Romance Novella RITA Nominees

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.

Without further ado, here are the nominees for Best Romance Novella:

"Angel's Wolf" by Nalini Singh
in Angels of Darkness
Berkley Publishing Group Sensation; Cindy Hwang, editor

Bestselling author Nalini Singh returns to her Guild Hunter universe to tell the story of vampire Noel.

"Chaos in Death" by J.D. Robb
in The Unquiet
Berkley Publishing Group; Leslie Gelbman, editor

Eve Dallas and Roarke investigate the murders of a series of luckless indigents—and their strange connection to a brilliant young surgeon. But this hunt for a killer is like none they have ever encountered before, because nothing is as it seems.

"Compassion Can't Wait" by Carly Phillips
in More Than Words, Vol. 7
Harlequin Enterprises; Marsha Zinberg, editor

In Carly Phillips’s Compassion Can’t Wait, two high school sweet hearts are reunited years later, as if by fate, and discover that if you believe in yourself and each other, anything is possible.

"I Love the Earl" by Caroline Linden
Avon Impulse; Lyssa Keusch, editor

A single lady in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a suitor…

Margaret de Lacey is resigned to being a spinster—until her brother unexpectedly inherits a dukedom and she becomes an heiress. Rhys Corwen, Earl of Dowling, needs to marry an heiress very badly, but Margaret sets him straight at once: no fortune hunter will win her heart. But Rhys is determined, and intrigued, and soon the only thing he needs more than Margaret's fortune is her heart…

"One Wish: a Christmas Story" by Jodi Thomas
in A Texas Christmas
Kensington Zebra; Peter Senftleben, editor

 Childhood friends Sam Thompson and Maggie Allison are reunited when Sam saves Maggie’s life during an attempted robbery at her general store. In childhood, they were both “misfits”, and they formed a strong bond. Separated for years when Maggie was sent away to school, can they now renew their relationship, and find a lifetime love?

"Resolution" by Linda Winstead Jones
in The Heart of Winter
Harlequin Enterprises; Stacy Boyd, editor

When law secretary Nell Rose is snowbound with a handsome stranger, keeping her New Year's Resolution becomes nearly impossible. Why swear off men when a romantic weekend with a reclusive writer seems to be the ideal way to ring in the new year?

“The Storm Within” by Trish Morey
in A Royal Engagement
Harlequin Presents; Joanne Grant, editor

Dr. Grace Hunter seeks an ancient text beneath the castle of Count Alessandro Volta.
The reclusive count wasn't expecting scientist Grace to be a beautiful woman who stirs his scarred soul. Outside, a media storm is brewing, but inside the count's world the heat between them is sizzling!

"Unforgiven" by Ruth Ryan Langan
in The Unquiet
Berkley Publishing Group; Cindy Hwang, editor

Young American widow Brianna Kerr visits her late husband's estate in the Scottish Highlands, hoping to nurse her wounds and clear the crushing debt he has left her. When she encounters the spirit of an angry Highland laird, trapped between this world and the next, she discovers a soul mate. His love promises to heal her shattered heart, and her love promises to free him of his prison and find the eternal peace he desires. But can such an impossible situation really bring healing, or will it be the cause of even greater loss and pain?


JOIN THE RITA® CELEBRATION by leaving a comment for each category between July 11th and 28th (multiple comments = multiple entries with the exception of Romantic Suspense). 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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  1. I want to check out The Unquiet anthology. There are some authors who are new to me and anthologies are great for discovering them.


  2. I too love when I find a new author to follow in an anthology! Thanks for visiting!

  3. More new authors! Purrrrfect!
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  4. Loves 2 Read Romance - LauraJuly 26, 2012 at 7:57 AM

    I always enjoy Novellas. They are a great way to discover new authors. Congrats to all the nominees!!

  5. I don't read many novellas but they can be great when in the mood (or time crunch) for a quick fix, err read ;) agree that anthologies can be a nice way to check out a new author

  6. congrads and thank you for the chance

  7. I like novellas - Congrats to all the nominees.

  8. WELCOME AND CONGRATULATIONS to all the nominees.

    Whew...this list of mine is reaching gargantuan proportions.


  9. congrats all nominees, great :)

  10. Congrats to all the nominated writers. This is a great way to experience the voice of new authors. I appreciate your hard work and look forward to reading more of your work. Good luck!

  11. Congratulations to all the nominees. My list is getting bigger and bigger.

  12. I've only read one of the nominees - going to hunt down the rest. Congrats to all nominees!

  13. Congrats to all the writers! There are some terrific writers there on the list!

  14. Congratulations!


  15. Not that I read many novellas, too short for me. I did enjoy Angels of Darkness, some amazing authors in that bundle.

  16. Great books. I loved the Unquiet and have been wanting to read Angels of Darkness

  17. Thanks for the congrats! I was so honored to be nominated for this novella - my FIRST nomination ever - for a novella that is dedicated to a wonderful charity - Andre Sobel River of Life Foundation and it's founder Valerie Sobel - They provide urgent care to families with critically ill children so they can stay by their child's bedside. So win or lose, I'm honored :)

  18. These are some of my favorite authors, would love to read some of these