Romance Writers of America (RWA) 2012: More Awards

RITA winner 2012

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

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.


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"


  1. I just wanted to drop by and mention how lovely it was meeting you at the awards ceremony. Library Journal rocks!

    • Bette-Lee Fox says:

      It was a pleasure to meet you, Lorenda, and your lovely sister. How exciting for me to sit at the table with two Golden Heart winners. The future of romance writing is secure with such talented people in the genre. And Library Journal looks forward to reviewing your books. Next time in Atlanta?