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Blog Tour: RITA Finalists Spotlight- Best First Book

Posted July 19, 2017 by Holly in Promotions | 3 Comments


The RITA Award is the highest award of distinction in the romance publishing industry and recognizes excellence in published romance novels and novellas. Winners will be announced at the award ceremony held during the RWA National Conference at Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort, Thursday, July 27. Today we’re spotlighting the nominees for Best First Book.


Blog Tour: RITA Finalists Spotlight- Best First BookAlterations by Stephanie Scott
Published by Bloomsbury Spark, Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Publication Date: December 6th 2016
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 237
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If anyone saw the prom boards Amelia Blanco makes on her favorite fashion app, they'd think Ethan Laurenti was her boyfriend. They wouldn't know that all the plans she's made for them are just dreams, and that she's the girl who watches him from the kitchen while her parents cook for his famous family.

When Amelia's abuelita enrolls her in a month-long fashion internship in NYC, Amelia can't imagine leaving Miami--and Ethan--for that long. As soon as she gets to New York, however, she finds a bigger world and new possibilities. She meets people her own age who can actually carry on a conversation about stitching and design. Her pin boards become less about prom with Ethan and more about creating her own style. By the time she returns to Miami, Amelia feels like she can accomplish anything, and surprises herself by agreeing to help Ethan's awkward, Steve-Jobs-wannabe brother, Liam, create his own fashion app.

As Liam and Amelia grow closer, Ethan realizes that this newly confident, stylish girl may be the one for him after all . . . even though he has a reality TV star girlfriend he conveniently keeps forgetting about. The "new and improved" Amelia soon finds herself in between two brothers, a whole lot of drama, and a choice she never dreamed she'd have to make.

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About Stephanie Scott

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Stephanie Scott writes Young Adult stories about teens who put their passions first. She enjoys dance fitness and cat memes, and Pinterest is driving her broke. Born and raised in Kalamazoo where there are no zoos, she’s a Midwest girl at heart. She now lives outside of Chicago with her tech-of-all-trades husband. You can find her chatting about TV and all things books on Twitter and Instagram at @StephScottYA.

 


Blog Tour: RITA Finalists Spotlight- Best First BookBefore Goodbye by Mimi Cross
Published by Amazon Publishing, Skyscape
Publication Date: January 1st 2016
Pages: 399
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Music means more than anything to high school student Cate Reese; it’s also what unites her with Cal Woods. Devoted classical guitar players, Cate and Cal are childhood friends newly smitten by love—until a devastating car accident rips Cal out of Cate’s life forever. Blaming herself for the horrific tragedy and struggling to surface from her despair, Cate spirals downhill in a desperate attempt to ease her pain.

Fellow student David Bennet might look like the school’s golden boy, but underneath the surface the popular athlete battles demons of his own. Racked with survivor’s guilt after his brother’s suicide, things get worse when tragedy darkens his world again—but connecting with Cate, his sister’s longtime babysitter, starts bringing the light back in.

As Cate and David grow closer, the two shattered teenagers learn to examine the pieces of their lives…and, together, find a way to be whole again.

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About Mimi Cross

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Born in Toronto, Canada, Mimi Cross is an author, singer, and songwriter who grew up in New Jersey. She received a Bachelor of Music from Ithaca College and an MA from New York University. She is a performer, a music educator, and worked briefly in the music industry. Mimi is also a certified Kripalu yoga instructor and the creator of Body of Writing, a practice that adds an additional dimension to the body, mind, spirit discipline of yoga: story.

A two time Asbury Music Award winner, Mimi has shared the bill with artists such as Sting, Bonnie Raitt, Lauryn Hill, Jill Sobule, and Jon Bon Jovi. She enjoys performing for the benefit of others, and has played shows with many New Jersey musicians, including Bruce Springsteen, to raise funds for the Light of Day Foundation. She offers classes at Project Write Now, A nonprofit dedicated to helping people improve their writing and communication skills.

Mimi lives with her young son, across the street from the beach.


Blog Tour: RITA Finalists Spotlight- Best First BookClose to You by Kara Isaac
Published by Howard Books
Publication Date: April 26th 2016
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 384
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A disgraced scholar running from her past and an entrepreneur chasing his future find themselves thrown together—and fall in love—on a Tolkien tour of New Zealand.Allison Shire (yes, like where the Hobbits live) is a disgraced academic who is done with love. Her belief in “happily ever after” ended the day she discovered her husband was still married to a wife she knew nothing about. She finally finds a use for her English degree by guiding tours through the famous sites featured in the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies. By living life on the road and traveling New Zealand as a luxury tour guide, Allison manages to outrun the pain of her past she can’t face.Jackson Gregory was on the cusp of making it big. Then suddenly his girlfriend left him—for his biggest business competitor—and took his most guarded commercial secrets with her. To make matters worse, the Iowa farm that has been in his family for generations is facing foreclosure. Determined to save his parents from financial ruin, he’ll do whatever it takes to convince his wealthy great-uncle to invest in his next scheme, which means accompanying him to the bottom of the world to spend three weeks pretending to be a die-hard Lord of the Rings fan, even though he knows nothing about the stories. The one thing that stands between him and his goal is a know-it-all tour guide who can’t stand him and pegged him as a fake the moment he walked off the plane.When Allison leads the group through the famous sites of the Tolkien movies, she and Jackson start to see each other differently, and as they keep getting thrown together on the tour, they find themselves drawn to each other. Neither expected to fall in love again, but can they find a way beyond their regrets to take a chance on the one thing they’re not looking for?

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About Kara Isaac

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Kara Isaac is an award-winning writer who lives in Wellington, New Zealand, where her career highlights include working in tourism as Private Secretary for the Prime Minister. She loves great books almost as much as she loves her husband and two children.


For a full list of RITA finalists, readers can go to: https://www.rwa.org/page/2017-finalists

To see a spotlight of each book being nominated, click here: http://bit.ly/RITA17BlogTour

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What is the RITA Award?

The purpose of the RITA award is to promote excellence in the romance genre by recognizing outstanding published romance novels and novellas.

The award itself is a golden statuette named after RWA’s first president, Rita Clay Estrada, and has become the symbol for excellence in published romance fiction.

For more about the RITA Award, click here: https://www.rwa.org/p/cm/ld/fid=528

The RITA Ceremony will be streamed live for people to watch from home! Readers can watch from 7 to 9 p.m. ET on July 27 by going to www.rwa.org.


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2010 RITA Nominations

Posted March 25, 2010 by Holly in News | 7 Comments

The 2010 RITA noms have been announced. There are some excellent titles on the list – along with, for me, some serious head scratchers.

From RWA, with links to the ones we’ve reviewed:

2010 RITA Finalists

  • Please note that finalists are added upon notification.

Romance Writers of America® (RWA) is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2010 RITA Awards®. The 2010 RITA honors romance fiction published in 2009. Over 1,000 novels and novellas were judged in 12 categories. Winners of the awards will be announced July 31st at the RITA and Golden Heart Awards Ceremony to be held at RWA’s 30th Annual National Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.

2010 RITA for Best First Book Finalists
2010 RITA for Contemporary Series Romance Finalists
2010 RITA for Contemporary Series Romance: Suspense/Adventure Finalists
2010 RITA for Contemporary Single Title Romance Finalists
2010 RITA for Historical Romance Finalists
2010 RITA for Inspirational Romance Finalists
2010 RITA for Novel with Strong Romantic Elements Finalists
2010 RITA for Paranormal Romance Finalists
2010 RITA for Regency Historical Romance Finalists
2010 RITA for Romance Novella Finalists
2010 RITA for Romantic Suspense Finalists
2010 RITA for Young Adult Romance Finalists

 

 

2010 RITA for Best First Book Finalists

One Scream Away by Kate Brady
Grand Central Publishing, Forever
Editor: Celia Johnson
ISBN: 978-0-446-54152-7

Her Calls Her Doc by Mary Brady
Harlequin Enterprises, Harlequin Superromance
Editor: Kathryn Lye
ISBN: 978-0-373-71561-9

The Gladiator by Carla Capshaw
Harlequin Enterprises, Steeple Hill Love Inspired Historical
Editor: Melissa Endlich
ISBN: 978-0-373-82824-1

Angel Vindicated by Viola Estrella
Ellora’s Cave, Cerridwen Press
Editor: Helen Woodall
ISBN: 978-1-419-92068-4

The Better Part of Darkness by Kelly Gay
Simon & Schuster, Pocket Books
Editor: Ed Schlesinger
ISBN: 978-1-439-10965-6

Stolen Fury by Elisabeth Naughton
Dorchester Publishing, Love Spell
Editor: Leah Hultenschmidt
ISBN: 978-0-505-52793-6

Nothing Like You by Lauren Strasnick
Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
Editor: Anica Rissi
ISBN: 978-1-416-98264-7

The Last Will of Moira Leahy
by Therese Walsh
Random House Group, Shaye Areheart Books
Editor: Sarah Knight
ISBN: 978-0-230-746157-5

2010 RITA for Contemporary Series Romance Finalists

A Not-So-Perfect Past by Beth Andrews
Harlequin Enterprises, Harlequin Superromance
Editor: Victoria Curran
ISBN: 978-0-373-71556-5

From the Outside by Helen Brenna
Harlequin Enterprises, NASCAR
Editor: Tina James
ISBN: 978-0-373-18522-1

Single Mom Seeks… by Teresa Hill
Harlequin Enterprises, Silhouette Special Edition
Editor: Melissa Jeglinski
ISBN: 978-0373654314

Revealed: a Prince and a Pregnancy by Kelly Hunter
Harlequin Enterprises, Mills and Boon Modern Heat
Editor: Joanne Grant
ISBN: 978-0-263-87252-1

I Still Do by Christie Ridgway
Harlequin Enterprises, Silhouette Special Edition
Editor: Patience Smith
ISBN: 978-0-373-65432-1

2010 RITA for Contemporary Series Romance: Suspense/Adventure Finalists

Mountain Investigation by Jessica Andersen
Harlequin Enterprises, Harlequin Intrigue
Editor: Allison Lyons
ISBN: 978-0-373-69414-3

The Christmas Stranger by Beth Cornelison
Harlequin Enterprises, Silhouette Romantic Suspense
Editor: Allison Lyons
ISBN: 978-0-373-27651-6

The Soldier’s Secret Daughter by Cindy Dees
Harlequin Enterprises, Silhouette Romantic Suspense
Editor: Patience Smith
ISBN: 978-0-373-27658-5

In Care of Sam Beaudry by Kathleen Eagle
Harlequin Enterprises, Silhouette Special Edition
Editors: Leslie Wainger and Charles Griesman
ISBN: 978-0-373-65451-2

Silent Watch by Elle Kennedy
Harlequin Enterprises, Silhouette Romantic Suspense
Editor: Diana Ventimiglia
ISBN: 978-0-373-27644-8

Cold Case Affair by Loreth Anne White
Harlequin Enterprises, Silhouette Romantic Suspense
Editor: Susan Litman
ISBN: 978-0-373-27652-3

The Christmas Present by Tracy Wolff
Harlequin Enterprises, Harlequin Superromance
Editor: Wanda Ottewell
ISBN: 978-0-373-71607-4

2010 RITA for Contemporary Single Title Romance Finalists

Talk Me Down by Victoria Dahl
Harlequin Enterprises, HQN
Editor: Tara Parsons
ISBN: 978-0-373-77356-5

True Love and Other Disasters by Rachel Gibson
HarperCollins Publishers, Avon Books
Editor: Lucia Macro
ISBN: 978-0-061-57906-6

For the Love of Pete
by Julia Harper
Grand Central Publishing, Forever
Editor: Amy Pierpont
ISBN: 978-0-446-61918-9

Too Good to Be True
by Kristan Higgins
Harlequin Enterprises, HQN
Editors: Keyren Gerlach and Tracy Farrell
ISBN: 978-0-373-77355-8

A Little Night Magic by Joy Nash
Dorchester Publishing, Leisure Fiction
Editor: Alicia Condon
ISBN: 978-0-505-52693-9

Dirty Sexy Knitting by Christie Ridgway (LOVE)
Penguin Group USA, Berkley
Editor: Cindy Hwang
ISBN: 978-0-425-22829-6

Instant Attraction by Jill Shalvis (LOVE)
Kensington Publishing Corp., Brava
Editor: Kate Duffy
ISBN: 978-0-758-23123-9

Fireside by Susan Wiggs
Harlequin Enterprises, MIRA Books
Editor: Margaret O’Neill Marbury
ISBN: 978-0-778-32910-7

2010 RITA for Historical Romance Finalists

Wicked All Day by Liz Carlyle
Simon & Schuster, Pocket Books Romance
Editor: Lauren McKenna
ISBN: 978-0-4165-9492-5

With Seduction in Mind by Laura Lee Guhrke
HarperCollins Publishers, Avon Books
Editor: Erika Tsang
ISBN: 978-0-06-145683-1

To Beguile a Beast by Elizabeth Hoyt
Grand Central Publishing, Forever
Editor: Amy Pierpont
ISBN: 978-0-446-40693-2

Make Me Yours by Betina Krahn (LOVE)
Harlequin Enterprises, Blaze
Editor: Brenda Chin
ISBN: 978-0-373-79483-6

Knight of Pleasure by Margaret Mallory
Grand Central Publishing, Forever
Editor: Alex Logan
ISBN: 978-0-446-55338-4

The Lone Texan by Jodi Thomas
Penguin Group USA, Berkley
Editor: Wendy McCurdy
ISBN: 978-0-425-23062-6

Not Quite a Husband by Sherry Thomas
Bantam Dell Publishing Group
Editor: Caitlin Alexander
ISBN: 978-0-553-59243-6

Taming Her Irish Warrior by Michelle Willingham
Harlequin Enterprises, Harlequin Historical
Editor: Joanne Grant
ISBN: 978-0-373-29566-1

2010 RITA for Inspirational Romance Finalists

The Inheritance by Tamera Alexander
Thomas Nelson, Inc., Women of Faith Fiction
Editors: Ami McConnell and Natalie Hanemann
ISBN: 978-1-59554-632-6

A Lady Like Sarah by Margaret Brownley
Thomas Nelson, Inc.
Editor: Natalie Hanemann
ISBN: 978-0-59554-809-2

The Gladiator by Carla Capshaw
Harlequin Enterprises, Steeple Hill Love Inspired Historical
Editor: Melissa Endlich
ISBN: 978-0-373-82824-1

Entertaining Angels by Judy Duarte
Kensington Publishing Corp.
Editor: John Scognamiglio
ISBN: 978-0-7582-2016-5

An Eye for an Eye by Irene Hannon
Baker Publishing Group, Revell Books
Editor: Jennifer Leep
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3311-7

The Silent Governess by Julie Klassen
Bethany House Publishers
Editor: Karen Schurrer
ISBN: 978-0-7642-0707-5

Breach of Trust by Diann Mills
Tyndale House Publishers
Editor: Stephanie Boerne
ISBN: 978-1-414-32047-2

The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper by Kathleen Y’Barbo
Random House Publishing, WaterBrook Multnomah
Editor: Jessica Barnes
ISBN: 978-0-307-44474-5

2010 RITA for Novel with Strong Romantic Elements Finalists

The Better Part of Darkness by Kelly Gay
Simon & Schuster, Pocket Books
Editor: Ed Schlesinger
ISBN: 978-1-439-10965-6

Scandal Sheet by Gemma Halliday
Dorchester Publishing
Editor Leah Hultenschmidt
ISBN: 978-0-505-52805-6

Red’s Hot Honky Tonk Bar by Pamela Morsi
Harlequin Enterprises, MIRA Books
Editor: Valerie Gray
ISBN: 978-0-7783-2729-5

The Lost Recipe for Happiness by Barbara O’Neal
Bantam Dell Publishing Group, Discovery
Editor: Shauna Summers
ISBN: 978-0-553-38551-9

Silent on the Moor by Deanna Raybourn
Harlequin Enterprises, MIRA Books
Editor: Valerie Gray
ISBN: 978-0-7783-2614-4

The Accidental Bestseller by Wendy Wax
Penguin Group USA, Berkley
Editor: Wendy McCurdy
ISBN: 978-0-425-22767-1

The Virgin’s Daughters: In the Court of Elizabeth I by Jeane Westin
Penguin Group, USA, NAL Trade
Editor: Ellen Edwards
ISBN: 978-0-451-22667-9

Lakeshore Christmas by Susan Wiggs
Harlequin Enterprises, MIRA Books
Editor: Margaret O’Neill Marbury
ISBN: 978-0-778-32689-2

2010 RITA for Paranormal Romance Finalists

What Would Jane Austen Do? by Laurie Brown
Sourcebooks, Inc., Casablanca
Editor: Deb Werksman
ISBN: 978-1-4022-1831-6

Untouchable in Deep Kiss of Winter by Kresley Cole
Simon & Schuster, Pocket Books
Editor: Lauren McKenna
ISBN: 978-1-439-15966-8

Kiss of a Demon King by Kresley Cole
Simon & Schuster, Pocket Books
Editor: Lauren McKenna
ISBN: 978-1-416-58094-2

My Forbidden Desire
by Carolyn Jewel
Grand Central Publishing, Forever
Editor: Michele Bidelspach
ISBN: 978-0-446-17824-2

The Fire King by Marjorie M. Liu
Dorchester Publishing, Leisure Books
Editor: Chris Keeslar
ISBN: 978-0-843-95940-6

For the Earl’s Pleasure
by Anne Mallory
HarperCollins Publishers, Avon Books
Editor: May Chen
ISBN: 978-0-061-57914-1

Darkness Unknown
by Alexis Morgan
Simon & Schuster, Pocket Books, Pocket Star
Editor: Micki Nuding
ISBN: 978-1-4165-634-3

Covet by J.R. Ward
Penguin Group USA, Signet
Editor: Kara Cesare
ISBN: 978-0-451-22821-5

Mortal Sins by Eileen Wilks
Penguin Group USA, Berkley Sensation
Editor: Cindy Hwang
ISBN: 978-0-425-22552-3

2010 RITA for Regency Historical Romance Finalists

Surrender of a Siren by Tessa Dare
Ballantine/Bantam Dell
Editor: Kate Collins
ISBN: 978-0-345-50687-0

Scandal by Carolyn Jewel
Penguin Group USA, Berkley Sensation
Editor: Kate Seaver
ISBN: 978-0-425-22551-6

Tempting Fate by Alissa Johnson
Dorchester Publishing, Leisure Books
Editor: Leah Hultenschmidt
ISBN: 978-0-843-96156-0

A View to a Kiss by Caroline Linden
HarperCollins Publishers, Avon Books
Editor: Lyssa Keusch
ISBN: 978-0-061-70635-6

Revealed by Kate Noble
Penguin Group USA, Berkley Sensation
Editor: Cindy Hwang
ISBN: 978-0-425-22174-7

What Happens in London by Julia Quinn (LOVE)
HarperCollins Publishers, Avon Books
Editor: Lyssa Keusch
ISBN: 978-0-061-49188-7

Lord Braybrook’s Penniless Bride by Elizabeth Rolls
Harlequin Enterprises, Harlequin Historical
Editor: Linda Fildew
ISBN: 978-0-373-29548-7

2010 RITA for Romance Novella Finalists

“A Little Night Magic” by Allyson James in Hot for the Holidays
Penguin Group USA, Berkley, Jove
Editor: Kate Seaver
ISBN: 978-0515-14700-1

“The Robber Bride” by Marjorie M. Liu in Huntress
St. Martin’s Press
Editor:
ISBN: 978-0-312-94382-0

“Annalise and the Scandalous Rake” by Deb Marlowe in The Diamonds of Welbourne Manor
Harlequin Enterprises, Harlequin Historical
Editor: Linda Fildew
ISBN: 978-0-373-29543-2

“Charlotte and the Wicked Lord” by Amanda McCabe in The Diamonds of Welbourne Manor
Harlequin Enterprises, Harlequin Historical
Editor: Joanne Grant
ISBN: 978-0-373-29543-2

“This Wicked Gift” by Courtney Milan in The Heart of Christmas
Harlequin Enterprises, HQN
Editor: Ann Leslie Tuttle
ISBN: 978-0-373-77427-2

“On a Snowy Christmas” by Brenda Novak in The Night Before Christmas
Harlequin Enterprises
Editor: Paula Eykelhof
ISBN: 978-0-373-83736-6

“The Christmas Eve Promise” by Molly O’Keefe in The Night Before Christmas
Harlequin Enterprises, Silhouette Special Releases
Editor: Stacy Boyd
ISBN: 978-0-373-83736-6

2010 RITA for Romantic Suspense Finalists

One Scream Away by Kate Brady
Grand Central Publishing, Forever
Editor: Celia Johnson
ISBN: 978-0-446-54152-7

Waking the Dead by Kylie Brant (LOVE)
Penguin Group USA, Berkley Sensation
Editor: Cindy Hwang
ISBN: 978-0-425-23114-2

A Dark Love by Margaret Carroll
HarperCollins Publishers, Avon Books
Editor: Carrie Feron
ISBN: 978-0-06-165278-3

Whisper of Warning by Laura Griffis Messer
Simon & Schuster, Pocket Books, Pocket Star
Editor: Abby Zidle
ISBN: 978-1-416-57064-6

Stolen Fury by Elisabeth Naughton (LOVE)
Dorchester Publishing, Love Spell
Editor: Leah Hultenschmidt
ISBN: 978-0-505-52793-6

Dark Country by Bronwyn Parry
Hachette Livre, Hachette Australia
Editor: Bernadette Foley
ISBN: 978-0-733-62323-3

Promises in Death by J.D. Robb
Penguin Group USA, Putnam
Editor: Leslie Gelbman
ISBN: 978-0-399-15548-2

Kill for Me by Karen Rose (LOVE)
Grand Central Publishing, Vision
Editor: Karen Kosztolnyik
ISBN: 978-0-446-51030-1

2010 RITA for Young Adult Romance

Fairy Tale by Cyn Balog
Random House Group, Delacorte Press
Editor:
ISBN: 978-0-385-738494

Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover by Ally Carter
Hyperion Books for Children
Editor: Jennifer Besser
ISBN: 978-1-423-11638-7

Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
Walker Books for Young Readers
Editor: Emily Easton
ISBN: 978-0-8027-9823-7

Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols
Simon & Schuster, Pocket Books, MTV Books
Editor: Jennifer Heddle
ISBN: 978-1-416-57173-5

The ABC’s of Kissing Boys by Tina Ferraro
Random House Group, Delacorte Press
Editor: Krista Marino
ISBN: 978-0-385-73582-7

Nothing Like You by Lauren Strasnick
Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
Editor: Anica Rissi
ISBN: 978-1-416-98264-7

Although we read quite a few, there are a lot we haven’t read. I might make it a goal to read most (if not all) of these this year. Maybe.

So, who do are you rooting for? Give us your picks from each category.


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