Our 10 2017 RITA Awards Finalists

rwa logoThe Romance Writers of America (RWA) has announced the finalists for its 2017 RITA  Awards, with 10 books published by Penguin Random House imprints among the nominees in the following categories:

 

romance awardsBest First Book

SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS by Darcy Woods (Crown Books for Young Readers)

Contemporary Romance: Mid-Length

CAROLINA DREAMING by Virginia Kantra (Berkley)

OFF THE HOOK by Laura Drewry (Loveswept)

romance awards2WANDERLUST by Roni Loren (InterMix)

Erotic Romance

THE MASTER by Tara Sue Me (Berkley)

OFF THE CLOCK by Roni Loren (Berkley)

Paranormal Romance

THE BEAST by J R Ward (Berkley)

romance awards3Romantic Suspense

ATONE by Beth Yarnall (Loveswept)

MR. AND MR. SMITH by HelenKay Dimon (Loveswept)

Young Adult Romance

SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS by Darcy Woods (Crown Books for Young Readers)

Warm congratulations to our nominated authors, their editors and publishers.

The RITA — considered the highest award of distinction in romance fiction — recognizes excellence in 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.

Up to 2,000 romance novels are entered in the RITA competition. A novel may be entered either by the author or by the book’s publisher in one of the contest categories.  After the first round of judging by published romance authors, entries that meet the qualifications to become a finalist then advance to the final round.

View the complete list of finalists here.

This year’s RITA  Awards winners will be announced July 27 at the 2017 RWA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida.

Posted: March 23, 2017