-Posted by Eric G.
The Romance Writers of America (RWA) announced the winners of the 2015 RITA Awards at their annual conference on July 25th. The RITA is one of the most prestigious awards for romance writers and its numerous subcategories showcase the variety within romance publishing. That being said, there were many excellent books nominated that didn’t walk away with the prize this year.
Best First Book nominee: A Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev
Despite not winning Best First Book, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more winning romance from the past year than Sonali Dev’s debut. This joyful love story is steeped in rich Indian culture and was a library favorite that ended up on numerous staff-curated lists. Pick it up and join us in singing its praises.
Contemporary (long) nominee: It’s in His Kiss by Jill Shalvis
Jill Shalvis is still one of my go-to authors for contemporary romance filled with great characters, humor, and poignancy. Better yet, her Lucky Harbor series takes place in an idyllic coastal town in Washington. She won a RITA award this year for another title in the series, One in a Million, but I also suggest picking up this title. Any lingering hard feelings you might have regarding the trope of people leaving the big city for an almost too-perfect small town life will be assuaged by Shalvis’ great writing.
Historical (long) nominee: Douglas: Lord of Heartache by Grace Burrowes
A colleague alerted me to Burrowes’ Lonely Lords series after she read and enjoyed Ethan: Lord of Scandals. Two more in the series got a RITA nomination this year, including this tale of a viscount who needs to rely on a tough, distant woman to run his newly acquired estate.
Paranormal nominee: The Darkest Touch by Gena Showalter
Showalter is well-known for her sizzling, supernatural suspense tales, and the latest entry in her Lords of the Underworld series keeps things hot as you flip through the pages! Though it’s worth going back, you don’t need to read the others in order to enjoy this one.
Speaking of acclaimed romance writers, the inimitable Jayne Ann Krentz (who received the RWA Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award back in 1995) will be kicking off another season of Seattle Writes with an exciting talk about getting published on August 19th at the Central Library. Be sure to check out the full Seattle Writes schedule!