2012 RITA/Golden Heart Announcement Celebration Party!

 IT’S PARTY TIME!  The day we’ve all been waiting for!

If you are a 2012 Golden Heart Finalist, here is the link for the yahoo group that has been set up.


During six of the eleven years I entered the Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® contest, I was a GH finalist 7 times. Therefore, I’ve been elated and disappointed  on numerous occasions.  I’m sure I don’t have to tell you it’s a lot nicer to get a call from RWA than to pace the floor, staring at a silent phone all day, with only the fear of missing the call to stop you from throwing the contraption against the wall.

Speaking as the reigning Susan Lucci of the Golden Heart, my advice is don’t wait for the darn phone to ring. There are over a two thousand other writers who’ve entered either the RITA or GH contest and who are also sitting on pins and needles.

Now I’m not saying we should be pessimists and quit hoping. Hope is what keeps us going. Hope that we’ll get a call. Hope that we’ll land an agent. Hope that our manuscript will sell. Hope that we’ll hit the NYT list. However, luck and timing play a huge part in all of those things happening.

I’m simply suggesting you keep the contest in perspective. Becoming a finalist means an author is in the top tier of writers. However, NOT being a finalist means absolutely nothing. I know lots of people who have sold books and made the NYT Bestsellers list without ever being a Golden Heart or RITA finalist. And I’m a prime example of an author who’s been a GH finalist and winner numerous times without ever landing a contract. We all need to stay focused on what the real prize is—getting paid a mountain of cash for letting readers enjoy our stories.

So instead of pacing the floors, listening for the phone, and setting yourself up for potential disappointment this morning, here are some more productive ways to spend your time waiting.

1.  (Read my post from last year for some of  the reasons your manuscript may not make the cut.  2011 RITA/GH Anticipation)

2. While you’re NOT waiting for the phone to ring this morning, you can also entertain yourself by reading my count-down post from 2010, The Diary of a Golden Heart Finalist.

3. For those of you who missed FRIDAY’s Ruby Release of A Kiss in the Wind, by Jennifer Bray-Webber, there’s still time to comment on her Friday post to be eligible for her drawing of A FREE COPY of A KISS IN THE WIND as well as A PAIR OF SKULL AND CROSSBONES EARRINGS!

4.  Check out the post

After you do all of that, plan to spend today celebrating with those who are lucky enough to receive a phone call. If Karma really is a beeyotch, as they say, I suspect the best way to increase the positive psychic energy we send into the universe is to be truly happy for others.

Of course, you’re probably thinking, someone has to fill those RITA/GH finalist slots, so why not me? This reminds me of a joke my late father told about a little old man named Herbie who went to <insert your place of worship> every morning and fervently prayed, “Please, God, let me win the lottery. I promise to do lots of charitable things with the money.” After several months of praying, one morning a bright light shone on the wrinkled man and a voice boomed from Heaven, saying, “For MY sake, buy a ticket, already, Herbie!

Back in November, many of us bought a ticket for RWA’s jackpot, and all we’ve been doing since then is waiting and praying. The wait is finally almost over.

The first time I was a GH finalist, two of my books were nominated for the GH in the single-title category, which meant I had to compete against myself. (Believe me, I never made the mistake of entering two manuscripts in the same category again.) So to liven things up this morning, it seems appropriate to give a prize to the FIRST author who announces on the Ruby Blog that she/he has TWO (or more) finalist books. 

That individual will receive free copies of my two first GH-WINNING novels, A Little Bit of Déjà Vu (to be released mid-April) and The Memory of You, which made it to #10 on Amazon’s Top 100 Free Books for Kindle list this past Saturday.  (available now at Amazon).

Throughout the day, the Rubies will also be holding periodic drawings to give away the following fabulous PRIZES!!!

–    Four winners, choice of Codename or Pointe by Amanda Brice

–    Three winners, one each of Welcome to Last Chance, Home at Last Chance, and Last Chance Beauty Queen by Hope Ramsay

–     Taste Me/Chase Me (ARC) Duo SET by Tamara Hogan

–     Two winners, choice of Cate Rowan’s three e-book titles

–     Autographed SET of Charley series books by Darynda Jones

–    Two winners, one each of His Witness to Evil and In the Presence of Evil by Autumn Jordon

–    Two winners, a choice of Jennifer Bray-Weber’s two books

–    Three  winners, one each of Jockeys and Jewels, Color My Horse, and Fillies and Females by Bev Pettersen

–     Two winners, one of Baby It’s Cold Outside,  and the other, a future copy of Warrior Enchanted (May 1st) by Addison Fox

–      One winner, a copy of Doctor’s Guide for Dating in the Jungle by Tina Beckett

–      Two winners, one each of  Lily in Wonderland and This Side of Dead e-books  by Kelly Fitzpatrick    

So without further ado, LET THE CELEBRATING BEGIN!!!! 

If you receive a call from RWA® telling you you’re a finalist, please post it in the comments as:

FINALIST in all caps/CATEGORY also in all caps

The Title of  your book BY the name your writing under

If you’re a RITA finalist, we’ll also need the publisher and your editor’s name.

It’s impossible to predict how many finalists will be in any particular category, and finalists will be listed in the order we receive information about them. No one but RWA knows how the titles ranked in the first round of judging.





1. Warped by Maurissa Guibord (Delacorte Press; Michelle Poploff, editor)

2.  Hourglass by Myra McEntire (Egmont USA; Regina Griffin, editor)

3.  First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones (St. Martin’s; Jennifer Enderlin, editor)

4. Beautiful Disaster by Laura Spinella (Berkley Publishing Group; Leis Pederson, editor)

5.  How to Marry a Duke by Vicky Dreilling (Grand Central Publishing Forever; Michele Bidelspach, editor)

6.  The Devil in Disguise by Stefanie Sloane (Ballantine Bantam Dell; Junessa Viloria, editor)

7.  I’m Not Her by Janet Gurtler (Sourcebooks Fire; Leah Hultenschmidt, editor)

8. The Darling Strumpet by Gillian Bagwell (Berkley Publishing Group; Kate Seaver, editor)


1.  A Bravo Homecoming by Christine Rimmer (Harlequin Special Edition; Gail Chasan, editor)

2.  Donovan’s Child by Christine Rimmer (Harlequin Special Edition; Gail Chasan, editor)

3.  How a Cowboy Stole Her Heart by Donna Alward (Harlequin Romance; Sally Williamson, editor)

4.  I’ll Catch You by Farrah Rochon (Harlequin Kimani Romance; Glenda Howard, editor)

5.  A Mother’s Homecoming by Tanya Michaels (Harlequin American Romance; Kathleen Scheibling, editor)

6.  Rancher’s Twins: Mom Needed by Barbara Hannay (Harlequin Romance; Meg Lewis, editor)

7.  The Texan’s Bride by Linda Warren (Harlequin Superromance; Kathleen Scheibling, editor)

8.  Doukakis’s Apprentice by Sarah Morgan (Harlequin Presents; Lucy Gilmour, editor)


1.  Cooper Vengeance by Paula Graves (Harlequin Intrigue; Allison Lyons, editor)

2. The Man from Gossamer Ridge by Paula Graves (Harlequin Intrigue; Allison Lyons, editor)

3.  Soldier’s Last Stand by Cindy Dees (Harlequin Romantic Suspense; Patience Bloom, editor)

4.  Stranded with Her Ex by Jill Sorenson (Harlequin Romantic Suspense; Stacy Boyd, editor)

5. Taken to the Edge by Kara Lennox (Harlequin Superromance; Johanna Raisanen, editor)

6. Nothing But the Truth by Kara Lennox (Harlequin Superromance; Johanna Raisanen, editor)

7.  The Doctor’s Deadly Affair by Stephanie Doyle (Harlequin Romantic Suspense; Wanda Ottewell, editor)



1.  Black Ties and Lullabies by Jane Graves (Grand Central Publishing Forever; Michele Bidelspach, editor)

2.  Heartstrings and Diamond Rings by Jane Graves (Grand Central Publishing Forever; Michele Bidelspach, editor).

3.  Silver Sparks by Starr Ambrose (Pocket Books; Abby Zidle, editor)

4.  Slow Dancing on Price’s Pier by Lisa Dale (Berkley Publishing Group; Cindy Hwang, editor)

5.  At Hidden Falls by Barbara Freethy (Pocket Books; Micki Nuding, editor)

6.  The Welcome Home Garden Club by Lori Wilde (Avon Books; Lucia Macro, editor)

7.  Boomerang Bride by Fiona Lowe (Carina Press; Charlotte Herscher, editor)

8. Summer at Seaside Cove by Jacquie D’Alessandro (Berkley Publishing Group; Cindy Hwang, editor)


1. Scandalous Desires by Elizabeth Hoyt (Grand Central Publishing; Amy Pierpont, editor)

2. Silk Is for Seduction by Loretta Chase (Avon Books; May Chen, editor)

3.  Always a Temptress by Eileen Dreyer (Grand Central Publishing Forever; Amy Pierpont, editor)

4.  The Danger of Desire by Elizabeth Essex (Kensington Brava; Megan Records, editor)

5.  The Black Hawk by Joanna Bourne (Berkley Publishing Group; Wendy McCurdy, editor)

6.  Heartbreak Creek by Kaki Warner (Berkley Publishing Group Sensation; Wendy McCurdy, editor)

7.  Unveiled by Courtney Milan (HQN Books; Margo Lipschultz, editor)

8. The Many Sins of Lord Cameron by Jennifer Ashley (Berkley Publishing Group Sensation; Kate Seaver, editor)


1.   Katie’s Way by Marta Perry (Berkley Publishing Group; Ellen Edwards, editor)

2.  The Measure of Katie Calloway by Serena Miller (Revell; Vicki Crumpton, editor)

3.  My Foolish Heart by Susan May Warren (Tyndale House Publishers; Karen Watson, editor)

4.  Deadly Pursuit by Irene Hannon (Revell; Jennifer Leep, editor)

5.  Love on the Line by Deeanne Gist (Bethany House Publishers; David Long and Julie Klassen, editors)

6. Save the Date by Jenny B. Jones (Thomas Nelson; Natalie Hanemann and Jamie Chavez, editors)

7.  The Ladies’ Room by Carolyn Brown (Avalon Books; Lia Brown, editor)

8. The Christmas Child by Linda Goodnight (Harlequin Love Inspired; Allison Lyons

9. To Win Her Heart by Karen Witemeyer (Bethany House Publishers; Karen Schurrer, editor)


1.  Spider’s Revenge by Jennifer Estep (Pocket Books; Megan McKeever, editor)

2.  The Dark Enquiry by Deanna Raybourn (Harlequin MIRA; Valerie Gray, editor)

3. Death Magic by Eileen Wilks (Berkley Publishing Group Sensation; Cindy Hwang, editor)

4. First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones

5. Goodnight Tweetheart by Teresa Medeiros (Gallery Books; Lauren McKenna, editor)

6. The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley (Sourcebooks Landmark; Deb Werksman, editor)

7. How to Bake a Perfect Life by Barbara O’Neal (Ballantine Bantam Dell; Shauna Summers, editor)

8. Song of the Nile by Stephanie Dray (Berkley Publishing Group; Cindy Hwang, editor)

9. Shadow Walker by Allyson James (Berkley Publishing Group Sensation; Kate Seaver, editor)


1.  Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison (Berkley Publishing Group Sensation; Cindy Hwang, editor)

2.  Nightfall by Ellen Connor (Berkley Publishing Group Sensation; Cindy Hwang, editor)

3.  The Restorer by Amanda Stevens (Harlequin MIRA; Denise Zaza, editor)

4. Changeling Moon by Dani Harper (Kensington Brava; Alicia Condon, editor)

5.  Envy by J.R. Ward (NAL Signet; Kara Welsh, editor)

6. The Lost by Caridad Piñeiro (Grand Central Publishing Forever; Selina McLemore, editor)

7.  Archangel’s Blade by Nalini Singh (Berkley Publishing Group Sensation; Cindy Hwang, editor)

8.  Lord of the Abyss by Nalini Singh (Harlequin Nocture; Tara Gavin, editor)


1.  When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James (Avon Books; Carrie Feron, editor)

2.  How to Marry a Duke by Vicky Dreiling (Grand Central Publishing Forever; Michele Bidelspach, editor)

3.  How to Seduce a Scoundrel by Vicky Dreiling (Grand Central Publishing Forever; Michele Bidelspach, editor)

4. Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish by Grace Burrowes (Sourcebooks Casablanca; Deb Werksman, editor)

5. The Devil in Disguise by Stefanie Sloane (Ballantine Bantam Dell; Junessa Viloria, editor)

6. A Night to Surrender by Tessa Dare (Avon Books; Tessa Woodward, editor)

7. Heiress in Love by Christina Brooke (St. Martin’s Press; Monique Patterson, editor)

8. To Seduce an Angel by Kate Moore (Berkley Publishing Group Sensation; Wendy McCurdy, editor)


1.  “Chaos in Death” by J.D. Robb in The Unquiet (Berkley Publishing Group, Jove; Leslie Gelbman, editor)

2. “Resolution” by Linda Winstead Jones in The Heart of Winter (Harlequin Enterprises; Stacy Boyd, editor)

3.  I Love the Earl by Caroline Linden (Avon Impulse; Lyssa Keusch, editor)

4. “Compassion Can Wait” by Carly Phillips in More Than Words, Vol. 7 (Harlequin Enterprises; Marsha Zinberg, editor)

5. “One Wish: a Christmas Story” by Jodi Thomas in A Texas Christmas (Kensington Zebra; Peter Senftleben, editor)

6. “Unforgiven” by Ruth Ryan Langan in The Unquiet (Berkley Publishing Group; Cindy Hwang, editor)

7.  “Angel’s Wolf” by Nalini Singh in Angels of Darkness (Berkley Publishing Group Sensation; Cindy Hwang, editor)

8.  “The Storm Within” by Trish Morey in A Royal Engagement (Harlequin Presents; Joanne Grant, editor)


1. New York to Dallas by J.D. Robb (Penguin Putnam; Leslie Gelbman, editor)

2. True Colors by Joyce Lamb (Berkley Publishing Group Sensation; Wendy McCurdy, editor)

3. True Shot by Joyce Lamb (Berkley Publishing Group Sensation; Wendy McCurdy, editor)

4. Where All the Dead Lie by J.T. Ellison (Harlequin MIRA; Adam Wilson and Miranda Indrigo, editors)

5.  Hidden Away by Maya Banks (Berkley Publishing Group Sensation; Cindy Hwang, editor)

6.  Hot Zone by Catherine Mann (Sourcebooks Casablanca; Deb Werksman, editor)

7. Hush by Cherry Adair (Pocket Star; Lauren McKenna, editor)

8. Secrets of Bella Terra by Christina Dodd (New American Library; Kerry Donovan, editor)


1.  Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep (Kensington Teen; Alicia Condon, editor)

2. Warped by Maurissa Guibord (Delacorte Press; Michelle Poploff, editor)

3. Hourglass by Myra McEntire (Egmont USA; Regina Griffin, editor)

4. I’m Not Her by Janet Gurtler (Sourcebooks Fire; Leah Hultenschmidt, editor)

5. Enclave by Ann Aguirre (Macmillan Feiwel & Freinds; Liz Szabla, editor)

6. Flawless by Lara Chapman (Bloomsbury Publishing; Caroline Abbey, editor)







1.  The Divorce Deal by Kat Cantrell

2. A Second Chance Bride by Ami Weaver

3.  Montana Cherries by Kim Law

4. Cyrano at Your Service by Tamra Baumann

5. Tell Me Something Good by Jamie Wesley

6. A Perfect Wife by Carol LaFever

7. Priscilla Kissinger, His Perfect Partner.

8.  Bachelor: Baited, Hooked & Bedded by Bernice Greenham


1.  Meant To Be by Theresa Osborn

2.  No Peeking by Talia Quinn Daniels

3.  Blackjack & Moonlight by Magdalen Braden

4.  You Had Me At Habari by Maggie McConnell

5. Thrown by Colette Auclair

6. Cat on a Hot Steel Flight Deck by Heather Nockodem

7. Earning Wings by Laurie Sanchez

8. All Beautiful Things by Nicki Salcedo


1.  Highland Promise by Tracy Brogan

2.  A Private Affair by Jennifer McQuiston

3.  A Knight of Her Own by  Oberon Wonch

4.  A Duke’s Wicked Kiss by Kathleen Bittner Roth

5. Love in the Music Room by Sarah Mayfield

6. Notorious by Alison Atwater

7.  A Hero To Hold by Sheri Humphreys

8. The Devil May Care by Elisa Beatty


1. Language of Love by Dristen Ethridge

2. Love’s Advocate by Karen Fleming

3. Powerless Consent by Jan Nash

4. Whispers in the Night by Carol Post






1.  Low Country Boil by Susan Boyer

2.  Beulah Land and the Happy Hour Choir by Sally Kilpatrick

3.  Song without Words by Lisa Laing

4. The Devil She Knows by Anna Stewart (writing as AJ Stewart)

5.  A Tangled Season by Natalie Meg Evans

6. Taking Wall Street by Disguise by Terri Bolyard

7.The Lazarus Gambit by Deborah Wright

8. Faking It by Nikki Figueiredo


1.  Never Deal with Dragons by Lorenda Christensen

2.  Bathtub Jimn by Kay Hudson

3.  Trouble in Mind by Donna Frelick

4.  Unchained Memory by Donna Frelick

5.  Better Dead by Pamela Kopfler

6.  Draxis by Laurie A. Green

7. Figs From Thistles by A.J. Larrieu



1.   Scandal in Spades by Wendy La Capra

2.  A Whisper to the Wild, by Eileen Emerson

3.  King of Swords by Anne Kenney

4.The Last Light of Dusk by Joanne Lockyer

5. The Perfect Heiress by Kimberly Ohara


1.  Rogue’s Return by Sharon Wray

2.  In Wolf’s Clothing (aka Smokescreen) by Sally Eggert

3.  Edge of Deception by Elizabeth Bemis

4.  Spy in the Harem by Diana Belchase

5.  Rescuing Rembrandt by Jean Willett

6.Chemical Reaction by Mary Oldham

7. Exposure by Robena Grant

8. Body of Evidence by Rachel Grant


1.  Forget Tomorrow by Pintip Dunn

2.  The Matter of Souls by Stephanie Winkelhake

3.  The Silent Sister by Megan Macijauskas

4.  Canvas Crossers by Natalie Vawter

5.  Pandora’s Clock by Natalie Vawter

6.  The Suspicions of Cairo Jones by Mary Danielson

7.  Wired by Romily Bernard

8.  Angel Academy by Cecily White


Tomorrow, please come back and help us congratulate and welcome the 2012 RITA/Golden Heart Finalists.

Then on Wednesday, we’ll be holding a CONSOLATION PARTY with lots of prize drawings for those who entered and didn’t receive a call.

If you are a 2012 Golden Heart Finalist, here is the link for the yahoo group that has been set up.


817 responses to “2012 RITA/Golden Heart Announcement Celebration Party!”

  1. Talia Quinn Daniels says:

    Hi all. This is my first time posting here. (And my first time using my pseudonym.) I’m still in shock, I truly did not expect to get the call this morning. It’s for my book, NO PEEKING, which finaled in the GH Single Title Contemporary category. Now to decide whether to brave Anaheim in the intense mid-summer heat. (I’d be a fool to miss it, right?)

    BTW, RWA misspelled the name of my manuscript on their site. I’ve sent them a note already, but I’m sure they’re slammed today. Can you change it in your list, though? It’s NO PEEKING, not NO PEAKING. Thanks!

    Looking forward to getting to know my fellow finalists!

  2. Kat Latham says:

    There hasn’t been an update on the contemporary ST category (either RITA or GH) for a long time. I only know this because those are the two I’m checking over and over. 😛 Those of you who are more experienced here, what could that mean?

  3. Tammy Baumann says:

    Tamra Baumann with Cyrano at Your Service

  4. What’s going on? The site seems to be frozen on my last comment.

  5. Kate Parker says:

    So far I see Kim, Liz, and Darynda representing the Rubies. Congrats to you and to all the finalists. This is a really exciting day.

  6. Erin Satie says:

    Talia –

    The real glory of southern California is that the weather is consistent…warmer winters and cooler summers. No guarantees, but July in Anaheim is likely to be pleasant. Plus, it’s a dry heat when we get it – not humid – and the nights are often cool.

    In short, weather is nO excuse to stay away – go to nationals!

  7. Gillian says:

    Wow, just tried to check in and it took three minutes to get onto here and Twitter isn’t loading at all. Way to crash the internet, RWA!!! 🙂

    Huge congratulations to the finalists so far, I have a LOT of reading to do in all these posts.

  8. Oberon Wonch says:

    Hi, all! My name is Oberon Wonch. I received my call this morning, approx. 9:32EST, that my entry finaled in the GH, Historical Category. Yahoo! What a ride!

  9. Magdalen says:


    Blackjack & Moonlight

    I’m stunned. I’m in that “I could wallpaper my closet with rejection emails” category, but I just figured that was more about the market for single-title contemporaries being all about small towns & cowboys. (I write about Philadelphia lawyers & judges. I tell people it’s like the TV show The Good Wife, only with happy endings.)

    But I have hope that tastes can change…

    • Kat Latham says:

      I totally know what you mean, Magdalen. And congratulations! It’s great to have diversity in our romance. 🙂

    • Rita Henuber says:

      I also know how you feel. Keep writing and congratulations.

    • LOL! You and me both, hon. (On the wallpaper) Super congrats!!!!!

    • Dawn Dowdle says:


      That sounds really interesting!

      Dawn Dowdle, Agent
      Blue Ridge Literary Agency

    • Alison Atwater says:

      Yay, Magdalen! Now you can start replacing your wallpaper with “congratulations” emails. 🙂

    • Talia Quinn Daniels says:

      I know *exactly* what you mean. My single title contemporary is set in NYC, with ad agency shenanigans and artist lofts. No cowboys or picturesque small towns here. Maybe the tide is shifting in the contemporary genre?

      • Magdalen says:

        Talia — I really hope so. Every agent or editor who took the time to tell me why he or she was rejecting me — and I appreciate them all for writing something substantive — seems to believe that the market *only* wants cowboys and small town heroes.

        But I want great books that are well written, have interesting characters experiencing real emotions. I’ll happily read about urban professionals, rural rustics, and everything in between…provided the book’s *good*.

        Let’s hope someone in the NYC publishing circles gets the message! 😀

    • Amanda Brice says:

      Whoohoo! We need more lawyer books on the shelves!

    • Jean Willett says:

      Congrats! I had your entry in my GH stack to judge 🙂 Loved it!


      • Magdalen says:

        Wow, Jean — that’s so nice to hear. I mean, yeah, duh, of course someone had to love it for it to be a finalist… but I never think of Real People liking my work. Thank you so much for being willing to share that.

        I judged a different category and adored one particular entry, but it didn’t make it. 🙁 I wonder how long I have to wait before I can contact that entrant and tell her how much I loved it.

    • Addison Fox says:

      Congrats, Magdalen!!!

  10. Rita Henuber says:

    I was getting a head ache trying to keep up and took a break. Came back and things seem to have slowed down. Not all the GH cats are filled though.

  11. Jean Willett says:

    Congrats to Darynda Jones – Rita Finalist in NSRE!!


  12. Elisa Beatty says:

    Whooo!!! Between the time I left for work and now, I see so much good news!!

    Congrats Rubies Kim Law, Liz Bemis, and Sally Eggert on their new GH finals!

    And YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!! DARYNDA JONES and ELIZABETH ESSEX in the Ritas!!!!!!!!!!!!! So so so so happy!!

    AND!!!! MY SISTER EILEEN EMERSON is a first-time GH finalist in Regency Historical!!!

    I have been squeeing like a maniac!

  13. Jean Willett says:

    Correction.. Darynda is a double Rita Finalist.. whoohoo!!
    NSRE and First Book

  14. Jennifer North says:

    Hi guys! Super, humongous congrats and mega-squeees to the finalists!!! Such a FUN day. I was a GH finalist in 08 *waves to Pixies* and wanted to let those still waiting know…I didn’t get my call until like 4:30 EST, long after I had come to terms with not finaling. 🙂 So don’t give up hope!!

  15. Alison Atwater says:

    OMG, I just got the call! My manuscript NOTORIOUS is a finalist in the historical category!!

    I am keeping my fingers crossed for everyone who is still waiting… The calls are still coming!

  16. No call for me this year. But I’m glad to recognize some Starcatchers’ names on the list.

    And how exciting to see Darynda on the list of Rita finalists. 😀

  17. Greta says:

    Congratulations to all the finalists!

    I checked the RWA website and saw there’s no series suspense & adventure category posted. Does that mean this category didn’t run this year?

    (Sorry if this has already been addressed in these comments … I’m enjoying the good news, but I haven’t been able to read all of them.)

  18. It’s so quiet now. I wonder if all the calls have been made.

  19. My chaptermate Heather Nickodem is a GH finalist for Single Title – Cat on a Hot Tin Flight Deck. WHO-HOO!!!

  20. Lara Chapman says:


    I can’t believe I can even report this!!!

    Flawless is a RITA finalist in the YA category!

    Bloomsbury, Caroline Abbey (editor)

  21. Congrats to all of the finalists! Raspberry sorbet martinis for all!!! Special HUGS to all of my GH sisters: Elizabeth Essex, Darynda Jones, Courtney Milan, Ami Weaver, Kim Law, Tracy Brogan, Jennifer McQuiston, Laurie A. Green, Sally Eggert, Liz Bemis, Jean Willett, Kay Hudson, and Sharon Wray! So thrilled to be a part of your journey. Onward!

  22. Diana Quincy says:

    Hmmm…only three GH finalists in Regency?

  23. Amanda Brice says:

    RWA spelled one of the YA Golden Heart finalists’ name wrong. It’s Pintip Dunn, not Pintup Dunn. (She’s a fellow WRW member.)

  24. Gail Hart says:

    One more in GH Series Contemporary – Jamie Wesley, Tell Me Something Good. Congrats!

  25. Elisa Beatty says:


    The book is THE DEVIL MAY CARE!!

    It took forever to get official word since I’m on West Coast time and Rhonda Nelson politely waited to call until 8 a.m. PST, when I was teaching class!!!

    The best part of this is I’m a finalist WITH MY SISTER, EILEEN EMERSON, who finaled in the Regency category!!!!


    Racing off to register for conference!!

  26. How weird is it that at this point, I’m more surprised when I don’t know someone on the list than when I do?

    Small world, and it’s wonderful to see so many friends honored!

  27. Karen Weiss says:

    Such joy for my dear friend Eileen Emerson and her darling sister, Elisa Beatty! Congratulations to you two and all of the finalists. Tears of joy, literally!

  28. Lynn Cahoon says:

    No call yet. But hope still spring eternal since my category only has five. I can still hope, right? (grin.)

    Congrats to everyone who’s announced, especially my two lala sisters – Jan Nash and Wendy LaCapra.


  29. Jenn! says:

    Wow! Lots of familiar names, including some Ruby sisters!
    My chapter mate, Jan Nash, is a GH finalist in the Inspirational category. Whoop Whoop!
    I’m so proud of you all! Congrats to EVERYONE! I’m raising a glass to each of you.


  30. My book, TOUCH OF FROST, was nominated in the YA category, and another book of mine, SPIDER’S REVENGE, was nominated in the strong romantic elements category.

    I meant to post before now, but I’ve been a little distracted. LOL. I’m still in smiling shock.

    Congrats to all the nominees!

  31. Well, it looks like I’m not a finalist this year, but I’m actually glad, because I’m so busy and it would’ve been a big distraction. I have this to celebrate today, instead. A great consolation, I’d say. 🙂

    #884 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
    #8 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Fiction > Genre Fiction > War
    #9 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > War
    #83 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Fiction > Genre Fiction > Romance > Contemporary

  32. What say you Ruby Sisters? There are seven prizes still left. When do you think I should draw for them?

  33. Amanda, I’m sorry I didn’t see your post on the loop until just now. I’ve had my hands a bit busy. I added the link to the Past GH finalists tell all above and I’ll post it here too.

    Everyone, this is also a great past post to check out.

  34. When one of you lucky Golden Heart finalists sets up a Yahoo Group for the finalists, please post the link here and I’ll add it to the top of the page so all the finalists will be able to find it.

  35. Did I just see DEVIL MAY CARE, by a Ruby sister up there in GH historical?!?!?

    Don’t want to steal her thunder but SQUEEEEEEEE!

    So thrilled.

  36. I’m exhausted. I think I got all of the finalists on the list posted. If anyone notices anyone missing or an error, please let us know and I’ll correct it.

  37. Elisa Beatty says:

    Gosh, where are the rest of the Golden Heart Regency finalists?????

  38. Laura Kaye says:

    RITA Romantic Elements #8 is up on the RWA website, but I don’t want to steal her thunder if she’s gonna come here and share! But I’m so freaking excited for my good friend I’m in tears for her!

    CONGRATUFREAKINGLATIONS to all the finalists! 😀

  39. Ami Weaver says:

    So no loop yet? I’ll start one. Give me a minute to figure it out…

    • Thanks Ami, I’ll copy it to the top and bottom of the post

    • Eileen says:

      Thanks for setting it up!

    • Liz Selvig says:

      So glad you set up the new finalists’ loop. Since I’m this year’s president of the online chapter for GH finalists called The Golden Network, once the hoopla for all of you settles down a little, I’d like to contact you about letting the finalists know about joining the group. But–we have time. Meanwhile, I’m so thrilled for all of you. You’re about to have one of the best rides of your life!!

  40. Laura Kaye says:

    J.R. Ward’s Envy is a paranormal RITA… (NAL Signet; Kara Welsh, editor)

  41. Vivi Andrews says:

    WOW! Congratulations to all the Rubies & Ruby regulars!!!

    Also, special shout outs to Eileen (love that ms!), Sally Kirkpatrick (who was awesome to me at my very first ever writing conference) and fellow NU-alum Jamie Wesley (GO CATS!!!!).


  42. Gail Hart says:

    Another GH Series Contemporary finalist – Caro LaFever, A Perfect Wife.

  43. Congrats to all the finalists! It was a fun first-time party. The butterflies have worn me out.

  44. I just woke up… Wow, wow, wow!!!! Congratulations to all the RITA and GH finalists. I hope you’re all celebrating in style now!

    Special and congrats to my talented Ruby sisters – Darynda, Sally, Liz and Kim. Last but definitely not least, the brill Elisa, who also does an incredible amount of behind-the-scenes work to make the Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood blog and the Winter Writing Festival wonderful places to hang out.

    Commiserations and hugs to those who missed out this time.

    • Elisa Beatty says:

      Thanks, Vanessa!!!

      And to everyone who didn’t get the call this year (because we all know it’s an incredible crapshoot), please join us again on Wednesday for our consolation party with LOTS OF CHOCOLATE…and encouragement to get right back in the saddle and WRITE!!!

    • Thank you so much, Vanessa!!!!!

  45. Tracy Brogan says:

    Thank you so much, you wonderful Rubies!!!! I decided to dust off and finish my 2012 GH ms last fall after you voted it #3 in the ‘Best First Line’ contest. If it wasn’t for that vote of confidence, I would not have entered the GH this year!!! You guys rock.

  46. There’s only another 50 mins until RWA’s list is supposed to be complete. It’s looking like maybe the Regency Historical GH category was really small this year.

  47. Gail Hart says:

    #7 in GH Series Contemporary – Priscilla Kissinger, His Perfect Partner.

  48. Laura Kaye says:

    More great news, this time for Caridad!!!

    The Lost by Caridad Piñeiro (Grand Central Publishing Forever; Selina McLemore, editor)

  49. Somehow I got locked out of the Rubies blog party (my replies wouldn’t post!) so a great big CONGRATS to all my fellow Starcatchers who finaled, to my LERA sisters Darynda Jones and Tamara Baumann and to all the other finalists.

    [Let’s see if this reply works…]

  50. OKAY, I HAVE TO LEAVE FOR WORK. I’m logging out so someone else can make changes. See you all in an hour or so! Don’t party too hard without me. 🙂

  51. Kat Cantrell says:

    There are so many comments, it’s hard to wade through everything!! I just wanted to say thank you to everyone for the congrats. And major congrats to everyone who finaled as well. I’m so excited for everyone!!

  52. Just finished my massage and have a missed call from “blocked.” Don’t they know this isn’t the day for that? My heart skipped a few beats.

  53. Hi, folks,


    Yeah, that’s a double (blush). Like some of the other finalists, I could paper my office walls with the rejections I’ve received for the first one of my manuscripts (UNCHAINED MEMORY). But who knows? Maybe aliens will soon be the new vampires!

    Wanna give a shout out to my fellow finalist and co-blogger Laurie Green. And congrats, also, to you, Darynda on your RITA nomination!

  54. A little limited for time today, but I had to stop and SQEEEEEEEEE! Eilean, Welcome to the madness! I think it’s genetic—at least in your family!

    Darynda and Elizabeth, RITA finals!!!! WOOOOT!!!! This Ruby is a-dancin’ and a-jigging for you!!!

    So many names I recognize among the finalists, Rubies and Starcatchers!! Congrats to you all. I’m so proud, you’d think I had something to do with it!!!! (Silly, yes? But I can’t help it.)

    To the first time finalists, hang onto your hats, and enjoy the ride. Today is just the beginning.

    {{{Hugs}}} to all of you!!!!!

  55. Liz Selvig says:

    Hey Laurie!
    I wanted to point out one teensy mis-type in the GH lists above. In the Best Romantic Suspense category Sharon Wray should be listed for “Rogue’s Return” instead of “The Matter of Souls,” by Stephanie Winklehake. Stephanie is correctly in the YA category.

    I can’t believe what a phenomenal job you’ve done with all this news — it’s an amazing amount of information to impart — and you’ve kept us ahead of the curve! Just wanted to give a proper shout out to fellow Uninkable, Sharon.

  56. Congrats everyone! What an awesome showing by the rubies and RSSWWF peeps! WOW!

  57. Congrats to everyone who was nominated. This is soooo exciting!

  58. Diana Layne says:

    A shout out to Laurie Kellogg–fantastic job, my head is spinning!


    The Lazarus Gambit by Deborah Wright

    I’m still in shock! 🙂

  60. I did not think I could get any happier, but my lovely, Australian CP, Joanna Lockyer just popped up as a GH finalist on the RWA site for her Regency!

    I’m over the moon and all the stars!

  61. cathryn fox says:

    HUGE congrats to all the finalists!! I’m so excited for you all!

  62. I’m back! Should I assume everything has been posted? Or do I need to log back on for anything?

  63. Pamela Kopfler says:


    Y’all this day has been crazy!!! I’m sorry to get to the party late. Doesn’t the rest of the world know it should stop when a gal get’s a GH call. Congrats to all the GH and RITA finalists! I can hardly wait to read through all the comments.

  64. Hi everyone!

    I’m still reeling over finaling in the GH (historical – A Duke’s Wicked Kiss). I honestly didn’t think I’d react too much when I got the call. Oh, really? Well, I burst into tears. Even forgot to eat after that (major milestone). I’m thrilled and hope to see many of you Nationals in Anaheim.


    Oops, forgot I was supposed to post the above data. I can’t seem to do much of anything right after “The Call”. I wonder why.

  66. So, now that I have a minute, I took some time to read the posts—and I’m crying. Silly, but there you have it. So many familiar names, people we’ve come to know through the WWF, Sisters, Starcatchers, and our blog friends. Even a writer can’t put into words the way I feel. I’m so glad I didn’t enter this year. I’m already a basket case!

    So proud and happy for everyone. Wish I could be in Anaheim to share the gala that is a major even on this journey, but I’ll be there in spirit. {{{Hugs}}}

    • Addison Fox says:


      Here, here to that!!!! I was away from the computer most of the day but kept track on twitter and via email. I am SO excited and so proud of all our Rubies as well as all the other wonderful folks we’ve all gotten to know.

      RWA is an awesome organization and I wish everyone a very happy Rita/GH season. Enjoy this feeling!!!!


  67. Calisa Rhose says:

    Many congrats to all the finalists!!!!!

  68. Elise Hayes says:

    Whew, what a party! Congrats to all the finalists (GH *AND* RITA)! And many thanks to hostess Laurie and all the other admin Rubies who pitched in to keep the site updated and THE place to be today.

  69. Na S. says:

    I am excited for you! Congratulations on being a GH Finalist 🙂

  70. FINALIST/SINGLE TITLE – All Beautiful Things by Nicki Salcedo.

    I was rushing off for a business trip so I can’t remember much about my call except, I kept asking “Who is this?” It was Jeanne Adams. She now knows how crazy I am. I know that she is lovely, gracious, kind! 🙂

    Thank you for the warm welcome.

  71. Karen says:

    LOVE’S ADVOCATE By Karen Fleming
    I cried when I hung up the phone. There are not enough words to express how thrilled I am to final. And to make it even better, my critique partner and friend Carol Post finaled too in the same category with WHISPERS IN THE NIGHT.

    Thank you to all the well wishers. This is so exciting.

  72. Varina M. says:

    Coming in very late. I only read the finalists this week. Lat year I visited on notification tday and the day of the conslation party. On the latter date I posted about how disappointed I as that an entyr I read dind’t final. It was so good I’d gien it a perfect 9, which nothing else I read got. I hoped the author wouldn’t gie up, and she didn’t. I know, because this year she finaled! Yay! I’d contgratulate her peronally, but I don’t know if she has a site. I couldn’t find it, so while I’m rooting for Jennifer Ashley, Joanna Bourne, Deana Raybour, and Jodi Thomas in the Ritas, I’ll be rooting for Carol Post in the GH, remembering the time I spent last year with my muscles tense ad and my heart nding and my nerves tingling from the first page on, wishing I could read the story to its end. If anyone reads this and knows her, I hope you’ll pass this on , in case se hasn’t dropped by (I haven’t read through all 800+ comments). I wish I’d taken my own advice and re-entered, but I came up with reasons I shouldn’t this year, even though I’d makde a chang in light of one of the judge’s scores, but I can take comfort in Carol Post’s having done so.


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