Congratulations to KaT’s own 2017 RITA and GOLDEN HEART Finalists!

The Kiss and Thrill ladies would like to congratulate two of our own, on their tremendous achievements.

Congratulations to SARAH ANDRE for being the first KaT ever to become a finalist in the Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA® awards!

Congratulations to DIANA BELCHASE, a former winner of the RWA Golden Heart® awards, who has just become a Golden Heart finalist for the…wait for it…FOURTH time!  We’re so happy for both of you and will be cheering you on at the award ceremonies!!!

Sarah Andre

Wow! We all knew that Sarah Andre was talented. We knew she was a wonderful friend. We knew she had a generous spirit. But we did not know she would be the first among us to garner one of the highest honors in the romance writing community: a coveted RITA final, which is like the academy awards for published romance novels. Congratulations, Sarah! We love you and we are so proud!

What folks are saying about her Rita finalist book, Tall Dark and Damaged:

“…Although the build-up pretty much had me rocking back and forth in the fetal position, the ending was fantasmically awesome! It really plays out like a movie, with every scene described in such vivid detail that you could really picture everything playing out with absolute clarity. Another unique feather of this ending is that although it ends happily, it in no way ends perfectly.” Romance4theBeach

“Solid romantic suspense with strong characters and surprising plot twists.” Kirkus Review

“Get comfortable and be prepared to stay up all night, once you start reading TALL, DARK & DAMAGED.” Susan Breeden

“Brilliant! Five star read, five star plot, five star writing! The plot of Tall, Dark and Damaged is amazing. So many twists and turns and a spectacular ending. I would never believe anyone who told me they saw this ending coming–and yet it makes perfect sense AND it makes you happy! How does that even happen with such a thick, juicy plot??” Leigh

Here is the list of finalists in the romantic suspense category for the 2017 RITA. Sarah is one of only EIGHT finalists!

Romantic Suspense
All the Dead Girls by Rita Herron; Montlake Publishing; Alison Dasho, editor
Atone by Beth Yarnall; Penguin Random House, Loveswept; Sue Grimshaw, editor
Field of Graves by J. T. Ellison; Harlequin, MIRA Books; Nicole Brebner, editor
Killer Countdown by Amelia Autin; Harlequin, Romantic Suspense; Carly Silver, editor
Mr. and Mr. Smith by HelenKay Dimon; Penguin Random House, Loveswept; Shauna Summers, editor
One Minute to Midnight by Nico Rosso; Carina Press; Rhonda Stapleton, editor
Repressed by Elisabeth Naughton; Montlake Publishing; Charlotte Herscher and Christopher Werner, editors

Tall, Dark and Damaged by Sarah Andre; Self-published; Anya Kagan, Touchstone Editing, editor

Diana Belchase

Her manuscript, VENGEANCE, is a finalist in the Romantic Suspense category.

The Golden Heart is to unpublished authors what the Academy Awards are to actors and actresses. It’s an incredible honor that thousands of authors aspire to. But only a handful ever become finalists, and even fewer actually win. Diana has done both! She has won the Golden Heart before, and we’ll be rooting her on this year to win it again! But win or not, just being a finalist puts her at the top of the pack, the cream of the crop, a writer who stands out from others as being extremely talented with a very bright future ahead of her.


Diana is a truly kind, intelligent, wonderful person whom we all love. We KaTs are so happy for her! Below is a list of just some of her writing accomplishments, in addition to this year’s Golden Heart final!

Golden Heart Finalist 2015 (Escape from the Harem)
Daphne Du Maurier Nominee 2015 (By the Skin of Her Teeth)
Daphne Du Maurier Nominee 2015 (His Brother’s Child)
Daphne Du Maurier Nominee 2015 (At Midnight)
Golden Heart Winner 2011 (Spy in the Mirror)
Golden Heart Finalist 2012 (Spy in the Harem)
Silver Quill Winner 2011 (Spy in the Mirror)
Wisconsin Fab Five Winner 2011 (Spy in the Mirror)
Jack Reid Award 2010 (The Spy Next Door)
NEORWA Cleveland Rocks 2nd Place 2009 (The Spy Next Door)

Here is the list of finalists in the romantic suspense category for the 2017 Golden Heart. Diana is one of only SIX finalists!

Romantic Suspense
“The Fire Beckons” by Lynnette Labelle
“The Guide” by Sarah Morgenthaler
“Seductive Strokes” by Patty Hoffman
“Semper Fi” by Meta Carroll
“Shot Down” by Tracy Brody

“Vengeance” by Diana Belchase




Posted on March 27, 2017, in Announcements, Author Spotlight, Celebration, Diana Belchase, Golden Heart Finalists, Sarah Andre and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. HUGE congratulations, ladies! Job well done and well-deserved!

  2. Congrats Sarah and Diana…

  3. Hugs and Congrats to Sarah and Diana!

  4. So happy for you, ladies! I love Sarah’s books and can’t wait to get my greedy little paws on Diana’s 🙂

  5. Aw, thanks ladies! Just coming up for air from draft revisions #3 and saw this, what a wonderful surprise. Thank you, especially, Lena for culling all my info and sharing it with the world. 🙂 I’ll be smiling the rest of the day.

    Congratulations and bear hug to Diana–you ROCK!

  6. Congratulations, ladies!!

  7. Hope you both celebrated with champagne! Congratulations! xox

  8. Thank you so much everyone who is helping us celebrate Diana and Sarah’s tremendous achievements! Congrats again ladies!

  9. Congratulations, ladies! So proud of you both! Xoxo

  10. OMG. I just saw this and you’re making me cry. What lovely things to say. How thrilled I am to share this post with Sarah. Love you all!!

  11. SO THRILLED for you BOTH!!! This is AWESOME!!!! ; ) ; )

  12. congratulations, Sarah and Diana! I thought this post was going up today so I’m sorry I missed the festivities yesterday. But my lateness doesn’t take away from how proud I am of you both and how excited I am about your finals. I can’t wait until Nationals to help you celebrate! 🙂

  13. Reblogged this on TOP SECRET WASHINGTON and commented:

    I’m so grateful to Lena Diaz celebrating my fourth Golden Heart nomination, and entry into the Golden Hall of Fame, with this incredible post. This time it’s for the fourth book in my spy series! That means each and every book thus far has either won or been nominated for this coveted award and I’m so deeply honored. For a peek at the first book in the series just click on the tab on my website.

    I’m even happier this time that my blog mate, friend, and former cofinalist, Sarah Andre, is up for a Rita on the same night I’m up for a Golden Heart. We’ve come a long way together. I’ll be rooting for her as hard as I can.

    Blowing kisses to all my Kiss and Thrill blog mates who all met through the Golden Heart a few years ago and to all my new and totally brilliant 2017 Golden Heart sisters, too.

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