Noteworthy 2015 RITA Award Finalists

-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.


A Bollywood Affair in the Library catalogBest 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.


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Romantic Wednesdays: 2014 RITA Award Winners

By Eric G.

It’s that time of year again! The Romance Writers of America (RWA) recently announced the winners of the 2014 RITA Awards, which recognize achievements in romantic fiction.

The Sweet Spot in the Library catalogThe Sweet Spot by Laura Drake

Drake’s novel indeed hit the sweet spot, snagging the Best First Book award. The story focuses on bull rider Jimmy and his ex-wife Charla, a divorced middle-aged couple who have had their share of tragedy, and who might be ready to hop in the saddle again. Drake released the second book in the series, Nothing Sweeter, earlier this year. Continue reading “Romantic Wednesdays: 2014 RITA Award Winners”

Romantic Wednesdays: 2013 RITA Award Winners

On July 20th, the Romance Writers of America (RWA) announced the winners of the 2013 RITA Awards, which honor excellence in romantic fiction. From supernatural mysteries, to teen dystopian fiction, to fresh contemporary love stories, these books represent the diversity and breadth of the romance genre.

Romantic history novel The Haunting of Maddy ClareThe Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James

Equal parts ghost story, mystery, and love story, Simone St. James’ gripping debut about a woman who gets enlisted to help a ghost hunter in post-World War I England won “Best First Book” as well as “Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements.”

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