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Book awards: RITA Award

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Works (337)

Out of the Blue by Alaina HawthorneBest First Book, 1990
Black Horse Island by Dee HolmesBest First Book, 1991
Candle in the Window by Christina DoddBest First Book, 1992
Trust Me by Jeane RenickBest First Book, 1993
A Candle in the Dark by Megan ChanceBest First Book, 1994
Ghostly Enchantment by Angie RayBest First Book, 1995
The Warlord by Elizabeth ElliottBest First Book, 1996
Stardust of Yesterday by Lynn KurlandBest First Book; Best Paranormal, 1997
Brazen Angel by Elizabeth BoyleBest First Book, 1998
My Darling Caroline by Adele AshworthBest First Book, 1999
The Lady and the Unicorn by Isolde MartynBest First Book, 2000
A Man Like Mac by Fay RobinsonBest First Book, 2001
The Border Bride by Elizabeth EnglishBest First Book, 2002
Shades of Honor by Wendy LindstromBest First Book, 2003
Back Roads by Susan CrandallBest First Book, 2004
Time Off for Good Behavior by Lani Diane RichBest First Book, 2005
Show Her the Money by Stephanie FeaganBest First Book, 2006
The Husband Trap by Tracy Anne WarrenBest First Book, 2007
Dead Girls Are Easy by Terri GareyBest First Book, 2008
Oh. My. Gods. by Tera Lynn ChildsBest First Book, 2009
One Scream Away by Kate BradyBest First Book, 2010
Pieces of Sky by Kaki WarnerBest First Book, 2011
First Grave on the Right by Darynda JonesBest First Book, 2012
The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James Best First Book; Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements, 2013
The Sweet Spot by Laura DrakeBest First Book, 2014
Deception So Deadly by Clara KensieBest First Book, 2015
Forget Tomorrow by Pintip DunnBest First Book, 2016
Once and For All by Cheryl EtchisonBest First Book, 2017
Take the Lead by Alexis DariaBest First Book, 2018
The Ice Cream Man by Kathleen KorbelBest Long Contemporary Romance, 1990
Night of the Hunter by Jennifer GreeneBest Short Contemporary Series, 1990
Private Relations by Diane ChamberlainBest Contemporary Single Title, 1990
Rhapsody in Bloom by Mona van WierenBest Traditional Romance, 1990
Patrick Gallagher's Widow by Cheryl ReavisBest Long Contemporary Romance, 1991
Step into My Parlor by Jan HudsonBest Short Contemporary Series, 1991
Song of the Lorelei by Lucy GordonBest Traditional Romance, 1991
A Rose for Maggie by Kathleen KorbelBest Long Contemporary Romance, 1992
Human Touch by Glenda SandersBest Short Contemporary Series, 1992
A Man to Die For by Eileen DreyerBest Contemporary Single Title, 1992
Every Kind of Heaven by Bethany CampbellBest Traditional Romance, 1992
Time to Heal [aka The Silence of Midnight] by Karen YoungBest Long Contemporary Romance, 1993
Navarrone by Helen R. MyersBest Short Contemporary Series, 1993
This Time Forever by Kathleen EagleBest Contemporary Single Title, 1993
Father Goose by Marie FerrarellaBest Traditional Romance, 1993
Dragonslayer by Emilie RichardsBest Long Contemporary Romance, 1994
Avenging Angel by Tara JanzenBest Short Contemporary Series, 1994
Private Scandals by Nora RobertsBest Contemporary Single Title, 1994
Annie and the Wise Men by Lindsay LongfordBest Traditional Romance, 1994
A Soldier's Heart by Kathleen KorbelBest Long Contemporary Romance, 1995
Getting Rid of Bradley by Jennifer CrusieBest Short Contemporary Series, 1995
Again by Kathleen Gilles SeidelBest Contemporary Single Title, 1995
Oh, Baby! by Lauryn ChandlerBest Traditional Romance, 1995
The Morning Side of Dawn by Justine DavisBest Long Contemporary Romance, 1996
Single Dad by Jennifer GreeneBest Short Contemporary Series, 1996
Born in Ice by Nora RobertsBest Romance of 1995 [Awarded 1996]; Best Contemporary Single Title, 1996
Stranger in Her Arms by Lorna MichaelsBest Traditional Romance, 1996
Wild Blood by Naomi HortonBest Long Contemporary Romance, 1997
Cowboy Pride by Anne McAllisterBest Short Contemporary Series, 1997
Daniel's Gift by Barbara FreethyBest Contemporary Single Title, 1997
Her Very Own Husband (Silhouette Romance) by Lauryn ChandlerBest Traditional Romance, 1997
Reckless by Ruth WindBest Long Contemporary Romance, 1998
Nobody's Princess by Jennifer GreeneBest Short Contemporary Series, 1998
Nobody's Baby But Mine by Susan Elizabeth PhillipsFavorite Book of 1997 [Awarded 1998]; Best Contemporary Single Title, 1998
His Brother's Child by Lucy GordonBest Traditional Romance, 1998
Meant to Be Married by Ruth WindBest Long Contemporary Romance, 1999
The Notorious Groom by Caroline Cross*RETITLED Category* - Best Short Contemporary, 1999
Dream a Little Dream by Susan Elizabeth PhillipsBest Contemporary Single Title, 1999
Monday Man by Kristin GabrielBest Traditional Romance, 1999
A Holiday Secret aka Undercover Princess by Suzanne BrockmannBest Long Contemporary Romance, 2000
The Stardust Cowboy by Anne McAllisterBest Short Contemporary, 2000
Bodyguard by Suzanne BrockmannBest Contemporary Single Title, 2000
Annie, Get Your Groom by Kristin GabrielBest Traditional Romance, 2000
Rogue's Reform by Marilyn PappanoBest Long Contemporary Romance, 2001
It Takes a Rebel by Stephanie BondBest Short Contemporary, 2001
First Lady by Susan Elizabeth PhillipsBest Contemporary Single Title, 2001
The Best Man and the Bridesmaid by Liz FieldingBest Traditional Romance, 2001
Coming Home to You by Fay RobinsonBest Long Contemporary Romance, 2002
Long Hot Christmas by Barbara DalyBest Short Contemporary, 2002
True Confessions by Rachel GibsonBest Contemporary Single Title, 2002
Quinn's Complete Seduction by Sandra SteffenBest Traditional Romance, 2002
Taking Cover by Catherine MannBest Long Contemporary Romance, 2003
Taming the Outlaw by Cindy GerardBest Short Contemporary, 2003
No Place Like Home by Barbara SamuelBest Contemporary Single Title, 2003
The Christmas Basket {novella} by Debbie MacomberBest Traditional Romance, 2003
The Top Gun's Return by Kathleen CreightonBest Long Contemporary Romance, 2004
The Knight's Kiss by Nicole BurnhamBest Short Contemporary, 2004
Birthright by Nora RobertsBest Contemporary Single Title, 2004
Her Royal Baby by Marion LennoxBest Traditional Romance, 2004
John Riley's Girl by Inglath CooperBest Long Contemporary Romance, 2005
Miss Pruitt's Private Life by Barbara McCauleyBest Short Contemporary, 2005
Bet Me by Jennifer CrusieBest Contemporary Single Title, 2005
Christmas Eve Marriage by Jessica HartBest Traditional Romance, 2005
Worth Every Risk by Dianna Love SnellBest Long Contemporary Romance, 2006
The Marriage Miracle by Liz FieldingBest Short Contemporary, 2006
Lakeside Cottage by Susan WiggsBest Contemporary Single Title, 2006
Princess of Convenience by Marion LennoxBest Traditional Romance, 2006
A Mom for Tim [aka The Mommy Quest] by Lori HandelandBest Long Contemporary Romance, 2007
From the First by Jessica BirdBest Short Contemporary, 2007
Adios to My Old Life by Caridad FerrerBest Contemporary Single Title, 2007
Claiming His Family by Barbara HannayBest Traditional Romance, 2007
Snowbound by Janice Kay Johnson*NEWLY COMBINED Category* - Best Contemporary Series, 2008
Catch of the Day by Kristan HigginsBest Contemporary Single Title, 2008
Treasure by Helen Brenna*NEW Category* - Best Contemporary Series: Suspense/Adventure, 2008
A Mother's Wish by Karen TempletonBest Contemporary Series, 2009
Not Another Bad Date by Rachel GibsonBest Contemporary Single Title, 2009
Danger Signals by Kathleen CreightonBest Contemporary Series: Suspense/Adventure, 2009
A Not-So-Perfect Past by Beth AndrewsBest Contemporary Series, 2010
Too Good To Be True by Kristan HigginsBest Contemporary Single Title, 2010
The Soldier's Secret Daughter by Cindy DeesBest Contemporary Series: Suspense/Adventure, 2010
Welcome Home, Cowboy by Karen TempletonBest Contemporary Series, 2011
Simply Irresistible by Jill ShalvisBest Contemporary Single Title, 2011
The Moon That Night by Helen BrennaBest Contemporary Series: Suspense/Adventure, 2011
Doukakis's Apprentice by Sarah MorganBest Contemporary Series, 2012
Boomerang Bride by Fiona LoweBest Contemporary Single Title, 2012
Soldier's Last Stand by Cindy DeesBest Contemporary Series: Suspense/Adventure, 2012
A Gift for All Seasons by Karen Templeton*REINSTATED Category* - Best Long Contemporary Series, 2013
A Night of No Return by Sarah Morgan*REINSTATED Category* - Best Short Contemporary Series, 2013
The Way Back Home by Barbara FreethyBest Contemporary Single Title, 2013
Crazy Thing Called Love by Molly O'Keefe*RETITLED Category* - Best Contemporary, 2014
Why Resist a Rebel? by Leah AshtonBest Short Contemporary, 2014
Baby, It's You by Jane Graves*RETITLED Category* - Contemporary Romance: Long, 2015
One in a Million by Jill Shalvis*NEW Category* - Contemporary Romance: Mid-Length, 2015
A Texas Rescue Christmas by Caro Carson*RETITLED Category* - Contemporary Romance: Short, 2015
Brokedown Cowboy by Maisey YatesContemporary Romance: Long, 2016
Him by Sarina BowenContemporary Romance: Mid-Length, 2016
The Nanny Plan by Sarah M. AndersonContemporary Romance: Short, 2016
Miracle on 5th Avenue by Sarah MorganContemporary Romance: Long, 2017
Carolina Dreaming by Virginia KantraContemporary Romance: Mid-Length, 2017
Christmas on Crimson Mountain by Michelle MajorContemporary Romance: Short, 2017
Falling Hard by Lexi RyanContemporary Romance: Long, 2018
Tell Me by Abigail StromContemporary Romance: Mid-Length, 2018
Second Chance Summer by Kait NolanContemporary Romance: Short, 2018
Claim Me by J. Kenner*NEW Category* - Best Erotic Romance, 2014
The Saint by Tiffany ReiszBest Erotic Romance, 2015
For Real by Alexis HallBest Erotic Romance, 2016
Off the Clock by Roni LorenBest Erotic Romance, 2017
Wicked Dirty by J. KennerBest Erotic Romance, 2018
The Bride by Julie GarwoodBest Single Title Historical, 1990
Silver Noose by Patricia Gardner EvansBest Series Historical, 1990
The Rake by Mary Jo PutneyBest Regency Historical, 1990
Where Love Dwells by Elizabeth StuartBest Single Title Historical, 1991
A Wild Yearning by Penelope WilliamsonBest Series Historical, 1991
The Sandalwood Princess by Loretta ChaseBest Regency Historical, 1991
Courting Miss Hattie by Pamela MorsiBest Single Title Historical, 1992
The Tender Texan by Jodi ThomasBest Series Historical, 1992
Emily and the Dark Angel by Jo BeverleyBest Regency Historical, 1992
Keeper of the Dream by Penelope WilliamsonBest Single Title Historical, 1993
The Prisoner by Cheryl ReavisBest Historical Series, 1993
An Unwilling Bride by Jo BeverleyBest Regency Historical, 1993
My Lady Notorious by Jo BeverleyBest Historical Series, 1994
Deirdre and Don Juan by Jo BeverleyBest Regency Historical, 1994
Dancing on the Wind by Mary Jo Putney*RETITLED Category* - Best Long Historical, 1995
To Tame a Texan's Heart by Jodi Thomas*RETITLED Category* - Best Historical, 1995
Mrs. Drew Plays Her Hand by Carla KellyBest Regency Historical, 1995
Something Shady by Pamela MorsiBest Long Historical, 1996
Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta ChaseBest Short Historical, 1996
Gwen's Christmas Ghost by Lynn KerstanBest Regency Historical, 1996
Conor's Way by Laura Lee GuhrkeBest Long Historical, 1997
Always to Remember by Lorraine HeathBest Short Historical, 1997
The Lady's Companion by Carla KellyBest Regency Historical, 1997
The Promise of Jenny Jones by Maggie OsborneBest Long Historical, 1998
Heart of a Knight by Barbara SamuelBest Short Historical, 1998
Love's Reward by Jean Ross EwingBest Regency Historical, 1998
My Dearest Enemy by Connie BrockwayBest Long Historical, 1999
Merely Married by Patricia CoughlinBest Short Historical, 1999
His Grace Endures by Emma JensenBest Regency Historical, 1999
Silken Threads by Patricia RyanBest Long Historical, 2000
The Proposition by Judith IvoryBest Short Historical, 2000
The Rake's Retreat by Nancy ButlerBest Regency Historical, 2000
Devilish by Jo BeverleyBest Long Historical, 2001
The Mistress by Susan WiggsBest Short Historical, 2001
A Grand Design by Emma JensenBest Regency Historical, 2001
The Bridal Season by Connie BrockwayBest Long Historical, 2002
Tempt Me Twice by Barbara Dawson SmithBest Short Historical, 2002
Much Obliged by Jessica BensonBest Regency Historical, 2002
Stealing Heaven by Madeline HunterBest Long Historical, 2003
The Bride Fair by Cheryl ReavisBest Short Historical, 2003
A Debt to Delia by Barbara MetzgerBest Regency Historical, 2003
The Destiny by Kathleen GivensBest Long Historical, 2004
Worth Any Price by Lisa KleypasBest Short Historical, 2004
Prospero's Daughter by Nancy ButlerBest Regency Historical, 2004
Shadowheart by Laura KinsaleBest Long Historical, 2005
A Wanted Man by Susan Kay LawBest Short Historical, 2005
A Passionate Endeavor by Sophia NashBest Regency Historical, 2005
The Devil to Pay by Liz CarlyleBest Long Historical, 2006
The Texan's Reward by Jodi ThomasBest Short Historical, 2006
A Reputable Rake by Diane GastonBest Regency Historical, 2006
On the Way to the Wedding by Julia QuinnBest Long Historical, 2007
The Book of True Desires by Betina KrahnBest Short Historical, 2007
Lessons of Desire by Madeline HunterBest Historical, 2008
The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever by Julia QuinnBest Regency Historical, 2008
The Edge of Impropriety by Pam RosenthalBest Historical, 2009
My Lord and Spymaster by Joanna BourneBest Regency Historical, 2009
Not Quite a Husband by Sherry ThomasBest Historical, 2010
What Happens in London by Julia QuinnBest Regency Historical, 2010
His at Night by Sherry ThomasBest Historical, 2011
The Mischief of the Mistletoe by Lauren WilligBest Regency Historical, 2011
The Black Hawk (Berkley Sensation) by Joanna BourneBest Historical, 2012
A Night to Surrender by Tessa DareBest Regency Historical, 2012
A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLeanBest Historical, 2013
No Good Duke Goes Unpunished by Sarah MacLeanBest Historical, 2014
Fool Me Twice by Meredith Duran*REINSTATED Category* - Historical Romance: Long, 2015
Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare*REINSTATED Category* - Historical Romance: Short, 2015
Tiffany Girl by Deeanne GistHistorical Romance: Long, 2016
It Started with a Scandal by Julie Anne LongHistorical Romance: Short, 2016
No Mistress of Mine by Laura Lee GuhrkeHistorical Romance: Long, 2017
A Duke to Remember by Kelly BowenHistorical Romance: Short, 2017
Between the Devil and the Duke by Kelly BowenHistorical Romance: Long, 2018
Waltzing with the Earl by Catherine TinleyHistorical Romance: Short, 2018
Morning Glory by LaVyrle SpencerBest Romance of 1989; Awarded 1990
The Prince of Midnight by Laura KinsaleBest Romance of 1990, Awarded 1991
Outlander by Diana GabaldonBest Romance of 1991, Awarded 1992
Come Spring by Jill Marie LandisBest Romance of 1992, Awarded 1993
Lord of the Night by Susan WiggsBest Romance of 1993, Awarded 1994
It Had to Be You by Susan Elizabeth PhillipsBest Romance of 1994; Awarded 1995
Between Sisters by Kristin HannahBest Novel with Strong Romantic Elements, 2004
A.K.A. Goddess by Evelyn VaughnBest Novel with Strong Romantic Elements, 2005
Lady Luck's Map of Vegas by Barbara SamuelBest Novel with Strong Romantic Elements, 2006
A Lady Raised High: A Novel of Anne Boleyn by Laurien GardnerBest Novel with Strong Romantic Elements, 2007
Silent in the Grave by Deanna RaybournBest Novel with Strong Romantic Elements, 2008
Tribute by Nora RobertsBest Novel with Strong Romantic Elements, 2009
The Lost Recipe for Happiness by Barbara O'NealBest Novel with Strong Romantic Elements, 2010
Welcome to Harmony by Jodi ThomasBest Novel with Strong Romantic Elements, 2011
How to Bake a Perfect Life by Barbara O'NealBest Novel with Strong Romantic Elements, 2012
The Moon in the Palace by Weina Dai Randel*RETITLED Category* - Mainstream Fiction with a Central Romance, 2017
Now That You Mention It by Kristan HigginsMainstream Fiction with a Central Romance, 2018
Angel for Hire by Justine Davis*NEW Category* - Best Futuristic/Fantasy/Paranormal, 1992
Emily's Ghost by Antoinette StockenbergBest Futuristic/Fantasy/Paranormal, 1993
Falling Angel by Anne StuartBest Futuristic/Fantasy/Paranormal, 1994
Lord of the Storm by Justine Davis*RETITLED Category* - Best Paranormal, 1995
The Covenant by Modean MoonBest Paranormal, 1996
Fire Hawk by Justine DareBest Paranormal, 1998
The Bride Finder by Susan CarrollBest Paranormal, 1999
Nell by Jeanette BakerBest Paranormal, 2000
The Highlander's Touch by Karen Marie MoningBest Paranormal, 2001
Heart Mate by Robin D. OwensBest Paranormal, 2002
Contact by Susan GrantBest Paranormal, 2003
Shades of Midnight by Linda FallonBest Paranormal, 2004
Blue Moon by Lori HandelandBest Paranormal, 2005
Gabriel's Ghost by Linnea SinclairBest Paranormal, 2006
A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley ColeBest Paranormal, 2007
Lover Revealed by J. R. WardBest Paranormal, 2008
Seducing Mr. Darcy by Gwyn CreadyBest Paranormal, 2009
Kiss of a Demon King by Kresley ColeBest Paranormal, 2010
Unchained by Sharon AshwoodBest Paranormal, 2011
Dragon Bound by Thea HarrisonBest Paranormal, 2012
Shadow's Claim by Kresley ColeBest Paranormal, 2013
The Firebird by Susanna KearsleyBest Paranormal, 2014
Evernight by Kristen CallihanBest Paranormal, 2015
Must Love Chainmail by Angela QuarlesBest Paranormal, 2016
The Pages of the Mind by Jeffe KennedyBest Paranormal, 2017
Hunt the Darkness by Stephanie RoweBest Paranormal, 2018
Special Report [anthology 3-in-1] by Merline Lovelace*NEW Category* - Best Romantic Novella, 2001
Wish List (I Will ∙ Puddings, Pastries, and Thou ∙ Union ∙ All I Want) by Lisa KleypasBest Romantic Novella, 2002
Tapestry [Anthology] by Lynn KurlandBest Romantic Novella, 2003
The Wedding Chase (In His Lordship's Bed / Prisoner of the Tower / Word of a Gentleman) by Kasey MichaelsBest Romantic Novella, 2004
Night's Edge (Her Best Enemy | Someone Else's Shadow | Dancers in the Dark) by Maggie ShayneBest Romantic Novella, 2005
The Naked Truth (4-in-1) by Donna KauffmanBest Romantic Novella, 2006
A NASCAR Holiday (Anthology, 3-in-1) by Kimberly RayeBest Romantic Novella, 2007
Like Mother, Like Daughter : But in a Good Way [3-in-1] by Jennifer Greene*RETITLED Category* - Best Romance Novella, 2008
It Happened One Night [Anthology 4-in-1] by Stephanie LaurensBest Romance Novella, 2009
The Night Before Christmas (On a Snowy Christmas / The Christmas Baby / The Christmas Eve Promise) by Brenda NovakBest Romance Novella, 2010
Burning Up [Anthology 4-in-1] by Angela KnightBest Romance Novella, 2011
I Love the Earl [novella] by Caroline LindenBest Romance Novella, 2012
Seduced by a Pirate by Eloisa JamesBest Romance Novella, 2013
Take Me, Cowboy by Jane PorterBest Romance Novella, 2014
His Road Home by Anna RichlandBest Romance Novella, 2015
Nice Girls Don't Ride by Roni LorenBest Romance Novella, 2016
Her Every Wish [novella] by Courtney MilanBest Romance Novella, 2017
Forbidden River [novella] by Brynn KellyBest Romance Novella, 2018
An Echo in the Darkness by Francine Rivers*NEW Category* - Best Inspirational, 1995
As Sure as the Dawn by Francine RiversBest Inspirational, 1996
The Scarlet Thread by Francine RiversBest Inspirational, 1997
Homeward by Melody CarlsonBest Inspirational, 1998
Patterns of Love by Robin Lee HatcherBest Inspirational, 1999
Danger in the Shadows by Dee HendersonBest Inspirational, 2000
The Shepherd's Voice by Robin Lee HatcherBest Inspirational, 2001
Beneath a Southern Sky by Deborah RaneyBest Inspirational, 2002
Never Say Goodbye by Irene HannonBest Inspirational, 2003
Autumn Dreams by Gayle RoperBest Inspirational, 2004
Grounds to Believe by Shelley BatesBest Inspirational, 2005
Heavens to Betsy by Beth PattilloBest Inspirational, 2006
Revealed (Fountain Creek Chronicles, Book 2) by Tamera AlexanderBest Inspirational, 2007
A Touch of Grace by Linda GoodnightBest Inspirational, 2008
Finding Stefanie by Susan May WarrenBest Inspirational, 2009
The Inheritance by Tamera AlexanderBest Inspirational, 2010
In Harm's Way by Irene HannonBest Inspirational, 2011
The Measure of Katie Calloway by Serena B. MillerBest Inspirational, 2012
Against the Tide by Elizabeth CamdenBest Inspirational, 2013
Five Days in Skye by Carla LaureanoBest Inspirational, 2014
Deceived by Irene HannonBest Inspirational, 2015
A Noble Masquerade by Kristi Ann HunterBest Inspirational, 2016
My Hope Next Door by Tammy L Gray*RETITLED Category* - Best Romance with Religious or Spiritual Elements, 2017
Then There Was You by Kara IsaacBest Romance with Religious or Spiritual Elements, 2018
Perchance to Dream by Kathleen KorbelBest Romantic Suspense, 1990
Night Spice by Karen KeastBest Romantic Suspense, 1991
Night Shift by Nora RobertsBest Romantic Suspense, 1992
Divine Evil by Nora RobertsBest Romantic Suspense, 1993
Nightshade by Nora RobertsBest Romantic Suspense, 1994
Hidden Riches by Nora RobertsBest Romantic Suspense, 1995
Winter's Edge by Anne StuartBest Romantic Suspense, 1996
See How They Run by Marilyn CampbellBest Romantic Suspense, 1997
On the Way to a Wedding by Ingrid WeaverBest Romantic Suspense, 1998
Cool Shade by Theresa WeirBest Romantic Suspense, 1999
Keeper of the Bride by Tess GerritsenBest Romantic Suspense, 2000
Carolina Moon by Nora RobertsBest Romantic Suspense, 2001
The Surgeon by Tess GerritsenBest Romantic Suspense, 2002
Three Fates by Nora RobertsBest Romantic Suspense, 2003
Remember When by J. D. RobbBest Romantic Suspense, 2004
I'm Watching You by Karen RoseBest Romantic Suspense, 2005
Survivor In Death by J. D. RobbBest Romantic Suspense, 2006
Blackout by Annie SolomonBest Romantic Suspense, 2007
Ice Blue by Anne StuartBest Romantic Suspense, 2008
Take No Prisoners by Cindy GerardBest Romantic Suspense, 2009
Whisper of Warning by Laura GriffinBest Romantic Suspense, 2010
Silent Scream by Karen RoseBest Romantic Suspense, 2011
New York to Dallas by J. D. RobbBest Romantic Suspense, 2012
Scorched by Laura GriffinBest Romantic Suspense, 2013
Off the Edge by Carolyn CraneBest Romantic Suspense, 2014
Concealed in Death by J. D. RobbBest Romantic Suspense, 2015
Flash Fire by Dana MartonBest Romantic Suspense, 2016
Repressed by Elisabeth NaughtonBest Romantic Suspense, 2017
The Fixer by HelenKay Dimon Best Romantic Suspense, 2018
Renee by Vivian SchurfranzBest Young Adult Romance, 1990
Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep by Lurlene McDanielBest Young Adult Romance, 1992
Song of the Buffalo Boys by Sherry GarlandBest Young Adult Romance, 1993
Summer Lightning by Wendy Corsi StaubBest Young Adult Romance, 1994
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr*REINSTATED Category* - Best Young Adult Romance, 2008
Hell Week by Rosemary Clement-MooreBest Young Adult Romance, 2009
Perfect Chemistry by Simone ElkelesBest Young Adult Romance, 2010
The Iron King by Julie KagawaBest Young Adult Romance, 2011
Enclave by Ann AguirreBest Young Adult Romance, 2012
The Farm by Emily McKayBest Young Adult Romance, 2013
Boys Like You by Juliana StoneBest Young Adult Romance, 2015
The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn BennettBest Young Adult Romance, 2016
The Problem With Forever by Jennifer L. ArmentroutBest Young Adult Romance, 2017
Seize Today by Pintip DunnBest Young Adult Romance, 2018

Award description

The RITA® Awards are issued annually by the Romance Writers of America® (RWA), a nonprofit trade association for romance writers, chartered in 1981.

The purpose of the RITA® contest is to promote excellence in the romance genre by recognizing outstanding published romance novels and novellas.

It has become the symbol for excellence in published romance fiction.

The RITA® award was formerly known as the "Golden Medallion" (it was a gold pendant). The award was renamed and redesigned in 1990 for RWA’s tenth anniversary, resulting in a golden statuette named after RWA's first president, Rita Clay Estrada.

For ease in coding each category, please use the following numbering pattern:

05YYYY - First Book
15YYYY.1 - Contemporary Romance: Long
15YYYY.2 - Contemporary Romance: Mid-Length
15YYYY.3 - Contemporary Romance: Short
25YYYY - Erotic Romance
35YYYY.1 - Historical Romance: Long
35YYYY.2 - Historical Romance: Short
45YYYY - Mainstream Fiction with a Central Romance
55YYYY - Paranormal Romance
65YYYY - Romance Novella
75YYYY - Romance with Religious or Spiritual Elements
85YYYY - Romantic Suspense
95YYYY - Young Adult Romance.


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