Romance Writer Award Nominees 2017 | In the Bookroom

rita_award_trophyRomance Writers of America® (RWA), the trade association for romance fiction authors, announced the finalists for the 2017 RITA® Awards on March 21. The highest award of distinction in romance fiction, the RITA recognizes excellence in published romance novels and novellas. Eighty-four titles (out of 2,000 entries) are moving on to the final round of judging. “I’m so excited to see the diversity of authors and stories on this list!” said RWA president Leslie Kelly.

Among the nominees this year are:

Best First Book and Contemporary Romance: Mid-Length: Cheryl Etchison’s Once and for All: An American Valor Novel (Avon Impulse; Xpress Reviews 9/10/16)

Contemporary Romance: Long: Julie Anne Long’s Hot in Hellcat Canyon (Avon; LJ 6/15/16)

RaeAnne Thayne’s Snowfall on Haven Point (HQN: Harlequin; LJ 10/15/16)

Historical Romance: Short: Sabrina Jeffries’s The Study of Seduction (Pocket, LJ 4/15/16)

Romance Novella: Alyssa Cole’s “Let Us Dream” in Daughters of a Nation (Maroon Ash; Xpress Reviews 11/18/16)

The RITA winners will be announced at this year’s ceremony on Thursday, July 27, at the 2017 RWA annual conference in Orlando, FL. View the complete list of finalists, including the Golden Heart nominees for best manuscript, at


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"

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