Wednesday, July 18, 2012

RITA Finalists - Contemporary Series Romance



A Bravo Homecoming by Christine Rimmer

Travis Bravo was sick of his meddling mother and her matchmaking ways. So what better way to stop her than to bring a fiancée home for the holidays? One catch—he wasn't even dating anyone. But that was where his rough-and-tumble oil-rig friend, Samantha Jaworski, came in.

An unpolished tomboy, Sam was game for anything for a good friend. But after her girlfriend-ready makeover, she fell easily into the role of Travis's loving partner—and into his arms. Would she be standing under his mistletoe…for keeps?


Donovan's Child by Christine Rimmer

Both times, it was a fall that nearly did him in…

The first time, it was a tumble down a mountain that threatened Donovan McRae's very survival. And though he had once been the Man Who Had Everything, at that point he thought he had nothing left to lose.

Until Abilene Bravo walked into his life—and he realized he was wrong. Because though he thought he'd lost his heart years ago, he found himself losing it again as he fell fast for the feisty woman who wouldn't take no for an answer.


Doukakis's Apprentice by Sarah Morgan

With her family business in crisis, Polly Prince does her best to keep calm and carry on. But hard work alone can't save her London company from a takeover by the infamously ruthless Damon Doukakis or her traitorous body from the lethal sensuality of her boss!

As his new apprentice, Polly accompanies Damon to Paris to negotiate the most challenging business deal of her life! Worse still, Polly must at all costs resist Damon in the most dangerously romantic city in the world.

How a Cowboy Stole Her Heart by Donna Alward

Clay Gregory's known Megan Briggs her whole life, and he's been plenty worried about her while she's been getting medical treatment. Now she's back home and hiding away on the family ranch.

Knowing the stubborn cowgirl won't accept his help willingly, he invites her to a family wedding to help him avoid his aunt's matchmaking!

He plans to remind Meg she's still the girl who can beat him in a horse race! But as she steps out in her curve-hugging red dress, her skills on a horse are suddenly the furthest thing from his mind.

I'll Catch You by Farrah Rochon
Cedric Reeves has just been sidelined, and the bad-boy pro footballer suddenly finds himself without an agent or a prayer of getting back in the game. What he needs is someone pulling for him-someone like gorgeous go-getter Payton Mosely.

A media-hounded celebrity like Cedric is just what the ambitious up-and-comer Payton needs to jump-start her career. That's why she's waging a no-holds-barred campaign to land the Saber running back as her first client. But how's the NFL sports agent supposed to keep things strictly professional when Cedric pursues her with a passion no sane woman can resist? Could this sexy bad boy be good for her after all?

A Mother's Homecoming by Tanya Michaels

Welcome Home, Stranger

For Pamela Jo Wilson, returning to her sleepy Mississippi hometown means coming face-to-face with her past. At seventeen, overwhelmed by the responsibilities of a new marriage and family, she fled Mimosa. But Nick Shepard wasn't the only one Pam left behind. Now, thirteen years later, she just hopes she can make things right with her ex-husband and the child she barely knows.

Nick's first instinct is to protect his daughter, but his little girl is hell-bent on meeting the woman who left her behind. With his own feelings for Pam being as powerful and all-consuming as ever, how can Nick know what he's feeling is real? And how can he trust Pam again? First she has to convince him she's through running. That she's come home—this time for good.

Rancher's Twins: Mom Needed by Barbara Hannay

Nanny Holly O'Mara has formed a close bond with her late cousin's little twins. When their estranged father, rough, rugged Australian cattleman Gray Kidman, arrives to take them home to the outback, Holly senses that he is out of his depth.

Holly soon falls for mysterious Gray. Seeing him light up his children's world makes her spirits leap and even begins to heal her own emotional bruises. Yet something is making Gray push her away. With her help, will he find the courage to love again?

The Texan's Bride by Linda Warren

Sheltered her entire life, Jessie Murdock has rarely gotten her way. Until her dying father makes a deal with Cadde Hardin. Cadde will get shares of Shilah Oil on one condition—marry Jessie. In love with him for years, Jessie doesn't hesitate to sign the papers. But she didn't sign up for a completely absent husband.

Now Jessie has a counter offer. She'll give Cadde controlling interest of the business if he'll give her a babythe natural way. Only he has a few caveats of his own. When life refuses to follow their written plan, Jessie and Cadde have to decide which is more important: their unspoken love or the family business.

In honor of the Romance Writers of America® national conference, we're featuring the different nominees for their highest published honor, THE RITA®, by category each day. We hope some of the authors will be able to join us, but remember they're getting ready for their big night July 28th. We'll celebrate the winners here on the 29th along with our celebration drawings from their gracious donations.

JOIN THE RITA® CELEBRATION by leaving a comment for each category between July 11th and 28th (multiple comments = multiple entries). GLIAS will be drawing for winners on Sunday, July 29th and posting along with all the RITA® winners announced Saturday evening in Anaheim, California.

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squiresj said...

We cannot have no comments on here. Christine Rimmer is a special of mine and I have read her books - look on Amazon and goodreads - two of places you can find reviews.
Her books are hard to put down.
I also know Linda Warren's work and Donna Alward.
jrs362 at hotmail dot com

Laney4 said...

Some new authors to me and some not-as-new authors to me noted above. Would love to read ALL of their books (and just might, at that!). Thanks for sharing the love.

Angi Morgan said...

Welcome to GLIAS everybody!

I'm spreading the word to my limited friends, hope everyone else can give us a hand promoting our RITA celebration.


May said...

Wow... these books all sound good! :) Now I have more books on my TBR list!

Tammy Yenalavitch said...

Congrats to all the nominees, many of my favorite authors. Thanks to Angi too for posting this.

Ingeborg said...

What a wonderful selection of books.

Angi Morgan said...

Ingeborg -- you won during Intrigue Week if you could send me an email at I'll connect you to Elle James.


Angi Morgan said...

Can't take credit today, Tammy. This is Cat's feature (we split all the categories among the GLIAS crew), but I am playing additional host every day since most of the crew will be heading to Anaheim next week. :-( wish I were going to.


Angi Morgan said...

My TBR pile (physical and electronic) is growing by leaps and bounds. Even as a host here, I've been exposed to so many authors and great books...I can hardly keep up.


Angi Morgan said...

Thanks for starting things off today !!!


Angi Morgan said...

I'm in total agreement Laney !!

I need three hours extra every day, just designated for reading. I'll even sign an agreemtnt that I'd lose them if I deviated from reading. LOL


TAMMY said...

wtg conrads to all
thanks for the chance

Ruth said...

Know most of the authors works. So glad to see them get the recognition they deserve.


Na said...

Congratulations to all the finalists! A couple of authors I am familiar with and others I look forward to discovering. I hope this means more new readers for the authors.


bn100 said...

Congratulations! Nice list of books.


donnas said...

New authors for me. All sound great!

Angi Morgan said...

STAYED TUNED AS THE GLIAS RITA CELEBRATION CONTINUES -- winners drawn the 29th and will be posted along with the RWA RITA WINNERS.


Eli Yanti said...

just hope can vote for them :)

congrts =D

Laurie G said...

I've been a contemporary series reader for over 20 years. I'm very familiar with Christine's Bravo family and Jones family too.

I've read most of these authors. Farrah Rochon I believe is the only one that's new for me.

Congrats to all of these fabulous authors!

Loves 2 Read Romance - Laura said...

Congrats to all the nominated authors! I didn't see any books that I have read but some of the lines are familiar