rogue Gerard” by Stephanie Laurens in It Happened One Night (Avon)
Paranormal Romance
Seducing Mr. Darcy by Gwyn Cready (Pocket Books )
Novel with Strong Romantic Elements
Tribute by Nora Roberts (Putnam)
Romantic Suspense
Take No Prisoners by Cindy Gerard (Pocket Books)
Best First Book
Oh. My. Gods. by Tera Lynn Childs (Dutton)
Contemporary Single Title Romance
Not Another Bad Date by Rachel Gibson (Avon)
A Mother’s Wish / The Chef’s Choice (Special Edition)
Karen Templeton, Kristin Hardy
Retail Price: Out of Print
Publisher: Harlequin Mills & Boon – (2008-09-15)
ISBN / EAN: 0733588271 / 9780733588273

Contemporary Series Romance: Suspense/Adventure:

Danger Signals (Silhouette Romantic Suspense)
Kathleen Creighton
Retail Price: $4.99
Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Harlequin – (2008-04-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0373275773 / 9780373275779

Young Adult Romance:

Hell Week (Maggie Quinn: Girl vs Evil, Book 2)
Rosemary Clement-Moore
Retail Price: $16.99
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers – (2008-08-26)
ISBN / EAN: 038573414X / 9780385734141

Historical Romance:

The Edge of Impropriety (Signet Eclipse)
Pam Rosenthal
Retail Price: $14.00
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: NAL Trade – (2008-11-04)
ISBN / EAN: 045122230X / 9780451222305

Regency Historical Romance:

My Lord and Spymaster (The Spymaster Series)
Joanna Bourne
Retail Price: $7.99
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Berkley – (2008-07-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0425222462 / 9780425222461

Inspirational Romance:

Finding Stefanie (Noble Legacy Series #3)
Susan May Warren
Retail Price: $12.99
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers – (2008-06-04)
ISBN / EAN: 1414310196 / 9781414310190

Romance Novella:

The Fall of Rogue Gerard by Stephanie Laurens in It Happened One Night

It Happened One Night
Stephanie Laurens, Mary Balogh, Jacquie D’alessandro, Candice Hern
Retail Price: $7.99
Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Avon – (2008-10-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0061354163 / 9780061354168

Paranormal Romance:

Seducing Mr. Darcy
Gwyn Cready
Retail Price: $6.99
Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Pocket – (2008-07-29)
ISBN / EAN: 1416541160 / 9781416541165

Novel with Strong Romantic Elements:

Nora Roberts
Retail Price: $7.99
Paperback: 464 pages
Publisher: Jove – (2009-03-31)
ISBN / EAN: 0515146366 / 9780515146363

Romantic Suspense:

Take No Prisoners (Black Ops, Book 2)
Cindy Gerard
Retail Price: $6.99
Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Pocket Star – (2008-10-21)
ISBN / EAN: 1416566740 / 9781416566748

Best First Book:

Oh. My. Gods.
Tera Lynn Childs
Retail Price: $16.99
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile – (2008-05-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0525479422 / 9780525479420

Contemporary Single Title Romance:

Not Another Bad Date (Avon Romance)
Rachel Gibson
Retail Price: $7.99
Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Avon – (2008-06-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0061178047 / 9780061178047

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