Every year around this time, thousands of romance writers are sitting by their phones waiting for “the call.” Not the one from an editor or agent, but from one of the members of the board of the Romance Writers of America (RWA) telling them their manuscript or book finaled in either the Golden Heart® (unpublished) or the RITA® (published) Awards.
These prestigious contests are sort of like the Oscars of romance, complete with a ceremony emceed by an author-celebrity, lots of fancy gowns, and a golden statue for the RITA winners. The only thing missing is the E! reporter.
I can tell you from experience that there is no day so nervewracking as finalist announcement day. (Okay, except the actual awards ceremony.) I’ve been through it twice (2010 and 2011) so far. You think you will distract yourself with writing, but find that you’re constantly checking the RWA web page, Facebook, and Twitter to see if your category is done. And every time the phone rings your heart skips a beat.
Several of us at Kiss and Thrill suffered through the suspense again today, and I’m happy to announce that Sarah Andre and Sharon Wray are both Golden Heart finalists in the Romantic Suspense category!!
We’re so proud and excited and can’t wait to cheer them on this summer in San Antonio!
And now on to today’s winner…
You’ve won the digital copy of Avery Flynn’s newest release: High-Heeled Wonder.
Please click on the Contact Us key and let us know where to send it.
Thank you ALL for stopping by and adding to our eyesore-fashion list!
Congratulations also to the 2014 RITA Romantic Suspense nominees:
Toni Anderson: THE KILLING GAME
Carolyn Crane: OFF THE EDGE
(Frequent K&T guest!) Julie Ann Walker: THRILL RIDE
Erica Spindler: JUSTICE FOR SARA
On Tuesday, April 1st, Sarah is posting the first sentence of each of their books! Please stop by and read the lines, see their covers and check out their bios. She’s invited each of the nominees to visit, so please come and congratulate them!
To claim your prize, please contact us within ten days of this post and provide your mailing address.
And please join us next Tuesday when Rachel Grant interviews historical romantic suspense author Darcy Burke. Hope to see you there!
I had so much fun sharing the first scene of Withholding Evidence on Wednesday! Keith has a certain charm, doesn’t he? ;-)
The winner of a signed print copy of Withholding Evidence is:
Jean, to claim your prize, please contact us within ten days of this post and provide your mailing address.
Join us on Tuesday next week, when we will be celebrating Carey Baldwin’s new release: Confession!
For fans of Allison Brennan and Karen Rose comes Carey Baldwin, a daring new name in suspense, with the story of a serial killer out for blood—and the only woman who can stop his reign of terror.
They say the Santa Fe Saint comes to save your soul—by taking your life.
Newly minted psychiatrist Faith Clancy gets the shock of her life when her first patient confesses to the grisly Saint murders. By law Faith’s compelled to notify the authorities, but is her patient really the Saint? Or will she contribute to more death by turning the wrong man over to the police?
Faith is going to need all her wits and the help of a powerful adversary, Luke Jericho, if she’s to unravel the truth. But she doesn’t realize she’s about to become an unwitting pawn in a serial killer’s diabolical game. For once he’s finished with Faith, she’ll become his next victim.