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Romance Writers of America RITA Finalist Winners

March 29, 2012

A Night To Surrender Tessa Dare Historical Romance

A Night To Surrender
by Tessa Dare

A dashing British officer, under orders, "invades" this community of strong-willed "spinsters," only to discover he's met his match in Miss Susannah Finch!

Welcome to Spindle Cove, where the ladies with delicate constitutions come for the sea air, and men in their prime are . . . nowhere to be found. Or are they? Spindle Cove is the destination of choice for certain types of well-bred young ladies: the painfully shy, young wives Read More »

An explosively witty and sexy historical romance!



The Lost Caridad Pineiro Paranormal Romance

The Lost
by Caridad Pineiro

Adam Salvatore is no ordinary millionaire. The heir to an ancient race possessing a dark, powerful magic, he can shapeshift and create energy. His gifts make him a living weapon and have forced him to live in seclusion. But now an inhuman force hunts down Adam-just when he finds Read More »



Beautiful Disaster Laura Spinella Best First Book

Beautiful Disaster
by Laura Spinella

A story of love lost... and found. Mia Wells’s eco-friendly career goals are about to become a reality—but her life-altering moment is interrupted when an unexpected call ushers in her tremulous past. A man who’s never left Mia’s memory: Flynn, the enigmatic, passionate man Read More »



The Darling Strumpet Gillian Bagwell Best First Book

The Darling Strumpet
by Gillian Bagwell

A Novel of Nell Gwynn

A thrilling debut novel starring one of history’s most famous and beloved courtesans. From London’s slums to its bawdy playhouses, The Darling Strumpet transports the reader to the tumultuous world of seventeenth-century England, charting the meteoric rise of the dazzling Nell Gwynn, who captivates the Read More »

A charming historical tale of the King's favorite mistress



The Devil in Disguise Stefanie Sloane Best First Book

The Devil in Disguise
by Stefanie Sloane

In Stefanie Sloane’s smoldering new series of undercover seduction and adventure, a seasoned spy discovers passion is a dangerous game.

Lord William Randall, the Duke of Clairemont, is a wicked rake with little regard for society—a most unlikely suitor for the prim and proper Lady Lucinda Gray. But his latest assignment for the Young Corinthians, an elite spy organization, involves protecting her from a kidnapping plot and to do Read More »

A Regency Romance to kidnap your heart!



First Grave On The Right Darynda Jones Best First Book

First Grave On The Right
by Darynda Jones

A Novel

A smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper, Charley sees dead people. That's right, she sees dead people. And it's her job to convince them to "go into the light." But when these very dead people have Read More »

Divine Debut: Don't Fear the Reaper



Hourglass Myra McEntire Best First Book

Hourglass
by Myra McEntire

One hour to rewrite the past . . . For seventeen-year-old Emerson Cole, life is about seeing what isn’t there: swooning Southern Belles; soldiers long forgotten; a haunting jazz trio that vanishes in an instant. Plagued by phantoms since her parents’ death, she just wants the apparitions to Read More »



How to Marry a Duke Vicky Dreiling Best First Book

How to Marry a Duke
by Vicky Dreiling

England's most eligible bachelor has finally met his match.

Tristan, the Duke of Shelbourne is a man with a mission: find a wife he can tolerate as long as they both shall live. No love is necessary—nor desired. But how to choose amid a dizzying array of wealthy-yet-witless candidates? Hire London’s infamously prim and proper Read More »

In her historical romance debut, author Vicky Dreiling gives us an 1800's version of "The Bachelor."

Matchmaker, matchmaker -- watch who you catch!!



I'm Not Her Janet Gurtler Best First Book

I'm Not Her
by Janet Gurtler

Brainy Tess Smith is the younger sibling of the beautiful, popular, volleyball-scholarship-bound Kristina. When Kristina is diagnosed with bone cancer, it drastically changes both sisters’ lives. Sometimes the things that annoy us the most about our siblings are the ones we’d miss the most if we lost Read More »



Warped Maurissa Guibord Best First Book

Warped
by Maurissa Guibord

Tessa doesn't believe in magic. Or Fate. But there's something weird about the dusty unicorn tapestry she discovers in a box of old books. She finds the creature woven within it compelling and frightening. After the tapestry comes into her possession, Tessa experiences dreams of the past and Read More »



How A Cowboy Stole Her Heart Donna Alward Contemporary Series Romance

How A Cowboy Stole Her Heart
by Donna Alward

Clay Gregory's known Megan Briggs her whole life, and he's been plenty worried about her while she's been getting medical treatment. Now she's back home and hiding away on the family ranch.

Knowing the stubborn cowgirl won't accept his help willingly, he invites her Read More »



I'll Catch You Farrah Rochon Contemporary Series Romance

I'll Catch You
by Farrah Rochon

He's through playing the field...or is he?

Cedric Reeves has just been sidelined, and the bad-boy pro footballer suddenly finds himself without an agent or a prayer of getting back in the game. What he needs is someone pulling for him...someone like gorgeous go-getter Payton Mosely. A media-hounded celebrity like Cedric is just Read More »

Fun, sassy and sexy tale about a bad boy NFL star and a hard negotiating player agent



Rancher's Twins: Mom Needed Barbara Hannay Contemporary Series Romance

Rancher's Twins: Mom Needed
by Barbara Hannay

Nanny Holly O'Mara has formed a close bond with her late cousin's little twins. When their estranged father, rough, rugged Australian cattleman Gray Kidman, arrives to take them home to the outback, Holly senses that he is out of his depth. Holly soon falls for mysterious Gray. Seeing Read More »



Christine Rimmer Contemporary Series Romance

A Bravo Homecoming
by Christine Rimmer

Travis Bravo was sick of his meddling mother and her matchmaking ways. So what better way to stop her than to bring a fiancee home for the holidays? One catch--he wasn\'t even dating anyone. But that was where his rough-and-tumble oil-rig friend, Samantha Jaworski, came Read More »



Christine Rimmer Contemporary Series Romance

Donovan's Child
by Christine Rimmer

Both times, it was a fall that nearly did him in…The first time, it was a tumble down a mountain that threatened Donovan McRae\'s very survival. And though he had once been the Man Who Had Everything, at that point he thought he had nothing left to lose Read More »



Doukakis's Apprentice Sarah Morgan Contemporary Series Romance

Doukakis's Apprentice
by Sarah Morgan

With her family business in crisis, Polly Prince does her best to keep calm and carry on. But hard work alone can't save her London company from a takeover by the infamously ruthless Damon Doukakis…or her traitorous body from the lethal sensuality of her boss!As his new Read More »



Paula Graves Contemporary Series: Suspense/Adventure

Cooper Vengeance
by Paula Graves

J. D. Cooper had left no stone unturned when investigating a cold case that hit much too close to home. Or so he\'d thought. Thanks to small-town deputy Natalie Becker, new evidence had surfaced that might lead J.D. closer to the truth. But Natalie had a stake Read More »



A Mother's Homecoming Tanya Michaels Contemporary Series Romance

A Mother's Homecoming
by Tanya Michaels

Welcome Home, Stranger For Pamela Jo Wilson, returning to her sleepy Mississippi hometown means coming face-to-face with her past. At seventeen, overwhelmed by the responsibilities of a new marriage and family, she fled Mimosa. But Nick Shepard wasn't the only one Pam left behind. Now, thirteen years Read More »



Linda Warren Contemporary Series Romance

The Texan's Bride
by Linda Warren

Sheltered her entire life, Jessie Murdock has rarely gotten her way. Until her dying father makes a deal with Cadde Hardin. Cadde will get shares of Shilah Oil on one condition—marry Jessie. In love with him for years, Jessie doesn\'t hesitate to sign the papers. But she didn Read More »



The Doctor's Deadly Affair Stephanie Doyle Contemporary Series: Suspense/Adventure

The Doctor's Deadly Affair
by Stephanie Doyle

Fresh on the heels of their disastrous date, Dr. Camille Lawson is none too pleased to find Dr. Wyatt Holladay darkening her doorstep. But a mystery ailment is claiming her patients—and just maybe the gorgeous doctor can help her get some answers. What should be a simple investigation of Read More »



Paula Graves Contemporary Series: Suspense/Adventure

The Man From Gossamer Ridge
by Paula Graves

To criminology professor Alicia Solano, serial killers aren\'t just academic. A very real one is stalking her now, possibly the same madman who brought Gabe Cooper to town. The sexy Southern lawman still blames himself for an unsolved murder and this time, he\'ll do anything to catch the Read More »



Nothing But the Truth Kara Lennox Contemporary Series: Suspense/Adventure

Nothing But the Truth
by Kara Lennox

As chief legal council for Project Justice, widow Raleigh Shinn doesn't seem the type to accept bribes. Still, Griffin Benedict has an anonymous tip that points to her guilt. And if he wants to make the move to national news anchor, he needs a sensational story. But nothing is Read More »



Soldier's Last Stand Cindy Dees Contemporary Series: Suspense/Adventure

Soldier's Last Stand
by Cindy Dees

Navy Commander Brady Hathaway is done with women. Since H.O.T. Watch is pretty much a 24/7 job, that leaves no time for female entanglements. Then he's appointed Eve Dupont's handler. Tan, leggy and blonde, the lethal-looking civilian chosen to take down a terrorist cell Read More »



Stranded With Her Ex Jill Sorenson Contemporary Series: Suspense/Adventure

Stranded With Her Ex
by Jill Sorenson

An exotic wildlife preserve is a dream come true for conservation biologist Daniela Flores. Until she finds out her ex-husband is leading the research team. World-famous shark expert Sean Carmichael has only grown more ruggedly appealing in the time they were apart…the passion between them more intense Read More »



Taken to the Edge Kara Lennox Contemporary Series: Suspense/Adventure

Taken to the Edge
by Kara Lennox

Ford Hyatt thought he was done. He was all set to give up on himself and on Project Justice. Then Robyn Jasperson walks back into his life. His former bad-girl crush looks better than ever and needs his help getting a case overturned. Robyn's got an ex-husband Read More »



At Hidden Falls Barbara Freethy Contemporary Single Title

At Hidden Falls
by Barbara Freethy

Mysterious dreams draw costume designer Isabella Silviera to Angel’s Bay, the California coastal town where angels occasionally dance above the waves.

Bestselling author Barbara Freethy enchants again in this emotional and compelling tale of family secrets, abiding friendships, and heart-touching romance. Isabella’s drive to Angel’s Bay would have ended in tragedy when her car slid off a cliff if she hadn’t been rescued by Nick Read More »

A compelling novel with plenty of romance, compassion and intrigue.



Black Ties and Lullabies Jane Graves Contemporary Single Title

Black Ties and Lullabies
by Jane Graves

A good girl can be bad for one night...
Bernadette Hogan doesn't make mistakes. Not when it comes to caring for her mother, and not at her job protecting Texas's most eligible--and infuriating--bachelor. Maybe that's why she's overcome with guilt after Read More »

An enchanting tale of finding love in unexpected places



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