RITA® Historical Romance Nominees

And the nominees are...
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Grand Central Publishing Forever; Amy Pierpont, editor
Major Sir Harry Lidge has done his duty. After losing too many good men in battle he's ready to live a life free of care. But first he has one last mission: kidnap the most outrageous woman in London - the same woman who betrayed him nearly a decade earlier - and find out what she's concealing before her secrets take down the crown.

Surrounded by ardent admirers and a few loyal friends, Lady Kate Seaton glides through the ton armed with nothing but coture gowns and bon mots. No one suspects that beneath her lighthearted facade lies a sorrow so scandalous she'll do anything to keep it hidden.
But only when she trusts Harry with the truth can she begin to heal. And only when Harry trusts her with his heart can he protect both his country and the woman he loves.

Excerpt from Always A Temptress

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Berkley Publishing Group; Wendy McCurdy, editor
Attacked on a rainy London street, veteran spy Justine DeCabrillac knows only one man can save her: Hawker, her oldest friend . . . her oldest enemy. London's crawling with hidden assassins and someone is out to frame Hawker for murder. The two spies must work together to find who's out to destroy them...

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Kensington Brava; Megan Records, editor
An Unlikely Partnership
Naval Captain Hugh McAlden is accustomed to taking on deadly, high-stakes assignments – and being rewarded handsomely for his success. But to accomplish his latest mission, he’ll need someone more inconspicuous among his own ranks. Someone like the larcenous beauty who just relieved him of his pocket watch under his very nose…

Meggs is one of London’s stealthiest thieves and her livelihood depends on remaining untethered and unnoticed. But when she is caught by the icy-eyed Scottish captain, she sees a chance to escape her life of crime forever. Ever weary, she accepts his unusual proposition, even as she plots to cut and run at a moment’s notice.

And an uncontrollable desire
But as Meggs and Hugh come nearer to the danger at the heart of their mission, thoughts of betrayal and distrust begin to dissolve … overshadowed by a passion worth every risk…

GLIAS interviews

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Berkley Publishing Group Sensation; Wendy McCurdy, editor
Honest, hard-working widower, age thirty-three, seeks sturdy English-speaking woman to help with mountain ranch and four children. Drinkers, whores, and gamblers need not apply.

Not very romantic, but after one disastrous marriage, widowed Edwina Ladoux isn’t looking for romance. What she wants is safety for herself and her half-sister, and a way out of the war torn South, even if she has to offer herself up as a mail order bride to a stranger a thousand miles away in the Colorado Rockies. But she hadn’t reckoned on Declan Brodie.

Declan’s first wife ran off with a gambler and was later killed by Indians. He has no desire to saddle himself with another—and her mulatto “traveling companion”. But his children need a mother, and he needs help to keep his mountain ranch running, and the proxy papers are already signed. But there’s something odd about those two. A connection he doesn’t quite understand. But at least the companion can cook.

What starts as a marriage of convenience between a southern princess and an overworked rancher-sometimes-sheriff, soon becomes a battle of wills, then a grudging respect, and finally a side-by-side struggle to rebuild the ranch after a vicious Indian attack. But just as things are starting to looking up again, and Declan and Ed begin to explore their feelings for each other, Declan’s first wife returns and an old enemy out for revenge threatens to destroy the family. It all comes to a head high atop an abandoned mine platform, where Edwina fights as she never has before, and Declan faces his greatest fear in order to save his daughter and the woman he has grown to love.

Excerpt from Heartbreak Creek

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Berkley Publishing Group Sensation; Kate Seaver, editor

Lord Cameron Mackenzie is intrigued when he finds the pretty widow, Ainsley Douglas, hiding in the window seat of his bedchamber. Cam remembers Ainsley Douglas all right—six years ago, he’d caught her in this very bedchamber, during a house party in the Mackenzies’ Scottish manor. Enchanted by her ingenuous excuses, he decided to seduce her, but stopped shy when she’d made a rather touching appeal about her “good husband who didn’t deserve to be heartbroken.”

Later, Cameron learned that her visit to his bedchamber was part of some female intrigue against him, the kind his late wife used to practice. Ainsley protested her innocence, but Cameron’s anger made him never want to see her again. Now she’s back, at another houseparty—and Cameron finds the gray-eyed minx in his bedchamber, again. Her excuses are just as ingenuous, but this time Cameron is determined to teach her a lesson.

They have unfinished business, Cameron tells her. He asks her how many of her many buttons she’ll let him unclasp, promising that before the houseparty is over, she’ll be asking him to undo them all.

Ainsley’s dismay is real. She’s on a mission to prevent embarrassment to Queen Victoria, and time is running out. Though the needs he’d stirred long ago during her unhappy marriage rise again, she knows it would be foolish to fall for love-them-and-leave-them Cameron Mackenzie.

But he asks her a question that challenges her beliefs about love and happiness, and she finds herself risking all to be with the black sheep of the Mackenzie family.

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Grand Central Publishing; Amy Pierpont, editor

River Pirate ‘Charming’ Mickey O’Connor has lifted himself from the depths of the slums to be the King of St. Giles. Anything he wants he gets—with one exception. Silence Hollingbrook has been haunting his dreams ever since she spent a single night in his bed.

That the only true treasure . . .
Once Silence was willing to sacrifice anything to save the man she loved. Now a widow, she’s finally found peace when Charming Mickey comes storming back into her life with an offer she can’t refuse. But this time she won’t be the only one paying the price for his sins.

Lies in a woman's heart?
When his past comes back to torment him, Mickey must keep Silence safe from a merciless enemy, while wrestling with the delicious hold this widow has on his heart. And in the face of mounting danger, both will have to surrender to something even more terrifying . . . true love.
Excerpt from Scandalous Desires
GLIAS interview

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Avon Books; May Chen, editor

Brilliant and ambitious dressmaker Marcelline Noirot is London's rising star. And who better to benefit from her talent than the worst-dressed lady in London; the Duke of Clevedon's intended bride? Winning the future duchess's patronage means prestige and fortune for Marcelline and her family. To get to the lady, though, Marcelline must win over Clevedon, whose standards are as high as his morals are...not.

The prize seems well worth the risk. This time, though, Marcelline's met her match. Clevedon can design a seduction as irresistible as her dresses; and what begins as a flicker of desire between two of the most passionately stubborn charmers in London soon ignites into a delicious inferno . . .and a blazing scandal.

And now both their futures hang by a thread of silk…

Excerpt from Silk Is For Seduction

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HQN Books; Margo Lipschultz, editor

He was her bitterest enemy….
Ash Turner has waited a lifetime to seek revenge on the man who ruined his family, and now the time for justice has arrived. At Parford Manor, he intends to take his place as the rightful heir to the dukedom, and settle an old score with the current duke once and for all. But when he arrives, he finds himself drawn to a tempting beauty who has the power to undo all his dreams of vengeance.…

And her dearest love
Lady Margaret knows she should despise the man who’s stolen her fortune and her father’s legacy—the man she’s been ordered to spy on in the guise of a nurse. Yet the more she learns about the new duke, the less she can resist his smoldering appeal. Soon Margaret and Ash find themselves torn between old loyalties—and the tantalizing promise of passion….
Excerpt from Unveiled
GLIAS interview

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  1. Congrats and good luck to the nominees.

  2. Thanks, Heather, for this wonderful post.

    I have to say I'm thrilled to be included with these talented authors, but for me, I'm voting for Joanna Bourne's THE BLACK HAWK. It was definitely my favorite historical of last year—and maybe even of the last decade. If you haven't read it yet, go get it NOW!

    Thanks again and cheers!

    1. Oh my! Thanks so much.

      These are WONDERFUL Finalists in this category. (Yes. I'm looking at you.)

      I've read (jo counts) all but two of them, and those are still languishing on the TBR pile. Every one I've read deserves to win.

  3. I know the authors didn't write them, but those back cover blurbs reeled me in. Big time.
    Please count me in!

  4. I'd love to read any of these beautiful stories, but Kaki Warner's books hold a place in my heart. *sigh* So please count me in for Heartbreak Creek!

    1. Why, thanks, Christina. Coming from a fellow writer, that's a wonderful compliment. I really appreciate it.

  5. Congrats to all the nominees, I want to read them all.

  6. What a wonderful list of books. I will be very busy reading.

  7. Congrats authors, have fun sunny Cali whoo
    Ty for contsest

  8. Congratulations to everyone!


  9. wow... all fabulous authors, cant wait to see who is the winners :)

  10. Elizabeth has been a favorite of mine for several years.

    I've read excellent reviews for most of these books.

    I love historical romances!

    Gorgeous covers!

    I want to read them all!

    johns lake at usa dot com

  11. Sorry I missed the fun yesterday, but welcome to GLIAS.

    I want to take a vacation and do nothing but read, read, read. That would be a REAL vacation for me. More books on the TBR pile....


  12. Ooooh... I actually read most of these books and love them all! :) Congrats to all the writers....

  13. Yay Elizabeth Hoyt! I loved this book. And this lost reminds me i still need to read the Black Hawk.

  14. This is my favorite genre. I try to buy and read all the books nominated each year to see if I agree with the winners.

  15. Congrats everyone!!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  16. This is better than the Oscar's! So many wonderful books and writers; how can they pick just one??!!

  17. I have read and loved every one of these books and I can't imagine which one will win since they are all amazing.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

  18. love the covers of historical novels...so...elegant and smexy :) good luck to all!