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One of the biggest news stories coming out of RWA Nationals in Washington, D.C. last month was the flap over eBook discrimination within the RWA. Romance eBook programming was notably absent from the official schedule for the conference, and eBook authors within the organization took exception to this by holding their own Rogue Digital Conference, which attracted a sizable crowd.

rita_awardThe difficulty most eBook-only novels and novellas face in qualifying for the RITAs, continues to alienate authors who might otherwise join the organization. In a poll conducted on this blog during the conference, 51% answered Yes, they would join RWA if it offered the same rights to eBook authors as it does to print authors. Only 17% responded that they had no interest in the organization regardless of its stand on eBooks. Granted, this was an unscientific opinion poll, but it does demonstrate the interest eBook authors have in gaining respect for their format.

Quality and eBook Legitimacy

As discussed in Part I of this post, RWA and its 145 chapters strongly embrace the writing award concept. Awards assist unpublished writers by drawing the attention of agents and editors to exemplary writing. They also celebrate published authors and help them promote their work to the reading public. Yet the RWA doesn’t offer a single award for romance authors published in eBook format, and all but shuts them out of the RITAs.

Should there be a pathway to award recognition for these authors within the RWA?

Hardliners contend that only books from qualifying publishers should be eligible for awards (i.e. those that pay a $1000 or greater advance against royalties). eBook authors and publishers argue that this rule is outdated. Advances don’t fit the business model for this rapidly growing segment of the publishing industry, and bestselling eBooks often earn out well above the $1K threshold.

If money is being used as a determinant, and not the quality of writing, why not base eligibility on how well a book sells? Because hardliners could return that volley with an appeal on behalf of “deserving” books published by mainstream publishers. These, they would argue, may not have earned out or even come close, but evidently someone in New York felt passionate enough to lay out money upfront.

What is it exactly about an editor’s location, and the ability to purchase manuscripts with a large corporation’s money, that determines worth?

Do eBooks Need Their Own Awards?

It’s tempting to want to bypass the issue by establishing a different way to award achievement in eBook romance. Marginalized groups do it all the time, in a variety of fields, from acting to sports to business. They create their own awards to recognize excellence when the older, more established group ignores or excludes them. If you think about it, print romance writers already fit the definition of marginalized. How many romance novels do you think are going to find their way onto the nomination lists for the National Book Critics Circle or Pen Awards?

What would happen if RWA opted to create a special class of RITA Award or even a different set of awards all together? Let’s call them the GENAs (Good ENough for an Award). A dozen different award categories for the GENAs cover everything from subgenre (contemporary, erotica, fantasy, suspense, etc.) to entry length (novel, novella, short story). The main qualifications are that nominees are released as eBook-only during the award year, and that they aren’t self-published. No one on the GENAs committee cares if the entry got an advance or how many copies it sold.

First off, you would excite a hell of a lot of romance writers who up until this point had been completely shut out of the game. The impact on sales probably wouldn’t be that profound. I once had an editor tell me awards add absolutely nothing to the bottom line. Still, the effect on public opinion, while intangible, could bring in curious readers who until this time may not have even realized romance existed in eBook format.

On the other hand, I can already imagine the cries from some who would take offense at being relegated to a “special” category of awards. Why do I need an eBook ghetto award? What’s wrong with my work that I’m not allowed to compete with print?

Ghetto award or not, if offered, many would accept one with a gracious thank you. Nor would the fact that talent is being rewarded go unnoticed by industry media. eBook romance writers would incorporate the awards as just one more strategy to build the audience for their talent, until gradually they were on a level with mainstream members, and in some cases eclipsed the old guard. At this time, different awards for the two formats would seem redundant, even indulgent.

Not Really a Matter of Respect

I offer the above scenario not to advocate for it, but to illustrate that eBook authors, like a lot of marginalized groups, are determined. Give them award, don’t give them one, they’re still going to press forward with their work. Numerous indicators in the market suggest the tide of consumer resistance toward eBooks is turning. eBooks are the only segment of the book industry experiencing not just strong, but explosive growth (166.7% in the first five months of 2009 alone).

As much as I would like to say that the lack of acceptance of eBooks by the RWA constitutes a lack of respect, what I more firmly believe is that it shows an absence of foresight.

eBooks have the potential to level the playing field, democratize publishing. True, it isn’t that much cheaper for a publisher to produce an eBook than a print one, but other than server space, eBooks don’t have to be warehoused. Returns don’t constitute the gut wrenching financial worries they do with print. What the future of eBooks portends is a revitalization of the smaller publisher, reinvented for a new era, to replace those modest-sized print houses who found themselves gobbled up ten and twenty years ago by megapublishing groups.

Let Judges (Readers) Decide

Generally, editors at print publishers know their market. They tend to have finely-honed buying skills. Many possess degrees in English literature or creative writing, or years of experience working under someone else who has taught them how to critically assess the merits of a piece of writing. But so do editors working for eBook publishers. Should their tastes and judgment as to what does and does not constitute good, even great, writing be discounted?

Just because a print publisher has the advantage with a larger budget and deeper promotion pockets doesn’t mean it’s infallible. Both print and eBook publishers buy books that soar or bomb. Nor does a lack of an advance indicate a lack of respect toward the author, as long as that author is compensated in other ways, such as a higher royalty rate and faster payments.

Here’s the scenario I’d like to see happen. RWA calls in whatever committee has the power to make policy on the RITAs, and tosses out the old eligibility rules. Just tosses them. They refuse to ignore or separate eBook authors into a different class of awards. If they’re that concerned with money, they specify a publisher must fit one of two criteria to qualify, either the traditional publishing model (advance plus low royalties), or the new model (no advance, but high royalties).

While they’re at it, they create a couple of additional categories to accommodate the inherently shorter length of many eBook romance offerings. Finally, they don’t force eBook publishers to produce bound copies of their books for judging. What silliness in a time when RWA chapters routinely prefer electronic vs. paper entries for their own contests.

eInk is still ink. Give the judges both formats to read and let them decide what’s worthy of an award and what’s not. All authors deserve a chance to compete.

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Note: Wednesday’s bestseller lists are below. This post has been bumped to the top from its original posting yesterday.

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Maybe you’re still feeling a teensy bit sorry for yourself because you couldn’t go to the Romance Writers of America® Nationals in D.C. last month. It’s true, you missed out on the chance to pitch to that superagent you’d love to have take on your trilogy, or get your photo snapped with Nora.

Why weep? Alright, not weep, but grouse? Step back in time and head to Nationals via RWA online.

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Normally, I don’t get that excited about rwanational.org. As websites go, it’s not all that sexy. Definitely worth a visit, however, is the Conference Recordings & Handouts page.

At last count, some blessed soul within RWA had collected and posted PDF copies of the handouts provided to audience members for over 75 workshops at Nationals. While not as fun as attending the workshops themselves, many of the handouts are virtually complete outlines of the talks given by the pros, packed with useful information.

Among my personal favorites are: High Octane Kisses: Writing Action with Heart; Paranormals: Writing Outside the Box; and It’s Not the Hottest Genre, so How Do Debut historical Romance Authors Get Six Figure Deals?

The best thing about each and every handout? They’re FREE! To anyone!

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A question that pops up again and again on writing forums is, how much money can I make writing romance in eBook format?

One excellent answer can be found in the “Submission Tips” section of the Author Information Packet at Ellora’s Cave and Cerridwen Press. Though the tips, naturally, are meant for authors submitting material to the publisher’s own lines, what they say about earnings is fairly universal:

That varies greatly from author to author. Royalty payments depend largely upon how many titles you have placed with us, how popular those titles become with readers, and how well you market your stories. It is important to remember that it takes an extreme amount of popularity with readers and quite a few available titles to make enough money at writing to live off of the income, but we most certainly do have authors who make a VERY cushy living here.

Shiloh Walker, who has written more than 50 romance eBooks, has an excellent guest blog on this topic as well, posted at Electronic and Small Press Author’s Network, a chapter of the Romance Writers of America®. Walker was able to quit her job and write romance eBooks full-time less than two years after her first sale. She’s a fast writer, though, churning out a new eBook every 4-6 weeks. Establishing a large backlist of titles is crucial, she explains, to making a full-time living at it.

In June, romance writer Marianne LaCroix conducted an informal survey of over 300 eBook romance writers. The results, barring some statistical anomalies, are fairly interesting. At indie publishers such as Samhain and Ellora’s, the highest percentages of writers, 34% and 47% respectively, report making between $1K and $5K per title over the course of a year.

If you think about it, writing is like opening a small business. The majority of small businesses operate in the red during their first year, or even into their second year. Establishing a clientele, in this case a base of fans who will pay for your fiction, takes time and persistence.

For a lucky few, sure, it happens over night, but for the vast majority, it’s as much a work-in-progress as everything else about writing. What gives me hope are clues found in blog posts, submission guidelines and polls, such as those listed above.

I’m going to make it, and you can, too!

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A long, yet helpful transcript of a speech by agent Laura Bradford on the state of erotic romance publishing, is currently making the rounds of the Internet. Since a high percentage of eBook romance authors write erotica, I believe the link to the speech on Dear Author deserves to be posted here, as well.

Bradford spoke before the Passionate Ink Chapter of the RWA at Nationals in D.C. She related information she, as an agent representing such authors as Lauren Dane and Jess Granger, gathered from editors at Avon, Bantam, Berkley Heat, NAL Heat, Dorchester, Grand Central, Harlequin, Kensington, Pocket and St. Martins. If you want a blunt, straightforward assessment of where and where not to send your next manuscript, Bradford’s speech should give you some solid clues.

What you won’t see, except in a tangential comment about Pocket’s anthology partnership with Ellora’s Cave, are editors discussing their wants lists for eBooks. eBooks (as a primary format) simply aren’t on the radar yet.

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Miranda Neville, author of Never Resist Temptation (eBook edition) was kind enough to send along a link to some fantastic photos from the Avon party at RWA Nationals. Included are pics of Terry Lynn Childs, who won the RITA for First Book, Pam Rosenthal, winner of the RITA for Historical, plus Carla Neggers, Sophia Nash, and Christine Wells, among others. Fun commentary, too. Sounds like it was a rocking party!

Keep those Nationals photo links coming and I’ll add them to an update of this page.

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God, I wish I could have gone to Nationals.

Sitting in my living room with my laptop last night reading the play-by-play action at the RITA and Golden Heart 2009 ceremonies on twitter (#rwa09), I could see how amazing it would be to be in the audience. Between Anne Stuart’s Buzzkill to Bling transformation onstage—recapped by Jane at Dear Author—to Gwen Cready’s acceptance for her win in Paranormal Romance—she told the audience she began writing when her sister passed away, and left everyone in tears—to Nora Roberts and her editor, Leslie Gelbman of Putnam, walking hand-in-hand up to the stage to accept the RITA, it sounds like quite the night.

If, like me, you couldn’t make it to Nationals this year, let’s vow to get our collective acts together and head to Nashville in 2010! In the meantime, check out these links to RWA wrap-ups and tidbits:

Neith over at Romance Divas was kind enough to point me toward the mother load of RWA Nationals 2009 photos, uploaded by Emily at Scorched Sheets.

Smart Bitches’ Sarah Wendell has a list of overheard snatches of conversation at the conference (examples: “I’m pitching Leprechaun shifter romance. Just the right height for gettin’ lucky,” and “Oh, yeah, that nipple was way too big for the cover.”)

Blogging National has done a top-notch job of gathering links to various RWA attendees blogging about their experiences at the conference. I highly recommend you head on over there for the many photos and first hand narratives.

Lastly, though it was written at the start of the conference, I didn’t have a chance to post a link earlier to Michelle Buonfiglio’s blog post, “H2H, RWA and the Digital Divide: It’s All About the Shoes,” at Buns & Noodle’s (excuse me B&N.com) new blog “Heart to Heart.” Buonfiglio’s post includes some very thoughtful remarks about the current skirmish within RWA over ePub authors being excluded from competing in the RITAs.

Kind of funny to think that the RITAs don’t accept submissions of books published solely in digital format, especially when one considers that the, oh, what are those thingies called again? Oh, yeah, the Pulitzer Prizes and Edward R. Murrow Awards both accept submissions of digital content.

True, with the changes to the RITA rules instituted during Nationals, the above is technically out-of-date. ePubs will be allowed in for 2010, but only if the ePublisher can: 1) be approved by September, 2) provide six perfect bound copies of each eBook on paper, and 3) the big publishers haven’t already nabbed all the available spots by the time 1) and 2) have been accomplished.

Don’t forget to scroll down to the comments section of Buonfiglio’s post, where the discussion continues with updates about the RWA hot sheet.

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The 2009 RITA and Golden Hearts Awards have been announced at the Romance Writers of America® National Conference in Washington, D. C. Full list of finalists below. Awardees are highlighted in green and bold:

2009 RITA Finalists for Best First Book

No Good Girls by Jean Marie Pierson Dorchester Publishing, Love Spell (ISBN: 0505527561) Alicia Condon, editor
Oh. My. Gods. by Tera Lynn Childs Penguin Group USA, Dutton (ISBN: 9780525479420) Sarah Shumway, editor (Awardee)
Passionate by Anthea Lawson Kensington Publishing Corp., Zebra Debut (ISBN: 142010456X) Hilary Sares, editor
Private Arrangements by Sherry Thomas Bantam Dell Publishing Group (ISBN: 9780440-244318) Caitlin Alexander, editor
Strangers in the Night by Kerry Connor Harlequin Enterprises, Harlequin Intrigue (ISBN: 0373693346) Sean Mackiewicz, editor
The Secret Soldier by Jennifer Morey Harlequin Enterprises, Silhouette Romantic Suspense (ISBN: 9780373275960) Natashya Wilson, editor
Your Roots Are Showing by Elise Chidley Grand Central Publishing, 5 Spot (ISBN: 9780446178143) Alex Logan, editor

2009 RITA Finalists for Contemporary Series Romance

A Mother’s Wish by Karen Templeton Harlequin Enterprises, Silhouette Special Edition (ISBN: 9780373249169) Gail Chasan, editor (Awardee)
Adopted: Outback Baby by Barbara Hannay Harlequin Enterprises, Harlequin Romance (ISBN: 0373175264) Meg Lewis, editor
Antonides’ Forbidden Wife by Anne McAllister Harlequin Enterprises, Mills and Boon Modern (ISBN: 9780263864786) Jenny Hutton, editor
Falling for the Lone Wolf by Crystal Green Harlequin Enterprises, Silhouette Special Edition (ISBN: 9780373249329) Susan Litman, editor
Last-Minute Proposal by Jessica Hart Harlequin Enterprises, Harlequin Romance (ISBN: 9780373175444) Maddie Rowe, editor
Texas Heir by Linda Warren Harlequin Enterprises, Harlequin American Romance (ISBN: 9780373752300) Kathleen Scheibling, editor
The Children’s Doctor and the Single Mum by Lilian Darcy Harlequin Enterprises, Medical Romance (ISBN: 0733588190) Bryony Green, editor
The Cowboy’s Christmas Miracle by RaeAnne Thayne Harlequin Enterprises, Silhouette Special Edition (ISBN: 0373249330) Gail Chasan, editor
The Right Mr. Wrong by Cindi Myers Harlequin Enterprises, Harlequin American Romance (ISBN: 0373752032) Wanda Ottewell, editor

2009 RITA Finalists for Contemporary Series Romance: Suspense/Adventure

A Sexy Time of It by Cara Summers Harlequin Enterprises, Harlequin Blaze (ISBN: 0373794002) Brenda Chin, editor
Cold Case Connection by Kathleen Long Harlequin Enterprises, Harlequin Intrigue (ISBN: 9780373693276) Allison Lyons, editor
Danger Signals by Kathleen Creighton Harlequin Enterprises, Silhouette Romantic Suspense (ISBN: 0373275773) Gail Chasan, editor (Awardee)
Lethal Attraction by Diana Duncan Harlequin Enterprises, Silhouette Romantic Suspense (ISBN: 0373275803) Susan Litman, editor
Strangers in the Night by Kerry Connor Harlequin Enterprises, Harlequin Intrigue (ISBN: 0373693346) Sean Mackiewicz, editor
Tall, Dark and Lethal by Dana Marton Harlequin Enterprises, Harlequin Intrigue (ISBN: 0373693729) Allison Lyons, editor
The Man Behind the Cop by Janice Kay Johnson Harlequin Enterprises, Superromance (ISBN: 0373714890) Wanda Ottewell, editor
The Secret Soldier by Jennifer Morey Harlequin Enterprises, Silhouette Romantic Suspense (ISBN: 9780373275960) Natashya Wilson, editor
Twin Targets by Jessica Andersen Harlequin Enterprises, Harlequin Intrigue (ISBN: 9780373693283) Allison Lyons, editor

2009 RITA Finalists for Contemporary Single Title Romance

No Good Girls by Jean Marie Pierson Dorchester Publishing, Love Spell (ISBN: 0505527561) Alicia Condon, editor
Not Another Bad Date by Rachel Gibson HarperCollins Publishers, Avon Books (ISBN: 0061178047) Lucia Macro, editor (Awardee)
Out of Time by Samantha Graves Grand Central Publishing, Forever (ISBN: 0446618373) Frances Jalet-Miller, editor
Snowfall at Willow Lake by Susan Wiggs Harlequin Enterprises, MIRA Books (ISBN: 9780778324935) Margaret O’Neill Marbury, editor
Sweet Talk by Susan Mallery Harlequin Enterprises, HQN (ISBN: 9780373772971) Tara Parsons, editors
Tall Tales and Wedding Veils by Jane Graves Grand Central Publishing, Forever (ISBN: 9780446617871) Michele Bidelspach, editor
Twenty Wishes by Debbie Macomber Harlequin Enterprises, MIRA Books (ISBN: 9780778325505) Paula Eykelhof, editor
Your Roots Are Showing by Elise Chidley Grand Central Publishing, 5 Spot (ISBN: 9780446178143) Alex Logan, editor

2009 RITA Finalists for Historical Romance

Duchess by Night by Eloisa James HarperCollins Publishers, Avon Books (ISBN: 9780061245572) Carrie Feron, editor
In Bed with the Devil by Lorraine Heath HarperCollins Publishers, Avon Books (ISBN: 9780061355578) Lucia Macro and May Chen, editors
Private Arrangements by Sherry Thomas Bantam Dell Publishing Group (ISBN: 9780440244318) Caitlin Alexander, editor
Seduce Me at Sunrise by Lisa Kleypas St. Martin’s Press (ISBN: 0312949812) Jennifer Enderlin, editor
The Edge of Impropriety by Pam Rosenthal Penguin Group USA, NAL, Signet Eclipse (ISBN: 045122230X) Laura Cifelli, editor (Awardee)
The Spymaster’s Lady by Joanna Bourne Penguin Group USA, Berkley Sensation (ISBN: 9780425219607) Wendy McCurdy, editor
To Seduce a Sinner by Elizabeth Hoyt Grand Central Publishing, Forever (ISBN: 0446406929) Amy Pierpont, editor
Where the Heart Leads by Stephanie Laurens HarperCollins Publishers, Morrow Books (ISBN: 9780061243394) Lucia Macro, editor

2009 RITA Finalists for Inspirational Romance

Deep in the Heart of Trouble by Deeanne Gist Bethany House Publishers (ISBN: 076420226X) David Long and Julie Klasseneditor, editors
Faking Grace by Tamara Leigh Random House Publishing, WaterBrook Multnomah (ISBN: 9781590529294) Julee Schwarzburg, editor (Awardee)
Finding Stefanie by Susan May Warren Tyndale House Publishers (ISBN: 1414310196) Karen Watson, editor
Love Starts with Elle by Rachel Hauck Thomas Nelson Inc. (ISBN: 1595543384) Ami McConnell, editor
Mulberry Park by Judy Duarte Kensington Publishing Corp. (ISBN: 9780758220158)John Scognamiglio, editor
The Convenient Groom by Denise Hunter Thomas Nelson Inc. (ISBN: 9781595542588) Amanda Bostic and Leslie Peterson, editors
The Perfect Life by Robin Lee Hatcher Thomas Nelson Inc., Women of Faith Fiction (ISBN: 9781595541482) Ami McConnell and Leslie Peterson, editors
Where Love Abides by Irene Hannon Harlequin Enterprises, Steeple Hill Love Inspired (ISBN: 9780373874798) Melissa Endlich, editor

2009 RITA Finalists for Novel with Strong Romantic Elements

Last Dance at Jitterbug Lounge by Pamela Morsi Harlequin Enterprises, MIRA Books (ISBN: 9780778325192) Valerie Gray, editor
The House on Tradd Street by Karen White Penguin Group USA, NAL (ISBN: 978-0-451-22509-2) Cindy Hwang, editor
The Paper Marriage by Susan Kay Law Penguin Group USA, Berkley (ISBN: 9780425219355) Jackie Cantor, editor
The Shape of Mercy by Susan Meissner Random House Publishing, WaterBrook Multnomah (ISBN: 9781400074563) Shannon Marchese, editor
The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley Allison & Busby (ISBN: 9780749079857) Lara Crisp, editor
Tribute by Nora Roberts Penguin Group USA, Putnam (ISBN: 9780399154911) Leslie Gelbman, editor (Awardee)
Where Serpents Sleep by C.S. Harris Penguin Group USA, NAL Obsidian (ISBN: 9780451225122) Ellen Edwards, editor

2009 RITA Finalists for Paranormal Romance

Dragon Wytch by Yasmine Galenorn Penguin Group USA, Berkley (ISBN: 9780425222393) Kate Seaver, editor
Mine to Possess by Nalini Singh Penguin Group USA, Berkley Sensation (ISBN: 9780425220160)Cindy Hwang, editor
Moonstruck by Susan Grant Harlequin Enterprises, HQN (ISBN: 0373772599)Tara Parsons, editor
Seducing Mr. Darcy by Gwyn Cready Simon & Schuster, Pocket (ISBN: 9781416541165) (Awardee)
The Darkest Night by Gena Showalter Harlequin Enterprises, HQN (ISBN: 0373772467)Tracy Farrell and Margo Lipschultz, editors
The Healer by Sharon Sala Harlequin Enterprises, HQN (ISBN: 978077825444)Leslie Wainger, editor
The Undead Next Door by Kerrelyn Sparks HarperCollins Publishers, Avon Books (ISBN: 9780061118456) Erika Tsang, editor
Thunder Moon by Lori Handeland St. Martin’s Press (ISBN: 0312949189) Jennifer Enderlin, editor

2009 RITA Finalists for Regency Historical Romance

Duke Most Wanted by Celeste Bradley St. Martin’s Press (ISBN: 0-312-93970-1) Monique Patterson, editor
Mr. Cavendish, I Presume by Julia Quinn HarperCollins Publishers, Avon Books (ISBN: 0060876115) Lyssa Keusch, editor
My Lord and Spymaster by Joanna Bourne Penguin Group USA, Berkley Sensation (ISBN: 9780425222461) Wendy McCurdy, editor (Awardee)
The Dangerous Duke by Christine Wells Penguin Group USA, Berkley Sensation (ISBN: 9780425223260) Leis Pederson, editor
The Edge of Desire by Stephanie Laurens HarperCollins Publishers, Avon Books (ISBN: 9780061246364) Lucia Macro, editor
Three Nights of Sin by Anne Mallory HarperCollins Publishers, Avon Books (ISBN: 9780061242410) May Chen, editor

2009 RITA Finalists for Romance Novella

All He Wants for Christmas” by Jill Shalvis in Heating Up the Holidays Harlequin Enterprises, Harlequin Blaze (ISBN: 0373794398) Brenda Chin, editor
Blame It on the Mistletoe” by Terri Brisbin in One Candlelit Christmas Harlequin Enterprises, Harlequin Historical (ISBN: 9780373295197) Joanne Carr Grant, editor
Only You” by Jacquie D’Alessandro in It Happened One Night HarperCollins Publishers, Avon Books (ISBN: 9780061354168) Lucia Macro, editor
Our Day” by Jean Brashear in The Valentine Gift Harlequin Enterprises, Superromance, Everlasting Love (ISBN: 9780373714650) Beverley Sotolov, editor
Penance” by Sharon Sala in Aftershock Harlequin Enterprises, Silhouette Nocturne (ISBN: 9780373617968) Leslie Wainger, editor
Snowy Night with a Highlander” by Julia London in Snowy Night with a Stranger Simon & Schuster, Pocket Books (ISBN: 1416578226) Maggie Crawford, editor
The Fall of Rogue Gerard” by Stephanie Laurens in It Happened One Night HarperCollins Publishers, Avon Books (ISBN: 9780061354168) Lucia Macro, editor (Awardee)
Thicker Than Blood” by Meljean Brook in First Blood Penguin Group USA, Berkley (ISBN: 9780425224007) Cindy Hwang, editor

2009 RITA Finalists for Romantic Suspense

Killing Fear by Allison Brennan Random House Group, Ballantine (ISBN: 9780345502711) Charlotte Herscher, editor
Night Secrets by Cherry Adair Random House Group, Ballantine (ISBN: 9780345499912) Charlotte Herscher, editor
Now You Die by Roxanne St. Claire Simon & Schuster, Pocket Books (ISBN: 9781416552448) Micki Nuding, editor
Scream for Me by Karen Rose Grand Central Publishing, Vision (ISBN: 0446509205) Karen Kosztolnyik, editor
Stop Me by Brenda Novak Harlequin Enterprises, MIRA Books (ISBN: 0778324605) Paula Eykelhof, editor
Take No Prisoners by Cindy Gerard Simon & Schuster, Pocket Books (ISBN: 9781416566748) Maggie Crawford, editor (Awardee)
The Angel by Carla Neggers Harlequin Enterprises, MIRA Books (ISBN: 0778324834) Margaret Marbury, editor
Triple Exposure by Colleen Thompson Dorchester Publishing, Leisure Romantic Suspense (ISBN: 0843961430) Alicia Condon, editor

2009 RITA Finalists for Young Adult Romance

Hell Week by Rosemary Clement-Moore Random House Group, Delacorte Press (ISBN: 9780385734141) Krista Marino, editor (Awardee)
How to Hook a Hottie by Tina Ferraro Random House Group, Delacorte Press (ISBN: 9780385734387) Krista Marino, editor
Oh. My. Gods. by Tera Lynn Childs Penguin Group USA, Dutton (ISBN: 9780525479420) Sarah Shumway, editor

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2009 Golden Heart Finalists for Contemporary Series Romance

  • Angel in Training by Lindsey Brookes
  • Beneath the Surface by Danniele Worsham
  • For Love or Ravioli by Laurie D. DeSalvo
  • Into the Night by  Melissa Jackson Brister
  • Meet Your Mateby Jacqueline M. Floyd
  • Second Chance for a Family by Kim Law (Awardee)
  • The Great Bedroom War by Laurie Kellogg
  • The Greek’s Mistress Revenge by Anastasia Huff

2009 Golden Heart Finalists for Contemporary Series Romance Suspense/Adventure

  • Breathless by Kimberley Ann Howe
  • His Witness by Autumn Jordon
  • Romance or Retribution by Jamie Michele (Awardee)

2009 Golden Heart Finalists for Contemporary Single Title

  • Easy Money by Vivi Andrews (Awardee)
  • For Love or Money by Hope Ramsay
  • Island Healing by Virginia E. McCullough
  • Lights…Camera…Marriage! by Elizabeth Bemis
  • Love & Oreos by Elizabeth Bemis
  • Operation: Date Escape by Lindsey Brookes
  • Summer in Austin by Katie Graykowski
  • Texas Hold’er by June Love

2009 Golden Heart Finalists for Historical Romance

  • Butterfly Swords by Jeannie Lin (Awardee)
  • Forfeit’s Lady by Patricia Jean Detweiler
  • Highland Honor by Jenna Stuart
  • Lily’s Outlaw by Tatia Talbot
  • My Lady Knight by Carol Lise Hayes
  • The Art of a Lady by Kate Parker
  • The Devil’s Virtue by Xenia Navarre
  • The Other Brother by Cynthia J. Eernisse Chase
  • Upon a Moonlit Sea by Jennifer Whitney Bray-Weber

2009 Golden Heart Finalists for Inspirational Romance

  • Kasey’s Secret by Kayla Lynn Westra
  • Kitty’s Fire by Kelly Ann Riley (Awardee)
  • Love On A Dime by Cara Slaughter
  • Montana Rainbow by Yvonne L. Harris

2009 Golden Heart Finalists for Novel with Strong Romantic Elements

  • Call Sign Scarlett by Julia Whitby
  • Color My Horse by Bev A. Pettersen
  • Dark Secrets by Sherri Buerkle
  • Death, Taxes, and a French Manicure by Diane O’Brien Kelly (Awardee)
  • Home Waters by Elizabeth Devlin
  • One Shot, Two Kills by Kimberley Ann Howe
  • Pleasant Lake P.D. by Kelly Fitzpatrick
  • Until Midnight by L.A. Mitchell

2009 Golden Heart Finalists for Paranormal Romance

  • First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones (Awardee)
  • Ghost Planet by Sharon Lynn Fisher
  • Heart of the Dragon by Morgan R. Karpiel
  • Just in Time by Nancy J. Litzau
  • Kismet’s Kiss by Cate Rowan
  • Magic Man by Jacqui Jacoby
  • Magick by Heather McCollum
  • Underbelly by Tammy L Hoganson

2009 Golden Heart Finalists for Regency Historical Romance

  • An Inconvenient Marriage by Sara Ramsey (Awardee)
  • Defiant by Elizabeth Robinson Baldwin
  • The Raven’s Heart by Pamela Lynn Bolton-Holifield
  • Midnight Promises by Anne Barton
  • Shameless by Elisa Griffith Beatty
  • No Shrinking Violet by Amy Talley

2009 Golden Heart Finalists for Romantic Suspense

  • Guardian Angel by Rita O. Henuber
  • Intrusion by Cynthia Noel Mealer
  • Only Fear by Anne Marie Becker (Awardee)
  • Safe in Enemy Arms by Joan M. Swan
  • The Broken by Shelley S. Coriell
  • The Surrogate by Tina Joyce Butts
  • Trust Fall by Sally Randel Eggert
  • Trust No One by Diana Layne

2009 Golden Heart Finalists for Young Adult Romance

  • Call Me Crazy by Vanessa Barneveld
  • Codename: Dancer by Amanda Brice
  • I Wished by Elizabeth C. Langston
  • My Big Fat Rockin’ Reality by Addison Fox
  • Stage Fright by Shoshana Dawn Brown (Awardee)

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