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Shana (shanap) | 5 comments Hi all, I saw that this year's finalists were announced today! Are any of your recent favorites on these lists? Let us know!

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2018 RITA Finalists

Best First Book

Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel
Entangled Publishing, Entangled Teen
Liz Pelletier, editor

His Perfect Partner by Priscilla Oliveras
Kensington Publishing Corp., Zebra Shout
Martin Biro, editor

Take the Lead by Alexis Daria
St. Martin’s Press, Swerve
Holly Ingraham, editor

The Thing with Feathers by McCall Hoyle
HarperCollins, Blink
Jillian Manning, editor

Waltzing with the Earl by Catherine Tinley
Harlequin Mills & Boon, Historical
Julia Williams, editor

Contemporary Romance: Long

The Dating Game by Avril Tremayne
HarperCollins, HQ Digital
Victoria Oundjian, editor

Falling Hard by Lexi Ryan
Self-Published
Rhonda Merwarth, editor

Famous by Jenny Holiday
Self-Published
Tracy Montoya, editor

No One but You by Brenda Novak
Harlequin, Mira
Emily Ohanjanians, editor

Take the Lead by Alexis Daria
St. Martin’s Press, Swerve
Holly Ingraham, editor

Tougher in Texas by Kari Lynn Dell
Sourcebooks, Casablanca
Mary Altman, editor

The Whys Have It by Amy Matayo
Self-Published
Kristin Avila, editor

The Wingman by Natasha Anders
Amazon, Montlake Publishing
Melody Guy, editor

Contemporary Romance: Mid-Length

The F-Word by Sandra Marton
Self-Published
Gretchen Stull, editor

His Perfect Partner by Priscilla Oliveras
Kensington Publishing Corp., Zebra Shout
Martin Biro, editor

Lucky Charmed by Sharla Lovelace
Kensington Publishing Corp., Lyrical Shine
Wendy McCurdy, editor

New Leash on Life by Roxanne St. Claire
Self-Published
Kristi Yanta, editor

Redemption by Kelly Moran
Self-Published
A. J. Nuest, editor

Royally Wed by Teri Wilson
Pocket Books, Pocket Star
Marla Daniels, editor

Summer Stock by Vanessa North
Riptide Publishing
Carole-Ann Galloway, editor

Tell Me by Abigail Strom
Amazon, Montlake Publishing
Maria Gomez and Charlotte Herscher, editors

This Can’t Be Love by Maria Geraci
Self-Published
Rhoda McDuffey, editor

You Do Something to Me (The Sullivans) by Bella Andre
Oak Press, LLC
Bella Andre, editor

Contemporary Romance: Short

The Billionaire’s Christmas Baby by Marion Lennox
Harlequin, Romance
Sheila Hodgson, editor

Christmas at the Graff by Kaylie Newell
Tule Publishing, Montana Born
Sinclair Sawhney, editor

A Christmas Miracle by Amy Andrews
Harlequin Mills & Boon, Medical
Megan Haslam, editor

The Cowboy Upstairs by Tanya Michaels
Harlequin, Western Romance
Johanna Raisanen, editor

The Doctor and the Princess by Scarlet Wilson
Harlequin Mills & Boon, Medical Romance
Nicola Caws, editor

Miracle on Chance Avenue by Jane Porter
Tule Publishing, Montana Born

The Princess Problem by Teri Wilson
Harlequin, Special Edition
Gail Chasan, editor

Second Chance Summer by Kait Nolan
Self-Published
Susan Bischoff, editor

The Sheikh’s Convenient Princess by Liz Fielding
Harlequin, Romance
Bryony Green, editor

Troy (American Extreme Bullrider Tour #5) by Amy Andrews
Tule Publishing
Sinclair Sawheny, editor

Erotic Romance

Constant Craving by Tamara Lush
Self-Published
Jami Nord, editor

Deposition and a Dare by Evelyn Adams
Self-Published
The Atwater Group, editor

The Rivalry by Nikki Sloane
Self-Published
Karen Dale Harris, editor

Stud by Jamie Schmidt
Penguin Random House, Loveswept
Sue Grimshaw, editor

Wicked Dirty by J. Kenner
Martini & Olive Books
Martini & Olive, editor

Historical Romance: Long

Between the Devil and the Duke by Kelly Bowen
Grand Central Publishing, Forever
Alex Logan, editor

The Day of the Duchess by Sarah MacLean
HarperCollins, Avon Books
Carrie Feron, editor

Mad for the Marquess by Jess Russell
The Wild Rose Press, Tea Rose
Nicole D’Arienzio, editor

The Scandalous Flirt by Olivia Drake
St. Martin’s Press
Jennifer Enderlin, editor

The Scoundrel’s Honor by Christi Caldwell
Amazon, Montlake Publishing
Alison Dasho, editor

Historical Romance: Short
Blame It on the Duke by Lenora Bell
HarperCollins, Avon Books
Carrie Feron, editor

The Demon Duke by Margaret Locke
Self-Published
Tessa Shapcott, editor

The Rogue’s Conquest by Lily Maxton
Entangled Publishing, Scandalous
Alycia Tornetta, editor

The Scandal of It All by Sophie Jordan
HarperCollins, Avon Books
May Chen, editor

A Scottish Lord for Christmas by Lauren Smith
Grand Central Publishing, Forever Yours
Madeleine Colavita, editor

Waltzing with the Earl by Catherine Tinley
Harlequin Mills & Boon, Historical
Julia Williams, editor

Within a Captain’s Soul by Lisa Olech
Kensington Publishing Corp., Lyrical Press
Amanda Siemen, editor

Mainstream Fiction with a Central Romance

The Night Mark by Tiffany Reisz
Harlequin, Mira
Susan Swinwood, editor

Now that You Mention It by Kristan Higgins
Harlequin, HQN
Susan Swinwood, editor

Shelter the Sea by Heidi Cullinan
Self-Published
Sasha Knight, editor

Unloved, a Love Story by Katy Regnery
Self-Published
Chris Belden and Melissa DeMeo, editors

Paranormal Romance

Bishop by Marie Johnston
Self-Published
Razor Sharp Editing, editor

The Druid Next Door by E. J. Russell
Riptide Publishing
Rachel Haimowitz, editor

Eleventh Grave in Moonlight by Darynda Jones
St. Martin’s Press
Jennifer Enderlin, editor

Hunt the Darkness by Stephanie Rowe
Self-Published

Song of the Nightpiper by Hannah Meredith
Self-Published
Anna D. Allen, editor

Spectred Isle by K. J. Charles
Self-Published

To Enthrall the Demon Lord by Nadine Mutas
Self-Published
Faith Freewoman, editor

Wanted and Wired by Vivien Jackson
Sourcebooks, Casablanca
Cat Clyne, editor

Romance Novella

“Dancing with the Duke’s Heir” by Bronwyn Scott
in Scandal at the Christmas Ball
Harlequin Mills & Boon, Historical
Nicola Caws, editor

Forbidden River by Brynn Kelly
Harlequin, HQN
Allison Carroll, editor

Her Duke at Daybreak by Wendy LaCapra
Self-Published
The Killion Group, editor

“In His Arms” by Jules Dixon
in Falling: Small Town Love Anthology
Self-Published
Michelle Josett, editor

“The Pursuit Of…” by Courtney Milan
in Hamilton’s Battalion: A Trio of Romances
Self-Published
Lindsey Faber, editor

The Secret of My Seduction by Caroline Linden
Self-Published
Martha Trachtenberg, editor

“Sweet Home Highlands” by May McGoldrick
in Christmas in Kilts: A Highland Holiday Box Set
St. Martin’s Press, Swerve
Eileen Rothschild, editor

Until the Sun Sets by Tara Wyatt
St. Martin’s Press, Swerve
Holly Ingraham, editor

Romance with Religious or Spiritual Elements

Grounded Hearts by Jeanne M. Dickson
Amazon, Waterfall Press
Sheryl Zajechowski, editor

A New Shade of Summer by Nicole Deese
Amazon, Waterfall Press
Sheryl Zajechowski, editor

A Note Yet Unsung by Tamera Alexander
Bethany House Publishers
Karen Schurrer, editor

One Simple Wish by Katy Lee
Annie’s Fiction
Janice Tate, editor

Then There Was You by Kara Isaac
Self-Published
Iola Goulton and Halee Matthews, editors

Romantic Suspense

Critical Instinct by Janie Crouch
Amazon
Stephanie Scott, editor

The Fixer by HelenKay Dimon
HarperCollins, Avon Books
May Chen, editor

Guarding Mr. Fine by HelenKay Dimon
Penguin Random House, Loveswept
Shauna Summers, editor

Montana Heat: Escape to You by Jennifer Ryan
HarperCollins, Avon Books
Lucia Macro, editor

Say You’re Sorry by Melinda Leigh
Amazon, Montlake Publishing
Charlotte Herscher and Anh Schluep, editors

Too Wilde to Tame by Tonya Burrows
Entangled Publishing, Ignite
Heather Howland, editor

Touch of Red by Laura Griffin
Pocket Books
Abby Zidle, editor

The Transporter by Liz Maverick
Amazon, Montlake Publishing
Alison Dasho, editor

Under Fire by Scarlett Cole
St. Martin’s Press
Lizzie Poteet, editor

Young Adult Romance

Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel
Entangled Publishing, Entangled Teen
Liz Pelletier, editor

Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer
Bloomsbury Publishing, Bloomsbury Childrens USA
Mary Kate Castellani, editor

Seize Today by Pintip Dunn
Entangled Publishing, Entangled Teen
Liz Pelletier, editor

The Thing with Feathers by McCall Hoyle
HarperCollins, Blink
Jillian Manning, editor

2018 Golden Heart Finalists

Contemporary Romance

Beauty and the Blackmail by Jessa Gwinn
Caught on Film by Arianna James
Duet by Gwynne Jackson
Fighter by Sarah Morgenthaler
A Hope to Build On by Josee Telfer
How to Reset a Broken Heart by Amy Katherine Jones
The Instant Family Algorithm by Cheryl Ford
North Star by Katherine Olson
Played by Melanie Edmonds
Thrown by Arianna James
Well-Played by Alexandria Bellefleur

Contemporary Romance: Short

The Billionaire’s Stand-In Wife by Meredith Clark
Cole for Christmas by Janet Raye Stevens
Falling for the Best Man by Jamie Dallas
Out of the Shadows by D. Murphy Ryan
Somebody Like You by Marty Mayberry
Space Junk: Houston, We Have a Hottie by Sara L. Hudson
Watching by Barbra Campbell

Historical Romance

The Art of the Scandal by Suzanne Turner
The Duke’s Seduction by Masha Levinson
The Duke of Charlotte Street by Scarlett Peckham
The Earl I Ruined by Scarlett Peckham
A Featured Affair by Kate Belli
The Rakess by Scarlett Peckham
Remember Texas by Laura Conner Kestner
An Unloved Earl by Eileen Emerson

Mainstream Fiction with a Central Romance

Birds of a Feather by Anna Murray
The Brass Queen by Elizabeth Chatsworth
Circle in Time by Susan Bickford
Jane Darling’s Rules of Inheritance by Megan McGee
Keeping the Piece by Brenda Lowder
Midnight on Topanga Canyon Boulevard by Gabrielle Luthy
Veiled Intent by Janet Jimenez
Wild Women and the Blues by Denny S. Bryce

Paranormal Romance

Awakening the Blades by Alexia Chantel
The Demon’s in the Details by Jeanne Oates Estridge
Freeing Eden by Ginger Kenney
House of Ash and Brimstone by Megan Starks
Inherent Lies by Alicia Anthony
Jinn on the Rocks by Kay Hudson
Leap of Fate by Kimberly MacCarron

Romantic Suspense

Deadly Aim by Tracy Brody
Extreme Fear by Pamela Varnado
Fair Haven by Laura Conner Kestner
Fearless by Marty Mayberry
Goode Over Evil by Leslie Marshman
Lovely Digits by Jeanine Englert

Young Adult Romance

All Our Broken Pieces by TL Sumner
Engineering Kit Sinclair by Lana Pattinson
Loving Outside the Lines by Kimberly MacCarron
Mouthful by C. R. Grissom
Our Red String by Kimberly MacCarron


message 2: by Amanda (new)

Amanda (dcromancereader) | 3 comments Take the Lead by Alexis Daria and His Perfect Partner by Priscilla Oliveras were two of my favorite romances of 2017. I also adored Hamilton's Battalion and Courtney Milan's story in that was my favorite of the three.


message 3: by Darbi (new)

Darbi Bradley (darbibradley) | 22 comments Mod
I heavily co-sign Take The Lead! Also Courtney Milan's story in Hamilton's Battalion fantastic, shes basically my forever favorite writer.

I haven't been able to get past the insta-love/lust in His Perfect Partner to finish it, but I keep hearing good things.

I liked The Day of the Duchess -- probably one of Sarah MacLean's strongest, but I HAD FEELINGS ABOUT THE ENDING.

Wanted and Wired by Vivien Jackson is SO GOOD, and so different! Highly recommend.

I'm familiar with some of the other authors who are finalists though! KJ Charles's Sins in the Cities series is great (at least the first one), so I'm excited to read this other book that was nominated. Darynda Jones's Charley Davidson series, which I guess has gotten to the 11th book? I've only read the first 2 I think. I'm sort of over Kirstan Higgans' whole schtick, so I've not read the nominated book. And I have major respect for HelenKay Diamon (RWA President!) but, her writing tends not to be my cup of tea.


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