2014 RITA Finalists

2014 RITA Finalists

Congratulations to all the ladies who have become finalists in the 2014 RITA competition!

I love following the RITA awards. I feel it is always a great representation of current trends in the romance genre and it helps us see which authors, editors and publishers are in the thick of it all. Hopefully, one day my name will appear on it as well 😉

This year there were a few self-published works on the list which I felt was a nice change of pace. I don’t know about you, but as a reader, I have more self-published books from authors in my kindle library then I do traditionally published authors.

Like I did last year with the 2013 RITA Winners, I plan on following the authors on this list, reading their works (if I haven ‘t already) and paying attention to the editors and publishers. I feel that by doing so it helps me see how the inner workings of the romance genre is currently and what I should and shouldn’t be doing with my own works and marketing strategies.

So, without further ado, here is the list of the authors and their books that have been listed as the 2014 RITA finalists. I’ve included a link to the kindle versions of each book and the authors official websites.

2014 RITA® Finalists


Best First Book


Five Days in Skye
by Carla Laureano

Fix You
by Beck Anderson

Private Practice
by Samanthe Beck

Promise to Return
by Elizabeth Byler Younts

The Sweet Spot
by Laura Drake


Contemporary Romance

 Along Came Trouble

by Ruthie Knox

Beach House No. 9
by Christie Ridgway

Country Roads
by Nancy Herkness

Crazy Thing Called Love
by Molly O’Keefe

Fix You
by Beck Anderson

Half Moon Hill
by Toni Blake

Home to Whiskey Creek
by Brenda Novak

Homecoming Ranch
by Julia London

It Had to Be You
by Jill Shalvis

Letters to Nowhere
by Julie Cross

Rescued by a Stranger
by Lizbeth Selvig

Rumor Has It
by Jill Shalvis

The Second Chance Café
by Alison Kent

Sleigh Bells in the Snow
by Sarah Morgan

The Sweet Spot
by Laura Drake

Talk of the Town
by Beth Andrews

The Way You Look Tonight
by Bella Andre

Whiskey Beach
by Nora Roberts


Erotic Romance

Claim Me
by J. Kenner

Private Practice
by Samanthe Beck

It Stings So Sweet
by Stephanie Draven 


Historical Romance

Any Duchess Will Do
by Tessa Dare

The Autumn Bride
by Anne Gracie

The Chieftain’s Curse
by Frances Housden

The Countess Conspiracy
by Courtney Milan

by Grace Burrowes

Dark Angel: A Gothic Fairy Tale
by T J Bennett

Duke of Midnight
by Elizabeth Hoyt

The Lady and the Laird
by Nicola Cornick

Love and Other Scandals
by Caroline Linden

The Luckiest Lady in London
by Sherry Thomas

Never Desire a Duke
by Lily Dalton

No Good Duke Goes Unpunished
by Sarah MacLean

Plaid Tidings
by Mia Marlowe

A Rake’s Midnight Kiss
by Anna Campbell

The Rogue’s Proposal
by Jennifer Haymore

Sins of a Ruthless Rogue
by Anna Randol

Sonata for a Scoundrel
by Anthea Lawson


 Inspirational Romance


Five Days in Skye
by Carla Laureano

Promise to Return
by Elizabeth Byler Younts


Paranormal Romance


The Burning Sky
by Sherry Thomas

Caged Warrior
by Lindsey Piper

Demon Hunting in a Dive Bar
by Lexi George

The Devil’s Heart
by Cathy Maxwell

Diamond Dust
by Vivian Arend

The Firebird
by Susanna Kearsley

Heart of Obsidian
by Nalini Singh

His Clockwork Canary
by Beth Ciotta

Immortally Ever After
by Angie Fox

by Kristen Callihan

Skies of Gold: The Ether Chronicles
by Zoë Archer

by Lauren Kate

Witch Bound
by Eleri Stone


Romance Novella


The Bridesmaid
by Julia London

“Defending Truth”
by Shannon McNear
in A Pioneer Christmas

How to Marry a Highlander
by Katharine Ashe

How to Misbehave
by Ruthie Knox

“Imagine Me and You”
by Maisey Yates
in Animal Attraction

Mine Under the Mistletoe
by Kat Latham

Take Me, Cowboy
by Jane Porter

Take What You Want
by Jeanette Grey

“Too Fast to Fall”
by Victoria Dahl
in Be Mine


Romantic Suspense


Justice for Sara
by Erica Spindler

The Killing Game
by Toni Anderson

Off the Edge
by Carolyn Crane

Thrill Ride
by Julie Ann Walker


Short Contemporary Romance

A Conflict of Interest
by Barbara Dunlop

Free Fall
by Karen Foley

Her Accidental Boyfriend
by Robin Bielman

Her Secret, His Baby
by Tanya Michaels

A Royal without Rules
by Caitlin Crews

Why Resist a Rebel?
by Leah Ashton

Published by Darla G. Denton, Writer

I am a Contemporary Romance Writer for Curvy women and the men who love them.

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