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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.     http://groups.yahoo.com/group/2012GHFinalists

 

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 https://www.rubyslipperedsisterhood.com/past-golden-heart-finalists-tell-all/

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.

 

 2012 RITA FINALISTS

 

BEST FIRST BOOK

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)

BEST CONTEMPORARY SERIES ROMANCE

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)

BEST CONTEMPORARY SERIES ROMANCE: SUSPENSE/ADVENTURE

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)

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BEST CONTEMPORARY SINGLE TITLE ROMANCE

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)

BEST HISTORICAL ROMANCE

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)

BEST INSPIRATIONAL ROMANCE

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)

BEST NOVEL WITH STRONG ROMANTIC ELEMENTS

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)

BEST PARANORMAL ROMANCE

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)

BEST REGENCY HISTORICAL ROMANCE

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)

BEST ROMANCE NOVELLA

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)

BEST ROMANTIC SUSPENSE

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)

BEST YOUNG ADULT ROMANCE

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)

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2012 GOLDEN HEART FINALISTS

 

BEST CONTEMPORARY SERIES ROMANCE

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

BEST CONTEMPORARY SINGLE TITLE ROMANCE

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

BEST HISTORICAL ROMANCE

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

BEST INSPIRATIONAL ROMANCE

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

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BEST NOVEL WITH STRONG ROMANTIC ELEMENTS

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

BEST PARANORMAL ROMANCE

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

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BEST REGENCY HISTORICAL ROMANCE

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

BEST ROMANTIC SUSPENSE

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

BEST YOUNG ADULT ROMANCE

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.     http://groups.yahoo.com/group/2012GHFinalists

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE 2012 FINALISTS!!!

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