RITA Nominees

It Had to be YouEvery year, I write a blog about the nominees for the Romance Writers of America’s RITA© Awards, and it’s that time again.  For those that are unfamiliar, these awards are given in 9 different categories (historical, inspirational, paranormal, etc.)  to the best of romance published in 2013.  There have been many changes this year, from the elimination of the novel with strong romantic elements category to the inclusion of an erotic romance category.  Despite these changes, many wonderful authors and novels are nominated this year, and I can’t wait to see who takes home the prize.  Awards will be given out on July 26th; be sure to check back here for the complete list of winners.

The full list of nominees can be found here, but here are some of my favorites:

Whiskey Beach  Homecoming Ranch  Any Duchess Will Do  The Countess Conspiracy  No Good Duke Goes Unpunished  The Firebird  Heart of Obisdian  Shadowdance

It Had to Be You by Jill Shalvis – Contemporary Romance
Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts – Contemporary Romance
Homecoming Ranch by Julia London – Contemporary Romace
Any Duchess Will Do by Tessa Dare – Historical Romance
The Countess Conspiracy by Courtney Milan – Historical Romance
No Good Duke Goes Unpunished by Sarah MacLean – Historical Romance
The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley – Paranormal Romance
Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh – Paranormal Romance
Shadowdance by Kristen Callihan – Paranormal Romance