RITA Award Finalists

The Romance Writers of America have announced their contenders for the coveted RITA Award. Below are the finalists:

2011 RITA Finalists for Best First Book
Enemy Within by Marcella Burnard 
Firestorm by Kelly Ann Riley 
I Now Pronounce You Someone Else by Erin McCahan 
The Iron King by Julie Kagawa 
Pieces of Sky by Kaki Warner 
The Summer of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells 
A Tailor-Made Bride by Karen Witemeyer 
Wanna Get Lucky? by Deborah Coonts 
When Harry Met Molly by Kieran Kramer

2011 RITA Finalists for Contemporary Series Romance
Breaking the Sheikh’s Rules in the Summer Sheikhs anthology by Abby Green 
Christmas Magic on the Mountain by Melissa McClone 
Christmas with Her Boss by Marion Lennox 
Dare She Date the Dreamy Doc? by Sarah Morgan 
Red-Hot Renegade by Kelly Hunter 
An Unexpected Father by Lisa Ruff 
Welcome Home, Cowboy by Karen Templeton 
Zoe and the Tormented Tycoon by Kate Hewitt 

2011 RITA Finalists for Contemporary Series Romance: Suspense/Adventure
The Baby’s Guardian by Delores Fossen 
Case File: Canyon Creek, Wyoming by Paula Graves 
To Catch a Killer by Kimberly Van Meter 
A Cop in Her Stocking by Ann Voss Peterson 
Meltdown by Gail Barrett 
The Moon That Night by Helen Brenna 
Perfect Partners? by C.J. Carmichael 
Renegade Angel by Kendra Leigh Castle 

2011 RITA Finalists for Contemporary Single Title Romance
And One Last Thing by Molly Harper 
Happy Ever After by Nora Roberts 
Lead Me On by Victoria Dahl 
Not That Kind of Girl by Susan Donovan 
Nothing But Trouble by Rachel Gibson 
One Fine Cowboy by Joanne Kennedy 
Simply Irresistible by Jill Shalvis 
Still the One by Robin Wells 

2011 RITA Finalists for Historical Romance
Countess of Scandal by Laurel McKee 
The Forbidden Rose by Joanne Bourne 
His at Night by Sherry Thomas 
A Kiss at Midnight by Eloisa James 
Last Night’s Scandal by Loretta Chase 
A Little Bit Wild by Victoria Dahl 
One Wicked Sin by Nicola Cornick 
Open Country by Kaki Warner 

2011 RITA Finalists for Inspirational Romance
A Convenient Wife by Anna Schmidt
Doctor in Petticoats by Mary Connealy
Finding Her Way Home by Linda Goodnight 
In Harm’s Way by Irene Hannon 
Maid to Match by Deeanne Gist 
Shades of Morning by Marlo M. Schalesky
The Wedding Garden by Linda Goodnight 
Whisper on the Wind by Maureen Lang 
Within My Heart by Tamera Alexander 

2011 RITA Finalists for Novel With Strong Romantic Elements
Blood Vines by Erica Spindler 
The Dead Travel Fast by Deanna Raybourn 
Killbox by Ann Aguirre 
On Folly Beach by Karen White 
The Search by Nora Roberts 
Stormwalker by Allyson James 
Wanna Get Lucky? by Deborah Coonts 
Welcome to Harmony by Jodi Thomas 

2011 RITA Finalists for Paranormal Romance
Enemy Within by Marcella Burnard 
A Highlander’s Homecoming by Melissa Mayhue 
Immortal Sea by Virginia Kantra 
Marked by the Moon by Lori Handeland 
Rebel by Zoe Archer 
Sins of the Heart by Eve Silver 
Unchained: the Dark Forgotten by Sharon Ashwood 
Water Bound by Christine Feehan 

2011 RITA Finalists for Regency Historical Romance
His Christmas Pleasure by Cathy Maxwell 
The Mischief of the Mistletoe by Lauren Willig 
Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean 
Provocative in Pearls by Madeline Hunter 
To Surrender to a Rogue by Cara Elliott 
Twice Tempted by a Rogue by Tessa Dare 
When Harry Met Molly by Kieran Kramer 
The Wicked Wyckerly by Patricia Rice 

2011 RITA Finalists for Romance Novella
“Blame It on the Blizard” by Jennifer Greene in Baby, It’s Cold Outside 
“A Dundee Christmas” by Brenda Novak in That Christmas Feeling 
“Friendly Fire” by Jill Shalvis in Born on the 4th of July 
“Love Me to Death” by Maggie Shayne in Heart of Darkness 
“Mistletoe Magic” by Sandra Hyatt in Under the Millionaire’s Mistletoe
“Mountain Rose” by Cheryl St. John in To Be a Mother )
“Shifting Sea” by Virginia Kantra in Burning Up 
“The Wrong Brother” by Maureen Child in Under the Millionaire’s Mistletoe 

2011 RITA Finalists for Romantic Suspense
The Darkest Hour by Maya Banks 
Deadly Fear by Cynthia Eden 
Edge of Sight by Roxanne St. Claire 
Indulgence in Death by J.D. Robb 
Kill Me Again by Maggie Shayne 
Love Me to Death by Allison Brennan 
Silent Scream by Karen Rose 
Two Lethal Lies by Annie Solomon 

2011 RITA Finalists for Young Adult Romance
Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder 
The Clearing by Heather Davis 
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare 
I Now Pronounce You Someone Else by Erin McCahan 
The Iron King by Julie Kagawa 
Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles 
The Summer of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells 

So, how many of these have your read? What is your favorite genre to read?

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Regina Jeffers is the award-winning author of Austenesque, Regency and contemporary novels.
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