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RITA Award Finalists announced

March 25, 2011
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What a difference a couple of years makes! I remember Rosemary Clement-Moore commenting at the SB’s in 2008 that “I went back and looked, at it had been 11 years since there had been sufficient qualifying entries for the YA category to make!”* And now look at all the YA books among the finalists.

The RITAs are given to “outstanding published romance novels and novellas” by the Romance Writers of America. You can read more about the rules at the RWA website, but let’s just say that like any award, some people will give finalists/winners a try, and others wonder how some titles are finalists/won.

Anyway, the full list of finalists are available on the RWA website; here are the YA-related ones:

Best First Book (YA titles in bold)

  • Enemy Within by Marcella Burnard (Berkley; Leis Pederson, editor)
  • Firestorm by Kelly Ann Riley (Steeple Hill Love Inspired Suspense; Tina James, editor)
  • I Now Pronounce You Someone Else by Erin McCahan (Scholastic; Cheryl Klein, editor)
  • The Iron King by Julie Kagawa (Harlequin Teen; Natashya Wilson, editor)
  • Pieces of Sky by Kaki Warner (Berkley Sensation; Wendy McCurdy, editor)
  • The Summer of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells (Sourcebooks Fire; Deb Werksman, editor)
  • A Tailor-Made Bride by Karen Witemeyer (Bethany House Publishers; Karen Schurrer, editor)
  • Wanna Get Lucky? by Deborah Coonts (Tor/Forge; Bob Gleason, editor)
  • When Harry Met Molly by Kieran Kramer (St. Martin’s Press; Jennifer Enderlin, editor)

Young Adult Romance

  • Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder (Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing; Annette Pollert, editor)
  • The Clearing by Heather Davis (Houghton Mifflin Graphia; Julie Tibbott, editor)
  • Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing; Karen Wojtyla, editor)
  • I Now Pronounce You Someone Else by Erin McCahan (Scholastic; Cheryl Klein, editor)
  • The Iron King by Julie Kagawa (Harlequin Teen; Natashya Wilson, editor)
  • Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles (Walker Publishing; Emily Easton, editor)
  • The Summer of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells (Sourcebooks Fire; Deb Werksman)

Even including the YA nominations, I’ve read a grand total of five books from the entire list of finalists. And four of them are actually from the Historical Romance category. Oh well, at least I already have most of the YA nominees in my library.

Anyone want to predict a winner? I’m going with The Iron King, even though I Now Pronounce You Someone Else was also a Cybils finalist and last year’s YA RITA winner was Simone Elkeles’s Perfect Chemistry.

* link found in my 2008 RITAs post, or I never would have been able to find it again

3 Comments leave one →
  1. March 26, 2011 2:54 pm

    I haven’t read any of these. You sure this isn’t the Printz list. Very suprised When the Stars Go Blue by Caridad Ferrar didn’t make the YA Romance shortlist. Maybe it was released to late in the year. It came out in late Nov.

    • March 28, 2011 12:04 am

      re: When the Stars Go Blue. Could be. I think the RITAs still have a limit on the total number of entrants, and if a book is submitted after the quota is met, it’s not eligible. Don’t know if that’s the case, if Ferrer entered or not, or if the judges simply didn’t score it high enough. Though she did win Best Contemporary, I think, for Adios to My Old Life a couple of years ago.

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