Love is in the air . . . love of romance books, that is. This week, the Romance Writers of America (RWA) announced the finalists for the 2014 RITA and Golden Heart Awards. A big congratulations goes to our very own romance columnist, Christie Ridgway, whose Beach House No. 9 is up for a Best Contemporary Romance RITA! Check out our interview with Christie about the book.
Other RITA finalists include veterans Jill Shalvis (nominated twice, for It Had to Be You and Rumor Has It), Nora Roberts (for Whiskey Beach), Elizabeth Hoyt (for Duke of Midnight), along with relative newcomers Sarah MacLean (for No Good Duke Goes Unpunished) and Bella Andre (for The Way You Look Tonight).
The Golden Heart Awards recognize excellence in novels or novellas that have not yet been published, with finalists in eight categories chosen from more than 1,000 manuscript entries each year.
Check out the complete list of finalists here. Winners will be announced at a black-tie gala at the RWA annual conference in San Antonio on July 26. Which books are you rooting for?
With nearly 50 books to her credit, best-selling author Jill Shalvis is back with Always on My Mind, the eighth in her popular Lucky Harbor series set on the picture-perfect coast of the Pacific Northwest. After dropping out of pastry school and getting the boot from a reality tv cooking competition, Leah returns home to Lucky Harbor with her tail between her legs to help out in her grandmother's bakery. While in town, Leah reconnects with her BFF—hunky firefighter Jack—and soon the kitchen isn't the only thing heating up. Firefighters? Baked goods? Sounds scrumptious!
In this charming, BookPage-exclusive video, Shalvis shares her inspiration for the book, why she loves setting her romances in small towns and her favorite writing spot.
What do you think, readers? Are you looking forward to getting wrapped up in Leah and Jack's story when Always on My Mind comes out later this month? In the meantime, find out more about Shalvis, the book and her other series on her website.
You already know that it's First Fiction Month here on The Book Case, but were you aware that August is also Read-a-Romance Month?
Each day during August, three romance writers are sharing their thoughts on why romance matters over on the R-A-R site. We're talking big-time romance authors, like Jill Shalvis, Julia London, Mary Jo Putney, Robyn Carr and so, so many more. To see the complete list of authors, as well as a calendar of when their posts are scheduled, click here.
So far, Susan Mallery has written about being both a romance writer and a feminist. Barbara Delinksy has shared how she discovered romance, and Gena Showalter let us know the numerous reasons she loves romance. Whether you're a romance fan or not, the authors' sincere affection for romance is simply infectious.