RWA 2013: Romance Writers of America RITA Awards

The 2013 RITA winners are:

Short Contemporary Series Romance
A Night of No Return by Sarah Morgan (Harlequin Presents)

Long Contemporary Series Romance
A Gift for All Seasons by Karen Templeton (Harlequin Special Edition)
This third RITA win gained Templeton entrance into the RWA Hall of Fame

Novel with Strong Romantic Elements
The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James (New American Library: Penguin Group [USA])
Remember this title; you will be seeing it here again—very soon

Inspirational Romance
Against the Tide by Elizabeth Camden (Bethany House)

Romantic Suspense
Scorched by Laura Griffin (Pocket Star: S. & S.)

RITA REVELRY First-time RITA Award winners Sarah MacLean (l.) and Eloisa James (r.) share their awards with their Avon editor, Carrie Feron (c.)

Romance Novella
Seduced by a Pirate by Eloisa James (Avon Impulse)

Contemporary Single Title Romance
The Way Back Home by Barbara Freethy (Pocket: S. & S.)

Historical Romance
A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean (Avon)

Paranormal Romance
Shadow’s Claim by Kresley Cole (Pocket: S. & S.)
This trifecta RITA win for Cole brings her admission into the RWA Hall of Fame

Young Adult Romance
The Farm by Emily McKay (Berkley: Penguin Group [USA])

Best First Book
The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James (New American Library: Penguin Group [USA])
See, I told you would you see this title again!

RWA recognizes the best unpublished manuscripts with its Golden Heart Awards. The 2013 winners are:

Contemporary Series Romance
“Baby on Board—Help!” by Miranda Liasson

Romantic Suspense
“Broken Places” by Krista Hall Reynolds

Contemporary Single Title Romance
“Objection Overruled” by Jane O’Hanlon

Historical Romance
“Drawn to the Earl” by Joanna Shupe

Paranormal Romance
“Mind Sweeper” by Amy Jones writing as AE Jones

Young Adult Romance
“Summer of Supernova” by Darcy Woods

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"