2017 RITA and Golden Heart Finalists

Romance Writers of America Announces 2017 Contest Finalists

Romance Writers of America (RWA), the trade association for romance fiction authors, announces the finalists for the 2017 RITA® and Golden Heart® Awards. The RITA — the highest award of distinction in romance fiction — recognizes excellence in published romance novels and novellas. The Golden Heart recognizes excellence in unpublished romance manuscripts.

Up to 2,000 romance novels are entered in the RITA competition. A novel may be entered either by the author or by the book’s publisher in one of the contest categories. After the first round of judging by published romance authors, entries that meet the qualifications to become a finalist then advance to the final round.

The winners will be announced July 27 at the 2017 RWA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida.

Congratulations to the finalists!

RITA Finalists

Best First Book
Alterations by Stephanie Scott

Before Goodbye by Mimi Cross

Close to You by Kara Isaac

The Distance from A to Z by Natalie Blitt

Once and For All: An American Valor Novel by Cheryl Etchison

Summer of Supernovas by Darcy Woods


Contemporary Romance: Long
Always a Bridesmaid by Lizzie Shane

Hot in Hellcat Canyon by Julie Anne Long

Make Me Sin by J. T. Geissinger

Miracle on 5th Avenue by Sarah Morgan

Pansies by Alexis Hall

Snowfall on Haven Point by RaeAnne Thayne

Tender Is the Night by Barbara Freethy


Contemporary Romance: Mid-Length
Back in the Saddle by Karen Templeton

Barefoot at Midnight by Roxanne St. Claire

Carolina Dreaming by Virginia Kantra

Fast Connection by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell

Lone Heart Pass by Jodi Thomas

Off the Hook by Laura Drewry

Once and For All: An American Valor Novel by Cheryl Etchison

Tell Me How This Ends by Victoria De La O

The Turning Point by Marie Meyer

Wanderlust by Roni Loren


Contemporary Romance: Short
APB: Baby by Julie Miller

Breaking Good by Madeline Ash

Christmas on Crimson Mountain by Michelle Major

Falling for the Rancher by Tanya Michaels

Far from Home by Lorelie Brown

His Stolen Bride by Barbara Dunlop

A Malibu Kind of Romance by Synithia Williams

Overwhelming Force by Janie Crouch

Searching for Disaster by Jennifer Probst

Two Doctors & a Baby by Brenda Harlen


Erotic Romance
The Dirty Secret by Kira A. Gold

The Master by Tara Sue Me

Off the Clock by Roni Loren

Ravenous by M. S. Force

Three Sweet Nothings by Nikki Sloane


Historical Romance: Long
Dukes Prefer Blondes by Loretta Chase

How I Married a Marquess by Anna Harrington

No Mistress of Mine by Laura Lee Guhrke

Susana and the Scot by Sabrina York


Historical Romance: Short
Do You Want to Start a Scandal by Tessa Dare

Duke of Sin by Elizabeth Hoyt

A Duke to Remember by Kelly Bowen

Left at the Altar by Margaret Brownley

The Study of Seduction by Sabrina Jeffries

Taming the Highlander by May McGoldrick


Mainstream Fiction with a Central Romance
The Color of a Promise by Julianne MacLean

The Depth of Beauty by A. B. Michaels

The Moon in the Palace by Weina Dai Randel

Now That It’s You by Tawna Fenske


Paranormal Romance
Bayou Shadow Hunter by Debbie Herbert

The Beast by J R Ward

The Champion of Barésh by Susan Grant

Enchanted Warrior by Sharon Ashwood

Ghost Gifts by Laura Spinella

The Leopard King by Ann Aguirre

The Pages of the Mind by Jeffe Kennedy

Where the Wild Things Bite by Molly Harper


Romance Novella
Her Every Wish by Courtney Milan

“The Husband Maneuver” by Karen Witemeyer

Let It Snow by Jeanette Grey

“Let Us Dream” by Alyssa Cole

Searching for Mine by Jennifer Probst

Tycoon by Joanna Shupe

Wild in Rio by Lyssa Kay Adams


Romance with Religious or Spiritual Elements
Close to You by Kara Isaac

Keeper of the Stars by Robin Lee Hatcher

My Hope Next Door by Tammy L. Gray

Trust My Heart by Carol J. Post


Romantic Suspense
All the Dead Girls by Rita Herron

Atone by Beth Yarnall

Field of Graves by J. T. Ellison

Killer Countdown by Amelia Autin

Mr. and Mr. Smith by HelenKay Dimon

One Minute to Midnight by Nico Rosso

Repressed by Elisabeth Naughton

Tall, Dark and Damaged by Sarah Andre


Young Adult Romance
Affective Needs by Rebecca Taylor

The Distance from A to Z by Natalie Blitt

The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Summer of Supernovas by Darcy Woods


Golden Heart Finalists

Contemporary Romance
“Always Sunny” by Kimberly MacCarron

“Far-Fetched Love” by Priscilla Cook

“Framed” by Susan J. Bickford

“Mounting the Marquis” by Kelli Newby

“No Man Left Behind” by Penelope Leas

“Sometimes You Need a Sexy Scot” by Melonie Johnson

“Take the Lead” by Alexis Daria

“Tempting Fate” by Jeri Black

“Things I’ll Never Say” by Christina Hovland

“This Child Is Mine” by Jo Anne Banker


Contemporary Romance: Short
“Job Opening: Billionaire’s Wife” by Susannah Erwin

“A Love Wide Open” by JoAnn Sky

“Princess of Meridian” by Catherine Stuart

“What Would Ginger Do?” by Kimberly MacCarron


Historical Romance
“Confess, Your Grace” by Scarlett Peckham

“The Governess’s Glance” by Jennifer Henderson

“How to Train Your Baron” by Diana Lloyd

“Lord Lion and the Lady Publisher” by Laurel Kerr

“The Lost Chord” by Suzanne M. Turner

“The Price of Desire” by Emily Sullivan

“Unmasked” by Elizabeth Rue

“With Love in Sight” by Christina Britton

Paranormal Romance

“Beryl Blue, Time Cop” by Janet Halpin

“Bless Your Heart and Other Southern Curses” by Heather Leonard

“Constant Craving” by Kari W. Cole

“Fire’s Rising” by Grace Adams

“The Mer Chronicles: Love’s Diplomatic Act” by Kate Ramirez

“Soul Affinity” by A. Y. Chao


Romance with Religious or Spiritual Elements
“Dangerous Exposure” by Dianna Shuford

“Fair Haven” by Laura Conner Kestner

“Wings of Love” by Pamela Ferguson


Romantic Suspense
“The Fire Beckons” by Lynnette Labelle

“The Guide” by Sarah Morgenthaler

“Seductive Strokes” by Patty Hoffman

“Semper Fi” by Meta Carroll

“Shot Down” by Tracy Brody

“Vengeance” by Diana Belchase


Young Adult Romance
“All the Feels” by Kimberly MacCarron

“Listen” by Jennifer Camiccia

“Mouthful” by C R Grissom

“Swimming through Fog” by Nicole Hohmann

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