Romance Writers of America (RWA) 2012: Beginning at the End

The Romance Writers of America (RWA) 2012 conference in Anaheim, CA, ended its wonderful week of all things romance on Saturday, July 29, with the bestowing of the annual RITA Awards for the best published works of 2011. And the winners are:

Paranormal Romance
Thea Harrison’s Dragon Bound (Berkley Sensation: Penguin Group [USA])

Romance Novella
Caroline Linden’s I Love the Earl (Avon Impulse)

Novel with Strong Romantic Elements
Barbara O’Neal’s How To Bake a Perfect Life (Bantam) (LJ Xpress Reviews, 12/10/10) (This win gained O’Neal entrance into the RWA Hall of Fame)

Best First Book
Darynda Jones’s First Grave on the Right (St. Martin’s) (LJ 11/1/10)

Historical Romance

Joanna Bourne

Joanna Bourne’s The Black Hawk (Berkley: Penguin Group [USA]) (LJ 11/1/11)

Inspirational Romance
Serena Miller’s The Measure of Katie Calloway (Revell) (LJ 11/15/11)

Contemporary Series Romance: Suspense/Adventure
Cindy Dees’s Soldier’s Last Stand (Harlequin Romantic Suspense)

Contemporary Single Title Romance
Fiona Lowe’s Boomerang Bride (Carina: Harlequin)

Regency Historical Romance

Tessa Dare

Tessa Dare’s A Night To Surrender (Avon) (LJ 8/11)

Young Adult Romance
Ann Aguirre’s Enclave (Macmillan Feiwel & Friends) (School Library Journal, 4/11)

Contemporary Series Romance
Sarah Morgan’s Doukakis’s Apprentice (Harlequin Presents)

Romantic Suspense
J.D. Robb’s New York to Dallas (Putnam)


Check tomorrow for the list of Golden Heart best manuscript winners, plus more from RWA 2012.

Bette-Lee Fox About Bette-Lee Fox

Bette-Lee Fox ( is Managing Editor, Library Journal.

Now in her 46th year with Library Journal, Bette-Lee also edits LJ's Video Reviews column, six times a year Romance column, and e-original Romance reviews, which post weekly as LJ Xpress Reviews. She received the Romance Writers of America (RWA) Vivian Stephens Industry Award in 2013 for having "contributed to the genre or to RWA in a significant and/or continuing manner"