by <a href="http://areadinglife.com/author/carolellison/" target="_blank">Carol</a>, Everett Public Library staff
The last month or so has been pretty chaotic. Between my best friend finally receiving a new kidney and my brother visiting my husband and me, before I knew it August (and the insomnia-inducing hot weather) had arrived in full force. So it’s no surprise that I missed out on the announcement of the 2012 RITA award winners.
The Romance Writers of America (RITA) announce every summer the best of the best, one winner in each of several popular romance sub-genres. And as one of the few library staff members who admits to reading romance novels, I feel it’s my duty to share the list with you. Sorry, 50 Shades fans. Your books didn’t make the list.
Best Paranormal Romance:
Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison
Best Romance Novella:
I Love the Earl by Caroline Linden
Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements:
How to Bake a Perfect Life by Barbara O’Neal
Best First Book:
First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones
Best Historical Romance:
The Black Hawk by Joanna Bourne
Best Regency Historical Romance:
A Night to Surrender by Tessa Dare
Best Young Adult Romance:
Enclave by Ann Aguirre
Best Romantic Suspense:
New York to Dallas by J.D. Robb
Best Inspirational Romance:
The Measure of Katie Calloway by Serena Miller
Best Contemporary Series Romance: Suspense/Adventure:
Soldier’s Last Stand by Cindy Dees
Best Contemporary Series Romance:
Doukakis’s Apprentice by Sarah Morgan
Best Contemporary Single Title Romance:
Boomerang Bride by Fiona Lowe
In preparing this blog post I ended up putting a few titles on hold—they sounded too good to pass up! You’ll notice that the library hasn’t purchased some of these yet. If you’re interested, feel free to let a librarian know that it’s an award winner and that Carol sent ya.
PS: If you’d like some more great romance suggestions, try flipping through an issue of Romantic Times. You’re sure to find some real page-turners any time of the year.