THE “RITA 2011 FINALIST” CHALLENGE


Wow, this is my first challenge here!

For those who don’t know what the RITA is:

“The RITA Award is the most prominent award given throughout the genre of romance novel and some other romantic fiction.[1][2] It is presented by Romance Writers of America (RWA). It is named for the RWA’s first president, Rita Clay Estrada. It signifies excellence in one of 13 categories of romantic fiction.”- Wikipedia

The challenge is to read some of the finalists books!You have to finish it till july 1st (that’s when the winners will be announced)! Choose your level to play!

RITA FOLLOWER: Choose 4 books from the list!

RITA LOVER : Choose one category and read all the books nominated or read 8 books from the list!

RITA OBCESSED: Choose one book from each category or read 12 books from the list!

RITA STALKER: Choose 16 books or more from the list!

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RITA FINALISTS:

2011 RITA Finalists for Best First Book

+ Enemy Within by Marcella Burnard (Berkley)
+ Firestorm by Kelly Ann Riley (Steeple Hill Love Inspired Suspense)
+ I Now Pronounce You Someone Else by Erin McCahan (Scholastic)
+ The Iron King by Julie Kagawa (Harlequin Teen)
+ Pieces of Sky by Kaki Warner (Berkley Sensation)
+ The Summer of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells (Sourcebooks Fire)
+ A Tailor-Made Bride by Karen Witemeyer (Bethany House Publishers)
+ Wanna Get Lucky? by Deborah Coonts (Tor/Forge)
+ When Harry Met Molly by Kieran Kramer (St. Martin’s Press)

2011 RITA Finalists for Contemporary Series Romance

+ Breaking the Sheikh’s Rules in the Summer Sheikhs anthology by Abby Green (Mills & Boon)
+ Christmas Magic on the Mountain by Melissa McClone (Harlequin Romance)
+ Christmas with Her Boss by Marion Lennox (Harlequin Romance)
+ Dare She Date the Dreamy Doc? by Sarah Morgan (Mills & Boon Medical Romance)
+ Red-Hot Renegad by Kelly Hunter (Mills & Boon Modern Heat)
+ An Unexpected Father by Lisa Ruff (Harlequin American Romance)
+Welcome Home, Cowboy by Karen Templeton (Silhouette Special Edition)
+ Zoe and the Tormented Tycoon by Kate Hewitt (Harlequin Presents)

2011 RITA Finalists for Contemporary Series Romance: Suspense/Adventure

+ The Baby’s Guardian by Delores Fossen (Harlequin Intrigue)
+ Case File: Canyon Creek, Wyoming by Paula Graves (Harlequin Intrigue)
+ To Catch a Kille by Kimberly Van Meter (Silhouette Romantic Suspense)
+ A Cop in Her Stockin by Ann Voss Peterson (Harlequin Intrigue)
+ Meltdown by Gail Barrett (Silhouette Romantic Suspense)
+The Moon That Night by Helen Brenna[/color] (Harlequin Superromance)
+ Perfect Partners? by C.J. Carmichael (Harlequin Superromance)
+ Renegade Angel by Kendra Leigh Castle (Harlequin Nocturne)

2011 RITA Finalists for Contemporary Single Title Romance

+ And One Last Thing by Molly Harper (Gallery Books)
+ Happy Ever After by Nora Roberts[ (Berkley Trade)
+ Lead Me On by Victoria Dahl (HQN Books)
+ Not That Kind of Gir by Susan Donovan (St. Martin’s Press)
+ Nothing But Trouble by Rachel Gibson (Avon Books)
+ One Fine Cowboy by Joanne Kennedy (Sourcebooks Casablanca)
+ Simply Irresistible by Jill Shalvis (Forever)
+ Still the One by Robin Wells (Forever)

2011 RITA Finalists for Historical Romance

+ Countess of Scandal by Laurel McKee (Forever)
+ The Forbidden Rose by Joanne Bourne (Berkley Trade)
+ His at Night by Sherry Thomas (Bantam Books)
+ A Kiss at Midnight by Eloisa James (Avon Books)
+ Last Night’s Scandal by Loretta Chase (Avon)
+ A Little Bit Wild by Victoria Dahl (Zebra Books)
+ One Wicked Sin by Nicola Cornick (HQN Books)
+ Open Country by Kaki Warner (Berkley Trade)

2011 RITA Finalists for Inspirational Romance

+ A Convenient Wife by Anna Schmidt (Steeple Hill Love Inspired Historical)
+ Doctor in Petticoats by Mary Connealy (Barbour Publishing)
+ Finding Her Way Home by Linda Goodnight (Steeple Hill Love Inspired)
+ In Harm’s Way by Irene Hannon (Revell)
+ Maid to Match by Deeanne Gist (Bethany House Publishers)
+ Shades of Morning by Marlo M. Schalesky (WaterBrook Multnomah)
+ The Wedding Garden by Linda Goodnight (Steeple Hill Love Inspired)
+ Whisper on the Wind by Maureen Lang (Tyndale House Publishers)
+ Within My Heart by Tamera Alexander (Bethany House Publishers)

2011 RITA Finalists for Novel With Strong Romantic Elements

+ Blood Vines by Erica Spindler (St. Martin’s Press)
+ The Dead Travel Fast by Deanna Raybourn (MIRA)
+ Killbox by Ann Aguirre (Ace Books)
+ On Folly Beach by Karen White (NAL Accent)
+ The Search by Nora Roberts (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
+ Stormwalker by Allyson James (Berkley Sensation)
+ Wanna Get Lucky? by Deborah Coonts (Tor/Forge)
+ Welcome to Harmony by Jodi Thomas (Berkley)

2011 RITA Finalists for Paranormal Romance

+ Enemy Within by Marcella Burnard (Berkley)
+ A Highlander’s Homecoming by Melissa Mayhue (Pocket Books)
+ Immortal Sea by Virginia Kantra (berkley Trade)
+ Marked by the Moon by Lori Handeland (St. Martin’s Press)
+ Rebel by Zoe Archer (Zebra Books)
+ Sins of the Heart by Eve Silver (HQN Books)
+ Unchained: the Dark Forgotten by Sharon Ashwood (NAL/Signet Eclipse)
+ Water Bound by Christine Feehan (Jover)

2011 RITA Finalists for Regency Historical Romance

+ His Christmas Pleasure by Cathy Maxwell (Avon Books)
+ The Mischief of the Mistletoe by Lauren Willig (Dutton)
+ Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean (Avon Books)
+ Provocative in Pearls by Madeline Hunter (Jover)
+ To Surrender to a Rogue by Cara Elliott (Forever)
+ Twice Tempted by a Rogue by Tessa Dare (Ballantine Books)
+ When Harry Met Molly by Kieran Kramer (St. Martin’s Press)
+ The Wicked Wyckerly by Patricia Rice (NAL/Signet)

2011 RITA Finalists for Romance Novella

+ “Blame It on the Blizard” by Jennifer Greene in Baby, It’s Cold Outside (Harlequin)

+ “A Dundee Christmas” by Brenda Novak in That Christmas Feeling (Harlequin Superromance)

+ “Friendly Fire” by Jill Shalvis in Born on the 4th of July (Harlequin Blaze)

+ “Love Me to Death” by Maggie Shayne in Heart of Darkness (HQN Books)

+ “Mistletoe Magic” by Sandra Hyatt in Under the Millionaire’s Mistletoe (Silhouette Desire)

+ “Mountain Rose” by Cheryl St. John in To Be a Mother (Steeple Hill Love Inspired Historica)

+ “Shifting Sea” by Virginia Kantra in Burning Up (Berkley Sensation)

+ “The Wrong Brother” by Maureen Child in Under the Millionaire’s Mistletoe (Silhouette Desire)

2011 RITA Finalists for Romantic Suspense

+ The Darkest Hour by Maya Banks (Berkley)
+ Deadly Fear by Cynthia Eden (Forever)
+ Edge of Sight by Roxanne St. Claire (Forever)
+ Indulgence in Death by J.D. Robb (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
+ Kill Me Again by Maggie Shayne (MIRA)
+ Love Me to Death by Allison Brennan (Ballantine Books)
+ Silent Scream by Karen Rose (Grand Central)
+ Two Lethal Lies by Annie Solomon (Forever)

2011 RITA Finalists for Young Adult Romance

+ Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder (Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing)
+ The Clearing by Heather Davis (Houghton Mifflin Graphia)
+ Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing)
+ I Now Pronounce You Someone Else by Erin McCahan (Scholastic)
+ The Iron King by Julie Kagawa (Harlequin Teen)
+ Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles (Walker Publishing)
+ The Summer of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells (Sourcebooks Fir)

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