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Romance Writers of America have just announced the winners of the 2008 RITA awards:

RITA awards, named after RWA's first president, Rita Clay Estrada, are presented annually to the best published romance novels of the year.  We have copies of all the winners (or on order) at the Free Library of Philadelphia:  

 

Best First Book: Dead Girls Are Easy by Terri Garey

Historical Romance: Lessons of Desire by Madeline Hunter

Regency Historical Romance: The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever by Julia Quinn 

Paranormal Romance: Lover Revealed by J.R. Ward

Novel with Strong Romantic Elements: Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn

Romantic Suspense: Ice Blue by Anne Stuart

Young Adult Romance: Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

Contemporary Single Title Romance: Catch of the Day by Kristan Higgins

Contemporary Series Romance: Snowbound by Janice Kay Johnson

Contemporary Series Romance: Suspense/Adventure: Treasure by Helen

Inspirational Romance: A Touch of Grace by Linda Goodnight

Romance Novella: “Born in My Heart” by Jennifer Greene in Like Mother, Like Daughter

Tags: Awards, Romance

Lessons of Desire by Madeline Hunter
Lessons of Desire by Madeline Hunter
Lover Revealed by J.R. Ward
Lover Revealed by J.R. Ward
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
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Tue, September 30, 2008
I just love Anne Stuart's books. I'm impatiently waiting now for her next release. I've even gone so far as to have a G**gle alert set up for all things Anne Stuart! Lisa About Me
Lisa - Virginia
Fri, October 24, 2008
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr is my favorite out of that list! I LOVE romantic novels! Claire
Claire - London
Fri, October 24, 2008
My best is A Touch of Grace by Linda Goodnight
Kate - Example: Philadelphia
Tue, December 16, 2008
I also love Anne Stuart's books and impatiently waiting for her next release. I hoop it will be soon!
Peter - Netherlands
Tue, December 16, 2008
I also love Anne Stuart's books and impatiently waiting for her next release. I hoop it will be soon!
Peter - Netherlands
Tue, December 16, 2008
I also love Anne Stuart's books and impatiently waiting for her next release. I hoop it will be soon! http://hdddatarecovery.blogspot.com
Peter - Netherlands
Tue, December 16, 2008

I also love Anne Stuart's books and impatiently waiting for her next release. I hoop it will be soon!





Peter - Netherlands
Mon, January 26, 2009
Dead Girls Are Easy is my favourite from that list.
Debbie - Example: Philadelphia
Sun, February 08, 2009
Very good choice of books but perhaps a addition love the new way by david charmss.
abby - new york
Sun, February 08, 2009
Very good choice of books but perhaps a addition love the new way by david charmss. abby - new york
abby - sudsy@bored.net
Wed, March 25, 2009
How to Add Romance to Life. Adding romance to your life is as easy as paying attention and following a few steps.The best reason to read Romance for Life, an anthology of lesbian love stories, is that 100% of the profits are being donated to breast cancer charitiesThe proceeds from Romance for LIFE will be donated, in the authors collective ... Not withstanding the reason behind its publication, Romance for Life ~~~~~~~~~~~~ terrina
terrina - phoenix
Mon, May 25, 2009
@ Terrina: That's really cool that 100% of the profits are being donated to the cancer charities. I know some organizations who donate books to cancer charities but they are considered controversial by some people because they don't donate 100% in charities. They only donate a part of their resources or profits to charities. A small portion of proceeds from 'Deadly Secrets' (romance novel) by Leeann Burke are being donated to Breast Cancer Research whereas; Got Books also claims that it has made a donation of more than 8,000 good-condition records and videotapes to the American Cancer Society. Cancer treatments like breast cancer, , lung cancer, and etc are increasingly being supported by these sort of donations.
Austin - Chicago
Tue, May 26, 2009
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Thu, May 28, 2009
Dead Girls Are Easy by Terri Garey is also my favorites but Lover Revealed by J.R. Ward is also good. I haven't read the rest of them yet. Allen @
Allen - USA
Mon, June 01, 2009
@Allen Governments, NGO's and Non-profit organization are striving get rid of this horrible diseases of last century. Now there are cures of a few cancer forms at early stages but still a lot of cancer patients don't know how long they can survive. People should support at every level to strengthen cancer research centers and provide as happy life as possible to cancer patients. Zach help cancer patients and to provide
Zach - USA
Mon, June 01, 2009
@ Allen Non curable 'cancer' is horrible because one is living, knowing the fact that the person has to die and leave this world pretty soon. In UK there are about 2 million people suffering from cancer, some of them are suffering from , a non curable type of cancer because by the time symptoms appear the cancer is in its last stages. In US about 2,000 to 3,000 people are diagnosed per year to be suffering from mesothelioma. there are groups, governments, organizations and people at individual level are supporting cancer. One can give there donations to cancer patients on following websites. www.shaukatkhanum.org.pk www.nci.nih.gov www.macmillan.org.uk www.cancer.org donate.bccancerfoundation.com
Allen - UK
Tue, June 02, 2009
@Allen Dead Girls are Easy was great.. a nice take-off on the whole 'Sixth Sense' concept.. I also loved Lessons of Desire by Madeline Hunter, a well written yarn.. Lord Elliot Rothwell is quite the character.. almost makes me want to take up again! I'd also say that Twilight belongs on this list, for Young Adult Romance, instead of Wicked Lovely. Don't get me wrong, Melissa Marr is great at characterizations, her plots just need a bit of work. Oh well, I guess I need to be on the judge panel for the Rita awards :D Actually the only two books I haven't read from the RITA 2008 list are Ice Blue by Anne Stuart and Lover Revealed by JR Ward. Never was much for paranormal romance, but I'll probably be picking up Ice Blue sometime this week.
Jennifer - Los Angeles, CA
Tue, June 02, 2009
Catch of the Day was also one of my favs.. highly recommended. Kristin Higgins is a genius: and I love the menu First Date à la Maggie Take one lovelorn diner owner (me) A generous helping of nosy local gossips A dollop of envy at married sister's perfect life... She even mentions
Jennifer - Los Angeles, CA
Wed, June 03, 2009
love is blind but i love it
mecozz - jakarta
Wed, June 03, 2009
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mecozz - jakarta
Mon, June 15, 2009
Fantastic book. I hope that others enjoy it too!
Davie - Example: Philadelphia
Mon, June 29, 2009
Those are all very great books indeed
mumfry - toronto
Mon, June 29, 2009
Those are all very great books indeed
mumfry - toronto
Wed, July 22, 2009
I need to add a little romance to my life :D
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Wed, September 30, 2009
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Wed, September 30, 2009
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Tue, October 06, 2009
Great list. Any chance it might get updated? Bill @
Bill - Fort Lee
Mon, November 23, 2009
Ice Blue is an excellent read, but elements of it seem a to be repeated from previous books. The adult theme makes it unsuitable for my Granny to read, but the "using sex as a tool" aspect gives it an edge and unique selling point. Overall, to be recommended.
Ian - Bristol, UK
Fri, December 11, 2009
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Thu, July 05, 2012
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Wed, August 15, 2012
I've had the honor of meeting Julia Quinn. What a wonderful woman and author! As an author of adult fairy tale erotica, I know how challenging writing good fiction is. My heartfelt congratulations goes out to her and all the other fine authors. ~Liz author of a erotic fairy tales http://amzn.to/EroticRedRidingHood
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