In the masterful realm is the exquisite The Dream Thief by Shana Abé, the second in a series of paranormal romance novels about the drakon, or dragon-people, who inhabit a secluded shire in 18th-century England. Lady Amalia Langford, daughter of the clan's Alpha, is blessed or cursed to see the future, and her visions show her own path is fraught with passion, adventure and a terrible choice she will have to make between her beloved and her family. Attempting to thwart fate, she gallops directly toward it, and into the arms of the man who might very well destroy her. Abé is a multiple RITA finalist, and the reasons are clear The Dream Thief is a heady, fast-paced, heartbreakingly romantic story rendered in hypnotically beautiful language.
Colorado writer Barbara Samuel won a 2006 RITA Award for her novel Lady Luck's Map of Vegas (Ballantine).