It's the biggest night of the year for the members of Romance Writers of American (RWA). It's time for the RITA! The scene is set, the gowns are gorgeous, the smiles could light Disney World and we're ready to find out who will take home the awards for best books of the year. To refresh your memory as to who the finalists in each category are, go to the RITA® list at the RWA website.
And the RITA® goes to...
Best First Book: One Scream Away by Kate Brady
Contemporary Series Romance: A Not-So-Perfect-Past by Beth Andrews
Contemporary Series Romance: Suspense/Adventure: The Soldier's Secret Daughter by Cindy Dees
Contemporary Single Title: Too Good to be True by Kristan Higgins
Historical Romance: Not Quite a Husband by Sherry Thomas
Inspirational Romance: The Inheritance by Tamera Alexander
Novel with Strong Romantic Elements: The Lost Recipe for Happiness by Barbara O'Neal
Paranormal Romance: Kiss of a Demon King by Kresley Cole
Regency Historical Romance: What Happens in London by Julia Quinn
* This win put Julia Quinn into the RWA Hall of Fame!
Romance Novella: "The Christmas Eve Promise" by Molly O'Keefe
Romantic Suspense: Whisper of Warning by Laura Griffin
Young Adult Romance: Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
Other awards bestowed this week are...
2010 Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award: Debbie Macomber
2010 Emma Merritt Service Award: Jennifer Crusie
2010 RWA Service Award: Madeline Hunter
2010 RWA Steffie Walker Bookseller of the Year Award: Gail Link, Barnes and Noble, Wilmington, Delaware
2010 Librarian of the Year: Jennifer Lohmann, Durham County Library, Durham, North Carolina
2010 RWA Vivian Stephens Industry Award: Eileen Hutton, VP, Associate Publisher (Retired) Brilliance Audio
2010 RWA Veritas Award: Gwenda Bond, Publishers Weekly, "Romancing the Recession."
Centennial Award: Given to RWA members upon the publication of their 100th romantic novel. Congratulations to:
Jayne Ann Krentz
Linda Lael Miller
You can find more information about all of these awards at the RWA Website.