Last night, RWA concluded its annual conference with the sequin-studded RITA Awards. 1700 attendees get glammed up, sparkled up (and often Spanx’ed up) to watch their fellow writers vie for the coveted golden lady. (One thing I love? RWA also honors the editors of the winning books.) If you’re looking for a great romance to read this summer, why not start with one of the brand-new winning novels from last night? We’ve assembled them here for you, and think you’ll agree it’s a testament to the breadth of this most popular of genres.
Best Short Contemporary Series Romance: A Night of No Return, Sarah Morgan (Harlequin Presents, Lucy Gilmour, editor)
Best Long Contemporary Series Romance: A Gift for All Seasons, Karen Templeton (Harlequin Presents, Gail Chasan, editor)
Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements: The Haunting of Maddy Clare, Simone St. James (NAL, Ellen Edwards, editor)
Best Historical Romance: A Rogue by Any Other Name, Sarah MacLean (Avon, Carrie Feron, editor)
Best Inspirational Romance: Against the Tide, Elizabeth Camden (Bethany House, Raela Schoenherr, editor)
Best Romantic Suspense: Scorched, Laura Griffin (Pocket Books, Abby Zidle, editor)
Best Paranormal Romance: Shadow’s Claim, Kresley Cole (Pocket Books, Lauren McKenna, editor)
Best Romantic Novella: Seduced by a Pirate, Eloisa James (Avon Impulse, Carrie Feron, editor)
Best Contemporary Single Title Romance: The Way Back Home, Barbara Freethy (Pocket Books, Micki Nuding, editor)
Best Young Adult Romance: The Farm, Emily McKay (Berkley, Michelle Vega, editor)
Best First Book: The Haunting of Maddy Clare, Simone St. James (a twofer!)
New entrants into the RWA Hall of Fame: Karen Templeton & Kresley Cole
The RWA Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award: Mary Jo Putney
Congratulations to all the winners!