Thursday, March 26, 2009

Rita and Golden Heart Award Nominees

RITA Finalists for Paranormal Romance

Dragon Wytch by Yasmine Galenorn
Penguin Group USA, Berkley (ISBN: 9780425222393)
Kate Seaver, editor

Mine to Possess by Nalini Singh
Penguin Group USA, Berkley Sensation (ISBN: 978-0-425-22016-0)
Cindy Hwang, editor

Moonstruck by Susan Grant
Harlequin Enterprises, HQN (ISBN: 0373772599)
Tara Parsons, editor

Seducing Mr. Darcy by Gwyn Cready
Simon & Schuster, Pocket Books (ISBN: 978-1416541165)
Megan McKeever, editor

The Darkest Night by Gena Showalter
Harlequin Enterprises, HQN (ISBN: 0373772467)
Tracy Farrell and Margo Lipschultz, editors

The Healer by Sharon Sala
Harlequin Enterprises, HQN (ISBN: 978-0-778-2544-4)
Leslie Wainger, editor

The Undead Next Door by Kerrelyn Sparks
HarperCollins Publishers, Avon Books (ISBN: 978-0-06-111845-6)
Erika Tsang, editor

Thunder Moon by Lori Handeland
St. Martin’s Press (ISBN: 0-312-94918-9)
Jennifer Enderlin, editor

Congratulations to all the nominees.

Golden Heart Award Finalist for Paranormal Romance
(for unpublished manuscripts)

First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones
Ghost Planet by Sharon Lynn Fisher
Heart of the Dragon by Morgan R. Karpiel
Just in Time by Nancy J. Litzau
Kismet’s Kiss by Katey Coffing
Magic Man by Jacqui Jacoby
Magick by Heather Dawn McCollum
Underbelly by Tammy L Hoganson

Winners will be announced on July 18th at the RITA and Golden Heart Awards Ceremony during Romance Writers of America’s 29th Annual National Conference in Washington, D.C.


  1. Pretty kewl about MOONSTRUCK!

    I wonder if that Ghost Planet for the GH is an SFR?

  2. Looks interesting.

    *tries to translate Heather's alphabet soup*


    Anyways... have you considered doing some reviewettes of the books?

  3. I wondered too, Heather. Cool title.

    Just_Me, LOL, we talk in abbreviations. GH is Golden Heart and SFR is Science Fiction Romance. Heather's The Galaxy Express blog is like SFR Central.

    As for reviewettes, the only one I've read is Moonstruck--good read, especially if you're into space pirates--but I'm going to check out a few of the others for possible addition to my Leaning Tower of TBR.

    Just checked out "Your Comments are Whack" YouTube on your blog. Oh, I gotta send that link to a few people.

  4. Thanks very much for posting GH paranormal finalists, Laurie! And yes, Ghost Planet is an SFR, or SF w/strong romantic elements, depending on your definition. (The love story is central to the plot.)

    Nice to meet you, Laurie (and Laurie's readers)!

    - Sharon

  5. Sharon, thanks for stopping by. Be sure to keep us notified when you sell Ghost Planet. We love to support debut SFR (and yes, by your description I'd say this is definitely SFR).

    Intriguing title. I'll look forward to hearing more about this one.

  6. Thank you for the vote of confidence!


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