The 30th annual Romance Writers of America (RWA) conference in Orlando, FL, culminated on July 31, 2010, with the presentation of the RITA Awards in 12 categories for the best of the previous year’s titles.
Cheers were heard beyond the ballroom of the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin hotel when the following were announced:
Young Adult Romance: Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles (Walker Books for Young Readers)
Inspirational Romance: The Inheritance by Tamera Alexander (Thomas Nelson)
Novel with Strong Romantic Elements: The Lost Recipe for Happiness by Barbara O’Neal (Bantam Dell)
Romance Novella: The Christmas Eve Promise by Molly O’Keefe in The Night Before Christmas (Silhouette Special Releases)
Contemporary Series Romance: A Not-So-Perfect Past by Beth Andrews (Harlequin Superromance)
Contemporary Series Romance: Suspense/Adventure: The Soldier’s Secret Daughter by Cindy Dees (Silhouette Romantic Suspense)
Historical Romance: Not Quite a Husband by Sherry Thomas (Bantam)
Regency Historical Romance: What Happens in London by Julia Quinn (Avon)
Paranormal Romance: Kiss of a Demon King by Kresley Cole (Pocket Bks.)
Romantic Suspense: Whisper of Warning by Laura Griffin (Pocket Star)
Best First Book: One Scream Away by Kate Brady (Grand Central Forever)
Contemporary Single Title Romance: Too Good To Be True by Kristan Higgins (HQN: Harlequin)
The win for Julia Quinn was her third in the same category, propelling her into RWA’s Hall of Fame.