Monday, March 26, 2012

Happy Golden Heart Announcement Day! Par-tay!

(This would be the perfect image if the coffee cup was gold instead of red, yes?)

The BIG DAY hath come. This is as close as it gets to a national holiday for Romance writers.

In case you're baffled by the title and clueless what this is all about, check out our previous post GOLD FEVER for an explanation of the frenzy surrounding this event. We'll also re-post the three RWA Golden Heart/RITA Award hot spots to track the news at the bottom of this post.

Here on Spacefreighters, we'll be zeroing in on just the Paranormal category (which includes SFR) and celebrating and congratulating our various peers that make the finals.

We've been very fortunate here on Spacefreighters to have at least one finalist in every one of the last three years. Sharon Lynn Fisher is our veteran Golden Heart competitor who has finaled in every GH competition she entered--2009, 2010 and 2011. In fact, Sharon was a finalist before she even became a co-blogger, and her final was the catalyst that helped this blog evolve into a joint blog for Science Fiction Romance writers. [Click to read the story.] 

So, yes, very special day here.

This year, Sharon is ineligible due to her two-time Golden Heart finalist manuscript, GHOST PLANET, now manifesting as a novel coming from Tor on December 1, 2012. (Take a gander at the shiny new cover just unveiled just this week over on our right sidebar.)

Also ineligible is Pippa Jay, who's novel, KEIR, is coming from Lyrical Press on May 7, 2012. You can see her cover over yonder, too.  --->

Authors who are published or under contract aren't eligible for the Golden Heart Awards, so their GH days are now prologue. But in this industry, that's a GOOD thing. I witnessed Sharon's Boot Ceremony last year, where she was kicked out of Golden Heart writers-in-waiting status as a "graduate" who earned her author's wings. If Donna and I are so lucky, some day we'll get "the boot" too. Pippa has already earned her wings. :)

If the internet gods are kind to us, we'll be tracking Paranormal category and peer finalists as they're announced and sharing news and other chatter in comments below. Please join in and share your thoughts, congratulations, questions or comments because this day only comes once a year! [Oh, and say "Happy Birthday" to Sharon, too!]

You can also check out three of the big Golden Heart Announcement Parties here:

RWA Golden Heart/RITA Finalist Announcements
The official web site of Romance Writers of America where the finalists go up on the lists as they're notified. The entire list should be posted by 2 PM EST on March 26th.

Judi Fennell's Golden Heart/RITA Squee Party
Author Judi Fennell has the stage all set for another big GH/RITA bash (it even comes with its own video introduction). She'll be posting the unofficial finalist announcements as the news comes in.

The Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood Announcement Party
The 2009 RWA Golden Heart Finalists are the most active former class on the internet. Each year they hold a big online party to share the excitement. They've been busy posting about the Golden Heart experience all week.


  1. 6:57 MDT Update

    No news yet. That means either Australia and New Zealand (etc.) didn't get their usual calls the night before...or they've been asked not to report until 9:00 EST and they're being vewy, vewy qwiet.

    Three minutes now, and we should start hearing something...

    [Cue suspenseful music]

  2. 7:03 MDT The party has definitely started on the Rubies blog (see link in post). No annnouncements yet and already 110 comments.

    Judi Fennell's Squee Party is just getting started, too. (Link also above.)

    No change on the RWA site yet.

    [Starts humming Carly Simon's "Anticipation."]

  3. 7:23 MDT 150 comments on the Rubies Announcement party. No finalists yet. OMG, they may crash the Rubies site!

  4. 7:35 MDT The first two RITA announcements just went up on the RWA site in Inspirational Romance! No Golden Heart announcements yet.

  5. 7:49 MDT We have a Starcatcher in the 2012 finals! Congratulations, Tracy Brogan!!!!!

  6. 7:58 MDT



  7. I AM SO EXCITED, I can barely type! I had been keeping my head down after several years of disappointment, not even planning to attend the conference. Guess I'll have to go now! Thanks for all your positive thinking,fellow Spacefreighters--those vibes surely put me over the top!

  8. Oh, geez, Donna, I can hardly type. Spacefreighters is represented for the third year in a row!!!

    We have a torch carrier! WOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOO!

  9. LOL That's exactly what I told her.

    I KNEW it! :)

  10. OMG!!!!

    Guess I'll be joining Donna this year!

    Just got the call for DRAXIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    *shock and awe ensues*

  11. Wow, congratulations Laurie and Donna!!!! Well done, ladies!!!!!!!

  12. CONGRATULATIONS TO LAURIE AND DONNA! So thrilled for you both!

  13. WAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Congrats, guys, now go par-tay!

  14. Thanks so much, Sharon, Barbara, Pauline and Pippa.


  15. Oh, boy, two reasons to do the happy dance today!! Laurie will be with me to hold my hand through all the exciting GH stuff ahead!! And for her best work yet--DRAXIS! YEE HAW! Y'all look out now!

    Thanks, everyone, for your congratulations and well wishes, but mostly thank you for your support throughout the year that led up to this day!

  16. The internet gods have NOT been kind to me today, unfortunately, but I'll be posting a list of Paranormal finalists and repeat Starcatchers (there are several!) asap.

  17. Here 'tis.

    2012 Golden Heart Finalists for Paranormal Romance

    “Bathtub Jinn” by Kay Hudson
    “Better Dead” by Pamela Kopfler
    “Draxis” by Laurie A. Green
    “Figs from Thistles” by A.J. Larrieu
    “Flannigan’s Grace” by Marni Donnelly
    “Never Deal with Dragons” by Lorenda Christensen
    “Trouble in Mind” by Donna Frelick
    “Unchained Memory” by Donna Frelick

    2011 Starcatchers Repeating in 2012:

    Kay Hudson
    Diana Belchase
    Tracy Brogan
    Ami Weaver
    Jennifer McQuiston
    Rachel Grant
    (Hope I didn't miss anyone!)

    Big shout out to LERA-sister Tammy Baumann on her first Golden Heart final!


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