Notable among the Romance Writers of America 2012 RITA Awards for best books of 2011 are two digital publications, marking a significant turn in publishing in general but certainly in the ebook-popular romance genre. Caroline Linden’s novella I Love the Earl is an Avon Impulse title, and most impressive is Fiona Lowe’s Boomerang Bride, from Carina: Harlequin, in the very prestigious category of Contemporary Single Title Romance. Yes, indeed. Ebooks have made their presence felt in a very loud way.
The Golden Heart Awards for best manuscripts were also presented in Anaheim, CA, July 28. Will they eventually be published and launch these authors onto illustrious careers? Keep watching.
Paranormal Romance Manuscript
Lorenda Christensen’s Never Deal with Dragons. The author flew in from Bangalore, India, when she knew her manuscript was a nominee. She and her lovely sister sat at my table during the festivities.
Manuscript of a Novel with Strong Romantic Elements
Lisa Laing’s Song Without Words
Historical Romance Manuscript
Elisa Beatty’s The Devil May Care
Inspirational Romance Manuscript
Karen Fleming’s Love’s Advocate
Contemporary Single Title Romance Manuscript
Talia Quinn Daniels’s No Peeking
Regency Historical Romance Manuscript
April Bennet’s The Perfect Heiress
Young Adult Romance Manuscript
Romily Bernard’s Wired
Contemporary Series Romance Manuscript
Tamra Baumann’s Cyrano at Your Service
Romantic Suspense Manuscript
Elizabeth Bemis’s Edge of Deception. She also sat at my table, with the cutest baby as her escort for the evening.